A Preschool through 8th Grade Catholic Elementary School in Glenview, IL
School Advisory Board
Mission: The School Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Pastor of OLPH Parish and the Principal of OLPH School.
The School Advisory Board is charged with advising the School in matters of Marketing, Public Relations, Policy, Finance, Tuition and Fundraising.
Advisory Board Projects • School Directory • School Budget • Parish Summit • Teacher Gift (Christmas and Year-End) • Catholic Schools Week • School Ambassadors • Tuition & Fees • School Improvement Plan • Committee Work
Time Commitment: The Advisory Board meets the second Monday of each month. Additionally, committee meetings occur once or twice a month.
My name is Dan Cahill and my wife Melinda and I have been members of the OLPH parish since we moved from Chicago in 2003. All three of my children were baptized at OLPH and have attended school since kindergarten. Currently Anna is in 8th grade, Kate in 6th grade and Danny is in 3rd grade.
I was raised in the northern suburbs where I attended Immaculate Conception and Sacred Heart grade schools. When the choice of high school was presented I decided to continue my Catholic education and attend Loyola Academy. I received my undergraduate degree from Drake University as well as playing four years of football. Following college, I began a career on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options and the Chicago Mercantile exchange. I was an open outcry floor trader for 20 years in equity, index, and commodity options. Currently I own and operate a metal supply and fabrication business in Niles. Outside of work I enjoy participating a variety of sports and spending time with my family. I am also very active coaching my children in football, basketball, baseball and soccer.
When we moved from the city to Glenview we had the decision to choose between public or private school. While both present the opportunity for an excellent education, we chose OLPH. We wanted our family to be part of a community that worked together as students, teachers and parents for academic and moral development A group that not only spends time together during school hours, but one that chooses to compete, socialize and care for each other outside of the required school hours. We have not been disappointed in our choice.
I firmly believe I can be an asset to the Advisory Board. My previous fourteen years of experience in the OLPH community, along with my Catholic education and willingness to take initiative provide me with the proper vision. I trust that if given the opportunity I would be able to work in concert with the current members of the board to help strengthen and grow an already exceptional school and community.
My name is Peter Hendrick and my wife Sue and I have been parishioners since moving to Glenview in 2003. I'm originally from Michigan and Sue is from Ohio. We both moved to Chicago in early 1990. Our three children have been at OLPH School since preschool and they are currently in the following grades; Emily in 8th grade (age 14), Mary Claire in 6th grade (age 12) and Shannon in 4thgrade (age 10).
I have an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and also completed an MBA program at the University of Notre Dame. The majority of my business career has been spent in the financial services industry. Currently I am responsible for the financial aspects of a company called Tennis Resorts. Tennis Resorts is the exclusive operator of the existing tennis facility inside of the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, FL. We arrange everything from tour packages to amateur tournaments to special events at the facility.
Outside of work I'm active with my family, helping them with school as well as extracurricular activities. I exercise 3-5 times weekly and try to set an example with my kids on the importance of staying in shape.When time permits, I enjoy golf and swimming.In the winter months, I'm involved in coaching girls' basketball and I also play paddle tennis.
For me, serving on this Board is an opportunity for me to make an impact with the educational mission of OLPH School. Our experience at OLPH school with all three of our girls has been very positive. We have felt that the school has allowed our children to find a sense of community beyond just the learning. They've all had both good and bad experiences that allow them growth opportunities. The positives far outweigh any negatives but both types of experiences have taught them life lessons. For us, OLPH school has been a place where we feel confident in the learning environment and that our kids have support from the teachers. It is a place where our kids have gotten the chance to start building their own futures. This is primarily why I'd have interest in serving on this Board. Every kid needs a chance to have hope for a bright future. This school is a place where we can all collectively do our part to create an environment where kids have a chance to learn and be part of a great community.
Catholic education has played a large role in my life. My wife Meghan and I are excited to share this experience with our children. It work be a thrill and honor to help shape and direct the formation of the education and experience at OLPH.
Below is bullet bio of myself and family. Catholic education has always played an important role in my life. My mom’s sister was an Ursaline nun in Cleveland who taught in the Catholic schools for over 50 years. My father emigrated from Galway, Ireland and place a huge value on Catholic education.
Married to Meghan Kearney since 2008 (Old St. Pat’s Church).
OLPH parishioners for 9 years, since 2009.
