Holy Family is pleased to announce an interim school leadership plan for St. Columbkille Elementary following the recent resignation of Principal Catherine Stewart, OP, Ed.D. for personal reasons. In order to leverage a full recruitment cycle, Holy Family will postpone the hiring process for the upcoming school year and has instead appointed an interim administrative transition team, including St. Columbkille student and staff support specialist, Meredith Willman, and current chief administrator, Phil Bormann. Mrs. Willman and Mr. Bormann will work together as the school’s co-administrators during the upcoming school year with plans to conduct the full search process at the start of the 24-25 hiring season. 


I hope you will join me in praying with and for Sr. Catherine as God’s plan unfolds for her,” said Chief Administrator Bormann in his announcement to system families. Mr. Bormann earned his Specialist in Education degree with superintendent licensure and his master’s in educational leadership from Drake University. He has a background in elementary education and eight years of experience in serving as a building principal before assuming his current role as the system’s chief administrator. “I am excited to get to know the St. Columbkille students and build upon my relationships within the school community,” said Mr. Bormann. During this interim period, Mr. Bormann will continue to serve the Holy Family community as chief administrator, officing jointly between St. Columbkille Elementary and Holy Family’s Central Campus.


Meredith Willman holds a Master of Science in Education Leadership from Creighton University, with a certificate in Catholic School Leadership. She has eleven years of teaching experience and has also served as a Response to Intervention Coordinator for St. Peter Catholic School in Wisconsin. Mrs. Willman currently serves as part of St. Columbkille’s student and staff support team.


“My love of St. Columbkille started with my first job out of college and has only grown deeper as I now see my own children experience its excellence!” Mrs. Willman reflected in the announcement. “I am honored and privileged to be able to help serve the community in this role, and I am excited to support our amazing teachers and students as we grow in holiness and scholarship together.”