Board of Directors

Mrs. Anna Freska has practiced law in the United States and Hungary for over twenty years.  A native English, Polish, and German speaker, she has also taught in Switzerland, China, and Japan in addition to serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.  She lives with her family in Great Falls.

Mr. James Kelly is passionate about Catholic education.  Originally a New Yorker, he is still adapting to the southern lifestyle.  For over 20 years, he has operated Paladin Financial, an investment practice and has been fortunate to serve on a variety of non-profit boards as well as a that assisted in establishing two Catholic private schools.  In his spare time he enjoys coaching youth sports including the Chelsea Knights.  He and his wife Ellen and their 6 kids have called Front Royal home for the last 23 years.

Mr. Paul Lagarde is a lawyer with over seventeen years of experience and serves as the COO and General Counsel for CLD Partners, a software development company that specializes in business technology.  He and his wife have five children and live in Winchester.

Mr. Thomas Lagarde is General Manager and Vice President of Sales at the software development company CLD Partners.  He and his wife live in Linden with their five children.

Father Bjorn Lundberg is the pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester.  Father Bjorn was raised in an Army family, and grew up in Germany, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington State. After graduating from Christendom College with a B.A. in History, and interning at Vatican Radio in Rome, Father was an Associate Producer for two years at the Eternal Word Television Network in Irondale, Alabama.

Mr. Douglas McCarthy is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience and is the founding Partner and CEO of the law firm of McCarthy & Akers, PLC.  Doug serves on the boards of numerous profit and non-profit companies, including the Board of Directors of Lord Fairfax Community College and the Board of iVerbum, Inc., the creator of the iPieta app, one of the highest rated and most downloaded Catholic apps for iPhone and Android.  He was elected to the Frederick County Board of Supervisors in 2017 and operates Aisling Hill Farm, LLC, an organic farm that has been in Doug’s family for more than 150 years.  Doug lives with his wife Megan and their ten children north of Winchester in Frederick County.

Mr. Alfred Regnery served as the publisher of The American Spectator and the President of Regnery Publishing, a distinguished press founded by his father in 1947.  He also worked in the Reagan administration and served as legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He and his wife reside in Rappahannock County.

Dr. Merylann “Mimi” J. Schuttloffel is Professor of Catholic Education at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity/University of St. Thomas (MN) and Founding Director of their Institute for Catholic School Leadership.  In addition, she is Professor Emerita at The Catholic University of America. Professor Schuttloffel directed their Catholic leadership programs including the doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (CELPS) for principal and superintendent preparation.  She served as Chair of the Department of Education from 2006-2016. Professor Schuttloffel publishes and presents extensively on contemplative leadership practice, a model she developed, and ethnographic studies on how Catholic identity formation and cultural influences impact leadership.  She serves as a consultant to national and international dioceses, and religious congregations.  Dr. Mimi, her familiar title, and her husband of 47 years, Marvin, live in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Their grandchildren attend Chelsea Academy.

Mrs. Suzanne Stanmeyer holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in elementary education and an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  She has taught in public and private schools and served as a school administrator.  Having observed students struggling to make sense of compartmentalized class material because they lacked a clear understanding of the cultural milieu, she developed a high school course for homeschoolers integrating the study of English, history, the arts, and theology.  Co-founder of an independent Catholic school in Loudoun County, Suzanne served as vice president of the board.  Her oldest son is a 2019 Chelsea graduate, and two of her children currently attend Chelsea Academy.   She and her family live in Front Royal.

Advisory Board

Major General Josiah Bunting III was educated at Virginia Military Academy and Oxford University, and served in the United States Army for six years. He went on to teach history and social sciences at the United States Military Academy, and he served as president of Briarcliff College and Hampden-Sydney College, headmaster of The Lawrenceville School, and Superintendent of VMI. Among his published books are works of both fiction and non-fiction, including highly-acclaimed novels and a book about an ideal college, An Education for Our Time, published by Regnery Press.

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