Faculty & Staff - Mercy High School

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Faculty & Staff

Our Faculty and Staff are dedicated to the academic success of each Mercy Girl.

For more information, please visit our Degree Information for 2021-2022 list.

Mary Beth Lennon ’85—President
Kathryn Adelsberger—Principal
Mary Ella Franz Marion ’76, P’09—Dean of Students
Niakia Cheese—Director of Equity and Inclusion, Director of Development 
open position—Director of Advancement
Bonnie Bevans Kottraba ’98—Director of Enrollment Management
Diana Rego—Director of Finance and Operations
Grace Rochfort—Director of Communications

Shannon Austin ’08—Executive Assistant to the Principal and Dean of Students
Delia Burke—Assistant to the President
Sherri Garrett P’22—Health Room Attendant, Attendance Officer
Mary Rizzi-Ayd P’23—School Nurse
Elizabeth Roque—Reception Area Manager
Eugene Sung—Registrar

Caroline King ’11—Assistant Director of Admissions
Bonnie Bevans Kottraba ’98—Director of Enrollment Management
Sadie Northey—Admissions Associate

Niakia Cheese—Director of Equity and Inclusion, Director of Development 
open position—Director of Advancement
Karen Lippy Maimone ’92, P’19—Director of Alumnae Engagement
open position—Advancement Services Manager

Nick Gill—Director of Athletics
George Panageotou P’23—Assistant Director of Athletics


Fall Sports

Varsity Cross Country
Head Coach—Sarah Lotz
Assistant Coaches—Kimm Allison, Grace King ’16

Varsity Field Hockey
Head Coach—Katie McNeel
Assistant Coach—Rebecca Tracey Aumann ’09

Varsity Soccer
Head Coach—Doug Pryor P’13
Assistant Coaches—Nick Gill, Kris Ward, Rachel Kehoe

Junior Varsity Soccer
Head Coach—Joe Lesko P’19, ’22

Varsity Volleyball
Head Coach—Matt Marion
Assistant Coach—Tricia Panageotou ’95, P’23

Junior Varsity Volleyball
Head Coach—Monet Lea
Assistant Coach—Caitlin Merritt ’06

Winter Sports

Varsity Basketball
Head Coach—Mary Ella Franz Marion ’76, P’09
Assistant Coach—George Panageotou P’23

Junior Varsity Basketball
Head Coach—Joe Lesko P’22

Varsity Cheerleading
Head Coach—Tina Kanonuhwa

Varsity Indoor Track & Field
Head Coach—Grace King ’16
Assistant Coaches—Kimm Allison, Taylor Hall ’08

Spring Sports

Varsity Golf
Head Coach—Matt Marion
Assistant Coaches—Rich Marion P’09, Mike Miguel P’21

Varsity Lacrosse
Head Coach—Brian Casserly P’23
Assistant Coach—Kerianne Allen

Junior Varsity Lacrosse
Head Coach—Joe Lesko P’19, ’22

Varsity Softball
Head Coach—George Panageotou P’23
Assistant Coaches—Kirsten Kelly, Chris Isennock

Varsity Outdoor Track & Field
Head Coach—Taylor Hall ’08
Assistant Coach—Grace King ’16

Grace Rochfort—Director of Communications
Julia Haigley ’16—Digital Marketing Specialist

*Indicates Department Chair

Computer Science Department

Kimm Allison—Technology Support Specialist
MaryClare Cernik*—Computer Science Teacher
Melinda Johnson—Computer Science Teacher, Director of Women in Technology Program, Director of Information Technology
Tim Schott—Technology Support Specialist

English Department

Ian Davis*—English Teacher
Rachel Disney—English Teacher
Sr. Helen Doherty, RSM—Writing Center Director
Mary-Kaylor Mallory—English Teacher
Renee Newberry—English Teacher, IB Personal Projects Coordinator
Patrick Smithwick—English Teacher, Instructional Assistant

