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Caroline Blosser

Senior 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.

Shelby Fischer

Co-Principal

Shelby Fischer is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Her teaching experience spans two states and nearly two decades. Mrs. Fischer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (PK-12) from Towson University, and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. She worked in the public education system in Baltimore, Maryland for 13 years before relocating to Ohio with her husband and two daughters in the summer of 2014.

In her free time, Mrs. Fischer loves to explore Columbus with her family, and spends as much time as possible soaking up the sun poolside. She is passionate about health and fitness, enjoys the outdoors, and frequents many of the local preservation and metro parks. Mrs. Fischer has taught Health and Physical Education at Cristo Rey, was the Dean of Students for 2 years, and this year serves as Co-Principal. Mrs. Fischer plans to continue to lead the student body with a culture of compassion and accountability.

 

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 is the first President of Cristo Rey Columbus High School. He began as president of Cristo Rey Columbus on July 1, 2011.

He and his wife Vicki are members of St. Timothy Parish in Columbus. They are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of six. 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.

He has been a member of the Board of Catholic Social Services, where he served as Board Chair from 2009 – 2012. He also sat 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.

Patrick Hickman

Co-Principal

Patrick Hickman grew up in Pickerington, Ohio. He studied English literature and creative writing at The Ohio State University during his undergraduate years. He then completed two graduate programs: one in English education at The Ohio State University and the other in school administration at American Public University. After first teaching English in South Korea, he returned to America where he met his wonderful wife, Laura. He spent the next seven years teaching high school English and serving in high school administration before becoming the Assistant Principal at Cristo Rey Columbus. He is now enjoying serving as Co-Principal this year. He spends much of his free time entertaining his two young sons, Micah and Ben, and enjoys cooking, playing games, and learning.

 

Cindy Irizarry

Assistant Director of Admissions

Born and raised in New York City, Cindy Irizarry has had the privilege of living in five distinct and diversified U.S. cities with Columbus being the fifth. She has an extensive background in radio, television news, television music programming, entertainment, and as a small business owner.

Cindy was first ushered into the realm of education at Miami Dade College where she instructed students how to become television reporters in the field. She has also worked as a Spanish substitute teacher. Most recently, Cindy worked at her church with an after-school tutoring program, the homeless community and those needing emergency assistance. She also served as a bilingual consultant for a reputable pro-life organization in Columbus and taught its pro-life curriculum at several pregnancy centers.

Cindy is tri-lingual, fully fluent in English and Spanish, with basic Italian. She has a Bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in journalism from St. John’s University in NYC and a Masters of Arts in executive leadership from Liberty University in Virginia. 

Cindy was compelled to become part of the Cristo Rey Columbus team because she believes in its unique mission and the transformational opportunities it extends to families throughout the central Ohio region. As part of the Admissions team, Cindy shares the school’s mission throughout the city, identifies future students, and serves Spanish-speaking families as they transition their students into the Cristo Rey Columbus community.

 

Somers Martin

Professional Work-Study Director of Sales

Somers Martin is a native Ohioan who relocated to Columbus in 1980. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in cultural studies and her Master’s degree in Human Services Management from Franklin University and is ABD for her Doctorate in Management of Non-Profits.

Prior to Cristo Rey, Somers worked in state government for 25 years and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce for 12 years as the Director of Small & Diverse Businesses. In that role, she helped women-, minority-owned, and small businesses thrive in the Columbus region. She managed the Chamber’s Small Business Council, spearheaded their minority-business initiative, Diversity Bridge and other initiatives that connected business owners to resources and information.

As the Professional Work-Study Program Director of Sales, Somers is excited to combine her passions of business and working with young people to further the mission of Cristo Rey.
 
She currently sits on the board of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, whose mission is to turn empty houses into homes, and chairs the Big Hearts Committee. She has been an active mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for seven years, and she and her mentee were named the 2019 School Match of the Year. She is also a dedicated long-time reading buddy to Columbus City Schools students, working with first grade students who struggle to read by engaging strategies designed for the student’s success. She also serves in a leadership role in her church.
 
She is the proud mother of an adult son and grandmother to three grandchildren. She loves to spend time with her family and play golf. Somers is looking forward to engaging with Cristo Rey students, learning more about their passions and making a great impact on the school and in the business community. 

 

Carly Miller

Assistant Director of Advancement

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.

Rachel Miller

Work-Study 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 team at Cristo Rey. She is excited to support the school’s mission and help make a positive impact.

 

 

Kristin Mutchler

Professional Work-Study Director of Operations

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.

Sonia Sprayberry

Work-Study Coordinator

Sonia Sprayberry has grown up in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Upper Arlington High School. With a background in Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Education from Capital University, Sonia loves working with young people and helping them recognize their potential.

Prior to joining the Cristo Rey team, Sonia spent years substitute teaching, volunteering at her church and working with youth in several after-school and summer school programs. Additionally, she spent a few years in the non-profit sector doing volunteer management at Boys & Girls Club of Columbus. With a passion for seeing young people succeed, and a desire to push them forward, Sonia is excited for the opportunity to be in the Work Study Program and to help students achieve their full potential.