2019 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award Recipients Announced
The annual Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award honors educators who exemplify the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of Teachers. The award is sponsored by the Lasallian Region of North America and is presented at the annual Huether Lasallian Conference.
The Midwest District selects their honorees as those Distinguished Lasallian Educators who exemplify the theme of the Huether Conference. The theme of the 2019 Huether Lasallian Conference, November 21-23, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is “Living the Lasallian Mission: Celebrating With Zeal.”
Together with District Leadership and members of the Lasallian Mission Council, Alisa Macksey and Lou Anne Tighe, have been selected as this year’s Midwest District Recipients.
Dean of Student Success and First Generation Initiative
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Alisa Macksey has not only devoted her career to the Lasallian mission, she warmly invites and inspires others to embrace the charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Throughout her roles—as a Lasallian Volunteer, in Regional Lasallian leadership, and in her current role as dean of Student Success and First Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota—she demonstrates care and commitment, especially to those entrusted to her care. Her dedication extends to chairing the International Council for Lasallian Association and the Educational Mission (CIAMEL) and serving on various District and Regional committees and governing boards.
Lou Anne Tighe
Director of Campus Ministry/Religion Teacher
Lou Anne embodies LaSallian virtues and has a profound respect for and appreciation of LaSallian tradition, history and spirituality. She has availed herself of numerous LaSallian formation experiences over the past twenty years, including the LaSallian Leadership Institute, LaSallian Animators’ Retreat, and numerous Huether Conferences. In her ministry at Cretin-Derham Hall, she has become a leader in LaSallian formation, offering numerous formation opportunities for faculty/staff, parents, and the Board of Directors in addition to students.
Lou Anne’s research of the life of Blessed Brother James Miller was instrumental in the Christian Brothers formal documents supporting his beatification, which is scheduled for December 8, 2019 in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Lou Anne will be among the CDH faculty attending this important event.