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Board of Directors

St. Joseph’s Academy is a not-for-profit corporation located at 2307 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

Governance rests in the St. Joseph Educational Ministries and a Board of Directors. Current parents provide direct input into school operations through membership on the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.

St. Joseph Educational Ministries
St. Joseph’s Academy is a not-for-profit corporation sponsored by St. Joseph Educational Ministries (“SJEM”), a Ministerial Public Juridic Person (a canonical term for a group of persons who together further the mission of the church).  Status as a ministerial public juridic person has been granted to SJEM by the Vatican, which enables lay people to take on sponsorship roles traditionally held only by religious communities.  SJEM was established for the sponsorship of the five educational institutions founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province and is responsible for ensuring that the Catholic identity and CSJ spirituality of its sponsored institutions, including St. Joseph’s Academy, is retained in perpetuity.  Day to day governance of the Academy is vested in our Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

The Board's Purpose is to provide leadership and strategic direction to advance the mission of St. Joseph’s Academy. Governance by the Board of Directors shall include but shall not be limited to the following matters:

  • Upholding the purpose and mission of the Academy;
  • Approving administrative policies for the effective operation of the school;
  • Providing for effective management of the school;
  • Monitoring and evaluating school operations;
  • Planning and providing for the solvency and financial stability of SJA;
  • Approving the annual budget.

2023-24 Board

Jill Slay Garlich '80 - Chair
Executive Vice-President of the Board
Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club

Kevin Travers - Vice-Chair
Premium Retail Services

Sr. Fran Maher, csj - Secretary
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Lisa Hollenbeck Renetzky '84 - Treasurer
Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary, US Mortality Markets
Reinsurance Group of America

Dan Barrett
Former Chief Operating Officer
Biomedical Systems

Carolyn Carollo
Managing Director and Investment Consultant
Cardinal Investment Advisors

Dave Dressel
Partner and Owner
Diversified Ingredients

Allison Rockamann Dudash '98
St. Joseph's Academy Class of 1998

Dr. Meghan Martin Guerra '92
Pediatric Physician
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Stephanie Hall
Hall HR Consulting, LLC

Craig Hannick, CSJA
Mathematics Faculty and Director of Financial Aid
St. Louis University High School

Chris Hayes
Vice President & Senior Associate General, IP & Litigation

Akesha Jackson
Sr. HRBP Advisor
Bayer Corporation

Sr. Mary Fran Johnson, csj
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Joni Burgess Killgore '82
Polsinelli PC


Fred Kostecki
Rubin Brown LLP

Jay Meersman
Senior Director - Finance

Julia Bigley Mize '92
Mize Partners

Marcia Niedringhaus
SJA President

Matt Stroble
Business Development Manager
Lipic's Engagement

Megan Sullivan '89
Corporate Controller
Varsity Tutors