Kelly Lazzara is a proud product of Catholic education from elementary school, to high school, and even into college. She received a BA in Communications – English with a minor in marketing from Gannon University (Erie, PA) and Masters in Education from Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA), both Catholic universities. She worked for 10 years in the Diocese of Greensburg, PA, as a teacher, development director, then principal at Aquinas Academy (PK-8), as well as the junior high principal and senior high assistant principal at Greensburg Central Junior-Senior High School. She served as the principal of Vincentian Academy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Virginia.
In July 2015 Mrs. Lazzara joined the Diocese of Richmond as principal of Star of the Sea Catholic School in Virginia Beach before accepting the position of Associate Superintendent of School Operations.
“I want to help strengthen the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond so that all students in our Diocese have the option to receive an exceptional faith-based Catholic education that will allow them to excel both academically and spiritually,” Mrs. Lazzara said of her vision for the Diocese. “Our students are our future and they deserve a strong foundation in order to succeed and live a faith-filled life.”
Her husband, Lou, is a physician in the Navy, currently stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Their son attends the University of Pittsburgh and their daughter attends East Carolina University. She enjoys spending time and traveling with her family.
Angela Allen has spent almost 20 years in the field of education working with teachers and students in various capacities in the school environment. She began her career as a classroom teacher and resource teacher prior to moving into school administration where she served as an assistant principal and principal in neighboring school divisions. Dr. Allen most recently served as a school administrator at Saint Bridget Catholic School. She has a doctoral degree from the College of William and Mary in policy, planning and leadership. She has a passion for lifelong learning and works to develop this same passion in others.
Dr. Allen, her husband Scott, and their daughter Emory are parishioners at Saint Bridget Church in Richmond. Her daughter Emory attends Saint Bridget School and proudly serves the parish as an altar server. Dr. Allen has most recently worked to support the RCIA program and those beginning their journey of faith within the Saint Bridget community. In her free time, Dr. Allen enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and most recently signed up to run her first marathon in the fall.
Dr. Allen has a deep respect for the work of the administration, staff and communities in the diocesan schools and is honored to work alongside them. She looks forward to continuing to cultivate the traditions of faith and excellence while providing opportunities for all students to receive a quality, Catholic education.
Since July of 2010, Patrick Patterson has served as the principal and head of school at Roanoke Catholic. His work in education spans three states and more than two decades serving students and families in: Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. Mr. Patterson attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida earning both BA and MS degrees from the school where he met his wife, Annette. Married more than 27 years, they are parents to Elizabeth (Libby), 21, Emma,13 and Catalina, 6.
The Pattersons enjoy spending time with family and friends at Smith Mountain Lake and traveling throughout the southeast and beyond, when possible. The family has been active members in the St. Andrew’s Catholic community since 2005 and has enjoyed the close bond between the church and school. Priests, parish leaders, and faithfilled parishioners throughout that community have been supportive of efforts to increase enrollment and improve the campus and community life at RCS throughout Mr. Patterson’s tenure on “The Hill.”
Over the past several years the school leadership team and Advisory School Board has achieved significant gains in enrollment, financial assistance offered to families, campus capital improvements and strengthened operational management and expenses. Mr. Patterson remains an active board member of Roanoke Area Ministries and The Advancement Foundation. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, Knights of Columbus and The Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Mr. Patterson is excited to maintain these efforts and momentum in his continued role with Roanoke Catholic School while working in a leadership capacity at the diocesan level to help strengthen efforts with operational management and special projects throughout the Diocese. Mr. Patterson said he recognizes incredible leadership and strength of Catholic schools and has witnessed tremendous efforts of the faculty in his role as a member of the Quality Assurance Board for the Office of Catholic Schools during the past six years. Working in concert with his colleagues in Richmond and beyond, he said he prays that all Catholic schools will continue to have the spiritual, operational, financial and academic successes for which the Diocese of Richmond has been lauded over the decades.
