Administration

Joseph L. Carlson
Joseph L. CarlsonPrincipal
Mr. Carlson has been the principal at Holy Name Catholic School since the summer of 2008. He has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Northern Michigan university and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Carlson says the unique aspect about serving at Holy Name is that it’s “Cool to be Catholic” and the strong family-like atmosphere. He is married to Anne and has five children with one on the way due the at the end of April 2020. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping and quiet prayer time. He also enjoys quality time with his wife, children and friends. One of his core beliefs in education is that; “Kids don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.”
Victor Dumas
Victor DumasDean of Students
Jodi Mutch
Jodi MutchAdministrative Assistant
Mrs. Mutch has a dual Associates degree in Accounting / Computer Programming from Davenport Business College. She began working at Holy Name in 2005 as a classroom aide and in 2007 she has been an Administrative Assistant in the school office. She is always learning something new and enjoys being part of an organization that is growing and changing as God calls. Mrs. Mutch has a husband Scott, two sons who are alumnus’ of Holy Name, Ian (class of 2004), Logan (class of 2006) and their families. In her free time, she enjoys to travel, read and stain glass.
Sheila Stalboerger
Sheila StalboergerPreschool Aide / Office Assistant
Prior to working at Holy Name in 2016, Sheila was a medical transcriptionist and a stay at home mom. Sheila graduated from Rapid River High School and attended Bay de Noc Community College. Mrs. Stalboerger says she loves working at Holy Name because it feels like a family! She is married to Greg and together they are blessed with five children, Brett (Holy Name alumnus class of 2013), Gabriella (Holy Name alumnus class of 2015), Katelyn who is currently in eighth grade and twins Ava and Alex who are in fifth grade and a cat Rossi.
Lynn Meintz
Lynn MeintzOffice Assistant
Michelle Bink
Michelle BinkAlumni / Development Director
Prior to joining Holy Name in 2014 she was a stay at home mom and worked for the Hannahville Indian Community as the Early Childhood Director. She has a Bachelor degree in Preschool / Family Life Services and a Master of Arts degree in Education with an Individualized Studies in Early Childhood through Northern Michigan University. Her husband Nick is a second generation alumnus (class of 1986) and together they have four children Nicholas (class of 2013), Brooke (class of 2015), Mari (class of 2019) Nolan who is in 6th grade. Michelle feels incredibly blessed to have her children attend Holy Name Catholic School not only because it is challenging her children academically, but more importantly it is preparing her children for eternal life in heaven. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, exercising and helping others.
Todd LaFave
Todd LaFaveFinancial Coordinator
Ashley Westlund
Ashley WestlundScrip Coordinator
Rena Richtig
Rena RichtigDirector, Escanaba Catholic Faith Formation
Rena Richtig joined Escanaba Catholic Faith Formation office, located at Holy Name Catholic School, as part time secretary in March 2013. Later that year, she replaced Hans Whitmer, the director, who moved with his family downstate. ECFF is under the auspices of St. Thomas, St. Anthony and St. Joseph & St. Patrick parishes. There are 25 catechists and assistants who volunteer for the ECFF program. Classes meet weekly in the evening during the school year and share classrooms with the Holy Name teachers. The program offers pre-k through adult classes and preparation for Holy Sacraments of Confession, Communion, Confirmation and RCIA. One activity that all students participate in during their year of catechism, is volunteering in various corporal acts of mercy, supporting our Pope and our Bishop in their evangelization efforts.

Rena was raised in Iron Mountain. Family consists of two daughters, four grandsons and two great grandchildren. After her children were raised, Rena continued her higher education graduating with a Ph.D. in K-12 Education Administration from Michigan State University. Positions held during her career included nine years as elementary teacher, 14 years as elementary principal, and nine years as professor of education administration at Central Michigan University. Rena’s area of research expertise at the university was School Safety. Other involvements relating to education included board member of Michigan North Central Association (volunteer accrediting agency), and State of Michigan trainer and coach for MiBLSi (statewide reading and behavior program). Other consultantships included leadership programs and training schools in school safety procedures.

Since returning to the Upper Peninsula, Rena has become active in the Escanaba Rotary Club and is currently the president. Her membership includes 23 years as member, secretary and President in clubs downstate. Rena was appointed to a six-year term on the Michigan Humanities Council in April. This council generates donations and contributions from local and national groups to support significant grant approvals throughout the state. She is also on the Board of the Delta Schoolcraft ISD. As a member of St. Anne parish in Escanaba, she serves in the adult choir, co-chairs the annual Valentine choir breakfast and supports the decorating committee. She also serves as secretary of the newly established 501(c)3 Community Thanksgiving Dinner in the area.

