Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Lorie Ratchford

Principal
Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Education (Saint Francis University)
Personal Interests: Enjoying time with family.
I work at BC because… My husband and I are both graduates of Bishop Carroll and I have been teaching here in some capacity for the past 20 years. It’s an honor for me to serve the students and families at our school, all of whom are here because the value the unique qualities of Catholic education.

 


 

Jerome A. "Jerry" Stephens

Chief Executive Officer; past chairman of the Bishop Carroll Board of Trustees
Bachelor of Science in Math and Secondary Education (University of Pittsburgh); post-baccalaureate study in economics/accounting/business law (University of Pittsburgh and Saint Francis University); Master of Business Administration (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Before BC: 33 years in energy industry; adjunct professor of math and accounting at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Personal Interests: Member and Treasurer of Appalachian Youth Services; golf; Knights of Columbus - past Grand Knight; Holy Name Church - usher, Eucharistic Minister and member of Festival Executive Committee
Why I work at BC… I love our school. I graduated from BC, as did my wife and our daughters. I hope that my grandson will graduate from BC in 2030!

 


 

Geri Beltowski

International Program Director

 


 

Lynn A. Weber

Business Manager

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Masters in Business Administration (Saint Francis University)
Before BC: Controller for Gautier Steel, Ltd., spent 5 years at home with my children.
Personal Interests: I enjoy watching sports with my husband and sons, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins; taking long walks, love going to the beach and spending time with family & friends at our camp.
I work at Bishop Carroll… Because our school is focused on family and allows me the flexibility I need in my work schedule to continue to put my family first.

 


 

Kathy (Sloan) Oravec ’67

Alumni Office Manager
Personal Interests: I like people, I like to bake and I love spending time with my 17 grandchildren!
I work at BC because… I love BCCHS! It is worth the sacrifice parents make to send their children! It is an investment that pays great dividends! Try it, you'll like it!

 


 

Karen Blaisdell

Art Teacher, Art Club Advisor, Going Green Advisor
B.S. in Art Education (Indiana University of PA); B.F.A. in Graphic Design (Indiana University of Pittsburgh); AST Visual Communications (Art Institute of Pittsburgh)
Before BC: Penn Advertising, Altoona, PA; American Greetings, Cleveland, OH; k2design, Johnstown, PA; Conemaugh Valley School District, Johnstown, PA
Family info: Husband Michael, children Eben, Maggie and Ely
Personal interests: Spending time with family, travel, calligraphy, design and drawing
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … it is a perfect fit for me, I love BC! The administration, staff and teachers are dedicated, the parents are supportive and the students are great!

 


 

Janice Burley

Teacher
B.A. in Math (St. Francis University); M.S. in Math (Indiana University of PA)

 


 

Carol Carlisle

Biology Teacher, Reading Competition Coach, Envirothon Coach
B.S. in Biology (Juniata College); B.S. in Secondary Ed. (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown)
Before BC: 10 years teaching in Washington state
Personal interests: Puzzles and hiking
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … I enjoy the students and the pro-family atmosphere.

 


 

Barbara Condor

Teacher and Coordinator of Campus Ministires
B.S. in Consumer Services (Indiana University of PA); Master of Pastoral Studies (Loyola University of New Orleans)
I teach at Bishop Carroll because: my 5 children are all alumni at the school. I love sharing my faith and working with the kids, and I can't do that in a public school.

 


 

Dean Farabaugh

Mathematics Teacher
Bachelors in Mathematics Education, Certified in Physics Education
Personal interests: Football, Bowling, Reading, Movies
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … It is a friendly welcoming environment and I enjoy the interactions with the students. We have some of the most talented and unique individuals at our school.

