Staff Members

Administrative Team

Kevin Varner:
Kevin Varner

School Principal

Principal's Letter
Kevin Varner:

Kevin Varner

School Principal

Mr. Kevin Varner has been the principal at OLC since 2004. Mr. Varner began his teaching career at Holy Trinity School where he taught Second grade for six years. He was then hired to serve as principal at St. Michael Parish in Coopersville. Mr. Varner hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s Degree in Education form Nazareth College in Kalamazoo. Mr. Varner is a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Grand Rapids. Mr. Varner enjoys playing tennis, golf and spending time at the beach with family and friends.

Biography
Nicole Stroven:
Nicole Stroven

Administrative Assistant

Father Dominic Courturier:
Father Dominic Courturier

Canonical Administrator

Our Teachers

Ellen Erhardt:
Ellen Erhardt

Preschool Director

Ellen Erhardt:

Ellen Erhardt

Preschool Director

This is the fifth year that Ellen Erhardt has been a member of the OLC staff, teaching preschool and young fives. This is her 32nd year teaching. She has taught at several Catholic schools, including one in Cincinnati. Her classes have ranged from preschool to high school seniors, covering subjects such as math, religion, social studies, and science. She is loving being back with the preschool children! She is involved with her parish Blessed Sacrament, helping with Confirmation classes and weddings. Her son is in the Army, stationed in North Carolina. She and her husband Doug are expecting their fourth grandchild in June. They love to spend time together and enjoying traveling!

Biography
Michelle Lemmen:
Michelle Lemmen

Kindergarten

Michelle Lemmen:

Michelle Lemmen

Kindergarten

Michelle Lemmen teaches kindergarten at Our Lady of Consolation School. She has been teaching for over 15 years. She received her Elementary teaching degree from Aquinas College with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Reading. Her home parish is St. Michael’s in Coopersville where she used to teach first and second grade. She enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Detroit Tigers, baking, doing crafts, and playing with her two dogs. Our Lady of Consolation holds a special place in her heart where she can share her strong faith and teach children to read.

Biography
Lori Killinger:
Lori Killinger

First Grade

Lori Killinger:

Lori Killinger

First Grade

Mrs. Killinger is the Kindergarten teacher at Our Lady of Consolation. Many of the children call her Mrs. K. She was born and raised in Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. When she moved to Michigan, Mrs. Killinger took classes at Aquinas, specializing in reading. She taught First grade at St. Patrick School in Parnell for 14 years and a 3rd/4th split for a year before she came here to Our Lady of Consolation. Mrs. Killinger started and ran the RtI program here at Our Lady of Consolation until she moved into the regular classrooms. She has four children, Sarah- 29, Ali-27, Kaitie-19, Jake-17 and is married to Steve Killinger. She belongs to Our Lady of Consolation parish. During her free time she loves to golf, read and travel. One of her favorite places to travel is the southwest part of Montana, where her family owns a rental vacation home.

Biography
Karen Schuler:
Karen Schuler

Second Grade

Karen Schuler:

Karen Schuler

Second Grade

Karen Schuler has taught for 25 years and has been teaching 2nd grade since 2012. Karen and her husband, Joe, have two boys, Andrew and Jack. Karen is an active member of Blessed Sacrament Church.
This is Karen’s 22nd year teaching.

Besides 2nd grade, she has also taught 3rd and 4th grade, middle school science, English, and religion.  As a child, Karen attended St. Anthony’s and West Catholic High School. Karen graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education (Educational Differentiation). Karen enjoys reading, camping, working out, and spending time outdoors. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

Biography
Melissa Stachowiak:
Melissa Stachowiak

Third Grade

Melissa Stachowiak:

Melissa Stachowiak

Third Grade

Melissa Stachowiak is the third grade teacher. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Consolation for 22 years. Over those years, she has taught in second, third, and fourth grades as well as middle school math. She attended Catholic Schools throughout her K-12 education. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Aquinas College in Elementary Education with emphasis in Psychology and Math. For graduate school, she attended Grand Valley State University and received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Educational Differentiation. 

In addition to working at Our Lady of Consolation, Melissa is also a member of the parish. She has three children-Caleb, Olivia, and Brandon. In addition to her three kids, she has a fur child as well named Louie. Louie is her 9 year-old dachshund.

Biography
Kathryn Francis-Bohr:
Kathryn Francis-Bohr

Fourth Grade

Kathryn Francis-Bohr:

Kathryn Francis-Bohr

Fourth Grade

Kathryn Francis-Bohr is a third grade teacher. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Consolation for three years. She attended Catholic Schools throughout her K-12 education. She is a member of St. Gerard Parish in Lansing, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in Elementary Education. Her teaching major is in Language Arts and teaching minor is in Mathematics. She is also finishing her master’s degree in Education Technology from Michigan State University. She is a big State fan who enjoys watching football and basketball.

