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Board of Trustees

In addition to Sister Patricia and her knowledgeable administrators, staff and faculty, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School is also blessed by the leadership of a group of women and men volunteers that comprise the Board of Trustees which includes Sisters of Mercy, current and past parents, alumnae, friends, and members of the local community. This group is responsible for overseeing the direction and initiatives of the school in addition to developing long-range institutional plans and insuring financial stability.

Board Members

Mrs. Kathleen Kirk Bellwoar '81, Chair

Kathy Bellwoar '81, the President and Founder of PPT Consulting, has over thirty years of experience within the industry and as a partner of a major global consulting firm prior to founding PPT Consulting. Kathy has managed numerous strategic technology projects from software selection to implementation, and from establishing IT strategy to optimizing business processes. Kathy's key to project success has always been to insure the key components of People, Process & Technology are addressed in the delivery of all solutions. She has repeatedly delivered pragmatic solutions and built outstanding relationships with many high-profile clients in the Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Consumer Products and Retail industries. Ms. Bellwoar has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Masters in the Dynamics of Organizations from the University of Pennsylvania. Kathy has also been recognized locally for her contributions to the community, her support of women’s initiatives, and her PPT brand identity. These awards include: Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction, Smart CEO’s Brava Award, Philly100 and Inc.5000.

Mrs. Ann Diehl Casey '50, GP'11, '20

Ann Diehl Casey '50, GP'11, '20 has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2011. She serves on the Governance Committee and Chairs the Advancement Committee. She has been active in Alumnae Association activities where she served on the Board of Directors and as President. Ann recently served as chair for the Alumnae Division of the 150th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee. Ann is a recipient of the Margaret Beirn Barger '35 Distinguished Alumna Award. At the present, Ann is retired. She was Director of Conference Center for Temple University and The American College and served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and lectured on Conference Centers as a member of the IACC team at the School of Hospitality Management at Cornell University. For several years she operated a Consulting firm that offered advisory services to Academic and Corporate Conference Centers. Ann is an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community and also volunteers on the Women’s Committee of the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation.

Mr. Michael A. DeCandido P'09, '16


Mike DeCandido P'09, '16 joined Citibank in April 2012 as Managing Director of Global Contact Center Operations. In his role, Mike is responsible for leading the Global Contact Center path to common strategy for Citi, with specific focus on driving consistent standards, processes, infrastructure, tools and best practice sharing across the globe. Specific areas of focus are on driving customer education and usage of self service and digital channels, increased revenue generation in the contact center network through relationship deepening and cross selling, global leveraging of our workforce management, customer experience, and vendor usage capabilities, and focus on agent and supervisor coaching and development. Prior to Citi, Mike worked for Comcast Corporation as Senior Vice President, Contact Center Operations. In this role, Mike was responsible for the strategic direction and operations management for all of Comcast’s contact centers and outsource partners. He worked closely with division and region leaders to create a contact center environment that accelerates Comcast’s efforts to deliver a superior customer experience, to improve overall effectiveness--including workforce management, call sharing and use of new technologies--and to assist in Comcast’s transformation to a more standardized and virtual operation providing consistent, high-quality service from all contact centers.

Mike joined Comcast from Bank of America, where he was the Customer Service & Solutions executive for eChannels & Contact Centers and was responsible for managing a network of 29 contact and operational centers that employed over 20,000 associates and handled almost 1 billion customer calls a year. During his tenure at Bank of America, Mike also led the integration of the credit card organization for the Fleet merger, as well as built and implemented the global strategic sourcing recruiting model.

Mike began his banking career with FleetBoston Financial, where he held various leadership positions in Business Operations, Merger and Acquisition, Human Resources and support/administration, joining Bank of America through the Fleet merger in July, 2004. His last role at Fleet was Chief Administrative Officer of the Credit Card division.

