Board of Trustees
(Co-Chair) Fr. Bryan Lowe, had a circuitous path to his vocation. He went to the University of Colorado and received a degree in Chemistry. He then went on to serve for four years in the United States Navy as a supply officer on a nuclear submarine. After his time with the Navy, he worked as a Chemist for ten years, which is what brought him to Alabama. He worked for a colleague in Birmingham and it was during this time that he felt the call to the priesthood. Fr. Lowe entered the seminary in 1996 and was ordained in 2001. Fr. Lowe was named the Pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in July 2017. His appointment to the JPII Board of Trustees was approved by Bishop Robert J. Baker on September 26, 2017. Fr. Lowe’s focus on the Board at JPII is going to be ensuring the goals for JPII align with the goals for the diocese; collaborating with the Principal to make the school the best it can be.
(Co-Chair) Ms. Irma L. Tuder, is the mother of a St. John Paul II Catholic High School student and a graduate of the Class of 2011. She and her husband, Jack, have been long-time active supporters of JPII. They are members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Madison. Ms. Tuder is a business consultant to small technical companies in the areas of strategic, planning, financial management and operations. She founded Analytical Services, Inc. (ASI) in 1992 and successfully led the acquisition of ASI by Arctic Scope Regional Corporation Federal Housing Company in 2007. Ms. Tuder has over 25 years experience in accounting, finance, business management and strategic planning and execution. She has been actively involved in community service has acted as the past-chair for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama Science and Exhibit Commission, a member of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College Business Advisory Council, UAH Foundation Board, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Board and ServisFirst Bank Board. Ms. Tuder received a BBA in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Troy State University in Montgomery.
Ms. Debbie Beaupre has been a Huntsville City Schools principal, the Director of Education at the EarlyWorks Museum Complex, the Executive Director of The Schools Foundation, and is a founding partner in Organizational Concepts. She brings to the board her significant expertise as an educational consultant focusing on curriculum and program development, implementation of professional development for school leaders, and community engagement initiatives.
Cynthia L. Gaddy-Almodovar, is a native of Camden, Arkansas. She began her career with Lockheed Martin in Camden in 1984, transferring to Dallas, TX in 1995. After a successful Logistics career with Lockheed, Cynthia decided to take a leap into the commercial world. She joined Nokia Corp. in 1995 and led The Americas Region’s Logistics, Transportation Management and U.S. Customs Compliance Team for 12 years. In 1999, she supported her husband as he co-founded Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation and upon retirement in 2007, they moved to Huntsville. Eager to become involved in the community, she accepted the nomination with The American Red Cross, where she served on the Board for six years. Cynthia served as Chair of Sustainable Giving, is a Tiffany Circle Member and a Member of The Women of Vision. She also co-chaired one of the most successful Touch of Red Galas in 2012. Cynthia is also a member of The North Alabama Executive Leadership Team for The American Heart Association. She began the Annual Golf Tournament in April 2008 in support of The American Heart Association and The Huntsville Heart Walk. This is an on-going event and has raised over $150,000.00. Cynthia has been recognized as the Top Walker for the North Alabama Heart Walk since 2008. She and her husband sponsor a Tribute Booth at the event as well, where walkers are encouraged to write names of loved ones lost or survivors on balloons that are then released at the beginning of each walk. She currently serves on The Board of Directors for The Huntsville Botanical Garden, is chair of The Legacy Campaign, part of The Focus V project and serves as an Ambassador for Hudson-Alpha.
Mr. Joel P. Jaqubino is an attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Athens State University teaching Accounting Law, Business Law, and Government Contract Law. He currently serves on the Foundation Board of Drake State Community and Technical College. He brings much experience in the establishing, governing, and funding of non-profits and in educational institutions as well as expertise in applicable laws.
Mr. Rodney Kreps is Chief Financial Officer of AEgis Technologies. In addition to managing banking and financial matters for the company, he represents the Company’s interests in relationships with customers, vendors, and government agencies. His experience includes serving as a CPA, Divisional Controller, CFO, and President of different companies. He has volunteered with the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce in various capacities, and served as Finance Committee Chairman and Parish Council President at his church. He brings to the Board his financial expertise as well as negotiating and relationship skills.
Ms. Marie Myers Schneider '01, Marie grew up in Huntsville, graduating from Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School in 1997 and Catholic High School/Saint John Paul II Catholic High School in 2001. She was Valedictorian of her class and the Bishop’s trophy winner. Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science with a Minor in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University.
Marie credits her time at Holy Spirit and Saint John Paul II with the foundation she needed to grow as a follower of Christ and achieve her academic and career goals. Catholic education became a priority and part of her core as an individual, therefore seeking out Catholic higher education and then plans to also educate her children within the Catholic community. Marie is committed to the further success and growth of Saint John Paul II, and she believes it can become the premier high school not only in the Huntsville metro area, but throughout the state. She is extremely proud of its growth and success over the last 20 years, and is honored to serve as the first alumna on the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Allen Vital, is the Executive Director of the Alabama A&M University Foundation, Inc. and has held various executive positions in the advancement arena at Alabama A&M University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Baton rouge Community College. He is the proud parent of a JPII student and is happily married to the lovely Shannon Vital. Dr. Vital holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. He is pleased to provide his knowledge and skills to growing the advancement office at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, helping to ensure the continuation of the school for future generations. Dr. Vital is an active member in many professional and philanthropic associations in Madison County, Including the North Alabama Black Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Huntsville, Focus Class 23, and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Fraternity.
Mr. John Zierdt Jr is a retired Army Brigadier General who spent his 30 year career in Logistics, Resource Management and Research & Development assignments. After retiring he was the CEO of a Transportation Company in Nashville TN for five years, then a Vice President of Orbital Sciences Corporation for ten years in charge of all Huntsville Operations and all logistical planning for the GMD Interceptors deployed in Alaska and California. He is also a volunteer supporting the St. Vincent de Paul Council and doing Disaster Relief Planning for Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He has extensive managerial experience.