About

Leadership

Welcome to the Benedictine Schools of Richmond Leadership

Our leadership team operates two single-sex Catholic high schools, informed by the Rule of Saint Benedict. Our schools, Benedictine College Preparatory and Saint Gertrude High School, have shared a brother-sister relationship in Richmond for over 100 years! Founded by the Benedictine Monks and Benedictine Sisters, the schools have many strengths including a rigorous academic environment, a strong faith-based culture, and a commitment to develop the leadership potential of every student. 

However, the center of gravity for our schools is their sense of community. We refer to our schools’ community as “our family.” This family sense is created in our classrooms, chapels, dining halls, performance stages, and athletic fields. We work, pray, eat, and play together. This is how and where a family is built in the home. We believe the same is true for a school. This charism of community is inherited from the first Benedictine monasteries and schools, founded 1500 years ago, and it remains a tradition we are proud to carry forward to this day. 

May God bless you and your family as you discern your membership in the family of our schools.

Yours in Prayer and Work,
Jesse Grapes
President

BSoR Board of Trustees

Mrs. Theresa Bahen '76, BCP '04, '07, '17 Parent
Mrs. Debbie Berger '87, BCP '16, '21 Parent
Mrs. Bridget Ryan Berman '78
Sister Joanna Burley O.S.B.
BG. Norvell V. Coots '76
Mr. Buddy Gadams '89
Mr. Rodney Ganey '69
Mrs. Cheryl Goddard '80
Mr. Michael Kehoe '84, SGHS '21 Parent
Mrs. Leslie Koenig-Stack '74, SGHS '22 Grandparent
Fr. Jonathan Licari O.S.B.
Mr. Kevin McNamara '74
Mrs. Kelley Mulcunry '91
Ms. Phillis Oeters '75
Mr. Steve Reardon '80, BCP '09 Parent; SGHS '10, '11, '12, '15 Parent
Mr. Richard E. Smith '88
Mr. Ken Sullivan
, BCP '15 Parent; SGHS '13, '19 Parent
Mr. Joseph R. Swedish '69
Mr. Jock Wheeler
Monsignor John Williams '56

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Jesse Grapes

    Jesse Grapes 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    President
    804-708-9525
  • Photo of Drew Mugford

    Drew Mugford 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Principal
    804-708-9500
  • Photo of Amy Pickral

    Amy Pickral 

    Saint Gertrude High School
    Saint Gertrude Head of School
    804-708-9500
  • Photo of Del Smith

    Del Smith , IV 

    Benedictine College Prep
    Benedictine Head of School
    804-708-9500
  • Photo of Erin Parkhurst

    Erin Parkhurst 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Vice President of Strategic Communications
    804-708-9530
  • Photo of Patrick Barksdale

    Patrick Barksdale 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Director of Facilities
    804-708-9510
  • Photo of Thomas  Glass

    Thomas  Glass 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Director of IT
    804-708-9517
  • Photo of Greg Lilly

    Greg Lilly 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Director of Admission
    804-708-9504
  • Photo of Father John Mary

    Father John Mary 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Chaplain/Teacher
    804-708-9653
  • Photo of Fran Pochily

    Fran Pochily 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Director of Athletics
    804-708-9610
  • Photo of Ann Michele Sweeney

    Ann Michele Sweeney 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Director of Finance
    804-708-9503
  • Photo of Ashley Lowry

    Ashley Lowry 

    Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    Dean of Faculty, Teacher