Lasallian Founder's Alumni Awards

 

The 2019 Lasallian Founder's Alumni Awards

 

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Lasallian Founder's Alumni Awards! 

 Congratulations to this year's recipients:

 Left to right: Bill Lissau Class of 1961, Distinguished Alumni,
Maria Copp Class of 2008, Dedication to Quality Education,

Father Gary Kastl, Bishop Kelley President, and
Melissa Bryce Gamble Class of 2000, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice

(Not pictured Dcn. Jon Fincher Class of 2011, Outstanding Young Alumni)

Click here to watch a video from the event.

Bill Lissau '61

2019 Distinguished Alumni

  

A member of Bishop Kelley’s first graduating class, Bill Lissau, along with his wife and fellow BK graduate Ann, have demonstrated school spirit since 1961. After graduation, be earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. Bill was one of the original members of the BK School Board. Four children and many grandchildren followed in their footsteps as Bishop Kelley students. Bill Lissau co-founded the Bishop Kelley Endowment Fund (which is now valued at nearly $12M) and served as its first chairman. Bill also formerly served as chairman of the school's board of directors.  He currently serves on the Board of Saint Francis Health Systems and as chairman of the board of the Warren Foundation.  In his role with the foundation, Bill is a champion of Catholic health care and helps steward philanthropic initiatives that benefit many Catholic institutions, including Bishop Kelley High School. He was inducted into the Bishop Kelley Hall of Fame in 1992.

 

Melissa Bryce Gamble '00
Concern for the Poor and Social Justice

Melissa Bryce Gamble’s compassion for others was clear even as a high school student. She served in Anchor Club, NHS and volunteered at the Madonna House. When her daughter Ginny was diagnosed with a peroxisomal disorder, Melissa Bryce Gamble took action. She co-founded an international non-profit called The Global Foundation For Peroxisomal Disorders in October 2010 and has served as Treasurer, Board President, and now Executive Director. She funds groundbreaking research, provides comfort and advocacy for families, and promotes awareness for this rare, fatal disease. Although her daughter has since passed away, she continues with the same dream to one day allow kids born with the same disorder to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

The GFPD was featured in the Tulsa World in early October. Click here to read the article.

 

Maria Copp '08
Dedication to Quality Education

  

Eighth-grade reading specialist Maria Copp currently works at East Central Junior High in Tulsa. She was a Brother Bernardine Scholar, graduated from the University of Tulsa, and received a masters from Vanderbilt. She volunteered with Teach For America in San Antonio and worked in the AmeriCorps Mercy Home, a Catholic social service organization in Chicago. At the Mercy Home, she helped educate and mentor homeless, abused, and neglected children. She marched with other teachers to the state capitol to demand better funding for Oklahoma schools. She has been recognized as an outstanding educator and community contributor by the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40.

 

Dcn. Jon Fincher '11
Outstanding Young Alumni

  

After graduating in 2011 from Bishop Kelley with honors, Jon Fincher devoted himself to service and to the Church. He attended several mission trips while at Bishop Kelley, and during his time at Benedictine College he helped begin an annual mission trip to serve individuals on the Navajo Reservation. Jon felt called to the priesthood and transferred to Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, TX, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. Jon was then sent to Rome to continue his priestly formation where he attained a bachelor's of sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Jon works with the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by St. Mother Teresa. In the summer of 2017, he spent time in Kolkata, India working with the Missionaries of Charity in the same location Mother Theresa had worked. Jon worked at both an orphanage and the home of the dying called Pure Heart. He returned again last Christmas (2018) and spent his holiday doing the same work. He continues to work with the Sisters in Rome by working at a soup kitchen every Friday. He will begin a licentiate in moral theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas this fall. During his time in seminary, Jon has served at several local parishes in our diocese, including as chaplain at St. Francis Hospital. Jon will be ordained to the diaconate this October and to the priesthood in June.

 

 

Unfortunately, we had technical difficulties with the audio on Dcn. Fincher's speech and lost connection toward the end. If you'd like to read a full transcript of his speech, please click here.

PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

2018

 

Distinguished Alumni - Eugene Megysey '63

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Concern for the Poor and Social Justice - Sr. Mary Servant of the Cross (Angela Kmetz) '01

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Dedication to Quality Education - Dr. Curt Adams '91

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Outstanding Young Alumni - Kelsey Ritchie '13

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2018 Lasallian Founder's Awards Introduction

2018 Lasallian Founder's Awards Closing Remarks