St. Elizabeth’s Guild will honor 10 community activists at its Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.
The honorees are Constance Albert, Dianne Breaux, P. Kevin Colomb, Carol V. Hall, Russ M. Herman, Nora Nolan Lambert, Joyce W. Laporte, Paula Peterson Pizzaloto, Linda D. Sunseri and Cindy Schule Wooderson.
The guild also will honor Cheryl S. Cabes and Peter R. Quirk as Hall of Fame Activists for their continued support of the community. They were first honored by the guild 25 years ago.
The event will include entertainment by the Victory Belles and a Dillard's fashion show, along with a silent auction, raffles and a parade of prizes. Tickets are $75, in advance only, with the proceeds benefiting Padua House, St. John the Baptist Head Start, Cornerstone Kids, Isaiah 43 and Therapeutic Family Services. For tickets, call Laurie Nodier at (504) 393-8531.
Constance Albert: After moving to Kenner in 1984, Albert's first task was to become active in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where she became the parish's first youth director. She also organized the first group of young adults in the archdiocese, naming them The Young Ephesians, and created the Adopt-A-Grandparent program with schoolchildren and adults in nursing homes. For all her parish work, Albert received the Order of St. Louis Medallion. Albert is president of Metropolitan Republican Women and has served as co-president of Cancer Crusaders and a member of Ladies Leukemia League. In 2014, Albert and her husband, Dale Cooney, co-founded America's Heroes, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide aid for veterans.
Dianne Breaux: As executive vice president of public relations for Breaux Mart, Breaux is able to support many charitable organizations within the area. She is an active member of Cancer Crusaders, East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation and its auxiliary, Louisiana Center for Women and Government, Metairie Woman’s Club, the Republican Women of Jefferson Parish, the Touchdown Club, the Elenian Club, and the VFW Post of Metairie Auxiliary. She also served as last year’s co-president of Cancer Crusaders. She is past president of Republican Women of Jefferson Parish and also of East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary. Breaux has also devoted herself on behalf of the Copeland Foundation, raising funds for the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Research Center.
P. Kevin Colomb Sr.: A fourth-generation New Orleanian, Colomb graduated from De La Salle High School, LSU and Loyola Law School. He has been married to Nancy Carpenter for 39 years and is a father of four and grandfather of three. He serves on the Southern Dominican Province Advisory Board, Ozanam Inn Board, Christian Brothers Foundation, J. Edgar Monroe Foundation board of trustees and LSU Health Sciences Psychiatry Advisory Board. He is a member of the Fore!Kids Foundation, Knights of Columbus (St. Dominic Council) and committee member for the Pro Bono Project “Justice for All Ball.” He has also served as president of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers and vice president of the Christian Brothers Foundation.
Carol V. Hall: For 20 years, Hall has been co-chairwoman for the flower teams at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She is an active member of the board of governors of the Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association and is the treasurer (and an active member) of the Longue Vue House and Gardens steering committee. Most recently, she chaired the auction for the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House Gala, participated again this year in The Catholic Foundation's Women's Giving Circle and will co-chair the 2018 “Prix d' Elégance” Men and Women of Fashion Luncheon. She has been honored as volunteer of the year for the New Orleans Museum of Art and a 30-year cancer survivor by Cancer Crusaders.
Russ M. Herman: A graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Law School, Herman has been ranked for more than 25 years by his peers and legal organizations as one of the top 50 litigators in the country. He was inducted into both the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame and Tulane Law School’s inaugural Hall of Fame. Citibusiness Leaders in Law honored Herman with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He serves on the boards of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center. He has been a patron and co-chairman of fundraisers for Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, WYES and the Louisiana Museum Foundation. He is also a patron of Young Audiences, Son of a Saint and the George Rodrigue Foundation.
Nora Nolan Lambert: With her husband, John, Nora Nolan Lambert is a longtime supporter of Louisiana Right to Life. She serves on the advisory board of Compassionate Burial for Indigent Babies, a nonprofit that ensures dignified burials. For many years, Lambert was the president of the Mary's Children ministry, whose members taught New Orleans teens to make cord rosaries to sell to finance their own spiritual pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Lambert taught the technique to Irish monks in County Limerick as well. As a result, tens of thousands of cord rosaries have been distributed internationally. With her husband, Lambert has been a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Louis Cathedral for nearly 30 years.
