Co-founder and Director

As a Director of Life Directions, Sister Rosalie Esquerra has co-designed and implemented Focus LIFE Volunteer Training and Development and three other programs: Peer Mentor, Peer Motivation, and Neighborhood Enrichment. She has co-authored manuals and workbooks for staff and volunteers from multi-cultural and bi-lingual perspective. Additionally, in 2001, she became the Director of the National Training Center for Life Directions. Born in Kingman, Arizona, Sister Rosalie (as she is affectionately known) has been a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1955. She holds a Master’s degree in Education; a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and has been certified as a conflict mediator, youth and parent effectiveness instructor and as a third-party conflict manager. As a teacher and principal, from 1957-1974, Sister Rosalie created a positive and supportive climate for learning. She holds specific interest in children in need of special attention; academic, emotional, and spiritual. As a coordinator of the Title VII project (1974-1976- LASED Detroit), she directed a team responsible to ready parents to advocate for their children for Bi-lingual education in midst of desegregation crisis. Impact accomplished needed changes with parent-involvement that continues in southwest Detroit. Sister Rosalie, a Mexican-American, is bi-lingual with the abilities to read, write and speak Spanish and English. In 1974, she was involved with Hispanics as a partner in Archdiocese of Detroit’s creation of First Hispanic Office. She has given numerous workshops in Spanish on Communication skills, Assertiveness, Conflict Management, Cultural awareness. She has also led retreats and Parish Missions in Spanish. In 1995, she initiated Life Directions within the Native American Community of Arizona Among her numerous recognitions, Sister Rosalie is the recipient of the “Citizenship Award” from Detroit Public Schools for her outstanding contributions to children, schools and community (1974). She has received numerous other recognition's, proclamations and special tributes for her educational and community service.