Alumni Profile: Honorable Deanna O’Donnell ’83


Honorable Deanna O’Donnell ’83, J.D.

Honorable Deanna O’Donnell ’83, J.D.


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Baldwin Wallace College
Juris Doctorate, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Current Profession:

Administrative and Presiding Judge, Parma Municipal Court

What activities were you involved with as a student at Holy Name?

While a student at Holy Name, I was involved with student government. I was a class representative freshman year and class president my sophomore, junior and senior years.

Who was your favorite teacher and/or what was your favorite subject?

I can honestly say that every teacher I had while a student at Holy Name had an impact on me and helped me grow spiritually, intellectually and morally. Nonetheless, there will always be a special place in my heart for Mr. Soltis, my religion teacher. His gentle manner and kind demeanor always brightened my day.

What is your fondest memory of Holy Name?

I always felt loved at Holy Name. We had teachers that truly cared about us not only as students but as young adults. They wanted us to succeed and they worked tirelessly to ensure our success. I am who I am today because the teachers and staff at Holy Name High School took the time to care.

In addition, I will forever cherish being asked to speak at the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in 2008 and at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony. It was an honor to be welcomed “home.”

Honorable Deanna O’Donnell ’83

How did Holy Name prepare you for your life as an adult?

My four years at Holy Name taught me that we all have the power to make a difference. And with that power comes a great responsibility to live a life of meaning; not only for ourselves but for those around us.

What does Holy Name mean to you?

Holy Name was my educational foundation. (Along with St. Bridget grade school) It was there that I was able to begin to dream of my future. And it was there that I learned that how we treat others personifies who we are and what we stand for. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to attend HN and I am grateful to my parents who sacrificed to ensure that my sister, brothers and I had the ability to learn and grow at such an exceptional school.