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Elizabeth Barr 
Assistant to the Principal

Ms. Barr assists in the daily operations of the school and offers administrative support to Principal Gomez. She is a graduate of Villanova University (B.A. Human Services, Minor in Psychology and Sociology, 2010). During her time at Villanova, she was active in ministry and made a lifelong commitment to service. Her experience in the Cristo Rey Network extends back to a year of volunteer service she gave after graduation with the Lasallian Volunteers. During the 2010-2011 school year, she served as Campus Minister/ Student Activities Director at De La Salle North Catholic High School, a Cristo Rey school in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Barr has lived most of her life in the Greater Philadelphia area and has been in Catholic education since she was five. She loves being part of the new possibilities for Catholic education that Cristo Rey offers in her hometown.

Jamila Bassett School Counselor

Ms. Bassett is excited to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia family as a Student Counselor.  Ms. Bassett has over 13 years experience in counseling.  She was the Behavioral Health Liaison for the Chester Upland School District for 3 years and the Counseling Intern for 1 year.  Ms. Bassett graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (B.A Sociology, minor Criminal Justice,1998), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (M.S. Organizational Development and Leadership, 2006) and Capella University (M.S. Counseling, 2012). She is a current Ph.D. candidate at Capella in General Psychology.  Ms. Bassett is well versed in supporting students academically using a person-centered approach that promotes encouragement and development.  Ms. Bassett is a proud mother of her two sons, Malik and Marcus. 

Sister Nancy Bradbury, IHM Tutoring Coordinator

Sister Nancy was born and raised in south Philadelphia to a loving family. She was blessed to attend Mount Carmel Catholic School and J.W. Hallahan High School. There she met the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. With their inspiration and a deep love of God, Sister Nancy decided to give her life to the service of God and God's people. Her service to Catholic Education spans elementary, middle, and high schools in urban and suburban parishes and beyond in the countless families and friends met along the journey. She earned a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. When presented with the opportunity to serve Cristo Rey Philadelphia, she was all too willing as she firmly believes its model "We Believe. We Dream. We Lead. We Serve." to be a reflection of the Gospel.

Suni Blackwell Dean of Students

Mr. Blackwell is responsible for leading the school’s discipline system. His focus is maintaining policies, procedures, and individual records on student discipline and attendance. Mr. Blackwell is also the Head Boy’s Basketball Coach and Director of the Athletic Committee. He previously served as the School/Community Climate Manager and Anti-Bullying Compliance Officer from 2010 – 2012 for the Chester-Upland School District. Mr. Blackwell served as Head JV Boys Basketball Coach and Assistant Coach on the Chester High School Boys Basketball team that went 32-0 and won the 2012 Pennsylvania AAAA District 1 and State Championships. He is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Liberal Studies, Minors in Elementary and Secondary Education, 2003)  and Temple University (M.Ed. Sport Administration and Recreation Management, 2007). Mr. Blackwell and his wife are proud parents of Ayana and Amare.

Lori Boccuzzi Director of Pathways to Success in College

Ms. Boccuzzi enthusiastically joins the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team after working for six years in college admissions, most recently as the Director of Admissions at Chestnut Hill College.  As the Director of the Pathways to Success in College, Ms. Boccuzzi will help students and families understand the college search process, find a college that is the best fit for a successful future, and develop education partners in the Philadelphia area to support the mission of the school.   Ms. Boccuzzi is a graduate of Fairfield University (B.S. Marketing) and Chestnut Hill College (M.S. Administration of Human Service). She completed a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Diego, CA.  Ms. Boccuzzi loves spending time with friends and family, discussing how Ignatian Spiritually can transform lives, and traveling to new places.

Sr. Michelle Cimaroli  Principles of Math Instructor

Sister Michelle is thrilled to return to the Cristo Rey family, supporting the math program part-time.  She is grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as a math teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit HS in Baltimore in its first year of operation as a Jesuit Volunteer. Originally from Chicago, she is in her fourth year of formation with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an international community whose mission is education in service of the Gospel.  She met the Handmaids and received the gift of her religious vocation while serving in Lima, Peru for 17 months.  After moving to Philadelphia, she worked with students in Resource Learning at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, served as a catechist at Visitation BVM Parish, and volunteered as a math and science tutor at Dawn's Place. Sr. Michelle is a graduate of St. Joseph's College in Indiana (B.S. Mathematics).  She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Eduation at St. Joseph's University.

