Administration

  • Joseph Carlson

    Joseph L. Carlson

    Principal

  • Victor Dumas

    Dean of Students

  • Deacon Bob Berbohm

    Middle School Catholic Faith Formation Teacher / Faith Formation Coordinator

  • Jodi Mutch

    Administrative Assistant

  • Lynn Meintz

    Office Assistant

  • Michelle Bink

    Alumni / Development Director

  • Kristy Benoit

    Head Cook / Athletic Director / Cheer Coach

  • Cindy Anthony

    Library Director

Joseph L. Carlson

Principal

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

Dean of Students

Deacon Bob Berbohm

Middle School Catholic Faith Formation Teacher / Faith Formation Coordinator

Dcn. Bob is a 1975 Holy Name graduate! He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice. Working 25 years in police and fire, and another 10 in emergency management, Dcn. Bob received his call to the diaconate which has led him to continue toward a Masters degree in Theology and a position as faith formation coordinator. Dcn. Bob was ordained Jan. 10, 2020. Holy Name is an awesome place to learn and grow in faith. Dcn. Bob enjoys bike riding, snowshoeing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Jodi Mutch

Administrative 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.

Lynn Meintz

Office Assistant

Michelle Bink

Alumni / 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.

Kristy Benoit

Head 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 an 8th 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!”

Cindy Anthony

Library 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.

Preschool Teachers and Staff

  • Cathy VanDrese

    1/2 Day Preschool Teacher / Elementary Art, Tech & Gym Teacher

  • Katy Wery

    Full Day Preschool Teacher

  • Amy LaMarche

    Preschool Aide

  • Trisha DeGrand

    Preschool Aide

  • Jackie Wiltzius

    Full Day Preschool Teacher

  • Kathy Lepisto

    Aide

  • Kathy Spreitzer

    Kathy Spreitzer

    Aide

Cathy VanDrese

1/2 Day Preschool Teacher / Elementary Art, Tech & Gym Teacher

Katy Wery

Full Day Preschool Teacher

I joined the Holy Name Family in August of 2019. I have more than 20 years of experience working with children 0-5 years of age.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, running, working out and being outside.

Amy LaMarche

Preschool Aide

Trisha DeGrand

Preschool Aide

Jackie Wiltzius

Full Day Preschool 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.

Kathy Lepisto

Aide

Kathy Spreitzer

Aide

Kindergarten Teachers and Staff

  • Judy LaMarche

    Readiness Kindergarten Teacher

  • Cindy Johnson

    Aide

  • Patti LaCrosse

    Aide

  • Grandpa Richard

    Aide

  • Marlene McNamee

    Development Kindergarten Teacher

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    Julie Cooper

    Aide

  • Grandma Hope

    Aide

  • Angie LaBay

    Development Kindergarten Teacher

  • Grandma Ione

    Aide

  • Lisa Tryan

    Aide

Judy LaMarche

Readiness 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

Aide

Patti LaCrosse

Aide

Grandpa Richard

Aide

Marlene McNamee

Development 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.

Julie Cooper

Aide

Grandma Hope

Aide

Angie LaBay

Development 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 Ione

Aide

Lisa Tryan

Aide

Elementary School Teachers and Staff

  • Michelle Carne

    1st Grade Teacher

  • Brigette Hartges

    1st Grade Teacher

  • Kim Bessonen

    2nd Grade Teacher

  • Grandma Carol

    Aide

  • Amber Racicot

    2nd Grade Teacher

  • Debra Casey

    3rd Grade Teacher

  • Anne Cashen

    4th Grade Teacher

  • Michael Lepisto

    5th Grade Teacher

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    Grandpa Jack

    Aide

  • Anne Carlson

    5th Grade Teacher / Latin Teacher

Michelle Carne

1st 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

Brigette Hartges

1st 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.

Kim Bessonen

2nd 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

Aide

Amber Racicot

2nd 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.

Debra Casey

3rd 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.

Anne Cashen

4th 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.

Michael Lepisto

5th 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. 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.

Grandpa Jack

Aide

Anne Carlson

5th Grade Teacher / Latin 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.

Middle School Teachers and Staff

  • Carrie Derkos

    Middle School Teacher

  • JoEllen Hadel

    Middle School Teacher

  • Amy Prey

    Middle School Teacher

  • Deacon Bob Berbohm

    Middle School Catholic Faith Formation Teacher / Faith Formation Coordinator

  • Mark Chouinard

    Middle School Teacher

  • Michele Pangborn

    Technology, Art & Physical Education

Carrie Derkos

Middle School Teacher

JoEllen Hadel

Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Hadel joined Holy Name Catholic School in the fall of 2019 to teach Middle School Science. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from NMU in secondary education – General Science with a minor in Biology.  Her graduate level studies have all focused on Special Education.

Prior to teaching at Holy Name, Mrs. Hadel taught high school science at North Star Montessori Academy, a public charter school in Marquette for 15 years. She also has served over 22 years in the Navy Reserves, with the last 14 as an instructor and Master Training Specialist.

Mrs. Hadel has been married for 32 years and has 2 children, Crystal (24 y/o) and Jason (26 y/o), twin black cats, and a range of wild critters who think she should feed them.  In her free time, she loves to grow things, planting 3 large gardens at home, in addition to a garden for the Food Pantry in Rock. She also sings with a local ecumenical choir several times a year and enjoys camping, fishing and hunting (with a camera of course.)

She feels very blessed to be at Holy Name now.  It is wonderful to be a part of a team that is focused on Christ and caring about students.  Holy Name is everything she dreamed a school should be.

Amy Prey

Middle 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.

Deacon Bob Berbohm

Middle School Catholic Faith Formation Teacher / Faith Formation Coordinator

Dcn. Bob is a 1975 Holy Name graduate! He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice. Working 25 years in police and fire, and another 10 in emergency management, Dcn. Bob received his call to the diaconate which has led him to continue toward a Masters degree in Theology and a position as faith formation coordinator. Dcn. Bob was ordained Jan. 10, 2020. Holy Name is an awesome place to learn and grow in faith. Dcn. Bob enjoys bike riding, snowshoeing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Mark Chouinard

Middle School 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.

Michele Pangborn

Technology, 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, Cole and Cuddy. 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.

Specials

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    Debbie O’Connell

    Physical Education

  • Lorne Watson

    Lorne Watson

    Music

  • Stephanie Vandermissen

    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

  • Anne Carlson

    5th Grade Teacher / Latin Teacher

Debbie O’Connell

Physical Education

Lorne Watson

Music

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!

Stephanie Vandermissen

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Anne Carlson

5th Grade Teacher / Latin 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.

Support

  • Yvonne Chenier

    Title 1

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    Yolanda McDevitt

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    Connie Nagy

    Student Support

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    Ali Leveille

    Private Tutor for any age, grade or subject

  • Tressa Derkos

    Assistant Cook

  • Greg Johnson

    Maintenance Supervisor

  • Michelle Steinhausen

    Janitorial

  • Richard Kurth

    Richard Kurth

    Janitorial

Yvonne Chenier

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Yolanda McDevitt

Title 1

Connie Nagy

Student 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

Private 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

Assistant 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

Maintenance Supervisor

Michelle Steinhausen

Janitorial

Richard Kurth

Janitorial