Shelbrey Blanc ’95 Named Holy Name President

Shelbrey Althoff Blanc ’95 has been named president of Holy Name High School. Mrs. Blanc replaces Terry Kenneally, a 1967 Holy Name graduate and longtime supporter of the school, who retires at the end of June after having served as president for four years. Mrs. Blanc currently serves as principal for Holy Name.

In making this announcement, Frank O’Linn, Ed.D., secretary for education and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Cleveland, praised Mrs. Blanc for the strength of her leadership.

“Over the years, Mrs. Blanc has proven herself to be an exceptional educator and visionary leader, guiding the school’s outstanding faculty and broader community in Holy Name’s commitment to ignite the fire of God’s love within their students, and also bring that same light to the world,” Dr. O’Linn said.

Mrs. Blanc expressed her appreciation for the appointment, saying, “Holy Name is a special place – one I hold close to my heart, and I am blessed to be part of this excellent institution. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead Holy Name into the future as its president. I am humbled by Dr. O’Linn’s confidence in me, and I look forward to continuing the traditions of Holy Name while helping to chart a solid course for continued growth and academic success in the years to come.”

Mrs. Blanc’s depth of experience in secondary education is impressive. In her more than 20 years in the field, Mrs. Blanc’s roles include that of principal, assistant principal and teacher at Holy Name High School. In addition, she taught high school students English at René Descartes High School, Saint Genis-Laval, France, from October 2001 – April 2002.

Mrs. Blanc earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. She has a Master of Arts in French Language and Culture from Boston College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Mrs. Blanc received her Bachelor of Science in Languages (French) from Georgetown University, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics in Washington, D.C. In 1998, she received her French university studies diploma from the L’Université Jean Moulin, Lyon III, Faculté de lettres, Lyon, France and a Diplôme de français des affaires, French business diploma with honors, in October 1999 from the Paris Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France.

Located in Parma Heights Ohio, Holy Name High School traces its roots to September 1914 when the school first opened its doors as a four-year secondary, co-educational, Catholic high school. The mission of Holy Name is simple and clear: To lead young adults to Christ by educating them in mind, body, and spirit.

Terrence J. Kenneally ’67 Named President of Holy Name High School

Terrence J. Kenneally ’67 Named President of Holy Name High School

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Terrence J. Kenneally Named President of Holy Name High School

Terrence (Terry) J. Kenneally, who for the past 18 years has been the Owner/President of Terrence J. Kenneally & Associates in Rocky River, OH, has been named as the President of Holy Name High School.

The announcement was made today by Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education and Superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Kenneally will report to Eugene Boyer, Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Newman Campus Ministry.

“It is a privilege and joy, in the name of Bishop Richard G. Lennon, to welcome Terry to assist in the leadership of one of the Bishop’s own schools. Terry joins a long list of those whose love for Holy Name High School led to a key role for its ongoing success,” said Margaret Lyons.

Kenneally has been practicing law for 38 years. He is currently teaching a course in Irish studies at Holy Name. He also writes two articles for the Irish American News, and has written articles for various legal publications as well.

He is a 1967 graduate of Holy Name High School. Kenneally received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Cleveland State University in 1973. He also obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron in 1978 and his master’s degree in Irish studies from John Carroll University in 2013.

Kenneally was inducted into the Holy Name Hall of Fame in 1979 and is a former member of its Advisory Board. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and a Diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has also been recognized for six consecutive years as an Ohio Super Lawyer.

“I have been a Holy Namer since I attended the school,” said Kenneally. My wife and I, and my oldest three children, have all graduated from Holy Name and, hopefully, my two grandsons and two granddaughters will have the same experience.”

Kenneally has been married to his wife, Susan Cejka Kenneally ’67, for 48 years. They have four children, Terry Jr. ’86, Sean ’87, Erin ’89, and Brianne and four grandchildren. He is an active member of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Valley City, where he also serves as a Lector.

