Queen of Martyrs School Advisory Board Announced for 2023-24

QM School Advisory Board Announced for 2023-24

Queen of Martyrs School is excited to announce the establishment of the School Advisory Board.  

After an extensive search and the reception of excellent nominations, Queen of Martyrs is announcing the appointment of our first five board members. The board is made up of QM parents and St. Gianna parishioners who are dedicated to the growth and success of our school community. 

The board is charged with acting as a liaison between the school’s administration (our principal and pastor), our current school families, and the broader parish and local communities. Each board member has agreed to serve a 3 year term and two additional board members will be added in 2024-25 and 2025-26. Our new school board members are:

Mrs. Jamie Cachor                         Mr. Ricardo Sanchez

Mrs. Katie Clark                              Mr. Andrew Westman

Mr. Kevin Kirkland

“Father Benedykt and I are extremely grateful for the willingness of our board members to sacrifice their time and utilize their talents to ensure the growth and success of our school.  We are beyond excited for our board members to participate in setting forth a strategic plan to continue with the plans, improvements, and renovations already underway,” said Principal Stephen Davidson.

Please help us in congratulating and thanking our new board members for their commitment to Catholic education and Queen of Martyrs School.  

Mrs. Jamie Cachor

Jamie is the product of Catholic education having attended St. John Fisher and Mother McAuley High School.  She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education and brings fifteen years of dedicated teaching experience. Additionally, she earned two master's degrees from Concordia University, one in Educational Leadership and another in Educational Administration. Jamie and her husband have three children at Queen of Martyrs in 1st grade, Kindergarten, and Preschool.  Catholic education is important to her family because they believe in the integration of faith and learning.  She also loves the strong sense of community among students, parents and educators in the Queen of Martyrs family.  

"Together, let's work together to inspire, empower and have our QM Wildcats thrive academically, personally, and spiritually within our St. Gianna Parish community."

Mrs. Katie Clark

Katie is the product of Catholic education having attended St Walter's Grammar School with her 14 siblings and then following her older sisters' footsteps at Maria High School.  She graduated from Loyola University with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Additionally, she earned a masters degree in Administration and Leadership at St. Xavier University. Katie and her husband have had three of their children graduate from Queen of Martyrs ('19, '21, & '22) and currently have four enrolled here now in 8th, 6th, 4th, and 1st grades.  

“Like so many other parents, both current and alumni, I believe that active participation in my parish encourages its continued success and provides an example to my children about selfless service and the joy of helping others.  I am humbled to have been selected to be a part of this board and I can't wait to work with all members of this amazing school community as we continue to build on Queen of Martyrs inspiring legacy.”

Mr. Kevin Kirkland

Kevin has been a long time parishioner of St. Bernadette and St. Gianna Parish. He is the product of Catholic grade school, high school and college, as was his wife, Carla, who was a long time teacher at Queen of Martyrs School.  They both attended the University of Loyola, Chicago. 

Kevin has worked in the Steel Industry and is currently the GM of sales for a Steel Producer. Kevin and Carla’s three children graduated from St. Bernadette school, St. Rita, and Mount Assisi. Catholic education has always been extremely important to Kevin, a value he and his wife instilled in their children. One of Kevin’s sons currently works for the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame.

“I look forward to working with the board, faculty, and administration to strengthen and ensure the ongoing success of Queen of Martyrs School of St. Gianna Parish.”

Mr. Ricardo Sanchez

Ricardo was raised on the southeast side of Chicago where both his wife and he attended Catholic High Schools and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is a Sergeant for the Chicago Police Department, having served for 18 years. Ricardo and his wife’s son graduated from Queen of Martyrs and is currently a freshman at Brother Rice High School.  Their daughter is currently in 6th grade. 

“Providing a Catholic education for our children is very important to us as we believe it builds a strong foundation in religious values. We really appreciate the sense of community that Queen of Martyrs has provided our family, and I am very excited to serve on the School Board to build that community well into the future.”

Mr. Andrew Westman 

Andrew has been a parishioner of St. Bernadette and St. Gianna Parish for the last 16 years.  He grew up in St Louis and attended catholic schools from elementary school through college. He attended the University of Dallas in Irving Texas, where he met his wife, and moved back to Chicago. Andrew has been in the financial services industry for just under 20 years.  Andrew and his wife have 3 kids in 8th, 6th, and 4th grades.  Fr. Benedykt’s leadership and a strong emphasis in the Catholic faith were paramount in their decision to have their children attend Queen of Martyrs School.

“I look forward to helping build upon the Catholic foundation and example set by Fr. Benedykt, Mr. Davidson, and the amazing faculty at Queen of Martyrs.  I am honored to serve and help to further expand the Queen of Martyrs community.”