Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez
President Tom Wallace
After reading about Legatus in 1989, Al Parisi and his wife Mary called Legatus headquarters in Ann Arbor. He soon joined the already- established Orange County Chapter. The couple quickly endeared themselves to the members. Al Parisi served two terms as the chapter’s treasurer and was asked to become the chapter’s president.
While contemplating the invitation, he received a call from Legatus asking him to be the founding president of the Ventura/ North LA Chapter. He accepted and the inaugural meeting was held at “Villa Parisi” in October 1992. The founding members included Al and Mary Parisi, Joe and Michelle Maher, Stan and Jenifer Carmichael, Michael and Chris Budd, Michael and Gayle Troughton, George and Lucille Somis, and Jorge and Eugenia Gonzalez. Mary Parisi delighted members and prospects with her wonderful Italian food for several years before the meetings moved to the Plug Nickel Restaurant in Westlake Village.
The chapter was chartered on January 25, 1997. The chapter’s first noteworthy speaker (and subsequent member, with his wife Teri) was the late Dr. Thomas Dillon, then-president of Thomas Aquinas College.
Al Parisi, who has miraculously survived brain cancer, served several terms as president. The following members have also served as president for one or more terms: Joe Maher, Stan Carmichael, Jim Scanlan, Jerry Weisbecker, Tim Paulson, Scott Daily, Dieter Huckestein, Jim Latty, and Scott Turicchi. The longtime and current chaplain is Fr. Dave Heney.