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Louis Antoine Assistant Dean

Mr. Antoine was born and raised in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Newark Academy and The University of Delaware. Before joining the Cristo Rey team, Mr. Antoine was previously employed at Temple University, where he worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist. Mr. Antoine has many years of experience working with the youth population, focusing on character education and behavior management. Mr. Antoine is very excited to join the Cristo Rey family. Go Raiders!

 

 

Eric Becker Faculty, Chemistry

Mr. Becker is honored to be on the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as the Sophomore Chemistry teacher. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, he graduated from Syracuse University (Go Orange!) in 2012 (B.A. in Chemistry and Secondary Science Education.) After graduation Mr. Becker moved to Houston, Texas where he served as an AmeriCorps service member and spent three years teaching Chemistry at a local public school. Missing the Northeast, Mr. Becker chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed. in Learning Sciences and Technologies) where he learned the importance of devloping 21st century students through innovative teaching practices and technology integration. At Penn, Mr. Becker had the pleasure to be taught by Dr. Gomez. Outside the classroom, he spends most of his time exploring Philadelphia, watching Syracuse sports, and hanging out with his basset hound, Hank.

 

Tess Beckwith Faculty, Biology

Ms. Beckwith is so excited to be part of the Cristo Rey family as a biology teacher. Her passion and zeal for life and how things work brought her to the field of biology and she now has the privilege of sharing this love with her students. A 2012 graduate of Eastern University(B.A. in Anthropology, minor in Biology), Ms. Beckwith has since found herself in many diverse educator and scientific roles such as a literacy tutor at Fredrick Douglass in north Philadelphia, a wilderness guard in Oregon, a field biologist in Florida, an educator with a study abroad program called Creation Care Study Program, and most recently an instructor for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, leading week-long wilderness trips. Outside of the classroom Ms. Beckwith enjoys any and all outside activities and is constantly learning how to better love the people and places that surround her. Ms. Beckwith is happy to be in such a beautiful new space where the common goal is to put the wonder back into learning and to create an environment where everybody knows that they belong and are cared for.

 

 

Lyanna Berry Work-Study Program Coordinator

Ms. Berry is happy to be part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as a member of the Work-Study department under the Service Corps program. As a recent graduate of La Salle University earning her B.S. in Psychology, she wants to help students reach their full potential in both the academic and work realm. As a native New Yorker, Lyanna is no stranger to the Cristo Rey mission, having graduated from Cristo Rey New York in East Harlem. During her undergraduate years at La Salle, Ms. Berry was an avid volunteer, participating in programs such as Pheed Philadelphia, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her free time, Ms. Berry loves to read, write, and binge-watch novelas.

 

David Blome Faculty, Latin

Dr. Blome teaches sophomore Latin at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. Prior to joining the Cristo Rey team, he served in the US Marine Corps, graduated summa cum laude with distinction in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, earned a PhD in ancient history from Cornell University, and taught at Stanford University. He also found time to coach track and field and compete in Ironman triathlons. A lifelong athlete and combat veteran, Dr. Blome brings a great deal of energy to the classroom. He is looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for the ancient world with Cristo Rey students while guiding and teaching them on their journey to college and adulthood.

 

 

Jared Boyd Faculty, Health and Fitness

Mr. Boyd is proud to be a member of the Cristo Rey Health and Fitness team and is thrilled to assist the school community on their health and physical literacy journeys. He believes whole heartedly in Cristo Rey's vision for the students of Philadelphia and is eager to add to the positive culture that has been established. Mr. Boyd's passion for fitness, athletics, and coaching was shaped while attending Trinity College (CT) where he was an Educational Studies major and 4 year member and captain of the football team. Go Blue Pride!

 

Nieyana Brooks Faculty, Health and Fitness

Ms. Brooks is excited to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team, and to begin the professional phase of her career as a member of the Health and Fitness Team, and Part- Time Athletic Trainer. She was born and raised in North Philadelphia. Ms. Brooks is a proud graduate of Lock Haven University, earning a B.S. in Health Science (2016) and M.S. in Athletic Training (2018). She loves the mission and idea that Cristo Rey strives to provide a quality education for students of all faiths, from a variety of backgrounds, with a common goal of achieving success. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Brooks loves sports and takes pride in helping people become better individuals. A quote that she lives by and feels that most students at Cristo Rey will be able to relate to when they look back at their time here is as follows: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference – Robert Frost.” In the end, the only thing that stands in our way of achieving success is the choices that we make, so choose wisely. 

