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Dr. Jesse Meyer
Chief Development Officer
Saint Ignatius College Prep
Chicago, Illinois

We are pleased to announce that Saint Ignatius College Prep has selected Dr. Jesse Meyer to serve as the school’s Chief Development Officer. Dr. Meyer will begin his new position on September 15, 2022. As a member of the School’s leadership team, Dr. Meyer will manage the school’s Development Department and will provide annual and long-range plans for areas including but not limited to the annual fund, major gifts, alumni relations, planned giving, donor recognition, donor research, and corporate and foundation relations.

Dr. Kristin Melley
Executive Director
Dominican Veritas Ministries
Chicago, Illinois

The Dominican Veritas Ministries (DVM) member board is delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Kristin Melley as its inaugural Executive Director. For the past two decades, Catholic education has been the precise focus of Dr. Melley’s work. She recently served as the leading advisor in the promulgation and preservation of National Standards & Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools (NSBECS) Steering Committee, NCEA NSBECS Council. She also co-created and directed the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) at Boston College’s Center for Catholic Education. In this role, she guided
strategic and fiscal planning processes for twenty-five schools, developing their governance and academic leadership teams resulting in positive transformations for the schools.

Additionally, under her direction, the Emmaus Leadership Series at Boston College, serving over 140 school leaders in 42 dioceses, provided acting and aspiring Catholic school administrators and board members the training and formation they needed to lead excellent schools. Working with experts and research data, leaders created new approaches for school board effectiveness,
philanthropy, marketing and enrollment, student and faculty assessment, financial planning, mission and identity, community partnerships, and student and faculty faith formation.

Dr. Melley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Boston College. In addition to her work at Boston College, she taught at the high school and collegiate levels, served as an Associate Superintendent, and most recently as Principal of Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA.

Jim Dahlman
Middle School Principal 
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
Edina, Minnesota

 

In July 2022, Fr. Kevin Finnegan and the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish and School community welcomed Mr. Jim Dahlman as its new Middle School Principal and member of its new leadership team. Jim comes to OLG from Totino Grace High School where he was a Chemistry and Physics Teacher for fifteen years, the Science Department Chair for five years, and the Totino Grace Connect Program Director since 2017. He also worked with St. Odilia Catholic School during his principal licensure certification. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from St. John’s University, Master of Arts in Lasallian Leadership from St. Mary’s University, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University.

Mike Swenson
Vice President of Advancement
Cotter Schools
Winona, Minnesota

The Cotter Schools community is excited to announce Mr. Mike Swenson as its new Vice President of Advancement. Since 2012, Mike has served as the Executive Director of the Western Technical College Foundation and as the senior fundraising officer for the College, responsible for organizing and managing all fundraising efforts. Working closely with the College President, he serves on the College Senior Leadership Team, participating in management of the institution, including strategic planning, budgeting, policy making, alignment of private support with College initiatives, and decisions to advance overall institutional goals. Prior to that, Mike served Winona State University for over 10 years as a leader in its admissions, major gifts, and alumni relations efforts.  Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master’s in Education in Educational Leadership from  Winona State University. In addition, he completed a certification program in  Nonprofit Leadership from Viterbo University. 

Dr. Camille Brown-Privette
President
Consortium of Catholic Academies
Washington D.C.

We’re delighted to announce that Dr. Camille Brown Privette will be the next President of the Consortium of Catholic Academies (CCA). A lifelong leader in Catholic education, Dr. Brown Privette has an outstanding record of accomplishments addressing the needs of students, families, teachers and administrators in urban environments. She is an energetic and compassionate educator, uniquely qualified to lead the CCA.  

Julie Moran
Lower School Principal
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
Edina, Minnesota

In July 2022, Fr. Kevin Finnegan and the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish and School community welcomed Mrs. Julie Moran as its new Lower School Principal and member of its new leadership team. Julie comes to OLG from St. Hubert Catholic School where she was the Elementary School Director. Prior to that position, Julie served at Shakopee Area Catholic Schools as Principal from 2015-2021 and as Director of Curriculum & Gifted/Talented Program from 2011-2015. Julie also brings fourteen years of elementary school teaching experience, twelve in Catholic grade schools, to her new position at Our Lady of Grace. Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Human Development from South Dakota State University, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and Master of Education in School Leadership from St. Thomas University.

Laura Swenson
Head of School
St. Paul VI High School
Chantilly, Virginia

Following an extensive national search and the recommendation of a search committee, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge has appointed Laura Swenson as the new Head of School for St. Paul VI Catholic High School. Mrs. Swenson assumed the position on July 1, 2022. Mrs. Swenson began her career as an intelligence analyst before moving into the education field 26 years ago. She has served in a variety of roles in Connecticut and Tennessee over the course of her career, including as a teacher, consultant, instructional coach and advisor, and school administrator. Most recently she has served as academic dean, then principal at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she helped guide the school community through the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic.

Dr. Fadia Desmond
St. Francis High School
President
Sacramento, California

St. Francis Catholic High School is proud to announce and welcome Dr. Fadia Desmond as its new president and CEO. Desmond, who previously served at St. Francis as assistant principal from 2015-2018, and has spent the last four years at Jesuit High School in the same role, will assume her new post in July.  We are thrilled to welcome her home.  Dr. Desmond is a shining example of the benefits of an all-girls, Catholic school environment.  She has a Ph.D. in Education from UC Davis, a Master’s from Stanford, received her Bachelor’s from UCLA,  and is a graduate of Marymount High School, Los Angeles.

Mike McGinty
Head of School
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
Edina, Minnesota

Mike McGinty is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is currently the Associate Director for Catholic School Operations at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He joins Our Lady of Grace with an impressive span of 17 years as a Catholic school leader in both the elementary and high school levels. He has held leadership roles as both assistant principal and principal. He has also served as vice president and director of advancement. More recently, Mike has worked for the Archdiocesan Office for the Mission of Catholic Education providing leadership and mentorship to pastors and school leaders. He also brings over 20 years of corporate and professional experience from the fields of finance, sales, application development, and management. Mr. McGinty holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota as well as a Masters of Education Administration and Principal Licensure from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. 

