The St. Mary’s Leadership Program launches student leaders who speak in their authentic voices, pilot new ideas with confidence, and generate leadership in others. Students develop their leadership skills through hands-on, real world application by engaging in place and project-based learning. The leadership program centers equity and inclusion, lifts up wellness and balance, and embodies the values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. We welcome all students to an open and inquisitive community of exploration.

SMA Leadership students lead with their values. Collaboration, community building, mentorship, fostering equity and inclusions, and more are guiding the work of our student leaders.

Centering Equity and Inclusion


Community Building


Michele Taylor

Michele Taylor

Titles: Dean of Student Leadership & Activities

Jessica Acee

Titles: Director of Student Leadership and Activities

Iris Martin

Job Title: Diversity Equity and Inclusion Program Specialist
Titles: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Specialist

Michael Navarro

Titles: Student Success Specialist

Leadership Program Highlights:

  • Leadership at St. Mary’s Academy is hands on.
  • Women take the helm of every leadership role at St. Mary's.
  • Leadership programs continue to grow and develop based on student voices and the changing world around us.
  • St. Mary’s Academy’s has the most comprehensive Leadership Program in Oregon. All students are encouraged to join and try something new. 
  • Leaders are all stronger when we lean in, take risks, and learn from our experiences. Our students develop and create programs, pilot them, and then reflect and revise.