This school is an inspiration of the Holy Spirit which encouraged many of our board members to envision a school for women which could be rich in the Catholic faith and uphold the teachings of St. John Paul II by educating young women in their feminine genius.
A special thank you to the Dominican Sisters, Mary Mother of the Eucharist, for working with the Board in the design of this school and inspiring us with our patroness, St. Catherine of Siena, a great Dominican saint.
2021-22 Officers and Trustees
Sr. Sarah Burdick, S.G.L.
Superior of Servants of God’s Love in the Diocese of Lansing
- B.S. in Education, The University of Michigan
- M.A. in Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Sister Sarah Burdick has been a member of the Servants of God’s Love, a new religious community, canonically established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan since 1980 and has recently celebrated her thirty third year in final vows. She has served as the First Councilor since 2007 and as the Director of Formation since 1996. In March of 2019, Sister Sarah was elected Superior and was installed in August. Sister Sarah has a B.S. in Education from The University of Michigan and an M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit. She also served as the head of the department of Theology and taught Theology at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan for fifteen years. She was transferred to the mission house in Flint in July 2018 and taught Theology at Powers Catholic High School for one year. Sister Sarah is also the co-host of a weekly radio program called, Notes From Above on Ave Maria Radio. Presently, she resides at the Mother House in Ann Arbor.
After 35 Years Janet retired from Ford Motor Company in 1997 as a Benefit Representative. She was instrumental in putting together, along with seven other Benefit Representatives, a Centralized Benefit Center in Dearborn for Ford Motor Company.
Her son John Duff graduated from Dearborn Divine Child High School and was offered a 4 year scholarship to Michigan Tech., Houghton, Mi. John donated “John the Baptist Relic” that sits near the SCA altar. She is currently a parishioner of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, Brighton, Mi. Her involvement there has been in many church fundraisers involving silent auctions and was a member of the Parish Council. She instigated the “Come Dine with Jesus” table located on the grounds at Holy Spirit which found a place on the Michigan’s Roadside Attractions list.
She started a group with the help of her Financial Adviser called “Women In The Know”, a group that meets quarterly with a local speaker. This was organized to educate women on Finances, Healthcare, Trusts, Wills, Scams, Real Estate Home selling, etc. She also served 10 years as condo President for Country Club Village III, Northville, Mi.
Michael Hale, J.D., CPCU, AAI
Michael Hale, J.D., CPCU, AAI is a principal with the insurance and risk management firms 360 Risk Management Inc. and Clairmont Advisors LLC, both based in Northville, Michigan. He is also the founder of the law firm of Hale & Hirn PLLC, which specializes in insurance and risk management matters. A 1994 graduate cum laude of Michigan State University School of Law, he has been retained as an expert witness in over two hundred cases involving insurance coverages and agent errors and omissions issues since 2000. He started his career in 1994 with the firm of Plunkett & Cooney, P.C. where his practice concentration was on insurance coverage matters. Hale has earned the nationally recognized certifications of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI). As an attorney, he has represented both insurance companies and policyholders in coverage matters. He was named Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2017 and 2008. Hale has been published in many legal and other publications, including The Michigan Bar Journal, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and The CPCU Journal.
Msgr. Timothy Hogan
Pastor at St. Fabian Catholic Church
- BA, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now DeSales University)
- Master of Divinity, St. John Provincial Seminary
Monsignor Hogan received his BA from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Center Valley, Pennsylvania (now DeSales University), a Master of Divinity from St. John Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, Michigan, and ordained a priest on December 11, 1982. He has served as parochial vicar at Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Michigan, and Sacred Heart Parish in Dearborn, Michigan. His pastoral positions have included working at St. Christopher Church in Detroit, Church of the Holy Family in Novi, Michigan, and currently at St. Fabian Catholic Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Msgr. Hogan has also served as Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Detroit. While in the navy, he was assigned to Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Naples, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, and six at-sea deployments, including Afghanistan on board the USS Bataan LHD5. He also served two combat deployments to Iraq with the US Marines. Msgr. Hogan retired from the US Navy with 30 years of service as Hospital Corpsman then later as a Chaplain.
