Pictured from left to right Anna Herbert '00, Mike Clark '84, Sr. Judi Keehnen '59, and Jeff Osterfeld '78.
Archbishop McNicholas High School honored four of its outstanding alumni at the Distinguished Alumni Celebration on October 9. The celebration was the first time the school has given the awards which will now be presented annually to coincide with the ordination anniversary of Archbishop John T. McNicholas on October 10.
The Full Stature Special Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus who exemplifies the ideals and mission of Archbishop McNicholas High School and the Sisters of St. Joseph. It is presented to an individual in recognition of his or her accomplishments which bring honor to self and school and whose service, leadership, and concern for McNicholas support, strengthen, and exemplify the school's mission. This award is bestowed as a lifetime recognition and will not necessarily be presented annually. This year's recipient is Jeff Osterfeld '78.
Jeff Osterfeld graduated from McNicholas in 1978 and from Miami University on 1982. After studying the success of a local bagel and sandwich shop in Oxford, Osterfeld opened Jeffrey’s Delicatessen in the Dayton Mall. He refined his business vision after a trip to Philadelphia and a desire to bring the cheesesteak sandwich to customers in Ohio. Osterfeld opened his first Penn Station restaurant in downtown Cincinnati in 1985. Penn Station now has 310 restaurants in 15 states.
In July 2004, Osterfeld opened The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills. He tackled the project with “a crazy amount of passion,” and designed and built Stonelick Hills to be a pure, golf-only environment. Golf Advisor named Stonelick Hills the Best Public Golf Course in Ohio in 2016.
McNicholas High School became the benefactor of Osterfeld’s passion when on October 16, 2010, the Rockets played their inaugural game in Penn Station Stadium—the first home football game in the school’s history thanks to Osterfeld’s generosity.
“To win at the game of life, be passionate,” Osterfeld told current McNicholas students earlier this month. “If you have passion, you'll be good at it."
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to one male and one female graduate who have honored Archbishop McNicholas High School by their outstanding professional achievements, volunteer activities, and community organization advocacy. These alumni have shared their affection for McNicholas and its community and have been shining examples of high moral and ethical standards and values learned at McNicholas. This year's recipients are Mike Clark '84 and Anna Michael Herbert '00.
Mike Clark graduated from McNicholas in 1984. He attended Miami University as an Evans Scholar where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He began his career at Ernst and Young in 1988 and later joined Cassady Schiller where he has been for 23 years and is presently the managing partner. He was named by Cincinnati Magazine as one of the best wealth managers in the city for the past eight years.
Clark is involved with the Evans Scholars Foundation and Legatus International. He sits on the boards of Archbishop McNicholas High School, Cincinnati Children’s Heart Association and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Advisory Council.
“I learned three very important lessons from caddying that I continue to do today—Show Up, Keep Up, and Shut Up,” Clark said. “Being from McNicholas really means something in this community. I tell my kids and encourage others to focus on today, work hard, and the rest will come.”
Anna Herbert graduated from McNicholas in 2000 and attended Miami University where she earned two bachelor’s degrees as well as a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on nursing education. She was certified as a pediatric hematology and oncology nurse which enabled her to help Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center acquire a top national ranking for several years.
Herbert is currently a registered nurse at the Children’s Hospital inpatient hematology/oncology unit. For over eleven years, she has cared for hundreds of children and their families using skills and attributes she first developed at McNicholas. “From my time at McNicholas, I learned that kindness is what you feel and do without saying a word,” Herbert said. “People notice when you smile, do your work with energy and enthusiasm, and respect them. When you combine enthusiasm with hard work, you really make a difference.”
Herbert serves as editor for the A-PHON newsletter, a voluntary role that she accepted in addition to many other responsibilities. Herbert has also been nominated for two Florence Nightingale awards for patient care by families under her care.
The Archbishop McNicholas Outstanding Service Award is presented to a member of the community who has made, through years of tireless effort, significant contributions of time, talent, and treasure to the growth of Archbishop McNicholas High School. This year's recipient is Sr. Judi Keehnen '59.
Sister Judi graduated in 1959 from McNicholas and entered the convent of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the founding order of McNicholas, that same year. Sister Judi returned her alma mater in 1967 where she was responsible for attendance and discipline. She taught home economics, woodworking, and drafting while attending summer school at Kent State University to earn her bachelor’s degree. She remained at McNicholas for the next 15 years where she continued to teach, run the Mardi Gras event, supervise the costumes for musicals, and coach volleyball and softball.
Sister Judi received two master’s degrees from Kent State University and taught at the University of Dayton and Alter High School. Sister Judi also held high level directorships at institutions such as The Smithsonian Institution, the National Aviation Museum, the Cincinnati Museum Center, The Athenaeum of Ohio, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
In 2007, Sister Judi returned to McNicholas and offered to do whatever she could to help. She worked in the alumni office and the admissions office and is now undertaking the enormous task of organizing and identifying the thousands of photos in the archives.
“I tell students to get involved because you’ll have much more fun and a better attitude,” Sr. Judi said. “Every moment has been a pleasure, and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!”