Administrative and Faith Leadership
Mrs. Kelly Taylor leads Our Lady of Lourdes School as our Principal. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Taylor worked at Saint Mary’s School for sixteen years as an assistant principal, librarian and reading resource teacher. She earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Education from VCU. In addition, Mrs. Taylor earned her Post Master’s certificate in Administration and Leadership from George Washington University. In Kelly’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, reading, watching musicals and going to NYC.
Carey Mae Jacobsen is our Assistant Principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Mrs. Jacobsen has been with our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for over 15 years. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Jacobsen taught in Chesterfield County Public Schools for one year. Mrs. Jacobsen attended Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a bachelor’s degree. Mrs. Jacobsen is currently completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. In Mrs. Jacobsen’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Maggie and Greta.
Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo D.D.,S.T.D.
Father Jim Begley
Carole Rupertus is our school’s Business Manager. Carole has been with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for over ten years in this role. Prior to becoming the Business Manager, Carole was a substitute teacher at Lourdes. Carole received her BA in Business from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and earned her MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, Carole enjoys exercising and spending time with her family.
Heather Topich is our Office Manager and has been a familiar face to the Lourdes community as a parent for eight years. She served as the PTO Chair prior to her employment at Lourdes and has helped with many different activities from serving school lunches to the silent auction. Her kids are now in eighth, sixth, and first grade. Heather graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in finance and worked at a nonprofit financial consulting firm in D.C. before moving back to Richmond to be a stay-at-home mom. In Heather’s free time, she loves to watch her kids at their many different activities and plan their next family vacation.
Coordinator of Advancement & Admissions
Andrea Fuller is the Coordinator of Advancement & Admissions. She has been employed with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for five years and has two daughters at Lourdes – one in 8th grade and the other in 5th. She graduated from James Madison University and worked as a CPA before choosing to stay home to raise her two girls during their younger years. In Andrea’s free time, she enjoys running, tutoring ESL students, and spending time with her family.
Beth began as the school social worker at Our Lady of Lourdes in September 2014. Prior to Lourdes, she worked at multiple agencies and schools in both Boston and Chesterfield County. She received a B.A. in English at Boston College, and an MSW at Simmons College. In Beth’s free time she enjoys watching her favorite Boston sports teams with her husband, Darryl; daughter, Michaela; twin sons, Max and. Ben, and dog, Brady (yes, named after Tom Brady of the NE. Patriots).
BASIC Director & Front Office Receptionist
Kathy Hedlund began as our Extended Day Coordinator in 2001. In 2015, she became our front office receptionist and continues managing the administrative aspects of our BASIC program. She has been in childcare since 1986 and developed our aftercare program into its present program. Kathy was a Navy Brat for 18 years and also attended Virginia Tech University. Kathy is still married to her high school sweetheart and has 4 grown children. In her spare time, she loves being with her grandchild and baking.
Lunch Program Director
Mrs. Sarah Atkins is our PreKindergarten. She has been a teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes since 2001. She attended Radford University and earned a BS in Early Childhood Education. In Mrs. Atkins’s free time she likes to travel to the mountains, do crafts and play with her grandchildren. She enjoys reading and taking long walks, especially in the fall.
Pre-K Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Coffey is our Prekindergarten Instructional Aide at Our Lady of Lourdes. She attended Okaloosa-Walton Technical College in FL and earned her AA degree in Office Communications and Technologies and earned her certificate in Early Childhood Development. She has worked as an IA for the Diocese of Richmond for nine years and spent two years working in the Diocese of Alexandria, LA. She also devoted 20 years volunteering in the Boy Scouts of America and she enjoys teaching, camping, hiking, and serving the community.
Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade
Mrs. Whitney Densley is a kindergarten teacher, and she has been with Our Lady of Lourdes for eight years. She is from Boca Raton, Florida where she began her teaching career over 20 years ago. Mrs. Densley attended Florida State University and earned a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. In Mrs. Densley’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She also loves to work in her garden.
Ms. Hendrick, KA
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
Ms. Judi Hendrick is the teacher’s instructional assistant for KA. She has been with Our Lady of Lourdes School for many years and has worked part time in the front office and as a substitute teacher. Ms. Hendrick has two children who attended Lourdes and loved her job as a stay at home mom. She attended Harry S. Truman And Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago focusing on Child Development. In her free time Ms. Hendrick enjoys being with her family, cooking and baking, writing, traveling and live music.
Mrs. Katie Ratchford is one of our Kindergarten teachers this year. She has taught our PreKindergarten class for 7 years and looks forward to now teaching kindergarten. She attended Longwood University and earned an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her young son and husband, and playing with her 2 dogs.
