Dear Members of the Oakcrest Family,
Oakcrest continues to flourish and mature in its permanent home. The Board of Directors offers its gratitude and congratulations to Dr. Mary Ortiz, our Head of School, and her team for another fruitful and joyful year in our permanent campus.
The Board is happy to report that the west academic wing project has been completed on schedule. This phase of the campus expansion will help meet the demands of our growing student body by providing additional classrooms and faculty areas. We now increase our focus and efforts on raising the necessary funds for the construction of our gymnasium, which will be dedicated to our thriving athletics program and to large school gatherings. We will continue to count on your prayers and financial support to help complete this vital addition to our campus home.
I would like to thank Paul Waddelove, who has stepped down from the Board of Directors after completing his second term. He has served the school faithfully for several years lending his professional expertise to the permanent campus project. We are very grateful that he has generously agreed to remain an active member of the Building Committee as we continue to expand our campus facilities.
I welcome to the Board Shelly Pelletier (Emma '19) and Moira Walsh. After years of dedicated service to the Oakcrest Parent Association, Shelly has graciously agreed to join the Board as an alumnae parent. Moira served previously on Oakcrest's Board where, among other important contributions, she was a key driver of Oakcrest's current Strategic Plan. We are grateful to have Moira return to the Board as we begin to craft Oakcrest's next Strategic Plan as well as for her expertise in character education and Board governance.
Thank you for continuing to support our excellent school in so many ways. I encourage you to invite friends to an upcoming school event so that many more families can share in the treasure that is Oakcrest.


Shaun Pacious (father of Kathleen '04, Monica '08, Annie '16)

Board of Directors

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  • Michele Bueno (’99)

    Michele holds a Masters 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 DC 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.
  • Maureen Ferguson (Grace ‘18, Rose ’21)

    Maureen is the Senior Policy Advisor for The Catholic Association, a consultant for the Susan B. Anthony List, and an opinion contributor for The Hill and The Washington Examiner.  She writes, speaks, and provides commentary on issues of faith, religious freedom, the family, and the right to life.  Previously Maureen was the Senior Congressional Liaison and spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the Franciscan University.
  • 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 he was as 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 Bachelors 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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