In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
When I think about my time as an Ursuline student, I think about the wonderful teachers and administrators and how each of them helped to prepare me for my career. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist working with Multiple Sclerosis patients, I model Sr. Ann Barrett. I make it a point to know every patient’s name and something about them to make them feel important and understood, just as Sr. Ann did on our very first day of high school. Sometimes my job requires me to be a creative thinker. I credit Sr. Regina Marie with helping me to see things more abstractly sometimes. Listening to patients and their families is a huge part of what I do. Ms. Probst taught me the importance of being thoughtful and quiet while others are speaking. Ms. Robert and Ms. O’Neil ignited my love of reading and writing, and this has been invaluable in writing articles and creating professional presentations for peers and patients. Now, more than ever, I know that good grammar matters! Even though I was not athletically inclined, Ms. Bott always made me work hard in PE class and celebrated my small victories. It was not very often that I actually hit the volleyball over the net or made the basketball goal! Her encouragement meant so much. I encourage my coworkers when days are busy. I also encourage patients when times are difficult so that they feel as positive as Ms. Bott made me feel. As an Ursuline student, I could never have imagined how much my adult life would be influenced by my time there. Twenty years later, I appreciate my Ursuline education more than ever.
Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy.
Loyalty— No matter where I’ve been or what I’ve done in my life, loyalty to others has been paramount to any success I’ve had. To me, loyalty means being supportive, helpful, and devoted, whether it be to a person or group of people, an institution, or a cause. I do my very best to show my loyalty to family and friends so that they know I can be a source of love and help for them each and every day. I try to be loyal to my patients and make sure they see me as someone on whom they can count when they are not feeling their best. I also try to be loyal to Ursuline. Ursuline shaped me in so many ways as a young girl, and I am forever thankful for the experiences I had and the life-long friendships I made within her walls. This is why I love being a part of the Alumnae Board and giving back to such an amazing institution. Ursuline Academy has been a part of my life now for 28 years. My hope is that my daughters love Ursuline as much as I do and continue the tradition of giving back to the place that gave and continues to give me so much.
Describe Ursuline in one word. Explain.
Roots—Ursuline Academy is the root of so many important things in my life. My best friends as an adult are the girls I met as an Ursuline student. It has been inspiring to see them all grow into such accomplished women with families and wonderful careers. I married my husband in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor and our life together began on that beautiful altar. Our oldest daughter, Lucy, has been an Ursuline student since T2 and will be entering 3rd grade this fall. My heart is so full in knowing that she is learning and living the Ursuline traditions while receiving a top notch education. Our youngest daughter, Phoebe, was baptized in the Shrine, and she will also be an Ursuline girl one day. Now that I have daughters, I feel very lucky that my parents made me an Ursuline girl and that my girls will have the same opportunity.
ABOUT AMBER RANDAZZO PESKIN
Amber Randazzo Peskin, Sioux of 1999, graduated from LSU School of Nursing in 2004 and moved to New York City. She worked as a registered nurse on an oncology/bone marrow transplant unit for one year, but found her passion working at the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice. She met her husband, Scott, while living in Manhattan, and they were married in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in 2008. In 2010, their daughter, Lucy, was born, and Amber knew that it was time to come back to NOLA so that Lucy could be an Ursuline girl (and she's a Skip of 2028)! Luckily, she was able to continue her work with MS patients in New Orleans at the Ochsner Multiple Sclerosis Center. Amber went on to pursue an advanced degree and graduated in 2014 with a Master’s in Nursing and is now an Adult Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist. In 2013, Amber was recognized by New Orleans City Business Magazine as a “Healthcare Hero” for the "tremendous positive impact that she has every day on the lives of people living with MS, and their families." In 2014, she was honored as the Outstanding Nurse of the Year for Ochsner Health System. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses. She is also a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse. In 2017, she had her second daughter, Phoebe. She is an active member of the Ursuline Academy Alumnae Board and is thrilled for the opportunity to serve as the 2018-2019 President.