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Board of Trustees

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In addition to Denise Corkery Marbach '72, P'05, P'09 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

Kathleen Kirk Bellwoar '81, Chair

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Kathy Kirk 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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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 for the Junior Achievement of SEPA, 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 currently attends Tufts University.

Sister Honora Nicholson, R.S.M

Sister Honora has been a Sister of Mercy for over 50 years. While her primary ministry has been as an educator in elementary, secondary and higher education, she has also ministered as a past oral assistant at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Manhattan and a Spiritual Director at the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, California.

Sister also served as a member of the Merion Community Leadership Team and the Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic Community Leadership Team. Currently, Sister is a Pastoral Consultant for RENEW International which works to revitalize parishes in the United States and beyond. Sister’seducational background includes a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton, and a Bachelor Degree in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University. She is certified in spiritual direction and also holds certificates in Canon Law for Religious Institutes, Sacred Scripture, and Theological Studies.

Sister Honora has served on various Boards including, Mercy Health System, Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Waldron Mercy Academy, and HOPE Partnership for Education. She has also held memberships in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Leadership Conference of the Institute of the . Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the National Religious Formation Conference, and Spiritual Directors International.

She joins the Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Board this year and will serve on the Student Life and Academics Committee. Sister Honora hopes to connect her deep love for Mercy schools with the commitment and vision of the Board and Administration in order to support and ensure the viability of the long tradition of Mercy and service at GMAHS.

Linda Ann Galante, Esq. '72, P '08

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Linda Ann Galante, Esq., '72, P '08, is not only a proud alumna (Class of 1972) but also the daughter, sister, cousin and mother of GMAHS alumnae. A partner at the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley Ronon, she has aided her clients to finance, build and operate real estate developments across the region. She has been a recognized leader within Stradley Ronon throughout her 38 year career, serving in various roles, including as chair of the Real Estate and Banking Group, as well as a member of Stradley’s Board of Directors and Partner Compensation Committee.

Linda is also very active in the community. She was Chair of the Board of Directors of Drueding Center, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing and comprehensive support services to women and their children and was the recipient of its Fifth Anniversary Person of the Year Award. She was also honored by the Drueding Center with the naming of the “Galante Career Development Center” and given a lifetime achievement award in 2014. Linda currently serves as Chair of the Drueding Center Advisory Council, as well as Advisory Council Member of M&T Bank, Board Member of Title Alliance LTD, Board Trustee and Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Real Estate Advisory Council Member of Sisters of St. Basil the Great. She has also served as Director of Fiber-Line, Inc. and Wissahickon Spring Water, Inc., as Trustee of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Gwynedd-Mercy University and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and as co-director of the Philadelphia Forum of Golden Seeds, an angel investment group dedicated to investing in early-stage companies founded and/or led by women. Linda is the recipient of a number of awards including the Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award and the Margaret Beirn Barger distinguished alumna award.

Linda and her husband, John J. Colussi, live in Ambler and are the proud parents of John Peter Colussi (St. Joseph’s Prep ’05) and Laura Ann Colussi (GMAHS ’08), parents-in-law of Elizabeth Tobia Colussi and Patrick Scott Snyder, and grandparents of Sophia Rose Colussi and Jackson Joseph Snyder.

Brian Hannan

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Brian Hannan is a partner with PwC’s Assurance services based in the Philadelphia office. He is the market team leader for the firm’s Insurance and Banking practice in Philadelphia. He has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Brian has assisted several companies in IPOs and SEC and regulatory matters.  He also assisted clients in assessing internal control structures in connection with SOX registration. His experience ranges across a broad spectrum of insurance operations including global primary and excess and surplus line  insurers, global broker market reinsurers, global health and life, financial guarantee and mortgage insurance. Brian has also served as lead engagement partner on numerous global insurance enterprises serving North America, Europe and Asia. 

Brian received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Brian is a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the both the American and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He served as an instructor for the PICPA, and has been an instructor for the firm’s national insurance industry training.

Brian serves on BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools) and was previously the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Pennsylvania March of Dimes.

Brian joined the Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Board this year and will serve on both the Advancement and Finance Committees.

Kathleen Haley Hunsicker, Esq. '81

 

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Kathleen Haley Hunsicker, Esq.,
’81 joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.  She joined the Facilities Committee in 2012 and also serves on the Governance Committee.  Kathleen, her Mother and three sisters are graduates of GMAHS. In honor of their mother, the Haleys established a memorial fund from which an annual scholarship is awarded to a student who excels in the vocal arts.

Kathleen has been an active member of her community through various volunteer and elected positions.  She was elected twice as Lower Gwynedd Township Supervisor, served two years as Chair and currently is Vice-Chair. She has a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Villanova University. Kathleen and her four children have lived in the community for 18 years.

Raymond Hyer, III P'16

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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.

Karen A. Sullivan, MD, P '13, '15

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Dr. Karen Sullivan is an Internist affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health and Chestnut Hill Hospital. She received her medical degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sullivan has practiced medicine for more than 25 years. She was named Top Doctor of 2017 in the May 2018 issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

Dr. Sullivan is an active volunteer. She was a member of St. Alphonsus Parish Home and School Association and the Parish Finance Council. She served on the Our Lady of Mercy Regional School Advisory Board. She was a member of the Workforce Investment Board Montgomery County. Dr. Sullivan and her husband Tom reside in Maple Glen.

She is a past parent of two daughters, who attended Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. Courtney is a 2013 graduate and is a2017 graduate of Ursinus College. Emily is a 2015 graduate and currently attends Susquehanna University. Dr. Sullivan is happy to serve on the Board and hopes to be an influence in helping Gwynedd Mercy Academy girls mature and grow in an educational environment, that not only provides Academic challenge but fosters goodness and compassion.

