The purpose of this local board is to promote and advance the mission of the school for the education and instruction of students in assisting them to “reach the fullness of the Christian life.” (See canon 794.1) In keeping with the principles of the Roman Catholic Church, the board collaborates with the pastor and works in partnership with the principal in ensuring that the school fulfills its mission of forming the human person for our final end and for the common good (See canon 795). The board also collaborates with the pastor and principal in ensuring the finances of the school remain healthy, aligns with the policies of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The board, with limited power of governance and in collaboration with the pastor, is a participatory, policy-making body for the matters identified herein pertaining to the school. All decisions of the board shall be binding upon the school administrators and in compliance with canon law (793-806), Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of PA.
To learn more about the Board Members’ Bios please click their name.
Mia Grogan, Ph.D., [President, Executive Committee; Co-Chair Catholic Identity Committee] is an Assistant Professor of English at Chestnut Hill College with over thirty years of teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and college levels. Mia specializes in teaching writing and her primary scholarly interest is in medieval literature. She and her husband John are the parents of three OMC Parish School grads (Jack ’11, Isobel ’13, Catherine ’16); she served for many years on the OMC Home and School Board and is a member of OMC parish.
Sean Vereen, Ed.D. [Vice President, Executive Committee; Co-Chair, Enrollment Committee] is the President of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. Steppingstone works with families, students, partner schools, universities, and sister nonprofits to create pathways for educationally underserved students to college completion and career. Under Sean’s leadership, Steppingstone has launched a number of new pioneering programs that have increased the organization’s impact and scope. Sean and his wife Beth are members of OMC Parish and have two children, Xavier and Abigail, in OMC school.
Scott Inglis, CFA, [Co-Chair, Finance Committee; Executive Committee member ex officio] is a Portfolio Manager at Carnegie Investment Counsel in Center City. Scott has a finance and economics background, and he has over 25 years of investment experience, including for non-profits as well as individuals. At Carnegie, Scott works with clients to make effective decisions with their financial resources, from funding education to saving for long-term goals. Scott served for many years on the Finance Committee for his home parish, St. Mary Magdalen, Media, where his three children attended school, and he is happy to bring this experience and perspective to OMC Parish School.
Kevin Dolan [Secretary, Executive Committee; Membership Committee] is Vice President and General Counsel at La Salle University. Prior to his time at La Salle, Kevin was in private practice for five years, and before his work as an attorney he spent six years as a sixth grade teacher and Development Director at DePaul Catholic in Germantown. Kevin is the proud father of three (soon to be four) OMC students, and lives with his children and wife Allie in East Falls.
Juliet Curci, Ph.D. [Co-Chair, Enrollment Committee] Juliet Curci, is the Senior Director of School and Community Partnerships for Temple University’s College of Education. Juliet has extensive teaching and leadership experience in Philadelphia district and charter schools as well as at institutions of higher education such as Temple, U Penn GSE, and Delaware Valley University. Juliet was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and attended Catholic schools K-12. She currently resides in the Wissahickon neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband, Chris, 5-year old son, Ben, and 1-year old daughter, Genevieve. The Curcis are members of St. Philip Neri Parish.
Sister Madeline Franze SSJ, CFRE, [Co-Chair, Development Committee] is a full-time fund development consultant with over 30 years experience in the ministry of fund development. She was a member of the OMC Strategic Planning Committee and has lived in the parish convent for 19 years. Previous to her work in fund development, Sister Madeline was a principal and teacher in elementary schools for 20 years.
Amy Giddings, Ph.D., [Co-Chair, Catholic Identity Committee; Chair, Membership Committee] is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Drexel University. Her research and clinical work is in the field of sport coaching leadership, sport management, and sport entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Drexel’s undergraduate minor and master’s degree in Sport Coaching Leadership, directs the Drexel Sports Leadership Academy, and has worked in a variety of administrative capacities at Drexel University with a particular focus on curricular design and revision. An accomplished rower at the national and international levels, Amy has also coached rowing for over 20 years in the Philadelphia area for a number of schools and programs. She and her husband, Paul Coomes, reside in East Falls with their three children – all students here at Our Mother of Consolation Parish School.
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Susan C. Oleszewski, OD, MA [Co-Chair, Development Committee] currently serves as the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations at Salus University, a health professions university located in Elkins Park, PA. Sue is an optometrist by profession and has held numerous faculty and administrative roles at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (the founding College of the University) and now at the University.
Margaret M. Toth [Catholic Identity Committee] has been teaching technology applications at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA, since 1999. Over the years she has taught a Visual Basic, web design with HTML/CSS, photo-editing, movie-making, sound editing, applications with the Office suite she is currently teaching the new AP Computer Science Principles and Intro to Java Programming. Previously she taught introductory computer/information systems at Montgomery County Community College for nine years. Margaret holds an M.Ed. in Instructional Systems from Penn State and a B.S. in Business Education from Gwynedd-Mercy College. She has recently become a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative.
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