Academy Directors

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.


 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