Dear Members of the Oakcrest Family,
Even amidst the difficulties and stresses occasioned by COVID-19, Oakcrest continues to mature and the Board congratulates Dr. Mary Ortiz, our Head of School, and her wonderful team for another fruitful year in carrying out Oakcrest’s inspiring mission so well despite the pandemic.

The Board along with certain members of the school administration have been hard at work this summer taking the steps to develop and adopt Oakcrest’s next Strategic Plan. This effort will continue throughout the fall and is a key focus for the Board this year. The goals and initiatives studied and accepted as part of that Strategic Plan will help chart Oakcrest’s course and appropriately align the school’s operational and financial planning to achieve those objectives over the next several years.

I would like to thank Amy Spence, who has stepped down from the Board after completing her second term. Amy served the Board and Oakcrest in countless ways, especially as Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee. I also thank Chris Tierney as he steps down from the Board. Chris has been a key contributor to the work of the Board in his role as Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee.

I welcome to the Board Jim O’Boyle, Lucia Percovich (Carolina ’25) and John Pluta (Grace ’15 and Jacqueline ’18).  They bring vast experience to the Board, and I invite you to read their bios. I am very grateful to them for their willingness to so selflessly devote their time and expertise to Oakcrest.

Please continue to pray for Oakcrest so that together we can ensure that Oakcrest will continue to carry out its profound mission for many generations to come.
Shaun Pacious (father of Kathleen ’04, Monica ’08, Annie ’16)

Board of Directors

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  • Michele Bueno (’99)

    Michele holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Smith College, and a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. She has applied her technical skills at several different government contractors in the D.C. area and currently works as a software engineer. She also just recently completed a Master’s degree in Theological Studies at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. She is the second alumna to serve on the Board of Directors.
  • Jim O'Boyle

    Jim is a member of the leadership gifts team in Princeton University’s Development office. He has more than 25 years of experience in educational fundraising, serving in senior administrative roles in colleges and independent high schools. His work with nonprofits has been widespread, including capital campaigns, strategic planning, board leadership and counsel, volunteer engagement, and marketing and publications efforts. 
    Jim is married to Mary Ellen O’Boyle, a Montessori teacher, and both share in the adventure of raising their 7 children.
  • Mary T. Ortiz (Head of School)

    Mary holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University, and Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. While completing her doctorate, she taught writing and composition at NYU, and began a 15-year career of developing supplementary educational programs for girls throughout the U.S.  Mary first joined the Oakcrest faculty as an English teacher and Assistant Head of School in 2009. She became Head of School in 2012, bringing to Oakcrest her love of literature and the humanities, and experience and commitment to the education of young women.
  • Shaun Pacious (Kathleen ‘04, Monica ‘08, Annie ’16)

    Shaun has recently retired as a Managing Director and Senior Counsel of a large international bank. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University. He has served the Board of Directors for many years, both as a committee member and as a Board member.
  • Steve Payne (Mary ’18)

    Steve is Dean and professor of law at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. He was formerly a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Co-Chair of the Firm’s FDA and Healthcare Practice
    Group and a member of its Life Sciences Practice Group.  Steve is a graduate of Yale Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he finished first in
    his class.
  • Michelle (Shelly) Heldreth Pelletier (Emma, ’19)

    Shelly holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville University. She had the privilege of working for the Honorable Henry Hyde at the House Judiciary Committee. She has served as the Coordinator for Women’s Discipleship at Arlington Baptist Church since 2009. Over the last eighteen years, she has served in a wide variety of volunteer positions at the schools her children have attended. Shelly has been on the board of the Oakcrest Parent Association for six years, most recently as its Chair.
  • Lucia Percovich (Carolina '25)

    Lucia holds a Master’s degree in Economics from New York University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Social Science and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family from the University of Navarre. She has actively participated in various non-profit organizations where she has raised funds for projects related to educational program improvements, in addition to leading various college and high school leadership and mentoring programs for girls. She is the founder and CEO of a growing real estate investment family business.
  • John Pluta (Grace '15 and Jacqueline '18)

    John retired in 2015 as Executive Vice President for ten years with a bond manager, serving pension, endowment and other institutional investors in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to that position, he worked for twenty years at John Hancock in the Bond & Corporate Finance Department. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan with a double major in Economics and English. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Society Boston.
  • Moira Walsh

    Moira holds a Bachelor's degree in biomedical ethics from Brown University and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation focused on the relationship of freedom and moral education, a topic that has continued to be a focus of her work.  She has taught ethics, logic, and other topics to students at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Boston College, and Suffolk University, as well as to numerous groups wanting to learn more about philosophy for personal enrichment without seeking a degree. She has been pleased to have some Oakcrest alumnae among her students in these classes. She currently works in New York City with the Rosemoor Foundation and oversees continuing education programs in philosophy and theology for members of Opus Dei across the United States. 
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