Leadership and Governance

 

Dr. Paul Harrington, Head of School

A native of Holliston, Massachusetts, Dr. Harrington holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Economics from Fairfield University. Following a mission trip to serve the poor community of Duran, Ecuador and his graduation from Fairfield, Paul served as a volunteer teacher and vice principal at Nativity School in South Los Angeles. This life changing experience, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, allowed Paul to share his Catholic faith and become immersed in this culturally diverse, faith-filled, and economically challenged community. Those years served as the foundation for his dedication to Catholic school leadership. While serving as a volunteer teacher at Nativity School, Paul had the opportunity to continue his Jesuit education, earning an M.A. in School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. A lifelong learner at heart, Paul enrolled in the Ed.D. (in Educational Leadership) program at the University of Southern California while working fulltime as a math teacher and Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Prior to arriving at Pope Francis Prep, Dr, Harrington served the Bishop Garcia Diego High School community in Santa Barbara, CA as the Head of School (6 years) and Vice Principal and Dean of Studies (2 years). Dr. Harrington’s increasing responsibilities and experiences in independent Catholic education have equipped him with deep, comprehensive knowledge in the following areas: spiritual leadership and Catholic faith formation, school governance, institutional advancement, endowment, capital campaigns, external affairs, public relations, financial management, budget development, recruitment, retention, enrollment management, financial aid, faculty and staff supervision/evaluation, benefactor, foundation, and alumni relations, physical plant and facility management, strategic planning and implementation, accreditation, teaching, curriculum development and assessment, counseling and student services, faculty professional development, and instructional technology. It is common to find Paul, his wife Wendy, and their seven-year-old daughter Grace attending school events as a family. In his free time, Paul enjoys biking, playing racquetball, golfing, gardening, cheering for the Red Sox and the USC Trojans, traveling, and visiting family.


Mrs. Cindy Geiger, Assistant Head of School

Prior to joining PFPS, Cindy spent 20 years in the classroom, teaching history and social studies to both middle and high school students at The Gilbert School in Winsted, Conn. She received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Central Connecticut State University. Her Bachelor’s Degree is also in International Studies from The University of Vermont. Cindy is particularly interested in areas of faculty professional development, curriculum design and expanding academic programs that fit the needs of students that will someday be leaders in their fields, locally and worldwide.  For three years Cindy has been part of a Notre Dame cohort that is devoted to  increasing  Latino enrollment in Catholic Schools, and in general, making Catholic schools open and welcoming to all. Being part of this cohort involves monthly meetings, as well as participation in professional learning on the Notre Dame campus. She resides in Suffield, CT with her husband, Gordon. Cindy is the mother of two adult sons.  In her free time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, gardening and spending time with her very energetic dog, Sasha.  

 


Board of Directors

 

Pope Francis Preparatory School is an independent, not for profit, Catholic high school within the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. The School is blessed by the inspired leadership and stewardship of the group of people who make up our Board of Directors. Working together, they strive to put the students, faculty, and staff of Pope Francis Preparatory School in the best possible position to succeed.

Fr. David Aufiero

Fr. David Aufiero is originally from Boston Massachusetts. In 2002, he graduated from Malden Catholic High School. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While at the University, he was very involved in the Newman Catholic Center and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he entered seminary at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA to study for the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield. He was ordained on June 1, 2013. He has served in St. Mark’s Parish in Pittsfield and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Northampton as Parochial Vicar. During summers, he assists at Camp Holy Cross in Goshen MA. Fr. David is currently assigned as Pastor in Holy Name Parish in Springfield.

Azell Murphy Cavaan

Azell Murphy Cavaan is an award-winning journalist who graduated from Cathedral in 1988 and earned her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her wide-ranging experience in the media industry includes staff writing positions for The Springfield Republican, the Boston Herald, the Boston South End News, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and London’s Legalease publications. She has previously served as the communications director for the city of Springfield and currently serves as the chief communications officer for Springfield Public Schools.

