Sharon Sullivan is a lifelong special educator and has been an Ursuline Sister of Mount St. Joseph for 35 years. She holds a doctorate in special education from Purdue University and taught for 25 years at Brescia University in Kentucky. Elected to congregational leadership in 2010, she served for six years, including three years on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' national board. After returning to teaching for six years, she was re-elected to congregational leadership. She also works on environmental and advocacy issues.