Mrs. Denise Corkery Marbach '72, P '05, '09

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Denise Corkery Marbach '72, P '05, '09 is the President of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School.

Marbach has a nearly 50-year history with Gwynedd. She has been a student, alumna, parent of two Gwynedd graduates, and Board of Trustees member for seven years. 

As head of the school, Marbach will serve as an agent of change and innovation. She will oversee marketing, advancement, admissions and finance, key areas that contribute greatly to the school’s financial health.

Marbach was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) where she worked in the higher education, healthcare and nonprofit industries for 38 years. A certified public accountant, she was the first woman partner at Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) Philadelphia’s office in its 90 year history. Price Waterhouse and C&L later merged to form PwC. Corkery Marbach '72 launched and grew several new practices in major U.S. cities. She retired from PwC in June 2015.

Marbach is an active leader in the community. She is a board member of Inglis, and a board member of The Forum for Executive Women. She earned a BA in Accounting from Saint Francis University in 1976. 

Vincent T Dolan P '89, '91, '92

 

 

Vincent T. Dolan is a Certified Public Accountant and a successful senior executive with strong financial and operations credentials in a variety of industries.  He was CPA with Coopers and Lybrand for over ten years, and after leaving public accounting has been a CFO in public, private, venture backed technology and manufacturing companies.  Most recently, was the Finance Director for a private, non-profit high school. Vince graduated cum laude from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  He has been a member of Saint Joseph’s University National Alumni Board since 2015.

Vince is very familiar with Mercy Education.  His wife, Suzanne McGeever Dolan is a Gwynedd Mercy High School alumna from the class of 1963.  His three daughters attended and graduated from Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. Megan graduated in 1989 and is currently Assistant Director of Admissions at Merion Mercy Academy and raising her four children in Broomall, PA.  Mauri graduated in 1991 and is currently raising her four children in Lansdale, PA. Melissa graduated in 1992 and is currently raising her four children (including 12 year old triplets) in Blue Bell, PA.

Vince joined the Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School’s Board of Trustees this year and serves on the Finance Committee. Vince hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the governance of GMAHS.

Del C. Markward P'12

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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.

Mr. Markward 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.

 

Karen McKeaney '88

 

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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.

 

Teresa Araco Rodgers '91

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Teresa Araco Rodgers, '91 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, MD, '60, P'92, '92, GP'14

 

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Kathleen M. Roeder, MD, '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."

Sister Virginia Hasson, R.S.M, Ph.D


Sister Virginia Hasson joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1955.  She is a Grant Writer for the Mid-Atlantic Community of Sisters of Mercy.  She is also a Mathematics GED Tutor at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries in Philadelphia.

Her extensive career includes teaching in Elementary and Special Education Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. At Gwynedd Mercy College, Sister was an Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Undergraduate and Graduate Education and Director of Testing.  At Georgian Court College, she was a Professor of Education and Interim Dean of Graduate School.  She served as Vice-President of the Merion Regional Community.

Sister’s impressive global ministry includes serving with Jesuit Refugee Service as Education Coordinator in camps for Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees on Thai-Cambodian Border as well as camps for Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda. She served as Programs Officer for six countries in Southern Africa and as a consultant on assessment, planning and training in the JRS International Office in Rome, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Malawi. 

Sister has been a member of the boards of Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Mercy Health System, Project HOME, Walsingham Academy, Conference for Mercy Higher Education, and Gwynedd Mercy College.

Sister received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Fordham University, She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Marywood College and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from Villanova University.

Sister Virginia is returning to the Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Board where she had previously served for five years. She will be a member of the Mission and Governance Committee and hopes that her wide ranging experiences and grounding in mercy will be of some assistance in providing an environment which nurtures competent and compassionate leaders for the future.

Joseph L. Rose P '06, '11

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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.

Joe 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. Mary Trainer, RSM, '57

Sister Mary Trainer

Sister Mary Trainer, RSM, ’57 joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. She is a member of the Student Life and Academics Committee.    

Sister Mary entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1957.  She has an extensive Educational background. She received a BA in Humanities at Gwynedd Mercy College in 1965 and a MA in Educational Psychology from Goddard College in 1972.  She received her Ph.D in Social Psychology from Boston University in 1980, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Shalem Institute in 1996.

  Her resume includes, teacher, Guidance Counselor and Human Relations Coordinator at West Catholic Girls Secondary School.  She served in the Mission and Sponsorship office of Eastern Mercy Health System and as the  Director of Leadership Development at Catholic Health East.  Sister Trainer initiated, as well as, directed the reconstruction of the original House of Mercy and established the Mercy International Center in Dublin, Ireland.

 She has served on the Board of Directors of Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Mercy Health Corporation, Gwynedd Mercy College and St. Joseph’s Health System (Atlanta, GA).   She also served as  a Leadership Consultant/Facilitator  for  Religious Orders of Women in U.S.A.

Although   Sr Trainer is semi- retired, she continues to offer leadership retreats focused on the charism of Mercy with trustees and staffs of Mercy Sponsored Ministries in the US. Australia and Ireland.  She also engages in the ministry of spiritual direction at Cranaleith Spiritual Center.

Sister remains grateful for her GMA education which grounded her in faith drawing her more deeply to embrace the “Gospel Values of integrity, compassion, community, mutuality in service, solidarity with those on the margins, and the pursuit of knowledge, inquiry and wisdom.”  She  feels privileged to be a member of the Board  sharing  the stewardship  of this precious gift of a Mercy education  and passing the legacy forward to future generations.