 

Krista Bugenhagen Faculty, U.S. History

Ms. Bugenhagen is excited to be teaching United States History to juniors at Cristo Rey Philadelphia! She attended Penn State University (We are!) and has a B.A. in History and a B.A. in German. After graduating college, Ms. Bugenhagen joined The New Teacher Project and spent four years teaching high school World Geography and U.S. History in Fort Worth, Texas. She is looking forward to helping students develop historical thinking, reading and writing skills that will benefit them in college and careers. When not at school, you can probably find Ms. B. scrapbooking, reading, or traveling with friends and family. 

 

Sean Conard Faculty, History

Mr. Conard is the 10th grade World History teacher at CRPHS and is originally from Green Bay, WI. He spent 3 years teaching middle and high school social studies in Richmond, VA before moving northward. He is a graduate of Drake University (B.A., History/International Relations) and the Richmond Teacher Residency program at Virginia Commonwealth University (M.T., Secondary Social Studies Education). Mr. Conard loves our community-minded school that believes deeply in student-centered learning and holding high expectations for students and teachers. In his free time, he enjoys reading, walking, cooking, experiencing the great culture that Philadelphia provides, and playing with his cat Fitz.

 

 

Harry Crimi Faculty, Latin

Mr. Crimi is thrilled to teach Latin at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. Born and raised in Havertown, PA, he is very passionate about the mission of the Cristo Rey Network and is honored to make a difference in the city he loves most. Mr. Crimi attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Classics. He believes that the study of Latin is crucial to the development of strong anayltical skills and effective communication. Having lived in both Athens and Rome, he plans on engaging students with an all inclusive and interdisciplinary approach to the classical world from his own experiences. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Crimi has extensive experience in ballroom dancing, singing in choir and A-Capella groups, producing college musicals, and organizing service trips. He is very excited to bring all of these passions to the Cristo Rey family!

 

 

Keshema Davidson Work-Study Program Coordinator

Ms. Davidson was born and raised in Jamaica. She joins Cristo Rey as a Work-Study Program Coordinator with a passion for community and youth development and an eagerness to learn from our students. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs from Drexel University. Most recently, she was the Program Director for a legal education company based in Philadelphia called LawMeets. She has also worked at Drexel Law School. the National Education Association, and Street Law Inc. She loves to volunteer and served for several years as the Co-chair of the Amnesty International Central Africa Regional Action Network. She loves to travel, cook, and exercise (which goes hand in hand with her love of cooking.) She is very excited to be a part of the Cristo Rey family!

 

Britt DeLine Student Counselor

Ms. DeLine fell in love with the Cristo Rey community as a Counseling Team Intern for the 2016-2017 school year. Upon finishing her internship, she knew she just could not leave. Ms. DeLine is extremely excited to be joining the Cristo Rey team full-time this year. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Ms. DeLine is a graduate of the University of San Diego (B.A. Psychology). Following graduation, she served as an Augustinian Volunteer where she taught English in Chulucanas, Peru for 2013. Ms. DeLine earned a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Villanova University where she worked as a Campus Ministry Intern. A National Certified Counselor, Ms. DeLine calls Center City, Philadelphia home!



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).

 

Dan DiPasquale Faculty, Math

Mr. DiPasquale is excited to be part of the Cristo Rey team as the senior math teacher. Originally from the Greater Philadelphia area, Mr. DiPasquale attended Fordham University, Rose Hill (B.S. Mathematics, Minor in Classics, 2009). He then spent two years in the Cristo Rey New York High School Volunteer Program, teaching math and computers, coaching soccer, co-directing plays, accompanying the school choir, and running the math club. In the time between, Mr. DiPasquale worked at Villanova University, first in Campus Ministry and then in the Center for Multicultural Affairs, while completing graduate school (M.A., Theology, 2013; M.S. Counseling, 2014). He loves playing the piano, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with his wife and daughter.



Lili Dodderidge Academic Manager

After a year in our Service Corps, Ms. Dodderidge is excited to continue her Cristo Rey journey as both Academic Manager and US History Faculty member. In her role of Academic Manager, Ms. D takes great pride in serving as both student and teacher advocate and liaison to the Administration, and she enjoys working through the many operational and logistical puzzles of the Academic Office. In her AP and US History classrooms, Ms. D is committed to cultivating a community of readers, writers, and critical thinkers who will work to build a better future through a deep understanding of our past's failures, successes, and aspirations. Prior to Cristo Rey, Ms. Dodderidge worked as the Administrative and Communications Coordinator at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, a research and advocacy center at Drexel University's School of Public Health. Ms. Dodderidge is a proud graduate of Georgetown University (B.A. English, 2013) and a Philadelphia-area native.

