Oak Knoll Alum Appointed to Holy Child Network Board

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Alumna, Ashley Simpson Esq. ’03, has been appointed to serve on the new Board of Trustees of the Holy Child Network of Schools.

“Oak Knoll has had such a strong impact on my life,” said Simpson, a “lifer” who attended Oak Knoll from kindergarten to grade 12. “Serving on the Board is definitely not something that I would say no to. It’s a very special institution and I’m glad to serve.”

On July 1, 2022, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, American Province, created and delegated certain powers to the Holy Child Network of Schools Board of Trustees. This self-perpetuating board, chaired by Sean Glynn, Esq., includes five members from across the Holy Child community with Sr. Eileen McDevitt as the Executive Director of the Network. The Board’s purpose is to support, develop and steward the nine Holy Child Schools United States in their continuation of the ministry of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, the educational mission and spirituality of Cornelia Connelly, and their Catholic nature. The Board is further charged with the responsibility of managing the Network Endowment Fund for the carrying out of these goals.

Last year marked 30 years since the formation of the Holy Child Network of Schools and 47 years since the adoption of Boards of Trustees for each Holy Child School, including Oak Knoll.

After graduating Oak Knoll, Simpson attended University of Pennsylvania and then obtained her law degree from Columbia University. She currently works as Senior Trial Attorney for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“I am impressed by how forward-thinking the Society has been regarding the governance of the Network. It is yet another example of our motto: actions, not words,” said Oak Knoll Head of School Jennifer Landis. “And I am especially proud to see our very own Ashley Simpson offering her skills and expertise to ensure a strong and enduring future for Holy Child education.”

Coincidentally, we make this announcement during National Catholic Schools Week—an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Oak Knoll Lower School students will participate in spirit building activities all week.