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: Erin Schmuker
  • Board Vice-Chair: Derek Damstra
  • Board Secretary: Brian Hillary

Committee Chairs

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

If you have questions or concerns for the Saint Thomas Board of Education, please email

Board of Education Minutes
Board of Education Bylaws