Walsh Jesuit High School Names New President

June 5, 2024

(Cuyahoga Falls) - Walsh Jesuit High School’s Board of Directors announced today that Tim Grady will join Walsh Jesuit High School as its thirteenth president, effective July 1, 2024. Mr. Grady will replace Fr. Christopher Fronk, SJ, who will step down as President on June 30 for health reasons. “I am honored and humbled to join the Walsh Jesuit community and look forward to utilizing my professional experiences and passion for Jesuit education as we prepare WJ to serve the next generation of Christ-centered men and women that our world so desperately needs,” said Mr. Grady.

This appointment has been approved by V. Rev. Karl Kiser, SJ, Provincial of the Midwest Jesuits. Fr. Kiser stated, “I am thrilled to mission Tim as the next president of Walsh Jesuit High School. Tim brings deep experience as a man of service, faith, and integrity. With his deep Catholic faith fortified in Ignatian identity, Tim will lead Walsh Jesuit’s legacy of forming students who are inspired to live with competence, conscience, and compassion as men and women for and with others.”

Mr. Grady comes to Walsh Jesuit with a vast background in leadership management, including spending the last 15 years in various roles at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio. Founded by Father Don Vetesse, SJ in 1986, BHGH opened its first home for young men from Akron on the Walsh Jesuit campus in 1989. In the 35 years since those first doors of opportunity opened, scores of Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholars have attended and graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School. Today, BHGH provides more than 200 young adults with holistic care and opportunities rooted in the Jesuit tradition of forming Men and Women for Others. Walsh Jesuit continues to provide several BHGH Scholars with a world-class education and opportunity to reach their full potential.   

Mr. Grady was the Executive Director of the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership for 7 years at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland prior to his work at Boys Hope Girls Hope. At BHGH, Mr. Grady began as a Program Director before being promoted to Executive Director for 11 years before being named the Director of Strategic Growth in 2023. He led a $9M ‘Our Hope for the Future’ Campaign resulting in campus expansion, highlighted by a $7M, 21,000 square foot program facility and turf-field for sports. Mr. Grady also co-designed and founded a service program model rooted in the Corporal Works of Mercy that has been replicated at high schools and universities across America over the past two decades. 

“We are fortunate and blessed to have Tim Grady join Walsh Jesuit High School as our next President,” said Tom Haag '81, Chairman, Walsh Jesuit Board of Directors. “The search committee that was assembled, committed countless hours to bring us to this outstanding conclusion.”

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to build on Walsh Jesuit’s remarkable legacy as we create a vision to serve the next generation of Christ-centered men and women for others,” said Mr. Grady. “Walsh Jesuit is a truly marvelous community, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to support our leaders, faculty and staff while engaging our parents, alumni and greater community in this critical mission of teaching and forming our students to know, love and serve Christ in an ever more challenging world.”

The Manresa Award

The highest honor Walsh Jesuit bestows, the Manresa Award, is named for the town in northern Spain where St. Ignatius Loyola experienced a spiritual conversion. That experience led to his founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540 and resulted in the worldwide network of Jesuit-sponsored schools. It was also in Manresa that Ignatius wrote the "Spiritual Exercises,” which form the foundation of Jesuit spirituality.

Walsh Jesuit's Manresa Award is presented to members of the school community who are outstanding exemplars of the Jesuit motto, Men and Women for Others, and who have served selflessly to further the school's mission.

Past Manresa Award Recipients

 
James C. Herndon †
Robert & Margaret Pfotenhauer †
Fr. John A. McGrail, SJ †
Anne D. Walsh †
The GAR Foundation
Mary L. Carr †
Fr. James J. King, SJ
Jack † and Ann Haag †
John † & Nancy Beringer
Fr. Richard Rosenfelder, SJ †
Stan & Terry Kaczmar
Fr. Norman J. Dickson, SJ †
James M. Allwin ’70 †
B. William Ricco †
Fr. James S. Prehn, SJ
Christopher ’74 & Sara Connor
John † & Marilyn Volpe
Fr. J. Peter Carey, SJ †
Ron & Nancy Marhofer
Nelson Gorbach
Tom ’70 & Debbie Orr
Mike & Lori Catanzarite

Fr. Emmett Holmes, SJ †

Mike & Karen † Beck
Mike & Mary Gladstone
Barbara Carroll LaRose
Fr. Donald J. Petkash, SJ
Doug & Missy Wells
Dave & Pat Kraninger
Chuck ’75 & Mary Beth Abraham
Greg & Jackie McDermott
Richard Bedell ’70
Thomas Moushey ’69
Jane Rafferty
Frank Somodi
Tim & Linda Beringer
John & Lois Gerstenmaier
Vince & Nancy† DiGirolamo
Bill ’71 & Bonnie Wojno
Gerry Rardin’72
Mark ’80 & Carol Bachmann
Chris ’75 & Denise Scala
Bernadette Salley
Rich & Marilyn Ciccarone
Paul & Colleen Joyce

The McGrail Award

This special award is given to those Faculty and Staff who have served in the spirit of mission and excellence that Fr. John McGrail, SJ lived so well during his tenure as the seventh president of Walsh Jesuit.