Biography
Jennifer Pugliese:
Jennifer Pugliese

Fifth Grade

Jennifer Pugliese:

Jennifer Pugliese

Fifth Grade

Jennifer Pugliese has been an educator for 17 years. She has enjoyed teaching the fifth grade at Our Lady of Consolation for 7 years. Over the course of her years in education, she has worked with students at the Kindergarten, second grade, middle school, and fifth grade levels. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she earned her Masters in Education. As a child, Our Lady of Consolation was Mrs. Pugliese’s home parish, where she made her First Holy Communion, and received the sacrament of Confirmation. Mrs. Pugliese lives in Ada with her husband and two children. She is a parishioner at St. Robert’s of Newminster parish.

Biography
Katherine Schoenborn:
Katherine Schoenborn

MS Science Grade

Katherine Schoenborn:

Katherine Schoenborn

MS Science Grade

Ms. Schoenborn has taught middle school for ten years at OLC. Upon hearing that, many people give her instant blessings and groans, but she absolutely loves it. Her favorite part of middle school is watching the kids change and grow from nervous  6th graders into confident 8th graders. Being able to be a part of that journey is a blessing! Ms. Schoenborn lives with her 2 sons and 2 dogs, all of whom are very messy and always hungry. 

Biography
Mitch Ziomkowski:
Mitch Ziomkowski

MS Math

Mitch Ziomkowski:

Mitch Ziomkowski

MS Math

Currently, Mr. Ziomkowski lives in Rockford with his two sons and wife.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Grand Valley State University, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Teacher Education from the University of Phoenix.  Previously, Mr. Ziomkowski has worked in the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids as middle school teacher for the past seven years, and feels blessed to be able to continue teaching in the Catholic Schools.  When he is not teaching, Mr. Z loves all things centered around physical, mental, and spiritual health.  Topping his list of hobbies is: lifting weights, running, mountain biking, yoga, cooking, and doing anything that involves his family.  Mr. Ziomkowski loves being part of the team here at OLC!

Biography
Linda Novak:
Linda Novak

MS ELA/Religion

Linda Novak:

Linda Novak

MS ELA/Religion

Linda Novak has been teaching either first or second grade at Our Lady of Consolation School since the 1999-2000 school year. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 1992. Prior to teaching at Our Lady, she taught Kindergarten and Preschool at Sts. Peter and Paul in Grand Rapids. Linda holds an Advanced Catechetical Certification from the Diocese of Grand Rapids. She is a life-long Diocese of Grand Rapids resident attending St. Anthony of Padua parish school for her elementary education and West Catholic High School. She and her husband Brian enjoy camping and attending Christian music festivals in the summer. They have four children. Two are OLC and West Catholic alumni. One is currently attending OLC and the youngest will be joining the Kindergarten class in the fall of 2019.

Biography
Wendy Rigley:
Wendy Rigley

MS Social Studies/Religion

Wendy Rigley:

Wendy Rigley

MS Social Studies/Religion

Wendy Rigley started teaching at OLC in the fall of 2020. She is the Middle School social studies and 7th grade religion teacher.  Wendy graduated from Belding High School and received both her undergraduate in secondary education and Masters degree in history from Central Michigan University.   Wendy lives in Caledonia with her husband, Joe, 2 daughters, Ella and Ava, and dog Ruby.  As a family they love to travel both around the world and in the US.  They also spend a lot of time camping all over Michigan during the summer.   She taught at Quincy Community schools and St. Alphonsus School in Dearborn before staying at home with her children for 9 years.  She loves being back in the classroom and her favorite is middle school!  What she loves most about middle school is how fun they are at this age.  Middle schoolers are so unique and every aspect of their personalities at this age is exactly what she loves about them.  Wendy remembers what it was like to be in this “middle” age of not being a little kid anymore, but also not being grown up. She also remembers those patient, nurturing teachers in middle school and feels called to be that teacher for the students here at OLC.

Biography
Amy Klobucher:
Amy Klobucher

Student Support Services

Amy Klobucher:

Amy Klobucher

Student Support Services

Mrs. Amy Klobucher Graduated from Grand Valley in 2009 with a Major in English, minor in Elementary Education. She taught 3rd/4th grade before coming to Our Lady C in 2014. Mrs. Klobucher lives in Rockford with her husband Mike and and their 4 children, including twin babies that keep her busy! She enjoys reading, camping, watching football, working out and helping run their gym. She loves working at OLC with the amazing staff and families that make it such a great place to be!

Biography
Emily Krajewski:
Emily Krajewski

Student Support Services

Mary Harkema:
Mary Harkema

Music/ Band/ Choir

Bailey Budnik:
Bailey Budnik

Band Director

Our Support Staff

Lindsay Alles:
Lindsay Alles

PS Aide

Steve Keyser:
Steve Keyser

Facility Manager

Sister Angela Brocca:
Sister Angela Brocca

Classroom Aide

Isabel Galloway:
Isabel Galloway

Classroom Aide

Tammy Gill:
Tammy Gill

Classroom Aide

Abby Petersen:
Abby Petersen

Child Care Director

Mary Siterlet:
Mary Siterlet

Playground Aide

Stephanie Vyn:
Stephanie Vyn

Classroom Aide

Karianne Wagner:
Karianne Wagner

PS Aide

Liz Weller:
Liz Weller

Playground Aide