Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees for Mount St. Mary Catholic High School acts as the governing body. The conglomerate works closely with the school's co-sponsors which are The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and The Sisters of Mercy.
Board of Trustee members are recommended and nominated by the executive committee of the board. After nomination, they are approved by our co-sponsors before appointment to the board. Members serve three-year terms and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
Board meetings are held bi-monthly throughout the school year. All members serve on task forces that deliver reports and recommendations. Task forces include: Executive Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Finance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Advancement Committee. Task forces may also include constituents that are not members of the Board of Trustees.
Membership of the MSM Board of Trustees is considered to be the highest level of volunteerism one can serve.
THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS COMPRISE THE 2023-2024 MOUNT ST. MARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
James Biscone - Chairperson of the Board:
James J. Biscone is a 2009 alumnus of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School. He is a 2015 graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is a trial attorney at Johnson & Biscone, P.A. in Oklahoma City.
James has served the community in a variety of ways. He has coached basketball at The Mount and at Rosary School. Other areas of service include the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and Family Builders.
James has been recognized by Best Lawyers, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 405 Magazine, and Oklahoma City University for various professional accolades.
James is married to Stephanie Biscone and they have one daughter, Ryder Rose. They are active members of St. Francis of Assisi in Oklahoma City.
"Mount St. Mary Catholic High School holds a very near and dear place in my heart. Few things are more important than an exceptional Catholic education. Mount St. Mary is a special place and being appointed to the Board of Trustees is truly an honor and a privilege."
Stacey Hollopeter- Vice Chairperson of the Board:
Stacey Hollopeter is the Director of Business Development for i2E. Stacey takes an active role in Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by meeting with entrepreneurs and community partners to connect and expand i2E’s suite of services.
Prior to her position with i2E, Stacey served as a Manager of Programs and Outreach for the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University where she was exposed to a variety of lifestyle and technology startups as she consulted with and organized events for student entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs and veteran entrepreneurs.
Stacey was co-founder and CEO of PristineCal, a start-up dedicated to producing ultra-pure calcium powder. In this role she pitched her company to venture capitalists both nationally and internationally and lead the management team from idea to exit. She also served as COO of iRecommend Software, a SaaS recommendation platform.
An avid promotor of Oklahoma startups, Stacey serves on the executive board of the Oklahoma Venture Advisory Council and is a 1 Million Cups community organizer. Additionally, Stacey is a regularly featured speaker with the U.S. Department of State and other organizations, traveling across Latin America delivering entrepreneurial workshops and consulting for both founders and investors.
A native Oklahoman, Stacey has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Management from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, in Puebla Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish and is active in numerous community organizations.
Dan Carsey- Past Chairperson of the Board:
Mr. Carsey has practiced law for over a decade and is shareholder of the law firm Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. Prior to private practice, Mr. Carsey served as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Earl S. Hines, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. His practice focuses on representing businesses in and throughout Oklahoma and Texas.
Mr. Carsey received his Juris Doctor at the University of Tulsa College of Law, in 2005 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Newman University in 2002.
Mr. Carsey and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Pierce, Logan and Blair. The family resides in Oklahoma City. The are actively involved in the parish of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and attend Rosary Catholic School. Mr. Carsey was an assistant coach for the Girls Basketball Program at MSM from 2013 – 2015. Mr. Carsey and his family have been, and continue to be proud supporters of the Rocket Family.
Father Rex Arnold:
Father Rex Arnold is the pastor of Christ The King in Oklahoma City. Father Arnold attended the University of Central Oklahoma, Conception Seminary, and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.
Father Arnold serves on the Facilities Planning Commission for the new Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine. Additionally he works with Compassionate Hands and the Ministerial Alliance in Yukon, as well as the MSM Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Knights of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
David Johnson is the Chief Financial Officer for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
He currently serves on numerous boards and commissions including: Catholic Charities Finance Committee, Villanova Apartments, Saint Ann's Home, Saint Ann Retirement Center, Saint Katherine Retirement Center, Resurrection Cemetery, and the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague.
Mr. Johnson graduated from Oklahoma State University and is married to wife, Kathy.
Sister Rose Marie Tresp, RSM:
Sister Rose Marie Tresp, RSM, is a member of the Mercy Justice Team working with 17- mostly southern states- since 2008. Sister Rose Marie has served as the Director of Ethics for hospitals in Texas and Arkansas, as well as in leadership for the Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of St. Louis.