The winner must have served at Walsh Jesuit for a minimum of 10 years in a full-time capacity.  The previous year winners nominate for the next year.

Past McGrail Recipients

Inaugural Class - Graduation 2012
Jan Bachmann
Mike Benton
Steve Grescovich ‘74
Jane Rafferty
Connie Reho
Rick Sistek
Doug Worthington
Graduation 2013
Grant Conzaman
Christopher Gaone
Michael Gladstone
Fr. Emmett Holmes, SJ
David LaGuardia ‘97
Kathryn Tate
Pamela Vineyard
Christopher Walker ‘73
Graduation 2014
Carol Barger
David Banks
Mark Hassman
Cathy Kase
Steve Neal
Janet Osborne
Gerry Rardin ‘72
Jon Strubbe
Graduation 2015
Daniel Bizga
Alice Delagrange
Elizabeth Duarte
Nelson Gorbach
Patricia Grimm
Vicky Kilway
David Lee ‘87    
Christine Ziemanski
Graduation 2016
Kevin Barger ‘93
Deborah Bok
Christine Drake
Rick Evans 
Julie Hudec ‘02
Sean Lynch ‘94
Patrick Ritchie
Andrew Truax
Eileen Varnish
Graduation 2017
Cynthia Burgio
Timothy Dowdell
Kevin Forfia
Nancy Heil
Andrew Thomas
Mary Truax
Graduation 2018
Margaret Bingham
William Einloth
Mark Herbele
Roland Karthan
Mark Schweter
James Storad
Kelly Vanas ‘98
Graduation 2019
Elisabeth Barker
Corinne Newcome
Joe Petzker ‘85
Missy Sturm
Randy Tonkin
MJ Wojno
Graduation 2020
Ronald Carrell
Lynn Humiston
John Norris ‘96
Melissa Sturm
Graduation 2021
Christopher Gaone 
Rebecca Holt 
Graduation 2022
Joe Adair
Gary Rybka
Graduation 2023
Elizabeth Barker
Adam Green ‘03
Joe Vecchio ‘05

Our Leadership

Management Leadership Team

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Christopher Fronk

    Fr. Christopher Fronk S.J. 

    President
  • Photo of Marion Drake

    Marion Drake CFRE 

    Director of Advancement
    (330) 929-4205
  • Photo of Tim Dunn

    Mr. Tim Dunn 

    Vice-President of Mission & Identity
    John Carroll University - Master of Arts
  • Photo of Sean Lynch

    Mr. Sean Lynch 94

    Principal
    University of Notre Dame - M.A.
    University of Notre Dame - M.A.
    University of Notre Dame - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Aiesha Motley

    Ms. Aiesha Motley 

    Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion
  • Photo of Jason Ruegg

    Mr. Jason Ruegg 96

    Vice-President of Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Eric Salek

    Mr. Eric Salek 

    Walsh Jesuit High School
    Controller-Finance Department, Senior Class Moderator

Our Address

Walsh Jesuit High School
4550 Wyoga Lake Road
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224-1084
330-929-4205 

Where to Find Us:

Board of Directors

List of 23 items.

  • Mr. Thomas J. Haag '81, Chairman

    Tom is Walsh Jesuit graduate from the Class of ’81, now married for 25 years to Toni with four children, all graduates (or future graduates) of WJHS.  Tom and his family have lived in the local community for their entire lives.  Professionally, Tom has worked in leadership of local manufacturing while managing global markets for SGS Tool Company now known as Kyocera SGS Precision Tools of Kyoto, Japan. 