As part of the Holy Name School community, she supports various activities when possible. As a certified Master Gardener, Rena has developed the “Garden Club”, which is a selected group of middle school students who meet weekly and learn about plants and their care. Their responsibility is to care for plants in the middle school wing, the conference room and the chapel area. She appreciates the positive atmosphere in this Catholic school, the well-mannered and responsible students, and the high involvement of teachers and parents in the education of their children.

Cindy Anthony
Cindy AnthonyLibrary Director
Mrs. Anthony joined the Holy Name family in 2005 when she began as a volunteer in the library at Holy Name. She has an Associates degree from Bay de Noc Community College in Accounting. She is an alumnus of Holy Name (class of 1978) as well as her two sons Tyler (class of 2009) and Joshua (class of 2013). She has a husband Dave and a dog named Bonnie. In her free time, she enjoys being in her sewing studio making quilts, reading, camping and gardening. Cindy loves working in the library because it combines her love of children and her love of books.
Kristy Benoit
Kristy BenoitHead Cook / Athletic Director / Cheer Coach
Mrs. Benoit attended Bay de Noc Community College where she studied Psychology and Business Management and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Prior to joining Holy Name in 2012, she worked as a waitress, legal assistant, safety director for a trucking company and was a stay at home mom with an amazing husband Steve and three children Cory, Liliana who is an alumnus of Holy Name (class of 2017) and son Thomas who is currently a 7th grader. Her favorite Saint is Saint Christopher and enjoys working at Holy Name because she feels it is a very close-knit school and wanted to be a part of it to make a difference in someone’s life. She says, “if I can help even one student, like someone helped me, then I have done what God wants me to do”. Her family has a pug dog Sunni and three cats Simba, Nala and Cleo. In her free time, she enjoys camping, spending time with her family, string art & painting, as well as volunteering for the East Ludington Gallery and for Holy Name where she trims, counts and ship Box Tops! She is a creative person and many times she has so many ideas running through her head that her family will say, “Look out! Mom’s squirrels are on a roll again!”

Preschool

Lisa Tryan
Lisa TryanPreschool Aide
Jackie Wiltzius
Jackie WiltziusPreschool Teacher
Mrs. Wiltzius began working at Holy Name Catholic School in September of 2015. She has a Bachelor degree in Elementary Special Education from Northern Michigan University. She loves being able to share her faith with the students at Holy Name. Before working at Holy Name she worked at Super One Foods as a cashier / front end manager for many years before having the opportunity to start her teaching career at Holy Name. Her grandma Mary Ann Chouinard graduated from Holy Name High School in 1955. She is married to Joe and has three children, Claire, Henry and Connor. She also has a Brittany Spaniel dog named Zoey. In her free time, she enjoys camping.
Stephanie Vandermissen
Stephanie VandermissenPreschool Aide
Kathy Sprietzer
Kathy SprietzerPreschool Aide
Trisha DeGrand
Trisha DeGrandLittle Lambs

Kindergarten

Judy LaMarch
Judy LaMarchReadiness Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. LaMarch began working at Holy Name Catholic School in the Fall of 2001. She has her Bachelor degree from Northern Michigan University. She says Holy Name is unique because “Jesus” is the center of the school and enjoys the students and faculty. Mrs. LaMarch is an alumnus of Holy Name as well as her three daughters Sara, Cindy and Kari. She has four grandchildren (Dustin, Zander, Burton and Kelbi, two of which attend Holy Name. She has three grand dogs and enjoys spending time with family, going kayaking, gardening and traveling. Mrs. LaMarch also enjoys playing jokes on her fellow colleagues.
Cindy Johnson
Cindy JohnsonReadiness Kindergarten Aide
Patti LaCrosse
Patti LaCrosseReadiness Kindergarten Aide
Grandpa Richard
Grandpa RichardReadiness Kindergarten Foster Grandparent
Marlene McNamee
Marlene McNameeDevelopmental Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. McNamee began working at Holy Name Catholic School in the fall of 2009. She has her Bachelor degree from Northern Michigan University in Elementary Education with minors in Language and Science. Prior to working at Holy Name she was a teacher assistant at EAPS for ten years and continues to work part time at the Upper Peninsula State Bank. Her mother is an alumnus of Holy Name. She is married to Dan and has three children Mary Jo, Tom and Annie. They also have a large Brittany dog named Breccan. Mrs. McNamee enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to read and learn new things.
Kathy Lepisto
Kathy LepistoDevelopmental Kindergarten Aide
Grandma Hope
Grandma HopeDevelopmental Kindergarten Foster Grandparent
Grandma Ione
Grandma IoneDevelopmental Kindergarten Foster Grandparent
Angie LaBay
Angie LaBayDevelopmental Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. LaBay began working at Holy Name Catholic School in the fall of 2018. She has a Master degree in Education from Michigan State. Mrs. LaBay feels like she has been at Holy Name forever because everyone has been helpful, welcoming and lots of fun! Before joining Holy Name, she taught preschool for five years and was a childcare Director for nine years. Her aunt Mary Sherman is an alumnus of Holy Name. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for eighteen years and has two children Kassidy (13) and Keedan (7). Mrs. LaBay has two black labs Jack and Oakley and a cat Sagwa. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching her kids sports and riding side by sides. Every day is a new adventure!
Grandma Hope
Grandma HopeDevelopmental Kindergarten Aide