Quintel Coles Executive Chef

Mr. Coles is the Executive Chef at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. As the Executive Chef, he and the kitchen staff bring to life the "Eatiquette" the food program in partnership with the Vetri Foundation at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Mr. Coles bring over 25 years of professional cooking experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Coles worked at a number of restaurants across the Philadelphia region. At school he is affectionately known as "Chef Qu." He loves cooking for the students, faculty and staff and is greatful to be a part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team. 

Christina D’Emma Faculty, English

Ms. D’Emma is inspired by learning with her students and colleagues. She is moved by the mission of the Cristo Rey Network and is thrilled to be a part of the CRPHS community. She was a teacher coach for AmeriCorps volunteers in the Response-Ability program, a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. Prior to that she taught ninth and tenth grade English at her alma mater, Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ. She was a seventh and eighth grade Language Arts and Religion teacher at St. Denis School in Havertown, PA, and at the Gesu School in Philadelphia, PA, beginning her career as a Response-Ability volunteer. Currently, she serves on the board of the McNamee Scholars Program. Ms. D’Emma is a graduate of Rosemont College (B.A. English, 1999, M.Ed. Mid-level Education, 2002) and Villanova University (M.A., English, 2010). 

Edgar Enriquez Director of Admissions

Mr. Enriquez joins the Cristo Rey family once again, but this time as Director of Admissions. Born in Chicago and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, he returned to the United States in 2004, and attended Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. Throughout his experiences in high school, he found a deep appreciation for the Jesuit ideals of service and justice. Mr. Enriquez is a graduate of Georgetown University (Bachelor of Arts in 2012). In Washington D.C, Mr. Enriquez became highly involved with the immigrant community, and served as an ESL instructor and program manager for the D.C. Schools Project at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice. His strong commitment to education, and belief in the Cristo Rey model brought him to Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. He is very excited to speak to families and students about the school and share his experience as a graduate of the Cristo Rey Network.

Robert Fabiszewski Director of  the Work-Study Program

Mr. Fabiszewski has 29 years of commercial real estate experience with both debt and equity investments.  Retired in 2011 from TRECAP Partners, LLC, he now serves on its Board of Directors, and formerly its Executive and Investment Committees, after founding the company's real estate investment advisory business under predecessor companies Capmark Investments, LLP, GMAC Institutional Advisors and GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation in 1996.  He developed and directed the company’s real estate private equity business model (approximately $5 billion in assets under management and supervision) and portfolio and related asset management activities on behalf of third-party investors.  Mr. Fabiszewski directed the Real Estate Equity Group’s business operations, strategic planning, relationships with investor clients and property acquisition/joint venture programs with existing and new operating partners.  From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Fabiszewski was responsible for the acquisition and underwriting of real estate investments for The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and developed its national origination network. Mr. Fabiszewski is a graduate of La Salle University (B.A. Finance), is a retired member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, and has lectured for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America on real estate finance and negotiation skills.  He also currently serves on the boards of area education-based non-profit organizations.

Bob Fest Director of the Tiger Woods STEM Learning Center

Mr. Fest is the Director of the Tiger Woods STEM Learning Center at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.  His mission in life is to develop and inspire America’s next generation of world class scientists and believes that Cristo Rey offers the best environment for that mission to be accomplished. Mr. Fest taught biology and environmental science in the public and parochial school systems of New Jersey for 12 years prior to joining Cristo Rey Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska (B.S Biology and Nursing, M.S Biology). Mr. Fest is the recipient of many national and international awards, grants, and fellowships both in education and science. Most recently he was chosen as a representative for the United States Department of State's Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program and the International Leaders in Education Program in which he taught science best practices to educators in Sumatra, Indonesia.  He has also worked in Costa Rica, Japan, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania on global education, health, and scientific research projects.Mr. Fest serves on the Board of Directors at the Mtaala Foundation were he oversees the foundation’s Maternal & Children's Health Clinic at the Awegys Secondary School in Kigo, Uganda.  In his free time, he travels the world with his wife Elizabeth and their two young children, Fionnula and Ranger.  Mr. Fest is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Pennsylvania.

Sister Regina Flanigan, IHM School Administration

Sister Regina serves in School Administration for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School with responsibilities that include counseling, student attendance, family contacts and assistance to the Admissions Office. She is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  She also serves as an ambassador, sharing the Cristo Rey mission with students, faculty, and administrators at local grade schools and community organizations. She holds a Master of Arts in Spanish from Millersville University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Immaculata University.  Her most formative years were spent as a missionary at IHM apostolates in Santiago and Lima.  Sister Regina has been the recipient of various Pro-Life awards and was honored by Pennsylvanians for Human Life as their award winner in 2004. Being a member of our Cristo Rey team is the fulfillment of years of interest in and work for the establishment of our new school. 

