AHA Administration

AHA Administration

AHA Administration

Tom Shipley, President

Phone: 612-798-2602  Email: tshipley@ahastars.org

Tom Shipley assumed the role as AHA President on August 1, 2011. Shipley has more than 29 years experience in education, in both the public and private Catholic sectors.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He has a master’s degree in education administration from Northern Illinois University, and he has also has completed significant coursework at Loyola University of Chicago’s post-graduate/Ed.D program.

Shipley began his teaching career in Libertyville, Illinois. From there he grew his responsibilities and experience, assuming the roles of assistant principal and then principal at Libertyville Public Schools.
 
After 13 years in public schools, Shipley returned to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, to take over the reins as principal—and later as president—of Edgewood High School, a Catholic High School sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.  He was the first lay administrative person to assume leadership in the school’s 128-year history.
 
During his 14 years at Edgewood, Shipley made significant accomplishments: creating the school’s first lay governance board, initiating an extensive and comprehensive strategic plan, doubling enrollment, increasing annual giving, updating both the general and religious curriculum, enhancing co-curricular programs, and completing a $14 million capital campaign that revamped the Madison campus.  For his work he was named “One of Madison’s Most Influential Leaders” by Madison Magazine, received the Diocese of Madison’s Visionary Leadership Award, and was honored by Edgewood with the Samuel Mazzuchelli Award for Service to Christian Education.
 
In 2006, Shipley made a professional change to pursue senior management and leadership positions in the business arena.  He was a co-founder and part of an investment group that purchased Greenwoods State Bank, a Lake Mills, Wisconsin, community bank. During that time period, Shipley served as director and senior executive vice president with commercial lending and management responsibilities.

Heidi J. Foley, M.Ed., Principal

Phone: 612-798-2682 Email: hfoley@ahastars.org

Heidi Foley is principal and corporate vice president of the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. This Catholic, co-educational high school serves more than 700 students in grades 9–12. Foley leads, guides, and develops professional development opportunities in the areas of curriculum and assessments for AHA educators that continually improve student achievement.

Since becoming principal of this nationally recognized college-preparatory school in 1999, Foley has increased the number of advanced placement courses from two to 17, increased participation in the AP program from 48 to 230 students in 2015, which is 81% of the senior class and 72% of the junior class.  The average ACT rose score from 23.2 to 26.5 in 2015. She also led the faculty in a project to align curriculum in all courses, utilize common assessments, and form professional learning teams to ensure continuous improvement in teaching and learning.

Prior to joining AHA, Foley served as a Spanish teacher for 12 years in Orono Public Schools in Orono, Minnesota. She was selected as the district’s first curriculum director and also served as an interim principal. Prior to her years in Orono, she taught Spanish at Worthington Middle School in Worthington, Minnesota.

Foley’s memberships include the Association for Curriculum and Development, National and Minnesota Associations of Secondary School Principals, and Pi Lambda Theta (Epsilon Chapter membership chair). She is a trained North Central Association Accreditation team leader and Malcolm Baldrige examiner. Foley has presented workshops on assessment and high school professional learning communities with Solution Tree Professional Development and for the School of Education at Loyola University.

Foley's knowledge of curriculum alignment and effective assessments, combined with her experience as a teacher and administrator, result in presentations that speak to all educators who strive to improve their schools and districts. Foley says, “An aligned curriculum with clearly stated student outcomes helps students and teachers attain and measure learning.”

Mark H. Melhorn, M. A., Assistant Principal/Activities Director

Phone: 612-798-2641 Email: mmelhorn@ahastars.org

Mark Melhorn is responsible for maintaining a safe, comfortable environment for the students and staff of the Holy Angels community. Working with the Dean of Student Life, counselors, the Attendance Office and other support staff, Melhorn assists students in dealing with problems and situations that arise inside and outside of school. He is also responsible for Student Government and commencement exercises.

Melhorn earned his bachelor’s degree in Education, and his master’s degree in Secondary Administration. He began his career at Holy Angels as a social studies teacher.

Meg Angevine, M.Ed., Admissions Officer

Phone: 612-798-2682     Email: mangevine@ahastars.org

Meg Angevine is Admissions Officer and International Program Director for Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. This Catholic, co-educational high school serves 625 students in grades 9-12. Angevine leads the recruitment and admissions functions for Holy Angels. She also has responsibility for the admissions of our growing international student enrollment.

Angevine first came to Academy of Holy Angels in 2011 as the Assistant Director of Admissions, and now leads admissions for AHA. She works closely with faculty, staff, prospective students and families to build our enrollment in grades 9-12. Over the past five years, international student enrollment has grown to over 40 students, as Holy Angels opens its doors to students from across the world. She was awarded the 2014 AHA Community Association Staff Service and Dedication Awardwhich is given to staff members who have shown excellence in teaching and/or service and have gained the respect of students and parents through their dedication toward building a caring, positive spirit of community at AHA.  

Prior to joining Holy Angels, Angevine served for twelve years as Principal and Director of Admissions at a Montessori school enrolling children from infancy through grade 8. She considers it a personal career highlight to have spanned admissions for all ages through high school!