Mrs. Snow, KB
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
Ms. Stacie Snow is our Kindergarten Instructional Assistant. She has been with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for 6 years. Ms. Snow attended Radford University. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys being the taxi driver for her two daughters, Makayla and Murphy!
Mrs. Kathleen Hill is a first grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes. Prior to that she taught third grade, first grade and kindergarten in Virginia and New York. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Hill is a product of Catholic schools, K-12. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and her new son-in-law… who are all Hokies!
Mrs. Wanda Kuntz joined Lourdes in August 2015 and teaches first grade. She has taught various grade levels of early childhood and elementary school for 26 years. For the last seven years, she taught in the Richmond Diocese school system. Mrs. Kuntz received her degree in education from Longwood University in addition to graduate classes at University of Richmond and University of Phoenix. She loves spending time with her family – husband, son and wife, daughter and husband, and her two grandchildren. She also enjoys singing with her church choir and a 80 member female accapella chorus.
Mrs. Marie Zacharias has been with Our Lady of Lourdes School since 2002. Prior to becoming the first grade Instructional Assistant, she served as a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant. Mrs. Zacharias graduated from VCU with a degree in Criminal Justice. She began her journey with Our Lady of Lourdes School when she entered first grade here many years ago. Her three children Tony, Michael, and Alison also went to school here, so Our Lady of Lourdes School has played a major role in her life. When she is not at school she enjoys going to the Y, hanging out with her friends, and being with her husband and children at Chic’s Beach.
Mrs. Lisa Lancaster teaches second grade at Lourdes. Mrs. Lancaster has been with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for 11 years. Prior to teaching at Lourdes, Mrs. Lancaster also taught at St. Bridget’s and Roanoke Catholic School. Mrs. Lancaster attended Westfield State University in Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. In Mrs. L’s free time, she likes to run, ride her bike, do crafty things, and most of all READ!
Mrs. Wendy Sellers is a second grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. She has been a part of the Lourdes community for the past thirteen years as both a teacher and parent. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Sellers taught and tutored. Mrs. Sellers attended Salve Regina College and earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. In addition, she earned her Master’s of Education in Reading from the College of William & Mary. In her free time, Mrs. Sellers loves spending time with family and friends at the beach!
Mrs. Ellen Whitener is our 3rd grade teacher. This is her first year teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Whitener taught second and third grade for ten years in Henrico County. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Mrs. Whitener has three grown children and she loves spending time with her husband and two dogs, Gus and Bailey.
Mrs. Christy Goode is a third grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Mrs. Goode has been teaching at Lourdes since 2008. She taught kindergarten for four years, second grade for two years, and this is her third year teaching third grade. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Goode attended VCU, where she earned a master’s degree. In Mrs. Goode’s free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Marisa Trible is teaching 4th grade math and science. This is her second year at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Prior to Lourdes she taught in Chesterfield County for 7 years. She attended James Madison University for undergraduate and graduate school where she earned her Master’s in Teaching. In Mrs. Trible’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and being outdoors.
Mrs. Gillikin is teaching fourth grade language arts and social studies. She began working at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in 2012 and this is her fifth year teaching. She attended Sweet Briar College and graduated in 2012 with her Masters of Art in Teaching. In her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, jogging, reading, and exploring Richmond.
Ms. Abigail Williams is a 5th grade language arts and social studies teacher. This is her first year teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early and Elementary Education and a master’s degree in teaching. In her free time, Ms. Williams enjoys teaching dance classes at a local dance studio. As a Lourdes alumni, she is very excited to be back at Our Lady of Lourdes as a teacher.
Mrs. Rachel Christiansen is a 5th grade math and science teacher and this is her second year at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Prior to Lourdes she worked in Chesterfield County Public Schools for 8 years. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in teaching. In Mrs. Christiansen’s free time she enjoys putting her feet in the sand and taking in the sound of the ocean.
Middle School: 6th - 8th Grade
Mrs. Mary Sue West is one of our middle school language arts teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. She has been at Lourdes for over 17 years and taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades prior to teaching in the middle school. Mrs. West earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Economics at James Madison University and her masters degree in education at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family (husband-David, children-Casey and Zack, and dogs-Boone and Nike), her brothers and sisters and their families, and her friends. Mrs. West’s philosophy of teaching is simple – love, care for, educate, challenge, and motivate students.
Mrs. Anne Adkins is the 6th grade Language Arts teacher as well as the writing teacher for 7th grade. Before coming to Lourdes, she was the upper school English teacher at Luther Memorial School where she taught 5th-8th grades. Mrs. Adkins earned a BA in English from James Madison University and spent many years as an editor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, collecting children’s and young adult literature, playing with her two boxer dogs, spending time with her husband and two children, and traveling to and exploring Ocracoke Island.
