Michael Khoury, President
Mr. Khoury has had the privilege of being part of Detroit Cristo Rey High School since the school opened in 2008. Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey, he worked in both sales and finance for Owens Corning, Pilkington and Avery Dennison.
After joining the school as Director of Administration, he became President in January 2009. As chief executive officer, he guides the overall direction of Detroit Cristo Rey High School to achieve the goal of providing a Catholic college prep education to deserving students.
Naomi Howrani, Director of Development
Naomi Howrani is a graduate of Divine Child High School and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. After college, she spent 3 years working in Washington, DC in the consulting industry and later spent a year abroad teaching in Thailand. Upon her return to Detroit, Mrs. Howrani enrolled in the ELMAC program at the University of Michigan to receive an MA and teaching certificate. “I think that you should leave the world better than you found it and I knew that the way I could make the most impact on peoples’ lives was through education.” Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey High School in July 2014, Mrs. Howrani taught 3rd grade at UPA Mark Murray Elementary. Mrs. Howrani now resides in the New Center neighborhood in Detroit with her husband, Ara. "I'm very passionate about the transformative power of education. I feel lucky to be able to use my talents to help others and move Detroit Cristo Rey High School forward."
Lori Kuhn, CFO/Administration
Ms. Kuhn has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning, sales, finance, program management, and supply chain management spanning the aerospace and automotive industries. She recently retired as VP-Chrysler Business Unit from a leading Tier One automotive supplier to pursue a personal goal of joining a non-profit organization. She is elated and feels very blessed that her path led to Detroit Cristo Rey. In her role on the leadership team, she hopes to make a positive contribution to the growth and success of the students by utilizing her business knowledge and passion for education to help the school reach its academic and organizational goals. She is a graduate of the State University of New York (B.S. Computer Science). Her hobbies include running, gardening, and traveling. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Michigan Chapter, Board of Directors, is part of the DREAM (Dreams Realized Through Education and Mentoring) Mentoring program at a local charity and is an active church member in the church she grew up in – serving as Treasurer for several years and teaching Sunday School to 4th and 5th graders for the past 15 years.
Ines G. Leal, Director of Admissions
Ms. Leal was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to Detroit as a teenager and graduated from Cranbrook-Kingswood. Ms. Leal went on to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where she received a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Sociology. Prior to her time at Detroit Cristo Rey, Ms. Leal spent time abroad teaching in Michoacan, Mexico, doing paralegal work in New York City and later became a private tutor to low income students in New York City through Champion Learning. Her time with these students inspired her to continue her work in the Detroit community. Ms. Leal hopes to guide as many students as possible to start their journey at Detroit Cristo Rey and continue to the college of their choice.
Fred Lumpkin, Corporate Work Study Director
Fred Lumpkin joined Detroit Cristo Rey High School as the Corporate Work Study Director in August 2014. Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Mr. Lumpkin spent over 20 years implementing strategies for IT and HRO enterprise solutions. Mr. Lumpkin has successfully implemented solutions for companies, such as: Delphi, Cintas, Faurecia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, AEES, and Bank of America, and the City of Detroit, just to name a few. He continues to develop “World Class” processes to insure that customers leverage their existing technologies assets, correct disruptive and inefficient technologies and support ongoing organizational growth and operation improvement. Mr. Lumpkin holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of Wooster; and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Reuben Metreger, Director of Facilities Management & Transportation
Reuben Metreger grew up in a low-income family outside Chicago with no family collegiate history. After high school, he gained transportation experience working at Peapod and United Parcel Service while attending College of DuPage Community College. He was awarded a full academic scholarship to Elmhurst College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology with minors in both Spanish and Intercultural Studies with a focus on social justice. Reuben received a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. He spent a summer at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica where he studied Spanish, Human Rights Law, and Refugee Law. In his professional career Reuben has had the privilege of assisting torture survivors and death row exonerees and he strives for advances in civil rights and human rights. “I love and believe in the Cristo Rey mission; learning was the key to a better life for me and I want to help as many students as possible realize their dreams and expand their opportunities through the Detroit Cristo Rey experience.”
