The Members of the Corporation Board of Our Lady of Holy Cross College have appointed a new Board of Regents for the College, effective immediately. Officers have not yet been named, but will be elected by the board at its first meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2011.
This is announced by Sr. Suellen Tennyson, the chair of the Members of the Corporation Board, who also cites the presidential search for the College as the next step for the Members. "We will initiate a national search with the formation of a search committee at the end of this month," she said. "We expect that the search will be completed by the start of the next academic year."
Sr. Suellen continued, "Our Lady of Holy Cross College is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Members of the Corporation are committed to the College remaining in compliance with all of their standards now and in the future."
Following is the roster of the Board of Regents of the College, with their chief affiliations and other background information of note, demonstrating their experience in education, finance, marketing, and administration:
Br. Donald Blauvelt, CSC of Austin, TX.-Former Provincial for the South-West Province of Holy Cross Brothers. Brother Blauvelt is an experienced teacher of secondary and middle school English, mathematics, and religious studies. He has served on the Board of Trustees of St. Edward's University in Austin and various high schools.
Sr. Keri Burke, MSC of New Orleans-A member of the Marianites of Holy Cross congregation. Sr. Keri is currently a teacher at Cabrini High School and former campus minister, and has several years' experience as well as education in youth ministry. She has devoted many summers to the Christian Leadership Institute for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, as well as being a member and co-facilitator of Teens Encounter Christ Retreats since 1992.
Mrs. Marguerite Celestin of Covington-President of St. Scholastica Academy since 2005, she was Principal there from 1979-2005. A Fellow with the School Leadership of Greater New Orleans, Ms. Celestin has served on many committees within the Archdiocese of New Orleans school system, most recently, the Steering Committee for Strategic Planning under former Archbishop Hughes.
Mr. G. Price Crane, Jr. of New Orleans-A retired financial advisor, Mr. Crane was affiliated during his professional career with several investment brokerage firms: Crane Investment Co.; Kohlmeyer & Co.; Thompson McKinnon Securities, Inc.; and A.G. Edwards & Sons. He is currently owner of Concilium, Inc., which consults on replacing lost wages to injured employees. His many board memberships include the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Foundation (Executive Committee); the Finance Committee for Christian Health Ministries; and the chair of the Finance Committee for the German Protestant Orphanage Asylum Foundation.
Sr. Gretchen Dysart, MSC of New Orleans-A member of the Marianites of Holy Cross congregation, Sr. Gretchen has developed a special interest in and ministry involving the environment. Holder of a graduate certificate in Earth Literacy from St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, Sr. Gretchen is chair of the Green Committee on the board of the Bywater Neighborhood Association. In 2008, Sr. Gretchen took a three-month sabbatical at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Terre Haute. She is also on the board of Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center.
Mrs. Terry Fonseca of Harahan-Vice President and Regulatory Compliance Officer for Metairie Bank and Trust, Mrs. Fonseca earned CPA certification, and has worked in the banking industry for 30 years. She began her career in finance and later concentrated on regulatory compliance. Her earlier career in teaching in various public and parochial schools in New Orleans included nine years in schools staffed by Marianites of Holy Cross. A graduate of Our Lady of Holy Cross College with a degree in Education, Ms. Fonseca later returned to pursue a degree in accounting.
Mr. Kyle M. France of Metairie-CEO of Kehoe-France, Inc., which operates the Kehoe-France School, Kehoe-France Northshore School, and the day camps for both schools, Mr. France also is Managing Partner of the Louisiana Development Group. LDG provides business development opportunities to businesses based in and outside Louisiana. He also serves as Managing Partner of Whiskey Oaks Development, a business development and public affairs consulting company, and is an Associate with the Breaux Development Group in Washington, D.C., representing clients with business development issues in Louisiana. Holder of a Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Mr. France also participated in the Institute of Politics at Loyola University in 1985.
