The JPII School Board
The School Board of John Paul II Catholic School is made up of parents, educators, parish pastors and community members who are invested in shaping the future of our school and providing the best quality Catholic education to our students. The board meets monthly to discuss and make decisions about how to provide the best facilities, education, programming, policies, and marketing to benefit the entire school community, both current and future. The members of the board come from diverse backgrounds and represent the various parishes that make up the JPII community, as well as non-parishoner representation. We welcome the input of all of our JPII families.
Who sits on the School Board for the 2020-21 School Year?
Diane Pugh, St. Clare
Diane is a member of St. Clare Parish where she attended elementary school. She is involved in many ministries at St. Clare including representing the parish for John Paul II families. She is an avid volunteer at church, at JPII, as well as in the community. Diane retired from her position as General Manager of Bacall’s Cafe over a year ago to care for her father. She lives in Liberty Twp with her husband Leonard, and their daughter, Elaina, who attends JPIICS.
Dan Starkey, OLR
Dan has been a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish for more than 25 years where he has coached grade school teams and watched his children Rob and Maria graduate from the school. Dan was recruited by Fr. Chris Coleman to serve on the Parish Council and the JPII School Board after retiring from 38 years of teaching and coaching at Roger Bacon High School where he was a Guidance Counselor, History teacher, and Health and Physical Education Teacher. Dan and wife Sarah are long-time Greenhills residents who enjoy spending much of their time with their six grandchildren.
John Lamping, St. Claire
John has been a member of St. Clare Parish for 18 years. He has previously served on parish council and facilitated school-aged family events. John and his wife Ann have two children, both of whom are JPII graduates. John has been an Intervention Specialist for 25 years. He currently teaches at College Hill Fundamental Academy in Cincinnati Public Schools.
Tanya Dempsey, OLR
Tanya has 4 children who are either students or graduates of JPII. Tanya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Cincinnati and works in the field of finance. She has been an active member of the JPII PTO as well as the finance committee at OLR. Tanya has 4 children who are either students or graduates of JPII. Tanya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Cincinnati and works in the field of finance. She has been an active member of the JPII PTO as well as the finance committee at OLR.
Lisa Lee, non-parishioner
Lisa’s two sons currently attend JPIICS and her daughter is a recent graduate of JPIICS. She and her husband Ernest reside in Springfield Township. She earned a BS in Journalism from Ohio University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Lisa serves as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Butler County.
Father George Jacquemin, St. Clare
Fr. George is a graduate of St. Veronica grade school. He went on to attend St. Gregory Seminary, the Athenaeum of Ohio and Xavier University, attaining a Master’s Degree in Divinity and a Master’s Degree in Education. Fr. George was ordained as a diocesan priest in May of 1972. His parish assignments have included: St. Bernard, Winton Place, and Mother of Christ, Winton Terrace (1972-1984); St. Anthony Parish, Madisonville (1984-1997); and St. Clare Parish, College Hill (1997-present). He presently serves on the board of Christ Community in College Hill and is a member of the College Hill Ministerium. Fr. George is also devoted to his beekeeping hobby.
Father Jerry Hiland, St. Bartholomew
Fr. Jerry has been a diocesan priest for over 30 years. Over this time he has served in various roles, including: associate pastor at three different parishes, often pastoring 2-4 parishes at a time, archdiocesan historical archivist and consultant, board member of the Couple-to-Couple League for 20 years; leading workshops for seminarians on natural family planning and sexuality for 25 years, mentoring younger priests and seminarian interns, and served as high school chaplain, jail chaplain, orphanage chaplain, police chaplain, and hospital chaplain, just to name a few.
Amy Krajewski, St. Bartholomew
Amy and her husband Robert have been members at St. Bartholomew parish since 2007. They have two sons who attend or are graduates of JPII. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University and works in Research and Development at Procter & Gamble.
Father Alex McCullough, Winton Wyoming Pastoral Region
Fr. Alex McCullough is the pastor of the Winton Wyoming Pastoral Region, comprised of St. James of the Valley, Our Lady of the Rosary, and St. Matthias. He is passionate about Catholic education, and is currently serving as the Juridical Pastor for John Paul II School for the 2020- 2021 school year.
Sifa Ndusha, St. James of the Valley
Sifa and her family have been members of St James of the Valley Parish since 2017. They came in USA from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 and were members of churches where they were living; Lexington KY at Christ the King Cathedral, Louisville Ky at St Pius X Church and St Savior Parish in Cincinnati Ohio. Sifa has Six Children and two step daughters. Her son is working on his Master’s degree at Xavier University and step daughter is a freshman at Northern Kentucky University. She has three children attending JPII and one who graduated in 2019 and is now attending Mount Notre Dame High School. Sifa has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Kentucky States University and is currently working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as an Operations Manager.
Mellen Moors-Dressing, Roger Bacon High School
Mellen Moors-Dressing has been a parishioner at St. Bart’s for over 20 years. Before that she was a parishioner at St. Clare for 15 years where she also served on the Education Commission. Now retired from the classroom, she taught English for 37 years, 31 of them at Roger Bacon High School. Currently she subs at RB. Married to Steve for 40 years this year, she has two children who graduated from St. Bart’s Consolidated School, and she is proud to be called Nana by her first grandchild.
Norie Roach, Principal, JPIICS
Norie is the principal at John Paul II Catholic School. She has been in Catholic education for over 30 years. Her passion for Catholic education began with her experience at a Catholic grade school and continued through Catholic high school and college. For 17 years, Norie taught in the primary grades at Our Lady of the Rosary and then moved to the principal position where she has been serving for the past 15 years. Her mission as principal is to make sure all children and parents are welcome at JPII. She believes all children are God’s gifts and should be challenged to develop the talents God has given them.