Susan Rowe, Principal
Mrs. Susan Rowe is the founding principal of Detroit Cristo Rey High School. She was part of a five person leadership team that worked side by side with five teachers and a handful of support staff to open Michigan’s first Cristo Rey school. Previously, she served as principal of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy as well as other teaching and administrative roles there over a 24 year period. In addition she taught at Marian High School and Our Lady of Sorrows when the junior high was known as Thomas P. Beahan Jr. High. She earned her undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, her Masters in Religious Education from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, MI and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Detroit Mercy.
FACULTY & STAFF
Viola Anaya, Food Service Assistant
Ms. Anaya has been a part of the Detroit Cristo Rey family for 5 years where she serves wherever she's needed. Primarily she's a integral part of the Food Service Team. When she's not serving the students you can find her anywhere in the building helping the maintenance department or volunteering to tidy office space and helping to sort envelopes. Anywhere she is needed, she is more than willing to serve.
Lydia Baron, Faculty, English
Evonne Bivins, Transportation Assistant
Joe Bryant, Faculty, Mathematics
I've always been a problem solver and love seeing patterns in numbers. I have degree from Albion College and the University of Detroit. My gifts are to make math accessible to all students. You will probably see me in the classroom analyzing Algebra or Geometry problems!
John Callaghan, Faculty, PE/Wellness
Abigail Carter, Faculty, Mathematics
Ms. Carter is inspired by learning with her students and colleagues. She is moved by the mission of the Cristo Rey Network and is thrilled to be a part of the DCRHS community. She graduated from Albion College (B.S. Mathematics, Minor German, Concentration Education, 2012) and is thrilled to be back in Metro Detroit. Prior to her time at Cristo Rey, Ms. Carter spent 2 years teaching Algebra and Precalculus in Michigan and one year at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, South Carolina teaching Algebra. When not in the classroom, she can be found reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Michelle Compton, Faculty, Computer Applications
Attended Central Michigan University for Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters Degree in Sport Administration. Also attended Wayne State University for a Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. I have taught for over 20 years. I enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures and differnt ways people live and do things daily. I have enjoyed teaching the students at Detroit Cristo Rey they are very caring and loving and most of all don't give up. It is always great to see them grow and be mature about the various settings they are asked to service through the the community and school, and how well mannered they carry themselves. I enjoy attending the various dances to see the students dressed up and having fun.
LaRonn Davis, Maintenance and Janitorial Custodian
Fr. Jose Del Toro, CSB, Faculty, Theology
Katisha Dixon, Manager of Administration
Ms. Dixon is delighted to be a part of the Detroit Cristo Rey Team as the Manager of Administration. After taking a 4 year break from the work force to focus on her family, she has returned and is dedicated to assisting in fulfilling the overall mission of Detroit Cristo Rey. As Manager of Administration, she has a few different areas of responsibility, including the Food Service Program and Purchasing. She also supports the Development department part time with the Capital Campaign activities that are currently underway.
James Dwyer, Faculty, Latin
Mr. Dwyer is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA in Latin and History, 2011). He has spent his entire teaching career at Detroit Cristo Rey, and he has enjoyed every minute of it. He loves to teach the classical world and make it relevant to his students. Mr. Dwyer also moderates the Student Council and keeps score at volleyball and basketball games. He is currently working on his MA in Language Learning at Wayne State University. You can reach Mr. Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrice M. Evans, Faculty, Visual Art
Patrice Evans has 36 years of teaching experience and joined the Detroit Cristo Rey team as a founding faculty member in 2008. She supports the school’s mission and strongly believes that everyone deserves a quality education. She strives to find the hidden artist in everyone. Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey, Ms. Evans was the Director of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Bishop Borgess High School and Academy, and taught art at Marian High School and Our Lady of Sorrows. She received her Bachelors in the Fine Arts from Marygrove College. She continued her education, receiving a Michigan Continuing Certification from Wayne State University.