Paul Davis
Father Ryan High School
President
Nashville, Tennessee

Father Ryan High School Principal Paul Davis '81 has been selected as the school’s new president, according to Bill Stejskal '79, chairman of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Davis will become the 15th head of school in Father Ryan’s 98-year history when he begins as president on July 1, 2022.  He has served as principal since 2007.

Dr. Sterling Brown
Prefect of Studies
Saint Ignatius College Prep
Chicago, Illinois

We are pleased to announce that Saint Ignatius College Prep has selected Dr. Sterling J. Brown to serve as the school’s Prefect of Studies (Principal). Dr. Brown will begin this new position on July 1, 2022. Dr. Brown will build a vision for curriculum around what it means to be a Jesuit college preparatory school in the 21st century. He will also develop strategies for leading and initiating comprehensive planning for the recruitment, assessment, compensation, and professional growth of faculty. Dr. Brown will work to strengthen curricular offerings and explore new structural models. Dr. Brown currently serves as the Dean of Students at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Geoffrey Miller
Prefect of Mission
Saint Ignatius College Prep
Chicago, Illinois

We are pleased to announce that Saint Ignatius College Prep has selected Dr. Geoffrey D. Miller to serves as the school’s Prefect of Mission. Dr. Miller will begin this new position on July 1, 2022. In this role, Dr. Miller will provide leadership and supervision for the following areas: the Office of Formation and Ministry, the Student Deans, Athletics, Student Activities and the Office of School Culture. He will also lead a rigorous talent development system, oversee the faith and formation curriculum and serve as the primary coordinator for all aspects of spiritual formation for the school, amongst other duties. Dr. Miller is currently a religion teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was the Provincial Assistant for Secondary & Pre-Secondary Education for the Society of Jesus, UCS Province (St. Louis, MO). Additionally, he served at a number of Jesuit high schools and taught for seven years at Saint Louis University.

Shaileen Riginos
Diocese of Charleston
Assistant Superintendent of Accreditation and Strategic Planning
Charleston, South Carolina

We are pleased to announce that Shaileen Riginos has been appointed as the assistant superintendent of Accreditation and Strategic Planning. Shaileen is most recently from St. Anne School in Rock Hill where she has served as principal since 2013. Since 2020, Shaileen has also assisted the Catholic Schools Office as academic coordinator for the Diocese of Charleston. She has taught in schools for over 20 years, holding a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, both from Stetson University.

Dr. Melissa Whelan
Principal
St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School
Casper, Wyoming

Through our rigorous nationwide search for our new leader, with retained search counsel provided by Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, we are delighted to share that the search process has now concluded. On behalf of the Search Committee and School Board and with its unanimous support, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Whelan as our next Principal. The Search Committee agreed that Dr. Whelan is a strong, humble, Christ-centered leader with extensive Catholic education experience who will passionately and strategically advance the mission and vision of St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School. Dr. Whelan is completing her 28th year serving Catholic school communities as a teacher, dean, and twice as a PreK-8 elementary and middle school Principal. Dr. Whelan currently serves on the executive leadership team and member of the founding faculty at Trinity Hall, an all-girls high school in the Catholic tradition located in New Jersey.

Tara Wuthrich
Director of Advancement
St. Pius X High School
Houston, Texas

St. Pius X High School is pleased to welcome Tara Wuthrich as its new Director of Advancement.  Tara offers the St. Pius X community a robust skillset and over thirty years of experience in the fields of advancement and donor relations. A Houston native, Tara earned her B.S. at the University of Texas at Austin and completed additional courses in fundraising at Dartmouth College and Rice University.  Her impressive employment history includes the M.D. Anderson Medical Center, the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, and most recently The Regis School of the Sacred Heart.

Michael Deely
Head of School
St. Pius X High School
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Board of Trustees and the Members of Saint Pius X High School Inc. announce the hiring of a new Head of School, Michael Deely, who will assume leadership of the SPX campus on July 1, 2022. He brings an extensive background in Catholic education to St. Pius, beginning as a teacher, campus minister and coach at University San Diego High School from 1994 to 2001. In 2001, he began his leadership career as principal of St Charles Borromeo Academy and in 2006 moved to Cathedral Catholic High School, a school with a population of 1700 students in the Diocese of San Diego. He led Cathedral for nine years, during which time the school earned the title of Apple Distinguished School for innovation and initiated students’ dual enrollment with UCSD, San Diego Mesa College and Point Loma Nazarene University.

Michael F. Baber
Inaugural President
Sacred Heart Greenwich
Greenwich, Connecticut

We are pleased to announce that the Board has voted unanimously to appoint Michael F. Baber as the inaugural President of Sacred Heart Greenwich. Michael has dedicated his career to education and the last 20 years to Sacred Heart education in particular. His deep commitment to Sacred Heart's mission is palpable, and the Board is excited by the range and depth of Michael's leadership experience in areas that are essential to our vision for the future, including philanthropy, community and stakeholder engagement, admissions, and financial aid. Michael has served as Head of School at the Network's Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School in St. Louis, Missouri since 2016. He also served in several roles at Sacred Heart Greenwich from 2000-2015, including twelve years as Assistant Head of School, before becoming interim Head at Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau. During his time here in Greenwich, Michael led a capital campaign that raised $21 million, chaired the Education to Mission and Curriculum Committees, established a diversity committee, coached athletic teams all three seasons, and helped with the farming program during Summer Outreach.

