Thomas Carone VM77
Mr. Thomas Carone is a 1977 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He attended The University of Akron, where he received his Bachelor Degree of Science in Accounting. Mr. Carone and his wife, Darla, have two daughters, Nicole VM02 and Heather VM06. Mr. Carone has more than 20 years experience in the business community before joining STVM as Chief Operating Officer. Read Mr. Carone's 2019-2020 School Year Greeting.
Mrs. Kimberlee Gorr is from western Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Norwin High School in North Huntingdon, PA. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received a BS in Education, with a concentration in Mathematics. She graduated from St. Vincent College with a MS in Curriculum and Instruction and Principal Certification. She is married with four sons; Alex, Andy, Aidan and Aaron.
Courtney Kellett Conley grew up in Akron, Ohio and graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary in 2003. During her time at STVM, Ms. Conley was involved in cheerleading, musical theater, and peer ministry. After graduation, She attended Ohio University where she earned a BA in International Studies with a minor in French. Ms. Conley has a professional background in non-profit marketing services and client relations. She has previously served STVM as Director of Alumni/Constituent Relations and Assistant Director of Admissions. Ms. Conley is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and lives in Fairlawn with her two daughters.
Willie McGee VM03
Director of Athletics
Willie McGee is a 2003 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. During his time at STVM, Mr. McGee was a class president and a member of the football and basketball teams. After high school, Mr. McGee continued his academic and athletic career at Fairmont State University where he received his undergraduate degree. He then moved on to complete his Master's Degree at The University of Akron. He has served as an assistant basketball coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary, as a graduate assistant at The University of Akron, and as an assistant coach at Chowan University in North Carolina. Mr. McGee returned home in 2015 to become STVM's Director of Athletics.
Director of Advancement
Mr. Isabella grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Lakewood, St. Edward High School in 1988. He attended Cleveland State University, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Communications. He has held different business development positions throughout his career. Most recently, he returned to his alma mater and worked at St. Edward High School for the past four years in the role of Major Gift Officer for the Department of Institutional Advancement. He and his wife Dionne have 2 daughters, Marissa and Grace, and are excited to be part of the STVM Family!
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Richards is a native of Canton and a graduate of GlenOak High School and Kent State University and is both a CPA and a CMA (Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant). He previously worked for MACtac in Stow for thirty one years in Accounting and Information Systems. Joe enjoys playing the guitar and singing. He currently resides in North Canton and is married to Martha and has two children, Sarah and Stephen.
Dean of Students
Mr. McKrill is a native of Mentor and is a graduate of Lake Catholic High School and Notre Dame College. He has worked for seven years in Catholic education. Mr. McKrill started his career in education at St. Peter Chanel, teaching Theology, where he was also the Campus Minister. Once Chanel closed their doors, Mr. McKrill worked at Lake Catholic as the Assistant Director of Admissions, which lead him to two years at Notre Dame College working in Enrollment Management.
Dean of Academics
Mrs. Widders graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville, Ohio. She received a B.A. degree from Walsh University and a M.A. degree from Malone University. She has taught in Catholic and public schools as a general education teacher and an intervention specialist. She is married with three daughters.
Christine Barrows Spinner
Mrs. Spinner was born in Lakewood, Ohio and grew up in Parma, Ohio where she attended Valley Forge High School. After graduation, she went on to Ashland College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio & Television Communications. Following a few years working in television news, she continued her education at Kent State University earning a Master of Arts in Teaching. Mrs. Spinner taught for seven years in the Parma City School District, three years for Akron Public Schools, and the past 14 years at St. Hilary School in Fairlawn. At St. Hilary’s she taught several subjects including Theology/Confirmation Preparation. Mrs. Spinner married her high school sweetheart, Stephen, in 1990. They live in Copley, Ohio and have three children: Bailey VM13, Griffin VM16, and Hope VM18.
Michelle Hlivko Schaeffer VM92
Director of Alumni & Community Relations
Mrs. Schaeffer is a 1992 graduate of STVM. She is the proud parent of Alexis Schaeffer VM15 and Riley Schaeffer VM18. Returning to her alma mater as a parent in 2011, Mrs. Schaeffer was involved in Parents' Club in a variety of ways and served as president for two years. She has served various roles at STVM: Event Planner, Director of Annual Fund and now the Director of Alumni & Community Relations. She said, "Being able to experience STVM as a student, alumni, parent and now staff member has been amazing. I feel very lucky to be able to work with the incredible staff of STVM and to help keep the Irish tradition going for years to come."
Director of Communications
Mr. Boarman was born and raised in Copley, Ohio. He attended Copley High School and Kent State University. In 2007, Mr. Boarman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Social Studies Education with a minor in History from Kent State University. After graduating from college, Mr. Boarman was a long-term substitute teacher at Kent Roosevelt High School where he taught 10th grade American History and 11-12th grade Psychology. In 2019, he earned his Master's degree from the University of Akron. In addition to his role as the Director of Communications and a teacher in the Social Studies department, Mr. Boarman is also the Head Baseball Coach and a Irish Athletes for Christ advisor. Mr. Boarman is married to Emily Buehrle Boarman VM05. They live in Akron with their daughter Sadie and dog Ava.
