Shrine Schools Unified School Board

The Shrine Unified School Board (USB) purpose is to create policy and make recommendations to the administrators and President to ensure achievement of the strategic goals and objectives of the Schools.

The USB is made up of Parish members, school parents and industry experts. They use their skills and experience to help achieve marketing, financial and operational goals. If you would like to contact the USB please email

Monsignor Robert J. McClory– Pastor/President of Shrine Catholic Schools
Bill Connelly  – Chairperson
Natalie True – Committee Chair, Catholic Identity
Chris Buchanan – Committee Chair, Nominating
Matt Mio – Committee Co-Chair, Marketing & Enrollment
Kristi Orvis — Committee Co-Chair, Marketing & Enrollment
Kathleen Moore – Secretary
Andrea Knapp – Marketing & Communications

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

2017-2018 USB members

img_30171Christopher Buchanan
This is Chris’s fifth year on the USB. He welcomed the invitation to join because he wants to stay involved in his children’s educational future at Shrine. He has worked in the automotive business for 17 years, primarily in sales and program management with Tier 1 suppliers. He’s worked abroad in Sweden and Germany and is using his business acumen on the USB’s marketing sub-committee. Chris and his wife, Christine, live with their four children in Royal Oak. Their kids attend Shrine Catholic Grade School and Academy in grades 5, 6, 8 and 10.

Bill Connelly
Bill believes education is an important ministry of the Church and a parish. A retired automotive executive with experience as CEO, COO and CFO in a number of domestic and international operations, last year Bill brought tremendous insight and enthusiasm to his role on the USB’s marketing and finance sub-committees. This is Bill’s sixth year serving on the USB and he is heading the finance committee which will positively affect the school system’s financial health. A graduate of John Carroll University and Case-Western Reserve University, Bill has also served on the boards of many for-profit and non-profit organizations. Bill is a parish member and lives in Birmingham.

Andrea Knapp
Andrea is currently in her third year on the USB. Andrea is the Media Relations and Content Leader at AAM. Prior to joining AAM, she was the Corporate Media Manager for Delphi Automotive. Andrea has a background in journalism and was a magazine editor for several automotive industry magazines. She served on Shrine’s grade school Parent Advisory Committee for two years. Andrea is currently a member of the marketing committee. Andrea and her husband Nathan live in Royal Oak and have two daughters at the grade school.

Matt Mio
This is Matt’s fifth year on the USB, although he has an additional year of experience with the Marketing/Communications subcommittee. Matt has been “going to school” since 1980 and has always had an interest in Catholic education. Matt has taught at the University of Detroit Mercy for 16 years and is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Matt is dedicated to community service, especially in the area of science literacy. Matt and his wife Leslie are both SCHS 1993 grads, and they live in Berkley. They are proud parents of three boys: Joseph (SCA 8th grade), Lorenzo (SCGS 4th grade) and Emmet (SCGS K).

Kathleen Moore
Kathy begins her fifth year on the USB after retiring from Oakland University where she served as professor of chemistry and associate dean of arts and sciences. She looks forward to using her knowledge at the collegiate level to help Shrine student be ready for the undergraduate experience. She is eager to help Shrine Schools and their students navigate current national opportunities and challenges in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Kathy and her husband Jerry live in Royal Oak and have been parish members for 30 years. The Moore’s two daughters are graduates of both Shrine Grade School and High School where they received excellent preparation in all academic areas and emerged well-grounded in their Catholic values.

Kristi Orvis
Kristi begins her fifth year on the USB.  Kristi is a sales account executive at Pandora Internet Radio for the State of Michigan. Prior to joining Pandora, she worked in the radio industry for 19 years, in a similar role. Prior to joining the USB, she was a member of the Parent Advisory Committee for two years and volunteer for various Mother’s Club events. Kristi will be contributing her time to the marketing and communications committees. Kristi and her husband Eric have one son in the 7th grade at Shrine.

Natalie True
Natalie has worked in the marketing and advertising industry for more than 15 years as a writer and currently runs her own copywriting business. Prior to joining the USB, Natalie chaired several Grade School Mothers’ Club committees. While serving on the USB, Natalie will represent the Catholic Identity Committee. Natalie and her husband, Preston have a son, Henry, in the 11th grade at the high school and a daughter, Georgia, in 7th grade at the grade school.

If you are in public relations, education, social work, marketing, business management, law, finance or just have a passion to better our schools consider joining the USB! If you are interested in becoming a member for the 2015-2016 school year, please contact any member of the current board or either school principal. The USB is looking for members with backgrounds in social media, marketing and branding.  If you have these skills or a passion to better our schools, please consider joining the USB.

An application will be made available in the Shrine Herald in the spring or by using this link, USB Application.

Please return all applications to the following: Chris Buchanan, Nominating Committee Chair,