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School Board

A parish's Board of Education performs a valuable function in allowing a pastor to draw upon the expertise and knowledge of skilled professionals in forming policies for the school. By sharing of their gifts, the board members are empowered with the sense that they are making a significant contribution. Once policies have been developed, the responsibility for enacting them and accomplishing their goals transfers to the administration of the school.
The School Board meets the second Wednesday of every month. If you would like something to be addressed by the board, please send your request to at least one week ahead of time. Similarly, if you would like to address the board in person, please make your request a week in advance.
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Saint Joseph School is privileged to have the following members serving on the Board of Education for the 2023-2024 academic year:

Ex-Officio Member:
Rev. Daniel Shaughnessy, Pastor

Ex-Officio Member:
Rev. Jonathan Ruzicka, Associate Pastor

Ex-Officio Member:
Sr. Carol Sansone, ASCJ, Principal

President: Sean Dailey

Term- 3rd year, elected, Imperial 
Sean and his wife Amanda have two children at Saint Joseph School and two others at home. They have been parishioners since moving to Imperial in the summer of 2020. Sean is a licenced Civil Engineer and works as a Project Manager for BSI Constructors. Sean and Amanda enjoy spending time with their growing family and getting to know more families in the school and parish. He feels very blessed to be a part of the wonderful parish community at St. Joseph and is looking forward to serving the parish and school community on the board.

Vice-President: Matt Walt

Term- 3rd year, appointed, Imperial
Matt, his wife, and 8 children have lived in Imperial since 2005 and been parishioners since 2019. They have eight children. Four of their children are students at Saint Joseph School. Matt and Amy are real estate investors and Matt also works for Beishir Audio/Video and Home Automation designing audio video solutions for home and business owners as well as security and camera systems. Matt enjoys technology and cooking outdoors. 

Member: Dave Colp

Term- 3rd year, appointed, Cedar Hill
Dave and his wife Theresa have three children and have been members of the Saint Joseph School community since 2018. They have a daughter  who is currently enrolled at St. Pius X (St. Joseph Graduate 2021) and twin boys who attend Saint Joseph. Dave is currently in law enforcement and has been for thirteen years. Theresa is firefighter paramedic captain. In his free time, Dave is actively involved in the school and parish; he previously was an assistant coach for his daughter's volleyball team and currently is an assistant coach for his sons' baseball and soccer teams.

Member: Vic Melenbrink

Term- 1st year, appointed, Arnold
Vic and his wife, Andee, live in Arnold with their five children, two of whom currently attend Saint Joseph School. They are excited for the third to start Pre-K. Both attended Catholic grade school and high school, and are strong advocates of a healthy Catholic educational system. Vic graduated from Mizzou with a law degree in 2005 and practiced law until 2017, when he was elected to the position of Circuit Judge. Vic, an Eagle Scout, is the Cubmaster for St. Joe's Cub Scout Pack 413, and has volunteered as a coach for baseball and t-ball. In his free time Vic enjoys playing tabletop games with Andee and the kids, as well as camping and backpacking.

Member: Andy Stevens

Term- 1st year, elected, Imperial
Andy and his wife Courtney have been parishioners at St. Joseph since 2015 when they moved to Arnold. They have three children currently attending St Joe’s and one at home. Andy is a civil engineer for St. Louis County’s Department of Transportation in the bridge design group. You may see him lectoring at Sunday mass or working at Wiles Field where he helps with maintenance as part of the SJAA or helps coach his kids' sports teams. He also participates in many other school and parish events. He also enjoys camping and the outdoors with his family when sports are not going on. He is very excited to serve the parish and school in any way he is able and feels very blessed to have been elected to the school board.

Secretary: Nikki Govero

Term- 2nd year, elected, Imperial
Nikki and her husband Chris have been a part of Saint Joseph Parish since 2018. They have four children who also attend Saint Joseph School. In Fall 2022, she began working at SJS as a Teachers’ Aide in the Junior Kindergarten class. Nikki received a Catholic education from K-12 and went on to attend Benedictine College. She has served as homeroom mom for 3 years and enjoys any opportunity she can take on to volunteer to help the school.

Member: Andrea Mattingly

Term- 3rd year, elected, Imperial
Andrea and her husband Jason have two sons- the oldest is a 2022 graduate of St. Joseph School and the youngest is currently an SJS student. They have been members of the school community since 2012 and have been parishioners since moving to the area in 2005. After being raised with a K-12th Catholic education, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Missouri Columbia in Social Work, Psychology and Sociology. Professionally, she has fifteen years of experience working in various social work roles in both the community and healthcare settings and in Office Management for four years. She currently works as an Administrative Manager and Executive Assistant for a non-profit foundation dedicated to poverty relief through food support and sustainability solutions, economic development and community transformation. Outside of school and work, you will find her supporting her boys in their extracurricular activities playing sports, taking acting and musical lessons and spending time with her family. She feels very fortunate to provide their sons with a Catholic education as well as a firm foundation to move forward both academically and spiritually.

Member: Nathan Rakers

Term- 2nd year, elected, Pevely
Nathan and his wife Jamie have four children and have been members of the Saint Joseph School community since 2020. They have a daughter who is currently enrolled at St. Pius X. They have two sons and one daughter who all attend Saint Joseph School. For the past 20 years, Nathan has worked at Whiteside Elementary as a teacher for the first 5 years and is the current principal. In his free time, he is actively involved with the Knights of Columbus local chapter and supports his children in all of their hobbies and interests. 

Member: Gloria Esparza

Gloria along with her husband Adrian, have been a part of the parish community since relocating to the area in 2013. Their daughter, a student at SJS since Kindergarten, keeps their family busy. Gloria is a procurement professional with a background in Graphics Technology and Marketing. Within her role, she is a certified Leader As Coach, actively promotes the Family Business Network and helps drive the People and Culture Community for her employer. 
Beyond her professional commitments, Gloria serves as a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter's troop, embodying her passion for community engagement. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity to support academic excellence within SJS.

Member: Kate Simino

Term- 1st year, elected
Kate feels blessed to be the Learning Consultant at Saint Joseph School. She and her family are proud members of St. Joseph Parish and her children attend Saint Joseph School. She has over 20 years experience working in a variety of schools including the public schools, Special School District, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Her background includes certification in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, General Education, and Learning and Behavior Disorders. This gives her an unique perspective and understanding of school policies. She is also on the SJS Athletic Board, and coaches the SJS chess team.