Faculty and Staff

Dr. H. Eric Clark

Eric was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and he is a graduate of St. Louis University High (SLUH).  He has earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University Of Missouri-St. Louis.  He has also earned a second Master of Arts in Educational Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University (SLU).

Eric began his career in Jesuit, education in 1992 as an Assistant Principal for SLUH.  He strongly believes in the Ignatian philosophy of seeking and finding God in all things, people and situations.  Believing that God was “calling” him to be stretched and not to become complacent, he decided to leave SLUH.  In June of 2008, he became the Principal at Loyola Academy.  In July of 2009, he became the President and Principal. In January 2011, he relinquished the role of Principal and is currently solely the President.  Eric believes that he is extremely blessed that he “gets” to go to work.  “Working at Loyola Academy is a vocation, not a job!”  Eric truly loves being able to assist in “breaking the cycle of poverty through education while molding boys into young men for others”.

Ashley Chapman

Ashley attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree and then moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career teaching middle-school math. Although she enjoyed teaching math, Ashley felt a growing call to foster the social, emotional, and personal development of her students. She enrolled at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis to pursue a Master in Social Work. During that time, she worked as a Teen Outreach Program facilitator for Wyman Center. Ashley worked as the School Social Worker at KIPP DC for two years prior to returning home to St. Louis to join the Loyola Academy team. She served as the Director of Social Services for two years and is excited about undertaking the Interim Principal position for the 2017-2018 school year. She feels honored and blessed to work with the students and families at Loyola Academy.

Faith Barnes
Director of Development and Marketing

Since 2001, Faith has served in various leadership roles in the regional nonprofit community. After receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in sociology at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Faith went on to serve as Executive Director of Adequate Housing for Missourians, a role she successfully filled from 2001-2004. Since then, she has held development positions at Grand Center, Fathers’ Support Center, St. Louis and FOCUS St. Louis.

Faith accepted her current position as Director of Development at Loyola Academy of St.Louis in May 2011, and was promoted to Director of Development and Marketing in 2015. ” I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to know our students and to have the privilege of seeing first hand the transformation in their lives from boys to young men – “men for others” in the Loyola tradition.  Being able to play even a small part in that transformation is one of the greatest rewards I could possibly have.”  Faith is responsible for overseeing fundraising initiatives for Loyola including the recruitment and retention of individual donors, fundraising events, and corporate and foundation relations.

Faith is very active at her local church and in her free time, enjoys hanging out with her daughter and shopping (of course).

Katheleen Batts
Business Manager


Katheleen Batts is the first “official” Business Manager of Loyola Academy.  In October of 2009 Katheleen arrived at Loyola to set up and manage all the school’s financial business.  She knew she would not have the stress of getting to know her new boss, Mr. Eric Clark – they had worked together at St. Louis University High School for 16 years.  Katheleen held the record for longevity in the Business Office at SLUH, and was capable of answering and solving any transaction for vendors, her colleagues and superiors.  She was hard pressed to leave SLUH, but when Eric asked, she could not help remembering that she wished she could have been in this capacity when they opened the doors of Loyola Academy.  Even while at SLUH, she worked with Tom Nolan to process the first orders of business for Loyola Academy.  In addition to being the financial manager, Katheleen is also the facility manager.  When she has mastered juggling these two very time consuming positions, Katheleen hopes to she can contribute more to the students’ lives at Loyola.  Specifically, she would like to bring a personal banking class to Loyola so that students learn the basics of banking.

Elbert Williams III
Director of Graduate Support

Elbert Williams III started his experience in Jesuit education as a student at Loyola Academy of St. Louis. After graduating from Loyola in 2003, he attended Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School where he excelled academically and participated in organizations such as the Intern Leadership Program, the Brotherhood and the Spoken Word Club. Even more, he was the team captain of the varsity track and field and cross-country teams.

In May 2012, Elbert graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Black Studies minor and a Multicultural Certificate. Shortly after his graduation from Mizzou, he returned to his hometown of St. Louis to serve his community in various ways. As a general tutor/volunteer for Loyola, he assisted Loyola Men by tutoring them on several subjects and served as a mentor. Additionally, he volunteered for the St. Louis Public Schools’ Adult Education and Literacy program where he served as a language arts tutor and volunteer instructor. He also served as the Assistant Coach for Cardinal Ritter Prep’s cross-country team for a brief period.

Prior to his role at Loyola as the Director of Graduate Support, Elbert was selected by the Missouri College Advising Corps to serve as the College Adviser for the School District of Riverview Gardens. Elbert is elated to be able to support other gradates of Loyola and believes that it’s always a great day to be a Loyola Man!

