April Alumnae Spotlight, Lisa Zaccaria Barnett, Sioux of 1981

In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
I remember visiting Ursuline Academy for the first time. I knew that it was the place for me for high school. Ursuline spoke to me, and, in some way, one could say it was a calling. As a student, I received a solid educational foundation and I learned the importance of Serviam. My faith was molded by the sisters, teachers and classmates. Ursuline gave me the direction and life skills needed for today’s world. As an alumna, I often reflect on memories at Ursuline that give me direction even today in my current personal or professional life. For that, I am forever grateful.
Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy. 
Serviam – I will serve - is the core of the Ursuline educational experience. The sisters, teachers and alumnae taught us to be servant leaders. Through the years, I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with many alumnae who are deeply committed to serving their community, church, philanthropy, profession, family and Ursuline. Our alumnae understand and live by example through Serviam. This is the common thread among us and it is what makes an Ursuline alumna stand out and make a difference.
Describe Ursuline in one word. Explain.
Vision. The vision of Ursuline has remained constant since 1727. While the Ursuline education is focused on the future for our young women in a modern world, the early principles and core teachings are instilled today. For nearly 300 years, Ursuline’s vision has given meaning to the phrase “girl power.” It encourages us to be confident, committed, courageous, and to lead by example. It guides us to give of oneself through service, faith and prayer. Ursuline empowers us to be forward thinkers, catalysts and trailblazers...just like the brave Ursulines who voyaged to New Orleans three centuries ago.
As a resident of Covington since 1996, Lisa is committed to making a difference in her community. She currently serves as the President of the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany Board of Trustees and led the organization and project to the recent launch of the museum in January 2018. Her interests, involvement and leadership include the Junior League of Greater Covington, St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Paul’s School Renaissance Board, St. Tammany Chamber West Advisory Board, Leadership St. Tammany, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae and Louisiana Youth Seminar Advisory Board. Lisa is also currently serving on the Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees.
As a Sioux of 1981, Lisa has served Ursuline Academy as Alumnae Board President (1996-97), Alumnae Association Centennial Chair (2001), National Alumnae Chapter Director (2003) and the Development Committee (2003 and 2016 – present). She returned to Ursuline from 1990 – 1994 as the Director of Institutional Advancement. Lisa graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Social Sciences. Her prior work includes the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as the Director of the Baton Rouge Office and, the Louisiana Legislature for the Louisiana Republican and Jefferson Parish Delegations.
Her proudest accomplishments are her three children: twin sons William and Zachary, and younger brother, Christopher. She and her husband, Rob, most enjoy being with their boys, travel, non-profit community work, entertaining, gardening and cooking.