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Sacred Heart Schools Leadership
Office of the President - Sacred Heart Schools
3177 Lexington Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502 896-3910
502 895-0989
Dr. Cynthia Crabtree
Cynthia R. Crabtree has been president of Sacred Heart Schools at Ursuline Campus since 2003.

President Crabtree is leading the way to Ursuline United. The $9.55 million capital campaign is securing Sacred Heart Schools as a respected and unique Catholic community and character building academic institution. Ursuline United provides for the renovation of a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, a new elementary gymnasium, complete modernization of four Sacred Heart Academy science labs, construction of the Sacred Heart Academy Cissy Musselman Connector (including a fitness room and Hall of Fame), renovation of the Sacred Heart Academy front entrance and installation of energy efficient windows at Sacred Heart Academy, and new and improved roads and parking across campus.

In 2008, under the leadership of President Crabtree, the former Ursuline Campus Schools underwent an extensive branding study. The findings resulted in renaming the corporation Sacred Heart Schools at Ursuline Campus, a change applauded by parents, alumni, parents of alumni and friends. Also in 2008, after in-depth consideration, the two preschools (formerly Ursuline Child Development Center and Ursuline Montessori School) were reorganized to create Sacred Heart Preschool, which consists of two teaching models, Montessori and Progressive.

Since taking office, President Crabtree has championed arts integration at Sacred Heart Academy, Sacred Heart Model School and Sacred Heart Preschool through faculty and resource sharing at Sacred Heart School for the Arts. She has also led the diversity initiative called for in the Sacred Heart Schools strategic plan. The year-long, two-part study included a school self assessment and school climate survey. President Crabtree and the entire Sacred Heart Schools continue their commitment to improving diversity throughout our school community.

Prior to joining Sacred Heart Schools, President Crabtree was the dean of the school of nursing and health sciences at Spalding University and vice president for nursing at Suburban Medical Center. President Crabtree earned an education specialist degree and doctorate in educational leadership from Spalding University. She also earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Spalding University.

President Crabtree is a board member of Ursuline Educational Services. She is also a member of St. Albert the Great where she serves on the social concerns committee and as a Eucharistic minister.
Sacred Heart Academy
3175 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502 897-6097
502 893-0120
Mrs. Mary Lee McCoy
Mary Lee McCoy joined Sacred Heart Academy on July 1, 2012 as the school’s principal. Mrs. McCoy is a visionary leader committed to Catholic education and particularly to female education. She has a proven track record in education with strengths in curriculum development, organizational oversight and mission effectiveness.

Mrs. McCoy has more than 25 years of experience in Catholic education, which includes six years with the Mercy education system. She has served as both the principal and president of Assumption High School in Louisville and has worked with 60 Mercy schools across the U.S. and abroad to provide leadership related to academic programming and mission. Most recently, she served as principal of DeSales High School in Louisville.

Mrs. McCoy has a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in English education from the University of Louisville. She also earned administrative certification from Spalding University. Mrs. McCoy received the Irene Casey Catholic Inclusion Award from the Archdiocese of Louisville, won the Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award, the Model of Mercy Award and was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the Business Women of River City. She attends St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Sacred Heart Model School
3107 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502 896-3931
502 893-3932
Dr. Mary Beth Bowling, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary Beth Bowling has been a principal for 20 years and has been the principal at Sacred Heart Model School since 2005.

Under the leadership of Dr. Bowling, a caring faculty ensures that elementary and middle school students excel in academics, leadership development, faith formation, service outreach and tradition and values. In 2007, the school was recommended for continued accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with exemplary markings in all areas. In 2008, Dr. Bowling, a committed faculty and dedicated parents initiated a comprehensive stewardship program called “Students Helping Many Succeed” involving all grade levels in service opportunities throughout the community.

Prior to being appointed principal at Sacred Heart Model School, Dr. Bowling was founding principal at St. Patrick School. Under her leadership, the school opened its doors to 220 students and when Dr. Bowling left, the school had blossomed to 700 students in grades K-8.

