Alumna of the Year, Yvette Vezina LaCour '85
Archbishop Chapelle High School is honored to name Yvette as the 2018 Alumna of the Year because of her constant support of our school and her loyalty to green & white. We all appreciate Yvette's support over the years and are thrilled to honor her with our 2018 Alumna of the Year award!
Yvette Vezina LaCour, our 2018 Alumna of the Year, is a 1985 graduate of ACHS and a former Chapelle administrator and parent. Yvette received her B.A. from Loyola University-New Orleans in 1989 and her M.Ed. from the University of Vermont in 1991.
Yvette has been married to Gregory LaCour for 22 years and they are the proud parents of five children: Patrick, Teresa (’17), Matthew, Luke and Jude.
Yvette has worked as the Director of Development at Notre Dame Seminary since 2010 when the position was established. Yvette oversees the Seminary’s successful advancement program, which includes several annual fundraising events; volunteer, donor and alumni relations; grant writing; major gifts, etc. “I have the very best job in the world! I work with incredible priests, faculty, fellow staff members and volunteers who are all committed to the Seminary’s mission of forming the future priests of our Church!” Fr. Jim Wehner, Rector/President of Notre Dame Seminary, shared these thoughts: “Yvette has directed our development and fundraising efforts for over 8 years while the seminary population has grown over 60%. Her commitment to the Catholic Faith, her love of the Church, and her contributions to seminary formation all represent the virtue, dedication and competency that Archbishop Chapelle High School has nurtured in students and alumnae. As a mom and wife, as a professional and colleague, Yvette continues to give of herself to family, friends, community, Church and her alma mater. Anyone who knows Yvette, knows that she is passionate, driven and a great leader. The seminary is lucky to have her as an administrator.”
In her capacity as Development Director, Yvette also serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Development Committee. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Her previous work experiences include six years on the Administrative Team at ACHS as Campus Minister and then as the Admission Director.
Yvette is a member of Catholic Women in Action, a committee of the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She is also a Board Member for the non-profit Louisiana Youth Seminar (LYS), a high school leadership program that trains over 300 of Louisiana’s best and brightest student leaders each summer. She previously served LYS as a volunteer staff member for ten years in various capacities including Program Director, Assistant Program Director and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Yvette, Greg and their children are active members of St. Clement of Rome Parish. Yvette served two terms on the School Advisory Board at St. Clement of Rome and a term on the Pastoral Council for the parish. She also served for many years as the morning captain of the St. Clement of Rome Adoration Chapel. As a parent volunteer at Chapelle, Yvette served on the Advisory Board and the Parent’s Fund Drive Committee. She is presently serving on Chapelle’s Strategic Planning Committee. Yvette has given countless hours in many capacities at all of the schools her children attend or have attended--Jesuit, ACHS, Christian Brothers and St. Clement. In recognition of their service to the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Yvette and Greg received the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion in 2016.
“I am very honored to be named the 2018 Alumna of the Year. I loved my time as a both a student and an administrator at Chapelle and treasure the memories and friendships made during those years. I was thrilled when our only daughter, Teresa (’17) chose to continue our family’s tradition and attend Chapelle.”
Yvette is the sister of Erin Vezina Caruso (’81), Maura Vezina Owers (’82), sister-in-law of Ronda Estrada Vezina (’88) and aunt of Elizabeth Owers (’10) and Catherine Owers (’12).
Previous Recipients of the Chapelle Alumna of the Year Award
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