Board of Specified Jurisdiction

The Northside Catholic Academy Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ) advises the school administration on a number of topics including school policies, budget and tuition rates. Board members also serve on committees that deal with subjects such as Finance, Long Range Planning, Facilities, Marketing and Development. The BSJ meets five times a year. See the NCA events calendar for meeting dates.
 

Board Members May Be:  

  • Parishioners
  • Alumni and parents of alumni
  • Leaders within the neighborhood, civic, business, and professional communities
  • School parents and guardians
  • A maximum of 20% of the Board members may be non-Catholic.

               

BSJ members commit to prepare for and attend board meetings, and to participate actively in at least one of the standing committees of the BSJ. The Northside Catholic Academy school community shall have an active and supportive role by having the NCA Parent Organization (NCAPO) President or designated representative of the organization attend and report at BSJ meetings. The president and the school principal sit on the BSJ Ex Officio.

The BSJ adopts a consensus model of decision-making; work is prepared in committee before presentation to the board membership. The Executive Committee includes the board chair, assistant chair, board secretary, the president, and the principal. The school administrator and the board chair set the board agenda and monitor the board calendar. An agenda, including the minutes from each current committee’s work, is provided to board members. 

2017-2018 Board of Specified Jurisdiction

Sara Ellis, CHAIR: Sara is a parishioner at St. Gertrude has had three children graduate from NCA. She has served on the School Board/ BSJ for over 10 years. She currently sits on the Finance committee. Sara is a District Judge for the Northern Illinois District. This will be Sara’s fifth year as Chair and she has been instrumental in our various transitions the past few years. She will be sharing the Chair position with new member Jackie Blake.

Jackie Blake,CHAIR: Jackie Blake is a parishioner at St. Gertrude and has three children, a toddler and two children currently at NCA (PK and 3rd).  She has a counseling background and has been very involved at St. Gertrude's parish.  She chaired the Gralley (St. Gertrude fundraiser) for many years.  Her husband Jon is the co-chair of the Soiree.

Robert Krug, VICE CHAIR: Robert is a parishioner at St. Gregory and has two children in fifth grade at NCA. Robert is an attorney specializing in immigration and nationality law. This will be Robert’s third year as Vice Chair and he also serves as Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee.

Mark Lewis, TREASURER: Mark is a parishioner at St. Jerome and has had three children graduate from NCA and currently has a second grader at NCA. He is an in house attorney at AT&T. Mark has served on the School Board/BSJ for over 10 years. He serves as Chair of the Finance committee.

Jen Reyes, SECRETARY: Jen is a parishioner at St. Gertrude and has had one child graduate from NCA and currently has a sixth grader at NCA. She is a Physical Therapist at Weiss Memorial Hospital. She has served on the School Board/BSJ for over 10 years. She currently sits on the Marketing and Communications committee.

Jason Craft: Jason is a parishioner at St. Gertrude and has two children at NCA (K and 2nd). He is an attorney specializing in risk management and insurance.

Lyzz Davis: Lyzz is a parishioner at St. Gertrude and has two children at NCA (1st and 4th). She is a Senior Researcher at American Institutes for Research.

Todd Gross: Todd has had two children graduate from NCA and currently has a seventh grader. He is a teacher for the Chicago Public Schools. Todd has served on the board for over 3 years.

Mike Herman: Mike is a parishioner at St. Margaret Mary and has a fourth grader at NCA. He is the Director of Advancement and Development at Kohl’s Children’s Museum.

Sarah Millar: Sarah is a parishioner at St. Gertrude and has two children at NCA (4th and 2nd). She is an attorney and specializes in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.

Chris Mitchell: Chris is an independent Board Member. He is a parishioner at St. Ignatius. Chris has been a teacher and principal; he currently works as a Senior Account Manager at ACT.

Brian Pavona: Brian is an independent Board Member and Chair of the Membership and Governance Committee of the BSJ. He has a BBA and MAcc from the University of Michigan.  He is an Audit Senior Manager at Ernst & Young and our representative from the Big Shoulders Fund Chairmens' Advisory Council.

Hollie Platte: Hollie is an independent Board Member and Chair of the Marketing and Communications committee of the BSJ. She has a BA in Advertising from Michigan State. Hollie is SVP, Management Director at FCB.

Maggie Wrenn: Maggie is a parishioner at St. Ignatius and has had one child graduate from NCA and three children currently at NCA (8th, 6th, and 4th grade). She is a Sales Consultant, Talent Solutions at CEB, now Gartner. She has served as a board member for over 3 years.

John Wyman: John is a parishioner at St. Gertrude and has two children at NCA (PK and 1st). He is the Managing Principal Broker-Wyman Real Estate Group under the @properties Brokerage firm. John is also the Co-Chair of the Soiree and Chair of the Development and Advancement Committee.