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Melissa Barnard tapped as new Roanoke Catholic enrollment director


RCS enrollment director Melissa BarnardRoanoke Catholic School is pleased to announce that resource specialist Melissa Barnard will become Director of Enrollment effective July 1.

In her new role, Barnard will work to promote Roanoke Catholic to prospective families; identify and recruit new students to the school; and develop initiatives to retain existing students.

“For the last couple of years, Roanoke Catholic enrollment has hovered around 475 students,” said Patrick Patterson, Principal and Head of School. “With a dedicated enrollment director – especially someone who is so passionate about our school as Melissa – we believe our student body will grow to more than 500, resulting in more tuition revenue and more offerings for our community.”

Barnard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology from Hollins College in 1991. She taught in Botetourt County and Roanoke County public schools from 1995 to 2013 when she joined Roanoke Catholic as a 1st Grade teacher. She later became the school’s Resource Specialist. She has one child enrolled at Roanoke Catholic.

Her work experience also includes event planning, advertising and membership sales for the Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce; and serving as a claims examiner at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Roanoke.

“My family has been so blessed to be part of Roanoke Catholic,” says Barnard, “and I’m both humbled and excited about this opportunity to make Roanoke Catholic even stronger.”