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The Academy at Saint Joan of Arc is A 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. The bylaws, which outline the governance, are in compliance with the Illinois General Not for Profit Act. The Academy is governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of:

  • Four Members of the St. Joan of Arc Philanthropic and/or Community at Large
  • Three School Parent Members
  • One Independent Education Expert
Our governance structure offers us several key advantages, including the ability:
  • to be agile in our decision-making
  • to attract outstanding talent
  • to leverage cutting-edge expertise in preschool through 8th-grade education
  • to ensure deep and meaningful engagement from parents and community members

Current Board Members

Steve King co-founded Prairie Capital in 1997 and currently serves as a Partner of the firm. Prior to Prairie, Steve led the formation of ANB Mezzanine Corporation (then a subsidiary of First Chicago Corporation), serving as its President from 1994 to 1997. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility with American National Bank & Trust Company of Chicago, also a subsidiary of First Chicago Corporation.  Steve is on the Board of Directors of First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE). He is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and past chairman of NASBIC (now the Small Business Investor Alliance). Steve has a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Loyola University.  Steve is active in various civic and community organizations with a particular interest in education. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Arc of Hope, Big Shoulders Fund, and Loyola Academy. Steve, his wife Christy, and their four children have been part of the St. Joan of Arc Parish for over 20 years.

Shana Carroll is an award-winning teacher and higher education administrator. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and the Academic Director of the Russell Fellows Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she teaches in the areas of leadership and communication. Early in her tenure at Kellogg, she served as Chief of Staff and was an integral member of the school’s senior leadership team during a period of transformational change. Prior to joining Kellogg, she spent nearly a decade at New York University’s Stern School of Business where she was named Administrator of the Year in 2010. She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from New York University. She and her husband, Herbert Mejia, and their two children became parishioners at Saint Joan of Arc in 2013.

Ted Cominos is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of the global law firm, Eversheds-Sutherland LLP. After spending a decade living and working abroad, Ted and his wife Julie returned to settle in the ‘Evanskokie’/ ‘Skevanston’ area. They are proudly raising their three daughters as part of the St. Joan of Arc parish, with all three presently attending (or have recently graduated from) ‘The Academy’ at St Joan of Arc.

Johnjoe Farragher is co-founder and CEO of Defined Learning, a transformative education technology company. Defined Learning’s flagship service, Defined STEM, is a project-based learning solution that provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding and apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. Johnjoe received his BS from Marquette University and an MBA from Loyola University.  Johnjoe grew up in the St. Joan of Arc Parish and, after college, returned with his wife, Stephanie, to raise their two children here as well. 

Maggie Hoody is the founder and CEO of TIP Learning, providing professional development and curricular resources to teachers and administrators around the world. Her training includes specialization in STEM education, literacy education, and curriculum design. She began her career in K – 12 as a classroom teacher at public, private and charter schools across grades 1 – 10.  In 2007, she moved to higher education as faculty at Winona State University in the Department of Education where she co-led a transformational redesign of the teacher education program and was awarded tenure. In addition, Maggie was the educational research lead with InSciEd Out (2009-2018), a science education program based at Mayo Clinic, the Director of STEM Village (2017-2018), a science education resource center serving southeast Minnesota, and the founder and director of a summer STEM Camp at Riverside Central Elementary School. Maggie has a BA from the University of St. Thomas, an MS from Minnesota State University – Mankato, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Maggie and her husband, Tom, enrolled their two boys at The Academy in the fall of 2020.

Jeana Marqueda is a Senior Consultant for Change Strategies, Inc. and works with clients to develop data-driven business strategies and communication plans. Jeana began her career at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago and was later assigned to the Mexico City office, where she worked with a roster of multinational clients developing integrated communication plans.  In 2016, after 16 years in Mexico, Jeana, her husband Benjamin and two children moved stateside and joined St. Joan of Arc Parish.

Nikki Raftery is an Executive Leadership Coach in the Alliance for Catholic Education’s Center for Transformational Educational Leadership at the University of Notre Dame. Through her work she teaches elementary and high school principals across the country to intentionalize their practice by targeting school culture, instructional leadership, and executive management, in order to revitalize their school and realize long-term sustainable change. Prior to this role, Nikki served for six years as the principal at Saint Mary School in Buffalo Grove, where she grew enrollment by over 65% and increased academic achievement by nearly 20%, earning the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence in 2014. In addition to The Academy at St. Joan of Arc, Nikki has served on both elementary and high school Boards and currently participates on the Academic Excellence Committee for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Nikki received BS degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from Purdue University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from National Louis.

Patricia Sheahan is a Cook County Circuit Court judge, currently assigned to Law Division, Motions Section, in the Daley Center. Judge Sheahan previously covered civil non-jury trial courtrooms and a civil jury motion call, as well as a post-judgment and miscellaneous remedies call in the First Municipal District.  Patricia previously served as Associate General Counsel at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  Patricia was born and raised in Evanston.  For the last 19 years, Patti and her husband T.J. have lived in the St. Joan of Arc parish, where they are raising their four children.