When Lenny Monteleone first joined the Alumni board in 1999, he was quiet and reserved
in his approach to his role as a board member but he was always willing to assist
in any way needed. He contributed innumerable hours to the board and the Board received
two workers instead of one. He and his wife, Lynn, were always enthusiastic in working
to lend a hand to all the events sponsored by the Alumni Association.
Mr. Monteleone was the board's St. Tammany connection. He worked in various roles
in education and worked his way up to the St. Tammany Superintendent of Schools.
He knew everyone and although he was always busy, he never failed to make time to
be at every St. Tammany function and any other university function to represent the
Alumni Board. He was one of those quiet giants who made things happen. He looked out
for everyone's best interest and always found a compromise that made the situation
He learned his work ethic from his father, a cobbler who was an expert in his trade
and a gentleman well liked and respected by the community. He learned the quality
of gentleness from his mother who greeted everyone she met with a shy smile and kind
words. From his sister Karen, who lived with Down's syndrome, he learned patience
and understanding. His brother, Joe, and sister, Dee and Lenny were always there for
each other forming a strong family unit while growing up and into their adult years.
Lenny acquired his love of life and that quiet mischievousness from his high school
friends who remained his best friends throughout his life.
God blessed Lenny with his soul mate, Lynn, who gave him two wonderful sons to brighten
their life together.
Lenny's contributions in his chosen field of education are well known and he has made
Southeastern proud to call him one of our own.