Laura Woodland St.Amand is a TUCM alum from the 1980s. Her roots stem from her mother and father who both attended around 1950 as well as her brother and sister. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Lit in 1984 and worked in the office at TUCM and returned to grad school in 1988 graduating with a MSW in 1990. She met her husband, Mark St.Amand at TUCM, and her daughter Bernadette and niece and nephew have been active in The Wesley since their freshman years.
She experienced two wise and wonderful campus ministers while she attended TUCM: Rush Otey and Randy Nichols. Both are men of faith who supported and nurtured her spiritual growth.
She currently works as a social worker for the Department of Children and Family Services where she has enjoyed (while not all joyful) 27 years working with children and families in our community who have needs, experiences and life stories she could never have imagined. It continues to be a privilege and most humbling journey of learning and faith.
In her years at TUCM, she experienced friendships with people from different backgrounds and faiths, able to be a part of conversations, debates, and discussions about faith, religion, social justice and even politics; all in a very supportive and caring community. Her favorite part was the annual spring workday/crawfish boil, they were EPIC!