Heart to Heart: Winter Edition

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heart to heart

campaign gains momentum
Phase I completed

from the president’s desk

A message from kristin lynch graham

Dear Sacred Heart Academy Family:

After a comprehensive search, Sacred Heart announced that Dr. Teresa Prendergast will serve as SHA’s next principal. Dr. Prendergast’s professional experience coupled with her deep commitment to SHA’s mission made her the ideal choice to be the next academic leader. It is an extra bonus that she is also the mother of two SHA alumnae (Kaitlin ’10 and Megan ’12). We look forward to welcoming her this summer. I am so excited to work with her, and I know you will enjoy getting to know her. Please read the story on page 6 for all the details.

We are also delighted to share the completion of Phase I of A Call to Lead, the Campaign for Sacred Heart Academy. The newly envisioned lower concourse opened right before Christmas break. Father Patrick Flanagan from St. John’s University was present for the blessing, and it was a joy to see the reaction of students, alumnae and parents. I loved hearing the reactions from the girls. One girl asked, “Is this really for us?” The answer: "Absolutely!" They have made themselves right at home. Alumnae reactions are equally fun. Most just look around in awe as they try to imagine exactly where they are. The universal response: “Can the whole building start to look like this?”

This space does represent the new vision for SHA. I know when you have a chance to see it, you will want to continue to move this vision forward for the talented young women who choose SHA. Come by and check it out. Images and full story are on pages 4-5.

New students are taking their place at Sacred Heart Academy as we begin to welcome the Class of 2027. These talented young women are excited (and fortunate) to begin their SHA experience amidst so many positive additions.

Be sure to mark your calendars for March 24th when the Leadership Awards Dinner (formerly The Dinner Dance) returns to the Garden City Hotel to honor outstanding members of the SHA community. It is going to be a great evening. I look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for your loyal and generous support, and for your continued prayers for Sacred Heart Academy.


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2023 is off to an exciting start at Sacred Heart Academy! A talented new principal, beautiful new spaces and enthusiastic new members of the Class of 2027 have all added energy and forward momentum to SHA’s story.


the campaign for sacred heart academy

Sacred Heart Academy has been actively planning for its future since the release of the Strategic Plan in 2019. Throughout the process, the feedback was consistent: BE BOLD.


Spaces inspire students. Students inspire change.

To our alumnae, we want you to be proud. Your experiences have built the foundation and inspired new dreams.

In short, we want facilities that our girls deserve.


President Kristin Graham shares, “ The opportunity to completely change the footprint and capitalize on underutilized space made this a logical first choice. It begins the transformation of the School building into a modernized learning center that further delivers on SHA’s ongoing commitment to enhance the overall student experience.”

The transformational investments that created a true campus for SHA set the stage for logical next steps inside the School building. Immediate priorities in the School building need to be addressed to ensure that our facilities reflect SHA’s commitment to excellence.

To our students and faculty, we want spaces that optimize teaching, learning, creativity, and innovation.

To prospective students and families, we want you to be inspired to see yourself here.

With a Master Plan in hand, Sacred Heart Academy is now in the quiet phase of a comprehensive campaign titled A Call To Lead

The campaign envisions SHA’s entire campus as a destination for Leadership Excellence. It builds upon our proven success of developing women leaders who are confident, purposeful, and prepared for life’s challenges.

In order to turn ambitious dreams into achievable goals, the campaign will be phased and dedicated to specific projects.

The first phase began this summer with the lower concourse of the School building.

The generous support of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the early investment of benefactors allowed construction to begin in Summer 2022 while we continue to raise needed money for the plans.

Work continued throughout the fall semester, and right before Christmas break a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony took place to mark its completion.

Students and guests alike were in awe of the transformation.

“Where am I? ”, “Is this really the same space? ”, “It’s so much bigger. ”, and “I can’t believe how nice this is.” were among comments as all began to absorb the changes.

The Board of Trustees, school administration, and invested partners developed a Master Plan to support SHA’s bright future.

The space was transformed to include:

• Modernization of the library into common work and research space for students to gather and work both collaboratively and independently. With enough space to house books, and enough space to facilitate online research, the space is transformed into in the right balance for modern learning. We welcome Katie Levatino to the faculty as a Library and Research Specialist to help make the space everything we dream.

• Innovative classrooms that reflect university and workplace trends by creating flexible learning environments - with optimal lighting, technology and furniture.

• Creation of Performing Arts Suites featuring dance and orchestra rooms with state-of-the art acoustics to properly support our expanding music program.

• Creation of two information and technology suites which will house our Bloomberg Finance Lab and create centralized spaces to support increased course offerings and college placement programs for mathematics, computer science and other emerging tech fields.

• Relocation and renovation of the Physics lab this summer. Capitalizing on the success in the Sciences and building upon the recognized results from SHA’s Science Research Program, a state-of the-art physics lab was relocated to the fourth floor to complement the Science Research Lab and create a vision for a Science and Innovation Hub.

These projects are part of a comprehensive fundraising campaign. Gifts to the Annual Fund and capital projects help support SHA’s immediate and long term needs. Campaign gifts can be pledged and structured over multiple years.

We invite you to learn more about the campaign and how to make an impact.

Please contact Daria Moringiello Mulhall ’00, Director of Development by email dmulhall@sacredheartacademyli.org or call (516) 483-7383 (ext. 328).

At Sacred Heart Academy, we are making a bold statement about our commitment to girls and our belief that women’s leadership changes the world for the better. Join

Introducing Sacred Heart Academy's 11th Principal

Welcome dr. teresa prendergast

We are delighted that Dr. Teresa Prendergast will serve as the 11th Principal of Sacred Heart Academy. With responsibility for the academic vision of the School and the mission-based education of SHA’s students, Dr. Prendergast’s exceptional academic leadership as an experienced educator and strategic administrator made her the ideal choice. In addition, with her deep commitment to SHA’s mission, she will carry on the legacy of the 10 Sisters of St. Joseph who have held the role since SHA’s opening in 1949. She will begin her work at SHA in August 2023.

As the Superintendent of the Great Neck Public Schools, ranked #3 in the nation and #1 in New York State, Dr. Prendergast was responsible for 6,800 students enrolled in grades Pre-K through grade 12 across ten schools. She oversaw curriculum and instruction, professional development, recruitment and retention, supported student wellness through strong social emotional curricular programs and expanded mental health offerings, including a mental health partnership with Northwell Health.

President Kristin Lynch Graham says, “I could not be more delighted. I knew it would be challenging to find someone to continue S. Jean’s leadership, and the search committee really met the moment. Dr. Prendergast’s impeccable professional resume combined with her personal style, faith, and deep commitment to SHA’s mission made her the standout choice.”

She continues, “As a parent of two alumnae, Kaitlin ’10 and Megan ’12, she also knows SHA from a personal perspective, which I know will be a great asset to her. I have great confidence that she will lead us to the next level of academic excellence, and enhance the overall student experience. It’s a really exciting time for SHA!”

An educator since 1987, Prendergast’s career includes roles of assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, dean, and classroom teacher. She is formerly the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Garden City Public Schools.