John Glennon Jr. Assistant Principal

Mr. Glennon provides instructional support and feedback to the Cristo Rey Philadelphia faculty and is responsible for the planning and implementation of the school's academic support program.  He also focuses on staff recruitment, curriculum development, and data analysis, and leads the school's cura personalis team. Mr. Glennon was the Chief of Staff of Georgetown Preparatory School from 2001 – 2010 where he served as a senior advisor to the president, assisting with strategic planning, construction oversight, and the day-to-day operations of the nation’s oldest Jesuit high school.  He has also worked as a principal intern at TechBoston Academy, a pilot school in the Boston Public School System, and as an associate at a small venture capital firm. Mr. Glennon is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.A. Government, Minor in Economics, 1999).  He holds an Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in Education, Social, and Family Policy from Georgetown University. 

Michael Gomez Principal

Dr. Gomez is principal of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.  He previously served as principal of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School where he had direct responsibility for the daily operations and educational development of the school since his appointment in July of 2006.  Prior to that he was the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.  He began his career in education as a teacher, director, and coach at his alma mater, St. Peter’s Preparatory School, in Jersey City, NJ.   He is a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Board of Directors and a Trustee at St. Peter’s Preparatory School. Dr. Gomez is a graduate of Providence College (B.A. English, 1995) and Binghamton University (M.A. English Literature, 1997).  He also holds a Master of Arts in Private School Administration from Teachers College, Klingenstein Center at Columbia University and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania (Ed.D., 2012). In May 2013, Dr. Gomez was selected and honored as one of "Philadelphia's 40 Under 40" by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Nancy C. Green Director of Development

Ms. Green is responsible for all aspects of fundraising for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. She has 29 years of non-profit fundraising experience, primarily with social justice organizations. Particularly relevant are her six years as the first full-time development director for White-Williams Scholars, which recently merged with Philadelphia Futures and supports college-bound public high school students from low-income families. She is well versed in the challenges faced by students from families of modest means and is passionate about the importance of education in changing the trajectory of their lives. Ms. Green is a former board member and current development committee member of The Birth Center in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is a Philadelphia native and mother of three.   

Rodney Hardee Work-Study Program Coordinator

Mr. Hardee is enthused to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia Work-Study team. He works alongside Mr. Fabiszewski, Ms. O’Neill, and Mr. Kelly and assists in the daily operations of the Work-Study Office.  Mr. Hardee is a graduate of La Salle College High School and the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. Communications Arts and Sciences). 

Matthew Holtshouser ACESJU Teaching Fellow, English

Mr. Holtshouser will assist the founding member of the English Department in planning and conducting lessons for 9th grade students.  As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Holtshouser will work to earn a Masters of Science in Education from St. Joseph’s University at the end of the two-year ACESJU Teaching Fellows program. Mr. Holtshouser is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. English, Minor in Urban Education). Mr. Holtshouser brings two summers worth of education-related work experience: one as a 7th and 8th grade Writing and Social Studies teacher at Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, and another as a research intern for the education consulting firm Research For Action. 

Janet Iafrate  Faculty, English

Ms. Iafrate grew up in West Virginia and has lived in Philadelphia since 2007. She began teaching as a Good Shepard Volunteer at PS 27 in South Brooklyn. She spent five years at Saint Basil Academy, where she taught freshman English and moderated the literary magazine, Community Service Corps and annual Kairos retreats. She has also taught writing and poetry to re-entering citizens at the Institute for Community Justice, and spent one year in the guided reading program at Mastery Charter School. She enjoys research and creative writing, and her work has been recognized by the Knoxville Writer's Guild, Glimmer Train Press, The Children's Literature Association and The Looking Glass journal. Ms. Iafrate is a graduate of Fordham University (B.A. English) and University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom (M.A. in Literature and Film). She is honored and thrilled to teach sophomore English and to be a part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia family.