 

Maryanne Doyle Chief Financial Officer

Maryanne Doyle is excited to join Cristo Rey as the Chief Financial Officer. She was raised in Cherry Hill, NJ and graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a BS in Accounting. Mrs. Doyle is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and has worked in higher education for over 30 years at Holy Cross and Loyola University Chicago. She has been married for 37 years and has two children.

 

 

Jared Epler Director of College Counseling

Mr. Epler joined 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. Jared has supported two graduating classes through the college application process (100% accepted to a 4-year college!) and has taken on the role of Director of College Counseling. He is excited to begin year 4 at CRPHS!

 

Larry Fain Faculty, Health & Fitness

Mr. Fain was born and raised in Pennsylvania and has a decorated sports and academic background. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and received his Graduate degree (MBA) from Eastern University. Before joining the Cristo Rey Network, Mr. Fain worked in the Health and Life insurance industry. Playing and coaching sports has given Mr. Fain many years of experience working with the youth demographic, focusing on student-athlete development through health and fitness. Mr. Fain has assisted numerous student-athletes to become high school All-American Basketball nominee’s and participate in collegiate athletics.

 

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.

 

Taylor Fleming Faculty, Math

After spending a year in the marketing department at the school, Ms. Fleming joins the Cristo Rey Philadelphia math team as the Algebra 1 teacher. She is very excited to be teaching the freshmen students and helping with their transition into high school. Prior to joining the team, she worked as an Assistant Account Executive at Devine + Partners, a public relations firm located in Philadelphia. Ms. Fleming graduated from Duke University (B.A. Psychology, Markets and Management Certificate, 2011) where she was a member of the women's lacrosse team. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys running, coaching, and photography. Ms. Fleming is very excited to be part of a group that is so passionate about education and helping to create a bright future for its students.

 

Jenara Gardner Manager of Philanthropy

Ms. Gardner is honored to join Cristo Rey Philadelphia as Manager of Philanthropy. A native of Philadelphia, she is excited to return to the area after 10 years in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, she graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in Journalism and began her career in fundraising. She comes to Cristo Rey Philadelphia with a passion for education and a wide range of development experience including events, data management, and relationship development. Most recently she was Manager of Individual Giving at Arden Theatre Company and Manager of Donor Relations at Boston Children’s Chorus. As a member of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team, Ms.Gardner manages the Annual Fund including the EITC/OSTC Programs and the Scholarship Partner Program. When she is not at work, Ms.Gardner can be found walking her dog, watching the latest from Marvel Studio, or salsa dancing with friends.

 

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 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. Dr. Gomez also teaches a graduate-level educational leadership class at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Anika Goyal Service Corps, English 

Ms. Goyal is excited to join the Cristo Rey team as the Sophomore English Literacy teacher alongside Ms. Winn. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and has always had the aspiration to finally move into the city. In 2014, Ms. Goyal graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Psychology and Family Studies. Afterwards, she worked as a Support Service Worker for adults with intellectual disabilities for the Arc of Chester County. Ms. Goyal recently returned from living in Thailand for two years where she served as Youth in Development Specialist for Peace Corps. Her passion for empowering youth to realize and foster their potential is what has led her to Cristo Rey. This year, Ms. Goyal is excited to support students to have their voices be heard in and out of the classroom, as well as assist in coaching the girls soccer team. She wants to empower youth to become active and engaged citizens and leaders of their communities on a global level. Outside of the classroom Ms. Goyal enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new places and cultures, playing soccer, eating good food and anything outdoors! 

 

Tara Hank Manager of the Development Office

Ms. Hank is excited to join the President’s Office and Development team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. As an alumna of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, she believes that “the hope of the harvest is in the seed” and is humbled to join a Team that is committed to providing our students with a high-quality education. Ms. Hank graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in Spanish and Sociology. For a year during her undergraduate career, she lived in León, Spain, with a host family, took classes at the University of León and tutored teenagers in English. In her free time, Ms. Hank can be found running or journaling.

