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Board of Directors


Mrs. Anna Freska has practiced law in the United States and Hungary for over twenty years. A native English, Polish, and German speaker, she has also taught in Switzerland, China, and Japan, in addition to serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.  She lives with her family in Great Falls.


Mr. James Kelly is passionate about Catholic education. Originally a New Yorker, he is still adapting to the southern lifestyle. For over 20 years, he has operated Paladin Financial, an investment practice, and has been fortunate to serve on a variety of non-profit boards as well as assisted in establishing two Catholic private schools. In his spare time he enjoys coaching youth sports, including the Chelsea Knights. He and his wife Ellen and their 6 kids have called Front Royal home for the last 25 years.


Mr. Paul Lagarde is a lawyer with over twenty years of experience and serves as the COO and General Counsel for CLD Partners, a software development company that specializes in business technology.  He and his wife have five children and live in Winchester.


Father Bjorn Lundberg is the pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester. Father Bjorn was raised in an Army family, and grew up in Germany, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington State. After graduating from Christendom College with a B.A. in History, and interning at Vatican Radio in Rome, Father was an Associate Producer for two years at the Eternal Word Television Network in Irondale, Alabama.


Mr. Douglas McCarthy is an attorney and founding Partner and CEO of the law firm McCarthy & Akers, PLC. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chelsea Academy and the Chelsea Academy Foundation. Doug has also served on the boards of numerous other non-profit organizations, including Lord Fairfax Community College, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, New Eve Maternity Home, and iVerbum, Inc., the creator of the iPieta app, one of the highest rated and most downloaded Catholic apps for iPhone and Android. Doug was elected to the Frederick County Board of Supervisors in 2017 and 2019. With the assistance of his wife and children, he operates Aisling Hill Farm, LLC, an organic farm that has been in Doug’s family for over 180 years. Doug and his wife Megan have been blessed with twelve children, half of whom are current or graduated Chelsea students.


Mr. Patrick David McCarthy, Jr. has been teaching Politics, Government and American History for more than 40 years. He began his career at St. John’s College Christian Brothers High School, in Washington, DC and retired from full-time teaching from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, VA after seventeen years. He currently teaches part-time at the Classical Cottage School, in Winchester, Virginia. Patrick lives in Winchester, Virginia and is a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.


Dr. Merylann “Mimi” J. Schuttloffel is a Professor of Catholic Education at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity/University of St. Thomas (MN) and Founding Director of their Institute for Catholic School Leadership. In addition, she is Professor Emerita at The Catholic University of America. Professor Schuttloffel directed their Catholic leadership programs including the doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (CELPS) for principal and superintendent preparation. She served as Chair of the Department of Education from 2006-2016. Professor Schuttloffel publishes and presents extensively on contemplative leadership practice, a model she developed, and ethnographic studies on how Catholic identity formation and cultural influences impact leadership. She serves as a consultant to national and international dioceses, and religious congregations. Dr. Mimi, her familiar title, and her husband of 48 years, Marvin, live in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their grandchildren attend Chelsea Academy.


Mr. Dyric Snyder is a real estate developer with nearly three decades of experience in commercial and residential construction, project management and land development. Parents to three Chelsea students, Dyric and his wife Christina, live in Middletown, Virginia.