Sherry Stagg St. Aubin, Zeta Tau Alpha
||Sherry was raised in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Mathematics from Louisiana State University.
Sherry pledged the same Zeta Tau Alpha chapter her sister,
Sandy, helped colonize in 1959. Sherry
served the Delta Kappa chapter as Rush (now called Recruitment) Chairman.
In the summer of 1964, Sherry was juggling preparation for Fall
Rush, Student Union Chairman, and nine hours of course work.
To this day, she remembers that time whenever she begins to feel
overwhelmed with commitments. Sherry can look back and say
to herself, “Given I survived that summer, I can handle whatever
I have gotten myself into now!”
While enjoying a graduate assistantship in the campus computing
center, Sherry worked on a Masters in Business Administration,
dropping out before getting her MBA. Sherry detested
writing papers and the remaining courses required a lot of BIG
papers. Instead she took her 18 months of computing
experience (much more marketable than a straight math degree)
and started interviewing for a real job.
Installation of Sherry St. Aubin as HAPA
Zeta Tau Alpha
(Front row) Laura Mauro, Sherry St. Aubin, Carolyn Moore (Second row)
Carol Petrusek, Kelley Brege,
Nancy Burnett, Marcy Cann, Melinda Kilpatrick (Third row) Jennie Baker,
Meredith Moore, Sandy Lewis, Kathy Wilson (Top row) Francine Meyer;
|During her early years working for Exxon in
Baton Rouge, she was active in Zeta Tau
Alpha as the Louisiana State Recommendations Chairman and
Chapter Advisor to the LSU Zeta chapter. Sherry remembers
this time as one of the best experiences she has had as an
alumna, working with a strong group of advisors and developing
Sherry met her husband, Rolland, at the Exxon Baton Rouge
Refinery where he was a Chemical Engineer. They married in
1975. The couple worked for Exxon, living in Venezuela, Baton Rouge,
and finally moving to
in 1978. Sherry’s career at ExxonMobil was all in
computing organizations, first as a Programmer and then an
Information Systems Manager. Sherry saw this as an
opportunity to use her technical skills and also develop her
organizational skills while serving the business. It was a
perfect match for her abilities. After 33 years
working for ExxonMobil, Sherry retired in 2003.
Since arriving in Houston, the St. Aubins have had four different homes,
including ten years residing in
Baytown, and now living in a high rise
condo. Sherry continued to pay her alumnae dues, but
dropped out of active sorority life until she retired.
There were several years when Sherry was on the road for
business almost weekly and her time for volunteer service was
Upon retiring, Sherry had several goals. The first goal to
be acted upon was to get involved again in ZTA activities.
The month after retirement, she attended a ZTA alumnae meeting.
Marcy Cann (who she had known at LSU) immediately asked her to
be on the alumnae board as the next year’s Service Chairman, in
addition to helping as the Treasurer for the first Think Pink!
Luncheon. She has continued on the Houston Alumnae
Association of ZTA Board ever since, serving as Program
Chairman, Service Chairman, and Panhellenic Delegate.
In 2010, Sherry was awarded the
Alumnae Certificate of Merit from Zeta
Tau Alpha National.
For HAPA, Sherry joined with fellow LSU graduate, Toni Post,
Delta Zeta, in Co-Vice Chairing the 2007 Annual HAPA Scholarship
Luncheon, followed by Co-Chairing the 2008 Luncheon. She
was a Trustee of the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation for
three years and served on the HAPF Development Committee.
For two years she was the ZTA Delegate to HAPA. Other
offices held include Treasurer and First Vice President.
||Sherry St. Aubin
and Carolyn Moore, HAPA President 1993-1994
||Sharon St. Aubin
Sherry Stagg St. Aubin,
Sandy Stagg Thompson
||Laura Mauro, NPC
Delegate and Past Zeta Tau Alpha National President, and Sherry
|In 2011, Sherry and Rolland were asked to be the
Honor at the Annual HAPF Wine Tasting Event. Family
members, friends, and many ZTA women were on hand to celebrate
the occasion. A group of women from the Delta Kappa chapter at
LSU traveled to Houston
to share in the festivity.
In 2010, Anna Riseden, HAPA President, asked Sherry to serve as
a “Super Delegate” mentoring delegates serving for the first
time. Looking back, she reflects how fortunate she was to
get to know something about HAPA before she took on
responsibility for representing ZTA as a delegate. The
breadth of activities can be daunting to keep track of, or
understand, when you are new to the organization. Serving
as a super delegate/mentor allowed her to share some of her
knowledge with the newer delegates to make their year more
rewarding, with time to make new friends while also representing
||Another interest of Sherry’s is bridge. She learned the
game as a child from her parents and has always loved playing
it. Sherry has played monthly for almost 30 years
with a group of women who she met through ExxonMobil. They
continue to play together. As a retiree with more time
available, Sherry has joined several other bridge groups.
Beginning in 2005, the St. Aubins began to take at least one big trip each
year, traveling to Australia, New
Zealand, Europe, the Mediterranean and
Baltic waters, Great Britain and
Ireland, and more recently, a cruise from
Rome to Great Britain.
Sherry has one daughter, Sharon, a Political Science graduate
son-in-law James Rossie, and two grandchildren named James and
Sabrina. Grandparenting has become one of Sherry and
Rolland’s favorite leisure time activities.
Rhonda Sweeney, Sharon Rossie, Sandy Thompson,
Carol Cascio, Rebecca Upchurch,
Sherry St. Aubin, Carolyn Rivers, Barbara Murray, Barbara Beutnagel,
HOUSTON ALUMNAE PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION (HAPA)
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