 

 

Rachel Hodas School Psychologist

Dr. Rachel Hodas is the founding School Psychologist at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. In addition to serving as a counselor, Dr. Hodas oversees the school's Academic Support program, which addresses students' academic difficulties by building academic success skills such as time management and organization. Outside of Cristo Rey, she is an adjunct professor at Temple University's School Psychology graduate program and also teaches online courses in the Psychology and Special Education departments at Southern New Hampshire University and Arizona State University. Dr. Hodas is a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Urban Education at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University. More information about Dr. Hodas's work can be found at www.rachelhodas.com

 

Robert Janoski Faculty, English

Mr. Janoski grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and is humbled and thrilled to be a part of the English Department at Cristo Rey. Throughout his education, he has maintained a strong belief in connecting rigorous literacy skills to relevant forums for student self-expression and advocacy. He is energized by both the students and the caring and committed staff and community at Cristo Rey, and looks forward to the hard and important work ahead. Prior to joining the freshmen team, Mr. Janoski studied at Villanova University (B.A. English, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric, 2014) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.S. Secondary Education, 2016).

 

 

Jaleyne Jud Faculty, Math

After a few years' hiatus, Ms. Jud is excited to be back in the classroom and teaching Principles of Math to the sophomore class. Prior to joining Cristo Rey, she worked in IT for a public school district, taught technology at a local Catholic elementary school, and taught Algebra to 9th graders. She has been tutoring for many years and loves working with students in one-on-one and small group settings. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she is no stranger to the neighborhood as she is a proud alumna of Central High School. Ms. Jud is a graduate of Penn State (B.S. in Mathematics with a focus in Education) and Philadelphia University (M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology). To help strengthen her Spanish, she spent a semester abroad at La Universidad Interamericana in San Germán, Puerto Rico. She has also studied German. In her free time, Ms. Jud enjoys being with her husband and two young children.

 

Ryan Kelley Faculty, English

Prior to his appointment in 11th grade English at Cristo Rey Philadelphia in 2014, 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, Journalism, 2005), Chatham University in Pittsburgh (M.F.A., Creative Writing, 2007), and La Salle University (M.A., Secondary Education, 2018).

 

 

Robert Killion Faculty, Theology

Mr. Killion grew up outside of Reading, Pennsylvania and now happily calls Philadelphia home. He studied TV/Film at DeSales University in Allentown, PA and received his MA in Religion and Culture from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Mr. Killion lived in Leavenworth, KS for two years as Campus Minister at the University of Saint Mary and has worked in various capacities in television, ministry, and teaching. He has a deep love of culture and enjoys music, theater, writing, and film.

 

Kirstin Kramer Faculty, Philosophy

Ms. Kramer is excited to be part of the Cristo Rey team as the senior philosophy teacher. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she taught for nine years at her alma mater, Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, PA, where she served as chair of the English department. Prior to that, she taught middle school English in Brooklyn, NY as a Teach for America corps member. Ms. Kramer is a graduate of Boston College (B. A. English, 2005), Pace University (M. S. Teaching, 2007), and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College (M. A. English, 2016). She thinks that getting to spend her days talking with students about the fundamental questions of existence is pretty much the best job ever.

 

Kathleen Logan Academic Operations Coordinator

Ms. Logan is excited to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School team as both a Biology Faculty member and the Academic Operations Coordinator. She previously served as an ACESJU Fellow at Mercy Career and Technical High School, where she taught Biology and Physical Science. Ms. Logan is a proud graduate of Saint Joseph's University (M.S. Secondary Education; B.S. Biology). She is also a proud graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School. 

 

Leah Mafrica Student Success Manager, Admissions

With a love of writing and a passion for education, Ms. Mafrica is thrilled to join Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Mafrica ventured across state to attend Temple University, where she earned a B.A. in journalism and made Philadelphia her home. Prior to joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team, Ms. Mafrica worked in marketing and communications at Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit located in West Conshohocken, PA. In her free time, Ms. Mafrica likes to run and teach writing workshops to high school students.

 

Ana Macaspac Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Miss Mac is honored to join the Cristo Rey family for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. A Northern California native, she is excited about living on the East Coast, as well as being a part of Cristo Rey’s mission. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she studied Graphic Design and Art History, though, throughout both high school and college, she was constantly involved with her school’s retreats, service, and social justice programs. Accordingly, Miss Mac is all the more thrilled to work with Cristo Rey’s Campus Ministry and Art teams through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps this year.



Richman Mathis II Faculty, U.S. Government and Politics

Mr. Mathis is honored to be part of the Cristo Rey team and teach U.S. Government and Politics to seniors, and connect our complex government policies and social norms to how they impact our everyday lives and the world around us. Following a passion for urban education, Mr. Mathis studied and graduated from DeSales University (B.A. 2013 and M. Ed. 2017 in Secondary Ed.) in Center Valley, PA, with an additional teacher certification in TESOL (May 2016). Mr. Mathis is currently pursuing his Ed. D. in transformational teaching and learning at Kutztown University (2021).  He has previously taught American History, African American History, Civics, and World History in the Philadelphia Public School System. In 2015, he was awarded the Camelot National Teacher of the Year award. Prior to teaching, he worked as a teaching assistant and training instructor for seven years at Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, NJ. Mr. Mathis enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, awesome daughters, and the coolest dog, Eli (named after Eli Manning).

