Alumna of the Year, Angelina "Angie" Christina '81
Archbishop Chapelle High School is honored to name Angie as the 2019 Alumna of the Year because of her constant support of our school and her loyalty to green & white. We all appreciate Angie's support over the years and are thrilled to honor her with our 2019 Alumna of the Year award!
Angelina "Angie" Christina graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School in 1981. She received a Diplôme Supérieur de la Langue Française from the L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France in 1984. In 1986, Angie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Louisiana State University, where she was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics. Angie graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University School of Law, and was made a member of the Tulane University Law School Chapter of the Order of the Coif in 2003.
After college, Angie returned to Archbishop Chapelle where she taught French, Economics, and Civics. During her 14-year tenure, she captained the annual ChampionChip Breakfast and Senior Awards Ceremony, moderated the French Club, organized the Gifted and Talented Program, and served as the program's co-chairman. Angie also created and was the inaugural chair of the Emerald Gala.
Angie has been practicing law for almost 16 years and is a partner in Akerman LLP's Consumer Financial Services Practice Group. "I love putting the puzzle pieces together to tell a story within the law. The work is intellectually challenging and allows me to collaborate with my practice group colleagues across the country as we strive to provide superb service and an impeccable product to our clients."
Outside of the office and court, Angie serves as president of the New Orleans Bar Foundation, whose mission is advancing the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education, and service. The foundation sponsors the Veterans Justice Fellowship to serve the unaddressed civil legal needs of those who fought freely so we might live freely. Angie is also an active member of the New Orleans Bar Association, and presently sits on its board of directors.
As a young lawyer Angie was instrumental in setting up the New Orleans Bar and Grille - a cooking competition among the city's law firms - to benefit Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, which provides civil legal aid, advocacy, and community education to low-income individuals throughout the state. The Bar and Grille, now in its 17th year, continues to be the chief fund raiser sponsored by the bar association's Young Lawyers Section.
Angie is a fellow of the American Bar Association, a global honor society of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and the welfare of their communities. She was a 2018 City Business Leadership in Law Honoree, served on the ACHS strategic plan committee, and was an alumnae board member for several years. Angie has devoted innumerable hours of service to such organizations as The Pro Bono Project, Cancer Crusaders, and The Audubon Zoo.
"I am thrilled, and humbled to have been selected Archbishop Chapelle's 2019 Alumna of the Year. I cherish the time I spent at ACHS as a student and faculty member. My friends, teachers, co-workers, and students taught me there is no mountain too high, and are an integral party of who I am today. Importantly, our motto, Deus Providebit, has never failed."
Previous Recipients of the Chapelle Alumna of the Year Award
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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