Lisa Bachmann
Director of Campus Ministry

Lisa was born and raised in St. Louis and is wholly committed to making the city the best it can be! She holds a BA in History at Xavier University (minoring in Spanish and Political Science along the way). After undergrad, she traveled out to Denver, Colorado for a year of volunteer teaching through the Alum Service Corps at Arrupe Jesuit High School. Through attending Xavier and working at Arrupe, Lisa’s appreciation and understanding of Jesuit education grew and intensified. Next, she returned to St. Louis to become a Kent Campus Ministry Intern at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University. There she remained for the next two years while earning her Certification for Secondary Education in History from WashU. In the last semester of the certification program, she student taught at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School and had the opportunity to create her own lessons and unit plans under the tutelage of Robert Welker.

During all of this time, Lisa had been a supporter of and volunteer for Loyola Academy. She enthusiastically joined the Loyola staff for the 2016-2017 school year as Religion Teacher and Campus Minister. Engaging the students in religion, planning retreats for the students and staff, and planning liturgical events for the school is the primary bulk of her work. Talking with the students one-on-one and encouraging them to be respectful, curious, and confident are her favorite things about teaching!

Mary Franklin
Administrative Assistant

Mary was born and raised in St. Louis.  Mary worked for many years for the Internal Revenue Service in Personnel and then switched to working for the Catholic Church.

Mary believes in the values and importance of a Catholic Education, having raised and educated four children in Catholic grade schools, high schools and colleges.  She also is committed to “Social Justice” issues, and believes in the mission of Loyola Academy.

When possible, Mary likes to attend concerts, go to the movies, read and spend time with her grandchildren.

Shelly McNutt
Special Events Coordinator (Fundraisers)

Shelly was born and raised in St. Louis and is married to Don McNutt. They have 3 sons  and a daughter-in-law, who have all attended Catholic schools.  They are members of St. Catherine LaBoure Parish.  She has volunteered in all the schools her sons have attended, including St. Catherine LaBoure, CBC, SLUH, and Lindbergh High School.  After volunteering at the different schools, Shelly started coordinating fund-raising events and working with the development team at Loyola last year.

Adam Hale
Math Teacher

Adam “Mr. E” Elkana-Hale earned his BS in Performing Arts from Cornell College in 2002.  He then attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in England, from which he received his MFA in Theater.  While he has held many jobs since (including time as a college sports play-by-play announcer and as a chemist in a steel mill), his career path has always been aimed toward teaching.  Following two years with the educational wing of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Adam enrolled at St. Louis University to pursue his teaching certification and, eventually, his Master’s.  He took his first classroom position at Torah Prep Jewish Boys’ School in U City, where he taught computers and gym.  Thanks to a tip from his friend Matt Carroll, an after-school tutor, he joined the Loyola family in January 2011.

An energetic teacher with infectious enthusiasm, Adam brings his past on-stage experience to the classroom each and every day.  He works hard to take numbers and equations off the page and make them hands-on, relating concepts to his students through music, games, props, and other non-traditional means.  In the upcoming year, he plans to integrate elements of the Singapore Math system and the “Challenge By Choice” Tiered Assessment model into Loyola’s math curriculum, allowing students greater ownership over their own educational experience while encouraging a deeper exploration of math’s inner workings.

Mr. E lives in Richmond Heights with his wife Johanna and their 5 year-old son Eitan.  When he’s not engaged in teacher-ly pursuits he’s a member of the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club and enjoys baseball, theater, and gardening.

Eric Vails, Sr.
Director of Food Services

Six years ago, I was trying to find my nephew a middle school that could give him some of the missing pieces he needed to go to a college prep high school. Finding Loyola Academy was a true blessing, and from my time visiting the old building, I knew that this was the right place for him.

There are two things in my life that have been constant, children and food. I have over 23 years of experience in youth coaching and mentoring.  I also have over 28 years of food service under my belt. I have also owned two stand along restaurants, and two in building leases. I worked at Confluence Academy as a Teachers Assistant, Assistant Operation Manager and ISS Monitor. I have attended St. Louis Community College and will continue to further my education in the next several years to achieve some of my personal and professional goals. I had three students who graduated from Loyola Academy: Wilbert Jr. c/o 2010, Eric Jr. c/o 2012 and DaVeon c/o 2014.

Teresa Corby
Art Teacher

Teresa W. Corby is Loyola Academy’s visual arts instructor. She studied visual and performing arts at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she performed at Gentry Theatre and was a member of Marching Mizzou and Fem-Mini Mizzou for two years, playing sousaphone, baritone, and flute, along with piano, percussion and various instruments on the side.  Mrs. Corby is also Loyola Academy’s Encore Music Director and Arts Integration Specialist.

Teresa holds a BA in Secondary Education, a Master of Art in Teaching, MAT (K-12) with an emphasis in Art Education from Webster University, and is a proud member of Omicron Kappa Delta, a national honor society.  She is the owner of confetti events:  designing, planning, and styling for special events.  Teresa also created and oversees camp confetti:  a K-6 arts program for all learners, developing positive self esteem and Christian values through art making since 1999.  She has been a Teaching Artist (visual arts) for COCA’s (Center of Creative Arts) Interchange and Urban Arts outreach programs since 2009, and is currently teaching and working on an Arts integration pilot program with the Kennedy Arts Center in Washington DC.

Teresa and Kevin, her husband recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They are blessed with Kevin D., Soccer Goalie (SLUH ’09;BBA from UMKC ’14), Audrey J., art teacher (Nerinx ’10), nephew Malcom, Chef (CBC’92) and Layla, their labrador retriever.

Teresa loves spending time with family and friends, and her parish. She enjoys playing music, gardening, traveling, volunteering, golfing, creating upcycled art, eating dark chocolate and visiting her parents and family in her hometown of Perryville, Missouri.

Juan McAfee
English-Language Arts Teacher

Juan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Columbia College in Chicago , IL . He received his teaching certification at Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis , MO. Currently he is teaching English at Loyola Academy in St. Louis , MO. Previously for nine years, Juan worked at a charter high school in St. Louis where he taught everything from Freshman Honors English to Applied Communications III. In addition to instructing students of widely varying abilities, he has also taken the opportunity to build relationships with the students outside of the classroom. He has accomplished this by supervising and instructing Title I tutoring and playing an active role in the school community by participating in various after school programs. He believes these experiences have taught him how to be a better teacher both in and outside the classroom. Juan cherishes his alone time which consists of listening to music, reading and watching movies. He often times writes to express his emotions. Consequently, he was selected as a presenter for three consecutive years as a poet and playwright at yearly Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society conferences.

Fernando Vigil
Science Teacher

A St. Louis native, Fernando was blessed to attend both St. Louis University High School and St. Louis University. After working for many years in the export industry, Fernando returned to school to fulfill a long time goal of becoming a science teacher. He is excited to now be part of a third level of Jesuit education as the new science teacher here at Loyola Academy.

Whether students are launching hot air balloons, building earthquake proof towers, dissecting chicken wings, or exploring combustion, Fernando hopes to share his belief that, “Science is awesome!” He wants his students to recognize the science all around them—from the simple elegance of a rainbow to the amazing technology of a smartphone. From the physics of a basketball free throw to the biology behind how our bodies process food, and so much more. Even more importantly, he believes it is critical that every Loyola graduate understand that that science is more than just facts and figures—it’s a way of looking at the world with a critical eye.

When time allows Fernando enjoys exploring medieval history and listening to Irish folk music.

Colleen Clark
Community Outreach and Volunteer Resource Coordinator

Colleen began her time at Loyola in 2015 as a Social Work Practicum student during her senior year at Saint Louis University.  The following school year Colleen did a year of service with the Alum Service Corps (ASC) at Loyola Academy.  Colleen currently serves as the Community Outreach and Volunteer Resource Coordinator.  She considers the opportunity to work with Loyola students, families, volunteers, faculty and staff, donors, and board members a true gift.  She is a Jesuit-educated, Jesuit educator with a passion for the school’s mission.

Gene Brion
Director of Athletics

Gene began serving at Loyola in 2007 as both the 6th and 7th grade religion teacher and AmeriCorps Community Resource Coordinator. He also taugh the Western Civilization, Greek Mythology, and Russian Civilization elective classes. In 2011, he became Athletic Director and over the years he coached basketball, soccer, track & field, and baseball. He currently helps with lacrosse, track, and chess while head coaching the alumni basketball team,  which he has done since 2009. Gene believes Loyola is a great school for shaping individual lives through academics, athletics, arts, and spirituality so graduates can create strong, compassionate communities. He has also worked at Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Aquinas Institute of Theology.

while growing up in St. Louis, Gene graduated from De Smet Jesuit High School. As a senior, he volunteered at Loyola and was so impressed on the first day he thought, “If I ever come back to St. Louis, I’m going to help out at Loyola in some way.” At Villanova University, he earned a BA in History. He went on to graduate with a MA in Higher Education from Saint Louis University and a MA in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently studying at SLU for a PhD in Higher Education Administration.

Outside of Loyola, Gene enjoys traveling, reading, theater, attending coaching clinics, movies, long walks, art museums, tennis, soccer, kayaking, astronomy, and spending time with family and friends.

Richard Williams
Custodial Services

Richard has over sixteen years of experience in the area of grounds, building and floor maintenance. He was born and raised in the City of St. Louis and understands the value and importants of a catholic school education. Five of his six children are alumni of Rockhust University, Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, Loyola Academy of St. Louis (both locations), Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and the St. Francis Xavier College Church Elementary School.  His youngest son currently attends Christian Brothers College High School.

Richard has spent the last sixteen years proudly and passionately serving children and families involved in the adoption and foster care system.

Marina Valero
Custodial Services


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