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 two St. John Paul II Catholic High School graduates of the Classes of 2011 and 2018. 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 technology 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 of 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.
Dr. Jason Greene is the Dean of the College of Business Administration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Professor of Finance. A native of Louisville, KY, Dr. Greene earned his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Rhodes College and his Ph.D. in Finance from Indiana University. During his career, he has held faculty positions at Georgia State University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition to consulting for numerous investment management companies, Dr. Greene served for several years on the executive management team of INTECH Investment Management. Dr. Greene and his wife, Michelle, have been married more than 25 years and their daughter, Ellie, is a junior at JPII. Dr. Greene has also been an active member of the JPII Academic Committee for the past two years.
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.
Dr. Mary Ruth Yates is a native of Knoxville, TN and has lived in Huntsville since 1964. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Since 1980, Dr. Yates held a variety of administrative positions with Huntsville City Schools, including two terms as Interim Superintendent. She served as Assistant Superintendent for Huntsville City Schools for many years prior to her retirement in October 2009. After her retirement, Dr. Yates joined Gleason Research Associations, serving as Chairman of the Board, until the company was sold. She continues to advocate for education. Dr. Yates serves as a member of the Juvenile Conference committee, a court-sponsored program providing services to at-risk children. Additionally, Dr. Yates is a member of the College of Education Advisory Board for the University of Alabama, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School. She has been an active member of the JPII Academic Committee for the past two years.
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.