SJA Leadership

The Academy is a nonprofit organization governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The purpose of the Board of Trustees is to focus in one body the responsibility for setting the policies of the Academy and overseeing its management subject to the supervision of the Vestry of St. James Church. The Board meets five times per year to consider the recommendations of its 10 committees. Officers and members are chosen by the Board and approved by the Vestry from a list of nominees who represent Academy, Parish, and community members. Trustees are encouraged to attend meetings and conferences sponsored by AIMS and other professional organizations.


  • Mrs. Denise Shaffer, President
  • Mr. David Eiswert, Vice-President
  • Mr. Richard Beattie, Secretary
  • Mr. Chris Wooten, Treasurer
  • The Rev. Joseph Cochran, Rector
  • Ms. Charlotte S. Riggs, Head of School
  • Mr. Don Greenawalt, Junior Warden
  • Mr. Thomas Moore (’79), Emeritus
  • Mr. William Berndt, Emeritus
  • Mr. Trevor Lewis, Jr., Emeritus
  • Mr. Edward Kohls, Emeritus
  • Ms. Jalene Spain Thomas
  • Mrs. Suzanne Fischer-Huettner
  • Mr. Eric Moran
  • Mr. Fred Sheckells
  • Mrs. Liz Hertneck Stier
  • Dr. Diane Weglein
  • Mrs. Amy Wagner


  • Ms. Charlotte Riggs, Head of School
  • Mrs. Elena Baranowski, Director of Marketing
  • Mr. James Brown, Director Of Operations
  • Dr. Ian Clark, Lower School Head
  • Mrs. Jody Holden, Director of Alumni Relations
  • Mrs. Analeigh Smith, Director of Advancement
  • Mr. Tim Deyesu, Athletic Director
  • Mrs. Lisa Davis, Middle School Head
  • Mr. Joe Edel, Director of IT
  • Mrs. Ashley Olesczczuk, Assistant Director of Admission
  • Dr. Lucie Pentz, Child Psychologist
  • Mrs. Katherine Taylor, Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Jessica Rurka, CFO
  • Mrs. Katie E. Wareheim, Director of Admission & Enrollment Management

Student Council Officers

  • Will Ballard
  • Teagan Baralo
  • Leo Eiswert
  • Caden Gardner
  • Billy Nicholson

The Patrons’ Association

The Patrons’ Association is composed of all parents, guardians, and supporters of Academy students. Parents play an important role in the life of St. James Academy. The Patrons’ Association sponsors events contributing to and supporting a sense of family, belonging, and caring which is the essence of St. James Academy. Parental participation in school events helps to instill in our children a sense of continuity among home, school, and community members. Interaction of parents, faculty, and staff creates an atmosphere conducive to fostering the close, interpersonal relationships that are necessary for the enrichment of all children.

Patrons’ Association Board

  • Mrs. Angela Edel, Past President
  • Mrs. Lisa Pfeiffer, Treasurer
  • Erin Bichell, Secretary/Room Parent Coordinator
  • Mrs. Jennifer Hudgins, Past President, Middle School Coordinator