Benedictine High School is proud to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors. Joining the current 16 Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 academic year are Mr. Dell Robinson ’83, Ms. Ellen McCarthy, and Sister Helene Skrzyniarz, SSJ-TOSF.
Board Chairman, Bill Wilkinson `82, states “Consistent with our goal of continual improvement, I look forward to working with these talented and committed colleagues who have agreed to offer their time and talents to the Men of Benedictine. Their professional experiences and belief in our mission will aid in our growth and development as we embark on our 100 year anniversary in 2027.”
Dell Robinson is a practice leader and senior consultant with Spelman Johnson and leads the firm’s athletics practice. He partners with organizations of all types to recruit athletic directors, commissioners, coaches, and other leaders across all athletic associations, divisions, and conferences.
Prior to joining Spelman Johnson, Dell served as commissioner of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). When he assumed the role of GLIAC’s commissioner in July 2009, he became the first person of color to serve as an NCAA Division II commissioner of a non-historically Black college or university conference. His previous roles have included associate commissioner of legislation and governance at the Mid-American Conference, assistant commissioner for compliance at the Western Athletic Conference, and director of compliance and enforcement at the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He served as vice chair of the NCAA Division II Collegiate Commissioner Association and as chair of the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
Dell holds a BS in physical education from Ohio University and an MS in sports administration from Iowa State University. He serves on the board of the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation and is a presenter for the NCAA Pathway Program. His service to Ohio University includes membership on the College of Business Executive Advisory Board, two years as a trustee appointed to the Board of Trustees by former Governor John Kasich, and two terms as chair of the National Alumni Association. He is the recipient of the Ohio University Distinguished Service Award.
Ellen McCarthy spent her entire professional career as a lawyer representing injured workers and their families as a principal at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller, and McCarthy LPA and founding member of Young and McCarthy. She is a past president of the Ohio Association for Justice, the statewide bar association of injury lawyers and was the fourth woman president in the organization’s 68 year history. Ellen taught Trial Advocacy at Cleveland Marshall College of Law and lectured around the State of Ohio on trial tactics. She was a Board Member of the Ohio Board of Trial Attorneys and an instructor of the organization’s Masters in Trial seminars. She is also a past Board Member of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and a member of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association.
Ellen is a graduate of St. Leo University, located outside of Tampa, Florida. St. Leo was the first Roman Catholic college in Florida and is one of the five largest Catholic colleges in the United States. The Abbey at St Leo’s is an American-Cassinese monastery of Benedictine monks, tracing its roots back to 1882. It is also home to The Benedictine Sisters of Florida, founded in 1889.
Sister Helene Skrzyniarz, SSJ-TOSF is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. She currently serves as the Director of Religious Education for St. Monica’s Parish in Garfield Heights, Ohio, a position she has held for the last nine years.
She brings a rich and varied educational background and extensive experience to the Benedictine Board of Trustees. She earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Boston College in 1986 where she also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Education.
For 21 years, 1986-2007, she had the unique experience of serving in the central office administration of several public school systems in the Northeast as a Catholic nun including the positions of Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools.
In 2007 she returned to Cleveland to serve as the founding principal of a newly merged Catholic elementary school named John Paul II Academy in Garfield Heights which was the combination of Saints Peter and Paul and Saint Therese grade schools. She remained as principal for seven years.
The 2022-2023 Benedictine High School Board of Directors includes:
Mr. Ryan Ryzner `95
Mr. William J. Wilkinson `82
Rev. Michael Brunovsky, OSB
Mr. Edward J. St. John `84 PE, BCEE
Mr. Jamie E. Georgeson `78
Sister Helene Skrzyniarz, SSF-TOSF
Rt. Rev. Gary A. Hoover, OSB `74
Rev. Finbar Ramsak, OSB
Ms. Ellen McCarthy
Mr. Jade Davis `99
Mr. Gerard Joyce
Mr. Joe Sweeney `98
Mr. Anthony J. Searcy
Mr. Josh Crocker `96
Mr. John DiPaola `78
Mr. Brendan Walton `84
Dr. Timothy J. O’Brien, PhD
Mr. Edward J. Tomba `77
Mr. Dell Robinson `83