Ardu Program

The Ann Buenger Ardú Program, made possible by The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation, provides transformational opportunities to students who may be facing complex life challenges both inside and outside of school – opportunities that foster holistic personal development, better preparing them for academic success in high school, and ultimately, for college and rich, rewarding lives.

The word Ardú is the Irish word for “rise,” which as an acronym in this case defines the program as “Route to Individual Success and Excellence.” The Irish word is a nod to the common Irish heritage of both Ann Buenger and Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

Andrea Bohlen serves as the Director of the Ardú Program. Andrea, a licensed social worker, provides comprehensive assistance to the students in the program, helping them develop social and emotional skills,  and the organizational and time management skills that will enable them to succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Andrea has 17 years of experience as a licensed social worker, working in the field of child and adolescent mental health. She spent the last 11 years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, serving in roles as a psychiatric social worker on the inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit and providing outpatient mental health counseling to internationally adopted children, adolescents and their families. Andrea is a 2000 Mother of Mercy alumna.

Ann Buenger’s passion for helping women achieve success is aligned with the mission of Catherine McAuley. At Mercy McAuley, student success is our top priority, and we know that care for a student’s whole self is necessary for her to be successful. This invaluable program provides an extra level of care for students, guiding them on their path to personal success.

For more information about the Ardú Program, please contact Andrea Bohlen at or (513) 681-1800.