She earned a Doctorate of Education in educational administration and supervision, and a Professional Diploma in educational supervision and administration, both from St. John's University, a Master of Science degree in mathematics education, grades 7-12, from CUNY Lehman College, and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, nursery-grade 6, and mathematics, grades 7-9, from St. John's University.

Prendergast says, “Empowering young women as they develop into confident leaders and contributing members of their communities and faith resonates deeply with both my professional and personal values. Having sent two daughters through Sacred Heart Academy, I know first-hand the value of a Sacred Heart degree and how impactful SHA has been in shaping their futures. It is an honor to join the school at this pivotal moment of growth and advancement and I look forward to many rewarding years at SHA.”

The announcement comes after a comprehensive search process led by Trustee Maryann Healy Fletcher ’80, chair of the Board’s Education committee, who served as the search committee chairperson.

She says, “I was delighted in the quality of candidates from which the committee was able to choose. In a talented field, Dr. Prendergast stood out as the person


CSJ Principals


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Sister Mary Inviolata Gunn, CSJ


Sister Mary Alonzo Boyan, CSJ


Sister Mary Basil Butler, CSJ


Sister Rose Alonzo McKinney, CSJ


Sister Virginia Crowley, CSJ


Sister Edyth Fitzsimmons, CSJ


Sister Jeanne Marie Ross, CSJ


Sister Joanne Forker, CSJ


Sister Jean Amore, CSJ

The Next Right Thing for sister jean amore,

S. Jean Amore is known for asking thought-provoking questions. One of her most recognized is: “What is the next right thing?” Through this simple question she leads people into thoughtful and meaningful dialogue that yields the best decisions for the future of Sacred Heart Academy.

Five years ago, SHA asked S. Jean to consider if serving as principal could be the next right thing for her. At the time, she was the Vice President for Mission and Academics. Her experience in education and proven leadership both at SHA and at the college and congregational level made her the perfect choice. S. Jean’s generous “yes” led to a seamless transition because of her knowledge of the SHA community, and the deep respect of the faculty, students, parents, and colleagues in Catholic education.

she is welcoming to everyone and epitomizes inclusive love; and her eloquent oral and written expression, whether in prayerful reflection or temporal matters, evinces all the wisdom and dignity of A Leader of Heart.”

One thing that has never changed is her steadfast commitment to the CSJ mission of inclusive love, unity, reconciliation, justice and peace.

President Kristin Graham says, “One of the things I most admire about S. Jean is her focus on personal relationships. She often says, ‘It’s all about the relationship. If we can hold onto the relationship—even if we have to make hard decisions—then we have been true to the mission.’ The mission is always at the center of her thinking and deliberation. I learn so much from her that I know has made me a better leader and person.”

with the right combination of exceptional talent and deep mission commitment. Her interest in working in a school setting supporting students and faculty in their pursuit of excellence was clear. Her vast experience combined with her connection to Sacred Heart as a parent of two graduates persuaded our committee that Dr. Prendergast is the right person to serve as the educational leader of Sacred Heart as the next principal.”

Dr. Prendergast will succeed Sister Jean Amore, CSJ who has served as principal since September 2018.

Life changed quickly during her tenure. S. Jean’s leadership and steady hand navigated SHA successfully through the COVID pandemic. She supported the faculty as they moved quickly to online instruction, and then returned to in-person learning amidst challenging circumstances.

Faculty member, Mrs. Camille Emmett says, “Sister Jean's leadership style is filled with gentle strength, compassion and objectivity. She brings keen insights and the ability to discern the nuances in any situation, and in addressing all concerns of the SHA community. She models the quiet dignity and grace of the Blessed Mother and employs the Gospel values of Jesus. S. Jean has been an anchor: she has provided a positive role model for faculty, staff and students; her presence exudes humility with grace-filled leadership;

Many alumnae, parents and friends say that they look forward to her regular reflections, especially during Advent and Lent.

The students will miss her warm presence and support. There is always candy waiting for them outside her door and positive messages before a weekend or holiday break. Her presence at the doorways in the morning, especially in Halloween costumes, helped to start the day off right. Her students will likely miss her the most next year.

S. Jean will be honored at the Leadership Awards Dinner on March 24th at the Garden City Hotel It will be one of many ways that we will say thank you to S. Jean for her leadership.


SHA Senior shadia suha ’23 named Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist

Sacred Heart Academy senior Shadia Suha has been chosen as a semifinalist in the 2022-2023 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Shadia will be moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola scholar and win a college scholarship.

The 1,557 semifinalists were selected from over 91,000 applicants from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership, and service demonstrated in school and community activities.

“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students, but also lifts up those around them.”

the Foundation

In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that have become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations, and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together.

Coca-Cola Scholars will be named in March to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and participate in the Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni. SHA wishes Shadia the best of luck!

Student Highlights

SHA students support the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk

Eileen Byrne ’23, Katherine McAllister ’23, Elizabeth Mignardi ’23, and Devon Serkes ’23 organized an Out of the Darkness Walk on Four Sisters Field in May. The SHA community of students, faculty, and alumnae walked the SHA track to help spread awareness for suicide prevention.

Eileen, Kate, Elizabeth, and Devon were delighted to raise $9,646 to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They shared, “although it was definitely a challenge to organize the walk, we were greatly inspired by the support we had from our Sacred Heart community. While organizing the walk, we learned a lot about mental

health issues and that it truly is so important to take time for yourself and check in with your loved ones.”

Please join us on Sunday, May 7, 2023 for the Out of The Darkness Walk at SHA.


Scholastic Art & Writing

Award winners in the Sacred Heart Academy AP Art class

Sacred Heart Academy

AP Art students Leyla Dibra ’23, Marilyn Mazaroski ’23, Ronan Quinn ’23, Sonia Sitaram ’23 received The New York Times Art Contest Honorable mention. The four AP students were chosen out of 3000 entries globally.

Courtney Martin won a Silver Award for her mixed media artwork “Laundry Day.”

Sophia Bouyer won a Gold Key Award for her illustration “Core Memory”. Sophia's piece will now be placed in the national competition.


SHA Swimming

New York State

Federation Champions in 2021 and 2022

Sacred Heart Academy's swim team, led by Coach Mary White, went undefeated (8-0) in the 2022 season and earned the title of Dual Meet Champions. They also defended their 2021 victories at both the league and the New York State Federation Swimming and Diving Championships in 2022.

SHA swimmers won 6 individual events: Cavan Gormsen ’23 in the 200 & 500 Free, Tess Howley ’23 in the 100 Back and 100 fly, Lily Gormsen ’25 in the 100 free and Catherine Dean ’23 in the 50 Free. SHA added 2nd and 3rd place swims from

Athletics Updates

Sarah Larsen ’25 and Lauren Patalano ’24. SHA also captured relays in the 400 Freestyle Relay (Larsen, L. Gormsen, C. Gormsen, Howley) and the 200 Freestyle Relay (Dean, L. Gormsen, Larson, C. Gormsen).

