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Lisa Abel-Palmieri, PhD

Head of School & Chief Learning Officer
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Lisa Abel-Palmieri, PhD

Head of School & Chief Learning Officer
Abel-Palmieri.Lisa@hfa-pgh.org
Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri is the Head of School and Chief Learning Officer at Nazareth Prep. She holds a BA in Public Relations/Art History & Design, MA in integrated marketing, MS in multimedia educational technologies and has a Masters Certificate in Business and Executive Management and Leadership from Duquesne University. Dr. Palmieri earned her PhD at Robert Morris University. Dr. Palmieri focused her Doctoral research on innovative approaches to curriculum design, leadership models in progressive schools and educational technologies. Her practicum and field work focused on engaging underserved students in STEM. Dr. Palmieri’s research has appeared in educational publications and her work as a grant writer focuses on developing equity community research programs.

Lisa brings close to twenty years of teaching, industry and administrative experience to her role at HFA. Dr. Palmieri’s diverse professional background includes large for-profit corporations, the United States Nuclear Navy, and post secondary education, where she taught a variety of disciplines. She has helped several schools re-envision curriculum, particularly shifting from passive to active learning, leveraging approaches like blended learning, design thinking, and maker education. Her learning philosophy involves connected learning, field-based studies, and co-designing learning with students.

Dr. Palmieri is a former academic department head focused on STEM domains, has presented at conferences and workshops as a nationally recognized speaker on innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and has served on accreditation committees for other private schools.

Prior to joining Nazareth Prep, she was the Director of Technology & Curricular Innovation, Head of Computer Science, and led partnerships and outreach as Director of the Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School.

Dr. Palmieri was awarded Non-Profit CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2013. In 2014, she was an honorable mention for Leader of the Year from Technology & Learning Magazine, an Athena Young Professional Award Nominee, and a National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) “Teacher of the Future.” In 2015, the Huffington Post selected her as the 18th “most social” K12 EdTech leader. Dr. Palmieri  is the co-founder of EdCampPGH, and involved with several other working groups as part of the Remake Learning Network. In 2016 she was named an ASCD Emerging Leader and Big Picture Learning, Deeper Learning Equity Fellow.

 

Lisa's Blog: excellenceandinnovation.blogspot.com

Twitter: twitter.com/Learn21Tech


 
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Kristin Alvarez

Student Success Coordinator & Leadership Seminar Lead
AbD Lead
Alvarez.Kristin@hfa-pgh.org
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Kristin Alvarez

Student Success Coordinator & Leadership Seminar Lead
AbD Lead
Alvarez.Kristin@hfa-pgh.org
Kristin graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Health Science and immediately began serving adolescents from urban communities. Kristin has more than 12 years of teaching experience and leads design of our Leadership Seminar curriculum and serves as our Agency By Design Lead. She co-constructs learning spaces that foster a bias towards action around real life experiences, creates opportunities for dialogue and works with students to engage in reciprocal learning. In order to facilitate these in class experiences for students, Kristin develops new partnerships, cultivates existing partnerships, and seeks funding opportunities for student projects. The 3 foci that have been central to her work over the past 12 years are social justice, student voice, and equitable education. 
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Cassandra Brentley

Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Brentley.Cassandra@hfa-pgh.org
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Cassandra Brentley

Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Brentley.Cassandra@hfa-pgh.org
Cassandra Brentley is the Director of Admissions for Holy Family Academy. She guides prospective families through the enrollment process, including completing the admissions and financial aid applications. Brentley is also responsible for managing the tuition and financial aid processes for all students, planning admissions events, both on and off campus, facilitating the publication of the school’s monthly newsletter, and is a member of the Association of Independent Schools Admissions Professionals. She began her career in the Financial Services industry working with middle market businesses. However, her passion to serve others through education led her to transition into a career in Higher Education Administration, where she gained over 5 years of experience working in admissions, financial aid, career services, and academic affairs. Brentley earned a master’s degree in Education at Argosy University after earning a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications with a business certificate in Marketing from Duquesne University. She fervently believes education is a tool that allows individuals to transcend above circumstance and turn self-fulfilling prophecies into reality. She is confident that students who attend Holy Family Academy are given the opportunity to build a strong foundation in education that will lead to future personal and professional success.
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Patrick Casey

Transportation & Logistics Manager
casey.patrick@hfa-pgh.org
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Scott Flurry

Senior Advisor
Flurry.Scott@hfa-pgh.org
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Scott Flurry

Senior Advisor
Flurry.Scott@hfa-pgh.org
Scott Flurry is Senior Advisor at Holy Family Academy. In his role at Holy Family Academy, he seeks to foster student engagement by supporting healthy social and emotional growth, while pushing students to achieve academically at their highest potential. Flurry works closely with the Director of College and Career Counseling and helps coordinate our Pathways Program. He strives to develop strong relationships with students and their families, that empower students to feel comfortable to ask for help when needed, while developing strong problem solving skills. Flurry brings over thirty years of experience working with children and families in various school settings. He has earned certifications in Cognitive Therapy, Sanctuary Model, and Family Counseling. Flurry’s goals for students are to equip them with the skills required for success when they leave Holy Family Academy, in whichever post-secondary pathway they choose. His motto is “students and parents must think that you care, before they care what you think.” 
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Kristen Goodell

