• Build Awareness & Promote inclusive Catholic education
• Educate about inclusive learning
• Support parish schools
• Connect families & building a community
• Provide access expert resources and practitioners
• Create forums and opportunities to share best practices
• Fundraise and provide funding to schools through grants
• Welcome every child with special needs into our Catholic schools!
P.O. Box 221447
St. Louis, MO 63122
After 30 years in corporate sales, as a small business owner and a consultant for small nonprofits, Connie made the most fulfilling moves of her career to become the development director at two Catholic/faith-based nonprofits serving women and children. Throughout her life, Connie has passionately promoted Catholic education, volunteering as strategic planning chair, school board member and fundraising chair for several Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Belleville. As development director, Connie works to unite the time, talent and treasure of generous friends with One Classroom’s mission, so all can answer Christ’s call to serve the least among us - providing an inclusive Catholic education to every child with special needs who desires it. Connie and her husband are members of St. James Parish in Millstadt, IL, and have two adult daughters who also work in Catholic education.
Colleen Mooney, Director of Programming:
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. ~Matthew 25
Pat and Peggy Sly, Pat is former executive vice president of Emerson and has a long and distinguished career of supporting and leading charitable organizations and devoting himself to the St. Louis community. Peggy has a long history of supporting and leading charitable organizations and is a former educator with direct experience in inclusive education.
Dr. Katy Schierding, Katy is a doctor of education with a specialization in supporting students with special needs. Katy has many years of experience in public schools developing and implementing systems and programs to support exceptional learners. Katy developed one of the first successful inclusion programs in a St. Louis archdiocese parish school at Immaculate Conception Dardenne.
Barrett and Brian Hadican, Barrett and Brian are parishioners at Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield and have three children.
Mark and Eleanor Burns, Mark is a long-term parishioner at Mary Queen of Peace in Webster groves and is the Principal of Mark Burns & Associates. Eleanor is a retiree of Merck & Company where she enjoyed a successful 28 year career in sales. Mark & Eleanor have been friends of One-Classroom since it’s infancy and are committed to creating greater awareness for inclusive Catholic education for children with special needs.
Aaron and Beau Reinberg, Aaron and Beau are parishioners at Christ The King in University City and have three children.
LeeAnn and Anthony are parents of two children and are members of Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Webster Groves, MO. Their youngest child was born with Down syndrome. After extensive research to determine the optimal educational pathway for their son with Down syndrome LeeAnn and Anthony were inspired by inclusive education and the many Catholic schools around the country implementing inclusive programs. The opportunity of inclusive education, a strong belief in Catholic education, and the desire to educate their children together in one school created a passion to help all families of children with special needs and to serve Christ's church by helping our St. Louis archdiocese schools offer a new option for educating children with special needs.
Colleen, her husband Tom, and four children, are memebrs of Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves. Colleen is a former
5th grade teacher and has her Masters Degree in Special Education. Colleen has authored the One Classroom "Manual For The Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Catholic Schools" and our "A Framework for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities on Catholic High Schools." Colleen works closely with families and our parish schools to develop programs that inclusively welcome children with Special Needs!
We would like to give special thanks and acknowledgement to the following individuals who have so tirelessly supported our mission through years of generous service. Thank you for helping us serve children with special needs and help our archdiocese serve Christ through the ministry of education.
Fred Brown, Fred is the Chairman of the Board and founder of the International Companies of St. Louis. Fred is also founder of the International Charitable Organization. Fred is a member of Annunziata parish in Ladue, MO.
Pat Mooney and Lisa Mooney, Pat is the current President of Footwear Unlimited. Lisa is an educator with professional experience in support of children with special needs Pat and Lisa are very involved in their community and charitable organizations.
Emeritus Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Connie Lanaghan, Director of Development:
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, One Classroom was founded by parents of children with special needs with the goal of helping our St. Louis, MO archdiocese and parents make inclusive education possible in our parish schools!
Anthony Armitage, Director, Founder:
LeeAnn Armitage, Director, Founder: