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Father Carlos Rodriguez, Pastor

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NelMrs. Nel Mullens, Principal


Mrs. Mullens graduated from Loyola University Chicago with both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education. She has over 20 years of educational experience in both parochial and public schools, which includes over 15 years in an administrative role. Most recently she served as deputy principal at Pope Francis Global Academy, where she managed an evolving environment of four schools merging into two campuses. Prior to that, she was the assistant principal at St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge and an assistant principal in the Skokie public school system. Mrs. Mullens began her teaching career in the Evanston School District 65 where she taught both middle school and elementary students. As an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago, she served as the Coordinator of the Professional Development School for the School of Education.


Mrs. Mullens is part of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Transformational Educational Leadership program. The program includes a weeklong study at the University of Notre Dame over the summer, as well as scheduled immersion trips to other schools across the country. CTEL coaches visit St. Josaphat School regularly to observe the implementation of best practices.


Mrs. Mullens grew up in Park Ridge with her parents and seven siblings. She now lives in Park Ridge with her husband and three sons where she is an active member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish.  


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Mrs. Allie Fabris, Assistant Principal


Mrs. Allie Fabris graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in education and history. After teaching in Milwaukee, she moved to Chicago in 2017, and began teaching at St. Josaphat School where she taught fourth grade for five years. After earning a master’s degree in Curriculum Studies at DePaul University, Mrs. Fabris taught in Junior High for two years while simultaneously working as the Curriculum Coordinator at St. Josaphat. In this role, Mrs. Fabris collaborated with teachers and teams to align curriculum, differentiate resources, and analyze assessment data to best meet the needs of our students. In 2023, Mrs. Fabris earned her Principal Endorsement and License from DePaul University. 




School Board


The St. Josaphat School Board provides consultation and advice to the leadership of St. Josaphat School. The school board’s role is to support the mission of the school, assist the administration with projects and programs as requested, evaluate and review policies, promote and facilitate communication among parents and the administration, and receive and evaluate feedback from various sources.


In addition to the standing members (the pastor and the principal), as well as the appointed members (the assistant principal and a PTO representative), the School Board consists of up to twelve elected members who are either parishioners of St. Josaphat Parish and/or parents/guardians of children at St. Josaphat School. Elections for new members, as well as officers, are held annually in May.  

2024-25 School Board Members:

Fr Carlos Rodriguez, Pastor
Dr Nel Mullens, Principal
Allie Fabris, Assistant Principal
John Medio, President
Kristie Shea, Vice President
J.B. Gerhart, Secretary
Tara Guiliano
Jim Malooly
Michelle Stoessel
Molly Korsch
Nick Stacey
Patricia Garcia-Arena
Tory Thornton
Lisa Knobloch, PTO Representative