Raymond Barbosa Faculty, Health and Fitness
Mr. Barbosa was born and raised in Allentown, PA and graduated from Allen High School in 2003. At Allen, Mr. Barbosa was a member of the varsity basketball team and finished his varsity career as the all-time leading scorer, a record he still holds today. Mr. Barbosa accepted a full basketball scholarship to James Madison University Baltimore County where he played for three seasons. He transferred to University of Maryland and helped lead the team to the America East Championship and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008. After graduating UMBC (B.A. American Studies, 2008), Mr. Barbosa played professionally in Puerto Rico for five seasons. He has also been involved in the field of education, serving the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, and the Council Rock School District as a teaching assistant, serving students with special learning needs.
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 proud to be a member of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team. 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 in 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 Faculty, Principles of Math
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 from the University of New Hampshire (M.S. Mathematics). 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.
Sr. Michelle Cimaroli Faculty, Principles of Math
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 High School 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 Education 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" 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 grateful 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).
Jared Epler College Counselor
Mr. Epler joins the team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia after spending over five years helping students on their path to a college degree. After graduating from Albright College (B.A. Communications, Minor in Music), he spent time as an admission counselor at his alma mater. During this time, he recruited students from Philadelphia and Camden and quickly realized he had found his passion. Mr. Epler, spent the past three years as a college counselor at Summer Search, a nonprofit in Philadelphia that supports low-income, first generation youth on their pathway to college completion by exposing them to life-changing travel opportunities coupled with a circle of supportive relationships. Upon receiving his masters degree from University of Pennsylvania (M.S. School Counseling), he jumped at the opportunity to join the team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia as their first college counselor.
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 attended Millersville University (M.A. Spanish) and Immaculata University (M.A. Psychology). 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.
James Giblin Faculty, Principles of English
Mr. Giblin is excited and honored to be a part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School team as a founding member of the school's Service Corps. At CRPHS, Mr. Giblin is an instructor of the Principles of English course. Mr. Giblin believes that a mastery of the English language begins at the fundamental level, and is thrilled to aid in his students' development as critical readers and writers. He is a graduate of Villanova University (B.A. English). In his free time, Mr. Giblin is an avid reader and enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle.
William Gillis Faculty, History
Mr. Gillis is honored to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia community as a founding member of the junior faculty. He is a native of Seattle, WA where he attended St. Anne School and Seattle Prep, the city's Jesuit high school. Mr. Gillis is also a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Princeton University (A.B. Politics, 2014). He is excited to share his love of American history, government, and the social sciences with all of his students. An athlete in college, Mr. Gillis is also looking forward to stepping into a new role and coaching at Cristo Rey. When not in the classroom, he can be found out rowing on the Schuylkill River, reading the newspaper, or enjoying time with family and friends.
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 proud to be a part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia Work-Study team. He works alongside Mr. Fabiszewski, Ms. O’Neill, Ms. Wusinich, and Mr. Holtshouser 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 Work-Study Program Coordinator
After two years in the English Department, Mr. Holtshouser excitedly joins the Work-Study Office as a Work-Study Program Coordinator. Spring 2014, Mr. Holtshouser earned a Masters of Science in Education from St. Joseph’s University through the ACESJU Teaching Fellows program. Mr. Holtshouser is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. English, Minor in Urban Education).
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.
Ryan Kelley Faculty, English
Prior to his appointment in 11th grade English at Cristo Rey Philadelphia, Mr. Kelley taught writing, literature, and public speaking at area colleges, including Gwynedd Mercy University, Bucks County Community College, Arcadia University, and the Community College of Philadelphia. He is eager to bring this experience to the college preparatory environment and aid students in the development of transferable analytical and communication skills for use in the classroom and life. Further, Mr. Kelley is excited to explore and discuss American literature with Cristo Rey juniors and to engage students with classic works, great thinkers, essential questions, and big ideas. Mr. Kelley is a graduate of Temple University (B.A. English and Journalism, 2005) and Chatham University in Pittsburgh (M.F.A. Creative Writing, 2007).
Andrew Kelly Admissions Counselor
After a year in the Work-Study Office, Mr. Kelly excitedly joins the Admissions Office as the Admissions Counselor, working with Ms. Saunders to recruit the Class of 2019. 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. Mrs. Kochersberger 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. Mrs. Kochersberger 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. David's, PA.
Colby McDevitt Faculty, Math
Mr. McDevitt teaches Geometry in the Mathematics department at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. Mr. McDevitt 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 (B.S. Mathematics and Secondary Education) in Upland, Indiana, where he played collegiate football 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 back in 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.
Lori Boccuzzi Okema Director of Pathways to Success in College
Mrs. Okema 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, Mrs. Okema 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. Mrs. Okema 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. Mrs. Okema loves spending time with friends and family, discussing how Ignatian Spiritually can transform lives, and traveling to new places.
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, Mr. Hardee and Mr. Holtshouser 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.
Kimberly Pohl Faculty, Principles of Math
Ms. Pohl is honored and thrilled to join the math team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. She will be responsible for teaching the sophomore class the fundamentals of mathematics in order to specifically prepare them for the college ACT Math test. Ms. Pohl is a recent graduate of Temple University (B.S. Mathematics, concentration in education). She also holds a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in Mathematics grades 7-12. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and athletics such as skiing and competitive soccer.
