★ A Message from Director of Alumni Jesse Foley '89 ★
Like so many of you, I have deep gratitude and dedication to Academy of Holy Angels. I am a Co-Star, having graduated from AHA in 1989. I returned to AHA to work and coach basketball in 1997. My wife Annie (Juettner) ‘92 is an alumnus, as are many others in our family. Annie and I have six children; our oldest kids are at AHA a junior and a sophomore.
I am excited to help develop and lead an alumni program at AHA that more effectively engages our alumni. I am excited for this opportunity because I believe countless good things will happen as we work more thoughtfully and diligently to connect and in many cases, re-connect with our graduates.
With assistance from many fellow AHA alumni including AHA Board Chair John Arms ‘86 and friends across multiple AHA classes, we are putting together our vision and plans to better welcome and partner with AHA alumni. Our goal is improve our service one alumni at a time!
We need your valuable input and advice so our efforts to improve hit the mark. We want to know how to reach more alumni, what the AHA alumni experience has been like and what communications methods work and what hasn’t worked. If there is something you’re frustrated with or feel uninformed about, call me.
While your input will shape our plans moving forward, there are a couple of ideas that I’d like for every alumni to consider.
- First, Academy of Holy Angels is worthy of your care. As it did for you, an AHA education changes a young person’s life. We educate students to reach their full potential, to serve others and to help those in need. Each year we graduate students who will go out to be servant leaders and make a positive difference in our world. As an alumni, you should be proud that we open our doors to diverse populations and to the poor in our community.
- Second, the staff and faculty at AHA care about you and your family. We celebrate your successes and accomplishments and often we take full credit! We also pray for you when we hear you or someone in your family have experienced a difficulty or loss.
- Third, we want you to come back. We hope you visit AHA during an event or on a day of your choosing. Stop in to see how we’ve changed and how we’re the same!
- Fourth, AHA needs your support. We need your prayers for the continued success and growth of our beloved AHA. We need you to send your children or encourage your grandchildren to attend AHA. We need the energy, ideas, resources and talent that God gave you to be the fuel for our mission! This sort of generosity, the kind that supports a child’s education, causes true and lasting joy.
As I continue this ministry, I ask for your prayers and support. In return, please know that starting this week all alumni will be added to our list of special intentions as staff begin the Rosary every Wednesday morning in our Chapel.
One event that we hope you will put on your calendar is Rock the Lawn 2017 which will take place on Friday, June 23, 2017.
May God bless you and your entire family. Go ★STARS!