Distinguished Alumna Award
The Distinguished Alumna Award is given annually to a graduate who “uses her God-given talents to better her community.” The award will be presented at the January 25, 2017 school liturgy; a reception follows for family and friends. Nominations for this honor are accepted from the entire alumnae community. Please click HERE for a complete list of past recipients.
The Alumnae Board is pleased to announce the Distinguished Alumna for 2016-2017 is Lucia Bianchino Bartlett '98.
Lucia has dedicated her life to service. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Child Development and Psychology and an Educational Specialist Credential, she served the special needs community as a Resource Teacher at Willow Elementary in Agoura Hills for 10 years. During that tenure, she started a very unique catechism program for special needs students at St. Jude's Parish in Westlake Village.
In June of 2016, Lucia felt called to give up her "career" in public education to fully engage in church work serving both the special needs children as well as the youth at St. Jude's. She now works full time at St. Jude's as the Confirmation, Youth Ministry, Young Adult, and Special Needs Coordinator. Her experience and compassion working with the special needs community have opened up doors for Catholic families. Recently, she spoke at the Santa Barbara Regional Congress about her model program in order to support and encourage other parishes to follow suit. Awarded the Young Adults in Ministry award in 2000 by Cardinal Mahoney and the Partners in Service Award by Catholic Charities in 2015, Lucia is an inspiration and is truly transforming the world.