Congratulations, Swimmers: Catherine Dean, Kimberly Gingrass ’23 (Scranton commit), Cavan Gormsen, Lily Gormsen Molly Green ’22, Tess Howley, Sarah Larsen, Lauren Patalano, Makayla Pearce ’22, Samantha Schnappauf ’25, and Jessica Walsh ’24

Special congratulations to Cavan Gormsen and Tess Howley for their outstanding SHA Swim careers. They will attend the University of Virginia this fall.

Cavan was named Most Outstanding Swimmer of both NSGCHSAA Championship Meet and New York State Federation Meet in 2021 and 2022. Cavan was named Newsday’s Swimmer of the Year, broke two state records, was named All-American in both years for her swims in the 200 Free and 500 Free.

Tess Howley ’23 won the 2022 Sportsmanship Award for the Catholic League and was named All-American in 100 Fly and 100 Back. Tess went undefeated in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly.

danielle etrasco

New Coach of Varsity Lacrosse

Sacred Heart Academy is pleased to welcome Danielle Etrasco as the head coach of the Varsity lacrosse team.

Etrasco spent six years coaching Division I lacrosse at Georgetown, Army West Point, and Virginia Tech. From 2016-2019, Danielle played for the United Women’s Lacrosse League and Women’s Professional Lacrosse League.

An All-American from Massapequa High School, Etrasco had a standout career as an attacker at Boston University, where she was captain for two years.

Etrasco says, “It is an honor to be the head varsity lacrosse coach at Sacred Heart Academy. I have always considered SHA one of the premier Catholic high schools in New York. There’s a tradition of excellence matched with high expectations within the lacrosse program that I look forward to building upon.”

Play for Mary: Teaming Up for A Good Cause

On January 31, the Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball teams used the doubleheader against Kellenberg to support The Mary Ruchalski Foundation in their mission to help fight pediatric cancer.

The gym was full of energy and plenty of gold representing pediatric cancer research. All players, including the St. Agnes CYO teams who played at halftime, wore gold “Play for Mary” shirts.

Lauren Marquardt ’23 spoke about Mary, her passion for sports and the importance of the fight against pediatric cancer. Mary’s spirit could be felt in the gym.

Brie (Brolley ’98) Ellwood P ’24, Mary Hope (Patton ’94) Friedermann P ’26, Tricia (Bianco ’91) Kiernan P ’24 and Renee (Bianco ’88) Marquardt P'23 helped to organize the event, which raised $4,000 for the Foundation.

Danielle was a member of the US National Team from 2011-2017, earning a spot on the 2013 World Cup squad. She won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, totaling 17 goals and three assists in the tournament.

Etrasco succeeds Morgan Molinari O'Connor, who built SHA’s program to a US Lacrosse top 20 nationally ranked program. In her 14 year coaching career, O’Connor coached 78 players who moved to play collegiate lacrosse, 16 All-Americans, 40 Academic All-Americans, and 2 Jackie Pitts Award winners. She will continue to serve as the Athletics Director, overseeing SHA’s 24 teams, 60 coaches and over 500 student-athletes.

O’Connor says, “it is a pleasure to hand over a program that has taken hard work, time and dedication to build to a person who knows what it takes to get to the top and remain there.”

SHA SCIENCE in the News!

Nine SHA students have successfully submitted their applications to the Regeneron Science Talent Search for 2023.

Sacred Heart Academy is proud to share that nine students (pictured above) have successfully submitted applications to the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023, under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Stephen Sullivan.

Started in 1942 as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, the Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges.

Each year, nearly 1,900 students enter the Regeneron STS, submitting original research in critically important scientific fields of study. Unique among high school competitions, the Regeneron STS focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the most promising scientists among the nation’s high school seniors. Good luck to all the students!

Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

SHA Junior Awarded SAAWA Research Grant Award

Jacqueline Quinn ’23 was awarded the South Asian American Women’s Alliance (SAAWA) Research Grant. The Research Grant program of the South Asian-American Women’s Alliance awards funds to assist hands-on work undertaken by outstanding high school students all across Long Island. The purpose of these awards is to fund the cost of research materials and related expenses associated with promising high school research project proposals or ongoing projects in specific STEM-related disciplines. Jacqueline was awarded a research grant to support her research project, “To what extent will physical and chemical sunscreens impact the mass development of the freshwater organism, fairy shrimp?”

Eleven Sacred Heart Academy girls have now secured eight separate research grants since 2019.

For the first time in school history, every applicant —five SHA seniors—have been invited to present their natural or behavioral science research at the regional finals/national semifinals of the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium at CUNY-York College on Sunday, February 12.

The girls' projects are listed below:

Cara Carbone | Stigma & learning disabilities in a single-sex environment

Isabel Louie | The influence of food allergies on health-related quality of life

All five applicants—seniors Cara Carbone, Isabel Louie, Julia Revill, Madeline Sammut and Shadia Suha have been named national semifinalists in the DoD-sponsored Junior Science & Humanities Symposium for their original research projects.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is a Department of Defensesponsored STEM competition which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.

Julia Revill | ‘Virginia Slims’ redux: Revisiting the construct of subjective value placed on feminine-advertised products

Madeline Sammut | Limit of brightness of synchrotron radiation facilities imposed by self-heating of long undulators

Shadia Suha | How can absorption spectroscopy be applied within atherosclerosis?


Regeneron Success: Assessing Gender-Based Microaggressions Present in ‘Friend-texts’ at a Single-Sex School

bella guerra ’22 named Regeneron Scholar

Bella Guerra ’22 was named a semifinalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) 2022 competition. Bella, whose research project titled “Assessing gender-based microaggressions present in ‘friend-texts’ at a single-sex school,” was among 300 scholars nationally and internationally selected by the Society for Science to advance in the competition.

This is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors, providing an important forum for original research that is recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists. STS alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and have earned many of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including thirteen Nobel Prizes.

The purpose of Bella’s study was to assess the frequency and nature of dialogic practices of internalized sexism at an all-girls faith-based academy. After thorough research, the results suggest attendance at a single-sex academy can reduce the evidence of gender-based microagressions.

Bella is currently attending Northwestern University. The Whitman Journal of Psychology (WJP) published the article. WJP is the leading peer-reviewed journal for secondary behavioral science research. There are over 450 annual submissions, Bella’s work will be one of approximately twelve to be printed.

“ This project has forever changed my perspective on gender-related issues. It underscores the importance of research in providing insight into personal relationships and societal norms .” —Bella

Bella and her classmates worked on her research project under the guidance of SHA Science Research Program Directors, Dr. Beth Feinman and Dr. Stephen Sullivan, over their four years at SHA.

“It’s hard to fathom the amount of work, and the degree of sophistication that goes into a 15-20 page Science Talent Search report. Hundreds of hours of reading, planning, data collection, statistical analysis, and writing—all aimed at an academic audience. I certainly never did anything like this when I was in high school! I couldn’t be prouder of the girls.”

