New Faculty & Staff 2017-18

Staff

Erin Bare, Annual Giving Manager
Erin joins OLP as the Annual Giving Manager. After working in consulting and finance, Erin is excited to join OLP and live out her personal commitment to Catholic education. Erin attended an all-girls Catholic middle and high school outside of Boston. She attended Georgetown University, graduating with a degree in English. She worked in Washington, D.C., for a consulting firm focused on regulatory and compliance matters. She also completed a two-year leadership and formation program for young professionals called Contemplative Leaders in Action, run by the Jesuit Collaborative. Erin moved to San Diego two years ago and most recently worked for an alternative investment firm. Erin lives in La Jolla with her husband Kyle. Fun fact: One of Erin’s best friends from college, Kendra Zehentbauer ‘07, is an OLP alumna!

Christina Gramer, Athletic Trainer
Christina Gramer is eager to join the OLP Athletic Department as an athletic trainer. Christina grew up in Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training along with a Master’s degree in health services administration. After completing her Master’s degree, she moved to California and worked at UCLA as an athletic trainer. After leaving LA, she lived in Virginia and Florida before settling down in San Diego with her husband, son and two miniature dachshunds. She was blessed to work with U.S. Soccer, where she was able to travel the world while working with the youth national teams. In her downtime, she loves hands-on creative projects such as wood-working, sewing, and photography.

Stephanie Kanaski ’99, Associate Director, Annual Giving
We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie Kanaski ’99 back to OLP as our new Associate Director of Annual Giving. Stephanie served as a Development Executive with the United Way of San Diego where she was responsible for overseeing employee giving campaigns with some of the area’s leading businesses including Solar Turbines, Wells Fargo, Eli Lilly and UCSD.  During her time at UWSD, she launched their Women’s Leadership Council, grew their Small Business Network and managed dozens of events each year. Stephanie became re-engaged with OLP by attending our Women’s Symposium and as she said, “As an alumna, I would love the opportunity to pay it forward to the school that gave me so much.”

Carter White, Campus Ministry Support (Jesuit Volunteer)
Carter White comes from the small town of Ridgefield, Connecticut and is a recent graduate of Georgetown University. During his time there, he majored in English Literature and took as many classes as possible about his favorite books. Carter worked for three years as a student coordinator for Georgetown’s Office of Campus Ministry, helping plan and lead retreats for the University community. Last spring, he was lucky enough to spend a semester abroad in Spain, where he fell in love with the language and the experience of being a traveler. In his free time, Carter enjoys writing music with friends, watching movies and explaining why Disney World really is the happiest place on Earth.

Faculty

Kristen Artz, STEM Instructor
Originally from Clayton, California, Kristen grew up attending Catholic grammar school and then matriculated to Carondelet High School. She earned her B.S. in Geology with an emphasis on environmental ethics from CSU, Chico, and her single subject science with CLAD credential from Chapman University. For the past two years, she has been working at her alma mater, Carondelet High School, where she taught physics, chemistry and biology, and served on the integral technology team and library staff. Kristen is excited to be able to stay within the family of the Sisters of St. Joseph in San Diego, where she will continue sharing her enthusiasm for teaching, her passion for empowering young women, and her love for accomplishing all things through faith.

James Cooney, Mathematics & Economics Instructor
Jim comes to OLP with 20 years of experience as a high school math and computer science teacher. He is a Native Californian and graduate of Chico State University, where he majored in Mathematics with a minor in Economics. He attended City University in Seattle, WA, for his Master’s in Teaching. Jim taught in the Bellevue School District at Interlake High School, which was ranked 12th in the nation for academics during his time there. He and his family moved to San Diego three years ago, and his daughter, Quinn Cooney ‘17, just graduated in May. Jim very much appreciates the education that his daughter received at OLP and looks forward to being part of such an excellent team.

