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About the President

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


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

Marbach has a nearly 50-year history with Gwynedd Mercy. She has been a student, alumna, parent of two Gwynedd graduates, and Board of Trustees Chair. Her dedication and loyalty to the school and its mission have been a constant force in her life.

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

“Denise is an exemplary Mercy woman. She is an outstanding leader, committed to personal growth and social responsibility, and contributes to the development of others through mentorship and volunteerism,” said Board of Trustees Chair, Kathy Kirk Bellwoar '81. “Her life is an inspiring model of success through her work, talents and qualities of mercy and compassion.”

“I am very excited and deeply honored to be GMAHS’s first president.” said Mrs. Denise Corkery Marbach. “I am committed to the continuity of the school’s traditions and upholding our Mercy charism and Catholic beliefs. I am am passionate about working with our faculty, staff, parents, students and alumnae to create our vision for the years ahead.”

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 the firm in June 2015.

Marbach is an active leader in the community. She is a board member of Faith in the Future, an organization focused on leadership, growth and innovation in Catholic schools in Philadelphia, a board officer of Inglis, and chair of the Women’s Executive Leadership Program. She earned a BA in Accounting from Saint Francis University in 1976 and completed Audit Committee training at the Harvard Business School.