Domenic Maiorano
Head of School
Saint Edmond's Academy
Wilmington, Delaware

Through our rigorous nationwide search process, spearheaded by Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, we are delighted to share that our extensive process has led us close to home, to an extremely well-qualified and talented St. Edmonds’ alumnus. So, with the unanimous recommendations of the Search Committee, Board of Directors, and our Corporate Board, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Domenic Maiorano ‘97 as our next Head of School. Domenic Maiorano will serve as the Chief Executive Officer and designated spokesperson and representative for the Academy. In collaboration with the Administrators and the Board of Directors, he will set the spirit and tone of the Academy, striving to maintain the legacy of a strong Christian atmosphere based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and the vision and values of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Mr. Maiorano will serve as the public face of our school community, and focus on leading our marketing, enrollment management, and advancement efforts in support of our exciting years ahead.

Christine Tucker
President
St. Anthony High School
Long Beach, California

Christine Tucker began her service to St. Anthony High School when former President Gina Maguire ’67 invited her to support St. Anthony as a community outreach volunteer and development associate.  In subsequent years she enrolled her son in SAHS and served as an active fundraiser and event planner for football and baseball programs and a member or the Parent/Educator Program (PEP). After her son graduated, she remained engaged in the community as a member and ultimately vice chairperson of the SAHS Consultative School Board.

 

Dr. Paul Manuel
Head of School
Cambridge Matignon School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Board of Trustees is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Manuel as The Cambridge Matignon School’s next Head of School. After an extensive national search conducted by Partners in Mission, Dr. Manuel was chosen from an impressive pool of candidates. Dr. Manuel will begin his tenure on July 1, 2022. Dr. Manuel comes to The Cambridge Matignon School from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, where he has served as the leadership program director for the past eight years. 

Heather Gillingham-Rivas
Head of School
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Miami, Florida

The Board of Trustees is excited to announce that our new Head of School will be Heather Gillingham-Rivas and our inaugural President will be Patrick Coyle.  We are confident that Heather and Patrick will work well together for the success of Carrollton now and in the future. Heather is an alumna of Carrollton (’94), Harvard University (A.B. cum laude, ’98), and Barry University (M.S., ’09) and is a Carrollton parent (’22).  She has 7 years of experience as a high school teacher, and for the past 16 years, has been Carrollton’s Intermediate School Head.  Additionally, Heather was appointed by the Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart United States Canada Province to serve for six years on the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals, which oversees the twenty-five Network schools for adherence to the Goals and Criteria. 

Patrick Coyle
President
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Miami, Florida

The Board of Trustees is excited to announce that our new Head of School will be Heather Gillingham-Rivas and our inaugural President will be Patrick Coyle.  We are confident that Heather and Patrick will work well together for the success of Carrollton now and in the future. Patrick is an alumnus of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland (’03) and Dickinson College (B.A., ’07).  Patrick comes to us from Lake Forest Academy in Illinois, where he has been serving as Chief Communication Officer.  Prior to LFA, Patrick was the Director of Marketing & Communications and Chief of Staff at Georgetown Prep for over 8 years and served in many unofficial and interim roles, including de facto co-president and Acting Director of Development, during times of other leaders’ absences.  He has extensive experience in strategic planning, capital campaigns, crisis communication, social media marketing, and alumni relations. Before Georgetown Prep, he served as Director of Marketing at a hospitality-focused private equity and investment firm based in Washington, D.C.  

John Moran
President
Junipero Serra High School
Gardena, California

Dr. John Moran has been appointed as President of Junipero Serra High School beginning May 1, 2022. Dr. Moran’s extensive educational experience includes serving as principal and superintendent of Catholic and Christian high schools as well as leadership in post-secondary education. Dr. Moran earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts and Master of Education from Harvard University. He received his Doctor of Education from USC after completing a dissertation based on his research of African American parent perspectives on special education. 

Kelly Burke
Principal
Cardinal Newman School
Columbia, South Carolina

Ms. Kelly Burke has been appointed to serve as the next Principal of Cardinal Newman School. With counsel provided by Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, Kelly emerged as the top candidate following our extensive nationwide search that produced a diverse and competitive pool of highly qualified candidates from across the country.  A native of Savannah, Georgia, Ms. Burke will be joining us from the Archdiocese of New York where she served both St. Stephen of Hungary School and Sacred Heart of Jesus School as a transformational Principal by consistently achieving top Student Growth Index Scores within the Archdiocese. Ms. Burke brings nearly 30 years of additional experience in leading both Catholic and independent schools in Atlanta and Savannah, including 15 years at Benedictine Military School as its Director of Development and Principal. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Education from Columbus State University, a Master of Music and Education from The University of Tulsa and has completed post-graduate work in securing her Educational Leadership Certification from Eastern New Mexico University.

James Schurrer
Principal
DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Cincinnati, Ohio

James Schurrer has been named principal of DePaul Cristo Rey. Mr. Schurrer has held roles as Dean of Faculty, an English teacher, and a coach at Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School. He has worked at St. Xavier since 2012 and prior to that he was a teacher and administrator at schools in Toledo and Springfield, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Ohio University and master’s degrees in American Culture Studies and Education Leadership and Supervision from Bowling Green State University.

Tim Cullen
President
St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School and Holy Family Catholic School
Austin, TX 

Tim Cullen has been selected as the new President of St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School and Holy Family Catholic School. A product of Catholic schools, Tim began his career as a Special Education teacher before moving on to County Administrator and District Administrator roles at schools in Ohio. He later became Superintendent of K-12 Bishop Hoffman Catholic School in Fremont, Ohio before taking on the Head of School position at K-12 St. Anthony School in Maui, Hawaii. Tim earned his Bachelor’s in Education from Bowling Green State University and his Master’s in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University. He brings with him a background as a collaborative leader who successfully merged organizational cultures and built strong constituent relationships that enabled school communities to be successful and flourish. 

Stephanie Nitchals
Senior High Principal
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
St. Louis Park, MN

Dr. Adam Ehrmantraut recently announced the appointment of Stephanie Nitchals as BSM’s next Senior High School Principal. Assisted by a representative search committee, all agreed that Stephanie is a strong, humble, Christ-centered leader with extensive executive experience who will passionately and strategically advance the mission and vision of Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Stephanie has served as an English teacher, Diversity Coordinator, Guidance Counselor, Dean of Academics, High School Principal, and Head of School serving in three different Catholic schools over 18 years.

