Our Team

Our Distinguished Team

Our team is committed to providing students with a nurturing community, personalized support and, of course, an exemplary education. The team behind Merion Mercy Academy consists of our Head of School, administrative staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees.

Head of School

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“It is an honor and a privilege to lead Merion Mercy Academy where we take seriously our commitment to empowering students to lead, learn and serve. Grounded in spiritual development and academic and personal excellence, a Merion Mercy education graduates exceptional young women who are prepared to change the world.” 

Our Head of School, Mrs. Marianne Grace, possesses decades of mission-driven leadership experience and an impressive professional background. In addition to being a past Merion Mercy parent (daughter Kelly ‘04), former chair of the Board of Trustees, and previous Director of Operations, Mrs. Grace spent 20 years as Executive Director of Delaware County. In that role, she managed a total budget of approximately $600 million, as well as 50-plus departments and 20 direct reports. Dedicated to her Catholic faith and active in her community, she has served on the boards of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic Region, Mercy Health System, Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Community YMCA and Holy Child Academy. 

Mrs. Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Temple University, a master’s in Health Education from Saint Joseph’s University, and a master’s in Public Administration from Widener University. 

Board of Trustees

We are privileged to have a dedicated Board of Trustees serving the interests of MMA. The Board is involved with advising the Head of School and school administrators in areas such as sustainability, fiduciary responsibility, and institutional planning. 

This esteemed group of leaders includes Sisters of Mercy, alumnae, past parents, and respected members of the community. 

Administration, Faculty & Staff Directory

Browse our directory to learn more about our team, or to locate their contact details.

Head of School Office

Marianne Grace

Marianne Grace

Titles: Head of School
Degrees: B.A., Temple University
M.S., Saint Joseph's University
Email:
Anne Gregg

Anne Gregg

Titles: Assistant to the Head of School
Degrees: B.A., College of New Rochelle
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 156

Academic Affairs

Mary Ann Danovich

Mary Ann Danovich

Titles: Master Schedule and Data Manager
Degrees: B.S., Saint Joseph's University
M.A., St. Charles Seminary
Email:
Kelley Glynn

Kelley Glynn

Titles: Registrar/Admin. Assistant to the Asst. Head for Academics
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 134
Valerie Prucnal

Valerie Prucnal

Titles: Assistant Head of School for Academics
Degrees: B.S./B.A., Saint Xavier University
M. Ed., Saint Xavier University
M.A., DePaul University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 134

Admissions

Eileen Killeen '68

Eileen Killeen '68

Titles: Director of Admissions
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
M.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 116
Emily Multari '93

Emily Multari '93

Titles: Assistant Director of Admissions
Degrees: B.A., West Chester University
M.P.A., George Washington University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 123
Ashley Opalka Halpern

Ashley Opalka Halpern

Titles: Admissions Associate
Degrees: B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.M., Temple University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 135

Alumnae Relations

Barbara Harrison '82

Barbara Harrison '82

Titles: Coordinator of Alumnae Relations
Degrees: B.S./B.A., Cabrini College
M.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 120

Art

Maria Boyd '72

Maria Boyd '72

Titles: Art Teacher; Department Chair
Degrees: B.F.A., Rosemont College
M.Ed., University of the Arts
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 301
Marie Latham

Marie Latham

Titles: Art Teacher
Degrees: B.A., University of Notre Dame
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655

Athletics

Shannon Fisher

Shannon Fisher

Titles: Director of Athletics
Degrees: B.S./B.A., Lafayette College
M.S., Sport Management, East Stroudsburg University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 110
Sara Woodring

Sara Woodring

Titles: Athletic Trainer
Degrees: B.S., Duquesne University
M.S., George Mason University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 143

Business

Barbara Sherlock

Barbara Sherlock

Titles: Business Office Manager of Payroll, Benefits, Accounts Payable
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 133
Joanne Sireci

Joanne Sireci

Titles: Business Office Manager of Accounts Receivable and Blackbaud Tuition Management
Degrees: B.S., Saint Joseph's University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 152

College Counseling

Amanda Farrell

Amanda Farrell

Titles: College Counselor
Degrees: B.A., St. Joseph's University
M.S., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655
Sally McGovern

Sally McGovern

Titles: Assistant to Counseling and Summer Programs
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 124
Theresa Yerger

Theresa Yerger

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Degrees: B.S., Lehigh University
M.A., Rosemont College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 114

Development

Debora Bevilacqua

Debora Bevilacqua

Titles: Parent Engagement & Activities/Spirit Shop Manager, Project Manager
Degrees: B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 163
Kristina Cawley

Kristina Cawley

Titles: Associate Director of Development
Degrees: B.A., The Catholic University of America
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 160
Agnes Finigan '72

Agnes Finigan '72

Titles: Development Department Consultant
Degrees: B.A., Rosemont College
M.A., University of Saint Joseph
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 126
Stacy Gallagher

Stacy Gallagher

Titles: Director of Development
Degrees: B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 180
Barbara Harrison '82

Barbara Harrison '82

Titles: Coordinator of Alumnae Relations
Degrees: B.S./B.A., Cabrini College
M.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 120
Kate Hinckle

Kate Hinckle

Titles: Development Associate
Degrees: B.A., University of Richmond
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 165

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Rebekah Adens

Rebekah Adens

Titles: Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Degrees: B.A., Ursinus College
M.S.W., Hunter College
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary Columbia University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 159

English

Katie Cho

Katie Cho

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Ramapo College of New Jersey
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 312
Caitlin Mattera '10

Caitlin Mattera '10

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Drew Universiity
M.A., Drew Universiity
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 324
Carol Restifo

Carol Restifo

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Immaculata College
M. Ed., Temple University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 322
Pat Sack