 

Melanie McComb Faculty, Health and Fitness

Originally from Philadelphia, Ms. McComb went to St. Hubert High School for Girls where she cheered competitively and competed annually at the UCA Nationals in Florida. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University with a degree in Sport & Recreation Management. Before joining the Cristo Rey team, she completed two internships that allowed her to realize her passion for coaching youths about the importance of fitness and the life-long benefits of sport participation. Ms. McComb is excited to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as the sophomore Health and Fitness teacher where she can positively influence students' lives through health and fitness and carry out the Cristo Rey mission. In her free time, she enjoys playing ice hockey and soccer, doing arts and crafts, and catching up on the latest superhero movies!

 


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.

 

Denise McCue, Director of Transportation

Mrs. McCue has resided in Warrington Township, Bucks County, for 31 years. She has been involved in public school transportation in five public school districts over the span of 28 years before joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School team in December of 2017. Outside of school, Mrs. McCue enjoys the with her husband of 38 years, Jack, and her two children and three grandchildren. Her favorite pastimes are playing golf, spending time with friends, and traveling with both her husband and all of her family. 

 

Kathie McGarrigle Human Resources Director

Mrs. McGarrigle is thrilled to join Cristo Rey as HR Director. Bringing almost three decades worth of experience, Mrs. McGarrigle has built a solid reputation of being a trusted advisor and valuable business partner across diverse industries including government, non-profit, manufacturing and healthcare. Her broad experience includes benefit administration and management, policy development, employee relations, compliance, payroll and talent acquisition. Mrs. McGarrigle pursued her education at Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University. She is also a member of SHRM. She resides in Philadelphia and, in her free time, works part time as realtor, who partners with programs assisting members of the community to acquire the dream of owning their first home. Mrs. McGarrigle also enjoys reading, tending to her vegetable and flower gardens and cooking meals to bring her family and friends together to enjoy.   

 

Lauren Mifsud Faculty, Math

Ms. Mifsud is thrilled to be part of the Cristo Rey family as the freshman Algebra 1 teacher. She is very excited to share her love for math with the freshman students and is looking forward to helping with their transition into high school. Prior to Cristo Rey, Ms. Mifsud spent a year serving in San Francisco, CA through the Mercy Volunteer Corps. As a proud Saint Joseph’s University graduate, (B.S. Mathematics, 2014, M.S. Mathematics Education, 2015) she is happy to be back in the city of brotherly love. THWND! Outside of the classroom, Ms. Mifsud enjoys running, playing her ukulele, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

Guy Moore Athletic Director

Coach Guy Moore has over 21 years of coaching experience. He has taught basketball on the middle, high school, and college levels. Last year, he took over the Cristo Rey Philadelphia Blue Pride boy's basketball program. In his first season as head coach he guided the program through a rigorous 26 game non-league schedule, which included winning the first ever Cristo Rey Battle of the East Tournament. The tournament included fellow network schools Cristo Rey Boston, Cristo Rey Brooklyn, and Cristo Rey New York. Coach Moore also serves as the school's athletic director. One of his many tasks is to transition our club teams into junior varsity and varsity level programs in 2017-2018.

 

Ileana Muñiz Assistant Dean

Ms. Muñiz is delighted and honored to be joining the Cristo Rey family. With a background and degree in Criminal Justice, Ms. Muniz is passionate and dedicated to serving her community. Prior to working at Cristo Rey Philadelphia, she served as a Police Officer for the City Of Philadelphia for nearly fifteen years. Having worked with diverse populations on the job and at a Child Psychiatry Center, Ms. Muniz has always loved working with children and helping others. In her free time, Ms. Muñiz enjoys traveling with her three kids, and attending 76er’s home games. Go Sixers!

 

Sean P. Murray Assistant Principal

Dr. Murray provides instructional support and feedback to the Cristo Rey Philadelphia faculty and is responsible for the planning and implementation of the school's academic program. He also focuses on staff recruitment, curriculum development, and data analysis. Dr. Murray joined the Cristo Rey Philadelphia start-up team in May 2012 as a founding faculty member. He taught 9th grade theology/literacy until his appointment to the Assistant Principal position in 2015. Prior to his work at Cristo Rey, he spent 5 years teaching theology at Bishop Eustace Prep in Pennsauken, NJ. He is a member of Contemplative Leaders in Action, run by the Jesuit Collaborative. Dr. Murray is a graduate of the University of Scranton (B.A. Theology and Counseling, 2003) and Villanova University (M.S. School Counseling, 2006; M.A. Theology, 2013). He holds a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D., 2018) from St. Joseph's University, where he also teaches a graduate-level course in educational leadership.

