Board of Trust


St. Bernard Academy is honored to welcome Courtney Ross, Fr. Anthony Stewart and Paul Worley as new members of the school’s Board of Trustees. All three began their positions in August and will serve for 3-year terms ending in 2024.

“We are so fortunate to add such an accomplished group of individuals to our Board of Trustees,” said Carl J. Sabo, Head of School. “They truly provide a diverse business background and all three of them are well-respected by their peers and by the community. We look forward to their input and support.”

Courtney Ross

Courtney Ross was recently named Senior Manager of External Affairs at Amazon. She is a key member of Amazon’s Public Policy team, supporting and driving engagement with local stakeholders, business organizations, and civic associations. Prior to joining Amazon, Ross was the Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, where she was involved in relocation and expansion projects with Amazon, AllianceBerstein, Bridgestone Americas and numerous others. Her 20-year economic development career has also included positions at Applied Marketing, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Memphis BioWorks and the State of Tennessee. Ross is a native of Memphis, TN, and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She is a current SBA parent of Jake ’23, and Ellie ’26.

Fr. Anthony Stewart

Fr. Anthony Stewart is parochial vicar (associate pastor) at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood. Fr. Anthony grew up in McEwen, TN, and converted to Catholicism in 2009. He attended two years at Aquinas College in Nashville studying Theology, while discerning a vocation to the priesthood. He was then accepted to the Diocese of Nashville, and began studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating, Bishop David R. Choby sent him to study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. There he obtained a STB at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and a license in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. After four years in Rome, Fr. Anthony returned to the diocese and was ordained a priest in 2018, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation by Bishop J. Mark Spalding.

Paul Worley

Paul Worley is a Grammy-winning record producer and musician who began his career as a session guitarist in the 1970s. He went on to become a music executive, first at Sony BMG then at Warner Bros. Records. In 2004, he and several partners founded Skyline Records and Skyline Music Publishing. Then in 2010, he helped form an independent music label, Skyville Records, which specializes in developing up-and-coming artists. Throughout his career, Worley has discovered and produced some of biggest acts in country music, including Martina McBride, The Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, and numerous others. Worley is a Nashville native who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in philosophy. He is a past SBA parent to Owen ’20.


Courtney Ross

Fr. Anthony Stewart

Paul Worley



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Dear SBA Community,

As the 2020-2021 school year gets set to begin — one that will be unlike any other in St. Bernard Academy’s 154 years — the Board of Trust feels it is vital to express to the SBA community its support for Head of School Chuck Sabo, Upper School Head Christina Mila, Lower School Head Margaret Thornton, Business Manager Pam Parks and all faculty and administrative staff during this extraordinary time. While the Board of Trust is primarily focused on governance and strategic planning, rather than day-to-day operations, in unprecedented circumstances such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Board will work closely with Chuck in making certain that SBA is providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and those with whom they come in contact. Set forth below are the Board’s thoughts as we begin the journey through this academic year.


The Board understands and appreciates how hard Chuck and his team have worked since March to create an on-campus environment that is as safe as possible for the school community. This includes creating a COVID-19 Advisory Committee made up of medical professionals, Board members, and others, which has vetted available scientific and medical information related to the pandemic and assisted SBA in instituting appropriate protocols to keep the school population safe. The Board very much appreciates the Committee’s efforts. The Board also appreciates that the faculty and staff have worked diligently since March to maintain the excellent academic offerings of SBA, while safeguarding the health of our students. We thank all of those involved for their hard work. Please consider expressing your gratitude as well.

The Board also appreciates that parents continue to support SBA by enrolling their children for this academic year, even in uncertain and challenging circumstances, and we thank you for that.


While Chuck and the Advisory Committee have done excellent work through the summer in analyzing risks and fashioning appropriate safety protocols, the Board acknowledges that this year will present difficult situations and likely necessitate difficult decisions. The Board likewise acknowledges that some parents do not feel comfortable having their children attend SBA in-person at this time and respects that position. We encourage all persons involved in the SBA community to take a moment as we begin the year to acknowledge that it will not be perfect, but we remain optimistic that SBA will make the best of this unpredictable situation.


The outcome of this academic year will be heavily influenced by the attitude of all those involved, including the Board, Chuck, administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents. We encourage the SBA community to be patient and exhibit a merciful attitude, remembering the original intent of SBA’s founders, the Sisters of Mercy. If we remember during this time to treat each other with respect and as each one of us would like to be treated, this journey through an unprecedented academic year will be smoother, more productive, and more successful.

In closing, please know that the Board of Trust has been kept fully apprised by Chuck through this tumultuous time and will continue to stay involved and be available to support Chuck and SBA in whatever way its members collectively can.


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Brigid Carpenter, President
Board of Trust

On behalf of the SBA Board of Trust:

Chris Crane
Dean Harless
Jean Jackson
Ken King
Adam Llorenz
Mary Pietrzyk
Evelyn Redwine
Courtney Ross
Nicole Smith
Father Anthony Stewart
John Tumminello
Ellie Walsh-Moots
Paul Worley
Chase Wright
Li Xu
Stephen Zralek


Download PDF version of letter here.


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