Michele D’Amour, M.Ed. (Chairperson)

Michele D’Amour, M.Ed., is the educational partnership administrator for Big Y Foods, Inc. A 1969 graduate of Cathedral, she attended Westfield State College and holds a master’s degree in education from American International College. She has had a variety of teaching experiences and has worked at the college level supervising student teachers. She has served on many boards and committees over the years and has a long record of philanthropy, primarily focused on education and the arts. In addition to her role as chairperson of the PFHS Board of Directors, D’Amour has served as a corporator and collections committee member of the Springfield Museums, is the chairperson of the Parents Television Council, and sits on the board of Assumption College. She has received much recognition for her philanthropic work, including an honorary doctorate of human letters from Assumption College and NCEA Elizabeth Seton Award.

Thomas Day

Thomas Day is a 1989 graduate of Cathedral High School and a partner at the Springfield-based law firm, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C., where he serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Tom is a 1993 graduate of Connecticut College and a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he met his wife, Kate. The couple and their four children currently reside in West Springfield, where he serves as chairman of the town’s Planning and Construction Committee. Tom coaches youth soccer for the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department and basketball for the CYO program at St. Thomas the Apostle. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of West Springfield and the Knights of Columbus, Unity Council, also based in West Springfield.

Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA

 

Dr. Dumay is the President of the College of Our Lady of the Elms and has served in higher education finance and administration at senior and executive levels for 19 years. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, an MBA from Boston University with a graduate certificate in corporate finance, and a master of arts degree in public administration from Framingham State University. He earned his bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, from Lincoln University.

Prior to assuming the presidency of Elms College, Dr. Dumay was senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer for Saint Anselm College from 2012 to 2017. Dr. Dumay formerly served as chief financial officer and associate dean at Harvard University’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2006-2012), associate dean at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work (2002-2006), and director of finance for Boston University’s School of Engineering (1998-2002). In addition, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston College for nine years.

Dr. Dumay currently serves as a commissioner, treasurer, member of the executive committee, and member of the Annual Report on Finance and Enrollment (ARFE) for the New England Commission for Higher Education (NECHE), a member of the board of directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), a member of the Student Aid Policy Committee for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), a board member for the Boston Foundation’s Haiti Development Institute, and a former member of the board of directors and a current member of the investment committee of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H.

Patrick J. Garrity

Patrick Garrity is a 1981 graduate of Cathedral High School currently serving as civil engineer for the city of Springfield. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Garrity received his Bachelor of Science in business management from Westfield State College. He is a former member of the East Forest Park Civic Association, former chair of the Holy Cross School Board (Springfield, Mass.), former board member and chair of the Cathedral High School Board of Trustees, former member of the Pope Francis High School Transitional Advisory Committee, and is currently treasurer of the Holy Cross Athletic Association and member of the Atwater Civic Association.

David W. Griffin, Sr., CIC, LIA (Treasurer)

David W. Griffin, Sr., CIC, LIA, is principal and senior vice president and treasurer of the Dowd Insurance Agencies, LLC. A graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and Fairfield University, Griffin has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is a past president of the Springfield Country Club, has served on the West Springfield Chamber of Commerce (president), the Holyoke Parade Committee, Hampden County Insurance Agents Association, and West Springfield Rotary. He is a past chairman of Mont Marie Health Care Center and presently is CEO of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Basketball of Western Mass.