Molly Smith
Director of Advancement
Academy of the Holy Names
Tampa, FL

We are thrilled to announce that Molly Smith ‘88 P’23 will join the Academy of the Holy Names as its next Director of Advancement. Molly emerged as the top candidate following an extensive nationwide search that produced a diverse and competitive pool of highly qualified candidates. Molly has served on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School, including as chairperson from 2011-2014, before moving on to Jesuit High School as the school’s annual fund director. In that role, Molly grew Jesuit’s annual giving program 65% to $1.8 million. Additionally, Molly’s creative endeavors with young alums resulted in an average increase of ten new donors per month.

Bill Hess
Head of School
Berks Catholic High School
Reading, PA

After a comprehensive national search that attracted numerous highly qualified candidates, Berks Catholic High School is thrilled to announce that Bill Hess will serve as the next Head of School effective July 2021. With 29 years’ experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator in the Diocese of Allentown, Bill is uniquely qualified to lead Berks Catholic in this next chapter of their growth. Most recently, he served as Assistant Principal at the school and as its Assistant Varsity Football Coach.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Alvernia College.

David Kenney
Head of School
St. Anthony Schools
Wailuku-Maui, HI

The St. Anthony School Board of Directors announces their rigorous nationwide search for a new Head of School has reached a successful conclusion with the selection of David Kenney to lead the school. Mr. Kenney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. In addition, he has completed coursework related to School Finance and Business Administration, Selection and Development of Educational Personnel, Legal Aspects of School Administration, and Human Concerns in Schools.

Kelly Blake
Principal
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
Myrtle Beach, SC

Following our swift and intensive nationwide search that produced a diverse and competitive pool of highly qualified candidates from across the country, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and the Diocese of Charleston recently announced Kelly Blake as its next Principal. Kelly most recently served nearby St. Andrew Catholic School, where she served as the BRAVE at Home Coordinator.  Previously, Kelly served as Principal of All Saints Catholic School in Dallas, TX and also taught at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Plano, TX.  Kelly holds a Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching with a Principal Certification from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University.

Michael Seeley
President
Lafayette Catholic School System 
Lafayette, Indiana

Dr. Peg Dispenzieri, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, and Mr. Bryan Stapleton, chair of the Lafayette Catholic School System Board of Directors are pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Michael Seeley as president of the Lafayette Catholic School System (LCSS). Seeley has a unique background of leading cross-functional teams and institution-wide projects as well as leading the day to day requirements of a senior level administrator. 

Dr. Jim Rigg
Cabinet Secretary of Education and Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of Miami
Miami, Florida

His Excellency Thomas G. Wenski has appointed Dr. Jim Rigg as the next Cabinet Secretary of Education and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Miami. Dr. Rigg comes to the Archdiocese of Miami from the Archdiocese of Chicago where he served as Superintendent of Schools under Cardinal Blase J. Cupich for the past six years. Previously, Dr. Rigg served as Director of Education and Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati overseeing the Office of Catechesis as well as Office of Schools, in an organizational structure similar to the Archdiocese of Miami.

John Knight
President
Helias Catholic High School
Jefferson City, Missouri

Diocese of Jefferson City Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and Dr. Erin Vader, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, are thrilled to announce the appointment of John Knight as president of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, Missouri, the largest secondary school in the Diocese, effective July 1, 2021.
John is a former Jesuit seminarian who served Catholic school communities for over three decades as a teacher of Theology, a Director of Campus Ministry and Christian Service, a co-founder of a Middle School for Boys, a coach, a counselor, and an assistant athletic director. Since 2007, he served as president in four religious and diocesan high schools in California, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Toledo (Ohio), a master’s in religious education from Loyola University in Chicago and a post graduate degree as an education specialist from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Spencer Allen
Principal
Helias Catholic High School
Jefferson City, Missouri

Diocese of Jefferson City Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and Dr. Erin Vader, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, are thrilled to announce the appointment of Spencer Allen as principal of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, Missouri, effective July 1, 2021.
Spencer has 25 years of education experience from preschool through high school and almost as many years of evangelization as a speaker and author, including in radio and television.
He has been principal of St. Joseph Cathedral School in Jefferson City since 2007 overseeing strong standardized testing growth, a significant increase of the school’s staff and student diversity, and substantial facilities development. During his tenure, the school’s special education program doubled in size. Spencer also facilitated establishing a comprehensive stewardship program to match with Bishop McKnight’s vision.
He earned his bachelor’s in education and advanced degrees, including an education specialist in educational administration and leadership from Lincoln University.

Gabriel Escobar
Principal
Bishop Amat Memorial High School
La Puente, California

Richard Beck, incoming President of Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, California is pleased to announce that Gabriel Escobar has been named his successor as principal, effective July 1, 2021.
Gabriel brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the position having worked as an educator at Bishop Amat High School in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the past 19 years, the last five-years as Assistant Principal for Academics.
Having worked as an English teacher, school counselor, and administrator, Gabriel is well versed in the myriad issues encountered by students, faculty, staff, and parents and has faced these challenges head-on with his positive and collaborative nature producing remarkable results.
Gabriel earned his B.A. from UCLA and his M.S in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s University.

Daniel Martinez
Head of School
St. Pius X High School
Houston, TX

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of St. Pius X High School and the Board of Trustees of Dominican Sisters of Houston announce the unanimous selection of Daniel P. Martinez as the next Head of School for St. Pius X High School. Mr. Martinez is a strong, humble, Christ-centered leader with extensive executive experience, combined with a passion for advancing the mission of Catholic education.  He is currently concluding his 14th year as a Catholic school leader in San Antonio, Texas. He has served as Principal of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School for the past six years. Prior to serving at St. Gregory the Great, he served as Executive Director of Advancement/Enrollment at Holy Cross of San Antonio and as Director of Mission Effectiveness & Campus Ministry, and Theology & Philosophy Instructor/Department Chair at St. Anthony Catholic High School. Mr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration from University of the Incarnate Word, a Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership from St. Mary's University, and anticipates a May 2022 completion of his Doctorate in Education and Catholic School Leadership from Saint Louis University.

