The Bishop William G. Connare Award recognizes for distinguished service those who have been diocesan stewardship and development directors. It is presented in memory of Bishop William Connare, who provided 15 years of leadership to ICSC as its Episcopal Moderator.
Ann M. Masden
Ann M. Masden is the director of development and public affairs for the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, where she directs the annual diocesan appeal, is responsible for fund development, grant writing, special events and serves as the director of communications. She has held diocesan position since 1992. With 20 years development experience in her own community, Ann has chaired the United Way Campaign of Central Louisiana, served on the capital campaign committee of the Attakapas Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is the former executive director of the YWCA of Alexandria.
For nearly the same two decades, Ann has been an active member of the International Catholic Stewardship Council. She served on its board of directors for seven years, and on the board’s executive and nominating committees. She was the chair of the bylaws and diocesan stewardship and development education committees; chaired the 2006 ICSC international conference in Boston, Massachusetts; and played an integral role on the 2007 executive director search committee. She is a much sought-after presenter for ICSC conferences; and currently serves on the ICSC 50th Anniversary Committee.
Ann has taken on leadership roles related to important community issues, especially those that concern women and families. She is a former member of the Mayor’s Commission on Women, the Governor’s Task Force on Education for Women and Children, and the Bishops of Louisiana Task Force on Women’s Roles in the Church. She is also a former board member of the Family Counseling Service of Alexandria and past president of the YWCA State Association.
Recognition for service to her community has included the United Way Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Lantern Award from the Public Relations Association of Louisiana, a Senior Public Relations Practitioner Award, and the Sustainer of the Year Award by the Junior League of Alexandria.
Ann attended Louisiana State University at Alexandria and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She and her husband, Martin, are the parents of two sons and grandparents to three grandchildren.
In her leisure time, Ann is an avid hiker, kayaker and cycling enthusiast. She also loves participating in her all-women’s Mardi Gras Krewe, one of the many nonprofit organizations dedicated to celebrating the culture and traditions of Louisiana.