When Lisa Iacono ’94 and Andrew Ruff ’94 were named princess and prince of the freshman Homecoming Court in 1991, the couple had been dating for a little while.
“We were just really good friends,” said Lisa, who started at Parker in grade 5. She and Andrew, a lifer, stayed friends throughout middle and high school, and although they dated briefly at Parker, their romance didn’t blossom until they were well into their college careers.
Andrew was at the Naval Academy on the East Coast and Lisa was studying in the Pacific Northwest, but summers brought them back together in San Diego.
“During our junior year of college, something changed,” said Lisa. “We both weren’t dating anyone and then the next thing we knew, we were dating.”
The couple dated long distance before ending back up in San Diego. On Memorial Day 2001, Andrew proposed and the two were married at the La Jolla Women’s Club the following year. Parker alumni filled the wedding party, including Lisa’s maid of honor, Lesley Hazard ’94, who later married Andrew’s brother.
Today, Lisa is a nurse and patient care manager at Scripps La Jolla, and Andrew is Chief Financial Officer at TGG Accounting, a company started by Parker alumni Matt Garrett ’93. Lisa and Andrew are also proud parents of two Parker students: daughters Ashley, Grade 5, and Madison, Grade 7.
“They love Parker. They have great friendships and it’s a nice community for them,” said Lisa.
Lisa said she sometimes jokes with her girls about meeting their future partners at Parker. “You never know, one of these boys in your class could end up being the one,” she would say.
According to Lisa, her mother used to make the same jokes about Andrew: “My mother would always say we would end up together. She thought we would get married someday.”
Her mother, of course, was right.
“I feel so lucky to have Andrew as my husband and my best friend. He’s an amazing father to our girls and I truly feel very lucky to have him in my life,” said Lisa.
For Andrew, the experience of growing up with his future wife at a school like Parker has been the most rewarding.
“It’s an amazing experience being able to go through life’s adventures together,” said Andrew. “Thankfully, we’ve been fortunate that most of those adventures are rewarding and full of laughter and joy. Everyone has challenges. Being able to go through those with Lisa--with her strength, the type of wife she is, the type of mother she is--and relating that back to this shared experience of where we’ve come from has certainly been the most special part of my life.”