Our Administrator

Our Administrators

 


Randy Hodge, High School Principal

Randy is a 1987 graduate of St. Patrick High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree in secondary education and also his master of arts degree in secondary school principalship from Central Michigan University. He taught at Central Montcalm Middle School from 1993-2008.  Randy became principal of St. Patrick School in 2008.

Randy and his wife, Michelle, are parents to two children, Savannah and Sam, who are both graduates of St. Patrick School.

 “I am so happy to be here at St. Pat’s as the high school principal.  Michelle and I feel like we’ve come home to where our hearts are—Portland and St. Patrick School and Church.”

Contact Mr. Hodge

 

Mrs. Cortney Smith, PS-8 Principal

Mrs. Smith’s background includes 13 years of teaching experience. Most recently, she served St. Patrick School for one year as kindergarten teacher, and prior to that, she taught for 12 years in Grand Ledge Public Schools.

Mrs. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Smith as the elementary principal of St. Patrick School,” said Father Alber. “She comes to us as a parent of current and future students, the spouse of an alum, an active member of our parish, and a teacher in our school. I can see great things for our future as a school under her leadership.”

“I believe education is a partnership of the teacher, parents and student working together to achieve individual goals, and I take great pride in caring for the whole student and their family,” said Mrs. Smith. “St. Patrick School is special in that Jesus Christ is the foundation of everything we do — and so I am committed to fostering excitement and growth, both spiritually and academically. I will guide and encourage students, parents and faculty, celebrating the self-confidence, skills, and love of learning which form the foundation for continued success!”

Contact Mrs. Smith

 

 

St. Patrick School Board

Policy on Addressing the School Board
Policy on Addressing the School Board

A written request, including the topic, must be submitted no later than eight days prior to the meeting.  The request may be submitted to either a school administrator or the chair of the School Board to be placed on the agenda.  For your convenience, you can fill out this online form to submit your request.  Every attempt will be made to notify you no later than the Thursday before the meeting if your request can be honored. You will be given ten minutes to address your topic followed by five minutes of discussion/questions if needed to clarify any points.

Any parent of a St. Patrick School student, as well as any contributing member of St. Patrick Parish, is welcome to address the School Board using this procedure, which was established in October 2007.

The School Board will post the agenda items prior to a scheduled meeting.  Some additions or deletions may occur before the meeting takes place.

The School Board minutes will be posted following the scheduled meeting date.

 

About the School Board

School Board Members

School Board Members

Position Name Subcomittee Phone Term ends
Chair Melissa Schrauben Executive (517) 526-3411 2022
Rec. Secretary Nancy Wohlschied Executive (517) 526-1058 N/A
Member Brenda Smith Policy & Strategic Planning (517) 256-4367 2022
Member Jennifer Davlin Mission Effectiveness (517) 647-6858 2021
Member Sue Vanlente Marketing (517) 575-8000 2021
Member Elizabeth Hager Development & Admissions 2022
Member Brandi Bengel Mission Effectiveness 2021
Member Heather Boyd Finance (517) 526-2122 2021
Vice Chair Jeff Fedewa Finance (517) 526-5018 2021
Member Michael Wolfston Development & Admissions (517) 282-9957
Member Leslie Weller Marketing (517) 647- 4977 2021

 

Melissa Schrauben, Chair

I have lived in Portland my entire life and attended St. Patrick School from Kindergarten through graduation (2007).  My husband, Luke, also attended St. Patrick School.  We have two young children, who will also attend St. Patrick School in the future.

I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Science, then went onto Michigan State University to complete my Master’s degree in Public Health (2014).  I am currently employed with the State of Michigan.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (517) 526-3411 or schraubenm2@michigan.gov.

Nancy Wohlschied, Secretary

I was born and raised in Portland and I am very proud to say that I am a graduate of St. Pat’s.  My husband Brian and I have three sons who attend, or have graduated from St. Patrick School.  I have a BSBA degree from Central Michigan University.  I worked full-time at Lansing Community College for 25 years. I retired from LCC in June 2011.

