Holy Cross School Announces New Leadership Team

NEW ORLEANS— Holy Cross School has announced a new organizational structure and leadership team for the 2018-2019 school year. This new structure will allow the school to align its academic programs and student services to assure continuity and progression throughout each young man’s journey at Holy Cross School.

Mr. Eric DesOrmeaux will serve as Chief School Officer and will oversee all academic areas, including primary, middle and high school grades. In this role, he will direct the school’s curriculum, discipline and teaching teams to ensure consistency in each of these areas throughout each grade level. DesOrmeaux is a 1995 graduate of Holy Cross School and has served as Dean of Men and Head Wrestling Coach since 2006. Prior to joining his alma mater, DesOrmeaux spent six years as a teacher and administrator in St. Bernard Parish. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and social studies and received his Master of Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.

Mrs. Teresa Billings will serve as Chief Mission Officer, with the primary role of ensuring the school’s mission is carried out through all student support programs. In this role, she will direct the counseling and guidance, enrollment and recruiting, student activities and campus ministry teams.  Billings has served as Holy Cross Middle School Principal for the past 20 years and added the roles of Director of Studies and Primary School Principal more recently. She is a member of the Holy Cross Moreau Province Mission Assessment Team and the Holy Cross Institute Board of Governors and served on the Holy Cross Institute Program Development Committee for seven years. Her work with the Congregation will enable her to connect the Holy Cross mission with students, faculty, staff and families. Billings graduated with a Bachelor of Science in secondary math education from St. Mary’s Dominican College and received her master’s degree in science teaching from the University of New Orleans.

Mr. Brian Williams, CPA, joined Holy Cross School in January 2018 in the role of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. He will oversee all financial operations, as well as the school’s campus operations and technology teams. Mr. Williams has 25 years of experience in the accounting and financial services industry and has worked in education, non-profit and corporate sectors in the Atlanta area.

Ms. Monica Sanusi Gelé, CFRE, will serve as our Chief Advancement Officer, overseeing the school’s fundraising, special events, alumni relations and communications teams. She joined Holy Cross in 2016 as Director of Institutional Advancement and has more than 25 years of fundraising experience in educational and non-profit institutions. Gelé graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College and earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2016.

“We have an outstanding team of servant leaders who fully embrace the Holy Cross mission and will inspire our students, faculty and staff to live that mission every day. Please join me in congratulating our leadership team and supporting them in their new roles. We look forward to continuing the mission of educating the young men of Holy Cross School – Mind and Heart, Body and Soul,” said Sean Martin, headmaster.


About Holy Cross School
Holy Cross School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school founded in 1849 by the Congregation of Holy Cross School to educate young men from metropolitan New Orleans. Serving students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, Holy Cross School is fully accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships in the National Catholic Educational Association, the National Middle School Association and the National High School Association. A Holy Cross School education engages the whole man – mind and heart, body and soul – and is rooted in the teachings of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. For more information about Holy Cross School visit www.holycrosstigers.com or call 504.942.3100.