Elementary School

Debra Casey
Debra Casey1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Casey began teaching at Holy Name in 1987. She has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education through Northern Michigan University. Her favorite Saint is St. Therese and she says Holy Name is unique because she can teach the children about Jesus and it feels like a school family. Before she began working at Holy Name she was a substitute teacher and teacher assistant in Kindergarten. Mrs. Casey has a husband Michael and son Ryan. In her free time, she enjoys to read.
Michelle Carne
Michelle Carne1st Grade Teacher
Ms. Carne began teaching at Holy Name in 2013 and has a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Ms. Carne coaches 7th grade girls’ basketball and says the strong family atmosphere is what she likes most about Holy Name. Before working at Holy Name she worked at the YMCA for eight years and was a camp counselor and director at Camp Harstad. Her uncle Dave Taylor attended Holy Name. Ms. Carne has a niece Marci Arlene that was born August 30, 2018. She loves to play basketball and has ran in 5K & 10K races. “People (kids) don’t’ care how much you know until they know much you care”. – John C. Maxwell
Kim Bessonen
Kim Bessonen2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Bessonen began teaching at Holy Name in 1986 and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University. Prior to working at Holy Name Mrs. Bessonen worked at Shopko. Her favorite Saint is Saint Anne and thing she likes most about teaching at Holy Name is being able to teach about our Catholic faith and she loves how Holy Name is a spiritual and prayerful community. Mrs. Bessonen is married to Erik Bessonen and they have two children David and Rachel. Rachel is an alumnus from the class of 2015. They also have a dog Heidi that is a German short hair pointer dog. In her free time, Mrs. Bessonen enjoys reading and camping.
Grandma Carol
Grandma Carol2nd Grade Foster Grandparent
Brigette Hartges
Brigette Hartges3rd Grade Teacher
Miss Hartges began teaching at Holy Name in the Fall of 2018 and has a Bachelor degree in elementary education through St. Norbert College. Her favorite Saint is St. Clare, Blessed Chiara Badano. Prior to joining Holy Name Miss Hartges worked at The Pines Catholic Camp Missionary and taught 2nd grade at St. Joseph Catholic School in Richardson, Texas. She has a mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. In her free time Miss Hartges enjoys the great outdoors.
Amy LaMarche
Amy LaMarche3rd Grade Aide
Prior to joining Holy Name in 2010, Mrs. LaMarche had a day care in her home. She is married to Dale and together they have two daughters and a son. Amy attended Bay de Noc Community College. She enjoys watching the kids grow every year at Holy Name. In her free time, she enjoys camping, skiing, travel and reading.
Michael Lepisto
Michael Lepisto4th Grade Teacher
Mr. Lepisto began teaching at Holy Name in the fall of 2018 and has a Bachelor degree in elementary education through Northern Michigan University. He also attended Emmaus Bible College for one year and he has a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. He retired from Bark River in the spring of 2017 and missed teaching and applied at Holy Name. He always heard great things about Holy Name and his faith is very important to him and has always wanted to work at a school where Faith and Christ is encouraged and demonstrated. He worked at Wells Township School in Arnold grades 6-8th for 11 years and then Bark River for 19 years where he taught 4th, 6th and junior high Science. He also taught Drivers Ed for 15 years and farmed, logged and worked road construction. He has a wife Kathy who also works as an aide for Holy Name and two daughters, who each have young boys and both are expecting this year! He has a black lab dog, cats and chickens. In his free time, he helps his wife with her bakery business (roadside stand at the Marquette Farmer’s market), volunteers at church, farming, hunting, and spending time at his cottage in Little Lake (Farmer’s Lake) with his family and being in the woods.
Anne Cashen
Anne Cashen4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Cashen began teaching at Holy Name in 2013 and has her Master’s degree in elementary education through Central Michigan University and University of Phoenix. She has two sons who are alumnus of Holy Name. Leo is a senior at Julian is a freshman at EHS. Ms. Cashen was inspired to work at Holy Name because while her two sons attended, she witnessed strong examples of Christian fellowship among parents and school staff. She loves working in a community where she can share her faith with others, pray with others, and feel a part of God’s family. Her favorite Saint is Saint Joseph. She has a dog “Sherman”, a horse “Apollo”, and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, and gardening.
Mark Chouinard
Mark Chouinard5th Grade Teacher
Mr. Chouinard began at Holy Name in 2012 and has a Bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University. His favorite Saint is Padre Pio and says Holy Name is unique because students strive for success, they want to be better at everything they do from education to sports. Prior to joining Holy Name, he worked in Manitowoc, Wisconsin where he taught middle school, high school, after school tutor and AmeriCorps. Mr. Chouinard is married to Jessica and together they have two children who attend Holy Name, Jonah in readiness Kindergarten and Amelia in first grade. He has bees as his pets and enjoys to travel, gardening, bee keeping and sports in his free time.
Amber Racicot
Amber Racicot5th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Racicot joined Holy Name in 2015 and has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Michigan University. She loves that she can share her faith at Holy Name and being able to invite Jesus into the classroom. Before joining Holy Name, Mrs. Racicot worked as an aide and teacher at Head Start. She also was a substitute teacher for Holy Name and Bark River. Her parents are alumnus of Holy Name and she has a husband Joe, children Devin (18), Tyler (16), Melody (13), two dogs, four cats, one rabbit, four goats, four horses and seven chickens. In her free time, she enjoys to spend time with her family, camping, bike riding and reading.