Mrs. Robyn Dahl has been a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School faculty since August 2009. In fall 2014, she became the school’s Religion Coordinator and joined the middle school unit teaching the religion course. Before joining Lourdes, Mrs. Dahl taught in Chesterfield County for 3 years and in a private Kindergarten in Illinois for 4 years. Mrs. Dahl graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English Literature. She received her teaching certificate from Trinity International University in Illinois, and received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education in January 2017. In her free time she enjoys spending family time with her husband David and two daughters Sydney and Jenna.
Mrs. Dana Golebiewski is a middle school mathematics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. She earned her Masters in Educational Administration at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, after earning her Bachelors in Middle School Mathematics and Elementary Education at Missouri State University. She taught middle school math for five years in St. Louis, and one year in Chesterfield County Public Schools, before coming to Lourdes in 2016. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats, and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Mrs. Jen Perego is a middle school mathematics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. She has been teaching at Lourdes since 2015. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Perego taught high school mathematics and computer programming in Henrico County for 7 years. She attended the University of Richmond, where she earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and two young sons.
Mrs. Laura Hall began teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in 1990. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her B.S. in Secondary Science Education. In Mrs. Hall’s free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband. Her family spends most of their time with her daughter’s horse, Icy’s Prospect, at jumper shows around the Commonwealth.
Ms. Katy Moorefield is the middle school Social Studies teacher and has been teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School since 2016. Prior to Lourdes, she attended James Madison University and earned her B.A. in International Affairs. After living abroad for a year, Ms. Moorefield earned her Master’s of Art in Teaching from Liberty University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, going to the Outer Banks, and gardening.
Mrs. Amore Wren is the Art Instructor and has been with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for 10 years. Prior to teaching at Lourdes, Mrs. Wren managed the training and certification divisions for several technology firms in Richmond. Mrs. Wren attended Virginia Commonwealth University earning degrees in Painting and Printmaking, Art History, and Art Education. She is married with one daughter who works at a downtown marketing company and spends precious free time in her home studio: painting, researching art trends and artists, and with her husband, museum-going, cooking, and traveling.
Mrs. Kathleen Warren is the Technology Resource Teacher and is beginning her 21st year at Our Lady of Lourdes School! She earned a Bachelors’s degree in Psychology at Emerson College in Boston and her Post-baccalaureate teaching degree at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She previously taught in Hanover County. Outside of school, Mrs. Warren enjoys traveling, going to plays, experiencing history, being with family and friends and hanging out with her two dogs, Callie and BonnieJean.
Mrs. Amy Gouldman has been the librarian at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School since 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a Library Media Specialist in Richmond City Schools and Chesterfield County Schools. She attended James Madison University for her undergraduate degree and received her library certification from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, her three children, Grayson, Charlie, and Cate, and reading lots of books!
Mrs. Jeannie Edwards is the music teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. She has been at Our Lady of Lourdes for 29 years. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Edwards taught for three years at All Saints. She attended Meredith College and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ and Music Education. In her free time, Mrs. Edwards enjoys being a grandmother, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her extended family.
Mrs. Annette Sirica is in her 17th year of teaching Physical Education at Our Lady of Lourdes School. She has had 40 years experience in the P.E. teaching, coaching and fitness area, including several years as a Division I college Cross Country and track and Field coach. Mrs. Sirica has Undergrad and Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and doctoral classes in the Exercise Science field at University of Wisconsin. She has two adult children and in her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband, eight cats and 2 dogs.
Mrs. Montserrat Torres-Nogales is the Spanish teacher and joined Our Lady of Lourdes School in August 2016. She has been teaching second languages (ESL, Spanish) for over 20 years. She earned her degree in Humanities and Applied Languages as well as her Postgraduate Certification in Pedagogy and Foreign Languages (MA equivalent) at University of Burgos (Spain). She has taught in Spain for many years, as well as college courses here in the US. She also has extensive experience as a translator and interpreter. She divides her time between Richmond, where she lives with her husband, and Spain, where she spends the summers visiting her family and teaching ESL courses. In her free time, she enjoys art, literature, films, cycling, swimming, hiking, and many other things!
Mrs. Helene Frantz is our Reading Specialist and this is her second year at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Prior to Lourdes she taught for 17 years in Chesterfield County and Henrico County Public Schools. She attended the University of Virginia and earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Masters in Reading Education. In Mrs. Frantz’s free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, crafts and spending time with her family.
Ms. Ana Tello-Duran
Segura Initiative Advocate
Ms. Ana Tello-Duran joined us in early 2016 as our Segura Initiative Advocate. She earned her Associates in Human Services with a specialization in Pre-Social Work from John Tyler Community College in 2015. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s in Social Work at VCU. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and traveling.