Michael Brennan
Head of School
Marian Catholic High School
Tamaqua, PA

 

Marian Catholic High School is thrilled to announce that Michael Brennan ‘06 was selected from an extensive national search to lead the school as its next Head of School effective July 2021. Brennan is the first Marian Catholic graduate to return home to lead this tradition-rich school community.
Michael currently works at Palmerton Area High School as a Special Education teacher and co-head golf coach while also serving as the assistant boys’ basketball coach for the past eleven years at Marian Catholic.
Brennan earned his Principal Certificate from Point Park University in Pittsburgh in 2020; received his M.Ed., Educational Administration/Special Education at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014; and graduated with a B.S.Ed., Elementary Education/Special Education from Wilkes University.

Joanne Jones
Head of Schools
Shrine Catholic Schools

Royal Oak, MI

After an extensive nationwide search that produced an impressive field of high-quality candidates, Shrine Catholic Schools in Royal Oak, MI is pleased to announce that Joanne Jones has been named Head of Schools effective July 2021.
Jones brings over 30 years’ experience in Catholic education to the position. Included in her impressive resume were stints as Primary School and Lower School Director at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield, MI, Principal and Director of Development at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Holland, MI, and Executive Director of Academics at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland.
Additionally, she serves as a Design Team Member, Mentor, and Presenter for the Latino Enrollment Institute at the University of Notre Dame where she is tasked with mentoring principals from around the country on building school culture and enrollment.
Jones earned her BA from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Oakland University.

Matthew Schutte
President
St. Francis Borgia High School
Washington, MO

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to announce that Matthew Schutte has been appointed the next president of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School effective July 2021.
Matthew is currently serving as Vice President of Community Relations & Post-Secondary Advisory at St. Pius X High School in Festus, MO. In his role, he supervises the admissions and alumni engagement staff, assists with advancement initiatives, and engages constituencies as a grant writer and grant administrator.
He previously served as the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management at St. Pius X and worked in admissions for 17 years first at Webster University and later at Saint Louis University. He was also an adjunct faculty member in Webster University’s School of Communications.
Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science degree in English from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts degree in Media Communications with a public relations emphasis from Webster University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education administration.

Kelly Branaman
Secretary for Catholic Schools/Superintendent
Archdiocese of Washington
Washington, D.C.

After a national search process, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory is thrilled to appoint Kelly A. Branaman as the next Secretary for Catholic Schools and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. 
Kelly has served the Archdiocese since the early 2000s in several roles including Director of Special Education/Support Services Coordinator, Director of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools, Assistant Superintendent, and Associate Superintendent for Strategic Planning and School Operations.  
Branaman, a Harvard University Graduate School of Education Strategic Data Project Fellow, earned a Master of Arts degree in education – special education from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education/learning disabilities from Indiana University. 
Kelly was awarded the National Catholic Educational Association’s Lead.Learn.Proclaim. Award for Diocesan Leadership in 2017 and the National Catholic Educational Association’s Catherine T. McNamee, CJS President’s Award in 2002. This past year she was a member of NCEA’s committee on National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.
There are 26,000 students from diverse backgrounds attending the 91 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools located in the Archdiocese of Washington, which include early learning centers, elementary schools, and high schools. The archdiocese’s Catholic schools are located in Washington, D.C., and the five surrounding Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s. 

Angeline Trudell
President
St. Monica Catholic School
Dallas, TX

With extensive experience in Catholic schools as a teacher, principal, and president, St. Monica Catholic School in Dallas, TX is thrilled to announce Angeline M. Trudell as its inaugural President effective July 2020. A graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland, Angeline began her career as an elementary school teacher in New York and California before being named principal in 1988. Since 2002, she served as Principal and then President at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. During her tenure, she led efforts to increase enrollment from 600 students to 1100 students and oversaw two multi-million-dollar construction projects for a Middle School Education Complex and Gym and a Chapel, STEM Wing, Administrative Wing, and Parent Hub. Angeline also served as Accreditation Chair of the Western Catholic Education Association/Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the past 20 years.

Kenneth Willers
President
Notre Dame Academy
Duluth, GA

After an extensive national search, Notre Dame Academy in Duluth, GA is excited to announce Kenneth J. Willers as President starting July 2020. Most recently Ken served as principal at the School of the Madeleine, Berkeley, CA for eight years before being named Associate Superintendent of Leadership for Innovation and Growth for the Diocese of Oakland, CA in 2018. While with the Diocese, he initiated a partnership with the NCEA and ISTE to create a nation-wide program of ISTE certification for Catholic educators. He’s received numerous national awards including NAESP’s National Distinguished Principal in 2017, NCEA’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2017, and ISTE’s Administrator Award for Exemplary Leadership in 2016. He also served as an Executive Mentor Coach with NCEA from 2017 to 2019. Ken earned his B.A. from Don Bosco College, a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of the Theology of Santa Clara University, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Catholic Diocesan Leadership from The Catholic University of America.

Sean Brennan
President
East Catholic High School
Manchester, CT

Archbishop of Hartford Leonard P. Blair and the East Catholic High School Search Committee are delighted to announce Sean P. Brennan as their next President effective summer 2020. Before “coming home,” the 1985 ECHS grad worked as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, advisor, admissions officer, academic dean, division head, and head of school. During seven years as Vermont Academy’s Head of School he led efforts that increased enrollment by 20% and the annual fund by 31% during challenging economic times. Sean leaves behind his role as Assistant Headmaster and Upper School Head at Austin Prep in Reading, MA where he oversaw development of the Upper School Strategic Plan focusing on the school’s Augustinian charisms and encouraging all constituents to live the mission. Sean earned his M.A. and B.A. from Middlebury College.