Angevine moved to the Twin Cities 28 years ago, and calls both New York and the Twin Cities her homes. She and her husband have two children, and in her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, walking, traveling and all things family related!

Brian M. McCartan, CFRE, Annual Fund Officer

Phone: 612-798-2618 Email: bmccartan@ahastars.org

Brian McCartan is responsible for fundraising activities at Holy Angels.  Brian will have specific responsibility for the success of our annual giving program. McCartan joined Holy Angels in 1998. Prior to that, he served as director of corporate giving at the Guthrie Theater. He earned an English degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Jesse A. Foley '89, Major Gifts/Alumni Officer

Phone: 612-798-2621 Email: jfoley@ahastars.org

Jesse Foley’s responsibilities include the school’s marketing initiatives, prospective student and family special events and tours, AHA's conversion initiatives and facilitating and overseeing a committee of AHA staff members who evaluate and select new students.

Foley joined AHA as admissions director in 1997. He has served as co-president of the Twin Cities Catholic High School Admissions Director’s committee.  In 2010, Foley was awarded the AHA Association Award.

During the first 6 years of his tenure at AHA, Foley coached boys basketball.  He was the head coach from 1999-2005.  During that time, the team won the Missota Conference in 2002, advanced to the state tournament in 2002 and 2004.  In 2004 the Stars placed 3rd in Class 3A.

Foley is a 1989 graduate of Academy of Holy Angels. He received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics from Augsburg College in 1993 and completed his master’s in Education from St. Mary’s University in 2005.   Foley played professional basketball in Denmark in 1993-94.  

Michael Kautzman, Athletic Director

Phone: 612-798-2634 Email: mkautzman@ahastars.org

Michael Kautzman came to the Academy of Holy Angels in 2003. He is a 1989 graduate of Mott Lincoln High School in Mott, North Dakota.

Kautzman graduated from Dickinson State University Dickinson, North Dakota, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a Social and Behavioral Science major and Physical Education minor in 1994.  He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (’97) from North Dakota State University along with Master’s of Theology (’01), Master’s of Divinity (’03), and Education Specialist Administrative Degree with K-12 Principal Licensure (’08) from the University of St. Thomas. 

While at Dickinson State, Kautzman was a wide receiver whose class won four consecutive NDCAC Conference Championships accumulating a regular season record of 30-5.  He was elected to the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame (’08) as a member of the 1991 NAIA National Semi-Finalist Blue Hawk Team. Kautzman served one year as a student-assistant, coaching wide receivers at DSU for Hank Biesot, who is the active NAIA football coach with the most wins, having logged more than 250 victories.

Kautzman then moved on to teach physical education and social studies and coach several high school sports including track, basketball, football, and baseball.  In 1994, he served as an assistant coach for the Halliday Wolverines who finished fourth in the North Dakota State High School Basketball Tournament.  He also spent eight years as the summer recreation coordinator for the Mott Park Board where he expanded programs and increased participation, particularly for female athletes. 

Kautzman spent six years in formation studying for the priesthood at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, North Dakota, as well as St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, before leaving to return to teaching and coaching.

As a faculty member at the Academy of Holy Angels (AHA), he created the Faith in Action program, which incorporates faith, values, and service into all AHA athletic programs. He received the AHA Thomas Noonan Award for Instructional Leadership in 2009 for his role in developing this program and again in 2011, for his work with the Theology Department. He has taught the leadership track of Campus Ministry and has helped to plan and implement the AHA Way, Senior Service Day, and weekly Convocation programs. 

Kautzman spent six years as Theology Department Chair and three years in the administrative role of Director of Faith Formation. 

He has completed training in Notre Dame’s ‘Play Like a Champion’ Conference, Neumann College ‘Fostering the Mission of Catholic Education through Athletics’ and West Point’s ‘Ethical Leadership Conference.’

John Arms '86, Chair of the Board of Trustees

John Arms is an alumnus of Academy of Holy Angels Class of 1986. The Arms family has a long history of involvement with the Academy. His brothers Michael ’81 (deceased), Thomas ’83, Joe ’84 and Leo ’89 also attended AHA- with no small amount of help from his father, Tom and mother, Judy.  John’s aunt Betts Arms Giefer ’45 is an Angelus Award winner, and one of several Arms, Geifer and Cassioppi family members who are proud to call AHA their alma mater. John and his wife Erika also have two sons attending AHA, Max, ’16 and Jackson, ’18. With Luke on the way, ’26.

John is the CEO of Minneapolis based Wingnut Advertising.  The Wingnut website describes John's energy and focus: “Client brands or cannonballs off the dock, John is all about making the biggest marketing and sales splash possible.” As co-founder of Wingnut, John brings his strategic expertise and natural curiosity to every opportunity- a skill set he is committed to bringing to his volunteer time for AHA. John has been a member of the AHA Marketing and Communications Committee and has spent numerous hours working on AHA's branding and alumni efforts. John is a 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he earned a BA in Journalism. 

John says, “My job is first and foremost to help secure the overall health of AHA. We are strong. Our legacy is strong. Our kids, families, alumni and teachers are amazing. But we cannot rest. We have to secure a strong future. And we have to do it together. If I take the unity that’s here and multiply it by ten, I’ll be able to hold my head high and say I did my job." 

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