Director of Internship Program
goodell.kristen@hfa-pgh.org
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Kristen Goodell

Director of Internship Program
goodell.kristen@hfa-pgh.org
 

Kristen Goodell is Director of Work Study. Prior to joining Holy family Academy, she was most recently co-owner and project manager of HR Resource Force, a customized software company, Board President of the Mt. Lebanon Rowing Team, and Professor of Education at The Community College of Allegheny County. Kristen is an operational leader, powering the success of modern businesses through corporate partnerships, relationships, creative instruction and more efficient automation. Her diverse background began working directly with at risk patients and students but soon transitioned into business strategy and leadership.  Her Masters was in Special Education for students with mild to moderate behavioral disabilities at Johns Hopkins University. She has been published in CIO Story, CIO Review, Working Parts, and has been an ACHE Speaking Panelist on diversity in the workplace. Kristen is a leader through powerful partner collaborations, committed to empowering others with tools for success. She remains an active volunteer in the community as a Blind Ski Guide and as a National Ski Patroller. 
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Jennifer McGrail

Manager of Educational Technology
McGrail.Jennifer@hfa-pgh.org
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Jennifer McGrail

Manager of Educational Technology
McGrail.Jennifer@hfa-pgh.org
Jenny McGrail is the Manager of Educational Technology at Holy Family Academy. She manages the Student Laptop Program and supports staff, teachers, and students with use of Technology. McGrail also supports the use of Canvas and PowerSchool by teachers, students, and parents. McGrail graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. She has over 25 years of experience in the IT field and has worked at WQED and The Ellis School.
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Joe Oliphant

Principal
Oliphant.Joe@hfa-pgh.org
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Joe Oliphant

Principal
Oliphant.Joe@hfa-pgh.org
About Joe Oliphant:

Mr. Oliphant is excited to return to a school affiliated with the place where his career in education began. He started in 2002 as a teacher at Holy Family Institute, teaching middle and high school in the residential program. After leaving Holy Family in 2005, he pursued teaching and administrative positions at Pittsburgh area charter schools where he was a teacher, technology director and eventually a principal. While working as a principal, Mr. Oliphant’s building was named a School of Innovation and Design. Mr. Oliphant is a Smart Exemplary Educator, a Discovery Educator Network STAR, Remind Connected Educator and was nominated for Leader of the Year through the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology in 2010.

 

In the spring of 2013, Mr. Oliphant was nominated as a Change Agent for Education, a program of the Pittsburgh Foundation. The purpose of this initiative is to introduce regional K-12 teachers and educators to the theory and practice of design thinking and human centered design as a way to effect change in education. This series of workshops was an introduction to a way of learning, and at the same time a way of teaching, that is grounded in empathy, understanding what students and their teachers need, and a spirit of curiosity and inquiry.

 

Most recently, Mr. Oliphant served as Director of Program Development for a multi-state non-profit that creates financial rewards and vocational opportunities for high school students.

 

Mr. Oliphant attended Point Park University and obtained his Master’s at California University of Pennsylvania in Supervision and Administration. He resides in South Park with his wife and 5 children, where he coaches basketball and baseball and serves on the board of Friends of South Park. The Oliphant family are members at St. Joan of Arc Parish.
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Kara Petrosky

Family Partnership Coordinator
Petrosky.Kara@hfa-pgh.org
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Kara Petrosky

Family Partnership Coordinator
Petrosky.Kara@hfa-pgh.org
Kara Petrosky is the Family Partnership Coordinator at Holy Family Academy. She assists students and their families with any academic or non-academic barriers that may hinder academic and personal achievement. Support is offered to the students and their families so that they may be successful in school, at home, and in the community.

Petrosky’s professional career began after graduating from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in German Education with a minor in Psychology. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and worked for a year as a Teaching Assistant at the elite Pierre de Coubertin Gymnasium, a boarding school for athletes, in Erfurt, Germany. During her tenure, she taught English to students in grades 6-12, and also worked on translating a handbook for the Olympic Committee.

Upon returning to the US, Petrosky taught German and coached Girls Basketball for four years at Greater Latrobe Junior High School. She also worked at a summer camp for at-risk youth in various executive leadership and counseling capacities which led her to pursue a career in the social service field. Petrosky joined AmeriCorps and served for one year with the KEYS Service Corps where she was placed was at Holy Family Institute. There she gained 5 years experience in case management and youth and family counseling with the In-Community Family Stabilization Program and Residential Program before joining Holy Family Academy. She has earned certifications in Family and Conference Teaming, as well as Common Sense Parenting, an evidence-based curriculum developed by Boys Town.
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Latonya Salley-Sharif

Director of Athletics & Career Coach
Salley-Sharif.Latony@hfa-pgh.org

Faculty

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Nick Bridge

Math Faculty & Baseball Coach
Bridge.Nick@hfa-pgh.org
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Justin Calderone

Cultural Literacy Teacher
Calderone.Justin@hfa-pgh.org
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Justin Calderone

Cultural Literacy Teacher
Calderone.Justin@hfa-pgh.org
With over a decade of experience, Justin Calderone brings creativity, knowledge and innovation to the classroom. After earning a degree in Professional Writing, Justin spent five years working in the private sector as a marketing professional for several multi-million dollar companies. However, a love of learning prompted a career change to education. While working as a full time English teacher, Justin earned a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University, and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University. Justin is certified in English, Communications and K-12 Administration. 

