School Governance

The St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School Commission is an advisory board and assists the Priest and Principal in developing broad policies and direction for the school. Informed about educational and financial matters, the Commission aims to be of the greatest assistance for the general good of the School.

Responsibilities of the Commission includes establishing a mission statement and strategic plan, recommending and defending policy, offering financial advice, providing optimal public relations, evaluating the Commission’s effectiveness, and participating in the selection of the principal if invited by the pastor.

Comprised of practicing Catholics from the Parish and school community, the Commission consists of strong advocates of Catholic education and provide leadership, guidance, and encouragement to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, ensuring the continuation of an active and effective teaching ministry.

Read the 5 Year Plan HERE.

Meet The Members

Michael Bindas, 2023 – 2024 Commission President; Legal Advisor

Ashley Denk, Marketing Advisor

Phil Waligora, Tech Advisor

Dan Juhl, Finance Advisor

Bernadine Mahar, Principal

Mike Simmons, Parish Finance Council Representative

Father Hans Olson, Ex-officio member, Parish Priest

Ron Enneking, Ex-officio member, Parish Administrative Assistant

Rochelle Staley, Faith Representation

Lisa Morales, Ex-officio member, Parent Club President

Julie Tyndall, Ex-officio, Faculty Representative

Heidi Harris, Ex-officio, Faculty Representative

The Mission and Catholic Identity Committee operates as a subcommittee of the School Commission. Aligned with its mission, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School prioritizes the Catholic identity and spiritual life of its community. The committee members adhere to this mission as they strategically explore ways to elevate and enrich the school community.

Meet The Members

Father Olsen

Ashley Denk

Lisa Morales

Rochelle Staley

Tonya Bindas

Emily Curran

Governance and Leadership Committee

The Governance and Leadership Committee operates as a subcommittee of the School Commission, focusing on two key elements for success: effective governance, which provides direction and authority, and leadership, which ensures efficient operations. Committee members are dedicated to promoting the protecting the responsibilities and rights of the school community.

Meet The Members

Dr. Mahar

Michael Bindas

Nicole Martin

Cristian Gomez

Colleen Olsen

The Academic Excellence Committee operates as a subcommittee of the School Commission. Committee members regard teaching and academics as core competencies that provide meaningful education to our students. St. Mary Magdalen is committed to providing a high-quality education for all students and nurturing a motivated and highly qualified teaching staff.

Meet The Members

Heidi Harris

Julie Tyndall

Ryan Wirtala

Lisa Latta

The Operational Vitality Committee operates as a subcommittee of the School Commission, focusing on goals aimed at ensuring the school runs smoothly and maintains sustained, predictable management of school assets and revenue.

Meet The Members

Dan Juhl

Mike Simmons

Phil Waligora

Ron Enneking

The SMM Parent’s Club promotes student, parent, and faculty welfare by fostering closer relationships between home, school and community. Our focus is to stimulate unity and involvement through various fundraising and volunteer serve opportunity. Open to all, we rely on parent volunteers to assist with events and committees.

Get involved! Read the Appeal Letter HERE.

Meet The Members

Lisa Morales, President

Mike Bannavong, Vice President

Jessica Ritchie – Treasurer

Jana James, Secretary


Who is a member?

All parents of SMM students are automatically members of Parents Club. During the month of October, the $15.00 fee will automatically be deducted from each families FACTS account to pay their dues.

How to get Involved?

Throughout the year, there will be many opportunities to step forward and help out our school.  All volunteer spots will be announced, as well as the link to sign up, through email, the school newsletter and social media.

Contacting the Parents Club

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