Kelly Taylor just completed her first year as principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Prior to Lourdes, Mrs. Taylor worked at Saint Mary’s Catholic School for sixteen years as a librarian, assistant principal and reading resource teacher. Her career began as a teacher in Henrico County teaching first, second and third grade.
She earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Mrs. Taylor earned her Post Master’s certificate in Administration and Leadership from George Washington University.
In Mrs. Taylor’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, Jake, Jared, Audrey Kate, and Jackson. She enjoys going to the beach, reading, watching musicals and taking trips to New York City.
Her vision for Our Lady of Lourdes School is to teach students to be disciples of Christ as they display courage, hope, respect, integrity, service and thankfulness in their daily lives. Her mission at Lourdes is for the faculty and staff to create a rigorous academic program that enables students to become leaders, problem solvers and role models.
Mark Zafra is a lifelong St. Pius X Catholic Church parishioner and an alumnus from St. Pius X Catholic School and Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from The College of William and Mary with minors in Classical Studies and Sociology. He taught religion and Latin for five years at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School then earned a Master of Science in Leadership – Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University in Boston. After a brief internship with Oxfam America, Mark returned to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School to serve as alumni relations coordinator. During that time, he received a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Marymount University’s Catholic School Leadership Program in Arlington, VA. After nine years in the development department at Bishop Sullivan, Mr. Zafra served for two years as advancement director at Portsmouth Catholic Regional School.
Mr. Zafra and his wife, Michelle, have a two-yearold daughter, Zoe, and a nine-year-old dachshund named Chauncey. He is an avid sports fan, enjoys traveling and his favorite superhero is Spiderman.
Mr. Zafra looks forward to working with Father Nixon, Sister Linda Taber, and everyone at St. Pius X Catholic School to help the school reach new heights. He holds the St. Pius X community close to his heart, because it helped form him. He is honored and blessed to be selected to take on the challenge of serving the school community as principal. He believes St. Pius X has the potential to be the choice for Catholic and private school education in Norfolk.
Cheryl Henig, Ph. D., has taught every level in K-12 and was Virginia Teacher of the Year in 1995. She served on the faculty at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and was the Executive Director for Bridging Richmond, a community partnership that combines education, business and community resources to support children from preschool through college graduation.
Currently, Dr. Henig is an independent educational consultant and works with school divisions to improve instruction through professional development.
Dr. Terri Brodeur worked in business administration/accounting before obtaining her master’s degree in elementary education and doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. She went back to school and received her administrator’s license last year. Before her career in education she served as assistant controller at Hilton Hotels and a daycare administrator. Over the last 10 years she has taught in five states from first grade to middle school and as STEM Coordinator. She focused her doctoral dissertation on Writing Across the Curriculum, which led her to be on the leadership team of the Tidewater Writing Project housed out of Old Dominion University. She trained teachers across the surrounding cities to teach writing. During the 2014/2015 school year, she served on the leadership team that led a year-long training initiative at a local school to help improve their writing instruction. As lead researcher for the training project, she devised and wrote about the year-long study that was submitted to and accepted by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She presented the findings in Washington, D.C., during AERA’s annual convention. She also serves on the edTPA team of Western Governors University to score new teacher candidate portfolios before they are sent to Pearson for final scoring and, ultimately, new teacher licensing.
Wife of a Navy master diver master chief and mother of three, she and her family can be found watching baseball, softball, field hockey or basketball. Outdoor lovers, they spend a great deal of time paddle boarding, swimming, hiking, biking and walking their 120-pound Bull Mastiff, Boston.
She believes it is important Catholic schools remain committed to providing a faith-filled foundation that ensures a strong identity in liturgy, scripture, prayer sacraments, and service. She shares with Christ the King the vision of graduating caring, academically competitive students committed to growing in faith, knowledge and stewardship. The school’s Catholic identity must remain focused on empowering the children to become respectful, responsible and reverent leaders in Church and the community. She believes by laying this spirit-filled foundation, Christ the King can transform and enable students to realize their full potential. She believes all students hold unique qualities and should be challenged to excel while embracing individual characteristics.