Houston, TX – St. Agnes Academy presented the Guardian of Youth Award to Marie and Michael Capellas at the annual dinner to honor their leadership, loyalty, and legacy. As supporters of the school, they have had a huge impact, serving as models for other parents with their commitment to family, school, and Dominican education. The Capellases joined the St. Agnes community through their daughter, Andrea Capellas Santoro ’02. It was their advocacy of new technologies that kicked off Project 2000 – one of the first student laptop programs in the region.
“We do not want to just ‘do’ technology for technology’s sake,” Principal Deborah Whalen said. “The Capellases helped us create a technology program that is a meaningful and integrated part of the learning experience at St. Agnes.” Led by Whalen and Sr. Jane Meyer, Project 2000 faced wary teachers, parents and board members. Michael was a constant voice of reassurance and guidance, steering the school towards its goal.
During her daughter’s tenure at St. Agnes, Marie was an active supporter of virtually all of the school's fundraising events, serving on the St. Agnes gala committee for four years. In addition, she successfully co-chaired the 2001 gala, which included a guest appearance by baseball legend Reggie Jackson. Marie was also an active supporter of the debate and tennis programs.
When Andrea entered the Academy, Michael was the CEO of Compaq Computer. After its merger with Hewlett Packard, he served as president of the two companies. In 2002, he was recruited as Chairman and CEO to restructure Worldcom, later MCI. After Verizon acquired MCI, he served as Chairman and CEO of First Data Corporation. In 2009, he was appointed founding Chairman and CEO of VCE, the Virtual Computing Company, a joint venture between VMware, Cisco, and EMC. In 2011, Michael was appointed co-chair of the Commission on U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (Cloud2).
Michael is the founder and principal of Capellas Partners, a strategic technology advisory firm. He currently serves on the boards of Cisco Systems, Flextronics Inc., and Accelops, and is a senior advisor to Blackstone and Deutsche Bank. He has served on the national board of the Boys and Girls Club of America and currently chairs the technology committee. He is the recipient of the Hope Technology Award given by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Capellases reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Guardian of Youth dinner annually gathers together members of our Veritas Society, 1906 Society, and those who have supported St. Agnes loyally for 10 or more years to help celebrate our honorees and thank all in attendance for their incredible support of the Academy. The Guardian of Youth award has been presented for 25 years to those who have left a lasting impact on St. Agnes.
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