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Diocese welcomes new school leaders

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Anne Arias, principal of Queen of Apostles School in Alexandria, earned her bachelor’s from the University of Redlands in California. She earned a master’s in theological studies at Christendom College in Front Royal. She has served at Queen of Apostles School since 2006.

Dan Cinalli, principal of Basilica School of St. Mary in Alexandria, earned a bachelor's degree in English from George Mason University in Fairfax and a master's in education administration from Marymount University in Arlington. He served as assistant principal of St. Timothy School in Chantilly and most recently as principal of St. Michael School in Annandale.

Catherine Adams Davis, interim principal of St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She earned a degree in national security from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.; a master’s in business from Golden Gate University in San Francisco; and a master’s in education from Marymount University in Arlington. The last six years she has served at St. James School in Falls Church as teacher and most recently as assistant principal.

Anne Dyke, principal of St. Louis School in Alexandria, earned her bachelor’s from Georgetown University in Washington. She earned master’s degrees from Scranton University in Pennsylvania and Marymount University in Arlington. She has served at St. Louis School since 2014.

George Elliott, interim principal of St. Ambrose School in Annandale, earned his bachelor’s from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and his master’s in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. He served as principal of St. Patrick School in Fredericksburg for 21 years.

Annie Fernandez, principal of St. Michael School in Annandale, earned her bachelor’s from Meerut University in India. She earned her master’s in educational leadership from the American College of Education in Indianapolis. She has served in teaching and administrative positions in the diocese for 25 years, most recently at Nativity School in Burke.

Stephen Fry, principal of Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg, earned his bachelor’s from Hiram College in Ohio, his master’s from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He brings 17 years of experience as principal, and comes from Good Shepherd School in Camp Hill, Pa., where he served from 2014 to 2019.

Ann Lewis, principal of St. Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, earned her bachelor’s from the University of Delaware in Newark and a master’s in business from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. She has taught for more than 15 years outside the diocese and has 11 years of experience as head of school, principal and consultant.

Dominican Sister Mary Sheila Maksim, principal of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School in Woodbridge, earned her bachelor’s from Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., and a master’s in education administration from Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. She has taught in the Providence, R.I., and Denver dioceses and served in diocesan administrative positions in Cincinnati, New Orleans, Charleston, S.C., and St. Louis. She comes from St. Joseph School in Cottleville, Mo.

Melissa Manaker, principal of St. Rita School in Alexandria, earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University in East Lansing. She earned a master’s in theology from Christendom College in Front Royal, and a master’s in education from Marymount University in Arlington. She has served in teaching and administrative positions in the diocese for 19 years, most recently as assistant principal at St. Rita School.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Lorraine McGrew, head of school of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, earned her bachelor’s in theology and mathematics from Immaculata University in Malvern, Pa., and her master’s in mathematics from Villanova University in Radnor Township, Pa. She served as the general superior of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from 2012 to 2018. She has also served in Pennsylvanian diocesan teacher and administrator roles in Allentown, Camden, Harrisburg and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Patrick Shawn McNulty, principal of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Potomac Shores, earned his bachelor’s from Indiana University and a master’s degree in education from Marymount University in Arlington. He has taught for 35 years in the diocese and has served as assistant principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School in Woodbridge and St. John Paul the Great.

Sally Nicholson, principal of St. Patrick School in Fredericksburg, earned her bachelor’s in elementary education and her master’s and doctorate in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She has 16 years of experience teaching and five years as principal, most recently working at Chelsea Academy in Front Royal and as a curriculum consultant to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Erica Palaza, principal at Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester, earned her bachelor’s from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and a master’s from Kean University in Union, N.J.. She has taught for six years in the diocese and served as principal for one year. She has served at Sacred Heart Academy since 2014.

Kimberly Parker, principal of St. Mark Catholic School in Vienna, earned her bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her master’s in education from Marymount University in Arlington. She has 14 years of experience teaching in the diocese.

Bob Pennefather, director of Seton School in Manassas, earned his bachelor’s from Christendom College in Front Royal and a master’s in history from George Mason University in Fairfax. He has taught at Seton for 28 years and served on the school’s finance committee the past five years. Anne Carroll will be the new executive director.

Michael Pryor, principal of St. Timothy School in Chantilly, earned a bachelor’s from SUNY Plattsburgh in New York and master’s in education from Marymount University in Arlington. He brings six years of teaching experience and two years serving as principal.

Tanya Salewski, principal of St. Luke School in McLean, earned her bachelor’s from George Mason University in Fairfax and her master’s in education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She comes from the Philadelphia School in Pennsylvania and brings 14 years of experience teaching and two years as principal.

Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist Sister Janet Siepker, FSE, principal of Siena Academy in Great Falls, earned her bachelor’s from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wis., and her master’s in education from the University of Portland, Ore. She comes from St. Anthony of Padua in Vancouver, Canada.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019