Home & School

Meet the Board


Casey Persia  ~ President


I am Casey Persia and I will be your Home and School President for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a wife, mother, and 8th grade teacher at Westlake City Schools. I hail from Toledo, Ohio, and was lucky enough to be an OU Bobcat, but have been a resident of Avon Lake since 2006. Stephen, my handsome husband of 11 years, is an attorney for Progressive Insurance and a lover of all sports. I have been blessed with three children Sophie (10), Frankie (8), and Cooper (5). They keep me busy with their activities, sports, and laundry. My loves are staying active, getting involved, and smiling every day.

Leslie Pakush ~ Vice President


I am Leslie Pakush and I will be your Home and School Vice President. Our family lives in Westlake and my two children Maksym (7th grade) and Natalia (6th grade) have attended St. Raphael since kindergarten. I work for Howley Bread Group (who owns 30 Panera Bread cafes on the east coast), as Vice President of Construction and Administration. My husband, Borys, is a veterinarian and owns West Park Animal Hospital in Cleveland.

Maureen Dando ~ PR Representative


I am Maureen Dando and I will be your Home and School Public Relations Chair. I am mother, wife and 4th grade teacher at Bay Village City Schools. I graduated form Wittenberg University and got my masters at Baldwin Wallace. My husband Keith and I live in Avon Lake and we have three children, Nathan (7th grade), Emma (5th grade) and Kiera (1st grade). They keep us busy with all their sports and activities. I wish all families a great year.

Sara Seybold ~ Secretary


I am Sara Seybold and I will be your Home and School Secretary. My husband, Nate, and I live in Westlake with our three daughters, Annabelle (4th grade), Amelia (2nd grade), and Sabrina (3 years old). I am stay-at-home mom and the Sunday secretary at the Parish office. In addition to that, I do volunteer work. I am the Director of Bay Village Girl Scouts, a troop leader, and a 4th Grade Volleyball coach. I attended catholic school K-12 and graduated from Wittenberg University with a communications degree. The board and I are looking forward to a great school year.

Jen Sindyla ~ Head Room Parent


I am Jen Sindyla, this year's Home and School Head Room Parent. I have a son who is a 5th grader this year here at St.Raphael's. This is my second year acting as Head Home Room Parent and previously I volunteered with Angel's workshop, Mardi Gras, Lunch/Recess duty, RTC and many other way. Before family, I was a Special Education Interventionist for Rocky River Schools. I left the classroom when my husband, John and I began a family. I wanted to still feel like I was making a difference in the classroom/school but wasn't ready to go back to work full time, I'm grateful that I am able to volunteer here at SRS.

Sue Watkins ~ A/P Treasurer


I am Sue Watkins and I will be your Accounts Payable Treasurer. My husband, Bill, and I live in Bay Village with our two sons Patrick (12) and Nevin (9). Patrick is in 7th grade and Nevin is in 4th grade. I am an accountant and work part time. I love to travel, work on home projects, and spend time with my family. I am very excited to be a part of the H&S board! I wish all the families a great year at St. Raphael School!

Stacey Gallagher ~ A/R treasurer


I am Stacey Gallagher and I will be your Accounts Receivable Treasurer. This means I am the one taking your money to the bank and tracking how much money is coming into Home and School. I graduated from OU and have been a Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve for almost 20 years. I have three kids – Caitlin who is in 6th grade and twins Molly and Noah in 3rd grade. My husband, Brendan, is an attorney.