Trustees & Staff

Polish Mission Board Of Directors

Ann Bankowski

Research Assistant in Epidemiology/Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. President of the Michigan Division of the Polish American Congress. Scouting  instructor with the Polish Scouting Organization of Michigan as past brownie troop leader, summer camp director, and current assistant to Girls Division leader in Michigan; scout master since 1986. Life long active participation in Michigan Polonian life. Currently a Regent of the OLS, and member of the Polish Mission Board of Trustees of the OLS. Active Catholic belonging to St. Valentine’s Parish in Redford, MI. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Detroit, & Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. She is fluent in English and Polish.

Arkadiusz Gorecki

He received the Professional Diploma in Music Performance from the Roosevelt University in Chicago concentrating in Orchestral Studies and Management of Cultural Institutions. He also received his Doctorate in Music Performance from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris – Paris, Île-de-France, France. He received a Master of Arts Degree from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. He is fluent in English and Polish and also speaks French. Experienced in both artistic and administrative fields.  He is familiar with both the artistic and commercial worlds, and the culture of various governments. He is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of World Music Production, Co. in Chicago. In this capacity Dr. Gorecki organized many concerts and cultural events collaborating with renowned artists from Poland. He was the Executive Director of the Catholic Cultural Foundation in Chicago. He is a member of the Committee within the Consulate General of Poland in Chicago responsible for advising and organizing key events promoting Polish culture, history and heritage. He is also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He is fluent in English and Polish and also speaks French.

Eugenia Krystyna Gorecki

Emigrated to the US as a 19 year old minor in 1959 with my mother who was a US citizen born in Detroit. Upon turning 21 received US Citizenship. Always interested in drafting, mechanical designing & engineering. Started classes at Cass Tech. in Detroit. Marriage and two children interrupted that dream for a while. Finished Detroit College of Applied Science with a degree in Tool & Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Worked as a designer at Special Engineering, and Ford Motor Co. Design Center, the very first female in this position for many years. Worked on interior & exterior of cars & trucks. Completed Edgard DeSmet Surface Design & Planography, once again a first women there. Keeping up with technology changes, took all required classes in computer design and worked on a very first 1984 Taurus done in PDGS software. Retired in 2002 after 30 years as a Senior Design Leader. Member of the Engineering Society and Polish American Congress of MI. Volunteering at Orchard Lake for many years at Fr. Dąbrowski Polish School, then Polish Mission from the very beginning, PARI-Genealogy, Galeria. In 2006 donated our family estate in Poland to Caritas Archdiocese of Krakow. With Cardinal Dziwisz’ help we built an Educational &Therapeutic Day Care Center for mentally & physically disable youngsters. Now 50 youngsters attend. Started Charitable Foundation to help with their expanses & doing so every year.

Mary Ann Harrington

 

 

 

 

Very Rev. Can. Miroslaw Krol

A native of Poland, he began divinity studies at the Seminary of Christ the King in Poland.  He then attended SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary for two years, and then transferred to Immaculate Conception Seminary of Seton Hall University in NJ where he completed his theological studies.  On May 29, 1999, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark. In December 2008 he received the licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Poland. He was an assistant at several parishes in NJ, and then pastor of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in Linden, NJ. He was appointed vice-rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary by Archbishop Maida, and held the position for 5 years. In 2011 he was appointed Director of the Friends of St. John Paul II Be Not Afraid Center in the USA by Archbishop John Myers at the request of Cardinal Dziwisz, and raised funds for the John Paul II Be Not Afraid Center in Krakow, Poland. He was elected by the presbyterate to be President of the Polish Clergymen’s Society and Dean of Union Southeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of Newark. He was appointed the Representative of the Polish Ethnic group at the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of the USA in 2017. Chancellor & CEO of the Orchard Lake Schools.

Joseph Majcher

Retired executive engineer from General Motors after 37 years of service. Former mayor and current councilman of City of Orchard Lake, Michigan. Former Captain US Army. Practicing conservative Catholic & active member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Sterling Hts., MI. Solicited major donors for CSA campaign at Our Lady of Refuge Parish. Very active at the Orchard Lake Schools to include being a Regent, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Polish Mission, and member of the Seminary Board of Trustees, Facilities Committee, Nominating, & By-Laws Committee. Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering & MBA from University of Detroit Mercy.  Alumnus of St. Mary’s Preparatory of the Orchard Lake Schools – 1966. Licensed Michigan residential builder. Significant construction experience. Fluent in English and Polish.

