Lisa Lorenz, Principal
Lisa Lorenz , has a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, 1994, a MA in Moral Theology from St. Charles Borromeo, 1997, and a MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, 2008. She is a licensed counselor in both Maryland, and Vermont. She started her love of education as a Middle School teacher in Catholic Schools and continued for 15 years, and then moved into administration for Elementary Schools and later in Higher Education for Graduate School. In addition to her love of education, is her passion for mental health and wellness as a licensed counselor. Her work has spanned from both private and public schools working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families in urban school settings; private practice providing counseling for children, adolescents, and adults/couples. Her special areas of interest: depression and anxiety disorders, bereavement, anxiety, pastoral and spiritual concerns, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior interventions for children/adolescents in home and school settings, and animal assisted therapy, mindfulness.
Her work and passion to be a lifelong learner in both education and counseling has afforded her many enriching experiences to include: Coordinator for Graduate School in School Counseling and Mental Health, programmatic assessments, curriculum development, writing and leading committees for accrediting bodies, online teaching and course evaluation, and teaching graduate students (Counseling Theories and Techniques; Practicum in Advanced Theories; Mental Health Counseling Internship)
Her present position as Principal of St. Therese Digital Academy is the latest and most exciting endeavor. This online Catholic High School opened its virtual doors this past June 2016 to take new students for this coming Fall. Lisa is also currently the Interim Principal of Rice Memorial High School for the 2017-2018 School Year.
When she is not working or studying, Lisa loves to spend time with her family and friends. She runs, hikes, kayaks, trains her dogs (in hopes they will eventually become therapy dogs) cooks, plays piano and oil paints, She greatly enjoys long walks on dirt roads or finding that quaint spot with awesome food, gorgeous views, and good company.
Maria Minor, Administrator
Dr. Minor works full time for Franklin Pierce University as an Assistant Professor teaching MBA courses. She has a Graduate degree in Management and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. She worked 23 years for Verizon Communications as a manager in Customer Service, Marketing, Engineering and Project Management. She began her second career in teaching in 2008. She has published several articles on Cyber Bullying in Higher Education, Instructor Social Presence, Stress and the Online Instructor, Middle Aged Women returning to College, and has presented papers at various conferences like IBAM and the Sloan Consortium.
Eric DeMeuse, Adult Lay Formation Instructor
Eric DeMeuse is a PhD candidate in theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his BA from Hillsdale College in 2013 and an MA in theology from Villanova University in 2015. In addition to teaching and writing, he has led high school groups on Steubenville Youth Conferences, co-led a Lifeteen youth group, directed confirmation retreats and delivered talks on Theology of the Body with his wife, and led numerous bible studies for high school students, college students, and young adults. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Danielle, and two sons.
Leslie M. Fischer, World Language Instructor
Leslie Fischer received her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and Theology from Creighton University and a Master’s of Foreign Language Teaching from National-Louis University. She is a licensed French, German and Spanish teacher. She and her husband are raising four bilingual sons in Mainz, Germany.
Deacon Peter Gummere, Theology Instructor
Deacon Peter Gummere attended Catholic Schools K-12, has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) and a Master of Science in Biological Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has a Master of Arts in Theology from St Michael’s College. Deacon Pete was ordained as a Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Burlington in 2005, after participating in the Lay Ministry Formation and Diaconate Formation programs in the Diocese of Burlington. He has 45 years of experience in health care management and is an author and speaker on a variety of topics, including bioethics.
Ben Worthing, Science Instructor
Ben Worthing is a teacher, learner, father and husband who constantly aspires to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. He grew up in a beautiful small town in upstate NY, where he was able to explore nature and fall in love with everything related to the sciences. After graduating high school, Ben pursued an Environmental Science Bachelor’s degree from Elon University, NC. His degree led to working opportunities with NY State’s Soil and Water division, as well as a research opportunity on acid rain deposition funded through the US Forest Service. Soon after, Ben moved to Vermont and completed a Master’s degree in Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a high school science teacher. During this time, Ben has continued to develop his own education with graduate level coursework in astronomy, water chemistry, climatology and dinosaur evolution. In the past five years, he has worked as a part-time adjunct college professor teaching chemistry and mathematics courses. He has also completed graduate level coursework giving him a licensed endorsement in online teaching. Ben is a passionate educator who enjoys the challenges and rewards of learning and teaching!