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May Alumnae Spotlight, Jo-Ann Fazzio Mueller Salassi, Sioux of 1957

In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now? 

My thirteen years at Ursuline instilled in me a path of learning to follow in all aspects of my life. Courtesy taught me to treat my family, friends and coworkers with respect. Loyalty taught me to stand by and for all individuals in my life in good times and bad. Courage taught me to go after my dream and found the first hospice program in Louisiana. Serviam taught me to care for my family and the terminally ill and their families.
Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy. 

The most significant value I learned from Ursuline is the value of education. I feel that I was well prepared in college becauseI I was exposed to all aspects of learning.

Describe Ursuline in one word.

Ursuline was a gift.


Jo-Ann was born in New Orleans on December 15,1939.  She is the daughter of Joseph Fazzio and Grace Kearns Fazzio. Jo-Ann began Ursuline in 1944 and graduated in 1957. She attended St. Louis University, Loyola University, and graduated from Tulane University with a MBA. She is married to Donald Mueller and has 4 children. Jo-Ann has worn many hats, including: working in radio and television, Development for Ochsner Hospital, founder of Louisiana’s first hospice program, and founder of the Louisiana State Hospice Organization.

She has served as CEO of The Hospice of Greater New Orleans, National Hospice Organization Board Member and Chair of their Council of States, National Hospice Foundation Board of Governors Board Emeritus, National Hospice Director for ServiceMaster Home Care Division, and consultant to Hospice Programs. 

She married Gerard O. Salassi, III in 2018.