We have two children:
Finn (8 year old boy, 2nd Grade, Mrs. Doherty)
Riley (6 year old girl, Kindergarten, Mrs. Hanrahan)
12 years of Catholic schooling in Cleveland, OH:
St. Christopher Grade School (Go Knights!)
St. Ignatius High School (Go Wildcats!)
Northwestern University, BA Economics (Go Wildcats!)
University of Chicago, MBA Finance and Accounting (Go Maroons!)
BMO Harris Bank, Director in the Commercial Real Estate. I provide debt capital for owners and operators of commercial real Estate across the US.
Most of my career has been spent in Commercial Real Estate, with a brief stint in off-shore software programming in India.
Activities and interests
Our children’s sports team (coaching and chauffeuring)
College football (watching and cheering)
Running (huffing and puffing)
Reasons for seeking to serve on the Board
My wife and I feel blessed to be part of such an active and vibrant parish.
Being part of the School Advisory Board is an opportunity to give of our time and talents in the further development of this amazing parish.
My wife and I like to use the symbol of the 4-leaf clover to stress to our children the importance of exercising your Mind, Body, Spirit and Social.
I have Socially been involved in the parish through the Men’s Club, Spiritually through the Christ Renew’s His Parish retreat, Athletically through the grade school basketball camp and Roundball tournament.
I would love to complete the Academic leaf of the clover by working on the School Advisory Board.
My husband Kyle and I have two children: Kyle (’15, Junior at Notre Dame High School), Sara (’17, Freshman at GBS)
Growing up in Glenview, my family belonged to St. Catherine’s where I attended grammar school. In 1993 we moved and my parents joined OLPH parish. My husband and I have been parishioners for over 13 years along with all my siblings and their families.
I graduated from Glenbrook South High School and got my Undergraduate Degree in Economics/Finance from Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Occupation & Experience
Past Experience: Banking, Money Management, and Accounting
While attending college and after graduating, I worked in banking for many years and transitioned into Money Management. Currently, I work part time in Accounting and Human Resources.
Reasons for wanting to serve on the OLPH School Advisory Board
Although I enjoy a variety of activities, it is my years of volunteering at OLPH School that brings me back to the School Advisory Board. I love the school and it’s one way I can still be involved with the school since my kids are no longer there… and I miss it! I am excited for the opportunity to give back and serve the school community.
My name is Sinead McHugh, proud mother of five Warriors, two of whom are currently in grades 5 and 7 at OLPH! When we moved eight years ago, out from the city and our former school (FXW), my husband Tom highly recommended we consider Glenview, and OLPH, based on the strong friendships and sense of community influence he recalled from growing up in nearby Deerfield and competing against them as a Holy Cross Charger. Myself being originally from Galway, Ireland, and growing up mainly on the east coast, I was raised in small catholic grammar schools from Limerick and Dublin right through to high school at Allentown Central Catholic, and was new to OLPH back in 2008. Upon visiting the school, I was initially overwhelmed by the sheer size of the enrollment, but was soon struck by how personally connected parents were and how spirited the place seemed. I jumped on board immediately, as a parent volunteer both in and out of the classroom, signing up for just about every opportunity available, from Kindergarten graduation right through to their 8th grade years, including helping to bring back cheerleading at OLPH, to co-chairing the annual book fair, and supporting our wonderful teachers!
My professional background includes 2 years of public accounting with Price Waterhouse, followed by 17 years with R.R. Donnelley, which allowed me to cross over from accounting to HR/benefits and gain a skillset that then marketed me as a liaison between Corporate and our plants, and ultimately led to contract work at both a health & wellness organization, a toy start-up company, and finally as a Quickbooks bookkeeper. My degree in Accountancy is from the University of Notre Dame, my husband is a builder (McHugh Homes Inc.) and hails from Boston College (undergraduate) and UW-Madison (MS real estate) and we are also proud parents of a freshman son at Villanova, and our sons, a senior and a sophomore, at Loyola Academy, for which an OL education prepared them very well!
I believe I can offer a uniquely independent perspective to the school board, given my past experiences, and look forward to continuing to create ways OLPH can stay strong, by attracting and retaining families committed to being as involved with their children’s faith, growth, and development as I am, and I have the energy to bring forward new ideas and see them through over the course of the next 3 years at OLPH.
I grew up in Glenview with my four sisters and three brothers. We all attended OLPH school and it is been a bedrock of my life for the past 50 years. My parents were married at OLPH and I remember my dad serving on the school board when Sister Carol was the principal and father McDonnell was the pastor. To this day, OLPH has remained an incredible institution because of all the people connected to OLPH.
