Lisa Marie Ghezzi takes ap­point­ment as SSPP pres­i­dent

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

EAS­TON — Lisa Marie Ghezzi, for­mer vice chair­man of the Saints Peter and Paul School Ad­vi­sory Board, and ac­tive parish and com­mu­nity mem­ber, has been ap­pointed as pres­i­dent of Saints Peter and Paul School, ef­fec­tive Mon­day, July 25.

Ghezzi has been ac­tively en­gaged with the ad­vi­sory board since its in­cep­tion this past Jan­uary and has made some im­por­tant ad­vances work­ing with the ad­min­is­tra­tion and other board mem­bers to strengthen en­roll­ment, de­ploy new tech­nol­ogy and re­cruit ad­di­tional donors.

She brings a strong busi­ness back­ground of 25 years in strat­egy, pro­gram devel­op­ment and fi­nance. She is a grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, with a Bach­e­lor of Arts in His­tory, and has a Masters in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ge­orge­town Univer­sity.

“The op­por­tu­ni­ties for the stu­dents of Saints Peter and Paul School are vast. I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know each of the fam­i­lies with stu­dents in our ele­men­tary and high schools, and to be work­ing with our out­stand­ing fac­ulty and staff,” Ghezzi said. “It’s an exciting time to take on the role of pres­i­dent and be in­volved with the com­mu­nity to sup­port our stu­dents’ aca­demic and spir­i­tual growth. I am also hon­ored to be in­volved in the mis­sion of Catholic ed­u­ca­tion in the Dio­cese of Wilm­ing­ton.”

Ghezzi’s ef­forts will be fo­cused on grow­ing en­roll­ment, build­ing en­dow­ment, rais­ing aware­ness and de­vel­op­ing a strate­gic plan for the school.

She will work closely with SSPP’s two prin­ci­pals, Con­nie Web­ster and Jim Nemeth, as they con­tinue to over­see the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the ele­men­tary and high school, re­spec­tively.

“Mrs. Ghezzi brings out­stand­ing lead­er­ship cre­den­tials to the role of Pres­i­dent. She will help us to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of our stu­dents and fam­i­lies, and guide us in achiev­ing SSPP School’s vi­sion,” said the Very Rev­erend James Nash, pas­tor of Saints Peter and Paul.

Nash thanked Bernie Grove for his lead­er­ship of the ad­vi­sory board and im­por­tant tran­si­tions that have oc­curred in the last sev­eral months, and also an­nounced the elec­tion of new of­fi­cers to the board, in­clud­ing Chair­man Peggy Wil­son, Vice Chair­man Martin Knott and Sec­re­tary Karen Weis­man.

Ghezzi has ser ved the com­mu­nity in many other ways, ac­cord­ing to SSPP. Cur­rently she chairs the Friends of Eas­ton Point Park, a com­mu­nity group gath­ered to work with the town in sup­port of build­ing Eas­ton’s first wa­ter­front park.

She is a bee­keeper and an ac­tive mem­ber of the Wye River Bee­keep­ers, in­clud­ing ac­tive vice chair and for­mer trea­surer. She serves as a co-leader of the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Mas­ter Gar­dener Bay-Wise pro­gram, which con­sults with home­own­ers to en­gage in land­scape best prac­tices to help im­prove the health of lo­cal streams and trib­u­taries and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

She is on the board of di­rec­tors of the Old-Growth For­est Net­work as well as in­volved with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Di­a­mond-backed Ter­rapin Work­ing Group and Mary­land’s Green School Pro­gram, and is for­mer chair­man of Midshore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy. She will be step­ping down from lead­er­ship roles to fo­cus on Saints Peter and Paul School.

In ad­di­tion to Ghezzi’s hir­ing, Saints Peter and Paul School added an ath­letic di­rec­tor and tal­ented fac­ulty over the sum­mer. A suc­cess­ful gala en­abled the school to pur­chase two busses and meet grow­ing trans­porta­tion needs — the school is look­ing at po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties to max­i­mize uti­liza­tion of the busses in­clud­ing trans­port­ing stu­dents from coun­ties across the Mid-Shore.

The new sail­ing fleet of 18 boats al­lows the sail­ing pro­gram to ex­pand its com­pet­i­tive sea­son to spring and fall. Among many other sports ac­com­plish­ments, the men’s ten­nis team ad­vanced to the MIAA con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Saints Peter and Paul School, please con­tact Con­nie Web­ster, ele­men­tary school prin­ci­pal, at 410-8222251, or James Nemeth, high school prin­ci­pal, at 410-8222275.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Lisa Ghezzi was named pres­i­dent of Saints Peter and Paul School, ef­fec­tive Mon­day, July 25.

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