 

Erik Nelson Faculty, English

Mr. Nelson is looking forward to the challenge of preparing Cristo Rey seniors to develop the skills needed in order to read, write, and reason at the college level. He believes deeply in Cristo Rey’s vision for the students of Philadelphia, and is excited for the opportunity to be part of such a driven and committed team. Prior to joining the English Department to serve as the 12th grade English teacher, Mr. Nelson studied at Stockton College (B.A. English) in New Jersey and the University of Pennsylvania (M.S. Secondary Education), where he developed a passion for urban education and a love for the vibrant city of Philadelphia.

 

 

Flannery O’Connor Faculty, Theology

After serving as the founding Director of Admissions for two years, Mrs. O’Connor returned to the classroom where she teaches theology and serves as an instructional coach to other teachers within the school. She developed her passion for 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 at All Saints Catholic School in Fort Worth, TX. Mrs. 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). As part of her dedication to quality education for all students, Mrs. O'Connor is currently working toward her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Denis Okema Faculty, Business Literacy

Mr. Okema is excited to be part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as the Business Literacy teacher. Originally from Uganda, Mr. Okema graduated from Makerere University (B.S. Development Economics and International Affairs). He went on to work for different international development programs for eight years and later private consultancy for international agencies such as USAID, Danish International Development Agency, World Vision, Mercy Corps, and International Alert. He gained critical skills in conflict mitigation, resolution management, peace building, poverty elevation, and intervention to address HIV/AIDS prevalence. Mr. Okema later graduated from Chestnut Hill College (M.S. Administration of Human Services), where he also teaches as an adjunct professor, and is also in the process of completing a Masters Certificate in Agile Project Management from Villanova University (2016). Mr. Okema is a motivational speaker and an advocate for peace and human rights.

 

Imani Palmer Service Corps, English

Ms. Palmer is proud to join the Cristo Rey Community as the Freshman English Service Corp member. She was introduced to CRPHS by Mr. Epler in 2015 when asked to speak about her college experience at summer bootcamp.  Ms. Palmer was impressed by how dedicated and insightful the students at were, but did not expect to be connected to Cristo Rey Philadelphia in the future. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she is a recent graduate of Albright College (B.A. Communications/Fine Arts).  Although Ms. Palmer has a background in the arts and advertising, she is elated to continue her journey as a new educator and grow into the teacher she feels she was meant to be. Working alongside Mr. Janoski and Ms. D’emma, she is training to conduct block classes in the second and third trimesters. 

 

 

 

Devon Perkins Faculty, Physics

Mr. Perkins teaches Junior Physics at Cristo Rey High School. He believes wholly in the mission to use school education as equipment for a fulfilling and productive life structure. He is thrilled to be able to cultivate scientific literacy and logical reasoning in our students as they build upon their models of the universe and develop the skills necessary to be successful in their university and career endeavors. He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University (B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Physics) and Jenkintown High School, and before joining our team, he taught secondary math and science prep courses at a supplementary learning center in Elkins Park.

 

 

Danny Pietrovito Work-Study Coordinator

Mr. Pietrovito is excited to be part of the work-study program at Cristo Rey. He is a graduate of Kutztown University (B.S. Secondary Education with a concentration in History, 2009). Previously, Mr. Pietrovito was a 7th grade History teacher in the School District of Philadelphia for three years. In 2014 he decided to return to school full-time at Villanova University to obtain his Masters in Public Administration, where he was a graduate assistant in the Office of Service Learning. Mr. Pietrovito enjoys hiking, camping, and biking through Philadelphia. He is excited to be a part of the Cristo Rey family.

 

 

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.

 

Kimberly Pohl Faculty, Geometry

Ms. Pohl is honored and thrilled to be a part of the math team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. She is responsible for teaching geometry to the sophomore class. Prior to this position, Ms. Pohl served as part of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as a founding member of the school's Service Corps. She taught Principles of Math to the sophomores in order to properly prepare them for the ACT math test. Ms. Pohl is a graduate of Temple University (B.S. Mathematics, concentration in education, 2014). She also holds a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in Mathematics grades 7-12. Outside the classroom, Ms. Pohl assists in coaching the girl's soccer team.

