Hall of Fame Recognition
The Vandebilt Catholic Hall of Fame was established to honor those with outstanding achievements, accomplishments, service and/or dedication to the school. In 2022, the school adopted a new nomination and selection process in order to further preserve, strengthen, and honor Vandebilt Catholic. The hope is that those selected as Hall of Fame members will be an inspiration to current students, staff, and community members.
Vandebilt Catholic Hall of Fame recognition is bestowed upon up to four long-time supporters of Vandebilt Catholic. Hall of Fame recipients are former faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and/or community members who through their outstanding achievements in their spiritual, professional and civic lives, have brought honor to themselves and Vandebilt Catholic, and whose contributions have had a broad and positive impact on others.
Hall of Fame Induction 2023
On June 2, 2023, during the VCHS President's Banquet, Mrs. Patrice Monier, Mr. Heinke Trapp '81, and Mrs. Phyllis Peoples '80 were inducted into the Vandebilt Catholic High School's Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Patrice Monier accepts the 2023 Hall of Fame Induction award.
Mrs. Patrice Gauslin Monier is a native of New Orleans, and after attending parochial grammar schools there, she graduated from Riverdale High School in 1973.
Patrice graduated in 1977 from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education and a minor in English. While a student at Nicholls, she met her future husband, Philip Monier, Jr. of Raceland and they married in her final year of college. He too was an educator, who retired from the public-school system after working with special needs children.
Patrice’s teaching career began at St. Gregory Catholic Elementary in 1977 where she taught a self-contained sixth grade class, teaching all subjects. She joined the faculty at Vandebilt Catholic in 1980 where she taught for the next 42 years, retiring in 2022. During those years at VCHS she taught Geometry, Advanced Math, Algebra I and II and Eighth Grade Math. Her additional responsibilities included 8th grade and 10th grade class moderators. She worked for many years on class projects such as Homecoming and the Sadie Hawkins Dances.
Patrice served under nine principals during her 42-year tenure: Bro. Eldon Crifasi, Bro. John Abate, Mr. Allen Power, Mr. David Keife, Mr. James Reiss, Mrs. Yvonne Weimer, Mr. Jeremy Gueldner and Mrs. Ginny Medina-Hamilton. She was the 2011 VCHS Teacher of the Year and earned numerous Teacher of the Month awards over the years. She also returned the year right after retirement to substitute a math class.
Reflecting back on her years in education and the thousands of students she taught, Patrice’s greatest satisfaction was always to see her former students succeeding in their chosen fields and making a difference in the community once they graduated. She also enjoyed teaching the children of her former students, who were told to call her “grandmother.”
Her marriage was blessed with three children: Eric, a 2006 VCHS graduate, Emily Monier Villemarette a 2008 VCHS graduate (husband Paul) and Devin, a 2008 VCHS graduate (wife Kaley Forter Monier). She also has two grandchildren, Violette and Jakob.
In retirement, Patrice enjoys babysitting her grandchildren, traveling and gardening.
Mr. Heinke Trapp '81 accepts the 2023 Hall of Fame Induction award.
Mr. Heinke Trapp was born in Gretna, LA to Heinke and Audrey Trapp. A few years later, his family moved to Houma and he attended St. Francis de Sales Cathedral School. He continued his education at Vandebilt Catholic and graduated in 1981. From there, he attended Louisiana State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences in 1986.
Heinke is a fourth-generation automobile dealer and at 24 years old, he became Dealer Principal at Trapp Cadillac Chevrolet in Houma, LA. In 1999, he became the sole owner. Heinke has overseen the expansion and success of his business for the past 35 years due to his hard work and determination. Heinke has been the General Motor Mark of Excellence dealer multiple times over the years. His business is also the recipient of multiple Best of the Bayou awards. He was honored as the Troop C Businessman of the Year, the 25-Year Award from General Motors, and is a member of the Louisiana Dealer Services board.
Heinke is a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. He is a regular Sunday presence at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral and encouraged his children’s Catholicism by sending them to Catholic schools and bringing them to mass regularly.
Along with being a stand-out businessman, Heinke has always been dedicated to giving back to his community. He was a long-time supporter of the Louis Children’s Crisis Center and continues to support nonprofits such as the MacDonell Children’s Services and The Haven, Inc. He has also supported events such as Roux for a Reason and several little league teams. Whether it was contributing to a classroom remodel, sponsoring a car raffle, or supporting Terrier athletics with a “Trapp Cadillac Chevrolet First Down,” Heinke has also been a huge supporter of Vandebilt Catholic and continues to give back to his alma mater.
When he isn’t at the dealership, Heinke loves to fish, play golf, spend time in his home workshop, and watch tv with the family shih-tzu, Sophie. Heinke has been married to his wife, Susan for 35 years. They are the parents of Allyce ‘12 and John ‘19, both graduates of VCHS.
Mrs. Phyillis Peoples '80 accepts the 2023 Hall of Fame Induction award.
Mrs. Phyllis LeBlanc Peoples was born in Franklin, LA, but raised in Houma, LA. She attended Vandebilt Catholic and graduated in 1980. She then attended the University of Southwest Louisiana, graduating with a nursing degree in 1985. During the next decade, Phyllis married her husband, Michael and they had their first child. She worked as a critical-care nurse in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and then she and her family moved to Georgia. During that time, Phyllis earned a Master of Science degree with specializations in administration and education from Valdosta State University, in Valdosta, GA.
