University Liggett School honors longtime parent volunteer

University Liggett School alumna and parent DeAnn Lukas ’85 was recognized with the Shelli Elmer Parent Volunteer Award during the school’s Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, May 22. The award was presented as a surprise to Lukas who has been a longtime and committed volunteer at the school.

“DeAnn has made an incredible impact on our school through her volunteer and fundraising efforts. Her commitment, enthusiasm and attention to detail is unmatched,” said Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for external relations. “She has been a fundamental part of our parent community working to increase support in all areas of our school.”

Lukas has been a volunteer with the school’s Annual Fund since the 2003-2004 school year – when her daughter Mackenzie was in kindergarten. This year, she took on the role of Senior Gift Chair for the second time for her son Spencer’s senior year and helped the Annual Fund parent participation reach 93%. In addition to her longtime volunteer work with the Annual Fund, DeAnn has also been a member of the Development Committee and served on the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011. She has also donated time to the Spring Raffle, Liggett Knight, Treasure Hunt and has been a mentor family.

“DeAnn always gives 100% with a smile. It is parents like DeAnn who make our school such a great place and why parents often say University Liggett School is a community that feels like family,” Hamilton said. “I am honored to call DeAnn a friend who I have enjoyed working alongside.”

Lukas has two children, both ‘Liggett lifers’ – students who have attended from preschool through 12th grade – Mackenzie ’15 and Spencer ’19, and is married to Edwin Lukas of Grosse Pointe Shores.

The Shelli Elmer Parent Volunteer Award was created in 2016 and given posthumously to Elmer, who for many years, volunteered at school events. In addition to Elmer, previous recipients include, Connie deRuiter and Kelley Vreeken, both in 2017, and Susan Azar ’87 in 2018.


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444