Holy Name High School President Benjamin Farmer to Step Down on June 30

Holy Name High School President Benjamin Farmer to Step Down on June 30

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PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (January 26, 2015) – Benjamin Farmer, the president of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, will be stepping down from his current position as of June 30, 2015. A search for a new president to be in place for the 2015-2016 school year will begin immediately.

Mr. Farmer has been at Holy Name for more than 25 years, beginning his career there as a Math teacher in 1988. He served as an assistant principal in 2002 before being appointed principal in 2003. In 2004, the roles of president and principal were combined and Mr. Farmer remained in this dual role until July 2014 when the positions were again separated and Shelbrey Blanc ’95 became the first female lay principal of the school.

“Mr. Farmer’s dedication to Catholic education in general and Holy Name High School, in particular, goes well beyond any expression of gratitude words can convey. His commitment to the students and families of Holy Name will endure in their transformed lives,” said the Diocese of Cleveland’s Secretary for Catechetical Formation & Education/Superintendent Margaret Lyons.

During Mr. Farmer’s tenure at the school, Holy Name has consistently operated within budget while successfully completing many capital improvement projects, including the new library media center, new energy-efficient lights throughout the building, a new athletic practice field and a new boiler for the school heating system. In addition, a window replacement project will be completed later this year. Under his leadership the school has also experienced important curriculum improvements to better prepare students for college, most notably with the school’s participation in the highly regarded Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP).

“Holy Name High School is in a solid position for a transition to new leadership, and is blessed to have a remarkable and dedicated faculty and staff who will continue their outstanding efforts of providing a transformative educational experience for Holy Name students,” said Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Newman Campus Ministry Eugene Boyer. “As Holy Name begins its second century we want to build on the great things that have been done. It is exciting to think about the next chapter in Holy Name’s story.”

Mr. Farmer is currently exploring other options within the Diocese of Cleveland, and will remain fully engaged as president of Holy Name until his departure on June 30, 2015. The school plans to have someone in the role as of July 1, 2015. For more details on this position, please view the job posting at

About Holy Name High School

Holy Name High School is a coeducational, Catholic high school located in Parma Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1914, it is the oldest coed Catholic school in the Cleveland area. Rich in history and tradition, Holy Name is a college preparatory institution enrolling students in grades 9-12. Rooted in Christian values, Holy Name promotes excellence in education through a challenging curriculum, personal responsibility and participation in extra-curricular activities. Our graduates move into the future with the confidence and knowledge-base to succeed.

Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

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The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our search for a new Principal of Holy Name High School. Effective July 1, 2014 Shelbrey Blanc ’95 will become the new principal of Holy Name. Mrs. Blanc is currently the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Teacher Supervision at Holy Name, a position she has held since 2009. She will become the first female lay principal in Holy Name’s history.
During her high school years at Holy Name she was freshman and sophomore class president, a 4 year participant on the track team, president of French club, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Upon graduation from Holy Name, Mrs. Blanc attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Language in French in 1999. She was then named a teaching fellow at Boston College where she taught Elementary and Intermediate French classes to undergraduates and also earned her Master’s degree there in 2001.

Prior to returning to Holy Name as a French teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson, Mrs. Blanc worked as an English instructor to adolescents and adults in Lyon, France for two years.

“I am thrilled to accept the position of Principal of my alma mater and I look forward to working with the alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students of Holy Name by leading the continued development of the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the Diocese of Cleveland,” Mrs. Blanc expressed.

With this appointment Holy Name joins other diocesan high schools in adopting the successful model of separating the offices of principals and presidents. Current President/Principal Ben Farmer will continue as President of Holy Name.

“We are delighted that Shelbrey’s love for the Holy Name community is translating into a new role as principal. We welcome a new energy as this model of administration is initiated,” stated Ms. Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education and Superintendent of Schools.
Please join us in congratulating Shelbrey Blanc and welcoming her into her new role at Holy Name.

Thank you,
The Administration of Holy Name High School.