 


 

Thomas E. Graffte

Mathematics teacher, Computer Application Teacher, AP Computer Science Teacher, Physics Teacher, Sponsor of the Pen Club
Masters of Education (University of Miami), Bachelors of Education (Northeastern University)Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Secondary Education (Saint Francis Universiy); PA Certification Mathematics 7-12
Before BC: Thirty-three years of teaching mathematics, AP Computer Science, and Introduction to Computer Programming at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. During these years I used Fortran, RPG, BASIC, Visual BASIC, C++, and Java. Six years as a Professor of Computer Science at Strayer University in Woodbridge, VA. Four years as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science for Strayer University Online teaching synchronous and asynchronous computer and computer-related courses. I currently have Virginia Certification in Mathematics, Business, Adult Education, AP Computer Science, and Guidance.
Personal interests: tennis, skiing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and watching the Boston Red Sox.
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … My wife is Catholic and I was Baptist during most of our 41 years of marriage. I started teaching at BC nine years ago and that was because my wife urged me to start by filling in for half a year at Bishop McCort. I enjoyed working with Sister Donna Marie Leiden there and she referred me to Bishop Carroll. At Bishop Carroll, I started the process of becoming Catholic and that experience has been wonderful. During one of our masses, a student was singing and I was greatly influenced by her song. That was the moment I decided to become Catholic.


 

Melanie Shiley

Music Appreciation, Band and Chorus Teacher
Personal interests: Spending time with my family, reading, being outdoors, listening to music and playing my trombone with family and friends.
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … of the students, the administration, the staff and the parents. Bishop Carroll provides a strong Christian foundation in a healthy environment that inspires me and the students. The students are enthusiastic and the staff supportive. I feel very blessed to be a part of the Bishop Carroll family. 


 

Melissa Vello

British Literature and Composition/ AP Language and Composition/ Creative Writing & Public Speaking
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends. Writing articles on faith and family. Reading anything that excites me! Exploring the outdoors and going on God walks with my children. Contributing time to children’s charities.
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … BC allows me to put my family first and I’m so thankful for that. I love teaching young adults and whole-heartedly believe in teaching the whole student, spirit, heart, mind, and body, in a nurturing educational environment that centers on religion. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming, and I'm so grateful to be working with such wonderful administrators, staff, teachers, parents, and students! Happy to be a Husky! 
Before BC: Richland High School, 11th Grade American Literature & Composition, AP Language and Composition, SAT Prep, Communications, Public Speaking, Writing Children’s Literature, and Short Story/ Bedford High School 9th grade English
Family info: Married; two young children

Jeremiah Grosser

History teacher, Physical Education teacher, cross country coach
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Masters in Health and Physical Education, PA certified in Social Studies, Health and Phys. Ed.
Before BC: Long-term substitute teacher at Bishop McCort
Personal interests: Spending time with my family, especially my two children.

 


 

Sr. Karen Gruseck, CCW

Religion Teacher: Scripture, Sacraments, Morality

 


 

Rasha Khedr-Shawarby

ESL Teacher, former English/Arabic/ ESL/Developmental Reading teacher, former SAC Advisor General Certificate of Education (University of London); B.A. in English and American Literature and Linguistics (University Of Cairo)
Before BC: Taught at Central Cambria School District
Family info: Daughter is a prosecutor in Hawaii; son is a sophomore at IUP majoring in Criminology and minoring in Information Assurance and Arabic
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … Bishop Carroll is my second home and everyone here is an integral part of my family. We all work well together and support and care about each other. The most wonderful thing is watching our students grow and thrive in their faith. It is amazing how much they mature during their four-year journey. The most heartwarming is that we have the opportunity to practice our faith openly. It is extremely refreshing to watch young adults choosing to walk into the chapel for prayers at the end of their lunch period or during their study halls. We are blessed with a unique school environment that does not exist anywhere else.

 


 

Michele Kirk

Biology Teacher, PowerSchool Coordinator and IT issue Facilitator, SOAR Team Member, Science Department Chair; formerly served as club advisor for the Junior Class, Senior class, NHS (National Honor Society), and PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science)
B.S. in Secondary Education, Biology with a minor in Chemistry (Indiana University of PA)
Before BC: Three long-term sub positions at Portage Area High School, Spring Cove Junior High School, and Conemaugh Valley High School
Personal interests: I love to travel. I am working on seeing all 50 states I am over halfway there, with my top three visits being Alaska, Hawaii and Texas. I have also visited 15 foreign countries. The most exciting visit for me was my visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. I added four new spots to the list this summer while on my honeymoon: Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … It is a great time hanging out with teenagers every day. Our kids are polite, kind, thoughtful, funny and fun-loving. I could go on and on. Their energy makes you want to get up in the morning just to see what new experiences will happen. There is never a dull moment. I think I learn as much from them as they do from me.