Pat Sack

Titles: English Teacher, Department Chair
Degrees: B.A., Temple University
M.A.Ed., Arcadia University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 330
Jessica Shields

Jessica Shields

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Chestnut Hill College
M.A.Ed, Arcadia University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 326

Health and Physical Education

Danielle Hannigan

Danielle Hannigan

Titles: Health and PE teacher
Degrees: B.S., East Stroudsburg University
M.B.A., Sports Management, Wilmington University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 127

Language

Daniel Crossland

Daniel Crossland

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Degrees: B.A., St. Joseph's University
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655
Patricia Nowlan '07

Patricia Nowlan '07

Titles: Spanish Teacher; Language Department Chair
Degrees: B.A., The George Washington University
M.A., Middlebury College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 332
Venecia Peri

Venecia Peri

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Degrees: B.T.H.A., Universidad del Valle de México
Email:
Seth Pidot

Seth Pidot

Titles: French Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Georgetown University
M.A., Villanova University
Ed.D., Saint Joseph's University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 118
Suzanne Walker '99

Suzanne Walker '99

Titles: Latin Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Loyola University in Maryland
M.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 303

Maintenance

Zack Charles

Zack Charles

Degrees: A.A.S., Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Email:

Marketing and Communications

Joseph Malone

Joseph Malone

Titles: Marketing & Communications Manager, Head Crew Coach
Degrees: B.A., Marist College
Email:
Christina Penezic '80

Christina Penezic '80

Titles: Director of Strategic Marketing
Degrees: B.S., Drexel University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 167
Kimberly Shimer

Kimberly Shimer

Titles: Director of Marketing & Communications
Degrees: B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Miami University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 161

Mathematics

Daniel Badgio

Daniel Badgio

Titles: Mathematics Teacher, Department Chair
Degrees: B.A., St. John's College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 328
Barbara Cahill

Barbara Cahill

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Fairfield University
M.A.T., Connecticut College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 339
Deanna Crawford

Deanna Crawford

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Cabrini College
M.Ed., Cabrini College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 320
Khalema Noel

Khalema Noel

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Queens College, City University of New York
M.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655
Meghan Pellicone

Meghan Pellicone

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Arcadia University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 328

Media Center

Rose Mary Gregitis

Rose Mary Gregitis

Titles: Director of Media Services
Degrees: B.S., East Stroudsburg University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 111
Carol Larkin, RSM

Carol Larkin, RSM

Titles: Media Center Assistant
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
M.A., St. Charles Seminary
M.A., Penn State University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: ext. 122

Performing Arts

Cara Latham

Cara Latham

Titles: Performing Arts, Chair
Degrees: B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
M.M.T., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
M.Mus., Yale University School of Music
D.M.A., Temple University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 112
Christopher Monaco

Christopher Monaco

Titles: Director of MMMT
Degrees: B.A., Temple University
M.A., Villanova University
Email:

School Counseling

Maria Carini

Maria Carini

Titles: School Counselor
Degrees: B.S., Villanova University
M.S., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 155
Alison Kelly '99

Alison Kelly '99

Degrees: B.A., Neumann University
M.Ed., Gwynedd University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 115
Sally McGovern

Sally McGovern

Titles: Assistant to Counseling and Summer Programs
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 124

Health Center

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill

Titles: School Nurse
Degrees: B.S., Syracuse University
Email:

Jaclyn Oestreich

Titles: Nurse
Degrees: M.S., Pennsylvania State University
Email:

Science

Arielle Chard

Arielle Chard

Titles: Science Teacher, Department Co-Chair
Degrees: B.S., Stockton University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 323
John Durkin

John Durkin

Titles: Science Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 307
Shana Hogg

Shana Hogg

Titles: Science Teacher, Department Co-Chair
Degrees: B.S., University of New Haven
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 315
Lizzie Oakley

Lizzie Oakley

Degrees: B.A., Indiana University Bloomington
M.S., University of Indianapolis
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655
Benjamin York

Benjamin York

Titles: Science Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Saint Joseph's University
M.A., Saint Joseph's University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 311

Social Studies

Allison  Behrend

Allison Behrend

Titles: Social Studies Teacher
Degrees: MA, Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, University of Albany
BA, History, University of Albany
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655
Charles Jordan

Charles Jordan

Titles: Social Studies Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
J.D., Pace University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 313
Jaclyn Ozzimo '07

Jaclyn Ozzimo '07

Titles: Social Studies Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Cabrini College
M.A., Cabrini College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 329
Michael Rash

Michael Rash

Titles: Social Studies Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Immaculata University
M.A., Chestnut Hill College
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 300

Student Life

Paul Clementi

Paul Clementi

Titles: Dean of Students
Degrees: B.S., Villanova University
J.D., Seton Hall Law School
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 118
Missy Dougherty '94

Missy Dougherty '94

Titles: Assistant to the Office of Student Life
Degrees: B.S., Elizabethtown College
M.S., Neumann University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 119

Summer Programs

Gina Briscella '06

Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
Email:
Sally McGovern

Sally McGovern

Titles: Assistant to Counseling and Summer Programs
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 124

Technology

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Titles: Technology and Information Systems Manager
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 148
Philip Vinogradov

Philip Vinogradov

Titles: Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning
Degrees: B.S., Clark University
M.S., UMass Amherst
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 106

Theology

Mary Gratton

Mary Gratton

Titles: Theology Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
M.Ed., Penn State
Ph.D., Fordam University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 337
Jeffrey Mayer

Jeffrey Mayer

Titles: Theology Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
M.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 336
Marianne Rule

Marianne Rule

Titles: Theology Teacher; Department Chair
Degrees: B.A., Muhlenberg College
M.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 305
Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson

Titles: Theology Teacher
Degrees: B.A., West Chester University
M.A., LaSalle University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 333