Director of Health & Wellness
Mr. Burns is a 2012 graduate of Milan Edison High School. After high school, he attended Ashland University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and minored in Nutrition. He competed on the Eagles varsity wrestling team and was a NCAA qualifier. Mr. Burns continued his education at the University of Akron and received his Master's in Exercise Physiology in 2018. He is involved as a strength and conditioning coach for the Fighting Irish as a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Coach Dru Joyce was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1973. He received his degree from Ohio University in 1978. Upon graduation, Coach Dru began a career as a Sales Representative for Hunt-Wesson Foods. After 25 years of dedicated service and varying degrees of responsibility he left corporate America to follow his dream of coaching. He was named Head Boys Basketball Coach in 2001 and has coached the Fighting Irish to five State Championships. Coach Dru has written a book entitled "Beyond Championships: A Playbook For Winning At Life," which documents the life principles he has used to help boys grow into men. Coach is married with four adult children and seven grandchildren. His has two children who are alumni: Dru VM03 and Cameron VM07.
Executive Board of Trustees
The mission of the Executive Board at St. Vincent-St. Mary is to:
- Identify, develop and exectue a plan to address the needs of the school.
- Oversee the financial well-being of the school.
- Assist in establishing school policy and monitor its adherence.
- Hire and evaluate the job performance of the President and Principal.
- Be supportive of the administration, faculty and staff in the execution of their responsibilities.
- Support the financial initiatives of the school.
- Perpetuate the Board, orient and train new Board members and fill Board committee positions.
- Review and annually update the school's Strategic Plan to continually address the needs of the school and its students.
- Establish school policy and monitor its adherence.
- Be informed and responsive to situations within the school that may affect the name, reputation or integrity of the school.
- Monitor and maintain financial integrity of the school.
- Review, approve and monitor the school budget as prepared by the school administration.
- Promote innovation to improve the delivery of services to the operations of the school in its pursuit of educational, physical and spiritual excellence.
I want to extend a sincere thank you and expression of appreciation to Jim Bowen for his leadership over the past 2 years. I have been on the board for several years now. The board has always functioned well and certainly with the best interests of the students and the school as its primary focus. Jim has taken the board to another level with the establishment of several working committees that have gotten things done that were on the “to do list” in the past but have now been accomplished. We should all applaud, congratulate, and thank Jim for a job truly well done.
Jim’s shoes are big shoes to fill, especially at this unprecedented – in our lifetime – challenging, and uncertain time. Even as I write this, in mid-July, the school has a “Plan A” for the start of school in the fall, but we don’t know if we will be operating under that plan or “Plan B,” or “Plan C.” The administration, led by President Tom Carone, who has worked tirelessly, has done an unbelievable job shepherding the school through the 2019-2020 school year as well as preparing for 2020-2021. Knowing what has gone into this process I can say confidently that we are truly as well prepared as anyone for that challenge. Our school Principal, Kim Gorr, has done a tremendous job of staying involved, educated, and informed with respect to this evolving situation. Kim has taken seminars and been involved in surveys and studies, nationally and internationally, trying to find the best ways to go forward – safely – but doing the best job of educating our STVM students as possible in these difficult and challenging times.
I did not attend STVM. Neither did my wife. Our youngest child, Jordan, was in the STVM Class of 2013. It sounds cliché but from her very first involvement in the STVM Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian Campbell, during the summer before her 8th grade year at St. Joseph, we all felt that there truly is a “family spirit” at STVM. That is what ultimately led me to accept a position on the bard of the school in the first place. This was reflected again this year in at least 2 ways: the successful completion of the Showcase event, online, in the face of the pandemic; and the success of the Tuition Assistance Fund, led by Ralph Trecaso, to assist STVM students and families who might be experiencing unusual financial difficulties due to the virus.
No doubt this will be a challenging year. However, we can’t sit back and fret over our problems and let them control us. We have to rise to the challenge of operating a Catholic, Marianist high school in the most turbulent times in our lives. We need to continue the work of educating our students – your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends’ children – as Catholics, and in the Marianist tradition, and for those in our school who don’t follow the Catholic faith, by simply working to make them better people when they leave here, well prepared for life after STVM. We will need your help doing this. We will be embarking on the creation of a new five-year plan for the school, and I ask all who read this to be willing to, and open to be involved in that process. We hear about “Time, Treasure, and Talent.” We all have one or more of these attributes. Please be willing to share yours with STVM.
Going into the 2020-2021 school year, I’d like to ask you to keep in mind a quote from Fr. Chaminade, the founder of the Marianist Order: “As long as you are on earth you will have problems. Go with simplicity. Do not worry about the troublesome or disconcerting things you will experience. Do your duties. Try to please God and keep your peace.”
John C. Weisensell, Chairman
- John C. Weisensell, Chairman
- James M. Bowen
- Todd Bischof
- Fr. Norm Douglas
- Tony Fitzgerald
- Debbie Gorbach
- Bill Hunt
- Chris Marks
- Brendan O’Connor
- Kris Rosenfeld
- Linda Subich
- Billy Taylor
- Maureen Thune
- Ralph E. Trecaso
- Jerry VanDevere
- Joseph R. Weber
- Thomas M. Carone, President
- Kimberlee Gorr, Principal
STVM High School Foundation
The St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Foundation has been a supporting organization of the high school and has been a major contributor since its inception in 2003. Through the Family and Memorial Scholarship program, many of our students receive thousands of dollars in scholarship money enabling them to attend STVM. The Foundation also supports continual capital improvements and property acquisitions as well as special projects that ehhance the STVM school learning environment and expand our campus.
- Deidre A. Hanlon, President
- William J. Costigan, Jr. V67, Vice-President
- Michael A. Piglia, Treasurer
- James E. Conlon VM13 (h), Secretary
- Cassandra Manna VM08