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Caroline Blosser

Work-Study Coordinator

Caroline Blosser is a Columbus native and a graduate of Upper Arlington High School. Living in New York City for four years, she earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Columbia University, specializing in Ancient and Pre-modern Civilizations. During that time, Caroline spent 6 months in the International Honors Program (IHP) studying urban politics, city planning, and informal settlements while living in homestays in Detroit, Michigan; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; and Hanoi, Vietnam. After graduation in 2012, Caroline joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, and spent two years teaching English to high school, junior high, and elementary school students in the snowy, rural, and isolated prefecture of Akita, located eight hours north of Tokyo. Caroline is thrilled to be back in Columbus, and is honored to have the opportunity to join the Cristo Rey team. As work-study program coordinator, she is excited to work with students, families, and business sponsors to empower students to break into better futures through education, character-building, and professional development.

Meghan Devring

Admissions Director

Meghan Devring has lived in Columbus since 2000. Originally from Cleveland, she is a graduate of Magnificat High School and earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She has also earned her master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Dayton.

Meghan has been working with youth in Central Ohio for the past 9 years. She served as the Youth Program Director at the Southwest Community Center YMCA in Urbancrest where her primary role was overseeing an after-school enrichment program for low-income families. Most recently she worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio coordinating in-school mentoring programs within Columbus City Schools. She is honored to be a part of the founding of Cristo Rey in Columbus and is excited to share this amazing opportunity with families in Central Ohio.

Christine Donovan

Director of Development

Chris Donovan moved to Columbus in 2010 to attend The Ohio State University, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management. She grew up near Chicago and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Before joining Cristo Rey Columbus, Chris worked with several education-related organizations. After graduating from Notre Dame, she coordinated an anti-bullying program in public and Catholic schools in South Bend, IN. Later, she lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador for two years, working as a teacher and an administrator in a K-12 school with a social justice mission. Most recently, she served as a development officer for Ohio State’s College of Medicine, where she specialized in scholarship fundraising.

Chris first encountered the Cristo Rey mission when St. Martin de Porres High School opened in her hometown of Waukegan, IL. She saw how the school's mission changed her city and the lives of her peers. Now, she’s honored to serve Cristo Rey Columbus. Chris and her husband Jake Martin live in Clintonville and are members of St. Christopher parish in Grandview.

Dan Emberger

Assistant Director of Admissions

Dan Emberger moved to Columbus from Texas in 2000, and he now calls Ohio home. He completed his Bachelor’s at Ohio State and is currently finishing his Master’s degree in education at Capital University. Dan previously worked at Worthington Schools for five years serving the ESL population in and outside of the classroom. Dan has worked in school classrooms, administrative offices, after-school programs, and community centers over the last 8 years. He enjoys music, movies, and playing soccer. Dan is eager and excited to be a part of the Cristo Rey team serving Columbus’s talented youth.

Jim Foley

President

Jim Foley is a native Ohioan who has lived in Columbus since 1982. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame in 1977.

He and his wife Vicki are members of St. Timothy Parish in Columbus. They are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of three. Jim has been active in parish activities, including acting as chair of the Parish Board of Education, being a member of the Parish Council, and working with high school students in the parish. He has also worked on diocesan retreats for high school students.

Jim began as president of Cristo Rey Columbus High School on January 1, 2012. He is a member of the Board of Catholic Social Services, where he served as Board Chair from 2009 – 2012. He also sits on the Diocese of Columbus Catholic Charities Commission. Additionally, he has served on the Board of the Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission and chaired the Upper Arlington Charter Review Commission.

Before becoming President of Cristo Rey Columbus, Jim practiced law at the Columbus law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he was a partner. He has taught law school as an adjunct professor at both Ohio State and Capital law schools. He has also written for and taught at numerous legal seminars. Prior to coming to Columbus, he was an attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C., specializing in religious freedom and funding issues.

John Petro

Professional Work-Study Director

John Petro is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of Upper Arlington High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and History, and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law. Following law school John worked as a staff attorney for two Franklin County Common Pleas Court judges and then as an associate for a law firm focusing on civil litigation. In June 1998, he became a founding member and partner of his own law firm, where he worked for 17 years as a civil trial attorney. John was lead counsel in numerous civil jury trials throughout the state of Ohio during his career. During these years, he became involved in various philanthropic activities, including as a tutor for many years for at-risk youth through a program his mother helped develop through their church. He has served as a Board member, including as President of the Board, for the Alzheimer Association, Central Ohio Chapter. John also has a passion for coaching and has spent many years coaching both soccer and basketball for young athletes at Immaculate Conception Middle School, Grandview High School and New Albany High School. His passion for helping people ultimately led him to make a career and life change to devote his time to Cristo Rey Columbus High School to help our students have the opportunity to improve their own lives.

John and his wife Angela, who is the founder and CEO of Two Caterers Casual Cuisine and a member of various organizations throughout the city, have been residents of German Village for the past 20+ years. John is blessed to have the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Professional Work-Study Program to help connect businesses and organizations with the talented students of our school.

