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.
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,
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 10 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 oldest daughter graduated from St. Catherine in 2018 and her youngest daughter will be graduating from St. Catherine in 2021.
Treasurer: Mr. Bruce Barron
CEO of Barron Industries
- University of Notre Dame
Mr. Barron is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and currently, CEO of Barron Industries, a metal
casting and machining business located in Oxford, Michigan. He has served as the General Chair of the $20 Million
Vision 2000 Campaign from 1998-2003 to expand K-8 Catholic education in the Pontiac Area Vicariate. This
campaign created 1,350 additional seats of K-8 Catholic education at four campus locations supported by 10
Mr. Barron served on the Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy Board of Trustees from 2002-2012. Chairman of
the Board from 2006-2012 during which time numerous building projects, capital campaigns and financing strategies
Currently Mr. Barron is on the Board of Trustees at St. Catherine of Siena Academy in Novi, Michigan where he
serves as Treasurer. Formerly, Chair of the Advancement Committee, and also formerly the Chair of the Finance Committee where he assisted in the resolution of bond debt and developed benefaction.
He had been a member of St. Mary of the Hills in Rochester Hills, Michigan for 25 years, has become a recent
member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion, Michigan. Mr. Barron is a member of the Detroit North
East Chapter of Legatus and has been married for 30 years and is the father of four children.
Dr. Kevin Ford
Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University
- BS in Psychology, University of Maryland
- MA in Psychology, The Ohio State University
- Ph.D in Psychology, The Ohio State University
Dr. Ford is a professor of psychology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on understanding and
managing organizational change as well as how to build learning systems within workplaces. Among his
accomplishments he has published over 80 articles, chapters, and books on learning and organizational
development. Dr. Ford is also an active consultant with over 30 years of management consulting experience in
private industry, health, and the public sector focusing on workplace training, development, leadership, strategic
planning, and organizational effectiveness. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the
Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His education includes a BS in psychology from the
University of Maryland and his MA and Ph.D. in psychology from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Ford is married with four grown children who all attended Catholic Schools – one of whom graduated from
St. Catherine. At Resurrection Parish in Lansing, Michigan, he has been a member of the parish council and chair
of the finance committee. He served as the organizational consultant facilitating the merger of two parishes, and
worked for over five years with the Superintendent of Schools for the Lansing Diocese on moving Catholic Schools
from “maintenance to mission”.
Partner and CFO of the Turn 2 Automotive Group
Having fostered the exponential growth of his former company, Excelda Manufacturing, over his thirteen-year
tenure as President and CEO, Mr. LaMarra unites his knack for leadership and passion for motoring as partner and
CFO of the Turn 2 Automotive Group. A former President of Saint Catherine of Siena Academy and six-year
board member of Cleary University, Mr. LaMarra represents Christ on the racetrack for MINI USA’s John Cooper
Works /LAP Motorsports Team— heralding Jeremiah 17: 7-8 on his helmet—and off the track as husband and
father of two sons. Seeing the importance of Catholic education in his own children’s lives, he looks to broaden the
reach and ensure its sustainability in the future.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.