President: Mrs. Lia Johnston, Ex Officio Member
President of St. Catherine of Siena Academy
- BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
- Master of Business Administration, Ashland University
Mrs. Johnston received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration from Ashland University. After spending 19 years working for Ford, Visteon, and the Automotive Components Holdings, she left the automotive industry to spend time with her two young daughters.
Ready to rejoin the workforce, she joined St. Catherine of Siena Academy in 2009 as the Marketing Director. Over the past 11 years, she has worked with admissions, the business office, and advancement learning the ins and outs of the school administration.
Mrs. Johnston is married with two daughters. Her daughters graduated from St. Catherine in 2018 and 2021.
Mr. Paul Kueber
- MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan
- BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Mr. Kueber worked at Ford Motor Company for 31 years where he was responsible for forward model vehicle programs. He retired in 2020. Mr. Kueber grew up in Dearborn, MI, attended Catholic Central High School , and received a BS from the University of Notre Dame. He then continued on to earn a MS from University of Michigan. Mr. Kueber is married to Dawn with three children (Noah, Grace (SCA Class 2017), Lily (SCA Class of 2021). He also was the first SCA Parent Club President from 2015 thru 2019. Mr. Kueber is also active in the Knights of Columbus, serving as Deputy Grand Knight at OLV Northville.
Board Chair: Mrs. Heather Lee, Esq.
Real Estate Attorney at Success Mortgage Partners, Inc. and Title Partners, LLC
- BA, University of Notre Dame
- Master of Theological Science, John Paul II Institute, Pontifical Lateran University (now The Catholic University of America)
- Juris Doctorate, Suffolk University
Born and raised on Cape Cod., Mrs. Lee attended Phillips Academy, Andover for high school and received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She then went on to earn a Master of Theological Science from John Paul II Institute, Pontifical Lateran University (now part of The Catholic University) and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Heather and her husband Owen are practicing real estate attorneys for their companies: Success Mortgage Partners, Inc. and Title Partners, LLC. They are the proud parents of Maura (SCA 2017), Patrick, and Declan.
Dr. Cheryl Mazzara
Psychiatrist at Renewal Christian Counseling Center
- BS in Nutrition, Michigan State University
- MD, Wayne State University
- Residency in Psychiatry; Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Michigan
- MA in Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Dr. Mazzara has been practicing psychiatry for 27 years, working with adults and children, and currently has a private practice in St. Clair Shores. She has been married for 32 years and has two sons, aged 27 and 25, and a daughter named Karissa who graduated from St. Catherine of Siena Academy in 2017. She is an active board member for Haiti Africa Relief Team, a nonprofit organization based in Grosse Pointe which provides medical and humanitarian care in Jesus’ name. Being such, she has been on several mission trips to Haiti, and is chair of the orphanage committee. Recently, she completed a master’s degree in Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary with her thesis topic being “Truth in the Gospel of John: An Answer to the Mental Health Crisis in the US.” She is committed to bringing the truth of the gospel, especially to young people, so they may be empowered to set the world ablaze.
Rev. Michael G. Savickas
Pastor of St. William Parish in the Diocese of Detroit
- BA, Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit
- Master of Divinities, St. John Provincial Seminary
Father Savickas was ordained a priest December 6, 1974, and all of his priestly assignments have been at parishes with schools. He served as an active member of the Archdiocesan “Catholic Schools in the Future Committee” from 2007 through 2010, and then on the “Catholic School Advisory Board” from 2010 through 2013.
Assigned as pastor to St. William Parish in Walled Lake since 1985, he has striven to incorporate their school program as an intrinsic element of the parish. He strongly endorses the Archbishop’s statement in Unleash the Gospel that, “Catholic Schools are an apostolate that is the responsibility of all parishes and all Christ’s faithful.” St. William School is recognized in the Archdiocese for its leadership in creating a program to serve children with special needs. Also, it is the first school in this Archdiocese to establish an Administrative Oversight Board, a concept which is hoped to aid schools that are struggling with changing demographics and declining enrollment. Fr. Savickas is excited that, with the aid of this dedicated group, the decision has been made to expand the school to include programs for 3 and 4-year-old children. Above all, he recognizes that the mission of all Catholic Schools is to help our children encounter Christ and to be nurtured as disciples, while striving for academic excellence.