Stanislaw Z. Majewski, B.S.,D.D.S., M.S.D

Dr. Majewski has provided a lifetime of love for and dedicated service to the Orchard Lake Schools. A St. Mary’s Prep alumnus. After graduate and postgraduate studies, and military service in the US Navy, he became a member of the OLS Board of Regents in 1978, serving until 2018. He served on the Trustee Boards of St. Mary’s Prep and St. Mary’s College, becoming Chairman of the Prep Board and later the Chairman of the Board of Regents for 4 years. National President  of the OLS Alumni Association for 6 years. He was instrumental in starting the day student program at the Prep. He helped to develop the Polish Mission, and was chairman of the Polish Mission Board for ten years. Retired from private practice in dental surgery specializing in orthodontics, and provided dental services for seminarians and several faculty members for many years. Dr. Majewski was on staff at the Children’s Hospital of MI, is an active member of many professional medical organizations, was a lecturer, a lieutenant commander in the US Navy dental corps, member of the VFW and American Legion and other notable civic organizations. Attended the University of Michigan, U of D Mercy, University of Southern California, and US Naval Hospital. Member of the Detroit Yacht Club. Practicing Catholic and Member of St. Thomas More Parish in Troy, MI, and St. Joseph Parish in Stuart, FL. Member of several Catholic organizations.

Ray Okonski

Born on June 11, 1926 and raised in Hamtramck, MI. Attended Dickinson Elementary and Our Lady Queen of Apostles Grade School. Attended Cass Tech High School in Detroit. Attended the University of Michigan earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. World War II Veteran, wounded in action, Ludendorff  Bridge, Ramagen, Germany. Currently retired. Was Division President United Technologies, Inc. Currently President of Wheelchair Escalators, LLC – a joint venture with the U of D Mercy College of Engineering. Member Boards of Directors American Polish Cultural Center, American Council for Polish Culture, Polish Century Club. Member of Friends of Polish Art. Member Board of Regents of the OL Schools,  Seminary Board of Trustees, Polish Mission Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and Budget Committee.

Wallace Ozog

Graduate of the Detroit Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Retiree of the State of Michigan where he served in the Administration of Public Assistance programs. Was the National President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America from 1998 to 2010.  Very active in Polonia and his community. Member of St. Anne Catholic Parish in Warren, MI where he served in various positions, including the Parish Council, & Chairperson of the CSA. He was a Board member of the Polish American Bicentennial Commission, Chairman of the City of Warren’s Multi-Ethnic Cultural Committee, President of the Polish Festival of Detroit, Board member of the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan, member of the Advisory Board of the Bishop Abramowicz Seminary (Chicago IL), Chairman of the Board of the Polish Museum of America and Treasurer of the St. John Paul II Foundation (Michigan Chapter).  Presently, he is President of PRCUA St. John Paul II Society, and President of the PAC Scholarship Fund, Inc.  He coordinates the annual Detroit Tiger’s Polish Night. His honors include the Macomb County Civil Citations for promoting culture in the county; the City of Warren Cultural Commission Award for city involvement in arts and culture; Gold Medal Award for contributions to the Catholic faith from Jozef Cardinal Glemp and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Waldemar Raczkowski

Waldek attended Wayne State University earning a degree in economics followed by graduate studies in economics and applied mathematics before joining a large Wall Street investment bank.  He joined Ford Motor Company in 2001. He is a senior economist and member of Ford Motor Company’s highly respected Global Lifecycle Analytics Department. Waldek has also served as commentator and contributor for several European media outlets during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was a past keynote speaker at the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) Convention.  He is the founder and Principal of Kedlaw Capital, LLC which is an early stage equity investor in several successful non-automotive start-up ventures including Level One Bank of Farmington Hills, MI, Ann Arbor State Bank of Ann Arbor, MI, Encore Service Group of Livonia, MI. Waldek has been deeply involved in Polonian organizations.  Starting as a Boy Scout in the Polish Scouting Organization ( ZHP) he continued as treasurer of the Polish 2nd Army Corp Foundation at the Orchard Lake Schools for 9 years.  Waldek was also a longtime National Director of the Polish American Congress (1990-2006) and currently serves as an original member of the Board of Directors of the Piast Institute, a National Institute for Polish and Polish American Affairs. Fluent in English and Polish.

John Roland

Born in Poland, John graduated from Technical College, and became an active member of the Solidarity Movement of Nowy Sacz, Poland, where he advocated for the anti-communist movement. He received political asylum in West Germany, and then moved to the United States. John is married to Krystyna for over 30 years and they have 4 children. He is a licensed builder with over 25 years’ experience   and is owner and president of Cranbrook Building Company, Inc. He is President and a founding member of the Friends of John Paul II Be Not Afraid Foundation, Michigan Chapter. John is a conservative catholic and a parishioner at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Sterling Heights, MI as well as a Grand Knight at the parish in Council #9346. Very active at the Orchard Lake Schools to include being a Regent, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Polish Mission, member of the Seminary Board of Trustees and member of Development Committee.

Polish Mission Staff

 

Arkadiusz Gorecki
Director
agorecki@orchardlakeschools.com

Marzanna Owinski
Polish Language Coordinator
mowinski@orchardlakeschools.com