About Saint Mary Academy

Saint Mary Academy School Board

The Saint Mary Academy School Board is a consultative board. The board's responsibilities are in policy matters. The board is not responsible for administration or the details of administration. Administration is the responsibility of the administrative team (pastor and principal).

If you wish to address the board, you must submit items for the agenda to the executive committee (School Board chairperson, pastor, and principal) at least seven days prior to the meeting for their consideration prior to placement on the agenda.

A Letter From Fr. Jeff

More than ever I am reminded this year that it takes the cooperation of all of us to provide the wonderful education we have come to expect here at Saint Mary Academy. As the Pastor of SMA I am grateful to those among our community who have stepped forward to serve on our SMA School Board, assisting Mrs. Kelly and myself in providing the best possible environment and programing for your families’ advancement in knowledge, grace, and wisdom. I am particularly grateful to Mrs. Pulac O’Kuma who has accepted the position of School Board Chair bringing her community-building talents to bear on our efforts. It is a joy to serve with such talented and dedicated parents! We are in this together, and together we will all rise

Peace, Fr. Jeff

A Word From Our SMA School Board Chair:

It is an honor and a privilege to be the school board chair for the 2020-2021 school year. This year has already proven to be a unique experience and I’m excited to be a part of what keeps our community together as we navigate through these uncertain times. Our board consists of parents plus our PTO and faculty representative as an advisory board for Mrs. Lisa Kelly and Father Jeff Nicolas. Specifically, we work on planning for our school’s future and giving input regarding school policies. We meet monthly and as representatives of our school community, we always welcome feedback, ideas, and suggestions from the families at our school. Please feel free to reach out to us. I’m proud to be a part of the SMA community and I look forward to finding ways for us to grow as a faith community.


Pulac O’Kuma

  • Lisa Kelly


    Mrs. Kelly became principal at Saint Mary Academy in July 2016. She strongly believes in the value of a Catholic education and developing the whole child.

    Mrs. Kelly was born and raised in upstate New York and has a variety of experiences teaching math from middle school through junior college. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics/Management from LeMoyne College and a M.A.T. from Binghamton University. Mrs. Kelly earned Rank 1 distinction with an additional M.A. in Educational Leadership from Spalding University. She holds current teaching certificates in New York and Texas and Kentucky certification as a school principal in grades K - 12 and mathematics teacher in grades 6 - 12.

    Prior to coming to Saint Mary Academy, Mrs. Kelly was the assistant principal at St. Patrick Catholic School for three years and served as a classroom teacher and assistant campus minister at Trinity High School for nine years.

    Mrs. Kelly and her husband, Patrick, have three children - Michelle, Chris and Ryan and are members at St. Margaret Mary parish.

  • Pulac O'Kuma

    School Board Chair

    Pulac O’Kuma is a Louisville native who attended the University of Louisville and received a liberal arts degree with a concentration in French, business, and political science. She and her husband, Chris have three children who all attend Saint Mary Academy. Pulac worked in pharmaceutical sales for over 10 years and she currently stays home. She and her husband are both active volunteers at SMA and they are grateful for the community of the school and parish at St. Mary Academy/St. Bernadette.

  • Lucila de la Vega

    School Board Vice Chair

    Lucila de la Vega came from Colombia 8 years ago, because husband came to work as CFO in a Louisville Engineering Company "Messier and Associates". After working in International Trade and Vocational Training for the Colombian Government, and being trained in Finance and International Trade, I am now a Realtor with 4 years experience in Residential Real Estate. Mother of Sofia, Kindergarten and Valeria "Val" in Preschool, we love St. Mary for the warm, family treatment, catholic education and core values.

  • Nicole Cooper


    Nicole joined the Saint Mary Academy School Board in the fall of 2019. She has two daughters attending SMA and has been an active member of the PTO and school volunteer community since 2013. With a degree in Marketing from the University of Kentucky, she works as a Marketing Consultant for Humana with a focus on creative development in television advertising. She is dedicated to serving the Louisville community through volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, Dare to Care, and The Healing Place.

    Nicole, along with her husband, Billy, love the community at SMA and appreciate feeling surrounded by parents that take such a vested interest in the school’s success. She is excited to serve on the School Board and support the wonderful teachers and staff of SMA.

  • Kathryn Crow

    Faculty Representative

    Ms. Crow has been working at Saint Mary Academy for two years. Ms. Crow grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of Saint Margaret Mary and Sacred Heart Academy. Ms. Crow earned her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville.

    Ms. Crow enjoys spending time with her family and her two puppies. Ms. Crow is a big University of Louisville fan and loves attending any UL game. She also loves spending time outside or reading a good book.

    Fun Fact: Ms. Crow is the oldest of 5 children.

  • Aaron Miller

    Parent Representative

    Aaron Miller is huge advocate for Catholic education, having graduated from Ascension elementary school, St. Xavier High School, and the University of Dayton. He works as Director of Programs for the Leadership Louisville Center, a nonprofit located on Main Street in downtown Louisville. He runs the civic programs for the Center, which includes Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Ignite Louisville, Focus Louisville, and Encore Louisville. He has been with the Leadership Louisville Center since 2011, and spent the previous 17 years in broadcasting, working as a radio morning show host and promotions/marketing director. He is a former city council member for the city of Lyndon and has worked as a writer/blogger for Gannett/The Courier-Journal. Aaron also sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for St. Xavier High School, and on the Community Advisory Board for the Junior League of Louisville.

    Aaron's wife Susan works in marketing with Humana, and he has two children at SMA: Maggie, in sixth grade, and Charlie, in third. His daughter started at SMA in preschool in 2009. Aaron believes strongly in catholic education and is thrilled with the quality of teachers and staff at SMA.

  • Zach Bloyd

    Parent Representative

  • Todd Bobzien

    Parent Representative

    Todd grew up in Louisville and attended Catholic grade school and high school here. Todd is active in various school activities and enjoys coaching soccer. His wife Amanda hails from Missouri, and they have five children.

  • Alicia Krieg

    Parent Representative

    Alícia Krieg is a native of Louisville who attended Sacred Heart Academy and majored in Communication and Spanish Literature at Hanover College. She taught for 9 years as a Lead Spanish teacher and World Language Chair at St. Francis School in Goshen, Kentucky and the Orchard School in Indianapolis. Her husband, Chris and her have three amazing children that love SMA. She finds much joy volunteering her talents at St. Mary Academy. In recent years, she has headed up both the Middle School Dance Elective and the 8th Grade Student Leadership Elective. Her students are a constant reminder of why she loves teaching so much and is blessed that SMA has given her the awesome opportunity to be back in the classroom. As a Board Member, she loves brainstorming ideas that help cultivate the relationship between the students and their gifted teachers.

  • Jenny Lewis

    Parent Representative

    Jenny Lewis grew up in Lebanon, Kentucky and attended St. Augustine School. She has lived in Louisville now for 20 years, graduating from both the University of Louisville and then UL School of Dentistry. She and her husband, Scott, each own dental practices outside of Louisville. She has four children attending Saint Mary Academy, and is excited to be on the Board to support both students and staff of SMA.

  • Julie Smith

    Parent Representative

    Julie is a native of Louisville and grew up in the Archdiocese of Louisville at Mother of Good Counsel Parish. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and then went on to complete medical school and residency at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She is board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and currently also serves as the President of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Alumni Association. She has three children attending Saint Mary Academy.

    She loves the faith community at the school and parish and is impressed how Saint Mary Academy uses evidence based best practices in the classrooms.