Sacred Heart Academy Research Director

THERESA GAMMEL, MD ’14 Keynote Speaker, National Honor Society Induction

Theresa Gammel, MD ’14 received a B.A. from the University of Richmond, with a major in cognitive science and a minor in psychology and her M.D. from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. While at Stony Brook, Theresa worked in the neurosurgery research lab for 4 years, with a focus on the effects of traumatic brain injury on consciousness. She is currently in a 7 year residency in neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA., and hopes to pursue a fellowship after her residency in either pediatric neurosurgery or a specialization with brain tumors.

A day after graduating from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Dr. Gammel congratulated the 135 juniors being inducted into the NHS.

During Theresa’s junior year at Sacred Heart Academy, her mom, an avid runner, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This diagnosis led Theresa to pursue a career in neuroscience, a specialty with only 12% female neurosurgeons.

The first piece of advice Theresa shared with the inductees was, “God always has a plan for you. I hope you get into your dream school, your dream job and profession but remember that there might be something better for you. Secondly, Sacred Heart Academy has prepared you to go into any field you want-medicine, nursing, engineering, finance, teaching….and especially in a male dominated field…You can do it! Lastly, Juniors, always remember your Sacred Heart friends are your friends for life.”

Alumnae in Science and Medicine

leadership awards dinner

friday, march 24, 2023 at 7:00 pm

The Garden City Hotel


An evening benefiting scholarships

Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer, Private Equity, Blackstone

Katie is a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer in the Private Equity group at Blackstone. Katie is involved in resource allocation, recruiting and training, career development, performance reviews, compensation, strategic planning and other administrative aspects of the Private Equity activities. Ms. Hoey has held a variety of roles since joining the firm in 2009, initially working on the Corporate Finance team and more recently on Private Equity’s Financial Planning and Analysis team.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Hoey spent 3 years at Merrill Lynch focused on corporate planning and analysis for the Global Markets & Investment Banking division.

Ms. Hoey received a BS in Finance from Fairfield University.

Special Recognition to

Partner, KPMG

Roger is a senior partner at KPMG LLP. He has spent his career working across the globe to serve KPMG and its audit clients, working with multinational companies for the majority of his career and dealing with the international issues facing them. Roger has also served as KPMG’s Global Leader of Data & Analytics in Audit and was responsible for the worldwide development and execution of the firm’s strategy in using data and analytics. Roger is a graduate of Chaminade and Villanova University. He has been a member of the Sacred Heart Academy Board of Trustees since 2016, serving as the school’s Treasurer. Roger and his wife Elena are proud parents of Courtney, SHA class of 2015 and their sons, Ryan and Andrew, Chaminade class of 2021.

Vice President, Emergency Management & Clinical Preparedness, Northwell Health

After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, Mary attended the College of New Rochelle where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She later went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from Adelphi University and a Certificate of Advanced Studies as a Family Nurse Practitioner from LIU Post. An award-winning nurse manager, she began her nursing career working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and later went on to gain extensive emergency and pediatric emergency nursing experience, working in Level 1 Trauma Centers in New York City and Nassau County.

Principal, Sacred Heart Academy

Sister Jean Amore, CSJ, Ed.D., is the Principal of Sacred Heart Academy. Sr. Jean is an accomplished educator and esteemed member of the SHA community whose vision and wisdom have greatly influenced the path on which Sacred Heart has flourished over the past twelve years. First as Vice President of Mission and Academics, then as Interim President, S. Jean has been principal since 2018.

A proven and respected leader, S. Jean previously served as faculty member, chair of the Child Study Department and dean at St. Joseph’s University and then as the President of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She exemplifies the shared mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Sacred Heart Academy: to lead with heart, compassion, commitment and excellence.

S. Jean is a beloved member of the Sacred Heart Academy community. Known for her academic and spiritual leadership, beautiful and prayerful reflections, and delicious snacks for the students; we are thrilled to celebrate S. Jean.

Mary joined Northwell Health in 1999 and is currently employed as the Vice President of Emergency Management and Clinical Preparedness. Mary has extensive experience in disaster response and recovery after spending twenty years as a member of one of the federal medical response teams of the National Disaster Medical System, working in both clinical and leadership positions including Team Commander. Mary has vast experience in local, state, and federal emergency response and disaster planning, and has acted as the clinical operations lead for multiple local, state, and federal operations including hurricanes, 9/11, H1N1, national special security events including Presidential inaugurations, and COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

For more information, please visit www.sacredheartacademyli.org/Dinner/

s. jean amore, csj, ed.d.
katie (voight ’02) hoey roger o'donnell p ’15, trustee
mary e. mahoney ’81

1 Monica Sherwood ’10 is an author and product designer. A former special education teacher, she has a Master's degree in childhood and special education from Hunter College. The Ice House, published by Little Brown Young Readers, is her debut middle grade novel. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

“I wrote The Ice House while I was working as a special educator during a particularly long and snowy Brooklyn winter. Writing it gave me a sense of forward motion and an outlet for creative exploration that felt like a much needed escape. Books have always been a comfort to me, one that was fostered by the wonderful literature teachers I was lucky enough to have during my time at Sacred Heart Academy. My hope is that The Ice House serves as a reminder that trying, caring, and hoping is brave, and that true friendship is a power that should never be underestimated.”

“During my time at SHA, I was a commuter from Suffolk County who took a train and taxi everyday to school, and I never missed a day in all four years. After completing SHA, I earned my bachelor's degree in illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and then completed my graphic design studies from both Parsons and Shillington Education.

During Christmas of 2019, I had to think of a way to give my dad a present without spending money as he requested. I decided

to utilize my art skills to create a series of his favorite saints, as my dad converted to Catholicism several years ago. My dad loved them, and when he showed them to his other friends, they made requests for their own favorite saints. Once the requests started picking up, I decided to turn them into a business called "Saints by Cilla." I have an Etsy shop for my illustrations (https://saintsbycilla.etsy.com), and have had several successful sales at local parishes. It's been a great way to keep up my illustration skills, as I am currently working full-time in graphic design. I strive to make my depictions of the saints modern and unique, while still being recognizable and rooted in history. I love the creativity that comes with illustrating the saints, as well as the community of artists I have found along the way.”

—Priscilla Dockswell ’15, @saintsbycilla (Instagram), saintsbycilla@gmail.com

3 Natalie Suaza ’22 was crowned Miss Long Island Teen 2023 in November 2022. Natalie will be promoting her platform of cancer awareness throughout the Long Island community. In August of 2023, she will be competing for the title of Miss New York Teen USA.

4 Taking the Lead to #BeTheChange: Noelle Jordan ’23 collected $1400 at two varsity lacrosse games for the organization, Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression (AAADF.org). AAADF is dedicated to athletes’ mental health issues and struggles.

5 Clare DeMartini ’17 walked 18 miles in the New York Overnight Out of the Darkness Walk in June from dusk till dawn. Clare raised over $8,500 to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

6 A student life assembly focusing on empowering young women featuring the Hance Foundation Beautiful Me program on Mental Health Awareness Day. Joanne (McVeigh ’80) Wolfring led the program focused on self-esteem, self worth, and positive self-talk for the students. Beautiful Me is a worldwide program founded by the Hance Family Foundation.