Joyce W. Laporte: Blending her artistic talent with the art of volunteerism, Laporte has served as an art teacher and mentor for students at Magnolia School, Cub Scouts, vacation Bible schools and the elderly. She spearheaded an Angel’s Place art program for terminally ill children, organizing a children’s art exhibit at which all 50 masterpieces sold within 45 minutes. She donates original works to such organizations as Cancer Crusaders, Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization, Ladies Leukemia League, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Dollars for Scholars, American Heroes and St. Elizabeth’s Guild. Her activist work includes board and officer positions for Jefferson Beautification, Jefferson Performing Arts Society Leading Ladies Guild, Republican Women’s Club, and the Artists Associations of New Orleans, Jefferson and Louisiana.
Paula Peterson Pizzaloto: Born and raised in Gentilly, Pizzaloto has devoted decades to such groups as The Elenian Club, the New Orleans Dental Association Ladies Auxiliary, March of Dimes, St. Michael's Special School, The Sisters of St. Joseph Medallia, LaRayo and Boys Hope. She has chaired the Brother Martin High School auction, Jesuit High School Celebration and served on the Mount Carmel Academy Spring Fling Committee. For many years, she has served on the boards and committees of Ladies Leukemia League and Mother Cabrini High School Alumnae. Pizzaloto serves as president of the St. Louis King of France Advisory Board.
Linda D. Sunseri: A marriage and family therapist, Sunseri began volunteering with the anti-abortion movement, serving on the boards of St. Vincent’s Maternity Home and New Life, now ACCESS Counseling Services. As a mother of three, she was active with her children's schools, their many sports activities and especially their Scouting by volunteering as a Scout leader. In the early 1970s, a women’s retreat at the Cenacle Retreat House led to a deep and devoted involvement to what is now The Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center. Today, Sunseri serves on the Advisory Board, the Captains’ Council and the Fund Development Committee at the Retreat House. She has volunteered her professional services in the juvenile courts of both Orleans and Jefferson parishes and at both Grace House and Covenant House. She provides counseling services at Hotel Hope, a shelter for homeless women and their children.
Cindy Schule Wooderson: When she was a student at Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie, Wooderson began her volunteer work with the St. Mary Magdalen Parish Catholic Youth Organization. After she married, Wooderson continued for many years as a coach and an adult adviser with the organization. She then aided the school as president of the Parent’s Club. Wooderson and her husband, Rob, stay active as extraordinary ministers and vocation prayer partners at St. Mary Magdalen. Wooderson also assists Chapelle as a member of the alumnae board. She has chaired numerous alumnae events, including the Emerald Gala and the school’s golf tournament. For her fundraising work, Wooderson was honored in 2015 as Chapelle’s alumna of the year. She serves as immediate past president of St. Elizabeth’s Guild and past chairwoman of the Guild’s Volunteer Activist Luncheon.
Cheryl S. Cabes: Since being honored as a volunteer activist by St. Elizabeth's Guild in 1993, Cabes has remained active in many religious and secular community organizations. She led Cancer Crusaders as president and continues to be active on its board. Cabes also guided Friends of City Park as president and continues to serve on several committees. She assisted the Council of Catholic Schools Cooperative Clubs by serving on its board and its Presidents’ Advisory Committee. An alumna of Mount Carmel Academy, Cabes served on the alumnae board and Mount Carmel’s board of development. She piloted St. Michael’s Guild as president and Blue Rose Ball chairwoman and served The World War II Museum as Victory Ball chairwoman.
Peter R. Quirk: In 2001, Quirk was appointed executive director of the Catholic Foundation, where he served until 2013. He is now director of development. He serves on the boards of Xavier University President’s Advisory Board, the University of New Orleans Foundation, Catholic Cemeteries, St. Andrew’s Village and Closer Walk ministries. Quirk has served as chairman of the board of United Way and was general campaign chairman in 1991. He has served on the boards of Xavier University, Covenant House, Daughters of Charity Health Services, Christopher Homes and Our Lady of Holy Cross College. As a member of the Order of Malta, he volunteered with its home renovation program after Hurricane Katrina. He has been active for the past 12 years in a ministry to the special-needs community called God’s Special Children, which sponsors a monthly Mass.