Anthony D. Gulluni

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. Brought up in a Catholic household, Anthony began his education at St. Mary’s School in Longmeadow and went on to Cathedral High School, from which he graduated in 1998. He then attended Wilbraham and Monson Academy for a post-graduate year. Anthony then earned a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Western New England College. His legal career began in the private sector, but soon he found his way in to public service, initially with the City of Springfield as an assistant city solicitor. Anthony then took an opportunity to work for District Attorney William M. Bennett as an assistant district attorney and, short into his time, fell in love with the work of a trial attorney and prosecutor. He worked through D.A. Bennett’s final years in office and continued his service for District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, in whose administration Anthony took on a role in which he prosecuted some of the more serious cases in the county, as well as being a liaison to the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield, where he was raised and lived, at the time. Once Mastroianni was appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama, Anthony decided to run for the position of Hampden District Attorney.  Anthony was sworn in as Hampden District Attorney on January 7, 2015.  As District Attorney, Anthony has focused on the plague of addiction, leading numerous initiatives to combat the issue, both preventatively and through law enforcement. Along with Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Anthony formed the Hampden County Addiction Task Force in 2016, which has since served as the hub of activity for major efforts around the addiction crisis. The District Attorney has also focused on the youth of the county through education and prevention efforts. He has invested great time and resources in a robust Community Safety and Outreach program, now staffed by four full-time employees in his office, who spend their time, very often alongside Anthony, in the community working with faith-based, non-profit, and other community-oriented organizations to prevent crime and help people live better lives. Anthony’s overall approach – prevention and education and fair but swift prosecution of dangerous and repeat offenders in the criminal justice system – has had a positive impact on the region. Anthony hopes to continue to lead the Hampden District Attorney’s Office as a progressive but public safety-focused official. Anthony also serves as a board member of AAA of Pioneer Valley. Anthony lives in Springfield’s East Forest Park neighborhood, only a short distance from the Pope Francis campus.

Sr. Patricia Hottin, SSJ

Sr. Patricia Hottin, SSJ, is principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield. She has been a Sister of St. Joseph for 49 years and attended a Catholic elementary, high school and college. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Our Lady of Elms and a master’s degree in education from Wheelock College in Boston. Hottin has been an educator for over 40 years and has worked with children and young adults from preschool through college.

Lawrence Kulig (Vice Chairperson)

Lawrence Kulig is a 1977 graduate of Cathedral High School. Kulig is a litigation partner in the Boston office of Eckert Seamans. He serves on the local board of Generation Citizen, a national civics oriented non-profit focused on inner-city schools. He has also served on the Board of the Archdiocese of Boston’s Planning Office, a developer and advocate of affordable housing, as well as the Bishop’s advisory council overseeing church consolidation in the Diocese of Worcester. He is an honors graduate of both Lafayette College and the Villanova University School of Law. At Cathedral, he was a western Massachusetts track and cross-country champion. He is a recipient of the St. Joseph’s medal.

 

Elizabeth Mulcahy

Elizabeth Mulcahy serves as Chief of the Juvenile Justice Unit for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in Northampton.  She was raised in South Hadley and currently lives Springfield with her husband Michael, a 1985 graduate of Cathedral High School.  They have two children, both graduated from St Michael’s Academy in Springfield and their son graduated from Cathedral in 2016.  Liz received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a Spanish minor from Trinity College in Washington D.C and she earned her Juris Doctor from Western New England College School of Law. She is a former member of the Pope Francis High School Transitional Advisory Committee (Chair of Mission and Vision subcommittee and Member of Building subcommittee); Hampden County Lawyers for Justice Board; Hampshire County Bar Association Executive Committee; Holy Name School -School Board; Holy Name School Parents’ Association; Holy Name Athletic Association; and Springfield (Zoning) Board of Appeals (Chair 1998-1999).

Joseph L. Peters (Clerk)

 

Joseph L. Peters is a 1968 graduate of Cathedral High School. He received his Associate in Engineering degree from Holyoke Community College and is the CEO of Universal Plastics Corp in Holyoke. Peters is past chairman of the board, National Society of Plastics Engineers, Thermoforming Division; past chairman of the Regional Employment Board in Springfield, and is a member of the board for Holyoke Medical Center, chairman of the board at Career Point, Holyoke, and a diocesan school board member for the Diocese of Springfield. He is an ordained Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Springfield.

Dan Rodriguez

Dan Rodriguez is originally from Westfield and has been a resident of Springfield for the past 29 years.  He and his wife, Josephine, have four children, all of whom are products of Catholic education.  Dan is a graduate of St. Mary’s in Westfield and received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Masters in Engineering Management from Western New England University. Over the years, Dan has been very committed to Catholic education, serving in many capacities throughout his children’s education ranging from PTO to coaching to serving on various sub-committees. He is an active member of Holy Cross parish in Springfield as well as the Cursillo movement of Western Mass.