Sister Rose Marie earned her Bachelors degree from Fontbonne College in St. Louis as well as a Masters in Religious Studies from Boston College. She also completed graduate work in Ethics and Philosophy at Georgetown University.
Sister Rose Marie is active in social justice work following the teachings of the Catholic Church at the local and national levels. She has more than 20 years of experience serving on the boards of hospitals and nonprofit organizations. As a member of the Justice Team, she has helped shape and carry out the Sisters of Mercy focus on immigration, the environment, women’s rights, non-violence and fighting poverty, prejudice, and racism. Her work includes lobbying, giving speeches and workshops as well as engaging others in active involvement in social justice.
Hugh O'Hara is a good friend of The Mount and committed to supporting organizations such as Catholic Charities and The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City as well as many other non-profits throughout the state.
His career is rooted in helping others. O’Hara joined Maguire Brothers in Oklahoma City in 1984. He worked closely with the original pioneers of the disaster restoration industry to not only learn the trade, but mastered it. His constant commitment to learning and refining the craft led to his taking over operations in 1993, where he helped grow the company to be Oklahoma’s largest disaster relief contractor.
After the owners of Maguire Brothers’ retired in 2006, Hugh, with his wife Betsy Maguire O’Hara, started anew as Maguire O'Hara Construction. They feel fortunate to have built upon an established reputation, continuing to share their customer-first values and hard-earned expertise with the people of Oklahoma. By delivering on a tradition of quality work at fair and accurate prices with a handshake and a smile, they look forward to serving families and businesses across the state for generations to come.
Karen Aguilar Kennedye:
Karen Aguilar Kennedye is an Oklahoma City native. Karen graduated from Mount St. Mary in 2009.
Following Mount St. Mary, Karen attended Oklahoma City University as a Clara Luper Scholar, receiving a full scholarship for an undergraduate degree. After obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Justice Studies: Criminology in 2012, Karen was accepted into Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Karen has been practicing law for many years. She has focused her practice on immigration law, finding her niche in family-based immigration. Karen opened her law firm, Aguilar Kennedye Law, PLLC in 2017.
All three of her children, Peter, Phoebe, and Daphne will soon be future Rockets!
Bob Tener is a retired experienced administrator with extensive background interpreting city codes and ordinances, significant knowledge of structure and operation of municipal organization, and considerable skill in building collaborative relationships with citizens, elected officials, the business community, employees and the media.
Tener's background in Catholic education served him well throughout his professional career as he found himself well-prepared for college and a career in public service. Tener's wife, Brenda Tener is a 1975 graduate of The Mount and his three children are Mount grads Mary Kate Tener (2008), Whitney Tener Ranallo (2009), and John L. Tener (2012).
"Archbishop Coakley calls us to "put out into the deep." In this age of apostolic mission, I believe it is even more critical to support the mission of Catholic education. I respectfully offer my knowledge, skills, and abilities to support Mount St. Mary Catholic High School," said Bob Tener.
Julie Mayfield is married to John Mayfield and together they are the proud parents of four Mount St. Mary alumni, James Brandt '11, Nathan Thomas '13, John Stuart '17 and William Matthew '20.
An active member in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City community, Julie serves in many roles throughout the diocese. As a member of the Vision 2030 team for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, she is assists with the strategic planning for parishes. Through her involvement at Sister BJ's Pantry, she prepares and serves breakfast to the homeless.
Julie is active in the St. John Nepomuk community as Co-Chair of the One Church, Many Disciples Campaign, member of the 2020-2023 Principal Search Committee and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holly Communion.
Miguel is an attorney and legal advisor for specializing in criminal cases, immigration and family immigration for his law firm Miguel Garcia PLLC. Miguel also provides defense for Federally appointed cases through his involvement with the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Miguel is a Texas A&M graduate who is currently involved in roles through the Governor's Hispanic Initiative Committee, The University of Oklahoma College of Law Diversity Committee, Oklahoma City Federal Bar Association Board of Directors and the Oklahoma County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Sister Priscilla Moreno, RSM
Lara Schuler - Director of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of OKC - Ex-Officio Member
Nell Stetser - Associate Director for Online Learning, Mercy Education - Ex-Officio Member
Laura Cain, Principal - Ex-Officio Member
Deacon John Harned, President - Ex-Officio Member