Andrew Kelly Work-Study Program Coordinator

Mr. Kelly is excited to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as the new Work Study Coordinator, helping Mr. Fabiszewski and Ms. O’Neill with transportation and all things related to Work Study.  Mr. Kelly attended St. Joe’s Prep here in Philadelphia for high school and then graduated from the University of Scranton (B.S. Exercise Science with a concentration in Nutrition Studies,Minor in Psychology). Prior to joining the team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia, Mr. Kelly served as a full time volunteer in the Alumni Service Corps program at St. Joseph’s Prep.  As an ASC member, Mr. Kelly worked in the Admissions Office helping to advertise the Prep to potential students. Additionally, Mr. Kelly served as the assistant coach of the varsity swim team, a retreat and service trip leader, and helped out with the drama program.

Anne Marie Kochersperger Assistant Business Manager

Mrs. Kochersperger has a combination of over 37 years experience working in Philadelphia area independent schools, Villanova University and for the federal government in the financial, budget and human resources arenas.  She received her PHR from Villanova University and is a current member of the Society of Human Resources Management as well as a member of the HR committee of the Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association. Anne Marie is a lifetime resident of the Greater Philadelphia area and was educated in the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Catholic school system.  She has 3 children working in the Philadelphia area education and medical fields and is the proud grandmother of 3.  Anne Marie is very excited to be part of such an amazing educational institution and strongly believes in the Cristo Rey Philadelphia mission.

Marlene Lally Director of Finance and Operations

Mrs. Lally graduated from La Salle University (B.S. Finance and Marketing, 1984).  She obtained her Wilson Reading Specialist certification in 2002 and still tutors children with reading challenges. Marlene brings over 20 years experience in business management and administration with non-profit organizations -- mostly small, independent schools in the Philadelphia area. Most recently she was operations manager of the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Affiliate before joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team. Mrs. Lally's family is completely engrossed in the Jesuit tradition.  Her husband Chris is a graduate of St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ.  Her twins Christopher and Michelle graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and Loyola University in Maryland, respectively. 

John R. McConnell Founder and President

Mr. McConnell is the head of the school’s leadership team and represents Cristo Rey to the Philadelphia community. He retired as a partner at the management consulting firm Deloitte in order to lead the founding of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. He has served as Chairman of the Board at St. Joseph's Prep and is an active parishioner at St. Katherine of Siena in Wayne, PA. Mr. McConnell is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep (1970) and Georgetown University (B.S. B.A., 1974).  He earned a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1982. A Philadelphia native and father of four, he lives with his wife, Gwen, in St. Davids, PA.

Colby McDevitt Faculty, Math 

Colby teaches Geometry in the Mathematics department at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.  Colby has many years of experience in the Cristo Rey Network in that he taught Mathematics at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN for 5 years before moving to Philadelphia.  He feels very blessed to be a part of the mission of the Cristo Rey Network and has enjoyed this time immensely. Before coming to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School TC, he taught for four years in Colorado and Iowa.  He has taught various math levels and coached football, basketball, and track. He attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he played collegiate football and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education and was named to the academic all MSFC Conference team.  He enjoys active and outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and snowboarding.   

Joe Mirarchi Faculty, Math

Mr. Mirarchi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (B.S. Business Management). Prior to joining the Cristo Rey team, Mr. Mirarchi spent two years in San Antonio, Texas, teaching Algebra 1 and coaching soccer at Burbank High School. Mr. Mirarchi adamantly believes that every student has the right to an excellent education.


 Sean P. Murray Faculty, Theology

Mr. Murray is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he first learned of Jesuit spirituality and where he met his wife and fellow graduate, Gina.  They were married in 2009 in Philadelphia, where they both live and work.  Sean comes to Cristo Rey Philadelphia having taught Theology for 5 years in New Jersey.  Gina is a Pediatrician and currently works in Torresdale, PA.  They are members of Contemplative Leaders in Action, run by the Jesuit Collaborative, an adult faith-sharing and leadership training program.  They are both passionate about local and global health, education, and social justice.  They live in Philadelphia.

 Flannery O’Connor Faculty, Theology

After serving two years as the Director of Admissions, Ms. O’Connor is very excited to be moving back into the classroom as a Theology teacher. She began her career in education as a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education Program (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame.  As an ACE teacher she taught fourth grade, coached, and moderated student clubs at All Saints Catholic School in Fort Worth, TX. Ms. O’Connor is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. Theology, Minor in Philosophy, 2006), University of Notre Dame (M.Ed.) and Villanova University (M.S. Counseling with a concentration in clinical mental health).  She is a member of the Gesu School Young Friends Committee and co-founded Philadelphia Advocates for Catholic Education, an organization that advocates for and supports Catholic schools in the city.

