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Board of Trustees

On July 1, 2008, the Diocese approved new Bylaws which, except to the extent of those powers reserved for the Diocese, delegated the general power of governance to a Board of Trustees. This Board of Trustees consists of members of the Diocese as well as laymen and women. The Trustees hold regular scheduled meetings each academic year and operate under the following standing committees: Executive Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee, Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, Alumni Relations/Public Affairs and Communications Committee, Athletic Affairs Committee, Facilities and Campus Planning Committee, and Social Values and Responsibilities Committee. 
 
Board of Trustees
 
Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
 
 
  

 

Timothy Clark, Chairman

Tim is a 1976 graduate of Bishop McCort.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He earned his certification in public accounting in 1985 and is the Chief Financial Officer at Laurel Auto Group.  Tim currently serves on the Advisory Council for Easter Seals.  Tim and his wife, Toni, have a daughter Kelli.  Kelli attended St. Benedict School and graduated from Bishop McCort in 2007 and is a graduate of Duquesne University.  Tim and his family are members of St. Benedict Catholic Church, where Toni is a Eucharist Minister and Tim is a Lector.

Thomas Deter, Vice-Chairman

Tom attended Visitation School and is a 1982 graduate of Bishop McCort.  He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  He has worked as a building systems consulting engineer for over thirty years beginning in State College and joining H.F. Lenz Company here in Johnstown in 1992.  Tom and his wife, Michele, reside in the west hills and have two sons.  Kyle, a 2015 graduate of BMCHS, is attending Slippery Rock University.  Nick will graduate from Bishop McCort in 2019.  Tom and his family are members of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church where he serves as a Eucharistic minister and lector.  Tom coached football, basketball and soccer at St. Andrew's School for 12 years.  Tom served on the formation Board for the Johnstown Catholic Regional School (now Divine Mercy), and began his tenure on the BMCHS Board of Trustees in 2016.

 

William L. Ingram, Treasurer

William L. Ingram is a 1979 graduate of Bishop Walsh High School, Cumberland, Maryland, and a 1983 graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University. Mr. Ingram is a Certified Public Accountant and current Operating Partner/General Manager of Thomas Buick GMC Truck. Bill is active in the Rotary Club, Our Mother of Sorrows Finance Committee, Treasurer of the Sunnehanna Amateur Foundation and Board of Directors Finance Sub- Committee, President of Central Pa General Motors Buick GMC Advertising Group. Bill and his wife, Kathy, have a ninth grader at Bishop McCort, and 4 children that have graduated from Bishop McCort.  Bill and his family are members of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish where he serves as Welcome minister and Small group co-leader.  

 

Richard L. Phillips, Secretary

Rick is originally from San Diego, CA and graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Political Science and a BA Economics, and holds an MBA from Boston University.  He served as an aviator in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years in post all over the world and currently works at DRS Technologies as the Operations Manager.  Rick and his wife Tish have three children, Morgan who is a 2015 graduate of Bishop McCort and currently a senior at New York University, Ridge, who is a 2018 graduate of Bishop McCort and attends Case Western Reserve University, and Reagan who is a sophomore at Bishop McCort.  Rick and his family are members of Our Mother of Sorrows Church where he has served as a Eucharistic Minister, Life Teen Facilitator, and RCIA sponsor.

 

Father Mark S. Begly
Father Mark is the current pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish. He earned a B.S. in Education from Shippensburg University, as well as 24 credits toward a Master’s Degree and permanent certification in the State of Pennsylvania in Developmental & Remedial Reading from Penn State University. Father Mark has also earned a M.Div. and an M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Moral Theology from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. He was a teacher in the Bellwood-Antis School District from 1974 to 1980, then entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in 1980 and was ordained a priest on May 19, 1984. From 1984 to 1991, he served as teacher, chaplain, and assistant principal of Bishop Guilfoyle and was a Parochial Vicar at St. Therese’s Church in Altoona. Father Mark then served as a Parochial Vicar at St. John Gualbert’s Cathedral in Johnstown from 1991 to 1993 and a part-time hospital chaplain. From 1993 to 2001, he was the Pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in New Baltimore, PA and was the Director of St. John the Baptist Retreat Center. He was named as Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Altoona in the summer of 2001. In 2010, Father Mark became pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Johnstown and was named Dean of Johnstown. In addition to teaching the Lay Ministry program for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown for several years, Father Mark taught a course on Priestly Spirituality at St. Vincent’s Seminary. He has also given numerous retreats and days of reflection at St. John the Baptist Retreat Center, St. Emma Monastery, and at St. Vincent Seminary.

 

Very Reverend James Crookston

Father Jim, class of 1963, served as business manager and principal of Bishop McCort during the 80s. His post-secondary education was at St. Francis University in Loretto and the Pennsylvania State University.  His doctorate in education administration emphasized organizational sociology and secondary education curriculum. The founding of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Springs Mills, was in part the outcome of a PSU sociology course project in community organization. During pastoral assignments in Lock Haven and Altoona, Father Jim working with parish and school families expanded the home parishes' consolidated elementary schools. As rector of Saint John Gualbert Cathedral, he and parishioners have conducted Christian Initiation for Adults and Children and sponsor year-round Christian Life and Service activities that include visits to the Cathedral’s sister parish of Saint Croix in Santa Cruz, Jamaica.

The former sports editor for the Crusher Times/McCort Mirror enjoys walking the football sidelines and managing hydration for the boy's basketball team.

 

Melinda Jacob

Melinda is a graduate of Frazier High school. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from John Carroll University. She is currently a substitute teacher for St. Peter School and active with the PTA. Melinda also is a current trustee on the FAME board. Melinda and her husband have five children. Their youngest daughter is attending St. Peter School and their oldest daughter is attending Bishop McCort. Melinda and her family reside in Somerset where they are members of St. Peter Parish. 

Fran Matten

Fran is a 1977 BMHS graduate and a 1981 Carnegie Mellon University graduate with Business and Psychology majors.  Fran has been involved with education by being on the advisory board for St. James Catholic School, Sewickley PA, the Moon Township Excellence in Education Fund board and works with CMU students in their “under construction” mentor program.  Fran is currently a sales manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management and has a CFA designation.  Fran and his wife, Joann, live in Moon Township PA and have two children in college.

Bob McGowan

Bob, a life-long resident of Richland, is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the current President and CEO of MCS Fabrication and Machining in Alum Bank, a company he founded in 2007.  Prior to starting MCS, Bob served as a sales executive in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries for over twenty-five years.  Bob currently serves on the JARI Defense Council and is an active member of the Richland Volunteer Fire Department and St. Francis University Red Flash Futures.  Bob and his wife, Jackie Martella, have two sons, Nick and Joe, who both attend Bishop McCort. He and his family are members of St. Benedict Catholic Church where he serves as a Eucharistic minister.

Robert Vamos

Bob is a 1985 graduate of Ferndale Area School District, who received his B.A. in Accounting at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Financial Advisor and Investment Advisor with 27 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Bob is Pennsylvania insurance licensed for Life, Accident and Health, and FINRA registered. He holds the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation and has earned the Certification in Long Term Care (CLTC) designation. Bob is a board member of the American Red Cross Keystone Chapter, Brownstown Recreation Association, and the Cambria & Somerset Estate Planning Council. Bob and his wife, Jenna, have an eleventh grade son attending Bishop McCort and two daughters that graduated from Bishop McCort. Bob and his family are members of St. Michael's Church in Brownstown. 

 
 
Gary Vitko, Attorney at Law