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September 20, 2021
Longtime ACSA member Pat Lasarte has announced she will step down after serving nearly 16 years on ACSA’s Member Recruitment Team. Her last day was Aug. 31, 2021.
Lasarte joined ACSA in 1983 and served Region 6 at the charter, region and state level. She became an Emeritus Member in August 2002 and later joined the Member Recruitment Team in October 2005. Although she recruited members in Regions 12, 15 and 16, she was assigned as Region 19’s Membership Recruiter.
“She has been a ‘quiet warrior’ exhausting all efforts to recruit and retain ACSA members,” said Sherman Garnett, who worked alongside Lasarte on the Member Recruitment Team.
When she was a new membership VP for her charter, Rebecca Cook said Lasarte immediately reached out and offered support, including how to read reports, how to shift memberships and how to get swag for members.
“Pat is always an email or phone call away. I will always remember how she made me feel as I began my journey with ACSA,” said Cook, who is currently chair of the Member Services Committee. “She is incredibly supportive and kind and makes me laugh. When I became the Region 19 membership VP, she continued to offer support, but in the form of a partnership. She and I worked together to continue to increase membership in Region 19.”
Region 19 Consultant Jennette Harper, who has known Lasarte for more than 20 years, said she is a “true gem” who brings energy and enthusiasm to her region. “She is one of the most supportive people I know. We have put on numerous events together from conferences, workshops and dinners. She is a hands-on person who works side by side with the members wherever she is needed,” Harper said. “She is very extraordinary. She is down to earth and helps new and existing members to realize ‘Why ACSA?’ She will truly be missed.”
Lasarte also established and consulted with a student charter in Region 19 to introduce the next generation of administrators to ACSA.
“Pat’s gentle nature and compassionate approach to serving members was apparent in all the additional contributions she made to ACSA, including her partnership work with the local universities in Regions 12 and 19 to help reach potential administrators from the student ranks,” said ACSA Senior Director of Member Services Margarita Cuizon-Armelino. “She has been a bright light who has served the organization with undying dedication and will be very missed.”
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