Active in civic affairs and non-profits, has been involved in coaching premier soccer for Montgomery United Soccer club, is a member of the Knights of Columbus, has coached CYO basketball for Mary, Mother the Redeemer church, and is an active volunteer at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, He previously served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of SE PA , along with the United Way and InRoads, Inc. in Albany, NY.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Mike, and his wife Cindy reside in North Wales, PA. His oldest daughter, Marisa, is a 2009 graduate of Gwynedd Mercy and a 2013 graduate of Syracuse University, and lives in Green Bay, WI. His son Michael is a 2012 graduate of LaSalle College High School and a 2016 graduate of Syracuse University. His daughter, Erica, is a 2016 graduate of Gwynedd Mercy and a freshmen at Tufts University.

Sr. Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM

Sister Margaret Anne Doughtery, RSM, joined the Board of Trustees in the summer of 2015. She spent twelve years in Gwynedd Valley at Gwynedd Mercy University (formerly Gwynedd-Mercy College) dedicating her time as Vice President for Student Services. After leaving Gwynedd Valley, she was appointed to be President of Chatfield College in St. Martin, Ohio, leading the college through dramatically progressive stages hallmarked by increased enrollment, innovative expansion to the inner-city site, and the establishment of a new endowment. Currently, Sister Margaret serves as the Vice President of University Life and Student Learning Experiences at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania providing leadership to University Life and Student Success Departments.

Sr. Patricia Flynn, RSM

Sister Patricia Flynn has ministered at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School since 2002 when she was asked to accept the position of Vice Principal of Academics. When the Principal’s position became vacant at the end of the 2011 school year, Sr. Patricia applied for it and was chosen by the Search Committee to be the next Principal. Previous to her Gwynedd Mercy experience, Sister Patricia was a part-time Academic Counselor at Merion Mercy Academy, and Sister also served as Principal of Mercy Vocational High School (1981-1997). Prior to these ministries Sister Patricia taught History and served as an Administrator in several diocesan high schools. Sister received her B.A. in History from Gwynedd Mercy College and her M.A. from Villanova University.

Mr. Timothy E. Gillespie P'14

Timothy E. Gillespie P'14 is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth management advice to high-net-worth individuals and families, business owners, entrepreneurs, and foundations and endowments. As Market Executive for Wilmington Trust in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, he manages a group of professionals with expertise in Investment Management, Fiduciary Services, Wealth Planning, and Private Banking. Tim and his team work closely with clients and their advisors to develop financial strategies that help clients meet their current needs and plan for their long-term objectives. Regional wealth management teams under Tim’s supervision include those in Philadelphia, Central/Western and Northern Pennsylvania, Southeast Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 1997, Tim specialized in wealth management, commercial banking, and custom lending for two national financial services organizations. He holds a Master’s in Finance from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Marketing from La Salle University.

Tim is a member of the Estate Planning Council for Philadelphia, the Central Bucks County Chamber of Commerce and the Union League of Philadelphia. He serves as a Board member for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, where he chairs the Finance Committee. He also serves on the Finance Committee for Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish in North Wales, Pennsylvania, and is active in the Parkinson’s Council of Philadelphia. He resides in North Wales, PA, with his wife Susan and their three children.

Mr. Patrick J. Hopkins P'11

Patrick J. Hopkins P'11 joined the Board of Trustees in September 2012. He and his wife, Rosemary, are past parents of Jenna who graduated in 2011 and now attends West Chester University. Patrick also has two sons, PJ and Brian who graduated St. Joseph’s Prep and Fordham University. He is a Regional Sales Manager at Quantum Corp, a Data Protection systems manufacturer in the IT Industry. Pat is a Eucharistic Minister and member of Pastoral Council at Visitation BVM Parish and involved with other volunteer organizations. He is active in karate, bike riding, and golf in his spare time.

