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1983 Spotlight: Chris Robichaux

If the first thing you learn about Chris Robichaux is that she's from California and grew up in Maryland, you might wonder how the LSMSA Foundation president and 1983 Society member became such a staunch supporter of Louisiana School.
Chris and her husband, Dr. William Robichaux, met at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, married, and lived in New Orleans off and on for 20 years before relocating to Thibodaux. After Susannah, one of their three children, learned about LSMSA from the Duke TIP test and was accepted into the school's first sophomore class, she graduated in 2010. When Susannah began attending LSMSA, Chris reduced her work hours to part-time to be able to spend more time at LSMSA getting to know her children’s friends. 

"It was important to me to be involved as much as I could," reflects Chris. "I started by volunteering with the Parent's Council from 2007-2013 -- helping with their projects was a great way to meet students, faculty, and other parents."

And get involved Chris did! From helping draft the Foundation's first employee handbook to taking the helm as president of the Parents' Council, the Robichauxs truly made LSMSA a family affair. In 2012, Chris joined the Foundation board in an ex officio capacity with her Parents' Council role, continued as a volunteer on the Legal Committee, then was elected a trustee in 2017 even after their youngest child, Josephine, graduated from LSMSA in 2013.  
In 2019, Chris and her husband commissioned a ballet and gave it to LSMSA's Dance Program, providing funding for the school to have everything they needed to produce the ballet —- costumes, choreography, live musicians, etc. -- which turned out to be the school's last pre-Covid public event in March 2020.

“All of our volunteer work and projects focus on music, young people, or the marginalized," says Chris. "The best projects are at the intersection of all three -- like organizing student musicians to play at nursing homes. We love working with the LSMSA Foundation to promote opportunities for Louisiana’s gifted students to follow their passion, whatever it may be.” 

Because the Robichauxs are so grateful for the opportunities Louisiana School gave their children and so many other young people, they continue to prioritize supporting the school’s growth and continuation for new students who attend LSMSA. We can't think of a better representation of the LSMSA family!

Learn more about how you can support the school by joining the 1983 Society.


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