Jessy O'Neill Assistant Director of the Work-Study Program

Ms. O’Neill is the Coordinator of the Work-Study Program; managing the transportation of our student workers and collaborating with Mr. Fabizsewski and Mr. Kelly to truly make Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School "The School That Works!' She is a graduate of the University of Scranton (B.S. Marketing). Before joining the team at CRPHS, she was a full-time volunteer at the Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem. While at Cristo Rey New York High School, Ms. O'Neill worked in the Corporate Work Study Office, taught a Junior level Catholic Social Teaching and Morality theology course, and moderated student council and the dance team. As a Northeast Philly native, she is thrilled to be a part of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.

Donna Pinkney School Administration

Ms. Pinkney is thrilled to work at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. She believes stongly in the school's mission and is very committed to serving the staff and students to help them achieve their goals. Her pervious experience in education is at the university level, working with both liberal arts and medical students. Ms. Pinkney is a Philadelphia native and the mother of two. She graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic High School. After graduation, Ms. Pinkney pursued majors in English and Business at both Community College of Philadelphia and LaSalle University. She enjoyed an extensive career in banking and also served proudly as a United States Woman Marine. Ms. Pinkey currently teaches religious education to middle school aged students and volunteers for her church.

Eva Porter Faculty, Science

Mrs. Eva Porter was born in New York City and raised in Long Island, New York. She is a graduate of Manhattanville College (B.A. Biology, Minor in Religion, 1999). She started teaching science full-time at the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula in 2000 and continued to teach there for 7 years. She taught General Biology, Biology Honors, AP Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. She completed her graduate training at Fordham University (M.S.T. Biology, 2004).  In 2007, Mrs. Porter relocated to Florida and continued to teach Biology and Advanced Placement Biology for the School District of Osceola County.  She also served as a moderator for several clubs, including the National Honor Society. Throughout her years as a teacher, Mrs. Porter always emphasized higher education and challenged her students to go beyond their comfort zones. Mrs. Porter is excited to return to the northeast and to share her passion for biology and education with the youth of Philadelphia. She is also excited to share in the rich cultural experiences that Pennsylvania has to offer with her husband, Justin, and baby boy, Aidan.

Richard Pugh Director of Campus Ministry and Student Activities

Mr. Pugh is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (B.A. English and Theology, minor in Faith-Justice Studies).  Upon graduation in 2005, he served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where he taught at St. Ignatius School in The Bronx. Mr. Pugh spent the next four years at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida working as a full-time Youth Minister.  He earned a M.A. in Theology from Villanova University where he also worked as a Campus Ministry Intern.  Mr. Pugh is grateful for the support he receives from his wife, family, and friends and is grateful to be a part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School community.

Brandon Rothenberg Faculty, World History

Mr. Rothenberg is excited to work with the sophomore class as they discover complex mysteries, ask tough questions, and grow more aware of the world in which they live. Mr. Rothenberg is a graduate of Dickinson College (B.A. History, Minor in Secondary Education, 2011). He holds a PA Teaching Certificate in Secondary Social Studies (7-12). Prior to joining the team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia, he taught World History, Psychology, Sociology, and International Relations in two suburban high schools. While teaching, he supervised a student theater group.

Tracey Royo FacultyLatin 

As the Latin teacher, Mrs. Royo is responsible for developing the curriculum, designing units of study, and instructing students in Latin class.  Prior to joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team, she taught Social Studies and Latin at Tunkhannock Area High School for over six years.  Throughout her time in Tunkhannock, she served as the Interact Club Advisor and worked very closely with the Tunkhannock Rotary Club in order to involve students in community projects. She taught Latin in the Summer Program at Scranton Preparatory School and tutored numerous students in their study of Latin. Mrs. Royo is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College (B.A. History and Secondary Education, 2005) and a graduate of the University of Scranton (M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, 2010).  Mrs. Royo holds a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Latin K-12 and Social Studies 7-12. 

Mary Santiago School Administration

Ms. Santiago is a proud member of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team. Ms. Santiago serves in School Administration and her main responsibilities include operating the Front Office. Prior to joining the team, she held numerous positions in nursing and social work. Ms. Santiago was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Upon graduation from college, she relocated to Philadelphia to start her career and a family. Ms. Santiago is a graduate of the Interamerican University (B.S. Nursing) and is the proud mother of six. 