Kelly Marshall, Dance Instructor
Kelly Marshall will be teaching Dance at OLP. She has been dancing since the age of two, both recreationally and competitively. She attended Cathedral Catholic High School and was a member of the Varsity Dance Team during her four years there. She continued to pursue dance at UC Santa Barbara, where she received a BFA in Dance and a BA in Communication. As a member of the traveling UCSB Dance Company, she was fortunate enough to be able to dance on tour in New York and Italy. After graduating from UCSB, a scholarship to the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y put her back in New York City, where she continued to learn about the creative art of teaching dance. Being a San Diego native, she wanted to come back home to be closer to family and has been teaching and choreographing throughout Southern California ever since. She is excited to start teaching at OLP and create a dance program that will inspire girls to find strength, individuality and an outlet through dance.

Ryan Martin-Spencer, Religious Studies & Economics Instructor, Liturgical Coordinator
Ryan Martin-Spencer just moved to San Diego from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was born and raised. He earned a business degree from Santa Clara University with a minor in philosophy and then a Master’s degree in systematic and philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union and Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Ryan taught Religious Studies courses at an all girls’ Catholic high school in the Bay Area for more than 10 years, and taught in the Religious Studies department at a new Cristo Rey Jesuit high school in San Jose for two years. Exploring how Catholicism can inform and guide analyses of and responses to current justice issues in our nation and world drives Ryan’s approach to teaching and ministry. Ryan and his wife met while they were both serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in New York after college, and they lived in two Catholic Worker houses of hospitality in the Bay Area at the beginning of their marriage. They have four children, ages two through twelve, and Ryan thoroughly enjoys volunteering in his children’s schools and parish.

Colleen Murray, Head Counselor
Colleen Murray will join the OLP Counseling faculty after serving for the last six years as the Director of College Counseling at Santa Catalina School, an all-girls’, Catholic boarding and day school in Monterey. Previously, she worked for 13 years as the Director of Counseling at Santa Fe Christian Schools. She has enjoyed working in school counseling for over 20 years and holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in counseling from San Diego State University, where she also earned a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Additionally, she has a college counseling certificate from the University of California at San Diego. Colleen grew up in San Diego, where, as a young girl, she met her next-door neighbor: her future husband. Now, they are empty nesters to three lovely daughters. Fun fact: Colleen’s mother is an alumna of the class of 1944.

Brigid Rodriguez ‘04, World Languages Instructor
Ms. Brigid Rodriguez graduated from San Diego State University, earning a double Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Hospitality and Tourism Management. After seven years of working in hotel management, she decided to pursue her love of the Spanish language and recently graduated with her Master of Arts in Spanish at San Diego State University. During her graduate program, she taught Spanish courses at San Diego State, gaining two years of teaching experience at the college level. Ms. Rodriguez graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in 2004 and looks forward to teaching Spanish at her alma mater and sharing her love of the language and culture with her students.

Justin Tracy, Visual & Performing Arts Instructor & Drama Director
Justin Tracy is excited to join the OLP family. Justin earned his Master’s in Teaching and his Teaching Credential at the University of Southern California, completing his student teaching at Capistrano Valley High School, where he worked with the Drama, English, and English Language Learner departments. Before pursuing education, he worked as a theatre and film actor, director, writer, and in many other creative and technical positions. So far, he has worked on over 70 productions in New York, Seattle, and L.A. Justin has a passion for helping students write and produce original plays and looks forward to creating beautiful, challenging, and interesting shows at OLP. His wife Lorran is pursuing her PsyD in Educational Psychology, and their son Kanoa is entering first grade.

Carolyn Williams, Social Studies Instructor
Carolyn Williams is thrilled to join the OLP team as a Social Studies Teacher. Carolyn recently moved to San Diego from Minnesota to be closer to family. Carolyn graduated with her B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her M.A. in Differentiated Instruction from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She spent the last three years teaching high school social studies and running the Link Crew program. Carolyn has taught Civics, U.S. History, China Studies, Social Issues, Economics, and Ancient Civilizations. She is excited to join the OLP community and support the education of all students.

Updates

  • Marlena Conroy has transitioned to her new role as Assistant Principal, Director of Campus Life.
  • Jeanette Handelsman ‘64 has transitioned to her new role as Alumnae Engagement Coordinator.
  • Teri Heard has transitioned to her new role as Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum & Instruction.
  • Alma Kim will be serving as the World Languages Department Chair.
  • Alexis Rodriguez has transitioned to her new role as Associate Director, Major Gifts in the Advancement office.