Board of Directors

This school is an inspiration of the Holy Spirit which encouraged many of our board members to envision a school for women which could be rich in the Catholic faith and uphold the teachings of St. John Paul II by educating young women in their feminine genius.

A special thank you to the Dominican Sisters, Mary Mother of the Eucharist, for working with the Board in the design of this school and inspiring us with our patroness, St. Catherine of Siena, a great Dominican saint.

 

Foundation Board of Directors: 

Board Bios

Board Chair: Dr. Kevin Ford

Vice Chair: Mrs. Heather Lee

President: Mr. Jeff Barron

Treasurer: Mr. Damon Weaver

Finance Committee Chair: Mr. Bruce Barron

Rev. Richard Elmer, C.S.B

Monsignor Hogan

Sr. Ann Shields

Mr. Mike Dewan

Mr. Mike LaMarra

Mr. Ed Turek

Mrs. Heather Lee

Terry Polakovic

 

About Our President

A letter from our Board Chairman:

With great pleasure, the Board of Directors of St. Catherine of Siena Academy announces the hiring of our new President, Mr. Jeff Barron. Mr. Barron comes to us with over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and management and is eager to use his gifts to advance the mission of SCA. Previously, Mr. Barron has been the President of DINSE Inc. and the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Barron Industries. Mr. Barron’s passion for the Catholic faith and eagerness to assist the Church in her mission of evangelization drew him to our door. Throughout the interview process, he expressed his respect for the work we are doing in education, especially in our faithfulness to our Catholic identity, and his desire to be a part of it. In all that we do, we strive for this to be true and know our leadership is critical to ensuring it.

Leaving the corporate world to be in the school environment, Mr. Barron is excited to assume an active role in the community, cultivating relationships with faculty, staff, students, parents, and our many benefactors to implement the school’s strategic plan, direct the development program, oversee school finances, and work with the staff. He is particularly excited to work in partnership with our principal Karen Ervin to preserve our deep convictions of faith, enriching educational programs and to safeguard the future of SCA. They will make an exceptional team!

The Board along with staff and faculty have been engaged for the past year in this hiring process to find the candidate who could both lead the school and ensure the legacy of our mission, to educate young women in their feminine genius. Mr. Barron has these qualities and we are confident his expertise and talents will advance the school, furthering the rich tradition begun here for a faith-filled Catholic education and Christian community. Personally, Jeff and his wife Peggy have been blessed with five daughters of their own and have a lived understanding of the necessity for raising young women up in the faith. Their youngest daughter Brigid is a sophomore here at SCA.

Monday, April 9, 2018 will be Mr. Barron’s first day. Please give him a warm welcome during these days of transition to his new position and remember him in your prayers. We look forward to the days ahead and can’t wait to see what God has in store for the future of SCA under this new leadership! May Jesus be the guiding hand and grace in all that we do! Go Stars!

Sincerely,

Kevin Ford
Chair, SCA Board of Directors

 

In the News

Mr. Barron was recently interviewed by Paul Stuligross from The Michigan Catholic. Click the link below to learn more about Barron’s past experience and his ideas on how to highlight our young women’s Feminine Genius!

St. Catherine’s new president seeks to highlight ‘feminine genius’

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherines just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love Saint Catherine of Siena and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved! Everyone has a different opinion and all students, staff, and faculty are respectful of it. I have never been in an environment that was so inviting and welcoming. It is easy to find a home in this school because the staff genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. It really is a beautiful place and a great experience. I am very lucky to have gone through high school there.”

Alumna

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

SCA Parent

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent

“I have been very impressed with the teachers at this school. They both challenge the girls academically and show true concern for them on a personal level as well.”

SCA Parent

“I loved every minute at St. Catherines! The friends I made there will always be a part of my family. This school taught me how to be a strong, intelligent, independent woman who is strong in her faith. I am blessed to say I got to experience SCA.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“[Teachers] care about the success of each student. They come early to help students and stay after school if necessary. They are a super dedicated faculty.”

SCA Parent

“SCA is authentically and unapologetically Catholic. It’s excellence in academics and athletics is rooted in its mission to pass on the beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that is relevant to the modern world. The result is a constant focus on the character and virtue of its students, challenging them to be the best version of themselves not just academically, but spiritually as well.”

SCA Parent

“A crazy amount of extra curricular options-basically if you are passionate about it [SCA] will find a way to help you bring it to fruition!”

Leighanne