About Villa

Meet the Administration

Head of School
B.A. Eastern Illinois University
M.A. North Central College
Joined Villa: 2011
Email John Milroy

John brings nearly thirty years of experience in educational leadership and administration to Villa Academy. During his tenure as headmaster of Marmion Academy, a Catholic prep school in the Chicago area, John enriched the school's academic program and expanded its regional profile and alumni support. He is committed to continuing the Villa tradition of a values-based education and whole-child experience. John and his wife of more than thirty-one years, Susan, have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Lower School Director
B.A. Seattle University
M.A. Seattle University
Joined Villa: 1981
Email Jody Elsner

Tireless in her efforts to ensure Villa students become confident learners and compassionate citizens, Jody has served as Lower School Director for over a decade. Prior to her role as an administrator she taught both elementary and middle school. Jody is active in the Independent and Catholic school communities, presenting at educational seminars and participating on boards, committees, and accreditation reviews. She and her husband have two adult children, both of whom are Villa graduates, and two grandchildren.
Middle School Director
B.A. Brown University
M.A. University of Washington
Joined Villa: 2011
Email James Joseph

James has worked in independent middle schools in Florida, California, and Washington for nearly twenty years. "You have to love middle schoolers, and be a little bit off," James says, "to choose to stay in middle school, even after you've graduated!" In addition to his middle school expertise, James also brings to Villa his passion for inclusivity. A culturally responsive leader, he has served throughout his career as a member and chair of many diversity panels and task forces. James currently live in south Seattle with his wife and two children.
Technology Director
B.S. The Evergreen State College
Joined Villa: 1998
Email Anthony

"It's inspiring to work amongst people and in an organization where the goal isn't to make money, but to better lives."
Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services
B.A. Loyola Marymount University
Joined Villa: 2013
Email Angela

"As a Villa parent, I love the care that each teacher gives my daughter. I also love how passionate the faculty is about teaching. There is an energy amongst the students, faculty and staff that draws me to Villa. It is always exciting and changing."
Facilities Director
Joined Villa: 2011
Email Ryan
Director of Institutional Advancement
B.A. University of Washington
M.A. Seattle University
Joined Villa: 2012
Email Joan

"I don't have just one favorite thing about Villa! I love Villa's long history, St. Frances Cabrini's example of compassion and service, and our spirit of community. I love Villa's magnificent campus where nature surrounds us every day. Last but not least, I love how our teachers truly know their students individually—their learning styles, what inspires and challenges them, and who they are as social, physical and spiritual beings."
Business Manager
B.A. University of Washington
Joined Villa: 1997
Email Cynthia

"I love history, and Villa has significant history even prior to it becoming a school, really back to the turn of the last century with the arrival of Mother Cabrini in the US in 1889."