Carly Johnson

Assistant Director of Development

Born and raised in Columbus, Carly earned her Bachelor’s at Swarthmore College in PA before returning to Columbus to earn her J.D. from Ohio State. After graduation, Carly moved to Miami, FL and practiced intellectual property law for 8 years before moving back to Columbus. She has volunteered with children, often in educational settings, for over fifteen years, and is thrilled to be working at Cristo Rey to support its mission.

Kristin Mutchler

Work-Study Assistant Director

Kristin Mutchler grew up on a farm outside of Bucyrus, Ohio, but lived on both the west and east coasts before returning to her home state for the last 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Boston University, a juris doctorate from the Ohio State University, and a master’s degree in Educational Theater from New York University. 

Before coming to Cristo Rey, Kristin was a staff attorney at the Supreme Court of Ohio, as well as the director of an early childhood center. She, her husband, and twin boys Max and Oscar live in Olde Towne East, just a short walk from the high school. 

In addition to her work, Kristin has served on the board of trustees at St. Joseph’s Montessori School for three years, and also is a coach with Girls on the Run. She is a passionate runner and accomplished pianist. She could not be more excited to help further the mission of the school and help its students drive toward their potential as professional, caring, curious, and successful individuals.

Rachel Miller

Development Coordinator

Rachel Miller moved to Columbus in 2014, after graduating from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Originally from Perrysburg, Ohio, Rachel has always followed her two major interests: writing and working with kids. 

Prior to Cristo Rey, Rachel worked in corporate communications for four years. During that time, she had the opportunity to serve as a supervisor to several Cristo Rey students through the Professional Work-Study Program. Rachel highly enjoyed mentoring and connecting with the impressive students of Cristo Rey. As she learned more about the school’s mission and the people involved, Rachel made it her professional goal to be a part of the Cristo Rey team.

Rachel is very enthusiastic about joining the Development team at Cristo Rey. She is excited to support the school’s mission and help make a positive impact.

 

 

LaDarrius Steele

Work-Study Coordinator

LaDarrius Steele, originally from Cleveland, moved to Columbus in 2014 upon completion of his Bachelor’s from Bowling Green State University. Being very active on campus, he stumbled upon his passion of working to build a brighter future for the youth. LaDarrius quickly became a leader in the Central Ohio community that adopted him. LaDarrius spent 4 years with United Way of Central Ohio fighting poverty along with investing countless hours of programming with NoEx, an organization he created whose mission focuses on holistic mentorship to the underserved youth in Central Ohio. LaDarrius is very excited to be a part of the Cristo Rey team and supporting its mission of student success.

Dr. Cathy Thomas

Principal

Dr. Cathy Thomas is the Principal of Cristo Rey Columbus High School. Having dedicated over 20 years to Catholic education, Dr. Thomas is especially dedicated to bringing quality Catholic education to low-income students who might not otherwise have this opportunity. Dr. Thomas has previously served as the Principal for Guadalupe Regional Middle School, a Nativity-Miguel school in Brownsville, Texas; and, in 2008, Dr. Thomas moved to Houston, Texas where she was the Principal for Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston. Dr. Thomas recently moved to Columbus with her husband, Rene Martinez, when he was transferred to the USDA Agricultural Research Station located on the campus of Ohio State University.

Dr. Thomas grew up in Alliance, OH, and received her BA in mathematics from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. She began her teaching career as a high school math teacher on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, AZ, and also has several years of experience in public and “no excuses” charter schools. Dr. Thomas completed a Masters of Education in Education Administration at the University of Texas at Brownsville and earned a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Her dedication to high-quality data-driven instruction, implementation of a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and focus on building a strong school culture amongst both students and faculty have resulted in schools which lead the way in achievement and success in their communities.

Dr. Thomas has a step-son, Sam Martinez who attends the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and a daughter, Sara Thomas-Martinez, who is a sophomore at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Dr. Thomas is excited to move back to her home state of Ohio and especially honored and happy to join the dedicated team at Cristo Rey Columbus High School.

Taylor Warner

Work-Study Coordinator

Taylor Warner is a Texas native who moved to Columbus in June of 2018. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and worked in the marketing and event planning industry for 5 years until her career took a turn for the better. Taylor spent a year teaching adult education at a non-profit called El Buen Samaratino in Austin, TX - an organization that provides medical, educational and spiritual support for families across the community. It was during her time there that she realized how rewarding working in education was, so she made the bold decision to move across the world to South Korea where she spent a year teaching Korean children the English language and traveling Southeast Asia. Once Taylor returned to the states, she was determined to find a job that she could put her heart into and was thrilled when she discovered the perfect position at Cristo Rey Columbus. Taylor is overjoyed to be working as a Work-Study Coordinator and to be a part of the Cristo Rey Columbus family! It is her mission to positively impact each of the students and bring a smile to their faces!