Areli Garcia, Financial & Business Analyst
Ms. Garcia works in the business office along with the CFO as the Financial & Business Analyst. She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy in which she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration 13’. She lived most of her life in the same Southwest Detroit community where Detroit Cristo Rey High School is located. She is also 1 of 4 Spanish translators in the building, to which she works closely with these families to attend their every need. She loves the work that she does at the school since it is enriching Southwest’s population and providing a bright future for our up and coming generations. She hopes to continue her work at Cristo Rey for years to come.
Karla Gudino, Faculty, Mathematics
Rosa Gutierrez, Assistant to the President
Anna Guzman, Assistant to the Principal
Ms. Guzman was born in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in Southwest Detroit, attending Holy Redeemer High School until it closed in 2005. After graduating from Cesar Chavez High School, Ms. Guzman received her medical assistant certificate from Everest Institute. Ms. Guzman has been with Detroit Cristo Rey High School as the Administrative Assistant to the Principal Mrs. Rowe for eight years. Ms. Guzman enjoys working in the neighborhood in which she grew up and supporting the students and their families through assistance with translation. Having gone to Catholic school herself, and as a mother who plans to send her children to DCR, Ms. Guzman sees DCR as a unique resource for parents like her who value a catholic school education.
Chenetta Hairston, Front Desk
Regina Harris, CWSP Coordinator
Andre Hearn, Janitorial Custodian
Torrey Henry, Dean of Students
Pamela Jackson, CWSP Director of Sales
Pamela Jackson is the The Director of Sales for Detroit Cristo Rey High School and has responsibility for bringing in targeted, year-over-year revenue for the business to operate effectively and to ensure long-term growth and sustainability within the Corporate Work Study Program. A native Detroiter, Pamela attended University of Detroit College earning her Bachelors degree and Central Michigan University for her Masters Degree. She has had numerous job experiences all in a sales capacity including working for Compuware, IBM, and American Express. Pamela loves entertaining, urban gardening and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.
Charlotte Klein, CWSP Coordinator
Charlotte is a graduate of the College of Wooster, class of 2015, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French. After graduating, she spent a summer working as a Project Manager at a translation company in Denver, Colorado. She then flew to Reunion Island, a French-speaking island in the Indian Ocean, to work as an English Teaching Assistant for the 2015-2016 school year. She loves working at Detroit Cristo Rey and is deeply committed to providing an excellent education and unique work experience to each and every student.
Shannon Lites, Title 1 Secondary English
J. Colbert Lucey, Faculty, Social Studies
Mr. Lucey is an experienced history teacher in his fourth year at Cristo Rey and his fifth year in teaching. He teaches World History and U.S. History, helps coach baseball, and has worked with students and colleagues on extra curricular opportunities such as a Youth Leadership conference at University of Michigan Dearborn. Prior to working at Detroit Cristo Rey, Mr. Lucey graduated from Hampden-Sydney College (VA) with a B.A. in History and from Bard College (NY) with a M.A.T. in History Education.
Caitlin Martin, College Counselor
Caitlin Martin is Detroit Cristo Rey’s College Counselor. Prior to joining the Detroit Cristo Rey team, Caitlin worked at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University in student-athlete support. At Michigan State, Caitlin served as the graduate assistant for tutorial services and academic mentor while obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Literacy Education and a Master of Science degree in Student-Athlete Development. At The Ohio State University, Caitlin worked with the football team as an Athletic-Academic Counselor. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in secondary education. Caitlin grew up in Michigan, and finds great joy in helping students reach their post-secondary education goals. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, travelling and spending time with her husband, family, friends and two dogs.
