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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.
St. John Vianney High School
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.
Bishop Lynch High School
Bishop Lynch High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Brynn Bruno as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Brynn brings extensive experience to this position, having recently served as Director of Development at Providence Public Library in Providence, RI, where she successfully oversaw an annual giving program that grew to over $1.4 million in just its first year. Prior to her time at Providence, Brynn held the position of Capital Campaign Administrator and Major Gifts Officer at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, GA. While at Benedictine Military School, she was an integral part of a successful $12 million capital campaign. Brynn holds a degree in finance from Columbia University in New York City and an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas College of Business. Additionally, Brynn received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Saint Basil Academy
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.
Cardinal O'Hara High School
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).
St. Dominic High School
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.
Mary Caren Heffner
Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School
Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School has appointed Mrs. Mary Caren Heffner as its Principal. Mrs. Heffner is a veteran educator with over 15 years of experience in Catholic and public schools in Ohio, California, and since 2003, in Florida. She has taught 3rd through 9th graders. She has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an Education Specialists degree in Education Leadership both from National Louis University. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in Elementary Education from Ohio University.
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
Pope Francis High School
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.
Bishop Gorman Catholic School
Robin Perry has been named Principal of Bishop Gorman Catholic School. Mrs. Perry is a lifelong Catholic educator who most recently served as Head of School at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School in Memphis, TN. Prior to joining Immaculate Conception as Head of School, Mrs. Perry was first the Academic Dean of Sacred Heart of Jesus High School in Jackson, TN, before being elevated to Principal. She has also served other respected Catholic schools in Tennessee as a History and English teacher at the junior and senior high school levels. Mrs. Perry holds a Bachelor of Art in History from the University of Tennessee, Master of Art in Teaching, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Memphis, as well as a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.
St. Anthony School
Mr. Timothy Cullen has been named Head of School of St. Anthony School. Cullen is a lifelong educator who most recently served as Superintendent of the Bishop Hoffman Catholic School system and Principal of its St. Joseph Central Catholic Campus in Fremont, OH. Prior to serving the Bishop Hoffman school communities as Superintendent, Cullen was first a teacher before spending over 20 years in increasingly responsible administrative positions in various Ohio public school systems in and around the Fremont region. Mr. Cullen holds a Bachelor of Art in Education from Bowling Green University and a Master of Art in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University.
St. Pius X High School
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.
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
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.
Central Catholic High School
San Antonio, TX
Mr. Stephen Walswick joins Central Catholic High School as its new Principal. Mr. Walswick is an accomplished educator and administrator with 12 years of Catholic school experience, having served most recently as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Educational Technology at Servite High School in Anaheim, CA. Walswick also served Servite High School as Director of Educational Technology and Media Services and classroom teacher before moving into his administrative and leadership position. Walswick holds a Master of Arts Degree in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching: Secondary Education from Chapman University, and two Bachelor’s Degrees in English Literature and Philosophy (Honors) from Loyola Marymount University.
Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Trinity Catholic High School
St. Louis, MO
Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ, was selected as the next president of Trinity Catholic High School by the archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Education. Fr. Putthoff served as associate pastor for two years in Camden, New Jersey, before co-founding Hopeworks N’ Camden in 1999. The nonprofit organization is an outreach and resource center for the youth living in Camden, one of the most impoverished communities in the country. He served as the visionary executive director there until 2016, when he became president of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy in Toledo, Ohio. Fr. Putthoff holds numerous degrees, including a BA in Philosophy from St. Louis University, MA in English from Loyola University, MA in Divinity and Theology from Weston School of Theology, and an MBA in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
JSerra Catholic High School
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Ashley Farrington was appointed as the next Director of Advancement at JSerra Catholic High School. After an extensive national search, Farrington comes to JSerra after several years at Santa Clara University, most recently serving as a major gifts officer in the Southern California region securing gifts between $100K and $1M. Hailing from a family of life-long educators, she holds a BS in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University, as well as a MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Seton Hall University.
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.