 


 

Christine A. Laverick

Guidance Counselor
B.S. in Home Economics (Shepherd University); M.Ed. Certification in Secondary Guidance (Indiana University of PA)
Before BC: Penn Cambria High School, Home Economics Instructor;
Penn Cambria High School, Secondary Guidance Counselor
Family info: Married; three grown children (all attended Bishop Carroll);
Personal interests: I’m retired from Penn Cambria High School and my main interest is continuing my Guidance Counselor career.
I teach at Bishop Carroll Catholic because … academically, spiritually, and whole-heartily, this is the best environment to be in for teaching, directing, and learning.

 


 

James E. Luksik

Social Studies Teacher
B.A. (Clarion University of Pennsylvania); M.Ed. (University of Pittsburgh)
Before BC: Teacher in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Central Valley School District (PA)

 


 

Dan McMullen

English Teacher, Athletic Director, and Track & Field coach
B.S. Social Studies Education (IUP), English Certified
Before BC: Day-to-day and long-term substitute in over 10 local schools for several years, four years of coaching experience for football and track, Americorps member for one year, TSS for one year, Sheetz Distribution for two years
Personal interests: Spending time with family, playing/listening to music, super competitive lawn games, camping, hunting/fishing I teach at Bishop Carroll because …it is a welcoming, friendly atmosphere that is student-centered. The faculty/administration is easy to work with/for, and the students are hard-working, respectful, and a joy to work with.

 


 

Jonathan Nagy

Dean of Students, Social Studies Teacher, NHS Advisor, Student Ambassador Advisor, Senior Class Advisor, former International Program Director
B.A. in Social Studies (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown); M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (University of Phoenix)
Personal interests: A dog named Lincoln, travel, lighthouses, golf, and photography
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … I fully believe in Catholic education. I have spent 22 years of my life in a Catholic school as either a student or a teacher. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

 


 

Raymond Seymour

Spanish and Latin Teacher
B.A. (St. Francis University); M.A. (Indiana University of PA)
Before BC: Teacher at Blacklick Valley High School; ESL instructor at FCI Loretto; Adjunct professor of Latin at St. Francis College
Family info: Married for 46 years, 5 children, 12 grandchildren
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … of the students.

 


 

Fr. Brian L. Warchola

Chaplain
Associate in Specialized Business (Cambrian-Rowe Business College); B.A. in Catholic Theology (St. Vincent College), M. Div. (St. Vincent Seminary)
Before BC: Greenhouse laborer, delivery driver, prison chaplain
Family info: As a priest, all people are my children.

 


 

Michelle Wetzel

Mathematics Teacher
Past Roles at BC: Cross country coach, International Program Coordinator
Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Secondary Education (Saint Francis Universiy); PA Certification Mathematics 7-12
Personal interests: Golfing, baking, spending time with family and friends
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … I enjoy the small classroom environment and molding the young minds of our future in a faith-filled environment.

 


 

Mark Alex

Chemistry Teacher
B.A. in Chemistry/Secondary Education from Juniata College; M.A. in Chemistry from IUP; MEd form California University of PA
Before BC: 34 years teaching Chemistry in public high school, taught math at Bishop Guilfoyle, 24 years of teaching General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at Mount Aloysius College.
Additional teaching experience: Currently teaching 1 or 2 chemistry classes at UPJ each semester
Family information: Married, father of three children. At this time, there are 8 grandchildren.
I teach at Bishop Carroll because … even though I retired from public education, I still enjoyed teaching. The atmosphere here is very conducive to learning important and relevant information, instead of getting students ready to take state mandated exams.

 


 

Mrs. Gabrielle Bilchak

Health and Physical Education Teacher
BS in Health and Physical Education, Grades K-12 certified (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Personal interests: Running and biking, vacationing to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
I teach at Bishop Carroll because …I love the small class sizes and the great students, staff, and teachers!

 


 

Ms. Katelyn Fris

English Teacher
B.A. in Secondary Education English and Teaching Certificate (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown)
Personal interests: Baking and enjoying time with family and friends.
I teach at Bishop Carroll because …It has a warm and welcoming environment. The students are wonderful! They are polite, respectful, and eager to learn.

 

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