SCHOOL BOARD

The School Board of Our Lady of Grace School works closely with the school leadership and the Archdiocese to assist in the governance and operation of our school. As an Archdiocesan Collaborative School, the Board holds specified areas of jurisdiction. New members are nominated by the Board and appointed by Archbishop Lori for a three-year renewable term.

BOARD GOALS & MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES

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1. Actively support and be accessible to school leadership.

• To provide support for all of the new hires for our school which will include the principal, assistant principal, advancement director, administrative assistant, faculty and staff.

2. Build membership of the School Board with quality individuals who will provide guidance for our school’s growth.

• To utilize the talents of our parents and parishioners who have shown interest in various committees.

• To approach and recruit various business and community leaders to fill positions of leadership on the board.

3. Be transparent in all Board decision making and Board progress.

• To communicate regularly and work closely with the Home School Association.

• To publish a newsletter that will communicate our meeting minutes.

• To publish on our website or develop a brochure that identifies our board and provides information on the background and talents of each member.

CHAIRPERSON

Bette Hobner is very much a product of Catholic institutions.  She attended St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Elementary School, John Carroll High School, and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Loyola College which is now Loyola University Maryland.

With certifications in Elementary Education, Reading Specialist, Administration/Supervision with ancillary credits in Special Education, she taught for 35 years in both a Parochial and Public School setting.  She continues to be an Affiliate Professor at Loyola University Maryland where she teaches graduate courses to teachers hoping to become Reading Specialists.

She has served her school community in many ways but enjoyed most being the Treasurer and President of the Baltimore County Council of the International Literacy Association.  She has served her church communities by being on the Parish Council at St. Clement, a Eucharistic minister, greeter, and choir member at OLG as well as other activities.

She has been married for 34 years to John Hobner.  They enjoy traveling and staying active.

She is now looking forward to serving Our Lady of Grace School community as the School Board Chair.

SECRETARY

Joe Edel has been working professionally in the technical and educational fields since early 2000. He and his wife Angela are parents of two wonderful children and enjoy watching them grow and learn.  Joe feels blessed that he is able to work in areas that allow children to discover and use all the wonderful tools that are available to them and can’t wait to see what is next.

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. La Rocco was born and raised in suburbs of Chicago, attending Immaculate Conception Grade School and High School.  He attended Loyola University of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science, and holds an M.D. from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.  He moved to Baltimore for residency training, and is married with three children and seven grandchildren.

A parishioner of Our Lady of Grace since 1979, Dr. La Rocco also started the Medical Committee at Our Lady of Grace in 2014.  He is presently in practice on Mount Carmel road in Hereford.

BOARD MEMBER

Angie was born and bred in Baltimore County, where she attended Immaculate Heart of Mary elementary school, Mercy High School, and Towson State University.  She worked for 42 years at BGE/Constellation Energy, mostly as a construction project manager, before retiring in 2012.

Angie has been married for 33 years to her husband, Art, with one daughter who attended St. Joseph elementary school, IND high school, and Marymount University.  Her daughter was married in 2012 at Our Lady of Grace Church.

Angie and Art have been parishioners of OLG for 24 years.  During that time, Angie has served on and chaired the parish Finance Council, served on and chaired the Pastoral Council (during which time the school and hall became a reality), and served on the Fundraising  Committee (now inactive).  She taught 7th grade religious education for three years.  Angie and Art are currently active Eucharistic Ministers.  Angie now looks forward to this new and challenging opportunity to serve the parish and the school on this board.

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Baker has been a member of the faculty teaching mathematics at Calvert Hall College High School for 35 years.  In addition, he is the CAO/Director of Advancement for the school.  Joe moved to this position after thirteen years as the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.  Joe is a parishioner and member of the school board at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish.  Joe and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of three children – Abigail, Jillian, and Joseph- all graduates of Catholic elementary and high schools.

BOARD MEMBER

PASTOR & CANONICAL REPRESENTATIVE

Fr. Michael Triplett was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Grace parish and Canonical Representative to the School Board by Archbishop William E. Lori in January 2015.  Fr. Mike grew up in Reisterstown in a home of two loving parents and six siblings.  He graduated from Catholic Schools: Sacred Heart School (’93), Calvert Hall College High School (’97), and La Salle University (’01).  In his senior year at Calvert Hall, he was accepted as a College Candidate with the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  After completing his bachelors in Religious Studies and Philosophy, Fr. Mike studied one year at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Roland Park before spending five of the next six years in Rome.  Earning a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology at the Jesuit Gregorian University and a License of Sacred Theology with specialization in Spiritual Theology at the Carmelite Teresianum University, Fr. Mike was ordained in 2007 by Bishop Malooly at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.  He served as Associate Pastor at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Essex before his assignment to Our Lady of Grace.  He also serves as the Director of Deacon Formation for the Archdiocese.  In his years of priesthood, Fr. Mike is passionate about Catholic schooling, working with youth especially at O’Dwyer Retreat House, and teaching various groups from adults and seminarians to youth and children of the parishes.

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