• Victoria Ciampo ’10, CPA along with two of her Grant Thornton colleagues, presented to the senior Statistics classes about accounting as a profession. The trio provided an overview of accounting, insight into their careers, various career paths in accounting, organizational resources, and the possibilities of scholarships and internships.

• Natasha Dartique ’86 was appointed Maryland’s first Black state top public defender.

• Mary Riepe Peck ’81 is owner/founder/ entertainer at Mary Peck: Stage & Screen. Mary encourages all to visit her on www.Facebook.com/peckmarystagescreen

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Maeve Dogherty ’22: As a graduate from 1964 and 2022, I would imagine that we had very different high school experiences at Sacred Heart. Do you have a favorite memory during your time there?

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald ’64: I have lots of favorite memories! I loved going to Sacred Heart, it was a great experience that changed me forever. I certainly liked the academics, but it was the community piece of life that was my favorite. I can always think of all the different communities that I became part of, and then every now and again, they would intersect, and that was the exciting part of it.

MD: I read that you're a basketball player. How would you describe your time on the Lady Spartan Basketball Team?

STF: We only played half court and we called ourselves the Benchies, because I sat on the bench. Even though I didn’t spend much time on the court, it was fabulous.

Much like my time in the tumbling club (which could have been the precursor to Red & Gold), it was more about the camaraderie of it all, more than winning.

MD: What inspired you to pursue a life in the Sisters of St. Joseph?

STF: Well, I'd like to think God had something to do with it! God spoke through (and still does) so many wonderful human beings in my life. The Sisters who taught at Sacred Heart were phenomenal women. Their effect on me didn’t end in high school, the inspiration from these women continued throughout my life. It wasn’t one person in particular but a culmination of everyone working in her own way.


President of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

MD: You believe that education doubles as the act of leading people to become a better version of themselves. In what way has this notion revealed itself in your life in particular?

STF: Well, certainly through my work in formal education. I was a teacher, a principal, and a supervisor of schools. After working in education, I landed in another whole world, the world of formerly incarcerated and incarcerated women.

That was a game-changer because that's when I realized the real value of education and the gift that I was given. I saw that education can change the lives of people. The women I saw in prison were struggling and they shared that formal education wasn’t something that was made attractive to them.

I became a licensed foster mother and committed my life to helping people recognize the value of education, not only for the mother but for their children, too. At Hour Children, the non-profit where I was the Executive Director, we made education a priority. Education was the path to their future. I think it is unfair when children are robbed of an education they deserve. We are doing them an injustice if we just move them along and do not prepare them for their next phase of life. To this day, I receive notes from former students sharing experiences that we taught them.

My mother and father were Irish immigrants. They made great sacrifices to send my sister and me to Sacred Heart and my brothers to Chaminade. I could have gone to Hewlett High School but they were so proud to send us to Catholic school because they recognized the importance of it. I was so proud of them for making those decisions and felt responsible to pay it forward.

MD: What excites you most about the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the future of allgirls education at Sacred Heart?

STF: Well, it excites me because there is a future and all the possibilities. I love the word possibilities—if dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough! Surround yourself with positive people with infectious ideas, and you can make anything happen.

All Girls’ education absolutely has a future because it's a life-changer, and it lets you be who you are without having to worry about all the other things going on. I see a great future because we have a commitment to get people to work hard and invest in what’s important.

MD: How can Sacred Heart play a part in keeping the mission alive?

STF: I think you do that by living it. Get involved in issues that are important to you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Once you read the news with a different eye, an eye that is focused on the mission, you have to voice what is important to you. You can’t be afraid to speak up for what is right, that’s how you live the mission. Once you commit to loving God and neighbor, you can’t go wrong. You have to stay focused on the common good. We are never finished growing, thank God! It happens all the time when you hear people— listening to people's stories, respecting that, and then walking together and reconfirming the humility of your own story, too. So I think it's very simple. It doesn't have to be grandiose, but that's really where it begins in this simple love.

S. Tesa and Maeve are sisters in the mission of Sacred Heart.

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S. Tesa Fitzgerald ’64 is the President of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. A proud Sacred Heart alumna, S. Tesa sat down with Maeve Dogherty ’22 for an exclusive interview.

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Keynote Speaker for the Class of 2022

Natalie Deak Jaros ’92 delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2022. Ms. Jaros is a partner in the Financial Services Organization (FSO) for Ernst & Young LLP. She coleads EY Americas Wealth and Asset Management Sector and serves as the FSO Audit Leader in the Americas.

To personalize her remarks, Ms. Jaros spoke with leaders in the Class of 2022, Olivia Christel, Angela Dattoma, Blessing Ezeadichie, and Annie McManus. The overarching theme of their time at SHA reflected on their resilience through COVID, appreciation for the SHA community, and the value of an all-girls experience.

Ms. Jaros reflected that since her time at Sacred Heart much has changed and much has stayed the same. Technology has transformed in 30 years, and data is so readily available. Data is power and with power comes great responsibility. Ms. Jaros urged the graduates to use that power for good, to reflect on the strong set of values that they have received at SHA—courage, compassion and

commitment. Those values, which she learned so many years ago, continue to guide her life.

By way of examples, Ms. Jaros reflected that it takes real courage to stand up for what is right, it takes courage to call someone out, it takes courage to lead and to step out of your comfort zone, to rally and unite other leaders. It takes courage to deliver uncomfortable messages.

Ms. Jaros spoke about the importance that real compassion plays in everyday life—not only in your family but in your professional life. This part of emotional intelligence helps form important traits.

“Show compassion and empathy in all your relationships. Be aware of how your actions affect others and be deliberate in actions and reactions.”

Lastly, Ms. Jaros reflected on the importance of real commitment. She encouraged the graduates to commit but not over commit, choose wisely

“Life takes courage, doing the right thing takes courage, pushing yourself out of the comfort zone takes courage.”

Ms. Jaros encouraged the graduates to forge her own path.

and use their life goals as a guide to become passionate about what they are committing to. In conclusion, Ms. Jaros urged the graduates to rely on the values they learned while at SHA, to Lead with Heart, and that they will change the world.

Ms. Jaros is passionate about serving the industry and the community and is committed to the recognition and advancement of high performing women. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters and maintains many close friendships with her SHA classmates.

It was so great to have her parents and daughters join us (featured above).

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career day

at sacred heart academy

Career Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the career fields of our accomplished alumnae and for the students to learn from their knowledge and expertise. Thank you to this year's participants.

Sehar Ahmed ’08 Senior Producer CBS News: CBS Mornings

Michelle (Presume ’00) Avery J.D. Attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Jenn Calabrese ’88, P ’19, CPA, CGMA CEO, Calabrese and Associates, CPA, P.C.

Diana Colapietro ’12 Deputy Director of Social Media Forbes

Meaghan Coyne M.D. ’12 Resident Physician

Patricia Hoban ’13 Construction Project Manager St Green Realty Corp

LT Megan Martino ’06

JAG Attorney/ DCAP Deputy Director, Specialist I in the Military Justice Litigation Career Track

Career Day 2021 SHA Alumnae Speakers

Genevieve Shaw Brown ’95 is an Emmy award-winning journalist and the author of the Amazon best-selling book, The Happiest Mommy You Know. Genevieve is a contributing lifestyle expert to TODAY, Good Morning America and FOX News.