William Ryan
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Charleston
Charleston, SC

The Diocese of Charleston South Carolina is delighted to welcome William H. Ryan as its next Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Mr. Ryan has held various school-based and central office positions throughout his distinguished career in education. Since 2015, Mr. Ryan has been the Secretary for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, providing oversight and support for 68 Catholic elementary schools, 20 Catholic high schools, and seven early childhood programs in Washington, D.C. and southern Maryland. In 2009 he was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals as the best High School Principal in Maryland. Mr. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg University and a Master’s Degree in Administration/Supervision in Education from Bowie State University.

Mark Bayens
President
Bishop DuBourg High School
St. Louis, MO

The Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of Catholic Education and Formation is thrilled to announce Mr. Mark Bayens as the new President at Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis, MO.
After earning his B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia he embarked on a career working in elementary and high schools, most recently serving as Director of Athletics at Notre Dame High School in St. Louis.
Additionally, Mr. Bayens (Bishop DuBourg ’81) earned his M.A. from Maryville University and his M.S. in education administration from Lindenwood University.

Siobhan Mahoney
Principal
St. John School
Wellesley, MA

The Archdiocese of Boston is pleased to announce that Siobhan S. Mahoney has been selected as Principal at St. John School in Wellesley, MA. Following a stint as Residential Program Teacher, Education Coordinator Assistant, and Preschool Teacher at the New England Center for Children, Siobhan served five years as Director of Admissions at Mount Alvernia High School. In 2108, she was named as Assistant Head of School at the Newton, MA school.
Siobhan earned a B.A. from St. Joseph College of Maine, a Master’s in Education from Simmons College, and was a fellow in cohort VIII at the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College.

Dr. Daniel Everett
Head of School
Fr. Tolton Catholic High School
Columbia, MO

Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, MO is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Everett, Ed.D. as its new Head of School. Most recently, Dr. Everett worked eleven years at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California spending six years as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Innovation before moving on to be interim Head of School at St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel, California. He earned his B.A. from Franciscan University, an M.A. from Loyola Marymount University, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.

Stephen Murphy, Esq.
President
Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School
Oakland, CA

Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School is delighted to welcome Stephen Murphy as its new President. Mr. Murphy was the founder and managing partner of Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth & Chatterjee, LLP. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where his responsibilities included fundraising, writing grants, organizing fundraisers, speaking at events, and supervising strategic planning. Mr. Murphy is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Catechist at Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

William Crittenberger
Head of School
Bishop O'Connell High School
Arlington, VA

Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. William T. Crittenberger as its next President. His background includes a 36-year career in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator at private schools and Catholic schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. For the past eight years, Mr. Crittenberger served as Headmaster at St. Anselm Abbey Catholic School, where among other accomplishments, he grew enrollment 20%, oversaw a faculty retention rate of 97%, and significantly increased both financial aid and the number of seniors named National AP Scholars. He earned his B.A. from George Washington University, an M.A. from Yale University, and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Erin Vader
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Jefferson City
Jefferson City, MO

The Diocese of Jefferson City, MO is pleased to announce that Dr. Erin Vader will serve as its new Superintendent. Dr. Vader has an illustrious 20+ career in Catholic education as a teacher, principal, and President. During three years as President at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, TX, she facilitated donations and pledges of over $30 million for campus upgrades. During the past three years, Dr. Vader served as Coordinator for Schools Advancement in the Diocese of Fort Worth. She earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and her M.Ed. and Doctor of Educational Leadership from Texas Wesleyan University.

Dr. Marissa Muoio
Head of Upper School
Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
Princeton, NJ

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is delighted to welcome Dr. Marissa C. Muoio as its Head of Upper School. She is a product of twenty-five years of Catholic education. Her professional career has been devoted to an all-girls, Catholic, independent school beginning as a Library-Media Specialist, where she co-chaired an online learning initiative. She later served as Curriculum Coordinator and most recently as Dean of Academics. Marissa earned her B.S., M.A., and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.

Philip Riley, Jr.
President
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System
Appleton, WI

With 27 years’ experience in Catholic education, including 20 as principal, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System is excited to welcome Mr. Philip R. Riley, Jr. to Appleton, WI as its President. Born in Nebraska, Mr. Riley served as a First Lieutenant in Desert Storm. Upon his return, he began his career in Catholic schools as a middle school teacher. In 2015, he was the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Robert J. Kealey National Catholic Education Association Principal of the Year Award. Since 2012, he has served as Principal of St. Monica Catholic School in Dallas, TX. Mr. Riley earned a B.A. from Benedictine College, an M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A & M University, and is a current Boston College Emmaus Series Candidate.

James Kaiser
Secretary of Social Ministry
Diocese of Charleston
Charleston, SC

James P. Kaiser, Jr., Esq. was named Secretary of Social Ministry for The Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. He brings a plethora of impressive experiences to the position including serving as Executive Director of Order of Malta Western Association, Majority Counsel with the Committee on Government Reform in the United States House of Representatives, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation, Inc., and Attorney with the U.S. Coast Guard. He earned his B.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Juris Doctor from University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Additionally, he is currently a Graduate Candidate in Theology, Mission, and Ministry at University of Cambridge & Durham University, UK.

Dr. Darbie Safford
Principal
St. Mary's Catholic School
Longview, TX

St. Mary’s Catholic School in Longview, TX is thrilled to announce the hiring of Dr. Darbie Safford as Principal. Her impressive list of experiences in Catholic education includes stints as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Dallas, as well as instructor, Director of Admissions and College Counseling, and Principal at Catholic schools in Texas. Dr. Safford presented at the annual NCEA Conference in Chicago (2019) and the NCEA Leadership Summit in Jacksonville, FL (2018). She earned her Doctor of Education from St. Louis University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dallas.

