Board of Directors
Mrs. Lisa Hardig
Mrs. Lisa Hardig understands commitment. This Cincinnati native still lives on the west side of the city, has been married to her husband Greg for 26 years, and has been a parishioner at St. Ignatius Parish for 24 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Business Administration with an accounting focus. Her commitment to her family is a demanding one with 7 living children whose ages range from young adult to preschooler. Together they enjoy boating, hiking, and board games. Lisa and Greg have volunteered in marriage preparation programs for 12 years through both Ruah Woods Institute and St. Ignatius Parish. Nine years ago, the couple founded their own company, Hardig Industrial Services, which they continue to run together. Lisa currently serves as the president of the company as well as on the board of Young Catholic Professionals of Cincinnati. Her commitment to classical education is more recent, but no less profound: “I’m excited to help in the creation of this new classical high school. Our youth deserve to be educated in the truth of the Faith with every aspect of their education supporting what is True, Good and Beautiful.” As a founding board member, she looks forward to the authenticity of Fiat Classical Academy.
Mr. Adam Iadipaolo
For two decades, Mr. Adam Iadipaolo has dedicated himself to handing on truths of the faith. Knowing personally the goodness of God and the power of prayer, he is excited about the opportunity to help bring a robust classical high school to Dearborn County, Indiana. After completing his B.A. in Philosophy, he studied theology in Rome and then earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. He started teaching in Washington, D.C. before moving with his beloved wife, Kate, to her Northern Kentucky hometown. There they have been blessed with three children in heaven and five children on earth–with whom Adam may be found playing soccer, watching birds, or reading a good book. A native of Peoria, he has called this area home for twenty years while teaching primarily in a high school setting, but also at the local seminary, in parishes, and in a Diocesan Continuing Education program. He has served in campus ministry and is currently the Academic and Guidance Dean at Royalmont Academy in Mason, Ohio. His enthusiasm for Fiat Classical Academy is rooted in his belief that: “A truly faithful education sparks in the human soul an experience of the Divine. When a student knows the truth and goodness of God they are made whole.”
Mr. Brad Macke
Mr. Brad Macke, a resident of Sunman, Indiana, has long been involved in ministries in the Church– from mission trips, to teaching theology, to his current role in parish ministry– and through it all has maintained a sense that “God never tires of seeking me and offering himself to me.” Side by side with his wife Emily of eleven years, he rejoices in the simple ordinary experiences of raising his four young daughters and living out the sacramental life of the Church, especially the Eucharist, in his ministry and as a parishioner of All Saints Parish in Guilford, Indiana. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, he brings to the founding board of Fiat Classical Academy nine years of teaching experience and his time as a leader in his current position as Director of Adult Faith Formation and Outreach at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Cincinnati. His excitement about Fiat Classical Academy is rooted in both its worldview and its classical approach. When he discovered classical education, he said “I realized I found the form of education that matched the meaning and purpose of our existence!” Founding this school is a dream that is being realized much earlier than he expected and he is excited to be a part of recovering truly human identity at its core.
Mr. Paul Rousseau
Paul Rousseau, originally from Iroquois Falls, Ontario, brings a diverse background to the Fiat Classical Academy governing board. He immigrated to the United States in 2010, then met his wife Laura while they were both studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. They count many blessings in their 16-year marriage, most especially their six children aged one up to fifteen. In 2020, Paul celebrated becoming a citizen of the United States.
Paul is a ten-year Canadian Air Force Veteran. While in the service, his primary role was Squadron Training Officer. He received his B.A. in History from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, then his Master of Science degree in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University in 2020. He has 4 years of law enforcement experience and 12 years of experience in aerospace, automotive, and chemical supply chain roles. He is currently the S&OP Manager for Safran Landing Systems, the third largest aerospace company in the world.
He is involved in many faith-based and community activities including his role as Grand Knight of the (Walton, KY) All Saints Knights of Columbus Council 16424 and is the Music Coordinator for Summit Eucharistic Youth Retreats for the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. He brings his enthusiasm to the founding of Fiat Classical Academy and is ready to “offer my skill sets and advise on the topics of leadership, business, training, analysis and change management.”
He agreed to serve on the board because he loves the interrelated approach of classical education. “I love to make connections– [to] trace developments, lines of reasoning, patterns of action, recurring symbolism, plots and motifs.” Most especially, he says, “I appreciate wonder and search for Truth.”
Mr. Scott Summe
Mr. Scott Summe and his wife Karen currently reside on a farm in Greensburg, Indiana where they are grateful to be raising their four young children close to God’s good earth. His family and educational roots lie in Kentucky. It was at Northern Kentucky University that he received his B.A. in Graphic Design and has been working in the field for two decades building an extensive portfolio. This parishioner of St. Nicholas Parish in Sunman is amazed daily by the Church’s wisdom and “insight into the human person” in everything from smallest of details to her vision of the universe. He is enthusiastic about being on the founding board of Fiat Classical Academy because the school will teach an “appreciation of learning and encourage wonder,” demand critical thinking, and “facilitate hands-on opportunities for students to explore the true, the good & the beautiful.”
Mr. Joe Weisbrod
Mr. Joe Weisbrod, a parishioner of St. Lawrence living in Hidden Valley, joins the Board of Fiat Classical Academy with a firm belief in the need for more profound educational opportunities. His own homeschool experience was imbued with classical elements, from the study of classical literature to logic and philosophy. From these roots, he was equipped to study Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kentucky and received his Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. He currently works for the defense industry as an embedded software engineer. He takes great joy in his small but growing family. He has two young daughters to whose care his wife Kaylin has dedicated herself full-time. He has found in his faith “a moral, philosophical, and spiritual framework that is comprehensive and sound.” He supports Fiat Classical Academy because he sees the great benefit of a solid education which nurtures a hope that through our faith, “we can be transformed … into truly virtuous, good, loving, holy people and attain perfect happiness for eternity.”
Advisory Board Members
- Brad Bursa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Thomas University, Director of Evangelization at Stella Maris Family of Parishes, and Co-founder of Nazareth Revisited
- Fr. Christian Cone-Lombarte, Parochial Vicar of the Winton Wyoming Pastoral Region, Cincinnati, OH
- Tony Ertel, Principal of St. Bernard Catholic School in Taylor Creek, OH
- Michael Hanby, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy of Science at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C.
- Scott Hermesch, J.D., Parishioner of All Saints Parish, IN
- Joseph Hollowell, Ed.D., Consultant for the Institute of School and Parish Development, and Former President of Roncalli High School, Indianapolis
- Kate Iadipaolo, Director and Co-Founder of Cor Jesu at Lyceum; Catechist
- Fr. Jacob Lindle, Parochial Vicar of NE1 Family of Parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
- Emily Macke, Lecturer in Moral Theology at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology
- Fr. Daniel Mahan, Director of the Institute on the Catechism for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Cheryl McCann, Middle School Religion Teacher at St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, IN
- Fr. Jonathan Meyer, Pastor in Solidum of All Saints, St. Mary, St. Lawrence and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
- Joseph Molitor, Psy.D., Director of Whole Hearts Psychology in Bright, IN
- Eva Roll, Parishioner of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in Bright, IN
- Jeff Schutte, Member of the contemporary Catholic music group ROMANS
- Andrew Sodergren, Psy.D., Director of Psychological Services at Ruah Woods
- Dan Teller, Founder of Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori in Cincinnati, OH
- Jim Waldon, Director of Music at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, IN
- Paul and Linda Weckenbrock, Parishioners of All Saints Parish, IN
- Matthew David Wiseman, Ph.D. Founder of the Littlemore Institute