 


Eva Porter Faculty, Science

Mrs. Eva Porter came to Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School in 2013 as the founding Biology teacher. She is a graduate of Manhattanville College (B.A. Biology, Minor in Religion, 1999) and completed her graduate training at Fordham University (M.S.T. Biology Education, 2004). She has been teaching science since 2000 and 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 bring her passion for STEM education as the Director of the Tiger Woods Learning Center and 9th grade Biology, AP Biology, and Engineering teacher. As a native New Yorker, she enjoys exploring the rich cultural experiences that Pennsylvania has to offer with her husband, Justin, and baby boys, Aidan and Matthew.

 

Richard Pugh Assistant Principal for Student Life

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.

 

Kate Reilly Development Associate

Ms. Reilly is thrilled to be joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as a member of the Development Office. She is moved by the mission of the Cristo Rey Network and is excited to be part of such a vibrant, passionate community. Born in Illinois, Ms. Reilly was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Scranton in 2017 with a B.A. in History and Philosophy and with a Concentration in Women's Studies. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with friends and family, reading, and playing sports recreationally.

 

Tasha Rivera Admissions Counselor

Mrs. Rivera was born and raised in North Philadelphia. Her mission and passion for over twenty years has been to serve the youth of Philadelphia, specializing in conflict resolution, life skills, and social skills. She has worked for many years in non-profit coordinating youth programming, and worked for seven years at a local charter school as their Conflict Resolution Specialist and Teen Parent Coordinator. Mrs. Rivera recently graduated from Chestnut Hill College with her Bachelors of Science in Human Services. Since then she has continued to serve students as the Academic Director at a local after-school program, and now as the Admissions Counselor at Cristo Rey. Her extensive experience working with youth has fostered a passion and belief that every child is a gift from God, and they can grow to be healthy, productive citizens. As the Admissions Counselor, she looks forward to building relationships with schools, parents, and students, to assist and guide them through the admissions process at Cristo Rey. During her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her children, family and friends.

 

 

Evelin Roman Director of Admissions

Ms. Roman is honored to have the opportunity to work and live out the mission of the Cristo Rey Network. As an educator and youth minister she brings twenty years of experience in building strong relationships with parents, students, and the community. Ms. Roman was born in St. Croix, USVI and is of Puerto Rican descent. She grew up in Camden, New Jersey and is both fully bilingual and bicultural. She is a graduate of Rutgers-Camden, (BA-Sociology), and was a member of the NJ Army National Guard for eight years. For the last five years she was part of the Catholic Partnership Schools as Director of Family and Graduate Support. It was during this time her love and admiration for Cristo Rey grew, and she advocated strongly for CPS graduates to transition to Cristo Rey Philadelphia. As a mother of three children who attend Catholic School, Ms. Roman is a firm believer and supporter of high quality education for all children. Although Ms. Roman currently lives in Merchantville, NJ with her children and brown chocolate lab Bella, her heart is in Camden. When not at Cristo Rey she enjoys cooking, dancing and spending time with family and friends! Ms. Roman also enjoys a daily cup of coffee on her back porch.

 

Danielle Rossi Faculty, Art

Danielle Rossi feels blessed to have the opportunity to help students at Cristo Rey become more in touch with their own creative spirit. Danielle has taught art in the Philadelphia area for the past twenty years. She believes that weaving humor, storytelling, and spirituality into the art making experience encourages students to continue to be creative in other areas all of life. Danielle teaches painting at Chestnut Hill College and is an artist and entertainer at “Painting with a Twist.” Danielle is also an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and commits to living the mission of unity in her daily life. Danielle has art degrees from Chestnut Hill College, the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, and Temple University. Her favorite art making endeavors include puppet shows and pop up ice cream trucks with her four amazing children, David, Anthony, Noelle, and Vincent. When Danielle and her husband Mike are not at home in Conshohocken, they are probably chasing their children around the Philadelphia Zoo.

 

Troy Sams Dean of Students

Mr. Sams was born and raised in West Philadelphia. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and Temple University. Before joining the Cristo Rey team, Mr. Sams was previously employed at the Gesu School, where he worked for nine years as a teacher and administrator. Mr. Sams has over eighteen years of experience working with young men and women, focusing on character development and behavior modification. During his free time, Mr. Sams enjoys relaxing with his wife and two children.

 

Mary Santiago Reception

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.

 

Laura Schmidt Head of Counseling

Mrs. Schmidt is the founding 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 began her career in education as a teacher at Nativity Prep in Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Schmidt is grateful for the loving support of her husband and daughters, Julia and Riley.