Cheri Lynn Wood
Principal
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is pleased to announce that Cheri Lynn Wood has been selected as Principal. She was awarded a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University and earned both her M.A. and B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College. She was also awarded a Klingenstein Summer Fellowship in Educational Administration to attend Teachers College at Columbia University. Cheri was recently published in Momentum, NCEA’s quarterly magazine.

Ann McManus
Principal
Newman Catholic Middle and High School
Wausau, WI

Having served Wausau Catholic Schools since 1992 as teacher, associate principal, and middle school principal, Ann McManus has been named Principal at Newman Catholic Middle and High School in Wausau, WI. She received her Master of Arts in Education – Teacher Leadership from Viterbo University and her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Ann earned her Wisconsin DPI Administrative License from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. She served on the Advisory Council for the Diocese of LaCrosse, created a mentoring program for newly hired staff, and increased enrollment during her tenure as middle school principal.

Dr. Anna Maria Downey
Principal and CEO
Incarnate Word High School
San Antonio, TX

Dr. Anna Maria Downey was selected from among an impressive field of high-quality candidates to be the Principal and CEO of Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, TX. She brings over 25 years’ experience in Catholic education to the position. Anna earned her Doctor of Education from Union Institute & University, a Master of Education from Jones University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. She was awarded High School Educator of the Year in 2018 from the University of Cincinnati. She also participated in the Alpaugh Scholars Leadership Program at the University of Cincinnati.

John McCarthy
Principal
St. John Paul II Catholic School
Ridgeland, SC

John E. McCarthy, an experienced educator with over thirty-five years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in both public and private school systems has been selected as Principal of St. John Paul II Catholic School in Ridgeland, SC. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Providence College. John is a Doctoral Candidate in Leadership in Schooling at Lesley University. During his tenures as Superintendent, he was responsible for building and mentoring a leadership team where over one-third of its members went on to become school superintendents and led the visioning, design, marketing, successful bond vote, and construction of a $75,000,000 middle school and performing arts center.

Robert Loia
Principal
Cardinal Newman School
Columbia, SC

Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, SC is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert A. Loia as Principal. Robert has devoted his professional life to Catholic schools since 1991 as a teacher, coach, sacristan, guidance counselor, and administrator. He earned his M.A. in Educational Leadership from University of Notre Dame, his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University of Maryland, Baltimore, and his B.A. in History and Philosophy from The Catholic University of America.

Dr. Todd Sweda
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

After an enormously successful tenure as CEO of Archbishop Hoban High School in Ohio, Dr. Todd Sweda has been appointed the new Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Dr. Sweda earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership, Management & Policy from Seton Hall University, a Master of Arts in the Humanities from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wittenberg University. While at Archbishop Hoban, Dr. Sweda secured funding, created partnerships, and repurposed space for the construction of an Innovation Center comprised of a makerspace for pursuits in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics and an entrepreneurship and communications studio for pursuits in business and distance learning. He also directed a successful $7 million capital campaign for a chapel/retreat center, an athletic performance/health and fitness center, and increased endowment funds.

Chad Barwick
Head of School
Archbishop Hannan High School
Covington, LA

The Archdiocese of New Orleans and Archbishop Hannan High School are delighted to welcome Chad Barwick as its new inaugural Head of School. Chad has 16 years of invaluable experience in Catholic schools as a teacher, coach, and principal before becoming President at St. Pius X Catholic High School, the largest school in the Diocese of Atlanta, raising over $1 million in the Annual Fund and overseeing an $18.4 million budget. He earned his B.A. from Auburn University, an M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Notre Dame’s Remick Leadership Program.

 

Guiliana Battaglini
Director of Advancement
Notre Dame Academy Schools of Los Angeles
Columbia, SC

Notre Dame Academy of Schools of Los Angeles is pleased to welcome Guiliana Battaglini as its new Director of Advancement. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and a Rhodes Scholar nominee, Guiliana served as President of UCLA’s Bruins Bells Service Organization, a philanthropic, non-profit, volunteer leadership organization of 90 women. Upon graduation, she served as Development Assistant for UCLA Health Services working on donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Most recently, Guiliana served in the Advancement Office at Loyola Marymount University as the school’s Senior Events Coordinator. She is a graduate of Notre Academy of Schools and is on track for a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount.

Angie Baker
Upper School Director
Walsingham Academy
Williamsburg, VA

Mrs. Angie Baker joins Walsingham Academy as the Upper School Director and has been serving as Upper School Director of Academic Affairs since July 1, 2016, where she had been focusing on curriculum, academic progress, coordination with the Counseling Office, and faculty professional development. A longtime and highly respected member of the Upper School faculty, Mrs. Baker had served as a science teacher for eight years before taking the position of Director of Academic Affairs. She brings 18 total years of teaching experience and has previously served as an administrator at St. Frederick High School in Monroe, Louisiana.

Ian Mulligan
Principal
St. John Vianney High School
Kirkwood, MO

Mr. Ian Mulligan joins St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, MO as it new Principal. Mr. Mulligan is an outstanding educator with over ten years of experience, having served most recently as Assistant Principal at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado. Prior to being Assistant Principal, Mr. Mulligan served as a teacher at Regis Jesuit High School. Mr. Mulligan holds a Master of Education with Specialization in Educational Leadership degree from Regis University in Denver, CO, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Dayton in Ohio.

Connie D’Angelo
Principal
Saint Basil Academy
Jenkintown, PA

Connie D’Angelo returns to Saint Basil Academy as the new principal. The veteran Catholic school educator served from 2010-212 as Saint Basil’s vice-principal. D’Angelo has more than 18 years’ experience as a Catholic teacher and administrator. She has made a commitment to Catholic education, both professionally and personally, her entire life. Most recently, D’Angelo served as dean of student affairs at nearby Mount St. Joseph Academy and has experience in the classroom spanning 12 years before moving into administrative leadership positions. D’Angelo attended Cabrini College where she received her certificate in Educational Leadership (K-12). Additionally, she obtained a MA Writing -English (7-12) Secondary Education Certificate from Arcadia University and her BA English; Minor: World Languages from St. Joseph’s University.

