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. Mrs. Jacobsen attended Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a bachelor’s degree, and Virginia Tech, earning a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Mrs. Jacobsen is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership through Virginia Tech. In Mrs. Jacobsen’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Maggie and Benny.
Bishop Barry C. Knestout
Bishop Knestout was appointed as the Diocese of Richmond’s 13th bishop by Pope Francis, December 5, 2017. He grew up attending both Catholic and public schools. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland. He attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and earned a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Art degree. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1989.
Father Jim Begley
Father Jim is Pastor at our church parish, Our Lady of Lourdes. He attended Catholic schools growing up and continued his education at St. Meinrad Seminary receiving a B.A. in English. He received his Master Degree in Divinity from St. Mary Seminary & University. In 1981, he was ordained Deacon and the following year he was ordained Priest. He has served as Pastor at churches in Bedford, VA and Mechanicsville, VA. In 2013, he became Pastor at Lourdes. Over the years, he has served on many Boards and Councils. If you join us at church in the fall, you will be asked to pray for his beloved Dallas Cowboys!
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 over ten 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 oldest child graduated from Lourdes and she also has one in eighth grade and one in third 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 over five years. Her oldest daughter graduated from Lourdes and her youngest is in seventh grade. 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.
Mary has been a part of our school community since 2006 when her daughter enrolled and has been “Nurse Mary” to our students since 2007. She has an extensive background in Pediatric Nursing, Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Law. She has found her place in School Nursing and feels strongly about every child having a “school nurse”. She attended Charity Hospital School of Nursing for a Diploma and RN and then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude) from William Carey College. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University and Law Degree from the University of the District of Columbia. She loves traveling, running, hiking, kayaking and spending time with her family and friends.
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 grandchildren and baking.
Lunch Program Director
Mrs. Pavey is the mother two Lourdes’ students and the wife of a Lourdes’ alumnus. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and fishing. When not in the wild, she’ll usually be found in the kitchen!
Mr. Thomas has experience in landscape and outdoor construction. He is a qualified Spanish-English interpreter and enjoys providing this service in his off-time. This is his first year at Lourdes. He also enjoys reading the Word of God, playing and teaching piano and guitar, and serving in local ministry.
Assistant Morning and After School Care Director
Tina has 15 years experience in child care. She has been a teacher, assistant director, director and most recently, before coming to Our Lady of Lourdes, was a mentor for Early Childhood. Tina and her husband of 30 years, have 4 grown children that went through parochial schools. In her free time, she enjoys spending Sunday dinners with her family, the beach, kayaking, knitting, painting, and gardening.
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.
Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade
Mrs. Densley, KA
Mrs. Whitney Densley is a kindergarten teacher, and she has been with Our Lady of Lourdes for nine 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. Bramlet, KA
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Bramlet is our Kindergarten and first grade Instructional Assistant. She has been a familiar face at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School as a helper in our lunch room and as a substitute teacher since 2008. She graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Her two children graduated from Lourdes- Abigail in 2009 and Will in 2013.
Mrs. Ratchford, KB
Mrs. Katie Ratchford is one of our Kindergarten teachers. She has also taught the PreKindergarten class for 7 years. 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 eight 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. Hill, 1A
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 their families.
Mrs. Stansberry, 1B
Mrs. Krystina Stansberry is a first grade teacher at Lourdes. She is new to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, but spent many years as a catechist in OLL’s parish program. Over the past 28 years, Mrs. Stansberry has taught kindergarten, first, second and third grades in Henrico County. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Go Rams! She has a wonderful husband and four children that keep her busy outside of school. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she likes to cook, garden, shop and read! She is looking forward to joining the Our Lady of Lourdes School community!
Mrs. Zacharias, 1A
First Grade Instructional Aide
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. Sellers, 2A
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 over fifteen 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!
Ms. Lancaster, 2B
Mrs. Lisa Lancaster teaches second grade at Lourdes. Mrs. Lancaster has been with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for 14 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. Goode, 3A
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 fifth 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.
Ms. Picard, 3B
Ms. Picard teaches 3rd grade at Lourdes. This is her second year at Lourdes and fourth year with the Diocese. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Administration. After being inspired while volunteering in her children’s classrooms, Ms. Picard began her second career as a teacher in Texas over 15 years ago. She comes to Lourdes with experience teaching Kindergarten through 4th grade. In her free time, Ms. Picard enjoys reading and attending musicals and, as a relative newcomer to Virginia, exploring her new surroundings through sightseeing and lazy Sunday afternoon drives.
Mrs. Gillikin, 4A
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 seventh 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.
Mrs. Trible, 4B
Mrs. Marisa Trible is teaching 4th grade math and science. This is her fifth year at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Prior to Lourdes she taught in Chesterfield County for seven 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. Davis, 5A
Mrs. Jane Davis is our fifth grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes. She taught in Chesterfield County and retired after 34 years of teaching and then held several long term substitute positions in Chesterfield and at Our Lady of Lourdes School. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Radford University. She has three grown children and six grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends and most recently, she and her husband have taken up camping.
Mrs. Mann, 5B
Mrs. Mann is teaching fifth grade. This is her first year at Lourdes. Prior to teaching at Lourdes, she taught at Charlottesville Catholic school for three years. Mrs. Mann received her undergraduate degree from Mount St. Mary’s University with a major in Elementary education and a minor in Theology. She received her graduate degree from Liberty University. In her free time she enjoys spending it with her husband and friends and watching football on Sundays.
Middle School: 6th - 8th Grade
Mrs. Anne Adkins teaches Language Arts in our middle school. 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. Mary Sue West is one of our middle school English teachers and our yearbook adviser. She attended Lourdes herself through 5th grade. She has been teaching at Lourdes for over 20 years and taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades prior to teaching English 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 and friends. In addition to her students and teaching, her passions include her kids, her dog and grand-puppies, watching football… Pittsburgh Steelers, coffee, exercise, and spending time at the beach!
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. 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 February 2017. In her free time she enjoys spending family time with her husband David and two daughters Sydney and Jenna.
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. Crosswhite serves as the art teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School. She holds her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education from VCU and is currently completing her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia. Mrs. Crosswhite has taught in many counties throughout Virginia and the DODEA in Alabama. She comes to our school from Henrico County Public Schools and has taught elementary, middle and digital art. In her spare time Mrs. Crosswhite enjoys being with her husband, young daughter and husky.
Mr. Ed Paraiso is new to the Lourdes family, joining us this year after working for the Capital One Technology department for the past twenty years. A graduate from the US Naval Academy, he also served in the Navy during Desert Shield and the Bosnian War from 1991-1998. Utilizing his corporate experience in IT as well as his classroom experience teaching religion at his parish for the past thirty years, he will be serving as the Technology teacher. In his spare time, Ed loves to spend time with his family and dog, build and repair things around the house, and run marathons.
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. Annette Sirica is has been teaching Physical Education at Our Lady of Lourdes School for nearly 20 years. 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 undergraduate 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. Heather Hemstreet joined the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School faculty in 2007. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with a B.A. in Spanish. She and her husband, Marc, have two sons, Aidan and Parker, who keep them very busy. In her free time she loves (especially on a rainy day) curling up with a good book and at least one of her four cats… or playing with her new puppy!
Mrs. Helene Frantz is our Reading Specialist and this is her fourth 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.
Mrs. Jodi Chewning is our Math Specialist and this is her second year at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Prior to Lourdes she taught for 16 years in Hanover, Goochland, and Powhatan County Public Schools. She attended Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and earned her B.S. in Elementary Education. Later, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies along with her math specialist certification. In Mrs. Chewning’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being outdoors.