Humans of Hiram — March 2019 Spotlight
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Kristen (Weidus) Ramsey '09

Hiram college Alumni Spotlight

By Danni McDonald '19

Kristen (Weidus) Ramsey ’09 came to Hiram from her hometown of Brunswick, Ohio. She arrived on campus with an open mind, eager to discover new experiences and ideas that would forever change her life and help her develop and grow personally and professionally.

At Hiram, Kristen was recruited to play soccer, and did so during her first two years. She then branched out, serving as a tour guide, teaching assistant (TA), orientation leader (OL), and Vice President and President of Student Senate. As a TA and OL, Kristen enjoyed the first Week of Welcome because she was able to meet the incoming students and watch their enthusiasm unfold as their career at Hiram began. When she was not busy with her activities, Kristen worked out in the fitness center, took three week courses through the English department, went to China for a study abroad trip, and even acted in a friend’s senior project, a one-act play called, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee.

Kristen credits her many professors for guiding her through her years at Hiram. From her initial advisor, Professor Sandy Madar, to Professor Johnathan Moody, they all helped Kristen find her passion and career path. After graduating from Hiram cum laude with an English major and ethics minor, Kristen picked the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctor degree in 2012.

Kristen began her career with the firm Tremba, Jelley and Kinney, LLC as an associate attorney in Greensburg, North Carolina. Since 2015, Kristen has been with Ruder Law, a boutique law firm specializing in the representation of students with disabilities and their families. Kristen became the Senior Associate at the firm last year.

Outside of work, Kristen volunteers with the Big Sisters Big Brothers program where she has had the privilege of working with the same young woman for six years. Married last October, Kristen and her husband, Ross, like to spend time outdoors biking, kayaking, and hiking in the Allegheny National Forest.

Kristen recently became a member of the Hiram College Alumni Executive Board and intends to stay active with her alma mater going forward. “I wanted to stay involved with Hiram, but, it took me five years to get situated in my career and commit to traveling to attend AEB meetings. I’m ready to reconnect with Hiram now, I’ve always enjoyed visiting the campus that made me who I am today. And now, I’m ready to give back and help.” 

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