Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.

This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Lisa Smith

Lisa has very generously given of her time and talents to the parish over the years. She has been a major influence on our youth! If you’ve been involved in any of the plays and musicals over the years…you’ve no doubt seen Lisa. Going back to the early ‘90’s, Lisa first got involved when her kids were in school here. She then started volunteering to choreograph dances for a few of the shows and eventually started directing.


According to teacher Dawn Gruenemeier, “We have done about 12 shows here since the late 90’s, and Lisa was, in some capacity, involved in about 10 of them! For years she just helped out with the musicals because I asked her to. Her children had all graduated from here. She didn’t hesitate to get involved....even knowing it was a major time commitment!”


Thanks to Lisa sharing her love of theater with our youth, no doubt many of them discovered their talents to dance and sing…and then went on to share their talents with many morepeople.


Two of Lisa’s grandchildren are currently in school here and both were in the recent production of Annie Junior. “She is passing on to them her love of theater!” said Gruenemeier.


For a number of years, Lisa also directed Lent Event, the Youth Ministry’s play about the life and passion of Jesus. She also shared her deep passion for the Catholic faith.

Lisa is on the Board of Directors at Pregnancy Center West and has been President the last several years. Before that she was a client advocate.

Mrs. Gruenemeier says, “Lisa is amazing! Her youngest son, Evan, got married 2 weeks before Annie Junior opened and Lisa handled it like a champ. She had an open house at her home in between the wedding and reception. The following week she hosted an event for the Pregnancy Center!” 

Lisa has also served several terms on Parish Council and chaired the craft show and Christmas Walk for several years back in the ‘90’s.

She and her husband, Tom, have two daughters and two sons.

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Lisa Smith for her years of faith-filled service!


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