Thank You Student Advisory Board

On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we’d like to thank the 2016-17 School Advisory Board for their faithful service this year.

Rigo Lopez, President
Carey Anthony, Vice President
MaryRuth Hackett, Secretary
Jennifer Blackstad
LeeAnne Cardenas
Mary Crowell
Diana Heilman
Michael Pabst
Luz Reval

Your contributions help shape our community, and add valuable incite into new and existing processes. If you’d like to know more about our SAB please visit the website.


School Advisory Board Member: Diana Heilman

Meet Diana. As a writer, editor, and social media manager, Diana brings her skills to OLMC via the OLMC Newsletter. Her 25 years as a parishioner, volunteer, and former student inspire her to give back to the community who nurtured her from such a young age. Now a wife and mother, Diana delights in parent involvement and serving others in ministry.

“I’m grateful to serve on the SAB with so many dedicated parents of all walks of life, bringing their unique perspectives to benefit the school. We’re blessed to have an administration who cares so much about the needs of each individual child and school family.”Diana Heilman

A School Advisory Member:

  • Promotes a clear understanding and communication of the mutual educational responsibility of parents, teachers, and the school’s administration to the OLMC school community.
  • Assists the principal and pastor in developing school policies.
  • Carries out activities related to school business.
  • Conducts regular board meetings and special meetings as may be appropriate.
  • Establishes standing and special committees and appoints non-board members to serve on such committees as may be appropriate.
  • Collaborates with other groups and organizations of the OLMC School community which are concerned with the operation of the school.
  • Reviews and carries out diocesan policies.

Want to know more? Contact one of our SAB members, and don’t forget to vote April 28th!

Learn more about the School Advisory Board on our website!

2017-18 School Advisory Board Candidates

logoThe School Advisory Board (SAB) election is Friday, April 28, 2017. Parents are asked to vote anytime between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the school office. Voting will close at the end of the school day on April 28th. For more information please see our blog. You may cast your vote for one of the following candidates.

School Advisory Board Candidates

Colleen Bruening

  • Children in Grades: 5th, 3rd, & 1st
  • Length of Time at Our Lady of Mount Carmel: 6 years as school parent
Personal Background

“I have been a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Community since 1991. I am part of the OLMC graduating class of 1996, graduated from Seton in 2000, and received my bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 2003. I have worked in the mortgage banking industry since my college graduation. I have three wonderful children, Jackson, Ella, and Luke.

In 2013, I had the opportunity to take a position teaching at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s preschool. Those three years serving in the classroom, getting to be closer to my kids, and getting to know so many of our OLMC children and families were an absolute gift. I fell in love with both teaching and being connected to campus, and am currently a certified substitute for kindergarten through eighth grade. I am also volunteering with Home & School as the cultural arts/field trip coordinator.”

Reasons for Seeking School Board Position

“I am seeking a position to serve the best parents I know by being their voice on the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Advisory Board. I have so many amazing memories from my time here as a student, and I believe strongly in the strength of our community. I believe my experience as an alumna, parishioner, parent, teacher, and volunteer will help me to be an effective advisory board member. It would be such an honor to continue my involvement at OLMC, by helping to continue the great traditions of our school and fostering its future growth and success.”

Ashley Hall

  • Children in Grades: 3rd, 1st, & Pre-K
  • Length of Time at Our Lady of Mount Carmel: 5 years as school parent
Personal Background

“I am an OLMC alumna, class of 1996, and have been a parishioner my whole life. OLMC has been, and will forever be, home to me. My husband and I were married by Father Tim Davern at OLMC ten years ago, and when it came time for us to choose a school for our daughters, there was no question that we would send them to OLMC. We now have four daughters, Evelyn, Emelia, Ellison, and baby Eden. Staying home with my girls is my biggest blessing.

After OLMC, I attended St. Mary’s Catholic High School. I then went to Cottey College, a private women’s college, where I received my associate’s in fine art. I then returned to Arizona, continuing my education at MCC, where I received an associate’s in interior design. Finally, I attended ASU and received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I have been on the Home & School Board as a the volunteer coordinator creating and running the volunteer signup for the festival for the past four years.”

Reasons for Seeking School Board Position

“I am interested in being a member of the SAB because I have a passion for Catholic education and the community of OLMC. I enjoy being involved in the school and hope to use my time and talents to continue making a difference and helping the school grow to its greatest potential.”