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Members and Bios

2018-19 SJF School Advisory Board Members:


Mary Neumann, Chairperson

Committees: Executive (chair), Mission Effectiveness

Term: A-1 (expires May 2019)

Mary Neumann is a returning SAB member and has served as board president/chairperson since 2007. In that capacity, she has helped coordinate and promote tuition assistance & fundraising events in the school community. In addition, she has served on numerous committees and collaborated on writing many materials for the school and parish. Mary is a former media specialist & speechwriter. She is currently employed by the archdiocese in a paraprofessional role as a substitute teacher for extended absences. She has been a member of St. John Fisher Parish since 1971. Mary and her husband Jeff have 3 children who are SJF graduates.


Joan Rogers, Vice Chairperson

Committees: Executive, Strategic Planning (co-chair)

Term: C (expires May 2021)

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.


Carrie Nowicki, Secretary

Committees: Executive, Mission Effectiveness (co-chair)

Term: C (expires May 2021)

Carrie is a new member of the school 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.


Nichole Carey

Committees: Communications and Marketing (co-chair)

Term: A-2 (expires May 2022)

Nichole, a new member of the board, is enthusiastic about the opportunity to become active in the parish and school community she, her husband and four children call home. Nichole is a Licensed Professional Counselor and serves as the Director of College Counseling at Mother McAuley High School, bringing a knowledge base of child development, mental health awareness and treatment as well as school-based communication, procedures and policy to the board.


Molly Condon

Committees: Communications and Marketing

Term: B (expires May 2021)

Molly has been a member of the school board for the past 6 years. She has an SJF grad currently attending Mother McAuley and two current Falcons. Her career in education has had a focus on meeting the needs of diverse learners for 18 years. Most recently, she works in an administrative role serving as a case manager and advocate for students with diverse needs in the Chicago Public School system.


Kathleen Girzadas

Committees: Communications and Marketing

Term: B (expires May 2021)

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.


Joe Goldrick

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

Term: A-2 (expires May 2022)

Joe is a new member of the school board in 2018. He and his wife, Erin, a SJF alum, have two children. Both are students at SJF, one in 1st grade and one in pre-school. 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.


Pete Gribble

Committees: Fiscal Management (chair)

Term: A-1 (expires May 2019)

Pete is a returning SAB member. He and his wife, Gaby, have four SJF graduates. He has served as a eucharistic minister, baptismal prep facilitator, FisherFest committee member and many years as a soccer coach. His professional background includes the City of Chicago, Office of Budget and Management and Department of Finance. He spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma and also served in the U.S. Navy for seven years and is a Desert Storm veteran. He looks forward to his continued service to SJF.


Sara McGann

Committees: Communications and Marketing (co-chair)

Term: B (expires May 2021)

Sara McGann, a new member of the board, 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!


Katy Spreitzer

Committees: Mission Effectiveness (co-chair)

Term: C (expires May 2022)

Katy, a new member of the board, 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.


Bob Urchell

Committees: Fiscal Management

Term: A-1 (expires May 2019)

Bob and his wife, Kate (SJF class of ’82), have two graduates (Julia ’14 and Ellie ’16) of St. John Fisher and also a current 8th grader (Jack) and 5th grader (Gavin). He has coached both girls and boys basketball at SJF for several years and is also on the FisherFest committee. Bob brings his experience as the owner of his own firm, Urchell and Associates, Inc., a company specializing in commercial and residential Land Surveying. Bob hopes he can be a conduit for all the member