Victoria Poltavskiy Faculty, Principles of Math
Ms. Poltavskiy is excited and grateful to be a part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School team. Ms. Poltavskiy was raised in the Philadelphia area. She graduated from the TUTeach program at Temple University (B.S. Biology, concentration in education). By implementing differentiated instruction along with project-based instruction. Ms. Poltavskiy is looking forward to seeing her students excel in mathematics. She also believes it is important to serve others and has gone on mission trips to Haiti, India, and Costa Rica. In her free time, Ms. Poltavskiy enjoys playing tennis and volleyball.
Donna Pinkney School Administration
Ms. Pinkney is thrilled to work at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. She believes strongly 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 seven 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, 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 Faculty, Latin
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 Faculty, Math
Ms. Saracino is excited to be a part of the team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. At CRPHS, she is the Algebra II/Trigonometry teacher. Through differentiated instruction and hands-on exploration, students apply information learned in class to the world around them. She enjoys working with the junior class 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 Director of Admissions
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 in 2012 to join the Cristo Rey team as the Admissions Coordinator. In the past, she 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.) She is currently in Villanova University's Master in Public Administration program.
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.
Olivia Sharkey Faculty, Theology
Ms. Sharkey is a native to Northeast Philadelphia, a proud Nazareth Academy High School alumna. After graduating from Saint Vincent College (go Bearcats!) with a degree in Theology, Ms. Sharkey participated in a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where she taught at the Cristo Rey school in Newark, NJ. It was there that she was introduced to the Cristo Rey mission, and she is now more than excited to share in that great mission back in her hometown. Ms. Sharkey teaches junior Theology, and very much enjoys learning from her students, viewing faith through their perspective, and witnessing the Church alive in their actions. She is an eternal optimist who wholeheartedly believes that each day offers us the opportunity to learn something new.
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.
Tawana Washington Assistant Dean of Students
Mrs. Washington is excited to join the Cristo Rey team as the Assistant Dean of Students. She is a graduate of Temple University (B.S.W. Social Work) and Widener University (M.S.W. Social Work) where she focused on Clinical Therapy practices. Mrs. Washington brings over 12 years of progressive experience in providing therapeutic services to individuals, families, and groups using innovative evaluation and behavioral modification techniques. She focuses on the holistic approach when addressing the needs, concerns and challenges of the individuals she serves. It is her passion to empower, promote, and elevate young men and women academically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Meaghan Whalen Development Associate
Ms. Whalen assists with fundraising and coordinating volunteer activities for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. She has over four 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.
Gillian Wible Faculty, Latin
Mrs. Wible is a proud graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A. Classics) and the University of British Columbia (M.A. Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity). Prior to joining the Cristo Rey team, she taught Latin, Roman history and literature, and Greek history and literature for two years at a suburban high school. She is excited to share her love of the ancient world and the Latin language with the students of Cristo Rey Philadelphia.
Michael Wiencek Faculty, Science
Mr. Wiencek is ecstatic to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as a member of the science faculty. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton (B.S. Biology, Philosophy). In college, Mr. Wiencek developed a great passion for social justice through his work in the Center for Service and Social Justice. He is an active Eagle Scout and loves to spend his free time finding adventures in the great outdoors, most especially at Camp Minsi in the Pocono Mountains. Mr. Wiencek joined the Cristo Rey family after spending two years as a founding faculty member of Yap Catholic High School on the island of Yap, Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean. On the island of the Stone Money, he taught a wide range of science and math courses, as well as started the school choir, the state champion robotics team, the Junior Agape retreat, and the boys and girls volleyball teams.
Anna Winter Director of Communications and Community Affairs
As the Director of Communications and Community Affairs, Ms. Winter is responsible for all Cristo Rey Philadelphia internal, external and online communications, branding and community relations. 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.
Joanna Wusinich Business Skills Teacher, In-House Counsel
Ms. Wusinich is a member of the Work-Study Office and teaches Business Literacy. The Business Literacy course focuses on the development of the professional, technical and communication skills that are essential to the needs of our Job Partners and the professional development of students. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Wusinich serves as an associate attorney at Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, one of Cristo Rey Philadelphia's founding Job Partners. As an attorney, she specialized in the defense of businesses and individuals in civil litigation matters involving products liability, toxic torts, premises liability and motor vehicle liability. She is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Wusinich obtained her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross. As a legal intern for the Honorable Sherry Hutchins-Henderson, Ms. Wusinich assisted the Court with proceedings relevant to child custody, child support and restraining orders. Prior to law school, Ms. Wusinich served for two years as a Jesuit Alumni Volunteer at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, IL. At Cristo Rey Chicago, Ms. Wusinich taught American Government and English as a Second Language and coached mock trial and basketball.
Kristine Zeiset Faculty, Health and Fitness
Ms. Zeiset is a graduate of Eastern University (B.S. Exercise Science, Minor in Accounting, 2012). She has a special interest in athletics, as she was involved in sports throughout high school and college. Now, she enjoys coaching athletes in these sports. Ms. Zeiset has worked as a camp counselor and group fitness 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, Ms. Zeiset 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.