Mr. Raymond Hyer, III P'16


Raymond Hyer, III P'16 is the senior vice president of Sales and Marketing of Gardner-Gibson and a member of the Board of Directors. Gardner-Gibson is a full line manufacturer of roof, driveway and waterproofing coatings, caulks, spackles and wallpaper adhesives with 13 manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located throughout North America. He is also the past president of the Roof Coatings Manufacturing Association, Board Member of the Talamore Homeowners Association, and Board Member of the Parkside Homeowners Association. Ray is the proud father of five children and is married to Anne Hasson Hyer, a GMAHS alumna from the Class of 1988. Ray and Anne met at Villanova University, and firmly believe in the Catholic private independent education system. Ray has also been involved with CYO Coaching and served on the St. Alphonsus CYO Board

Mr. Del C. Markward P'12

Del C. Markward P'12 joined the Board of Trustees of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School in 2010. He is a member of the Finance, Facilities and Enrollment Committees. He is also currently Treasurer for the National Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) based in Washington, DC. Del is the Principal in Caracor, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm specializing in large, mixed use developments including senior housing, retail, hospitals, office, and industrial parks. He is a graduate of Lehigh ’81 and LaSalle High ’77. His daughter, Cara ’12 and sister Anne ‘81 are Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School devotees.

Ms. Karen McKeaney '88

Karen McKeaney '88 joined the Board of Trustees in 2012. She also serves on the school’s Advancement Committee and is an active alumna. In 2012, Karen joined The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania as Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for their Executive Education division. In her role, Karen oversees responsibilities for branding, advertising, marketing and media relations for education programs targeting global executives. Karen is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland ’92 and lives in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.

Mr. J. Scott Miller P'98, '05

J. Scott Miller and his wife Susan are proud parents of two Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School alumnae, Megan ‘98 (Lafayette College ‘02) and Caitlin ‘05 (University of Scranton ‘09). Additionally, they have two sons, J. Scott Jr. (William Penn Charter ‘96, Lafayette College ‘00) and Colin (LaSalle College High School ‘08, Saint Joseph’s University ‘12). Scott is a respected veteran of the financial community since 1972 when he began his career as a financial advisor after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University. Scott rapidly ascended in the business world, earning the title of partner and a position on the Board of Directors of the NYSE firm, Elkins Morris Stroud & Company. Presently, Scott is the owner of Blue Bell Private Wealth Management, a fee-only investment advisory firm providing investment solutions for individuals, families, trusts and institutions. He co-founded Blue Bell PWM in 2005 with his son Scott Jr. and business partner Justin Capetola (LaSalle College High School ‘98, Gettysburg College ‘02). Scott enjoys working with young people and is proud to have mentored over 250 interns from as far away as China and India throughout his career. He is an active member in the community, most recently serving as a Board Member and Advisor for, For Pete’s Sake, a charity that enriches the lives of cancer patients and their families.

Mrs. Teresa Araco Rodgers '91

Teresa Araco Rodgers graduated from Gwynedd Mercy Academy in 1991. She received her BS in Finance from Lehigh University in 1995. Teresa began her business career at SEI, a global financial services company. In her sixteen years with SEI, she helped establish businesses in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2001 she was asked to explore philanthropy as part of SEI’s offering. She worked with community foundations on their donor programs, financial advisors on promoting charitable gifting vehicles, and families on their personal philanthropy. She also revamped the company’s corporate philanthropy program. Teresa received her Master’s Degree and a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. In 2010 Teresa founded harp-weaver LLC to give donors a better way to add meaning and align their gifting with personal, family and financial goals. Teresa is an avid supporter of women’s philanthropy. She hosts a dinner series for women called Night Out With Meaning and is a partner in two women’s collaborative funds - The globalislocal Fund and Women for Social Innovation. She brings a strong business background balanced with a solid understanding of the nonprofit world and charitable gifting strategies focused on impact. Teresa and her husband, Greg, live in Chestnut Hill and are proud parents of three children.

