Administration

 

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Father Kevin Finnegan, Pastor

As Pastor, Fr. Kevin is the spiritual leader of our parish and school, and is responsible for implementing the parish mission.  Fr. Kevin is originally from the Chicago area.  He was educated at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas, and spent many years in youth development including serving in National Evangelization Teams (NET) and St. Paul's Outreach, a national Catholic student movement.  He attended St. Paul Seminary and was ordained in 1996.  His years as a parish priest have included positions at St. Edward Catholic Church in Bloomington, several parishes in Faribault, and serving as Chaplain at the state prison and at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

 

 

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Mrs. Maureen Trenary, Principal

Mrs. Maureen Trenary has been an educator in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since 1974. She has spent the majority of her career at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. She taught Middle School between 1982-1988, and returned to become principal in 1991. In 2002, she was awarded the NCEA Distinguished Principal Award (National Catholic Educational Association). She has a BA degree from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN and a Master's degree in Education and an Education Specialist degree in Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. 

As Principal of OLG School, Mrs. Trenary is our instructional leader, providing spiritual and academic leadership for the day-to-day administration of the school, supported by an assistant principal.  Under Mrs. Trenary's leadership, OLG's supervisory model includes frequent classroom walkthroughs, formal observations and annual teacher reviews, all of which provide for reflection on instructional practices, dialogue and insights into strategies for improved student learning. 

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Mr. Anthony Barrett, Assistant Principal

Mr. Anthony Barrett began his work in Catholic schools in Denver with the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education program. He taught middle school English there for three years before moving to Faribault to teach at Bethlehem Academy. During this time, he also coached speech, basketball, and several other sports. Mr. Barrett earned his Master of Education through Notre Dame in 2017 and is currently working toward a Master of Educational Leadership.

Mr. Barrett was drawn to Our Lady of Grace because of the community's love of faith and commitment to student learning. He is particularly excited about OLG's student-centered approach to education. He looks forward to supporting students in their goals to become life-long learners and to become more Christ-like toward one another. Mr. Barrett possesses a strong love for learning. When he is not working to help educate others, he enjoys teaching himself to paint and to play piano. He also appreciates the outdoors, and he has been to every state park in Minnesota. He is grateful for this opportunity to move back home to the Twin Cities, and he is filled with joy as he awaits the upcoming school year.

 


Development

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Mr. Jon Cassady, Director of Advancement

Jon is responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive institutional advancement program for the Our Lady of Grace (OLG) Parish and School. As OLG is a parish and school community committed towards a life of stewardship, he is responsible for legacy giving, gifts, fundraising, stewardship, marketing and communications for our OLG community.

As the Director of Advancement, Jon will collaborate with various parish, school and alumni constituents to assist in Making Jesus Christ Known and Loved here at OLG.

Jon was raised here in the Minneapolis area and recently spent the last 29 years in the Washington, DC area working most for a work place Christian ministry; Christians in Commerce (CIC) as their Operations Manager. Prior to his time at CIC, Jon was with the IBM Corporation for 27 years serving in Global Executive Sales and Marketing positions and at an international non-profit as their Executive Director of Marketing.

Jon graduated from Totino Grace High School and recieved both his undergraduate and graduate Business Administration degrees from the University of St. Thomas.

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Mrs. Amy Selby, School Enrollment Coordinator

Amy Selby has been an active volunteer at Our Lady of Grace School and Church since moving to Minnesota from Chicago in 2010. A former classroom teacher and professional development presenter for 11 years in Illinois, Amy loves to talk about education. You may recognize her from the Parent School Organization (PSO), New Families Committee, School Advisory Council (SAC), Moms of Grace, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Nativity Play, Seven Sisters Apostolate, Faith Formation Families Organization (3FO), Acts 29, various OLG Bible studies/book groups, Faith Formation, or Sunday School. If you have not yet met her, she looks forward to meeting you!

As School Enrollment Coordinator, Amy looks forward to working with families and introducing them to the Our Lady of Grace Community. This position combines many of her favorite things--Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and School, meeting new people and making spreadsheets. She also enjoys spending time with her family, baseball, sailing, travel and hiking. Amy’s mission is to stay close to Jesus and bring others closer to Him.

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Ms. Caroline Redelmeier - Marketing Communications Specialist

Caroline Redelmeier grew up in Houston, Texas and got her Master's in Architecture at the University of Miami in Florida in 2014. She moved to the twin cities while she was serving with Saint Paul's Outreach as their Human Resources Assistant for two years before joining the team here at Our Lady of Grace as Parish Secretary in 2016.

While in her role as Parish Secretary, Caroline developed a passion for using Marketing and Communications to help invite people into deeper relationship with the Lord. During that time she helped transition the parish website to a new digital platform, managed the parish weekly email newsletter, developed graphic media, assisted with photography, redesigned and managed the Parish Bulletin. As Marketing Communications Specialist Caroline is most looking forward to working with both the school and parish to make Jesus Christ known and loved to all who we encounter at OLG.


Support Staff

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Mrs. Linda Bakken - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Bakken has worked in the school office at Our Lady of Grace School as an administrative assistant since 1999. Linda has been married for over 38 years and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

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Mrs. Richelle Dudziak -Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Dudziak has worked in the school office as an administrative assistant for more than 20 years.
She has been married for over 35 years and has two adult children.

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Ms. Ellie Harristal -
School Receptionist

Ms. Harristal worked as Teaching Assistant for 9 years and before taking on the role of School Receptionist, which she has been serving in for the past 5 years. Ms. Harristal provides support for the School Welcome Desk and Security Doors during the school year and as School Office Support in the Summer. Each day she looks to welcoming all students, parents, parishioners and visitors that enter through the doors. In her off time she enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as caring for animals.


School Advisory Council (SAC)

2019-2020 SAC Members

Paul Brown, SAC Chair
Chris Bourne, SAC Vice Chair
Elizabeth Nientimp, SAC Vice Chair
Lori Commerford
Jeff Fix
Kate Ostlund
Rocky Novak
Maria Neuner
Erin Offerdahl
John Kirchner
Heather Lynch, PSO Vice President
Tom King, SAC Adjunct
Jessica Gessner, SAC Adjunct

Ex-Officio Members
Fr- Kevin Finnegan, Pastor
Maureen Trenary, Principal
Anthony Barrett, Assistant Principal