The role of the St. Joan of Arc School Board is to provide consultation to the principal and pastor.
The School Board promotes the school within the parish and larger community. When appropriate, the Board recommends policies to govern the operation of the school, in accordance with Archdiocesan policies and directives. It consists of nine voting members, named by the Pastor. School Board meetings are usually the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the second floor conference room, and are open to parishioners and parents of children attending St. Joan of Arc School.
Craig Sheehan – President
Craig Sheehan has been a member of the St. Joan of Arc community for four years. He and his wife, Diana, have three children who attend SJA. Craig earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has spent the majority of his career in corporate finance and is currently the Senior Director of Finance for ACGME in Chicago. Craig is serving as SJA School Board President for the 2016-17 academic year.
Megan Roche – Vice-President
Megan Roche has been a member of the St. Joan of Arc community for 14 years and her husband Mike Roche has been a parishioner his entire life and is a SJA alum. Megan and Mike have three children who attend SJA. Megan’s career has spanned the education field for the past 20 years. Her background includes being a classroom teacher, an educational consultant as well as leading professional development. Currently she is in sales for Defined Learning. Megan is serving as School Board Vice President for the 2016-17 academic year.
George Schultz – Secretary
George has been a member of the Saint Joan of Arc family for five years since moving to Evanston. He is the proud parent of Macy (3rd Grade) and Stella (1st Grade). He and his wife, Kristine, are continually impressed with the Parish and School community that is so welcoming and committed to the fundamental growth of their children. George is the V.P. of Development Sales and Brokerage Services and Managing Broker at @properties where he has worked for over 14 years. He is a proud alumnus of Centre College where he received his degree in Dramatic Arts and History. He went on to get his M.F.A in Acting at Purdue University. He is grateful for this opportunity to serve on the School Board.
Dan Byrnes and his family have been a part of the St. Joan of Arc Community since 2010. Dan and his wife Lisa have four children. Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, all of the children will be enrolled at SJA school. Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is a Portfolio Manager at AAM in Chicago and is serving on the School Board through the 2017-2018 academic year.
A native Texan, Holly Pickering and her family joined the SJA community in 2008. Holly has three children enrolled in the school and enjoys being an active member of the parish. Holly’s passion is community service and volunteerism. When not in mom mode, she works as a professional fundraising consultant, working primarily for Habitat for Humanity. Holly serves on the School Board’s Development, Strategic Planning, and Faith Formation committees.
Mary Ginley has been a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish for 16 years. Mary and John Ginley have 3 children, Patrick, Mary Kate and Charlie. Mary attended Wittenberg University and graduated with a BA in English. After college, Mary attended Midwest Montessori Teacher Training in Evanston where she received her Montessori pre-primary teaching certificate. Mary completed her student teaching at Ronald Knox in Wilmette and went on to teach at Chiaravalle Montessori in Evanston for many years. After deciding to stay home to raise her family, Mary was able to enjoy her volunteer work and involvement in various St. Joan of Arc capacities. Currently, Mary is working as a educational content specialist for grades k-2 at Defined Learning in Northbrook. This is Mary’s third year serving on the SJA School Advisory Board.
Amy has been a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish for two years. She and her husband, Jeff, have 2 children attending St. Joan of Arc School, Andrew (7th) and Sean (4th) as well as a son in high school, Matt (Notre Dame College Prep). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame. After 20 years working in social services at Misericordia Home in Chicago, Amy returned to school and earned a Master’s degree from Midwestern University. She has recently embarked upon a new career as a Speech Language Pathologist in early intervention and school based settings.
Maria Bello Matias is a Saint Joan of Arc graduate. She has been married to Al for 27 years. They have two children, a son in college and a daughter at Niles West High School. Maria is a volunteer Religious Ed teacher since 2012. She is a Customer Service Manager for a children’s furniture company. She was appointed to the Board in 2016 and serves on the Development and Faith Formation Committees.
Father Dan Costello (ex-officio)
Fr. Costello was born in Baltimore but grew up in Cincinnati. He attended Catholic School growing up. Although he had thought of becoming a priest since grade school, after high school he chose to study business administration and finance at San Jose State University in California. He started his business career as a marketing professional for IBM and worked for the company for 13 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and eventually Chicago in 1988. During all these years, however, he always thought about becoming a priest. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1998 and has served in a variety of parishes.
Craig Scanlon (ex-officio)
Craig Scanlon is the principal at St. Joan of Arc. A native of Columbus, Ohio, he graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a degree in Political Science and Theology. In 2009, Mr. Scanlon entered the field of education as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member serving in low-income public schools in Chicago’s North Lawndale and Englewood neighborhoods. During the TFA program, he received his Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Mr. Scanlon also recently finished the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) leadership program and graduated with Master of Arts in Education Administration.