When Fathers' Club president Drew Dubray and his wife Julie moved to Germany for 3 and a half years, everyone in the town of 2,300 people knew who the Americans with three boys under age 5 were.
"We stuck out like a sore thumb," Drew joked, saying that items the boys left behind in stores would end up back at their house because their neighbors would deduce that's where they belonged.
Their sons are now a Priory alumnus, Taylor, '14, who just started classes at Belmont University, and two current Priory students, senior Cory and sophomore Christian.
Drew, a Cleveland native, moved to St. Louis after meeting his wife, a Villa Duchesne alumna, at the University of Dayton. There, he studied Industrial Engineering, but moved into manufacturing management and later obtained an MBA from Washington University. He works for Takara Belmont, a Japanese company that makes equipment for dental offices, salons and spas. "I've been in St. Louis now for 23 years, and I've enjoyed it very much," he says. "It really does feel like home now."
His work has taken him all across the United States and Europe, where his time in Germany put him in charge of a territory stretching from Ireland all the way to Israel. He says his favorite places that he's visited include South Carolina ("Charleston is one of my favorite towns,") and southern Germany and northern Switzerland ("That's an area Julie and I want to explore more once the boys are out of the house.") Outside of work, he says he's a "bad golfer," and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Also a skier, Drew and Julie take the boys on an annual ski trip to different resorts out west, making sure to find places where they can ski and the boys can snowboard.
When it comes to his goals and ideas for the Fathers' Club, Drew cites a saying his grandfather taught him: "More hands make light work." He wants to engage more of our dads and get more of them involved. "We've had good numbers at our events, and there's never a shortage of volunteers, but there's always a core group who's volunteering and it'd be good to get them some breaks," he says. "Being a Priory parent is a whole different experience when you're participating in things, whether it's through the Fathers' or Mother's Club, athletics, or anything else. It's important to get as many of our dads engaged in that as possible."