The Immaculate Conception Advisory Board of Education exists to give the Catholic Lay Community a voice in education decision making and to guide Catholic Educators in providing academic and religious programs for the students.
Fr. Matthew Hoover | Pastor
My wife Sarah and I have been members of Immaculate Conception Parish for the past 7 years and have two daughters who attend Immaculate Conception School. Emelia will be a 6th grader this fall and Mariella is a rising second grader. I graduated from Ohio State University, with a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and received my MBA from the Xavier University. I’m currently director of digital strategy for a marketing communications agency.
Through my time at Our Lady of Peace School and Parish, Bishop Watterson and Xavier University, I learned to cherish faith, family and service to community—each of which are at the core of Catholic education. We are at a critical moment at IC and in the evolution of Catholic education. As Catholic schools across the country struggle with enrollment, I am passionate about creating a strategic plan to promote the school and increase admission at Immaculate Conception, not only to cultivate faith, family and service to community, but to improve the financial impact the school has on the Parish. The work we do now will set trajectory for decades to come. I hope to use my talents and experience working in marketing, business and strategy, to sustain the quality of education we all have been blessed to experience.
Stephanie Beier Phillips
Stephanie Beier Phillips attended St. Richard School and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, Ohio. Stephanie and her husband, Ryan Phillips, have two daughters currently enrolled at IC. Certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner, Stephanie provides care at Northside Women’s Health in Westerville. As a potential School Advisory Board member, Stephanie hopes to support IC as it provides rich academic experiences and develops conscientious youth involved in the local community.
My name is Liz Geraghty. My husband Tim and I have an IC Grad that is a current BWHS freshman named Clare and a sixth grader named Henry. We were married at Immaculate Conception in 2002 and chaired the festival in 2016. I am honored to be a part of the school advisory board for the next three years and look forward to doing great things at IC. I ran for the board because I wanted to be more involved in our school. My dad is an IC grad and I am proud of the education my children are receiving and that we are all part of this great Catholic community.
Stephanie Baird is an alumni of Immaculate Conception School. She is married to Joe and they have a sophomore at Watterson and a 6th and 3rd grader enrolled at IC. Stephanie is a registered nurse and has a background in early childhood education. This is her fifth year of being on the school board. While serving on the school board, she helped implement the preschool at IC and is involved in planning alumni events. Stephanie values her education from IC and the lifelong friendships that she has formed. She is invested in helping to create wonderful experiences for the children and families of IC and looks forward to the future of Immaculate Conception.
Megan Wood | Teacher Representative
Colleen Kent | Principal
April Byrne and her husband Brian have a son and daughter at Immaculate Conception School and a son at Bishop Watterson High School. April has been a teacher for the past 20 years, working in Upper Arlington as a sixth grade teacher for the past 15. She is passionate about her family, her Catholic faith, and her children’s Catholic education and hopes to offer an “outside” teacher’s perspective to the School Advisory Board.
Katie and her husband Dan are both alumni of IC and have been parishioners since they were kids. Katie and Dan have three kids, Evie (Freshman at Watterson), Will, (7th grade) and Zach (1st grade). Katie is a certified health coach and wellness advocate. She also helps her husband run their home remodeling company DL Custom Construction, which specializes in Clintonville home additions and remodels. She has been an active member on the school board and marketing team for the last three years. Katie loves to brainstorm and come up with creative solutions to challenges where all parties can benefit.
Mr. Mettes and his wife, Julie (Olmstead) Mettes have a daughter in the fifth grade at Immaculate Conception (IC). Mr. Mettes is a graduate of Ohio State University and St. John’s Jesuit High School (Toledo). Through his service with the School Advisory Board, Mr. Mettes hopes to gain an understanding of processes and procedures of the IC educational program. Then work to contribute value to the IC educational system enhancing the educational experience for all IC students.
Mary Margaret Schultheis
Mary Margaret Schultheis has a long history with Immaculate Conception School, having entered IC as a first grader and eventually graduating in 1962. She was married at IC in 1970, her four children are IC graduates, as well as two of her grandchildren. Currently, seven of her grandchildren are enrolled in grades K through 7 at IC. Mary Margaret has been grateful to serve on many different school and parish committees over these many years and remains fully committed to ensuring the promise of a Catholic education for future generations of IC children.
Brian Conway and his wife, Shelley, have three children attending IC school. Brian attended Immaculate Conception, Watterson, and has a degree in elementary education. He has spent the last 17 years as an elementary intervention teacher in Hilliard. As a School Advisory Board member, Brian looks forward to helping ensure the school continues to have the necessary support and resources to meet the needs of its’ students.