Webster Alumnae Flying High: Sullivan, Overschmidt, Carel

| September 11, 2012


From competing in the Paralympics to being a featured “military fly mom,” Webster University alumni Katy Sullivan, Brenda Overschmidt and Pamela Carel have found success in life and their chosen careers.

Alumna Katy Sullivan ’02, actress and paralympic champion, competed in the 100-meter dash in the recent 2012 Paralympics in London. A graduate of Webster’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Sullivan was born without legs and has worn prosthetic legs all her life.

The Long Beach, Calif., Press-Telegram quotes Sullivan: “My goal was to run a personal best time in the women’s 100-meter race, and I accomplished that goal tonight.”

The article continues, “Sullivan finished sixth in a field of nine women in the 100-meter dash, but her time of 17.33 seconds was her personal best and set an American record for her classification. It also was the second fastest time for double amputee women in the world.”

Click here to read a previous Webster Today post about Sullivan.

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Alumna Brenda Overschmidt, who earned an MBA from Webster in 1998, received a $50,000 Arch Grant for her company, Unique Metal Solutions, LLC, one of only 15 start-up companies — of more than 400 applicants — to be awarded a 2012 $50,000 Arch Grant to further develop its business in St. Louis.

“Unique Metal Solutions, LLC was chosen after an intensive review process in which we assessed which companies have innovative technology or ideas to do something radically different or in a radically different way,” says Sarah Spear, Arch Grants executive director.

In addition to the $50,000 support, the Arch Grant package includes free legal, accounting, marketing and cloud computing services and discounted residential and commercial rent among other benefits.

Brenda Overschmidt and her husband, Charles Overschmidt, have been with Unique Metal Solutions since its inception in 2008. Brenda works in new business development and marketing for the Rocket-Rack. Charles is Operations Manager. Arch Grants was established in 2011 and Unique Metal Solutions, LLC, was among its first group of grantees.

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Pamela Carel MA ’90 is featured in the book Military Fly Moms, a collection of 71 stories by women who were or are military aviators and also mothers.

Compiled and edited by retired naval aviator Linda Maloney, Military Fly Moms shares stories and photographs of women aviators in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard alongside their helicopters, transport aircraft, or fighter planes, as well as highlighting their families.

In 1993, Carel became the first female fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. After two and a half deployments and a department head tour, she left active duty for the Naval Reserve in 2001.

The Naval Reserve has provided Carel the opportunity to be a full-time mom and continue to work and advance in the Navy. Her husband, Ken, is also a Navy Reservist and the couple has two sons, ages nine and eleven.

“The Navy has always offered me exciting experiences and I love every new challenge!” says Carel.

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