Archbishop Chapelle High School is honored to name Tricia as the 2023 Alumna of the Year because of her constant support of our school and her loyalty to green & white. We all appreciate Tricia's support over the years and are thrilled to honor her with our 2023 Alumna of the Year award!
Tricia McDonnell Lara graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School in 1998. During her time at Chapelle, Tricia was involved in many activities, but loved nothing more than Student Council, where she served as Co-Treasurer of the Executive Board her Senior year. Tricia began working at a young age, when a Sophomore at Chapelle. She remained at that job throughout her entire high school and college career.
Tricia received a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing in 2002 and an M.B.A. in 2004 from Loyola University New Orleans. While at Loyola, Tricia was a member of the Beta Gamma Honor Society and served as President. After college, Tricia began working at Lagasse, Inc., where she met her husband of 18 years, Marcos. As the company was being purchased and most positions were being moved to its Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, Tricia knew that staying with the company was not an option. Being close to her family and in the New Orleans area was important to her.
Her previous work experience taught Tricia that leading people and teams was her passion and what she was meant to do. Tricia was hired by Ochsner as a Revenue Cycle Supervisor in 2008, and is currently the Director of Revenue Cycle Operations. In Tricia’s words, “Working for a large organization has always been where I feel like I fit in most. In my role at Ochsner, I still can assist in taking care of patients, which is important to me”. She has received the following Divisional Awards during her time at Ochsner: “Innovation Champion”, “Coach of the Year”, and “Most Valuable Player”. Tricia has taught Business College Courses in the Undergraduate and Masters level programs at the University of Phoenix and LSU Eunice. She also served as Treasurer of the St. Philip Neri Ladies’ Co-Op Board and was the Food and Beverage Committee Chair for the St. Philip Neri May Fair.
Tricia currently serves on the Archbishop Chapelle Alumnae Board, is the Chapelle Emerald Gala Co-Chair for the 2023 Gala, maintains Co-Chair responsibilities for Chapelle’s Prom Fest Games and Activities, and is active in the Parents Club. Tricia is the proud mother of 2 children, Krista and Josh. Krista is a very involved triple legacy at Chapelle in her Junior year and Josh is a freshman at Brother Martin where he spends the majority of his time committed to the Varsity Wrestling team. Tricia is the proud legacy of Patricia “Patty” Marsh Compagno, class of 1974.
She noted, “I am beyond humbled and honored to be chosen as the Archbishop Chapelle Alumnae of the Year for 2023. The years I spent at Chapelle were, with a doubt, some of the best, and most formative years of my life. Chapelle laid the foundation for forming me into the woman that I am today. I am forever indebted to Chapelle for all it gave to me, and my contributions back are my attempt to repay that debt. I am the proudest alumna and let all who will listen know that I ‘bleed green’”.
2022 - Shari Schiro DeVille '83
2021 - Danna Spatafora Davis '82
2020 - Katherine "Kay" Quigley Dussouy '99
2019 - Angelina "Angie" Christina '81
2018 - Yvette Vezina LaCour '85
2017 - Donna Martiny Clement '76
2016 - Dr. Cherie Drez Bragg '86
2015 - Cindy Schule Wooderson '80
2014 - Victoria Calamari Lombard '87
2013 - Jane Ann Kuckelman Frosch '74
2012 - Dayna McGovern Boudreaux '78 & Cynthia Meyer Reynolds '76
2011 - Millie McNamara Moore '68
2010 - Kitty Cleveland '84
2009 - Sarah Comiskey McDonald '99
2008 - Bonnie Perkins Jones '75
2007 - Angela Saponara Thomas '97
2005 - Cynthia Mathes Molyneux '67
2004 - Judy Golemi Spadafora '66
2003 - Deborah A. Villio '79
2002 - Carolyn McCann Haar '68
2001 - Sr. Anne Joan Flanagan, FSP '74
2000 - Trisha Voltz Carlson '84
1999 - Judith Randazza Bertucci '70
1998 - Karen Caffery Betz '73
1997 - Erin Vezina Caruso '81
1996 - The Honorable Camille Buras Tifft '79
1995 - Jamie Fratello Staub '80
1994 - Dr. Catherine Troendle Fitzmorris '73
1993 - Shirley Prat Bertucci '69
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