Board of Education

The Board of Education is a policy-recommending body to the pastor as superintendent of the school. It is responsible for governance oversight of all aspects of the School. Its responsibilities include:

  • Long range planning for the school and overseeing the plan’s implementation,
  • Recommending and drafting policy to the pastor under which the administrator operates the school and seeing that approved policies are implemented,
  • Serving as a body of consultation for the pastor and principal in major decisions of administration,
  • Annually evaluating the administrators,
  • Recommending an annual budget to the Parish Finance Council and seeing that it is adhered to,
  • Fostering better understanding and support for Catholic education in the parish community.



Board Chair: Matt Maczka
Board Vice Chair: Erin Schmuker 
Board Secretary: Derek Damstra

Committee Chairs

Building and Grounds: Josh Szymanski
Executive Committee: Matt Maczka
Finance Committee: Jason Balgavy 
Marketing and Outreach: Jill Hulswit
Mission Effectiveness: Cathy Buehler 
Policy and Planning: Christi Blum
At large members: Judi Koepnick, Brian Hillary, Dr. Michelle Anderson, Veronica Perdue, Michael Pavona
Ex-officio Members: Pastor, Father Jim Chelich, Principal Suzi Furtwangler, Director of Outreach Betsy Edgerton, Boosters President Kyle Wohlgemuth, Education Foundation President Kristy Irwin, and Home and School President Jessica Poelma


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