As part of the effort to establish a sustainable, cutting-edge educational product, Our Lady of the Lake has a unique school governance model that allows an elected School Board to have a more prominent role in working with the Pastor to govern the school.  These bylaws have been approved by the Archdiocese and are available for anyone to review.

Board Members



My wife, Melissa, our three kids and I are relatively new to the OLL Community. We moved to the area in 2011 and our three kids have been attending OLL ever since. Professionally, I own and operate a software consulting firm specializing in custom software development. I joined the School Advisory Committee in 2012, I worked to build the school website, and I played a key role on the SOS Committee and I served on the school Transition Committee.  I was also the primary author of our School Board bylaws and I served on the past two Principal Search Committees. I pride myself in being a person of action. I pledge to continue using my talents and resources to continue moving our school towards excellence.



I have a B.A. in Business and for nearly 20 years, I have worked in the IT Industry. My husband, Mike, and I have been members of OLL since 1992. We have two children.  Kate attended OLL through eighth grade and is currently attending Holy Family Catholic High School.  Anna is currently a 6th grader at OLL. We knew prior to our children being born that they would be attending OLL, no questions asked. I attended Catholic school and I am very passionate about Catholic education. OLL has given our children an outstanding academic education and has fostered their spiritual growth by allowing them the opportunity to speak about and act out their faith daily with their peers. If chosen as an OLL school board member, I will work collaboratively within our school and church community to develop and implement technology best practices, to ensure that finances are managed appropriately to guarantee the longevity of OLL Catholic Church and School, and, most importantly, I will make certain that decisions being made are in the best interest of the children.

Gretchen Chilson, Education Subcommittee Chair

(Education Seat 2017-2019)

I have been a member of OLL Parish for approximately 9 years.  I joined this community when I married my husband, Bob, and moved to Mound.  Our twin boys, Jacob and Robbie, are currently in first grade at OLL.  I have been active in the parish, helping with junior high Youth Group on Wednesday nights and Vacation Bible School during the summers.  I am a teacher in the Westonka School district, teaching band to 5th-12th graders at Grandview Middle School and Mound Westonka High School.  I hope to use my experience as a parent, teacher and volunteer to aid me in serving on the school board for Our Lady of the Lake.


(Finance 2017 - 2019)

My wife Carolyn and I both grew up going to church here, we both went to school here (as did our 4 children) and we were married here.  Needless to say, OLL has been and continues to be a big part of our lives.  I would be honored to work with the school board and Father Tony to continue to build on the tradition of excellence in education and the development of kids with high levels of spirituality, moral standards and character.

KELLY MONETTE, Marketing & Enrollment Subcommittee Chair

(Marketing Seat 2017-2019)

My husband Brian and I our parish members with two children currently at our Lady of the lakes school in kindergarten and preschool. I believe that a faith based Catholic education gives children the ideals to be well-rounded young adults with a servants heart. I received  a BA in History and political science from the University of Montana Missoula. I have 13 year Experience  managing marketing and sales teams in the education and medical manufacturing industries. I am currently serving as the marketing chair on Our Lady of the Lake school board. 

Aline Ostrowski

(Marketing Seat 2016-2018)

As a marketing professional, I genuinely enjoy developing plans that contribute to something bigger than a single campaign, program or calendar.  For me it's about the long-term potential that exists when connections are real.  I enjoy analyzing the numbers and the data that tell me who to talk and when, and have fun crafting the creative elements that deliver the right customer experience.

Currently I am the director of Loyalty and CRM at Buffalo Wild Wings, and have more than 15 years' experience as a marketing professional with a variety of industries.  

Specialties: CRM & Loyalty Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communication Planning, Marketing Execution, Marketing Technology, Database & Direct Marketing, Analyze Market Data, Competitive Data & Lifestyle Data, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Financial Management.

Moe Smith

(At-Large Seat 2016-2018)

My name is Moe Sarah smith and I am running for the school board. I have two children, Annabelle kindergarten and Henry 2nd. The three top attributes that I bring to this position are dedication, experience and versatility. I am dedicated to OLL because I have two small children that will be attending OLL for many years to come. I have a direct vested interest in the school succeeding and being the best that it can for my family and community. I believe strongly in Catholic education I graduated from an Benilde-St. Margaret's and went on to St Thomas. At my core I believe that our community and country needs Catholic school education and I am committed to raising my children in the faith.  We graduate intelligent citizens with a strong moral compass.

I do not have direct experience working on a school board, but I do have 12 years of experience running a successful business. I currently directly manage 12 employees and regularly encounter 100+ patients a week as a chiropractor. This gives me a unique perspective on working with a myriad of personalities and problem-solving.
Versatility is potentially my most valuable skill. In my business I have to wear multiple hats simultaneously. Marketing to managing finance to practitioner. I consistently balance these tasks on a minute to minute basis.  Additionally I volunteer at the school was on the PTO school board last year taught a class on heart health to the junior high and coached my children's hockey team the last two seasons. I look forward to serving Our Lady of the Lake being a board member and utilizing my skills to improve the School in any way that I can. Thanks for your consideration.

Amanda Markle

(Education Seat 2016-2018)

Brent Collins

(At-Large Seat 2017-2019)

MAdison Swanson

(Finance Seat 2016-2018)