Board of Directors – Governing Body of the Academy
MARIA PETRAGLIA – Co- Chairperson
Maria has lived in Ozone / Howard community since 1986 and has worked in NYC as an Executive Assistant since 1982. Maria is the mother of Gianna and Nicholas.
Gianna and Nicholas went to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy since they were in the Mommy & Me program through their 8th grade graduation. They were taught the love of God, to love their neighbors and to love themselves. The safe, secure and disciplined environment that Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy provided through the years and continues to do so has provided Maria to be peaceful and worry-free. Her children have received a wonderful academic education, through the challenging curriculum and quality of teachers. Gianna and Nicholas and have made lasting friendships at OLGCA and continued on to attend Catholic High Schools and a Catholic University.
Maria is the proud product of parents who migrated from Italy to find a better life in America where she learned to be strong, independent, hard-working and have a strong faith in God and have a deep love for her family. Maria’s Mom who was widowed at 23 years old, through her love and sacrifice gave Maria a Catholic eduction where she attended St. Sylvester’s Elementary School in City Line, Brooklyn and Dominican Commercial, High School in Jamaica, Queens. Maria cherishes her family, family roots, her firm faith foundation, her strong work ethnics, her community and her parish.
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON- Co- Chairperson
Chris Johnson was born and raised in Howard Beach, NY. He attended St. Helen’s Catholic School and Christ the King High School. His children were students at OLGCA formerly known as AMCA until recently moving to Wantagh, NY. While a parent at AMCA, Chris served on the Catholic Identity team and worked closely on fundraising activities throughout the year. Chris cares about the community in which he came from and took an active role in trying to better Charles Park.
Chris is an Operating Engineer by trade. He is a member of Local 30 IUOE and started off as an apprentice. He eventually worked his way up to the position of Chief Engineer. He Currently runs and operates the largest privately owned development in Queens, Located in Fresh Meadows.
DANIEL O’KEEFE- Vice Chairperson
ALLISON MESTRANDREA- Secretary, Marketing and HAA Representative
STELLA PEPI- Treasurer
ROSEMARY CIULLA-FRISONE- Marketing
Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone is a retired New York City Department of Transportation employee who has served in numerous capacities during her 35 years career with the City. In 1999 she was promoted to the Director of the Welfare to Work Transportation Job Access within the New York City Department of Transportation. She also chaired a multi-agency work group to examine the transportation problems of low-income and public assistance users.
Her goal was to remove the transportation barriers which allowed mothers with children to go on interviews for possible employment. Her responsibilities were in the Traffic Operations Division, acting as the Community Coordinator for Brooklyn and Queens. She was a liaison for businesses that were concerned with transportation issues. The outcome of her responsibility was to improve their quality of life thereby enhancing the economic viability of their business community and conducted Commuter Vans Public Hearings throughout the various boroughs.
In 1998, Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone served as the Executive Assistant to the Queens Borough Commissioner. She was the liaison to Community Boards 5, 9, 10 and 14 and to the Office of the Mayors Community Assistance Unit on transportation issues. In that capacity, she worked to implement numerous traffic safety features in addition she worked on special projects for the Mayors Office.
She is a member of Community Board 10 Executive Secretary, Chair of the Transportation and Summer Youth/Other Employment Committee.
On June 9, 2000, she received a legislative proclamation as the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award for her work in government. Nominated as the Top Ten Women in Business by the Queens Courier. Rosemary has been a long time union activist appointed by the late SSEU Local 371 President Charles Ensley as the Welfare Fund Board of Trustee, currently serves on the St. Johns Italian Cultural Heritage Committee, Ozone Park Kiwanis and Jamaica Hospital Community Board for Health Care.
PAUL K GRASSI – Finance Committee
Paul and his wife Maria have been parishioners of OLG since 1978. Their children Paul Jr and Andrea are graduates of OLG. Paul is a graduate of Long Island University with a degree in accounting. Upon graduation he started his career as an accountant for THE EVERGREENS CEMETERY; in 1987 he became President and continued in that capacity until his retirement in 2015. Some of his Professional accomplishments were President of the Metropolitan Cemetery Association, New York State Association of Cemeteries, board member of the Cypress Hills Senior Center and President of Highland Park Kiwanis Club. Paul has served as an usher at the 8 o’clock Mass for the past 38 years.