Justin is the author of the young adult fantasy novel LARP: The Battle for Verona, which earned praise from New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Mayberry. In his spare time, Justin chases after his two children, hoards records and roots for the New York Yankees. 
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Jessica Cannon

Transportation Coordinator
Cannon-Chaffin.Jessica@hfa-pgh.org
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Leslie Chabala

Music & Computer Science Faculty
Chabala.Leslie@hfa-pgh.org
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Linda Codori

Receptionist
Codori.Linda@hfa-pgh.org
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Leslie Davis

Arts Faculty - Choir
Davis.Leslie@hfa-pgh.org
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Hao Deng

Modern Languages Faculty - Mandarin
Deng.Hao@hfa-pgh.org
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David DiMichele

Director of Spirituality & Theology Teacher
DiMichele.David@hfa-pgh.org
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Amy DiMichele

Visual Art Teacher
DiMichele.Amy@hfa-pgh.org
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Emily Donato

Career Coach & Service Learning Coordinator
donato.emily@hfa-pgh.org
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Fr. William Dorner

Chaplain
dorner.william@hfa-pgh.org
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Eric Dunkerley

Science & Engineering Teacher
Dunkerley.Eric@hfa-pgh.org
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Marlee Flaherty

Cultural Literacy Teacher & Student Council Advisor
Flaherty.Marlee@hfa-pgh.org
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Marlee Flaherty

Cultural Literacy Teacher & Student Council Advisor
Flaherty.Marlee@hfa-pgh.org
Marlee Flaherty is second careering as a classroom teacher.  She studied both at Columbia University and the London School of Economics to earn her BA.  In addition, she has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked both domestically and internationally in both for-profits and not-for-profits. This business background gives her a unique insight into many issues.  When discussing goals, objectives, classroom strategies, and more, her background helps to guide concepts to become “doable” and not remain “theoretical”. Marlee Flaherty is not only an advisor for HFA student council but she has been selected to participate in 2 Classroom Without Border experiences – a trip to Poland with a Holocaust Survivor and a trip to Spain to study Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. She truly enjoys bring all her life experiences into her classroom.
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Jacob Fleegle

Cultural Literacy Teacher
Fleegle.Jacob@hfa-pgh.org
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McCall Goughneour

Cultural Literacy Teacher
Goughneour.McCall@hfa-pgh.org
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Eric Gibson

Career Coach
Gibson.Eric@hfa-pgh.org
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Matthew Jury

Holy Family Service Corps Member & Internship Assistant
Jury.Matthew@hfa-pgh.org
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Jo Ann Kohan

Manager of Administration & Head of School Assistant
Kohan.joann@hfa-pgh.org
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Jennifer Sylves-Lanas

Cultural Literacy Teacher & Educational / Cultural Affairs Coordinator
Lanas.Jennifer@hfa-pgh.org
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Emily Mahoy

Enrollment Management Coordinator
mahoy.emily@hfa-pgh.org
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J.D. Morgan

Cultural Literacy Teacher
Morgan.James@hfa-pgh.org
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Lizzie Morgan

Modern Languages Faculty - Spanish & Cultural Literacy Teacher
Fondelier.Elizabeth@hfa-pgh.org
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Asia Pepper

Student Support/College Assistant
Pepper.Asia@hfa-pgh.org
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Michael Roberts

Math & Engineering Faculty
Roberts.Michael@hfa-pgh.org
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Kathy Rufer

Administrative Assistant
Rufer.Kathy@hfa-pgh.org
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Cameron Saddler

Physical Education & Wellness Teacher
Saddler.Cameron@hfa-pgh.org
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Julie Sanders

Math Teacher
Sanders.Julie@hfa-pgh.org
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Kirsten Shriver

Science & Engineering Teacher
Shriver.Kirsten@hfa-pgh.org
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Emily Yowonske

Cultural Literacy Faculty
Yowonske.Emily@hfa-pgh.org
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Emily Yowonske

Cultural Literacy Faculty
Yowonske.Emily@hfa-pgh.org
Mrs. Emily Yowonske is a graduate of the Emory Univeristy (B.A., English, Educational Studies) and the University of Pittsburgh (M.Ed., English Language Arts Education, Special Education). She is a trained teacher consultant for the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project out of the University of Pittsburgh, a National Writing Project site. Prior to joining the faculty at Nazareth Prep, Emily was an English teacher’s assistant at the Ben Franklin Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys overwhelming her local library with interlibrary loan requests and hanging out with her husband, Eric, and cat, Leo. During the summer, Emily can be found hiking, kayaking, and camping throughout the Laurel Highlands with family and friends.