School Board

The Old St. Mary’s School Board welcomes you to the 17th year of excellence in faith-filled education. Dictated by the Archdiocese of Chicago, our board is considered a Board of Specified Jurisdiction. It is comprised of 11 members intended to bring professional expertise in the specified areas to enhance educational and spiritual leadership.


The Pastor and Principal invite its members to the board in order to provide for a strong infrastructure for the school in Planning, Development, Finance and Facilities Maintenance, and Marketing, Recruitment and Enrollment Management. An individual is recommended by the Executive Committee and appointed by the Pastor. Selection is based on a certain skill set and expertise in one of the above mentioned areas of board responsibility. 


  • Up to twenty percent (20%) may be non-Catholic

  • Parents of current students (up to 25%)

  • Parishioners

  • Alumni/ae and parents of alumni/ae

  • Leaders within the neighborhood, business, and professional communities


Board Members are appointed to serve on a task team based upon their expertise and desire. The task teams are project-directed groups focused on the school's implementation of its Strategic Plan. Other interested individuals from the parish, school, and/or civic communities are recruited to join the task teams as well, to help accomplish the projects of the task team. Board Members’ commitment is to come prepared to Board meetings and actively participate on one of the Standing Task Teams.


If you have ideas, insights, or any questions related to the School Board or one of the Task Teams, please reach out to a School Board member.


Old St. Mary’s School embarked on a strategic planning process in 2018 and implemented its plan around four pillars: Catholic Identify, Academic Excellence, Governance & Leadership, and Financial Vitality.  Four Task Teams were created in the 2019-20 Academic year and parents were invited to join those task teams.  Below is additional information about some of the work being done around each of these areas and information on how you can become involved.  Further below are additional opportunities for parents to become involved in the broader church community. 


OSM School’s Strategic Plan’s Task Teams:

CATHOLIC IDENTITY- Co-Chairs: Mary Brown & Aimee Tracy

·        Sign up to attend mass in person: HERE

·        Volunteer to be a greeter or usher (and earn volunteer hours) or livestream from home any of the three weekend masses: https://oldstmarys.com/

·        If you have an interest serving on this Task Team, reach out to Mary Brown at Mary.Clark@chrobinson.com

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – Co-Chairs: Kimberly Cook & Matt Smith

·        Last year, our Academic Excellence team focused on supporting teacher retention. This year, a large initiative is finding ways to support the school’s mission for stronger academic excellence. 

·        If you have an interest serving on this Task Team, reach out to Matt Smith at msmithictc@gmail.com.


GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP- Co-Chairs Carrie Kozlowski & Hans Nelson


·        If you have an interest serving on this Task Team, reach out to Carrie Kozlowski at ckozlowski1015@hotmail.com or Hans Nelson at hansnelson@yahoo.com 

·        At the beginning of the school year, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee was created. If you have an interest in serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please complete this form.

To read our Diversity Statement, please click HERE



·        This year’s Blue Ribbon Annual Fund is supporting two priorities: Supporting the livelihood of our Teachers and Supporting our Families via Tuition Assistance. These priorities remind us that we are all in this together. 

·        Please consider a donation to this year’s Blue Ribbon Annual Fund as a show of our gratitude to our amazing teachers and in support of OSM families. Learn more and make a donation HERE

·        This year the Development Activity Committee was created. If you have an interest serving on this Task Team or on the Development Activity Committee, click here to reach out to Mary Martin Lowe to learn more marymartinlowe@mac.com


The Family and School Association provides opportunities to get involved:

FAMILY AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: There are also opportunities to get involved through the Family and School Association (“FSA”) – click HERE to learn about opportunities to get involved with our FSA:  https://www.osmschool.com/family-and-school-association  



Other ways to get involved in our Old St. Mary’s Community:


·        If you or someone you know has an interest in serving on the Stewardship Sub-Committee of the Parish Finance Council, please reach out to Vanessa Vergara, Chair of the Parish Finance Council, at vbmvergara@gmail.com.  



·        If you or someone you know has an interest in serving on the Parish Council, please contact Joice Pharris, Chair of the Parish Council, at joicepharris@me.com.


For additional background, please click here to review Old St. Mary’s School Strategic Plan

2020-2021 Board of Specified Jurisdiction

Jen Funches - FSA President

Maryellen Harrington - Director of Lifelong Faith Formation (Ex-officio)

Christopher Kelly

Samantha Kelly

Paula McQuade

Julie Marcus - Board Chair

Kim Nevels

Jose Rodriguez

Kurt Schmidt

Fr. Brad Schoeberle, CSP - Pastor

Diana Smith - Principal

Mark Stern

Laura Vinci - Vice Chair

2020-21 OSM School Board Meetings

4:00-6:00 PM

September 30

October 28

December 2

January 27

February 24

March 24

May 26


A zoom link will be sent out to OSM families in the Sunday update prior to the meeting.

Click here for the August 22, 2019 Minutes