Our team is made up of "believers" who are passionate about keeping the Old Mission School in the community.
Allison O’Keefe, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1993 with a BA in sociology. She graduated from the University of Hartford with a Masters of Education in Counseling 1999 and a 6th year degree in Counseling in 2000. O’Keefe worked in education for 13 years as a middle school guidance counselor in Connecticut and Atlanta, Georgia area public schools. She also worked at the Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany as a middle school guidance counselor and an assistant principal in the Upper School. Upon returning to the United States, Allison took a position in Michigan at Suttons Bay Public Schools as a high school guidance counselor and then at West Middle School in Traverse City as a middle school counselor. She chose to leave the education field to raise her two children. O’Keefe was a member of the Peninsula Township Parks Commission and then a co-chair to fundraise for the Bowers Harbor Park baseball fields. In 2016 O’Keefe became the PTO President for Old Mission Peninsula School, the exact time the local school district wanted to close the elementary school because of lack of school funding.
Corey Phelps graduated from Western Michigan University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Advertising. In 2001, Corey received his Master of Business Administration in Marketing, also from Western Michigan University. Corey is the Co-Founder and Senior Loan Officer of Front Street Mortgage in Traverse City, MI.
Tony Guzzo is the new treasurer for OMPEF. He is married to his lovely bride, Chelsea, and they have three kids at OMPS, ages 8, 5, and 4. Tony is the owner of TC Fix It and studied mechanical engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering (Graduated in 2004). Tony brings various skills and abilities from both his educational background as well as his professional career that will complement the future needs of the Foundation. Some of his skills include professional engineering, sales and marketing, and business experience across a variety of industries. Tony has intermediate Spanish comprehension and enjoys good wine, guitars, music, and family.
Sarah grew up in Whitehall, Michigan, the fourth of eight kids. She attended MSU after high school and later St. Vincent School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. In 1998 she moved to TC and fell in love with a local cherry farmer.
She worked as a critical care nurse (primarily in the Open-Heart Unit at Munson) for nearly 15 years before making the decision to stay home full time with her three kiddos: Sam, 13yrs old (7th grade at EMS), Meredith 11yrs old (6th grade at EMS), and Olivia, 8yrs old (2nd grade at OMPS).
Sarah and her cherry farmer husband John, bought their first home together in downtown TC, but as an Old Mission alum, John suggested taking a look at his old school when the children were old enough. OMPS was indeed a great fit for their kids and has felt like a second home to them since Sam started kindergarten in 2010.
Sarah has a deep love of this community and have been active in the efforts to keep our school "alive" since the issue to shutter OMPS became apparent. She spoke at the first community meeting as a parent-representative for the school and served on the task-force that was later developed. She is honored and humbled to begin service as a member of the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation.
Amanda is a Traverse City native who is thrilled to be back in the area. She did her undergraduate work at Grand Valley State University and has done graduate programs at Aquinas College and Columbia University. She recently completed her MBA in finance through Wayne State University and hopes to attain a PhD in the future.
Old Mission Peninsula School is rich in history and is rooted in the northern Michigan community. It is an exciting time to become involved in the new charter, and to be at the forefront of the preservation of the building and the future of its success through the students, teachers and volunteers. Amanda is looking forward to the great adventure and fun that being involved with OMPEF will bring!