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Members and Bios

2020-21 SJF School Advisory Board Members:

Joan Rogers, Chairperson

Committees: Executive (chair), Strategic Planning (co-chair)

Joan is a proud SJF alum, who, along with her husband Bill, has five children who are all SJF graduates. She has served on the board for over 10 years. Joan is the assistant principal at Mt. Greenwood School where she works in tandem with the principal to establish a school-wide vision of commitment to high standards for all students, builds the quality of instruction by developing a professional community of teachers who guide one another in improving instruction, and cultivates community support and engagement.


Joe Goldrick, Vice Chairperson

Committees: Executive, Strategic Planning (co-chair), Fiscal Management

Joe joined the school board in 2018. He and his wife, Erin, a SJF alum, have two children. Both are students at SJF, one in 2nd grade and one in Kindergarten. Joe brings experience in investment / financial management, fundraising, and strategic planning to the board from his role at Adams Street Partners, a Chicago-based asset management firm.


Carrie Nowicki, Secretary

Committees: Executive, Fiscal Management, Communications

Carrie joined the board in 2018. She and her husband, Bob, chose SJF for their four boys a few years ago because of its strong and supportive culture and sense of community. She looks forward to partnering with the board, faculty, and parishioners to help SJF students excel for years to come. Carrie brings to the board corporate leadership and communication skills gained from her roles in Human Resource management at PepsiCo.

Sara McGann

Committees: Communications and Marketing (Chair)

Sara McGann, joined the board in 2018, is a lifelong southsider, passionate SJF parishioner, mom to three lower-grade children and active Beverly/Morgan Park community member. Sara recently returned to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she is a dedicated, passionate appellate prosecutor. Sara is truly excited to collaborate with the board and the Fisher community at large, so that together, we can accomplish such tasks as: maintaining enrollment, strengthening SJF’s “brand,” making curriculum more robust, developing innovative fundraising tactics, and increasing mass attendance. Sara will bring an open mind, big heart and active-listening ears, among other skills, to help keep the SJF momentum going!

Kathleen Girzadas

Committee: Mission Effectiveness (Welcoming Committee)

Kathleen is a returning board member. She has lived in SJF with her husband, Dave, and 3 children for 18 years. Kathleen has been a teacher in elementary education at CPS for over 20 years. She believes that being a member of the SAB means she is an ambassador for SJF to continue the traditions of a strong school community while building on our successes for future generations.

Katy Spreitzer

Committees: Strategic Planning and Mission Effectiveness

Katy, joined the board in 2018, is excited about the opportunity to serve the SJF community in this capacity. She and her husband, Steve, have lived in the SJF community for the past 16 years and have three daughters who attend / attended SJF. Katy has been an educator for 22 years and is currently in her 10th year as a principal in Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123. She hopes her experiences relative to school leadership, school-wide strategic planning, curriculum development, instructional best practices, professional development, and family engagement help to serve the advisory board’s vision and mission.

Mary Kopale

Committees: Mission Effectiveness (Chair)

Mary and her husband Bob have been parishioners of SJF for over 30 years and are proud parents of 6 SJF alums. Mary’s previous service to the SJF community includes stints as President of the FSA and co-chair of the Parish Revitalization Committee. A former teacher at Mother McAuley, Mary currently works in Instructional Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago and also teaches continuing professional education courses to K-12 educators. Mary hopes to use her time on the SAB to help to support

the school’s mission and to strengthen the connection between the school community and the parish community. Mary is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the school and the community that have given so much to her family.


John O’Connor

Committee/s: Fiscal Management (Development)

John and his wife Colleen moved to SJF in 2014. They have four children currently enrolled at SJF and newborn twins at home. John is a 1992 graduate of Brother Rice High School, 1996 graduate of Saint Xavier University and received a Master’s Degree from DePaul University in 2005. John chairs the SJF Men’s Club Sports Night that has raised over $55,000 the past two years. John coaches basketball at SJF and helps with Ridge Beverly Baseball. John works at Mount Carmel H.S. in the Freshman First Office where he is also a varsity football coach. John has been a member of the CPD since 1998.

Tim Bush

Committees: Strategic Planning (Facilities)

Tim joined the SAB in 2019. Tim and his wife, Nora, have lived in St. John Fisher since 1983. They have three (3) children all graduates of SJF. Tim is a former President of the SJF Athletic Board, previously worked on Fisherfest Committee and coached at SJF for several years. He is a member of the Holy Name Society. Tim is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Southside Catholic Conference. He has a Bachelors Degree from St. Mary’s University and a Master Degree in Corrections from Chicago State University. Tim retired after 31 years from his position as Cook County Assistant Chief Adult Probation Officer in 2013. He is currently a small business owner. Tim is honored to have this opportunity and looks forward to serving on the school board.

Megan Scarsella

Committee: Communications and Marketing

Megan and her husband Steve have been a part of the St. John Fisher community since 2009. They have three children; with their oldest a recent grad of SJF in the Class of 2020. Megan began her career in advertising before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. As Executive Director of Cool Globes. Megan develops public art

exhibits in cities across the world. In addition, she has worked as an independent brand consultant, and led a climate action campaign on 60 college campuses. Bringing her love of SJF and passion for branding to the table, Megan is excited to work together with the board to help implement and build upon the Strategic Plan.


Matt Carlson

Committee/s: TBD (new)

Matt joined the school board in 2020. He and his wife, Bridget, a SJF alum, have lived in the parish since 2018 and are proud parents of two future Falcons. Matt brings experience in marketing, sales and strategic development from his position at Ecolab, a hygiene and water management company headquartered in St. Paul, MN. He is excited to partner with the board and the SJF community in driving the strategic plan forward, welcoming new families to the parish and school and fostering incremental parish involvement. Matt was born and raised in Southwest Michi