St. Louis Catholic High School
Lake Charles, LA
Andrew Bradley was appointed to the position of Principal of St. Louis Catholic High School by the Rev. Nathan Long, Rector and President of the Board of Pastors. Bradley most recently served as Principal of Saint Francis Catholic Academy in Gainesville, FL. and Archbishop John Carrol High School in Radnor, PA. As a life-long learner, Mr. Bradley earned his BA degree in Government, with Minors in Spanish and Theology, from Georgetown University. Additionally, he holds a MA in Secondary Education from The University of New Mexico, as well as a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.
Trinity High School
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.
Dr. Miguel Solis
Sacred Hearts School
Dr. Miguel Solis has been appointed Sacred Heart School’s next principal. Dr. Solis holds a D. Ed. in Education Leadership from the University of Southern California, a MA in Education from Loyola Marymount University, and BA in History from National University. He previously served the Chaminade College Preparatory and Our Lady of Loretto school communities as a gifted and mission-driven middle school teacher. Dr. Solis’s, wife Lisa, (who also holds a D. Ed. in Educational Leadership) and two-year old son Noah, arrived on Maui over summer and are residing in beautiful Lahaina.
Dr. John Reyes
Diocese of Charleston
John Reyes, Ed.D. was selected by the Office of Education of the Diocese of Charleston to serve as their first Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Previously, Dr. Reyes served in various leadership capacities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Most recently he was the Director of Educational Technology supporting K-12 school principals and teachers in the 77,000 student Archdiocese. Dr. Reyes is a dynamic and visionary leader who received his BA in Philosophy from California State Polytechnic, his M. Ed. in Secondary Ed from Loyola Marymount, and his Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Newman Catholic Schools
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.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
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.
St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School
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.
Bishop Machebeuf High School
Jon Black recently joined the community of Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver as their new Director of Admissions. Mr. Black brings a wealth of enrollment management experience to his new role having previously served as the Associate Director of Admissions at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. Prior to his eight years of collegiate admissions roles, he received his BA in Sociology, followed by his MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University
James P. Kaiser
Diocese of Charleston
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
St. Mary's Catholic School
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
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CAis 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.
Newman Catholic Middle and High School
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
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 E. McCarthy
St. John Paul II Catholic School
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.
Dr. Thomas J. Curry
Archbishop Hoban High School
After an extensive national search, Dr. Thomas J. Curry becomes the new President at Archbishop Hoban High School. A graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Dr. Curry earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees in systematic theology at Boston College, focusing his research interests on Catholic spirituality and the relationship of theology to film. He holds a certificate in nonprofit management from the School of Business Administration at Marymount University. As Head of School and CEO at Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, VA he orchestrated a $25 million campus expansion – the largest building and recapitalization project in the school’s history.
Joseph E. Gressock
Covington Latin School
With almost 30 years’ experience in Catholic schools, Covington Latin School, Covington, KY is thrilled to announce Joseph E. Gressock as Headmaster. He began his post college experience in business gaining valuable expertise in marketing and data analysis. Soon after, he began his career in Catholic schools as a teacher and coach before becoming an administrator thirteen years ago. Joseph has an M.A. in Theology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, an M.B.A. from Lake Erie College, and a B.A. from Bowling Green University. He attended Ursuline College’s Licensure Program in Educational Administration and University of Dayton’s Licensure Program in School Superintendency.
Robert A. Loia
Cardinal Newman School
Cardinal Newman School in Ridgeland, 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
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.
St. Dominic Academy
Lewiston and Auburn, ME
After an extensive national search, Tim Gallic emerged as the search committee’s choice to serve as the new President of St. Dominic Academy in Lewiston and Auburn, ME. His career in education began over 25 years ago as a teacher in New Jersey and includes stints as principal of Catholic high schools in Colorado, Florida, and Texas. He also served as National Director of Advancement for Saint Paul's Outreach in Saint Paul, MN. Tim earned a Master of Arts in School Administration from the University of Scranton and a Bachelor’s of Arts, History from Rutgers University.