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Board of Trustees

The JPII Board of Trustees is a limited jurisdiction board which operates under the auspices of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. They serve as a voting member of the Board of Trustees to monitor finances of the school, its programs, and performance. Their goal is to further the mission of Catholic education and St. John Paul II Catholic High School. Board members work with staff and other board members as partners in the creation of JPII's strategic plan and monitor the plan's ongoing performance.

Male board co-chair

(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.

female board co-chair

Mrs. Gayle Gilley graduated from Westminster College in Fulton Missouri with a BA in Business Administration.  She continued her education at The University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Certificate in Accounting.  Gayle has worked in government contracting for over 25 years in many roles within the accounting department and is currently employed at Torch Technologies, Inc. Gayle is a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and both of her boys attended Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School and graduated from St. John Paul II Catholic High School classes of 2014 and 2021. Gayle and her husband Scott have been very active in JPII beginning in 1996 when it was established.  Gayle has served in many capacities at both Holy Spirit and JPII.  Gayle was the PA president (2012 – 2013) on the School Board at Holy Spirt (2007-2018) and has volunteered in many areas with the JPII Gala and Cross Country and Track. Gayle has served on the finance subcommittee of JPII for many years and is currently serving as the Finance Chair.  Gayle is very passionate about Catholic education and is excited about the future of St. John Paul II Catholic High School. 

Male board member

Mr. William (Bill) M. Boehme was born and raised in Huntsville, and is a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish. Mr. Boehme is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Architecture, and has been self-employed as an Architect, in Huntsville, for nearly 32 years with a wide variety of experience in several different types of building projects. Some projects of note are: A new Catholic church in Booneville, MS; a new gymnasium and new Church for St. Joseph’s in Huntsville along with renovations to the old church; a new religious education center for St. Paul’s in Athens. Mr. Boehme has served as a volunteer at several Catholic Parishes, helping with their facilities issues, most notably, Holy Spirit Church and School after the destruction of the 1989 tornado. Mr. Boehme was on the original Board of Trustees for Catholic High, later to become JPII, and is currently on the Facilities Committee at JPII.

Male board member

Dr. Jason Greene is the Dean of the College of Business at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. 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 for more than 30 years and their daughter, Ellie, is an alumna of JPII.

Female Board Member

Ms. Virginia (Ginny) Leahy is the mother of two St. John Paul II Catholic High School graduates, Classes of 2009 (then Catholic High School) and Class of 2013. She was very involved in fundraising associated with building what is now our current high school. She is a parishioner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and both children attended elementary and middle school at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Madison. Like so many people, she, and her husband Joe (now deceased) began supporting JPII long before their children were of high school age. Ginny has served on the finance subcommittee of CHS/JPII for many years. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) whose career of over 30 years includes working with two national CPA firms. Ms. Leahy is currently Vice President of a private family corporation. She enjoys working with and training staff to follow guidance provided by diocesan best business practices.

Female board member

Ms. Nina (Anita Sani) Damian graduated from Auburn University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and in 1991 with a Master’s in Communication. While working as an electrical engineer at Chevron Corporation in Houston, Texas, she earned a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from South Texas College of Law in May 1998. She and her family moved to Huntsville, Alabama in October 2000. She has over 25 years of experience practicing law in both Alabama and Texas and is a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is Associate General Counsel for Bristol Bay Shared Services, a subsidiary of Alaska native parent company, Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Her husband is also a graduate of Auburn University (BSEE 1991) and the University of Houston (MSEE 1993). They have 3 children, who all graduated from Auburn.

Nina also has served in various capacities as a volunteer with the Junior League of Huntsville, at church, on the PTA boards of her children’s schools, various booster clubs, and in the legal community. She also currently serves on the Huntsville Madison County Auburn Club board.

Female Board Member

Mrs. Sharon White is a certified Financial Advisor who has successfully managed her own practice with Northwestern Mutual for the past 32 years. Her areas of expertise include personal financial planning and business succession planning. Mrs. White is past president of the Huntsville Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (HAIFA) and many other industry and community endeavors. A native of Mobile, AL, she was raised in the Diocese of Mobile’s catholic school system before attending the University of Mississippi where she earned a degree in Business while lettering in volleyball as a student athlete.

Sharon and her husband Richard are active parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Madison. They have three sons who graduated from JPII in the Classes of 2010, 2012, and 2016. She established and led St. John’s school’s first fundraising Gala and has coached multiple sports teams long after her sons had moved on to high school. Sharon championed multiple fundraising parties for St. John’s families with middle school students to raise awareness and funding for JPII’s current campus. She brings to the board her passion for catholic education and the fundraising skills needed for the expansion of all four pillars at JPII.

Female Board Member

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.

Female Board Member
Ms. Michelle Gilliam Jordan is the Executive Director of the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) in Huntsville, and has been an Urban and Regional Planner for more than 25 years, having worked for the City of Huntsville, the City of Decatur, and the City of Madison in various Planning leadership roles. She was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows (FAICP) in 2020 documenting her contributions to the profession. Michelle is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and is proud to call North Alabama her home now. She is a proud graduate of Alabama A&M University, having received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University, and is also a proud graduate of St. Martin DePorres High School and Gesu Catholic School in Detroit. Michelle is married to Clayton Jordan, and they are the proud parents of one daughter – Lauren Nicole. She attends Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church in Decatur, Alabama where she has served on the Finance Committee, the St. Ann School Advisory Board, and as a Hospitality and Eucharistic Minister.
Male Board Member

Mr. Paul Tygielski was born in Detroit, MI. He moved to Huntsville in 1960 and never left! For many years, he attended St. Mary of the Visitation and there he married his wife Cindy in 1987. Paul’s two sons attended Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School, followed by St. John Paul II Catholic High School. Paul was a regular volunteer at both schools. He also served on many committees while his boys were attending JPII. He currently serves on the Holy Spirit School Advisory Council. Paul graduated from UAH in 1983. He has worked in hardware and software for 36 years with a variety of commercial applications and defense programs. Currently, Paul works as a Project Engineer on GMD for Strategic Defense Solutions in Huntsville.