    Tom is passionate about educational opportunities for both pre-career and professional development.  He respects the Divine, and loves people.
  • Mr. Justin Alaburda '00

  • Mr. Mark Anzelc

    Mark Anzelc is the Global Vice President of Supply Chain for Parker Hannifin’s Motion Systems Group. In this role, he leads a global team of professionals responsible for strategic planning and tactical execution in procurement, planning, logistics, and customer experience. Prior to this, he held executive positions at General Electric, Lucas Industries, and other leading companies. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine. He also holds a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University supplemented by extensive executive development. Mark is active in community service as a volunteer, donor, and board member.
  • Mr. Ric Boggs

    Ric is the President and owner of Gill Podiatry Supply Co.   He and his wife Karen reside in Hinckley.  They are the proud parents of Taylor '14,  Brennan '18, and Nathan '21.   Ric earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.  He is actively involved at St. Albert the Great Parish and school where he currently serves on their Finance Council.  
  • Mr. Daniel Bradesca

  • Mr. Dennis Butts, Jr.

  • Mrs. Brandee Carson-Jones

  • Rev. Matthew Donovan, S.J.

  • Mr. Julio Esis

  • Rev. Chris Fronk, S.J. President, Walsh Jesuit High School

  • Mrs. Kara Lewis

  • Mr. Craig S. Marshall '78, General Counsel

    Craig is a partner in Stark & Knoll’s Business Services Group. For over 30 years, Craig has represented many Northeast Ohio businesses with growth and acquisition strategies, mergers and acquisitions and day-to-day business and legal counsel to management and owners.
  • Mrs. Theresa Mistysyn

  • Mr. Theodore Paynter '94

    Ted is a proud graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School class of 1994. He also graduated from Walsh University with degrees in Communications and Political Science. Ted has worked in Marketing and Advertising Communications for nearly 22 years and is currently the Director of Operations for Clum Creative, a video production and creative marketing agency in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has been serving on the Walsh Jesuit Marketing Committee for the past six years.

    Ted has been married to his wife Lisa for 21 years and has two grown step-sons.  He also serves on the board for the North Canton Playhouse, a community theater, where he has served in various capacities for 20+ years. After gaining an appreciation for the performing arts in several high school drama productions (at WJHS and Our Lady of the Elms), he and his wife later met doing a community theater production and to this day are both deeply involved in theater arts.
  • Rev. Donald J. Petkash, S.J.

    Fr. Don Petkash entered the Jesuits in 1958, following graduation from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. After ordination in 1971, he taught at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School for nine years and at St. Ignatius High School for eleven years. In 1991 he was appointed superior of the Jesuit community at Walsh Jesuit High School and in 1992 was named President of the school. He served in that role until 2003. He later served five years as the Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education in the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, before returning to Walsh Jesuit in 2009 to serve as Vice-President for Mission and Identity.
  • Mrs. Gina Poblete

  • Mr. Albert Romanini '91

    Al lives in Chagrin Falls with his wife Lisa whom he met at a Walsh Jesuit football game during his Senior year.  They have four children, one Walsh Jesuit grad, two current students and hopefully one future Warrior – Allisa ‘17, Anthony ‘20, Abigail ‘22 and Allison.  Al and his family are members of St Joan of Arc Parish in Chagrin Falls. Al graduated from WJ in 1991 and went on to graduate from John Carroll University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. 

    Already working for the family business part time, Al joined Willoughby Supply full time upon graduation.  Currently Al is the Vice President of Ohio Region at SRS Distribution, DBA Willoughby Supply.  Al was President & CEO of Willoughby Supply when the business joined SRS in December 2017.  Al serves on the Board of Directors and is a ReStore volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Lake-Geauga County, Ohio. He is also a Board member of Geauga County Bluecoats, a charitable foundation that provides support for families of safety forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • Ms. Lynette Saenz

  • Mr. Alex Teodosio '87

  • Mr. Brent Thompson '96

  • Mrs. Torey Tolson

  • Mr. Daniel Vaughn

    Mr. Vaughn is a Mathematics and Physics teacher at Walsh Jesuit (since 2012). Previously, he worked 19 years for BP in a variety of engineering and oil trading roles in four countries.

    He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA form Bowling Green State University. He and his wife, Aletha, live in Canton. Mr. Vaughn joined the Board in 2018.
  • Mr. Paul Volpe '83

List of 1 items.

  • School Representatives: Non-Voting

    Mr. Sean Lynch '94, Principal
    Ms. Cindy Camma, PFAB President
    Mr. John Norris, Faculty Association President
    Mr. Timothy Dunn, VP for Mission & Identity
    Mrs. Shelly Kohrs, Mothers' Club President
    Mr. Jason Ruegg '96, Vice-President of Enrollment Management
    Mr. Mark Hassman, Athletic Director
    Mr. Charles Korecki, Staff Association President
    Mrs. Barbara Salata, Administration Association President
    Mrs. Elizabeth Sloan, WJ Booster Club President
As a Christ-centered community, we strive to be Men and Women for and with Others.