Jolleen Wagner, director of Lasallian Volunteers, will be honored on June 7, 2014, by Siena College in Loudonville, NY, for her dedication to service. Wagner, a 2004 graduate of Siena and LV alum, will receive the Franciscan Spirit Award during the President’s Brunch and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony as part of the college’s Reunion Weekend. The Franciscan Spirit Award is given to a man and a woman who have graduated within 10 years and have demonstrated commitment to service to both Siena and their community while excelling in their careers.
“My immediate reaction to learning I was one of the Franciscan Spirit Award recipients was to sit down. That might sound funny, but I believe it highlights my surprise,” Wagner said. “The spiritualities of both St. Francis of Assisi and St. John Baptist de La Salle have had irrevocable impact on the person I am…for anyone to recognize that I am pursuing my life in a way that reflects either is a great affirmation.”
Since graduating from Siena, Wagner has continued on a path of service, including serving for three years as an LV and educator. She became associate director of the LVs in 2007 and director in 2011. In addition to her work for LVs, Wagner has been called upon to evaluate existing and develop new formation programs, lead and design immersion trips, and present and facilitate at various events focused on faith, service, and community. Also a member of the International Council of Young Lasallians and the chair of the Regional Young Lasallians Committee, Wagner leads at the International and Regional levels to illuminate and invigorate the Young Lasallian voice for the future of the mission.