Erin Emmons ’11 is a biomedical engineer.

Erin Miller ’14, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist

Kathleen Moriarty ’91 Chief Technology Officer Center for Internet Security

Nicole Rapone Querci ’03 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Medical Specialist

Tashi Thomas ’08

Interdisciplinary artist in theatre, film, commercial voiceover/audiobook narration

Maureen McNally ’02 is a Managing Director and Wealth Manager at First Republic Investment Management

Stephanie Casimir ’07 is the Director of Communications at Theory.

Amanda Jaret ’06 is a labor lawyer currently serving as Chief Counsel to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

Dr. Jeannine Miranne ’00 is an Urogynecologist and an assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard.

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Alumnae Engagement SHA Club


The virtual club meetings have been a fantastic vehicle to connect students with alumnae from all geographic areas. It is building a stronger network and sisterhood with the students and alumnae. The accomplished alumnae are amazing examples of success who share career wisdom and industry insights with the students.

Women in Business Club

Reetchel Presume ’09, MPA, Strategic School Budgeting Specialist at District of Columbia Public Schools.

Lauren Mastronardi ’06, J.D. Associate at Latham & Watkins.

Rosalie Gandley ’07, Integrated Comms Strategy Lead l VR Meta Quest VR.

Kerianne Moran ’14, Sales Executive at SXM Media.

Maureen O'Donoghue ’08, Digital Media: Key Account Director at SXM Media.

Erin Moran Ross ’08, Key Account Director at SXM Media.

Lauren McCullough ’00, Vice President of Brand & Communications at Bizzabo, an event technology company.

Women in Engineering

Natalie Kovac ’03, Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager at RRT Design & Construction Ashely Turner PMP '04, Civil Engineer, BIM/CADD Manager at The Port Authority of NY and NJ.

Women in Fashion

Michelle Hudak ’14, Senior Allocator at Kate Spade & Company.

Virginia Clark ’15, Assistant Buyer at Ralph Lauren.

Alumnae Insights

Sacred Heart Academy hosted a series of Alumnae Insights that educated alumnae on career and professional development in 2022. The event featured:

1 Bridget Quinn Choi J.D. ’98 on Understanding the Cybercrime Ecosystem: How to better protect Institutions, Industry, and Individuals.

2 Suzanne (Quast ’94) Burke J.D. Partner at Harding & Burke advised alumnae on the benefits of estate and gift planning.

3 Deana (Fishetti ’92) Finora an Executive Recruiter at Clarity.

4 Nicole (Leto ’92) Marshall Vice President of Executive Search at Janou Pakter at JBC Holdings.

Dina Penzi ’12, Associate Designer at Likely.

Women in Healthcare and Medicine

Lauren Cantwell ’06, Dentist

Annie Laurie Benzie, M.D. ’07 General and Minimally Invasive Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgeon as well as minimally invasive robotic surgery with a particular emphasis on foregut disorders.

Michaela Johnson, MSN, RN, FNP-C ’09 oncology Nurse Practitioner at Beth-Israel Lahey Health.

Women in Technology

Bridget Quinn Choi J.D. ’98, Vice President and Head of Cyber Liability, Ever Insurance.

Amanda McKelvey ’11 Social Media Manager at GlossGenius.

Alyssa (Rea) Paxton ’00 Creative Director, Podcast Producer at Discover Long Island.

SHA Alumnae Lawyers Group Hosted a Virtual Lunch Presentation

Marjorie Mesidor '96. a partner at Phillips & Associates, PLLC. educated the Group on NAVIGATING SEXUAL HARASSMENT: For Ourselves, For Our Colleagues, For Our Daughters.

To join the Alumnae Lawyers Group please email Susan Murray Boland ’96 at lawalumnae@sacredheartacademyli.org. The SHA Alumnae Lawyers will host a social at Sacred Heart Academy in 2023.

The 3 newest members of the SHA Alumnae Lawyers Group graduated from St. John's University School of Law Commencement on May 22. 2022.

• Mary Kate Sherwood ’06 at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

• Ciara J. Villalona-Lockhart ’15 at Cullen and Dykman LLP.

• Elizabeth Sheehan ’10 at the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

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SHA Alumnae Run with Heart in the 2022 TCS NYC Marathon

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“I ran the 2022 NYC marathon in honor of my Uncle John and raised over $6,000 for prostate cancer research. I was very lucky to have family members, friends, and many of my Sacred Heart sisters to cheer me on along the way.”

“I was honored to run the 2022 NYC Marathon for the Mary Ruchalski Foundation. Through the generosity of family and friends (and many SHA Alumnae!) I raised $6,000 for this incredible foundation. I am so thankful to all of my family and friends (including my fellow SHA Alum Liz Speck ’05 who also ran) for their support and encouragement! I knew my track coach, Ed Kilkelly, was looking down on me, likely laughing at how slow I have become since my SHA track days! When the race got tough, I reminded myself that sweating is a blessing and to keep going in honor of Mary and her amazing family. It truly was a day I’ll never forget.”

Kaitlin (McTague ’04) Hudson, Assistant United States Attorney of NY

“Running in the 2022 NYC Marathon was a day I’ll never forget! The city was electric-filled with so much energy and positivity. I am so thankful to all who supported me on this journey. It wasn’t easy, but thankfully I’m a woman of heart!”

Liz (Speck ’05) Magee Supervisor of the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Queens County District Attorney

“Running the 2022 NYC Marathon was both a thrilling and humbling experience. Although it was my fourth marathon, it was my hardest by far. ”

Bridget Todd ’07, Vice President Morgan Stanley

“I began my running journey in August 2007 when I attended my first cross country practice coached by Mr. Kilkelly. Back then, I probably never thought I would run a marathon and would be surprised to learn that I have run two so far. I ran the New York City marathon this year with some of my SHA friends rooting me on throughout the course.”

“I was one of ten 18-year-old women who ran the 2022 NYC Marathon out of nearly 48,000 runners. It was a goal I dreamed of accomplishing since I was 13 years old when I ran my first half marathon.”

“I’m really grateful to have run New York this year on behalf of the National MS Society, and so happy to experience the training process with Maggie, who was running for LUNGevity. It was lots of fun spotting, chatting with, and cheering on more SHA alums on race day, too!”

“It was incredibly special to be able to run with my brother for the LUNGevity Foundation, in memory of our dad and in honor of the moms of two of my SHA sisters who are going through their own lung cancer battles today. To make it even more meaningful, I got to share the experience with Kaitlyn Powers ’14, one of my best friends from SHA who was also running for a cause near and dear to her family.”

“Running the NYC Marathon has been something I’ve wanted to do for years and I am so proud to have been able to do so this past November. The entire experience was incredible and I will never forget it. I wouldn’t have gotten through it without the constant support of my family, friends, and the energy that was NYC that day.”

Peck ’17 AA at Progressive Emergency Physicians, future nurse 2023.

