HM Leadership Team

The Sisters of the Humility of Mary elected new leadership for a term of four years during their Chapter of Elections held in May. The transfer of leadership took place Aug. 7, 2021 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 Sr. Margaret Marszal, Sr. Annette Solma, Sr. Carol Anne Smith, pastoral leader, and Anne Victory, councilor.

Sr. Carol Anne Smith, Pastoral Leader


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. Margaret Marszal

Sister Margaret Marszal began her ministry in education at Villa Maria High School and 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 served as co-chair of the Chapter Planning Committee for the HM Congregation in 2017. Sr. Margaret has served on the HM Leadership Team for two terms, most recently as general secretary.

Sr. Annette Solma

Sister Annette (Ann) Solma’s ministry in education began at Villa Maria High School where she served as a teacher, coach, and athletic director; she also taught at Central Catholic High School, Canton, Ohio; and St. Mary Elementary School, Marietta, Ohio. In 1995, Sr. Ann and Sr. Marie Veres established Villa Montessori Center, which focused on early childhood education, in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. She served at Villa Montessori Center for the next 20 years as a teacher, administrative officer, and business manager. Sr. Ann partnered with and supported a local education initiative in Slavic Village, P-16 Education Collaborative, after Villa Montessori Center closed in 2015. She has served on several boards of directors and currently serves as an advocate for housing stability with Slavic Village Development.

Sr. Anne Victory

Sister Anne Victory began her ministry in healthcare as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Lorain. In her 32 years of ministry at St. Joseph, Sr. Anne served as an instructor at their practical nursing school and in several administrative roles. From 2001 to 2005, she served the HM Community as the director of ministry and community life development. Sr. Anne served two terms on the HM Leadership Team from 2001 to 2009. After completing her second term in community leadership, she joined the newly founded Collaborative to End Human Trafficking as director of education, where she served until July 2021. In 2019, she received the Bishop Amadeus Rappe Award from Ursuline College, Cleveland for her work with the Collaborative.