In 1995, Phyllis and her family returned to Houma, where she accepted a job at Terrebonne General Medical Center (now Terrebonne General Health Systems or TGHS) and spent the next 20 plus years in many leadership roles including Director of Nursing, Senior Vice President of Clinical Service, and Chief Operating Officer. She also completed her doctoral studies at Tulane University, during her time at TGHS. In May of 2003, Phyllis was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President, a title that she has since held for 20 years.
Phyllis is a model citizen in the bayou region, as she has dedicated her life to caring for the community in the way of healthcare. Phyllis is a member and has served on the boards of numerous local, state and national organizations including being a member of American Nurses Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Louisiana Hospital Coalition. She is also a 2002 Leadership Terrebonne Graduate, member of Houma-Terrebonne Rotary Club, and a member of South Central Industrial Association. She was recognized as a community Role Model in 2011 by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans and was awarded the Golden Pelican President’s Award from the Louisiana Society for Hospital Public Relations and Marketing. She was also honored as one of the New Orleans City Businesses’ Health Care Heroes for 2012 and as one of the CityBusiness 2013 Women of the Year. In addition, she was awarded VCHS Alumnae of the Year.
Phyllis has been an integral part in the connection between Terrebonne General Health System and local school athletic programs, including Vandebilt Catholic. She has directed the service line of certified athletic trainers being available in the schools of Terrebonne Parish and recently led the partnership of TGHS and VCHS on a remodel of the school’s science lab.
Phyllis and her husband, Michael have 2 sons; Jacob, a 2010 VCHS graduate and Mitchell, a 2016 VCHS graduate.
Hall of Fame - Past Inductees
|Mr. Gerald Albert||Mr. Claude Bergeron|
|Brother Casimir, S.C.||Mrs. Bess Evans|
|Ms. Tracy Duplantis||Father Patrick O’Brien|
|Sister Mary Fabian, M.S.C.|
|Mr. Stephen Kenney, Jr.||2003-04|
|Mr. Ellis LaRose||Mr. A.J. Dagate|
|Mr. Lucas “Buddy” Marcello||Mr. Ray Marcello|
|Mr. Conrad Picou, Sr.|
|Mr. Eugene Robichaux||2004-05|
|Father August Vandebilt||Dr. Sep Hymel|
|Mrs. Deanna Martin|
|1978-79||Mr. Jerry Martin|
|Bishop Maurice Schexnayder|
|Sister Mary of St. Lua, M.S.C.||2005-06|
|Mr. L.G. Gautreaux, III|
|Brother Alfred Kolb, S.C.||2006-07|
|Mr. Ben Landry||Mrs. Emily Elmore|
|Mr. Pete Lambert|
|Sister Mary Theo Noel, M.S.C.||2007-08|
|Brother Bernard Tunney, S.C.||Dr. Allen Ellender|
|Mr. Luigi Vegas|
|Sister Kateri Battaglia, M.S.C.||2008-09|
|Mrs. Brenda Felger|
|1982-83||Mr. Wm. Clifford Smith|
|Judge J. Louis Watkins, Jr.|
|1983-84||Brother Ray Kuhn, S.C.|
|Sister Margaret Paul Breaux, M.S.C.||Mr. Gary J. Labat, Sr.|
|Mr. David Keife||Mr. Donald Banowetz, Sr.|
|Mr. Calvin Buxton|
|Ms. Ruth H. Robichaux||2011-12|
|Mrs. Angelique T. Barker|
|1994-95||Mr. Thomas Chauvin|
|Mr. James J. Buquet, Jr.|
|Mrs. Beverly Cazayoux||2012-13|
|Mr. Albert Lasseigne||Mr. Terry P. Braud|
|Brother Donald McGrath, S.C||Mrs. Margaret Haydel Johnson|
|Mr. Robert Acosta||Mrs. Pat Bourg Boquet|
|Mrs. Imelda Acosta||Mrs. Dianne Mader Savoie|
|Mr. Gerald Collins|
|Brother Gaspar Rodrigue, S.C.||2017-18|
|Dr. William St. Martin|
|1996-97||Mr. Gary Phillips|
|Mrs. Irma Colasurdo|
|Mrs. June Forshag||2018-19|
|Mr. Lloyd Morgan||Judge Randall Bethancourt|
|Mr. John Wiemann||Mr. Martin Folse|
|Brother Eldon Crifasi, S.C.||David Boudreaux|
|Brother Carl Evans, S.C.|
|Dr. Richard M. Haydel||2021-22|
|Mr. Jeff Laque, Jr.||Brother Anthon Miklic S.C.|
|Mrs. Rhoda Rau|
|1998-99||Mr. Michael Barker|
|Mr. Jack Becker|
|Mr. Michael X. St. Martin||2022-23|
|Mr. Carroll Toups||Mrs. Patrice Monier|
|Mrs. Theresa “Trub” Toups||Mr. Heinke Trapp '81|
|Mrs. Phyllis Peoples '80|
|Mr. Albert “Sugar” Guidry|
|Ms. JoAnn Hebert|
|Dr. Brian Matherne|
|Mr. Frank Poretto, Sr.|
|Dr. Garland P. Aycock, Jr.|
|Mr. James Goodwin|
|Sister Immaculata Paisant, M.S.C.|