2018 Alumna of the Year
On May 16, 2018, Kerry Clune Diebold, was honored as our 2018 Alumna of the Year. Kerry was born in Houma, Louisiana to John and Gretchen Clune. She has three siblings, Jay Clune, Bridget Clune Breaux, and Jenny Clune Kilbourn. She, along with her siblings, attended St. Bernadette Catholic School, before entering Vandebilt Catholic. Mr. and Mrs. Clune have a passion for Catholic education that is evident in each of their children.
During her years of formation at Vandebilt, Kerry was a member of student council, speech and debate, and the school newspaper. She was also a three-sport athlete, playing softball, basketball and throwing discus and shot-put for the track team.
After graduating 8th in her class from Vandebilt Catholic in 1986, Kerry earned a scholarship to Louisiana State University, where she worked in the registrar’s office. In 1988, she returned home to be with family and continued her studies at Nicholls State University, where she obtained a degree in Production Management. She then worked for Bollinger Shipyard for a year, before taking a job as Logistics Manager at Pallet Reefer.
In 1993, Kerry married Mark Diebold. Around this time, Kerry found her passion for volunteer work, when she became Chairperson for the March for Life Walkathon in Houma. In 1996, Mark and Kerry had their first child, Cullen. Kerry worked for a year more, then, decided to become a full-time mother with her second child, Keely on the way.
Kerry’s passion for community involvement and volunteer work were a huge part of this chapter in her life. While raising her two small children, Kerry volunteered at GDC, where her children attended a few days a week. She also served as secretary for the Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association and volunteered as coach for the U6 and U8 teams. In 2003, Kerry and Mark had their third child, Sean.
As her children grew, she was immensely involved in volunteering at their schools, from Fall Bazaar committee chair, to multiple years as room mom and substitute teacher, to parent liaison to the Terrebonne Parish School Board. Kerry chaired the Just Kids at Art grounds committee for several years and served on the St. Matthew’s School Board for a 2-year term.
Kerry was also a five-year active member of Junior Auxiliary of Houma, where she served as committee chair for services to MacDonnel Childrens’ Home and the Haven and helped with fundraising through the Denim and Diamonds committee chairmanship. After graduating from the program, she remained an associate lifetime member and still donates and volunteers when there is need.
When her oldest began at Vandebilt Catholic, she took her skills and passion for volunteering back to her alma mater. She was a substitute teacher, volunteered with the band, and was an active member of the Mothers Club. Then at the age of 43, Mark and Kerry found out they were expecting their fourth child, Molly.
Having 2 children in high school, one in middle school, and a newborn, Kerry still managed to dedicate time to her volunteer work by being post-prom committee chairperson 2 years in a row at VCHS and instilling community involvement in her children by adopting a Haven family each year for Christmas.
Kerry and Mark are parishioners of St. Gregory Catholic Church, where she has assisted with the youth program, scheduled altar servers, and most recently is assisting with the Silent Auction committee for St. Gregory’s upcoming Music Festival. She is still an active member of VCHS Mothers Club, where she serves as corresponding secretary, has been Autumn Festival committee chair for the past three years, volunteers as a football and basketball mom, and plans to become more deeply involved in Terrier Club. She also volunteers at St. Matthews Episcopal School, where her youngest, Molly is now attending.
Taken from 1 Peter 4:10: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
Kerry Diebold epitomizes the qualities that a Catholic educational institution strives to instill in its students. She serves as a role model for young people, demonstrating ways that a Vandebilt graduate can make a difference in this world. Vandebilt Catholic High School is extremely proud to add to the accolades of Kerry Clune Diebold the distinction of Alumna of the Year 2018.
Alum of the Year
Each year at the Vandebilt Catholic Senior Honors Convocation, a graduate of Vandebilt, Houma Central Catholic High, or St. Francis High School who is outstanding by the manifestation of lessons about service to others, wholeness of character, and living as a Christian example learned as a Catholic school student is recognized.
1977 Mr. Conrad Picou, Jr. ’60
1978 Mr. David Keife ’67
1979 Mr. Peter Broussard ’60
1980 Dr. Bobby Haydel ’57
1981 Mr. Ray Marcello ’40
1982 Mr. Ronnie Haydel ’54
1983 Mr. Lou Gehrig Burnett ’59
1984 Mr. John Schoonenberg ’68
1985 Dr. Dickey Haydel ’61
1991 Sr. Fatima Robichaux, MSC ’47
1992 Judge J. Louis Watkins, Jr. ’45
1993 Mr. Martin Folse ’78
1994 Dr. Walter Benoit Comeaux, Jr. ’39
1995 Dr. Connie Lirette Casente, RN ’58
1996 Ms. Leslie Johnson Van Osdale ’56
1997 Rev. Msgr. Philip Whitney ’39
1998 Ms. Glenny Lee Castagnos Buquet ’54
1999 Mr. Eddie Pullaro ’61
2000 Ms. Tracy Duplantis ’23
2001 Ms. Marian Hamilton ’72
2002 Mrs. Shirley Rome Watkins ’45
2003 Mr. Leslie Daigle ’53
2004 Judge Randy Bethancourt ’71
Mr. Ken Watkins ’47
2005 Dr. Ann Barker ’55
2006 Fr. Jay Baker ’79
2007 Dr. Leo Hebert ’58
2008 Mrs. Alexis and Mr. Berwick Duval ’73
2009 Dr. John “Jay” Clune ’82
2010 Rev. Glenn LeCompte ’76
2011 Dr. Michelle Simon ’82
2012 Mrs. Phyllis Peoples ’80
2013 Mrs. Laurie Calhoun Robichaux ’84
2014 Mr. Philip “Phe” McMahon ’83
2015 Father André Melancon ’02
2016 Mr. Robért LeBlanc ‘95
2017 Sister Renee Daigle '81
2018 Mrs. Kerry Clune Diebold '86