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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:

  • Three Members of the St. Joan of Arc Philanthropic and/or Community at Large
  • Three School Parent Members
  • Two Independent Education Experts
  • Designee from the Archdiocese
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.

Phyllis Cavallone is an accomplished and recognized educational leader at the elementary, high school, and college levels. She is currently the Chief of Academics at the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools. Previously, Phyllis was the principal at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, where in 7 years she transformed the school from near closure to a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2011) and an Intel School of Distinction National Finalist in Middle School Mathematics (2012). Prior to that, Phyllis was an Adjunct Math & Mathematics Education Instructor at St. Xavier University, where she organized, planned and presented lessons for graduate and undergraduate level mathematics and mathematics education courses for elementary, middle school and high school certification programs.

Ted Cominos is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of the AM75 law firm, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. He specializes in domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity/venture capital investments, and corporate commercial / finance transactions. Before returning to the USA, Ted and his wife Julie lived and worked in Europe for approximately 14 years, during which time Ted was a partner with London law firms Linklaters and CMS. Ted, his wife Julie, and their three daughters have been parishioners of St. Joan of Arc for approximately 15 years. 

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.

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.

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.

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