Dr. Bowling earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Spalding University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981 and a master’s degree in 1986. In 2005, she received the National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Principal Award and the Archdiocesan Distinguished Principal Award.

Sacred Heart Preschool
3105 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502 896-3941
502 896-3966
Vicki Furlow
Vicki Furlow is the director of Sacred Heart Preschool, a unique preschool for children ages 1-6 that offers parents the choice of either Montessori or Progressive models of teaching. Ms. Furlow began at Sacred Heart Schools in 2000 as the director of Ursuline Child Development Center (now the Progressive model). In 2006, Ms. Furlow was also named director of Ursuline Montessori School (now the Montessori model). Under Ms. Furlow’s direction, Sacred Heart Preschool has flourished, with “graduates” of the program consistently testing into kindergarten with top reviews.

Ms. Furlow has over 25 years of early childhood education administrator experience. In 2007, Ms. Furlow spent an intense year studying and training with the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New York to become a certified Montessori administrator. CMTE is affiliated with the American Montessori Society and has a tradition of quality programs that meet the needs of today’s Montessori educational system. In addition to classroom practicum, Ms. Furlow attended extensive sessions concentrated on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, child development (including analytical, cognitive, emotional and language), observation techniques and classroom and school management.

Ms Furlow has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and humanism and cultural change from the University of Wisconsin.

Sacred Heart School for the Arts
3105 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502 897-1816
502 896-3927
Dr. Anna Jo Paul
Executive Director
Dr. Anna Jo Paul serves as interim Executive Director for Sacred Heart School for the Arts. Dr. Paul served as SHSA’s executive director from 1994 to 2006 before returning to school to earn her doctorate in Humanities from the University of Louisville. Dr. Paul also has a master’s degree in Theatre from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree in French, English and Speech from Clarion University. Dr. Paul was also a French and English teacher at Sacred Heart Model School from 1989 to 1994.
Sacred Heart Schools Office of Administrative Services
3177 Lexington Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502 896-3910
502 895-0989
Sr. Judith Rice, OSU
Director of Mission Effectiveness
Tina Williams
Chief Financial Officer
Sacred Heart Schools Office of Institutional Advancement
3177 Lexington Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502 896-8681
502 895-0889
Mimi Ward
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Nannette Mershon
Associate Director of Alumnae/ni Relations
Michele McCauley
Director of Communications
Kacy Noltemeyer
Director of Development
Josh Shoulta
Director of Enrollment and Marketing
Board of Trustees
M. Claire Alagia
Coty Bella-Oropilla, MD
Christopher Burckle
Greg Daunhauer
Sr. Rita Dressman, OSU
Lara Fakunle, MD
Timothy Feger, MD
David Hardy - Secretary
Sr. Ruth Ann Haunz, OSU
Sr. Martha Jacob, OSU
Sr. Lynn Jarrell, OSU
Michele Klein
Sr. Colette Kraemer, OSU
Richard Lechleiter
Mark Lynn, D.O.
Meredith Metzmeier
Kathy Quesenberry
Greg Roshkowski
Peter Rutledge
Michael Scheid - Vice Chair
Lisa Steiner - Chair
Kristin Stuedle
Bob Thieman
Jeffrey Underhill
Christopher Walsh, Ed.D.
Ursuline Sisters of Louisville
Sacred Heart Schools is a sponsored school of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky, an apostolic religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, rooted in the spirit and tradition of Saint Angela Merici, are committed to a life of prayer and community and participation in the teaching mission of the Church. Teaching Christian Living is the corporate ministry of the Ursuline Sisters. This ministry, cutting across the socio-economic, racial, and national boundaries, assists women, men and children to live more fully and to develop a personal relationship with God.

The Charism of Angela and the Charism of The Ursulines of Louisville are a contemplative love of God and a resulting openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others.

Visit the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville to learn more.

Administrative Offices • 3177 Lexington Road Louisville, Kentucky 40206 • Phone: 502-896-3910 • FAX: 502-895-0989