The twelve years I spent attending St. Patrick School were happy and rewarding.  St. Patrick School instilled in me a strong academic work ethic, rooted in a Catholic foundation.   Brian and I are happy to see our sons growing and learning in the same environment surrounded by teachers and staff who truly care.  Please feel free to call me anytime at 517-526-1058 or email me at Nancyw@municipalsupply.com.

Brandi Bengel

I grew up in Westphalia and attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from Pewamo-Westphalia High School. I went on to attend Lansing Community College and graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist. I am currently employed by Dr. Jami Schneider here in Portland.

My husband Nick is a lifelong member of St. Patrick Parish and attended St. Pats. We have three children that are enrolled at St. Patrick. Our children are active in sports and extracurricular activities with the school and Church. I feel blessed that my children are able to attend a school that allows them to grow as students as well as grow stronger in their faith.

I feel privileged to serve on the board and look forward to helping the school represent our Catholic faith

Heather Boyd

My husband, Jay, and I moved to Portland in 1999. We have three children that attend St. Patrick School.

I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. I am a certified public accountant and have over 17 years of experience evaluating internal controls and performing and overseeing financial and performance audits. I am currently the Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting within the State Budget Office.

I am blessed that my children have the opportunity to attend St. Patrick School and look forward to serving on the School Board. Feel free to contact me at 517-526-2122 or jrhaboyd@yahoo.com.

Jennifer Davlin

My husband, Todd, and I moved to Portland in 2000.  We have three children who attend St. Patrick School. We are grateful to have a Christian school for our kids to attend.  We enjoy supporting the school and the parish as much as possible.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from WMU and a Master of Education degree from GVSU.  I work atPortland High School teaching math and science.  I enjoy teaching and hope that I can be a useful resource for the school commission.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!  Contact me at 647-6858 or jdavlin@portlandk12.org.

Jeff Fedewa, Vice Chair

I am a graduate of Portland St. Patrick School (4th Generation). My wife, Dawn, is the head coach for the boys and girls track and field teams. All four of our children currently attend St. Pat’s.

After graduating from St. Pat’s, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Western Michigan University in Construction Engineering & Management with a dual minor in Management and Mathematics. I have over 15 years of experience in the commercial construction industry as a construction manager and currently work for the State of Michigan in the multi-family housing market.

As we work to build upon a solid Catholic foundation and nurture a positive environment where the students, school, and community flourish, I look forward to hearing your comments and ideas.  You can reach me at 517-526-5018 or x97fedewa1@hotmail.com.

Elizabeth Hager

Brenda Smith

 I am a proud 1984 graduate of St. Patrick High School.  My husband, Doug (PW graduate), and I have four adult children; all of whom graduated from St. Patrick School.  We currently have three grandchildren attending as well.  I have worked for the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development for the past 33 years and currently serve as Senior Executive Management Assistant to the Director.

If you have any questions/concerns/feedback, please feel free to contact me at 517-256-4367 or dougsmith1963@gmail.com.

Sue Vanlente

I am a lifelong member of Portland St. Patrick, graduated from St. Pat’s High School and sent all five of my children to the school.  Though the kids have been out of school for many years, my heart remains at St. Patrick’s and I have tried to stay active and involved here.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Northwood University.

Please do not hesitate to call me if you have questions or concerns.  My phone number is 517-575-8000 and my e-mail is suevanlente@gmail.com.

Leslie Weller

I am a graduate of Portland St. Patrick School.  I then went on to Central Michigan University to earn a bachelors degree in dietetics.  I am currently a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. My husband, Jon is also a graduate of St. Pats.  We have three children, one is a St Patrick graduate and two are currently enrolled.

I am honored to serve on the school board and look forward to helping the school continue to provide an excellent Christ-centered education.  You can contact me at (517) 647-4977 or jl_weller@sbcglobal.net

Go Shamrocks

The Shamrocks will travel to Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome for the State Final game against Pickford. Kickoff will be at 2:00.