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.


Christopher Bertrand

Board Secretary

Managing Director, MSD Partners


Thomas Butler 

Board Vice Chair

Director of Compensation and Benefits, Big Y Foods



Fr. John Connors

Pastor, St. Cecilia Parish






Thomas Day

Attorney, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen

Dr. Harry Dumay

President, Elms College

Agnes Gonet

Software Engineer, Bank of America





David Griffin

Board Treasurer

Executive Vice President, The Dowd Agencies



Anthony D Gulluni

District Attorney, Hampden County




Lawrence Kulig

Board Chair

Attorney, Eckert Seamans Law




Dr. Peter LaMaire

Professor, Central Connecticut State University

Patrick Markey

Attorney, Markey Barrett Law



Elizabeth Mulcahy

Chief of Juvenile Justice, Northwestern District Attorney




Kevin O’Connor

Sales Manager, L. Knife & Son



Laura Watroba

Librarian, St. Thomas the Apostle School



Bishop William Byrne

Bishop, Diocese of Springfield




Dr. Paul Harrington

PFPS, Head of School

Board Ex-Officio