Middle School

Amy Prey
Amy PreyMiddle School Teacher
Mrs. Prey joined Holy Name in 2015 and has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education through Central Michigan University plus a Master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University. She teaches middle school social studies, health and personal finance. Mrs. Prey and her husband are both alumnus of Holy Name. It is the “greatest school in all the land”. Mrs. Prey’s parents and her in-laws are all alumnus of Holy Name! Prior to joining Holy Name, Mrs. Prey worked for the Wyandotte Public Schools as a teacher for students with cognitive impairments and also worked for the Manchester Community Schools as a resource room teacher and teacher consultant. She has three sons, Adam, Jacob and Vincent and enjoys “jeeping”, camping, cooking and playing the accordion and piano.
Rhonda Bernson
Rhonda BernsonMiddle School Teacher
Mrs. Bernson has her Bachelor’s degree in Education with minors in Math and English through Northern Michigan University. She teaches middle school Math and began at Holy Name in 1995. She loves working at Holy Name because we are free to pray and worship all the time. Prior to joining Holy Name, Mrs. Bernson taught preschool and kindergarten at St. Francis de Sales in Manistique for three years. She has a husband of twenty-five years, Troy and three sons who are all alumnus’ of Holy Name; Derek (2011), Dylan (2013) and Dayton (2017). In her free time, she enjoys reading books.

Specials

Michele Pangborn
Michele PangbornTechnology, Art & Physical Education
Mrs. Pangborn has her Bachelor of Science degree through Northern Michigan University as well as a Cosmetology license. Mrs. Pangborn joined Holy Name in 2004 and prior taught first grade at Menominee Catholic Central for four years. Currently, Mrs. Pangborn teaches Middle School & Elementary Technology, Art and Gym. Mrs. Pangborn says our principal, staff and families make Holy Name a great place to work. She enjoys the family atmosphere, getting together with staff to relax and have fun. She says everyone is so kind and caring and feels appreciated and valued at Holy Name. Mrs. Pangborn feels Holy Name has a very unique and close relationship as a staff. She enjoys having Jesus be a part of her day…not just in her heart, but also sharing her feelings and love for him with her students and Holy Name family. Holy Name is truly a special place she says! She is married to Cory and together they have three boys who attend Holy Name; Cash (6th grade), Cole (4th grade) and Cuddy (Developmental Kindergarten). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to camp, hunting, fishing, traveling, visiting with friends, reading, exercising, watching movies, going on side by side rides and having bonfires.
Anne Carlson
Anne CarlsonLatin Teacher
Salve! Mrs. Anne Carlson is currently our Latin teacher for third grade through eighth grade. She graduated from Alma College with a B.A. in Elementary Education with Minors in Science and Spanish. After graduating she taught 1st-12th grade Spanish at her own alma mater, Gaylord St. Mary’s Cathedral School, before moving to Escanaba in 2008. For the past ten years Anne has taught Latin to several homeschool families in the area and was asked to help begin the Latin program to Holy Name Catholic School in 2016. She was blessed to study Latin herself throughout high school and loves to challenge her students’ minds to go excelsior–ever higher, and immerse them in the beauty of the official language of the Church–Latin. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing sports and embarking on adventurous excursions with her husband (and boss) Joe Carlson and her five young children.
Debbie O’Connell
Debbie O’ConnellPhysical Education
Joseph Harmsen
Joseph HarmsenMusic
Lorne Watson
Lorne WatsonMusic