—Gabrielle Amoroso ’11, Nurse Practitioner

“ This is my second time running the NYC marathon. I heard ‘hey that was my teacher’ at Mile 23 and turned and saw one of my old SHA students cheering me on! It really made it even more special for me.”


SHA5K Committee Exemplifies Leaders with Passion and Commitment

There was much to celebrate on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the 10th Annual SHA5K. Named "Doomed to Succeed" the 5K was run in memory of Ed Kilkelly P ’81. The 5K has been a tremendous success for a decade. The inaugural 2013 5K motto was “If You Build It, She Will Run”. It was inspired to celebrate the successful Building the Dream Campaign fulfilling SHA’s 64 year dream of Four Sisters Field and a campus. The first committee meeting, led by Liz Salogub ’00 and Kara (Shine ’99) Conroy, had a vision articulated so well by our beloved SHA Track Coach, former faculty member, Ed Kilkelly P ’81. He said, “based on your enthusiasm, planning, determination, and vision the SHA5K is doomed to succeed. Mistakes will be plenty, but it will grow into a funfilled, lucrative event. Keep up the Lady Spartan spirit.” The wise sentiments of Ed Kilkelly live on today and forever at 47 Cathedral Avenue.

The 5K has earned more than $150,000 for the young women of Sacred Heart Academy. The Sacred Heart Academy community is extremely grateful for the dedicated 5K committee, their commitment, hard work, expertise, time, and hearts full of love for SHA and the successful event the last 10 years.

Thank you to the committee for always

Leading With Heart (pictured right):

• Liz Salogub ’00 (Race Director)

• Kara (Shine ’99) Conroy (Race Director)

• Jenn (Vertiz ’87) Calabrese P ’19

• Steve Conroy P ’02

• Marie (Murphy ’90) Ilardi

• Erin Mc Donnell ’82

• Bobby Speck P ’05, ’07, ’11

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Ed Kilkelly P ’81

SHA CONNECT Mentoring Program Connecting SHA Alumnae &

For 73 years, Sacred Heart Academy has been educating young women leaders rooted in the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. As we continue to build upon this incredible foundation and plan for an even brighter future, we are keenly focused on expanding engagement opportunities among our 12,000+ alumnae as well as between our alumnae and current SHA students. The Alumnae Relations office will be launching a new program SHA Connect, a mentoring and career development program that will partner alumnae mentors in various career professions with current students. SHA Connect will be an opportunity for the students to learn and obtain advice to inspire and direct their career choices in higher education. It will also be a great start in building


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a network within the SHA alumnae community. The Director of Alumnae Relations will make the introduction via Email to connect the alumna mentor with the student mentee. The student mentee will then communicate with the mentor via Email and set up a mutually convenient time for a virtual meeting or a phone call appointment with their mentor. This is a great way to influence current students in a meaningful way!

“I spent some time this summer thinking about what would be helpful in my journey toward my college education and future career. I was able to speak to and shadow a family friend, giving me first-hand knowledge of what would be required of me if I went down that path

in college. My experience was invaluable and guided me toward a field that I had relatively little exposure to in my day-to-day studies. I feel that my experience would benefit all students at SHA”.

Eva Byers ’24, Student Leader SHA Connect

Please contact

Mary Jo Hammill Clarke ’79, P ’12 by Email alumnae@sacredheartacademyli.org or call (516) 483-7383 (ext. 330) if you’re interested in participating in SHA Connect.

Join SHA Alumnae group on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/groups/4551039/ Alumnae connect with over 1900 fellow alumnae in the private Group. It has been a wonderful platform to unite professional alumnae, build a stronger network, and post job opportunities in various career fields. Share Alumnae News! Promoted or changed jobs? Recently married? Started a family? Fulfilled a lifelong dream? Address changed? Visit our site and complete the Alumnae Update form to keep us in the loop! www.sacredheartacademyli.org/update/ 20 HEART TO HEART WINTER 2023 Sacred Heart Academy and Sacred Heart Academy Alumna @SHAHempsteadNY Alumnae
moms with their ’22 daughters.
The Annual Fund for Sacred Heart Academy provides the essential support we need to remain at the forefront of Catholic education, empowering young women to lead with heart. A gift to the Annual Fund shows a confidence in the future of SHA; of its mission and of its promise to educate and inspire young women. The Annual Fund supports key initiatives that allow us to provide our students the education they deserve. sacred heart academy Give boldly The annual fund Online: Through SHA’s secure GiveCampus portal at www.sacredheartacademyli.org/Giving/ By Phone: Contact Daria Moringiello Mulhall ’00 at (516) 483-7383 (ext. 328) By Email: dmulhall@sacredheartacademyli.org

alumnae gatherings

SHA Alumnae are always happy to reconnect, reminisce and support SHA!

A lovely evening at the Alumnae Cocktail Party at Rockville Links.

Join us on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 7:30PM at Rockville Links to celebrate the beginning of summer together.

Alumnae came home to Cathedral Avenue to celebrate their daughters’ Junior Ring Ceremony.

Alumnae enjoyed being back on Four Sisters Field to play lacrosse on Thanksgiving weekend.

Join us next Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 10:00am.

Young alumnae returned for an after school coffee hour.

Alumnae Social at Amity Hall Downtown in New York City on November 3, 2022. Great night socializing with alumnae from the classes of 1981 to 2017.

Gatherings in Boston and Washington, D.C. See you at a regional event soon!

Celebrating SHA Grandparents

Sacred Heart Academy was delighted to welcome 120 of the class of 2022’s Grandparents to our Multicultural Liturgy on May 18. The students enjoyed a reception at the Joseph House on a gorgeous sunny morning with their grandparents.

More than 160 Grandparents of the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students attended the Ascension Thursday Liturgy on May 26, 2022.

Upcoming SHA Grandparent Liturgies

• Thursday, May 4, 2023

Class of 2023 & 2024

• Thursday, May 18, 2023

Class of 2025 & 2026

reunions SHA Alumnae 2022

Class of 1982 celebrating 40 years
Class of 1997 celebrating 25 years
Class of
celebrating 30 years
of 1987 celebrating 35 years
of 2012 celebrating 10 years
Class of 1957 celebrating 65 years Class of 1972 celebrating 50 years Class of 1967 celebrating 55 years sacredheart academy Reunions Class 2023 SAVE THE DATES! Saturday, September 23, 2023 5:30PM Mass and Tour of the school, 7:30PM Dinner Class of 1973 (50th Reunion), Class of 1978 (45th Reunion), Class of 1983, Class of 1988, Class of 1993, Class of 1998 (25th Reunion), Class of 2003, & Class of 2008 Friday, October 13, 2023 Mass at SHA, Lunch at Hempstead Golf & Country Club Class of 1953, Class of 1958, Class of 1963, & Class of 1968 Class of 2013 & 2018 stay tuned for details! Class of 2007 celebrating 15 years
of 2002 celebrating 20 years Be sure to keep your email updated! www.sacredheartacademyli.org/update/ Class of 1962 celebrating 60 years
of 2017 celebrating 5 years