Kathleen M. Roeder, M.D. '60, P'92, '92, GP'14

Kathleen M. Roeder, M.D. '60, P'92, '92, GP'14 has been a presence at Gwynedd Mercy Academy since the Fall of 1954.

Roeder was the recipient of a scholarship to the Academy of the Sisters of Mercy, starting in 7th Grade. (The school was then at the old Byrne Building at Gwynedd Mercy Jr. College, now demolished.)

A graduate of Temple University Medical School, Roeder began her medical career working exclusively in the Emergency Rooms of nearby hospitals, primarily Doylestown Hospital. There she was the Medical Director of the Emergency Department and an active member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff. Additionally, she was one of the original physician volunteers for the “Ann Silverman Community Health Center”, a free medical clinic for the underserved residents of Central Bucks County.

Following college and medical school, Roeder joined with classmates, Eileen Cairnes Samtmann and Judy McLaughlin Bucko, to assist Margaret Biern Barger, Anne Casey and Mary Cunningham with administration of the Alumnae Association. She has also served on the Alumnae Board intermittently since 1970. During this time, Dr. Roeder adopted two daughters, both of whom graduated from GMAHS in 1992.

An esteemed alumna, Roeder has been honored by Gwynedd Mercy on two occasions, first as recipient of the Margaret Biern Barger Award in 1998 and then of the Trocaire Award in 2005.

In 2014, with great pride Roeder witnessed the graduation of one granddaughter from GMAHS, and another grand-daughter already has her GMAHS sweatshirt with the “Class of 2025” on the front.

Most recently, in retirement, Roeder has used her medical expertise, traveling on Medical Missions to overseas countries, promoting the development of Clean Water and Micro-loans for enterprising women.

From Dr. Roeder:

"My experiences at Gwynedd Mercy have been nothing but welcoming and embracing. It is there that I learned the charism of Catherine McAuley and I have tried to live thus, helping the underserved and those in compromising situations. My varied experiences and unconventional approach to life leaves me with a wish to do more for the institution who ‘bore’ me. It is an honor and pleasure to serve on the Board of Trustees of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School."

Mr. Joseph L. Rose P'06, '11

Joseph L. Rose P'06, '11 officially joined the Board of Trustees of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School in 2012 and is a member of the Student Life Committee which includes Technology Advancement. Mr. Rose is President and CEO of Turnberry Solutions, Inc. an Information Technology Consulting firm where they deploy some of the world’s largest, most scalable software applications for Fortune 500 companies such as Comcast, Met Life, Astra Zeneca and others. His firm was recently named #12 on the Philly 100 fastest growing private companies list. He brings a wealth of knowledge regarding business and technology to Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. He is a graduate of Drexel University ’86. His daughters Jessica ’06 and Kellie ’11 are Gwynedd alumnae. Jessica graduated from Penn State University and also has her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from LaSalle University. Kellie is a sophomore at Loyola University Maryland. Joe also has two sons attending Drexel University.

Sr. Cathe Shoulberg, RSM '65

Sister Cathe Shoulberg '65 joined the Board of trustees in 2008. She is also a member of the Student Life Committee. Sister Cathe is the Principal of Saint Helena School in Blue Bell. Sister entered the Sisters of Mercy in September 1967. She received a BS in Education at Gwynedd Mercy College in l973 and a MS in Education from Arcadia University in l982. She also did post graduate work at Dayton University and Villanova University and accomplished a Theology update at the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Cathe taught first grade for fifteen years at: Saint Jude School, Chalfont; St. Michael the Archangel School, Levittown; Saint Alphonsus School, Maple Glen Saint Joseph School, Sea Isle City; Saint Matthias School, Bala Cynwyd. She was the Principal of Saint Elizabeth School in Whitehall from l983 to l988.

Sister Cathe has served on the Advisory Boards of Kennedy Kendrick High School and Lansdale Catholic High School. She is also on the Board of Trustees at Mercy Suburban Hospital.