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. Furthermore, the board assists MSM President/Principal Talita DeNegri with supervising school operations and guiding the accountability of school leadership.
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 2020-2021 MOUNT ST. MARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Dan Carsey - President:
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.
James Biscone - Vice President:
James Biscone is a 2009 graduate of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School and a 2015 graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law, cum laude. He is currently practicing law his firm, Johnson & Biscone, in Oklahoma City.
James has served as a basketball coach for Rosary Catholic School as well as the MSM freshman basketball team. Other areas of service include United Way, Oklahoma Bar Association Young Bar Lawyer Division, and Family Builders.
James has been selected for Oklahoma City University's 30 Under 30 Award, Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 Award and National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 under 40 Attorney Award for the State of Oklahoma 2016-2017.
James is married to Stephanie Biscone.
"Mount St. Mary Catholic High School holds a very near and dear place in my heart. The importance of a Catholic education and how well Mount St. Mary incorporates the same values into their every day Rocket experience is something that cannot be fully explained unless it is experienced firsthand. Being appointed to the Mount St. Mary Board of Trustees, and having the opportunity to serve the role in an effort to continue a meaningful experience for students and families, for years to come is an honor and a privilege."
Paige Williams Shepherd:
Paige Williams Shepherd joined the Chickasaw Nation in October 2008 as the Director of Tourism for the Department of Commerce. Paige’s primary responsibility include the planning, development, management and operation of tourism as a means of economic development for the Chickasaw Nation. Under the tourism umbrella, Paige oversees Chickasaw Country, the travel and tourism destination representing over 7,600 square miles of culture, nature, recreation and entertainment located in south-central Oklahoma as well as the parent tourism brand Adventure Road, representing 130 miles along I-35 from WinStar World Casino and Resort to Oklahoma City.
Currently Paige serves as a board member for the US Travel Association, Allied Arts, deadCENTER, Mount St. Mary Catholic High School, Edward L. Gaylord YMCA and Visit Norman among other civic and community boards. Paige has been recognized by ION OK for 30/30 NextGen, Journal Record's Achievers Under 40 and most recently by OKC Friday as Next Generation Most Powerful Oklahoman.
Prior to joining the Chickasaw Nation, Paige, an Oklahoma native, lived and worked in Washington, DC. This board member holds a Masters of Tourism degree from The George Washington University in Sustainable Destination Management, with a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University.
An avid traveler, Paige seeks to travel to a new country ever year to experience and understand other cultures thus deepening her passion to return to Oklahoma and make a difference.
Jerry Peace is the former Vice President, Integrated Planning & Development for Oklahoma City based Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a regulated electric utility wholly owned by OGE Energy Corp.
In his role, Peace provided leadership for OG&E’s determination of electric generation, transmission, and distribution needs, as well as the acquisition and management of all generation fuels requirements. Additionally, Peace oversaw OG&E’s interactions with all Regional Transmission Organizations, including the Southwest Power Pool. Peace was appointed to this position in 2015 and served in the role until his retirement in 2019.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Peace served as OG&E’s Chief Generation Planning and Procurement Officer in 2014 and as OGE Energy Corp’s Chief Risk Officer from 2002 - 2013. He joined the company in 1994 and held various leadership positions prior to being named Chief Risk Officer.
Peace has served on various other non-profit boards including the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. He has also been actively involved with various leadership and fundraising efforts at Mount St. Mary’s High School in addition to multiple youth sports and recreation activities throughout the city.
Peace, a life-long Oklahoman, completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Baptist University (’85) and received his J.D. from Oklahoma City University’s College of Law (’90). Mr. Peace also earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant and is currently a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
He and his wife Shelley reside in Oklahoma City. They have two sons, Jake (MSM ’11) and Matt (MSM ’15).
Father Rex Arnold:
Father Rex Arnold is the pastor of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Yukon. 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.
Teresa Moisant is the founder and owner of Moisant Promotional Products. She is a 1967 graduate of The Mount and attended the University of Oklahoma.
Mrs. Moisant serves on the board for Leadership Oklahoma City and is the chair elect of the Alumni Board. Previously she has served on the Board of Regents for Oklahoma City Community College as chair. Additionally, she held a seats on the board for the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and the Promotional Products Foundation.
She belongs to a number of civic and professional organizations including Leadership OKC, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and the Promotional Products Association International.
Mrs. Moisant met her late husband, Bill Moisant at MSM. Bill was also a 1967 MSM graduate. She has two daughters, Christi Moisant ('88) and Shelly Moisant Rainwater ('89). Her two grandsons are future MSM grads - Hudson ('22) and Fletcher ('24)!
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.
Peter Evans was born and raised in South Oklahoma City and graduated from Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in 2003. He attended Texas Christian University from 2003-2006, then transferred to finish his bachelor’s degree at neighboring University of Texas at Arlington, where he also completed the Air Force ROTC program.
He returned to Oklahoma City for a position working at Tyler Media, where he was responsible for Tyler Media’s Community Outreach efforts, and it was through that same community outreach that he found the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL).
In June of 2010, he joined OKC PAL as a volunteer mentor and Board member. He remained as a volunteer and a member of their Board of Directors until January 2013, when he was hired as the first Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League. He remained in that position until October of 2020, when he resigned from OKC PAL to accept a position at Moore Norman Technology Center, serving in their workforce development department.
In addition to his work, Peter has served on the Board of Directors for the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce where he is the current Chairman, the Mount St. Mary High School Board of Directors, the Capitol Hill Main Street Board of Directors, Exchange Rotary Board of Directors, and the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues Board of Directors, and he was a founding member of the YWCA Allies Committee. He was a member of TEAM South Class II, LOKC LOYAL Class XI, LOKC Signature Class 36, and SALLT Class 15.
Peter was named to the Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 Class of 2015, and he has the 2011 South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award, the 2015 South Oklahoma City Youth for Christ Impact Award, and the 2019 Leadership OKC Distinguished Leadership Award.
Karen Aguilar Kennedye is an Oklahoma City native. Karen graduated from Mount St. Mary in 2009. During her time at The Mount, she met Patrick Kennedye (a third generation Rocket) whom she would marry in 2012.
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!
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.