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Meet Our Board of Trustees

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Meet Our Board of Trustees

STARS is a regional school and is owned by the Diocese of Buffalo who sets the management structure, some policies and curriculum standards.  The Bishop of the Diocese appoints a Canonical Administrator to oversee school operations and be the Spiritual Leader of the school.  The Canonical Administrator is also President of the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees is unique to regional schools and is regarded as the governing body of the school.  The Board of Trustees sets the operating policies, oversees the school’s operation and finances and authorizes the school’s activities including Family Association functions.  

Each member of the Board of Trustees applies to be on the Board and is appointed by the Diocese of Buffalo.  Board members are appointed to three year terms.   

Board of Trustees

Deacon Jeff Forster

Ordained as a Permanent Deacon on June 14, 2014, I was appointed by Bishop Malone as the Canonical Administrator of STARS in August of that year.  As the Canonical Administrator, I am responsible for guiding the school’s governing board in its work, assuring that STARS remains faithful to Catholic teachings & values, and ministering to the school’s students, staff, & families. I possess a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry, a Masters degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education. Since Deacons are not paid for their ministerial work, I also operate a software development company which focuses primarily on hospitals and medical laboratories.

Mrs. Kathy Powenski

Mrs. Kathy Powenski, a retired Middle School ELA teacher, came to St. Aloysius Regional School as a substitute teacher at the request of former principal Bonnie Renzi.  She fell in love with the school and faculty and has been here ever since.  “Mrs. P”, as she is affectionately called by students, volunteers in the reading intervention program and continues to substitute teach.  She graduated from Rosary Hill College (now Daemen College) with a BS in Education and has a Master’s Degree in Reading from Fredonia.  She holds certifications in N-6 and 7-9 in English Language Arts and N – 12 in Reading. Kathy currently has two grandchildren attending St. Aloysius Regional School.

Kathy has been a member of the school board for many years and serves on various task forces.

Mr. Stephen Schunk

Mr. Stephen Schunk is a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s MBA program with a concentration in financial planning and control. As such he has completed courses in relevant topics such as finance, accounting, business law, personnel management and marketing.
For the last 25 years he has been active in the community, including being a retired Springville Griffith Board of Education Member and President of the Chamber of Commerce.
St. Aloysius Regional School is one of Mr. Schunk’s charitable endeavors. He is impressed with the high quality of education STARS offers to the families of our region. He currently heads up the school’s finance committee.

Mr John Shingler

Member bio coming soon

Questions? Reach out to Our Board today.