Mrs. Angie Baker joins Walsignham 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.