The Sisters of the Humility of Mary elected new leadership for a term of four years during their Chapter of Elections held in May 2017. The transfer of leadership took place Aug. 5 during private ceremonies at Villa Maria Community Center’s Magnificat Chapel as part of August Community Days.
Pictured below [from left to right] is the new leadership team: councilors Sisters Karen Bernhardt, Carol Anne Smith, Margaret Marszal, and Barbara Wincik, and Sr. Toby Lardie, who was re-elected to the position of pastoral leader.
Sr. Toby Lardie, Pastoral Leader
Sister Toby Lardie began her ministry in education as a teacher and principal in the Cleveland Diocese. She served on the Cleveland Diocesan Mission Team in El Salvador for nine years, and was with the Mexican American Cultural center in San Antonio for 11 years. Before her first term as pastoral leader, Sister Toby was a councilor on the HM Leadership Team and served on the HM Vocation/Formation team.
Sr. Karen Bernhardt
Sister Karen Bernhardt began as a teacher in elementary education, religious education and pastoral ministry. In 1987, she began ministering to Spanish-speaking immigrants in Florida, Chicago, Texas and northwest Ohio. She currently serves with Partners Against Trafficking of Humans Stark, an incorporated organization against human trafficking.
Sr. Margaret Marszal
Sister Margaret Marszal began her ministry in education at Villa Maria High School and also taught at Magnificat High School, Rocky River, Ohio and St. Thomas Aquinas, Louisville, Ohio. She has served as a pastoral associate, spiritual director, and a retreat center director/program coordinator in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She most recently served as co-chair of the Chapter Planning Committee for the HM Congregation.
Sr. Carol Anne Smith
Sister Carol Anne Smith’s ministry began in education as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Magnificat High School, Rocky River, where she later served as president. She taught at Canton Central Catholic High School and established the Alumni Office at the school. She has been an adjunct consultant for ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) at the University of Notre Dame and is the former Superintendent of the Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Schools and the Bishop’s Secretary for Education. Sr. Carol Anne has previously served the HM Congregation as a member of the Leadership Team, director of the Development and Public Relations Office, and through membership on various committees. She currently ministers in Catholic Healthcare and Education Governance and serves on numerous boards including Mercy Health Corporate Board, Partners in Catholic Health Ministries Board, Foundation Boards, and the boards of Cleveland Central Catholic High School and Beaumont School, Cleveland Heights among others.
Sr. Barbara Wincik
Sister Barbara Wincik’s ministry in health care began in nursing. She has served in several nursing roles. After receiving the status of clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatry and mental health nursing, she served the inner city severely mentally ill through counseling and medication administration for 15 years. Prior to being elected to community leadership she taught graduate and undergraduate nursing students for seven years at Xavier University in Cincinnati.