DePaul Cristo Rey High School Administrative Team
Sister Jeanne Bessette, OSF, Ed.D., President
Sister Jeanne is the founding president of DePaul Cristo Rey. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in Joliet, Ill., where she served on their governing board before becoming DPCR’s president. Prior to that she was the principal of Trinity High School in River Forest, Ill., for eight years and during her tenure established the International Baccalaureate honors curriculum and led innovations in scheduling, technology and fine arts programs. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards at the local and national level. Sister Jeanne holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Francis in Joliet where she has been named as one of the school’s 90+ Notables. She also holds a master’s from Loyola University and a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco. She sees the Cristo Rey Network as a major movement in urban education and says, “It has been a joy to work with the Sisters of Charity – always pioneers in working with underserved populations – who had the vision to see DePaul Cristo Rey as a key to reducing poverty and keeping new generations of talented young people engaged in their own community.”
Andrew Farfsing, Principal
Andy became the first principal of DePaul Cristo Rey High School in 2010, a year ahead of the school’s opening. Since then he has been responsible for curriculum development, hiring of teachers and academic staff, and he spearheaded the processes that granted DPCR an Ohio charter and full accreditation from the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association. Under Andy’s academic leadership, DPCR students have grown in numbers, academic proficiency and college readiness. He presided at the school’s first graduation in May 2015, celebrating not only that milestone, but also the fact that every senior had been accepted to college. Prior to arriving at DPCR, Andy worked as a teacher, coach and student activities director at Cincinnati’s La Salle High School. His teaching and leadership excellence were recognized with the student-selected La Salle Person of the Year Award in 2009 and the principal-selected Teacher of the Year Award in 2004. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xavier University.
Lisa Atkins, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa is responsible for all financial activities of the school including human resources, tuition management, support to the Corporate Work Study Program, transportation, facilities management, and federal, state and local funding of educational programs. She joined DPCR following five years as tax manager at Cincinnati’s Xavier University. Prior to that she worked as a tax manager, assistant treasurer, auditor and accountant at several Cincinnati companies including Barnes, Dennig & Co. and Chiquita Brands International. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Xavier University and is a certified public accountant.
Margee Garbsch, Director of Communications and Marketing
Margee works to communicate the DePaul Cristo Rey story via electronic and print communications, social and traditional media to support the mission of the school and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. She also works with the admissions team to advance student recruitment. She has honed her communication skills through a more than 20-year career that has included previous positions with WKRC-TV, the College of Mount St. Joseph and as a self-employed communicator serving a diverse range of business, education and nonprofit clients. She is a graduate of Xavier University.
Sparkle Worley, Vice President of Advancement
Sparkle joined DePaul Cristo Rey to advance its fundraising program and brought with her more than 20 years of experience in high school fundraising. She previously worked at Cincinnati’s Mount Notre Dame High School, most recently as the executive director. She is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Impact 100 and the Crable Foundation of Cincinnati. “I feel so privileged to be a part of the DePaul Cristo Rey community and this unique educational opportunity for the young people in the Cincinnati area,” says Worley.