Mr. Glenn Gennaro of Metairie-Mr. Gennaro has been Principal of the Jefferson Community School (charter) since 2006. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gennaro was both Fellows Director and Chief Financial Officer for the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans from 1999 until 2006. This followed many years' experience as principal at high schools that include St. Christopher School, Pope John Paul II High School, and St. Clement of Rome School. Community activities include past or current service as a Trustee of Ursuline Academy, member of the Archdiocese of New Orleans School Board, and a Director of the Clarion Herald.
Sr. Ellen Kron, DC of New Orleans-Sr. Ellen is Sponsor Liaison and Health Ministry Provincial Councillor for the Daughters of Charity St. Louis Province, which includes New Orleans. A missionary at the Sacre Coeur Hospital in Haiti from 2002-2004, Sr. Ellen had previously devoted sixteen years to serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Marygrove , a residential, multidisciplinary therapeutic program for infants, children, and adolescents, located in Florissant, Missouri. Her current board memberships include Ascension Health in St. Louis, MO as well as the DCS-NO Chair.
Sr. Ann Lacour, MSC of Alexandria-A member of the Marianites of Holy Cross Congregational Leadership Team, Sr. Ann is a former Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Alexandria. Sr. Ann also served as Director of Development for Catholic Charities of New Orleans from 2002 until 2005, in addition to having other fundraising experience. Sr. Ann currently serves on the boards of St. Mary's Training Center, the Catholic Foundation of Central and North Louisiana, and Notre Dame Health,
Mrs. Pam Lincoln of Gretna-Mrs. Lincoln, who holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, has been with the United States Department of Agriculture National Finance Center for 21 years, building on an earlier 13-year career in banking, during which she rose to Assistant Vice President of the former Jefferson Savings and Loan. She serves as Internal Audit and Compliance Manager. Mrs. Lincoln also is a graduate of Academy of Holy Angels and has been involved with its alumnae association for over 15 years.
Mr. Larry Oney of Lutcher- Mr. Oney is Chairman of Hammerman & Gainer International, founded in 1929 and based in Lutcher. He is a Deacon and active as a volunteer with St. Peter Claver Church. Hammerman & Gainer International provides a range of business management services and business process outsourcing services, as well as project management. Today, the company has grown to locations in LaPlace as well as Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. It also has three operations in Texas (Austin, Lubbock, and Irving).
Mr. S. Gordon Reese III of Covington-Mr. Reese is associated with Innovative Advertising, a Covington-based firm which specializes in, among other services, strategic planning, media buying, and graphic design. Its emphases include political marketing for campaigns across the United States. Mr. Reese took a year-long sabbatical from the corporate world after Hurricane Katrina, personally raising over $1.5 million to rebuild homes and small businesses in coastal Louisiana. A current member of the Tchefuncta Club Estates board, Mr. Reese holds a B. A. in History, with Honors, from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.
Ms. Dennise V. Sauvage of Metairie-Ms. Sauvage, since 2008, has served as a senior-level national Public Affairs Director within the Workforce Management and Consulting Office of the Veterans Health Administration. Before joining the staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs , in 2004, she was Communications and Marketing Manager for RPC Oil and Gas Service Companies. She is a frequent presenter at many industry forums on the value of training and competency.
Mr. Steve Worley of New Orleans-Mr. Worley is President and CEO of Louisiana Children's Medical Center, parent corporation of the system that includes Children's Hospital, Touro Infirmary, Children's Hospital Calhoun Campus, and Woldenberg Village. He is a member of the Children's Hospital International Executive Forum, the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers, and is past chairman of the board of the Blood Center for Southeast Louisiana. Also, Mr. Worley is past chair of the boards of the Louisiana Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans.
Our Lady of Holy Cross College (OLHCC) is a private, Catholic institution that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in liberal arts as well as professional studies. It serves students from the Greater New Orleans area, most of whom remain to work and contribute to our community after graduation. Known widely for its excellent programs in counseling, education, and nursing and allied health, OLHCC has been serving the community in New Orleans since its founding in 1916. Originally designed by the Marianites of Holy Cross to provide college degrees for teachers in their order, OLHCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.