IN MEMORIAM | 2021–2023

Vincent Abbatiello, father of Raymond Abbatiello

Dorothy Brennan, mother of S. Eileen Brennan, CSJ

Heather Cabibbo ’10, sister of Allie Cabibbo ’06

Emma Carey, daughter of Elizabeth Squillace ’82

Oreste Carnevali GP ’23, grandmother of Celina Ruiz ’23

Marilyn Christel, mother-in-law of Gina Christel P ’22

Maryann Cluess-Angeletti P ’15, mother of Colleen Cluess-Angeletti ’15

James Byrne P ’23, father of Eileen Byrne ’23

Barbara (Jakubowski ’54) Costello

S. Virginia Crowley CSJ, former SHA Principal

Stephanie Cullum P ’83, ’88, GP ’19, mother of Patricia (Cullum ’88) O’Grady and Kendall (Cullum ’83) Gallagher P ’19; grandmother of Riley Gallagher ’19

Frances Denninger ’71

Jeanine (Paulson ’87) Dolan

Linda Duca P ’14, ’23, mother of Meredith ’14 and Hailey Duca ’23

Gerard Duffy P ’18, father of Olivia Duffy ’18

Jo Ann (McGurk ’74) Feeney

Delanie Fekert ’15, sister of Raegan Fekert ’18

Michael Ferrara, husband of Donna Ferrara

Maureen (McNamara ’64) Flanagan

Marie Flannery & Deacon James Flannery P ’93, mother and father of Kelly (Flannery ’93) Driggers

S. Jane Fritz, CSJ, former SHA Board of Trustees

Joseph Gecas GP ’21, grandfather of Julia McCarthy ’21

Wesley Goetz P ’79, ’82; GP ’06, ’07, ’13, ’15, father of Anne Goetz Graham ’79, P ’15, Mary Goetz Graham ’82, P ’13, and Mike Goetz P ’06, ’07; grandfather of Maureen Goetz Schaefer ’06, Meghan Goetz Lottes ’07, Kate Graham ’13, and Grace Graham ’15

Geraldine Graham GP ’26, mother-in-law of Kristin Lynch Graham; grandmother of Cecilia Graham ’26

Tricia Grieco P ’08, ’18, ’20, mother of Alyssa (Grieco ’08) Feihel, Emma ’18, and Abigail ’20

Jean Gunkel, mother-in-law of Gina Minielli

Gerrin Hagen, cousin of Mary Grace Hagen ’26

Pamela (Peterson ’71) Hanford

Bill Hart, father of Joyce Mennona

Dorothy Kennedy GP ’98, ’10, mother-in-law of Lisa (Barry ’74) Kennedy P ’98; grandmother of Nora Kennedy ’98 and Caitlin Kennedy ’10

Edward Kilkelly P ’81, father of MaryBeth Kilkelly ’81, former Track Coach and SHA teacher

Dolores Korec, mother of Tony Korec

Dennis Lawrence P ’22, father of Carly Lawrence ’22; uncle of Paige Lawrence ’24, Taylor Lawrence ’11, and Joy Puma ’22

Kimberly Kaden Lewis P ’23

Carol (Bory '57) Matzinger

Keith Lukan, nephew of Dorothy West

Loretta McCay, mother of Maura Rossi

Elizabeth “Betty” McCormack, grandmother of Lauren McCormack ’08, Allie (McCormack ’09) Dempsey, Kate McCormack ’11, and Elizabeth McCormack ’14

Lawrence Moringiello P ’00, father of Daria Moringiello Mulhall ’00

Mary Pat Mullholland P ’12, mother of Grace Mullholland ’12; sister-in-law of Rosemary Mulholland ’82

Carmela Musso GP ’21, ’22, ’24, grandmother of Carmela ’21, Elizabeth ’22, and Lillian ’24

Dolores O’Hara GP ’19, ’22, grandmother of Molly ’19 and Caitlin O’Hara ’22

Patricia (Johnston ’55) O’Hearne

S. Denise Marie Paul, CSJ, former SHA staff member

Terence Reynolds GP ’04, ’04, ’06, ’09, ’12, ’16, ’17, grandfather of Kate (Leach ’04) Montegari, Keely McCutcheon ’04, Kelly (Harms ’06) Diorio, Molly (Harms ’09) Hogan, Kate Harms ’12, Rory Harms ’16, and Ryan Harms ’17

Andrew Sarosy, Jr., brother of Cathy (Sarosy ’79) Scherer, brother of James Sarosy P ’97 and uncle of Christine Sarosy ’97

Jeanine Marie (Panzarella ’64) Sanfilippo

Clifford Trevor Scargill P ’86 & Kathleen Scargill P ’86, father and mother of Theology teacher Anne Scargill Reinhart ’86

Patricia Garry Schenck P ’94, mother of Peggy (Schenck ’94) Pospisil

Mary Lou (Goderro ’79) Simeone P ’11, ’16, mother of Mary Cate ’11 and Anne ’16

Theresa Mary Goetz Sridhar, sister of Anne Goetz Graham ’79, P ’15, Mary Goetz Graham ’82, P ’13, and Mike Goetz P ’06, ’07; aunt of Maureen Goetz Schaeffer ’06, Meghan Goetz Lottes ’07, Kate Graham ’13, and Grace Graham ’15

S. Catherine Stasi, CSJ, former SHA Staff member

Regina Sullivan-Fusco, mother of Stephen Sullivan

Richard Wagner P ’24, father of Cathryn Wagner ’24, uncle of Julia Turner ’24, Elizabeth Wagner ’23, and Megan Wagner ’25

Maureen Wilcox P ’10, ’15, ’17, mother of Victoria ’10, Julia ’15, and Natalie ’17

Joseph Christopher Windisch P ’10, ’14, father of Samantha ’10 and Morgan Windisch ’14



Sacred Heart Academy is proud to rename the dance studio in memory of Delanie Fekert ’15. Thanks to the ongoing support of Delanie's family, friends and classmates, upgrades to the existing dance studio will include: state of the art ventilation, new lighting, new Marley floor, new mirrored walls and new barres. SHA is proud to be part of Delanie’s story and and looks forward to the dedication of the Delanie Feckert Dance Studio upon completion. This studio will bear her name and be used by generations of SHA dancers to come. Follow the link below to support and be a part of her story.


Remembering SHA Faculty

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson, beloved Theology teacher, passed away at the age of 79 on January 27, 2023. Mr. Anderson taught at Sacred Heart Academy from 1971 to 2011 and impacted the lives of so many students. Alumnae fondly remember Mr. Anderson’s enthusiasm and love of the Lord.

Known for his leaps of faith and memorable expressions: “Prime Time Prayer Time,” “There’s more, there’s so much more!” and “There are no coincidences only connections,”

Mr. Anderson will be missed by many. The Sacred Heart Academy community is grateful to him for his years of dedicated service to so many young women for forty years.

Dan Shea

Daniel Shea, age 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2023 in the company of his devoted family.

Dan loved teaching languages, especially Latin. He also loved sports, especially hockey. He was an off-ice official for the New York Islanders from 1972-2015, and a youth hockey coach and referee on Long Island for many years.

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