I am married to Cacky and I have four lovely daughters. My oldest daughter Kiley is finishing up her freshman year at Wisconsin Madison. Grace is a sophomore at Loyola Academy. Claire is a seventh grader and Kate is a third grader currently at OLPH. All of my daughters started at OLPH in kindergarten. It has been very special for me to see my kids grow up and experience all of the religious and educational benefits that OLPH has to offer.
I graduated from OLPH in 1981 and went to Loyola Academy. I've always loved sports and was the captain on the Loyola Academy football and basketball teams. I attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts and graduated in 1989. After college, I decided to go to law school and returned to Chicago attending Loyola University School of Law. I received my juris doctor in 1992 and became a member of the Illinois bar. For over 25 years, I have been a trial attorney representing individuals that have been injured. I really enjoy helping individuals whose lives have been turned upside down due to devastating injuries. I've coached all of my girls from soccer to basketball. Currently, I am a member of the endowment board for OLPH.
It would be a tremendous honor to sit on the OLPH school advisory board. I have the upmost respect for Father Boland, Dr. Mills and all of the teachers and support staff at OLPH. I know several members already on the advisory board and would look forward to working with them. OLPH is one of the top schools in the country and the future is bright for this incredible institution. I believe I could be an integral part of having open and honest discussions with the members of the board to ensure the continued excellence of OLPH. There are excellent schools in Glenview and it is vital that OLPH continues to move forward.
My name is Nancy Speers and my husband, Steve, and I have been parishioners at OLPH since 2007 after moving to Glenview from North Carolina. Our two sons, Jack (sophomore at GBS) and Joe (graduating from 8th grade) attended OLPH. We chose to live in Glenview largely because of OLPH’s wonderful reputation on the North Shore and the sense of community that being a part of a vibrant parish and school provides.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree and where I was also fortunate enough to play four years for the Women’s Volleyball team. Being raised in Evanston, I attended St. Athanasius for grammar school and ETHS for high school. In regards to my professional career, I worked as an account executive and sales manager for ten years handling Fortune 500 corporate publishing projects. Since 2007, I have been both a volleyball coach and substitute teacher at OLPH along with being an active member of Guild 8 in the Women’s Club. Besides my work at OLPH, I am a board member of the Juvenile Protective Association whose mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children on the West side of Chicago.
I am servving as a non-parent board member because after having two children in the school for 10 years and working as a coach for nearly as long, I feel I have a good insight into what makes OLPH an excellent school choice for the children in Glenview. Its sense of community, faith formation and academic and athletic excellence are its strong points. There are certain areas where I feel that OLPH can improve the student experience, and I hope to share those ideas with the board as a non-parent board member. In a time where Catholic schools are struggling to keep up enrollment, we need to be able to show the families in Glenview and surrounding communities why OLPH is a desirable school option for their children.
I have been very active in the OLPH community since I became a parishioner in 2005 when my family moved up to Glenview from the city. My husband Kevin and I are so thrilled to have landed in such an amazing parish and we feel so fortunate and proud to send our three children to OLPH school – Caroline 5th, Molly 4th and Clare 2nd grades. I am hoping to bring my experience and skill set as a public relations expert to the advisory board – I have been working at Edelman PR in Chicago since I graduated from Marquette University almost 19 years ago. I am confident that with my PR and marketing background combined with my knowledge of Glenview and surrounding communities, I can help raise awareness of OLPH and the importance and role of a Catholic faith-based education. In addition to my professional experience, I have been heavily involved in the American Cancer Society Women’s Board, recently president for two years, managing many fundraising events . Finally I have volunteered for numerous events and activities here at OLPH including chairing the Christmas Celebration for two years, running the school uniform sale for many years, class mom, Guild 31 leader and much more!
I am part of the OLPH Advisory Board because I feel very strongly about the schools mission and I have extreme passion for OLPH and its continued success. In a time when enrollment in down, we need to get creative and strategic on how we can promote our school and make sure that families know what an excellent option OLPH school for their children – and I am up for the challenge!
Growing up in the area, I attended Holy Cross for grammar school and Regina Dominican for high school, I always admired the kids I knew from OLPH which was one of the reasons I suggested to my husband that we consider Glenview as a place to raise a family so that our children could receive all the benefits, morals and values that OLPH school would offer. I hope that people like me have the same perception of OLPH for many years to come!