FCA School Advisory Council
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a consultative body that reports to and advises the principal and moderator on issues of policy, budget, practice and program, includes seven subcommittees: Curriculum, Strategic Planning, Advancement and Marketing, Co-Curricular, Hospitality, Finance, and Technology. Members serve a three-year term on the SAC which include monthly full committee meetings and subcommittee meetings as needed.
Additional information about roles and responsibilities of SAC members can be found here.
If you have concerns, ideas/opportunities or questions regarding any of these areas of the school please direct them to the committee’s attention by sending your email to one of the school administrators (Mr. Gallivan, Fr. Talbot, or Fr. Bambenek).
Staff Members serving on SAC:
The current 2017-2018 SAC members are listed below:
Barb O’Brien, SAC Vice-Chair, Curriculum & Policy Committee Co-Chair
Growing up in a small town where Catholicism was at the epicenter of our community provided me with a solid life-long foundation in our faith and fueled a fire for fostering learning. As an architect, I have had a variety of opportunities to bring diverse learning environments to students of all ages, most notable are STEM programs, incorporating multi-layered mechanisms of experiencing the world around us. With enthusiasm and a passionate for Catholic education I have dedicated my time and talents to the treasure of our school for over a decade. I enjoy building our faith-based community and being integral in carrying out the mission and vision of our school. Beside my husband, I strive to ensure a solid faith based education not just for our children, but for all. I aspire to bring my history of experiences to a future of faith for many.
Brian Bonin, Finance Committee Co-Chair
I am a father of three boys that have experienced Frassati Catholic Academy and I am an alumni of St. Mary of the Lake. I am grateful that children in our area can experience the Catholic Faith and the STREAM program provided at Frassati Catholic Academy and it’s part of my mission to share this opportunity with others.
Bridget Heintz, Marketing and Advancement Committee Co-Chair
I have lived in the White Bear Lake area all my life. I fell in love with the Catholic faith after I met my husband, and I completed the RCIA program before we married in 2004. I am a member of St. Pius X Church. My son is a student at Frassati Catholic Academy and has been since year one. Before that he went to St. Pius X School.
I have three dogs, who are all rescues, and they keep my family very busy! In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my family, and playing softball two nights a week in the summer.
Elyse Sienko, Secretary, Co-Curricular Committee Co-Chair
My husband Ryan and I moved to White Bear Lake 6 years ago and have fallen in love with the area. We are so happy that we have found Frassati Catholic Academy as a place for our three young children to learn and grow. I have worked with children for the past ten years as Pediatric Occupational Therapist and currently work supporting them in the schools. My hobbies include outdoor activities, gardening, walking/running, boating, golfing and knitting/crocheting. I look forward to serving the SAC committee watching the school continue to thrive.
Erin Da Rosa, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
I have been volunteering in Catholic Schools for over 10 years and am dedicated to providing more students the gift of education in a Christ-centered environment. I believe strongly in our school’s mission: “The Frassati Catholic Academy is dedicated to educating students in a nurturing and encouraging environment grounded in the Catholic Tradition, inspiring a love of learning, and empowering students to grow in faith while sharing their gifts for the common good.” These are not just words- they are the guiding principles that staff, parents, leadership, volunteers and administration practice each day to create a one of a kind experience for students. I am committed to making sure that our mission is strong and our kids continue to grow academically in a safe, and nurturing environment.
In addition to preserving our mission, I am dedicated to innovation and exploring new ideas for our school. The opportunities that await our children are more than I can even imagine and I am thrilled that FCA inspires life-long learners. Our children are gaining a strong foundation and are prepared to meet the demands of the future.
My husband, James and I have 4 children in Catholic School and have experienced that the product of Catholic Education works! It has provided academic excellence, a caring environment, a strong community and should be celebrated for instilling moral values that children will carry with them through their life.
Jess Cherrier, Marketing and Advancement Committee Co-Chair
My name is Jess Cherrier and I am a co-chair on Marketing & Advancement for Frassati. Previously a kindergarten teacher, I love opportunities to volunteer in my son’s classroom and school! I love to read and travel and in the summers you will find me and my family on White Bear Lake soaking up the sun!
Jessica Parrucci, Finance Committee Co-Chair
Kelly Ennis, Technology Committee Chair
I have been a member of the St. Mary of the Lake parish since 2003. I have two sons (kindergarten and 4th grade) who have been attending Frassati since pre-school and could not be happier with their faith, education and friendships that have developed along the way.
I am currently employed as a Network Engineer for a firm in Minneapolis and look forward to being able to utilize those skills in further developing technology for both the school and parish. In my free time, I mainly enjoy spending time with my two wonderful boys exploring the outdoors and a renewed love of fitness.
Ken Jensen, SAC Chair
I have volunteered for many years and do so because I believe in the mission of Catholic education, and understand it takes a commitment from everyone to make it successful. I love that my children can live their faith while receiving an outstanding education. My wife Jaime and I have a fifth grader at Frassati, with two older children having previously graduated from Frassati and St. Pius X.
Melissa Gacek, Fundraising Committee Chair
Raising my daughters (1st and 7th grade) in a Catholic STREAM-based educational environment has allowed them to thrive in a safe, challenging, faith-based and family-oriented community.
I run my own marketing consulting, graphic and web design business and served on the Steering/Advancement Marketing Committee that created the new website and branding for Frassati after the school merger. I enjoy using my time and creative talents to serve my community, developing and creating new ideas and ways to improve things.
I live in White Bear Lake with my husband, Jonathan, and like to travel, spend time around and on White Bear Lake, run competitively, coach volleyball and swimming, read and encourage my kiddos in their activities.
Rebecca Conroy, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
I grew up in St. Paul and credit my personal and professional pathway to my family’s involvement in our church and the strong educators who shaped my passion for public service. These values led my husband and I to choose a faith-based education from Frassati for our two daughters. Our family lives in Hugo and in my free time I enjoy reading and cooking for friends and family. I am honored to serve on the School Advisory Council to carry forward the Frassati mission of love of learning, growth in faith and sharing our gifts for the common good.