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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.
2018-2019 School Board
Saint Joseph School is privileged to have the following members serving on the Board of Education for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Ex-Officio Member
Rev. Daniel Shaughnessy, Pastor

Ex-Officio Member
Rev. Thomas Vordtriede, Associate Pastor

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

Christopher J. Coleman, CPA, CCIFP Appointed 04/2017 (2 yrs.)

Term 2 | Arnold, MO

Chris and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, have been members of St. Joseph parish since 2010. They have six children, five of whom are enrolled at SJS. Chris grew up in Jefferson County and attended St. Rose of Lima and Sacred Heart grade schools. After graduating from St Pius X High School, Chris went on to Saint Louis University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy degree.

Chris is a partner at RubinBrown, LLP where he specializes in helping construction companies and their owners reduce their tax liabilities and build family net worth. Chris is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Revolution, Construction Financial Management Association, Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Vice President
Mr. Matthew Schutte | Elected 03/2018 (3 yrs.)

Term 1 | Pevely, MO

Matt has been a parish member since 1998. He and his wife Ellen have one daughter enrolled at SJS. He started as Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at St. Pius X High School in June 2017, following twenty-one years of experience in higher education enrollment management, including eight years as Assistant Director of Admissions at Saint Louis University and various roles up to Associate Director of Admissions in 11 years at Webster University.

Matt’s involvement at Saint Joseph includes serving on the Enrollment Management Committee in 2016-17 and coaching girls’ basketball. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Illinois State University; a Master of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from Webster University, and is currently writing a dissertation for his PhD in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.

Jennifer Wallis | Elected 03/2018 (3 yrs.)

Term 1 | Imperial, MO

Jennifer received a Catholic education in grades K-12. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville University, where she double majored in psychology and sociology. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University, where her area of concentration was children and family.

Jennifer is a school social worker for the Fox C-6 School District. She also teaches adjunct in the sociology department at Jefferson College and for the social work department at Fontbonne University. 

Aaron Mathis | Appointed 03/2018 (3 yrs.)

Term 1 | Pevely, MO

Aaron received his Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Management from Missouri State University in 2003. He joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2004, and is an Assistant Vice President/Operations Manager. He grew up in the Barnhart area and is a life-long member of St. Joseph parish. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Aaron and his wife Wendy have a daughter, Haley, a student at SJS. In his free time, Aaron enjoys cheering for Haley and her team as they play CYC sports.

Angela Mueller | Elected 05/2017 (3 yrs.)

Term 1 | Barnhart, MO

Angela and husband Mitch Mueller are members of St. Joseph’s Parish and have 3 children who attend Saint Joseph School. Raised in a Catholic family, Angela attended Catholic elementary schools and then went on to graduate from St. Pius X High School. She attended Maryville University for a year majoring in Social Services and then attended Jefferson College for a Criminal Justice Degree. 

Angela routinely worked as a part of her family’s heavy equipment business growing up. With her two siblings, she now co-own and operates Landfill Equipment in Herculaneum, a company who specializes in working with landfill operations throughout the United States and internationally. Additionally, Angela and her husband own M & A Contracting Business, specializing in both residential & commercial building and remodeling.

Nicholas Blomstrom | Elected 03/2018 (2 yrs.)

Term 1 | Imperial, MO

Nick and his wife Laura have 4 children enrolled at SJS. Nick has worked for GE Healthcare for 9 years; currently as a Remote Technical Engineer and prior to that as a Healthcare Workflow Specialist. Nick loves being able to coach his kids in what seems to be year-round sports!

Laura Hirschman | Elected 04/2016 (3yrs.)

Term 1 | Imperial, MO

Laura and her husband Chad have been married 14 years and have a soon-to-be three year old. She is the Principal at South City Catholic Academy in south St. Louis. Previously, Laura served in the field of education for 17 years at Premier Charter School (PCS) in south St. Louis. During that time, Laura spent five years as a 3rd grade teacher before moving into administration where she spent 10 years as K-2 Principal and K-5 Principal.

Laura also has two years of experience as the Head of Student Enrichment Programs In this capacity she oversaw the gifted education program, technology, and food service as well as federal program compliance.

Christopher Pate | Elected 04/2016 (3 yrs.)

Term 1 | Imperial, MO

Chris and wife Gina and have been members of St Joseph Parish for fifteen years. They have two children who both attend SJS. Chris currently own a small specialty contracting business in the St. Louis area. As a small business owner, he wears many hats from salesman to employee relations director. This wide range of duties gives him a unique perspective when it comes to school board topics.

Chris finds it very rewarding to have a hand in supporting a school community that will form his children for years to come.

John Konersmann | Elected 04/2017 (3 yrs.)

Term 1 | Arnold, MO

John and his wife Tina have two children who are students at SJS. John was educated for 8 years at St. John’s Elementary and 4 years at St. Pius X. He is a graduate of the American Motorcycle Institute. With over twenty years of experience in the powersports industry, John is the owner of St. Louis Powersports as well as St. Charles Powersports. 

Richard Dierker | Elected 03/2018 (2 yrs.)

Term 1 | Barnhart, MO

Rick and his wife Kimberly have four daughters. Having spent twenty years in the finance/accounting field, Rick is currently Vice President of Finance- Hood Container Corp.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and an MBA from Fontbonne University.

Matthew Hrdlicka | Elected 03/2018 (3 yrs.)

Term 1 | Barnhart, MO

Matt and wife Kara have been members of St Joseph Parish since 2007. Their son just graduated from SJS and they have two daughters still attending. Matt and Kara have owned and operated their own company, Excel Signs and Design, since 2011. Previously, Matt held positions with Anheuser-Busch Inc., Enterprise Rent A Car and Sinclair & Rush.

Matt feels lucky to have been a soccer coach at St Joseph for more than ten years