Alex Martinez, Security
Ann McGowan, Faculty, Science
Ms. Ann McGowan came to Detroit Cristo Rey High School in 2013 as a student teacher the science department. She has since graduated from the University of Phoenix (MAeD secondary education instruction, 2014). During her tenure at Detroit Cristo Rey, Ms. McGowan has been integral in the development of an A.P. Environmental Science course and a competitive FIRST robotics program. In addition to teaching the A.P. Environmental Science course she helps the students understand the basics of chemistry and physics. She strives to use real world examples in her teaching to help bring the content to life for her students. Prior to coming to Detroit Cristo Rey she was a member of the educational staff at Cranbrook Institute of Science for five years coordinating the outreach and scout programs in addition to the development and implementation of a variety of life sciences classes for the museum. Her undergrad work was completed at the University of Michigan - Dearborn (B.S. Biology, Minor in chemistry, 2002). While a student at the University of Michigan she discovered her passion for the environment as a student ambassador for the Environmental Interpretive Center. She continues to explore that passion with her family while exploring the beauty of her native state, Michigan.
Jacob Mikula, Faculty, English
Mr. Mikula is excited to prepare Cristo Rey Freshmen and Sophomores to develop the skills needed in order to read, write, and reason at the college level. He is motivated by his love of literature and the Cristo Rey Detroit community. Prior to joining the English Department in 2014, Mr. Mikula studied at Albion College (B.A. English, B.A. History) in Albion, MI and is currently working to complete his Masters of Arts of Teaching degree (Secondary English Education) at Wayne State University, where he has developed a passion for urban education.
Luke Miller, Faculty, Campus Minister, IT
Stephanie Morrow, College Success Coordinator, Development Associate
Stephanie Morrow is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago where she received her B.S. in Psychology. After serving two years as a Jesuit Volunteer, supporting Corporate Work Study and Academics, she became the College Success Coordinator for our alumni. Stephanie will track and support the alumni through and after college, focusing on persistence and career readiness. Stephanie also works part-time with the Development team.
Sarah (Nadia) Nickerson, Jesuit Volunteer
Ms. Nickerson is excited to be joining the DCR team as a Jesuit Volunteer this year. She grew up in Portland Maine and attended St. Michael's college in Burlington Vermont where she received her BA in Religious Studies and Psychology. This year she is living in Southwest Detroit, serving through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. As a JV, she is committed to a life of simplicity, community, social justice, and spirituality. Ms. Nickerson is grateful for this opportunity to help prepare DCR 9th and 11th graders for college and successful futures.
Mattielene Pellichet, Front Desk
Mary Pennymon, Food Service Assistant
Brandon Peoples, Athletic Director/Admission Officer
Brandon Peoples was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is a graduate of Holy Redeemer High School. After high school he attended Grand Valley State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. He continued his education at Wayne State University and earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. After college Brandon worked as a Site Coordinator for Wayne State’s V.A.C. (Volunteers, Administrators, Coaches) Training Program where his duties included instructing self-esteem centered football and baseball camps for children from Metro Detroit. His work with the V.A.C. Program developed his desire and passion to work with youth sports. Brandon works as the Athletic Director and Admissions Officer at Detroit Cristo Rey. He also serves as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. Brandon prides himself on Discipline; Pride; Respect; Character; Commitment; Integrity and Responsibility which is his professional philosophy when it comes to Athletics at Detroit Cristo Rey.
Sydney Redigan, Faculty, English
Ms. Redigan excitedly joined Detroit Cristo Rey High School after receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching at Wayne State University and working as a long-term substitute teacher with Dearborn Public Schools. As a native Detroiter and a Catholic school graduate, she believes strongly in the Cristo Rey philosophy and is thrilled to have found employment at Detroit Cristo Rey. Ms. Redigan enjoys working with her students to not only prepare them for college, but to also create opportunities for self-expression, critical thinking, and exploration of cultural knowledge. Ms. Redigan previously worked for six years as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Wayne State University College of Engineering, gaining experience in writing, editing, and publishing. In addition to her teaching degree, she also has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in film and media studies from Wayne State University.
Sr. Rita Rinaldi,IHM, Faculty, Theology
Sister Rita has been part of DCRHS from its beginning. As a member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she believes strongly in our mission. She earned a B.S. degree in Marketing from Saint Joseph's University, a Jesuit institution in Philadelphia. At Saint Charles Seminary, also in Philadelphia, she obtained an M.A. in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Scripture and Spirituality, and a Rome Diploma from the Sacred Congregation of the Clergy, certifying her as a Teacher of Religion. Sister Rita possesses a State of Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate, which qualifies her to teach English and Business in Grades 6-12. As part of her on-going Professional Certification, she earned thirty-six additional graduate credits in Secondary Education from Madonna University, in Livonia, Michigan. Initially, she taught English at Cristo Rey, followed by Theology. In her twenty-four years as a teacher, she regards DCRHS as a special challenge due to the unique nature of its Corporate Work Study Program. Often she shares her conviction that the Cristo Rey Network is revolutionary and one of the greatest innovations in Catholic education. She believes that the young women and men she encounters, enrich her life on a daily basis and teach her far more than she teaches them. She remains humbled and honored to share life with our wonderful DCRHS students.
Thalia Rivera, Administrative Assistant
Patrick Schmidt, Faculty, Math
Mr. Schmidt has been a member of the Detroit Cristo Rey faculty since 2012. He lived in St. Louis, Missouri until college where he completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After finishing college, Mr. Schmidt was a member of the Alum Service Corps, a one-year volunteer program, in which he taught at Arrupe Jesuit High School, the Cristo Rey school in Denver, Colorado. Upon completion of his volunteer year, Mr. Schmidt moved to Michigan and began teaching Mathematics at Detroit Cristo Rey. He enjoys working with his students to help them understand math and loves getting to know his students and supporting them. In addition to teaching math, he also coordinates the Dollars for Scholars program and Math Field Day competition.
Hillary Sesi, Guidance Counselor
Hillary Sesi joined Detroit Cristo Rey in September 2014 as the school guidance counselor. Ms. Sesi received her bachelors degree in social work from Oakland University and her masters in social work from Wayne State University. During her undergrad, she interned at a domestic violence/sexual assault shelter answering the crisis line and completing shelter intakes. Ms. Sesi spent her gap year before grad school working at an elementary school working one-on-one with students that have autism, creating and implementing behavior plans. Ms. Sesi completed her grad school internship as a clinical social worker at a hospital, she was very interested in the medical world but realized she was passionate about working in education. Volunteering at her church's youth group lead her to pursuing a career in high school education. As the counselor, Ms. Sesi provides emotional and social support to students, as well as assisting them with academic goals and motivation.
Nick Sharkey, Ignatian Volunteer
Nick Sharkey is a volunteer who works two days a week in the Transportation Department. He is a member of the Ignatian Volunteers at Manresa, a Jesuit group whose members serve the poor. Before retiring Nick worked on Ford Motor Company’s Public Affairs staff. Nick also was editor-in- chief of newspaper organizations in suburban Detroit and Lansing, Mich. Nick has two master’s degrees from
Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton.
Zachary Silverman, MSU College Access Counseling Intern
Nancy Sterniak, Ph.D., Title 1 Secondary Math
Richard Thorsby, Faculty, English
Mr. Thorsby was thrilled to join the Detroit Cristo Rey team in 2015 as a freshman, sophomore, and senior English teacher, and he passionately supports Cristo Rey’s mission in Detroit. Prior to joining the DCR English Department, Mr. Thorsby taught introductory and intermediate English at Wayne State University. He is excited to use this experience to help students prepare for college and their future careers. Mr. Thorsby is a graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (B.A. in Honors English and Classical Archaeology).
Joellyn Valgoi, Assistant Principal