Gerald DeFruscio
President
Cardinal O'Hara High School
Springfield, PA

Mr. Gerald “Jay” DeFruscio, a native of Drexel Hill and Class of 1978 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School (Delaware County), has been selected as the new president. Mr. DeFruscio is a seasoned leader in the fields of athletics and higher education and joins Cardinal O’Hara from The Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference (A10), headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, where he has served as Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball since 2011. In this role he facilitated Communications between the Conference office and member school’s administrators and coaches, oversaw the leagues television and scheduling processes, as well as represented and promoted interest of basketball programs outside the league with the NCAA. Prior to his time with the A10 he served as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for the Indiana Pacers (NBA) as well as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Business Administration from Ursinus College in Collegeville (Montgomery County).

Jim Welby
President
St. Dominic High School
O'Fallon, MO

Mr. Jim Welby joins St. Dominic High School as its new President. He has served the St. Dominic community as athletic director since 2012 and has 17 years of experience in Catholic education. Prior to coming to St. Dominic, Welby served as a teacher and administrator at his alma mater, Bishop DuBourg High School. He brings 13 years of administrative experience, including serving as athletic director and advancement director at Bishop DuBourg. Welby has a Master’s in Business Administration from Maryville University and his Bachelor of Science in Administration, with a minor in History from St. Louis University.

Maura Spignesi
Head of School
Fontbonne Academy
Milton, MA

Mrs. Maura Spignesi has accepted the position of Head of School at Fontbonne Academy. Prior to assuming her new role as Head of School, Spignesi has served at Fontbonne since 2002 in several different roles including: Assistant Head of School for Administration and Student Life, Administrative Dean, Director of Guidance, Guidance Counselor, International Student Coordinator and teacher. Spignesi’s education includes a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with concentration and certification in School Counseling from Boston College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Boston College.

W. Paul Harrington
Head of School
Pope Francis High School
Springfield, MA

Pope Francis High School announced Dr. W. Paul Harrington, Jr. as its new Head of School. Mr. Harrington previously served as Head of School for Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara, Calif. A native of Holliston, Mass., Harrington holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in economics from Fairfield University, and a Master of Arts in school administration from Loyola Marymount University. He received his Doctor of Education in educational leadership at the University of Southern California.

Jim Lehn
President
St. Pius X High School
Festus, MO

Mr. Jim Lehn has been named President of St. Pius X High School. Prior to accepting the president position at St. Pius X, Jim held various leadership roles at Anheuser-Busch, Ascension Health and Mercy/ROi. He also served on the finance committee and was the capital campaign co-chair at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Imperial and served on the finance committee and board of directors at St. Pius X High School. Lehn graduated from Windsor High School in 1987, then went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force. After serving his country, he earned an Associate's degree from Jefferson College in 1993 using the GI Bill. He then completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1996 and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Webster University in 2003.

Ben Hopper
Principal
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
Sarasota, FL

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School announced the appointment of Mr. Ben Hopper as Principal. Mr. Hopper is an accomplished educator and committed administrator with 17 years of Catholic school experience, having served most recently as Principal of John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce, Florida since 2005. Hopper also served John Carrol as Dean of Students and classroom teacher before moving into his administrative and spiritual leadership position. Hopper holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Florida and a Master’s of Arts degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.

Lisa Lorenz
Principal
Rice Memorial High School
South Burlington, VT

Lisa Lorenz emerged from a competitive national search process as the school’s choice for its permanent principal. Lorenz earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, a MA in Moral Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary; as well as a MA in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore. Her extensive experience includes serving as a Catholic middle school teacher, department chair, principal, and diocesan superintendent. A licensed counselor, Lisa also served McDaniel College and the University of Maryland graduate programs as a department coordinator in school counseling and mental health.

Steven Gadecki
Principal
Trinity High School
Manchester, NH

After serving the Trinity High School community as a teacher and administrator for over 17 years, Steven Gadecki emerged from a competitive national search to serve as the school’s next Principal. A lifelong educator, Steven’s career spans over 30 years, serving predominately in Catholic high school settings. Steven holds a BS in Mathematics from Clemson University and an MS in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Kansas. Additionally, he completed graduate level education courses at Purdue and Millersville Universities.

Amy Mettlach
Chief Academic Officer
Newman Catholic Schools
Wausau, WI

Amy Mettlach was appointed to leadership team of Newman Catholic Schools serving as their first Chief Academic Officer. Ms. Mettlach has had a distinguished career serving as a junior high and senior high English teacher working with students with a wide variety of learning needs. She served as the English Department Chair at St. Francis Xavier High School in Appleton, prior to helping develop and implement the Reach Academy at Neenah High School. Amy received Bachelor’s degrees in both Education and English Literature from Miami University of Ohio, followed by her M. Ed. in Educational Supervision and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sandra Betters
Principal
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Syosset, NY

Sandra Betters was been named the new Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) in Syosset, New York. Ms. Betters joins the leadership team at OLMA after serving at Rockland County Day School as their Academic Dean. Prior, she served for ten years at The Albany Academies. Before transitioning into school administration, she taught senior high school English, middle school history and English, and briefly taught at the elementary level. Sandra holds a BS in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University, and a M. Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision form the College of St. Rose.

Tricia Menzhuber
Principal
St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School
Minneapolis, MN

The Ascension Catholic Academy (ACA), a consortium of schools serving low-income scholars with diverse needs selected Tricia Menzhuber as their Principal of St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in Minneapolis. For the last five years, Ms. Menzhuber was the Head of School at The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School. Previously, she was the Religion Department Head at the Convent of the Visitation School. Tricia received BA degrees in International Studies and in Justice and Peace Studies from the University of St. Thomas. Her graduate work includes an MA in Education from the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas.