Business and Prof. Women name Reuther and Dysart 2012 Man and Woman of the YearOct 5th, 2012 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: Community
Clifford E.J. Reuther and Diana Barcelona Dysart will be honored by the St. Bernard Business and Professional Women at its 52nd Man and Woman of the Year banquet on Oct. 17 during National Business Women’s Week. The evening gala, which includes dinner by Patton’s Catering, will be held at the Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. The honorees were nominated and
chosen by BPW members.
Since 1928 National Business Women’s Week, a nationwide event, has honored the contributions of working women. The gala is one of several local BPW events. Other activities include celebrating the club’s founding at its 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, October 15 at Associated Terminals of St. Bernard, which will include naming the 2012 Model Working Women. Members will join the community on October 20 at Torres Park for the St. Bernard Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, following the BPW memorial service for
deceased members at Liberty Bell Plaza at 7:30 a.m. For information about these events contact
club president, Bethanne Trahan, at 504.982.0242 or National Business Women’s Week chair, Deborah Keller at 504.473.3470.
The Man and Woman of the Year Gala begins with a cash bar at 6 p.m. at the Sigur Center, 8245
West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. The banquet commences at 7 p.m. and the awards program will follow the dinner.
Tickets may be purchased by check from Stitches Ink and Baby Boutique at 908 West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. For will-call ticket purchases and sponsorship information contact Deborah Keller.
Individual tickets to the gala are $55 per person. Tables are available, as are sponsorships. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Cliff Reuther’s professional career spans over 40 years in commercial and residential real estate. He is currently managing broker for St. Bernard Gardner Realtors. He is a member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors in its Commercial and Investment Division, as well as the Louisiana Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors. He is a past
chairman of the Metropolitan Association of Realtors Political Action Committee.
As a member of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, he promotes all businesses in St. Bernard. He has served as a member and officer of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation for many years and has diligently pursued enhancing employment opportunities and the quality of life in St. Bernard.
He has also volunteered his time as an appointee to the St. Bernard Parish Government Appointments Review Board, the Board of Directors of the St. Bernard Parish Home Mortgage Authority, and the St. Bernard Parish Citizens Recovery Committee in the years following Hurricane Katrina.
Other awards he has received include Manager of the Year by the New Orleans Association of
Realtors and the Gardner Realtors’ Excellence in Leadership award.
Reuther is a graduate of Holy Cross High School and the University of New Orleans, as well as
the Realtor’s Institute. He and his wife, Claudette Arsaga Reuther, have lived in St. Bernard Parish for nearly 40 years and reside in Arabi. They are the proud parents of Stephen Reuther and Stephanie Reuther Sakla.
Diana Barcelona Dysart is a native of St. Bernard Parish and first distinguished herself in high
school where she was named Miss Andrew Jackson. She holds a B.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and was graduated from Louisiana State University with a Masters in Education Administration and Supervision.
Dysart has devoted herself to the field of education, first as a teacher and then as an elected
member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board for District 7.
She holds the distinction as the school board’s first female president and has held that office, as
well as vice-president during her terms. She has also served as a director for the Louisiana School Boards Association.
She has chaired the local March of Dimes and American Cancer Society campaigns and serves on the board of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and Nunez Community
College Foundation. Among her memberships are numerous educational related professional
Her service to the community has been recognized by the Italian American Society and the St.
Bernard Chapter of the American Red Cross, and she has even been crowned queen of the Krewe of Lourdes. She is a volunteer teacher of religious education at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church.
Dysart is currently project manager for Global Risk Solutions, and president of Suburban
Title Company. She has been married for 34 years to Judge Daniel L. Dysart. They have four
children (Cori Dysart Gagnard, and Katie, Daniel, and Christopher Dysart.) The Dysarts also
have four grandchildren and reside in Chalmette.