Prior to joining Holy Name in 2018, Mr. Watson worked in New York City as a professional musician. He has a Bachelor degree from Central Michigan University. He was inspired to work at Holy Name by his family and enjoys working with all of the children and has a blast creating music together! His favorite Saint is St. Patrick. He is married to Patty who is an alumnus from Holy Name (class of 1988) and together they have a son. He has pet fish and a tortoise “Nixon”. In his free time, he enjoys to ice skate and ride bicycles. Check out his website at www.lornewatson.com!

Support

Yvonne Chenier
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Yolanda McDevitt
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Connie Nagy
Connie NagyStudent Support
Prior to joining Holy Name in 2017 Mrs. Nagy worked at Dickinson Iron ISD and at an Early Childhood program. She has a Bachelor degree in Social Work. Her favorite saint is Saint Teresa of Calcutta and feels blessed to be at Holy Name because everyone is valued and that Jesus is allowed to be a part of the Education. Her mother Carol is an alumnus of Holy Name (class of 1959). She has a husband Tom, two daughters and sons in law as well as two beautiful grandsons, Wyatt and Brody who she adores. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors in the water, biking, camping and side by side riding with family and friends. If you would like more information or if your child is needing support, Mrs. Nagy can be contacted at studentsupport@holynamecrusaders.com.
Ali Leveille
Ali LeveillePrivate Tutor for any age, grade or subject
Prior to joining Holy Name in 2014, Mrs. Leveille taught 4thgrade, adjunct instructor at Bay de Noc Community College, Sales Manager at Sayklly’s and Regional Manager for Panera Bread Company. She has a Bachelors degree from Michigan State University. She is alumnus of Holy Name (class of 1999) as well as her husband Rob (class of 2006) and they had their wedding reception at Holy Name in 2015! She also has two brothers who attended Holy Name and her mother attended Holy Name up until 1971 when they closed. They have a daughter Cana, a dog named Sunny and their daughter has a fish named “Fishy Bo-Bishy”. St. Paul is her favorite Saint because of his determination to turn his life toward Christ. She loves being a part of the Holy Name family because there are so many reminders to give thanks to God! In her free time, she enjoys to travel, walk, practice yoga, read and enjoy family. If you are interested in private tutoring for your child contact Mrs. Leveille @ akirby906@gmail.com.
Tressa Derkos
Tressa DerkosAssistant Cook
Prior to joining Holy Name in 2010, she worked at the Ritz salon as a cosmetologist. She has a husband Jeff who is an alumnus of Holy Name (class of 1993) and a daughter Sophia who is currently in 7th grade at Holy Name. She enjoys working where her daughter attends school and loves the Catholic education. She enjoys playing tennis, running, traveling and spending time with her family when she isn’t working.
Greg Johnson
Greg JohnsonMaintenance Supervisor
Richard Kurth
Richard KurthJanitorial
Kristy Benoit
Kristy BenoitHead Cook / Athletic Director / Cheer Coach
Mrs. Benoit attended Bay de Noc Community College where she studied Psychology and Business Management and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Prior to joining Holy Name in 2012, she worked as a waitress, legal assistant, safety director for a trucking company and was a stay at home mom with an amazing husband Steve and three children Cory, Liliana who is an alumnus of Holy Name (class of 2017) and son Thomas who is currently a 7th grader. Her favorite Saint is Saint Christopher and enjoys working at Holy Name because she feels it is a very close-knit school and wanted to be a part of it to make a difference in someone’s life. She says, “if I can help even one student, like someone helped me, then I have done what God wants me to do”. Her family has a pug dog Sunni and three cats Simba, Nala and Cleo. In her free time, she enjoys camping, spending time with her family, string art & painting, as well as volunteering for the East Ludington Gallery and for Holy Name where she trims, counts and ship Box Tops! She is a creative person and many times she has so many ideas running through her head that her family will say, “Look out! Mom’s squirrels are on a roll again!”