 

Michael Semanek Faculty, Math

Mr. Semanek is joining the Cristo Rey team as a sophomore math teacher and is extremely excited to get to share his love of learning and mathematics with his students. He was born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin and loves milk and cheese just as much as the stereotype would suggest. Upon graduating high school, he attended the University of Notre Dame graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. During his time at Notre Dame, he spent several years both private tutoring as well as leading a flipped classroom for Calculus 2 where he developed his love of learning from the other side of the classroom. He comes to Cristo Rey as a part of an M.Ed. program through Notre Dame known as The Alliance for Catholic Education. When not in the classroom he enjoys weightlifting, running, and binge watching Game of Thrones!

 

 

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).

 

Thomas Trainer Service Corps, College Counseling

Mr. Trainer is joining the College Counseling and Freshmen Team (World Religion) as a member of the Service Corps. He was born in Harrisburg and raised in Havertown, PA. As a firm believer in the value of higher education, he is thrilled to join the school that follows through on the promise to prepare students for success in college and life thereafter. Mr. Trainer is joining the Cristo Rey family after completing his M.A. in Political Science at Villanova University, where he also earned his B.A. in History, Political Science & Honors (2015). At ‘Nova, he was a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams (Go Cats \\\V///) and co-leader of a student organization focused on diversity and inclusion. During the 2016/17 academic year, Mr. Trainer lived at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica as a Fulbright Fellow studying (as well as acting in!) Jamaican theatre. When Mr. Trainer is not in the College Counseling lounge, he is often found tweaking his golf swing, listening to a wide array of music and genuinely enjoying getting to know other people.

 

Erika Vogt Manager of Marketing & Communications

Ms. Vogt is thrilled to join the Development team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Smeal College of Business at Penn State University with a B.S. in Supply Chain and Information Systems and a minor in Management Information Systems. In her free time at Penn State, Ms. Vogt served as VP of Scholarship for her sorority and enjoyed tutoring at the local high school. After graduating in 2016, Ms. Vogt worked as a Procurement Agent at Boeing. After working at Boeing, Ms. Vogt decided to pursue a career in the education sector having always had a passion for education. She is very excited to be a part of the Cristo Rey Family and mission!

 

 

 

 

Cecily White Director of Graduate Support

Ms. White joined Cristo Rey as a College Advisor and Alumni Program Coordinator after spending six years working in youth mentoring and development at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. After graduating from Goucher College (B.A. Religion), she moved to Philadelphia and to begin her work in the non-profit sector. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed. School and Mental Health Counseling), and worked with high school students as they navigated the college application and transition process. Through this work, she realized her passion around college access and success, and happily made the move to Cristo Rey to join the College Counseling team. As Director of Graduate Support, she is excited to continue building and growing the alumni support program for the CRPHS community. 

 

Latoya White Faculty, Business Literacy Teacher

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ms. White graduated from Kutztown University (B.S. Public Administration) and Walden University (M.Ed.). After graduating, Ms. White worked in the social work field as a senior medical case manger at a non-profit called Bebashi for eight years. Ms. White also serves as the secretary on the board for a non-profit called Tools 4 Success, Inc., focusing on professional development with Philadelphia youth. Ms. White is eager and grateful to join the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as the Business Literacy Teacher. She has a passion for helping her community and pushing youth toward success.

 

Gillian Wible Faculty, Latin

Mrs. Wible is entering her fourth year as part of the Cristo Rey community and enthusiastically continues teaching freshman Latin She 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 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. But more importantly, she is eager to help and guide the newest members of CRPHS as they become men and women for others. Mrs. Wible lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
 

 

Sarah Winn Faculty, English

Ms. Winn is excited to be joining the Cristo Rey Philadelphia team as the sophomore English teacher. She is inspired by students and loves the energy they bring to the classroom every day. Ms. Winn is a Boston native who graduated from Harvard College with her B.A. in English. While working towards her teaching credentials as an undergrad, she spent a semester student teaching at Cristo Rey Boston High School. It was there that Ms. Winn fell in love with the Cristo Rey mission and decided to spend the 2014-2015 school year serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer and teaching 10th grade English at Cristo Rey Boston. Ms. Winn is looking forward to working with passionate colleagues and students. In her free time, Ms. Winn can be found playing tennis, volleyball, reading, or exploring her new home.

 

Anna Winter Director of Development, 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, Director of the Work-Study Program

Prior to joining the team, Ms. Wusinich served as an associate attorney at Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, one of Cristo Rey Philadelphia's founding Job Partners. 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. 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.

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