SMS School Council
As part of the St. Michael School 2020 Strategic Plan, a School Council has been formed that consists of 11 individuals, representing both St. Michael and St. Basil the Great Parishes. The Council’s main goal is to help implement the priorities and goals listed in the five-year strategic plan that was launched in 2016 while serving in an advisory capacity to the Pastor of St. Michael and St. Basil the Great Parishes.
“This Council communicates and demonstrates the long-term commitment of our school,” said Deacon Lou Primozic, president of the St. Michael School Council. “The Council is focused on meeting each of our goals as it relates to academic excellence, faith formation, financial stability, community collaboration, and ongoing communications with our school and parish communities.” They plan to regularly communicate the progress they are making in each of these areas. The Council has met three times this school year.
In addition to Fr. Pete Colletti, Pastor of St. Michael Church; Fr. Walt Jenne, Pastor of St. Basil the Great Church; Deacon Lou Primozic, St. Basil the Great Church; and Mrs. Margaret Campisi, Principal, St. Michael School, members of the School Council include:
Mr. Andre Calabretta is a parishioner of St. Michael Church and he and his wife, Jennifer, have three children; Dante (5th grade), Cabrini (1st grade) and Ciara (SMS class of 2028.) Mr. Calabretta has been a development professional for 15 years and is currently a Director of Major Gifts at John Carroll University. His development work experience includes Saint Ignatius High School, Lake Erie College and Cornerstone of Hope. Prior to fundraising, Mr. Calabretta spent four years working at a local Cleveland CPA firm conducting tax and nonprofit audit work. He is a board member of AFP Cleveland (Association of Fundraising Professionals), maintains an active CPA license, attended Franciscan University of Steubenville for his undergraduate degree and has a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University.
Mrs. Christine Delmore is a parishioner of St. Michael Church and she and her husband, Michael, have two children; Zach (6th grade) and Paige (3rd grade). Mrs. Delmore is the President and Michael is the 2nd Vice President of the St. Michael PTU Board for the second year. She is also on the Parish Council at St. Michael. Mrs. Delmore has been in Human Resource Management for over 19 years. She received her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Cleveland State University in Communications/Human Resources. Mrs. Delmore's family is involved with CYO sports, fundraising, drama club, and other after school activities.
Mr. Justin Kazmierczak is a parishioner of St. Michael Church and he and his wife, Cara, have four children currently enrolled in the school; Austyn (7th grade), Layla (5th grade), Victoria (3rd grade), and Stella (Pre-K). Mr. Kazmierczak is the Athletic Director for CYO sports at St. Michael School. He received a Catholic education from St. Barnabas and St. Peter Chanel High School. He went on to study Criminal Justice at the University of Toledo. For the last 10 years, Mr. Kazmierczak has been a commercial energy broker. Along with being involved in CYO sports for the last five years, Mr. Kazmierczak also contributes to various other activities at St Michael School.
Mr. Robert Misso is a parishioner of St. Michael Church and he and his wife, Jennifer, have four children; Tommy (3rd grade), Jack (1st grade), Helena (Pre-K), and James (2 yrs. old). Mr. Misso is the president of E&S Services, a division of the Kurtz Family of Companies. Prior to his role at E&S, Rob worked in corporate banking for 11 years. Mr. Misso is a graduate of John Carroll University and received his Masters degree from Cleveland State University. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mr. Misso has lived in Independence since 2004 and is proud to be part of the SMS Council.
Mrs. Christi Vaughn joined the staff of St. Michael School four years ago, having taught previously at Seton Catholic School in Hudson and Upper Freehold Middle School in New Jersey. This is her tenth year teaching middle school students and, in particular, focusing on writing instruction. Mrs. Vaughn is a product of a Catholic school education for elementary school and college. While attending Georgian Court University in New Jersey, she was taught by the Sisters of Mercy and obtained a dual major in Education and English. After college, she continued on as a staff writer for the Office of Communications and Publications for the university. Since moving to Ohio, Mrs. Vaughn has coached several successful Power of the Pen teams, including the teams at St. Michael School.
Sr. Judith Wood OSF is a Pastoral Associate at St. Basil the Great Parish where she plans and conducts adult education programs and retreats, including the process of the Christian Initiation of Adults for those preparing to become Catholic. Sr. Judith holds a Masters Degree in Scripture and Spirituality from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, as well as a Ph.D. from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. She has taught in local grade schools, Trinity High School and both John Carroll and Case Western University. Sister served as a Mental Health Therapist for 17 years, and as a pastoral minister for 15 years. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis.