Saint Michael is pleased to announce the addition of several new staff members! Regan Wallace started Monday, May 21 as our new Director of Children and Family Ministry. Amy McMahan has stepped in following Katie Riley’s Departure as Head of Saint Michael Episcopal School. Robert Butler recently began work as our new Director of Facilities. Below are announcements for each.
Regan Wallace – Director of Children and Family Ministries
After a four-month national search, we found the best candidate close to home! Regan Wallace, who grew up in our own Formation programs, began her ministry with us on Monday, May 21.
Regan returns to Saint Michael after four years of study and successful completion of her Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Communications with a minor in Marketing, at Queens University of Charlotte. Highly dedicated with lots of energy and excitement, Regan is a great fit for our Formation team. She brings with her a personal knowledge of the history of Children and Family Ministry at Saint Michael as well as many connections to our families.
“Some of my fondest Saint Michael memories are from attending VBS and the incredible children’s programs. Being able to create and develop programs that impact the next generation of children is going to be the most rewarding aspect of this position,” said Regan.
Gabrielle Ott, who has faithfully served as our Interim Director of Children and Family Ministry will continue as our part-time Assistant Director of Children and Family Ministry. Gabrielle notes, “It has been a privilege to hold this position for the past year and I’m looking forward to working with Regan. Our program will benefit from her fresh energy and love of the Saint Michael community!” Gabrielle will work with Regan as she settles in and learns the ropes of Children and Family Ministry. Together, Regan and Gabrielle will recruit and train volunteers as we add Godly Play to our Catechesis program in order to best present God’s Story.
Please join me in welcoming Regan and in thanking Gabrielle for her ongoing ministry.
The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles
Associate for Formation
Amy McMahan – Head of Saint Michael Episcopal School
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Saint Michael Episcopal School, I am pleased to inform you that Amy McMahan has agreed to become our new interim Head of School effective with school year 2018/2019. We are remarkably fortunate to have an early childhood educator of Amy’s caliber on staff and ready to continue the mission of our school. Although Katie Riley will be sorely missed, the board has full confidence in Amy as I know each of you that have worked with her also have. Please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the board or to Amy with any questions or concerns. The care and education of each child that enters our school has been and always will be the first and foremost concern of our wonderful school and its staff including Katie and now Amy. Join me in wishing her the best and offering our full support.
Amy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a specialization in Early Childhood education. Over the past 16 years she has been involved in education as a teacher, professional development trainer, and curriculum and assessment specialist. She spent the beginning of her career in the classroom including at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. In 2008, she left the classroom to train teachers in the Everyday Math program across the country. In 2012, she stepped back from this role to focus on her family and raise her young children, Maddie (8) and Lewis (5). Starting in 2013, she began assisting Saint Michael Episcopal School in building our curriculum. Her responsibilities have expanded to assessments, evaluations and completing the self-study required for accreditation.
As Amy steps into her new role at SMES, she is excited about continuing to lead the school on the already excellent path that Katie Riley has set forth. She looks forward to supporting the teachers and staff in this new role, working with parents as they begin their children’s educational path, and helping grow the vision of SMES.
Grady E. Schleier
President of the Board of Directors
Saint Michael Episcopal School
Robert Butler – Director of Facilities
Robert Butler has joined our staff as Director of Facilities. Robert has two decades of experience in this area and, most recently, oversaw the facility needs for all 28 Planned Parenthood clinics in North Texas. Robert and his wife, Lucinda, have a daughter, Brandon Nicole, and two sons, Caleb and Devan. When not helping work out our logistics at Saint Michael, Robert enjoys cooking, exercising, and deep-sea fishing.
Executive Director of Operations