Alexandra Saracino Principles of Math Instructor

Ms. Saracino is very excited to be a part of the team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. At, CRPHS, she is an instructor of Principles of Math, a secondary math class to help students master the fundamentals of mathematics. Through differentiated instruction and hands-on exploration, students apply information learned in class to the world around them. She enjoys working with both freshman and sophomore students to help them understand math in new and interesting ways. Ms. Saracino is a graduate of Temple University (B.S. Mathematics) with an emphasis in education.

Unique Saunders Admissions Coordinator

Ms. Saunders is no stranger to the Cristo Rey network, having been a part of the nation’s 2nd Cristo Rey high school. She was among the first graduating class of De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon in 2005. Ms. Saunders is excited to share her experience with students and is enthusiastic about guiding them through this journey. Born and raised on the west coast, Ms. Saunders relocated to Philadelphia to join the Cristo Rey team as the Admissions Coordinator. She most recently worked for a nonprofit agency in Seattle, Washington helping families move from poverty to self-sufficiency through programs and advocacy. Prior to that, she served as the Marketing Coordinator for a nonprofit musical theatre, promoting the arts throughout the city. Ms. Saunders is a graduate of Seattle University (B.A. Journalism, Minor in Creative Writing, 2009.) In the winter she will begin working towards a Master in Public Administration.

Laura Schmidt School Counselor

Mrs. Schmidt is the School Counselor for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.  She was born and raised in a Philadelphia area suburb.   Mrs. Schmidt is a graduate of Merion Mercy Academy and Villanova University (B.A. Theology with a concentration in Ethics, M.S. in Secondary Educational Counseling grades 7-12). Prior to joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia Team, Mrs. Schmidt was the school counselor for a Nativity/San Miguel modeled middle school in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.  She also served as a teacher to an all boys prep school in Wilmington, DE.

Sister Janice Shaw, IHM  Faculty, Science

Sister Janice grew up in Southampton, PA. After graduating from Bishop McDevitt High School, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  She taught in elementary and high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Harrisburg.  She also served as an elementary school principal.  Sister Janice comes to Cristo Rey from West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, where she taught physics and chemistry. Sister Janice is a graduate of Immaculata University (B.A. 1972, B.S. 1981) and Villanova University (M.S. 1989).

Molly Waldron Faculty, Latin

Ms. Waldron graduated from Davidson College (B.A. Classics) where she served as a teaching assistant for Introductory Greek courses. She holds a Master of Arts in Classical Studies from Villanova University. Ms. Waldron is passionate about the opportunity to share her love of the Latin language with her students. 

Anna Winter Coordinator of Marketing, Public Relations and Executive Administration

As the Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations, Ms. Winter is responsible for all Cristo Rey Philadelphia internal, external and online communications, branding and community relations. Along with her responsibilities in marketing and communications, Ms. Winter assists in the daily operations of the school and is the assistant to the President. Prior to joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia Team, she served as the Communications Coordinator at Elwyn, a multi-state nonprofit organization located in Media, PA. Ms. Winter is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. Public Relations and Advertising, Minor in Business, 2010). Ms. Winter is honored to be a part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team.

Meaghan Whalen Development Associate

Ms. Whalen will assist with fundraising and coordinate volunteer activities for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School .  She has over 4 years of non-profit fundraising experience and has previously volunteered for the Cristo Rey schools in Kansas City and Houston. Prior to joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia community, Ms. Whalen lived in Denver, CO and worked for a non-profit that helps families reach self-sufficiency. Ms. Whalen is a graduate of Rockhurst University (B.A. Non-Profit Leadership and Political Science, 2009).  Upon graduation she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and volunteered in Houston with families affected by HIV or AIDS.  Ms. Whalen grew up in the great state of Kansas and is a proud fan of the Kansas Jayhawks and loves Kansas City BBQ. 

Kristine Zeiset Health & Fitness Instructor

Ms. Zeiset is a graduate of Eastern University (B.S. Exercise Science, Minor in Accounting, 2012). She has also invested in several classes from the Sport and Coaching minor. She has a special interest in athletics, as she was involved in sports throughout the years. Ms. Zeiset has worked as a counselor and group instructor at a Health and Fitness camp in Vermont for girls who desire to make physical and psychological improvements to their daily habits. She has also invested as an intern at Bryn Mawr Hospital in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department. In addition, she has done personal training with individuals to work towards health and fitness goals. She enjoys teaching and inspiring others to develop a lifestyle full of healthy habits and recreational activities. 


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