Fine Arts Department

Caitlin Carlson—Theatre Arts Teacher, Learning Specialist
Melanie Coburn ’89—Visual Arts Teacher, Director of the Visual Arts Program
Michele May—Director of the Dance Program
Jessica Thomas*—Director of Fine Arts

Library Sciences Department

Diane Fontinell—Librarian

Mathematics Department

Raven Andrews—Mathematics Teacher
Jonathan Frank—Mathematics Teacher
Cathrine King, P’09, ’11, ’16, ’22*—Mathematics Teacher
Grace King ’16—Coordinator of Off-Campus Activities and Special Programs, Director of the Women in Medicine Program, the Sr. Agnese Neumann Scholars Program, and the Mentor Program; Mathematics Teacher
Kim Sheridan ’86—Mathematics Teacher
Eugene Sung—Mathematics Teacher

Physical & Health Education Department

Sherry Bossle ’91*—Physical & Health Education Teacher 
Madison Ferrara—Physical & Health Education Teacher

Religious Studies Department 

Christine Blake—Religious Studies Teacher, Director of Student Learning Services
Kate Bell Lipka ’07—Religious Studies Teacher, Coordinator of Service Learning
Lorraine Cuddeback-Gedeon, Ph.D.—Religious Studies Teacher, Director of Mission & Ministry
Rebecca Egan Hogg ’89*—Religious Studies Teacher
Mae Miller P’04—Religious Studies Teacher
John Sullivan, Ph.D.—Religious Studies Teacher, Social Studies Teacher

Science Department

Peggy Carey—Science Teacher, Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program Coordinator
Rena Collector—Science Teacher
Sue Ann Ness—Science Teacher
Nancy Uryasz*—Science Teacher

Social Studies Department

Denise Fierro—Social Studies Teacher
Patrick Klink—Social Studies Teacher 
Kate Bell Lipka ’07—AP Psychology Teacher
Ghani Raines*—Social Studies Teacher, Director of the Law and Social Action Program
Sierra Solomon Richardson ’09 —Social Studies Teacher
John Sullivan, Ph.D.—Religious Studies Teacher, Social Studies Teacher

World Languages Department

Ludmilla Adler—World Languages Teacher
Julio Fernandez P’06, ’08—World Languages Teacher
Monica Fetzer*—World Languages Teacher
Lisa Maly—World Languages Teacher
Janet Marnien-Trimble—World Languages Teacher
Abigail Schindler—Academic Dean & Director of Continuous Learning, World Languages Teacher

Facilities Department

Charles Barber—Facilities Assistant
David Barber—Facilities Coordinator
James Bowen—Facilities Assistant
Clementina Iyaki—Facilities Assistant
Michael Schweigerath—Facilities Assistant

Campus Safety Department

Chris Ilyes—Campus Safety Coordinator
Roland Wallace P’11—Security Officer


Bruce Mitchell—Bus Driver

Michele May—Campus Events Coordinator
George Panageotou P’23 —Rental Manager for Playing Fields

Kimm Allison—Human Resources Assistant; Technology Support Specialist
Michele Hogarth—Accounting Assistant
Diana Rego—Director of Finance and Operations
Maryann Wadja ’77—Senior Accountant

Christine Blake—Director of Learning Services
Grace King—Off-Campus and Special Programs Coordinator
Kate Lipka—Service Learning Coordinator
Renee Newberry—IB Personal Projects Coordinator
Samantha Pomplon—Assistant Principal
Abigail Schindler—Academic Dean and Director of Continuous Learning
Eugene Sung—Scheduling Coordinator; Registrar

Christine Blake—Director of Student Learning Services
Caitlin Carlson—Learning Specialist
Kristy Cummings P’16, ’23—Director of Student Services and College Counseling
Kristan Jester Ed.M.—School and College Counselor
Jenn Mustillo-McGraw, M.Ed., NCC—School Counselor
Beth Rich—Administrative Assistant to the Student Services Team
Martha Wharton J.D., Ph.D.—School Counselor