|Rachel Cecilia Ianni was an inspiration to all that knew her. Tragically, she died on January 1, 2013, while living out one of her dreams of visiting Machu Picchu, The Amazon Rainforest, and the Galapagos Islands with her soul mate Zachary Taylor. Rachel was born on June 23, 1986 to the proud parents, Juliann and Tony Ianni. She graduated from Catholic Central High School and received a B.S. in Biology from Wittenberg University. Rachel volunteered a year with AmeriCorps doing conservation work in Nevada before pursuing her Masters Degree at Nicholls State University. While at Nicholls State, she was a teaching assistant for a University Honors course that spent two weeks exploring Costa Rica as they traveled through the tropical forests from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific. Her Marine and Environmental Biology degree led her to employment at the Indiana Dunes National Forest, Chicago Public Schools and The Field Museum of Chicago.
To honor her love of travel, zest for life, and passion for scientific inquiry, a memorial fund has been established in Rachel’s name through the Nicholls State University Foundation. The memorial funds will be used for Marine and Environmental Biology graduate student travel scholarships.
If you would like to make a donation to the Rachel Ianni Memorial Fund, please send a check payable to NSU Foundation (with Rachel Ianni written in the memo line) to:
Please contact Quenton Fontenot for more information on the Rachel Ianni Memorial Fund.