Kaija DeWitt serves as Director of Campus Ministry at Xavier High School and teaches theology and ethics in the religion department. She directs the Arrupe Society, a student group dedicated to issues of social justice and leadership. She has taught on the faculties at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ and Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA. Kaija also serves as the New York Regional Director for Contemplative Leaders in Action, a program of the Northeast Province of the Jesuits that directs young professionals in Ignatian spirituality and leadership. Her experiences include planning and facilitating programs through the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Kaija holds a BA in journalism from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame.
Mark Garbowski is a father, husband, attorney and avid amateur photographer. A proud graduate of St. Mary’s grammar school in Yonkers, NY, which has since closed, he is committed to help Catholic schools thrive. Mark is in the Insurance Recovery group at Anderson Kill, P.C. in Manhattan, where his practice concentrates on insurance recovery on behalf of policyholders. Mark also graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan, and obtained undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University. Even including dormitories, he never lived more than a block away from Broadway from his birth until he moved to Brooklyn at age 29. He currently lives in Middle Village, Queens with his wife and two daughters, both of whom have been educated at St. Margaret’s grammar school.
Annette Marino – D’Arienzo
Annette holds a B.A. in Accounting from Pace University where her focus was operational auditing. She has been employed for the last thirty years at Blue Tee Corp., an employee-owned company, where she is the executive director responsible for the design, administration and compliance of benefit plans in addition to operational matters such as the creation and implementation of policies and procedures. Annette is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, a proud member of the Divine Mercy Parish Pastoral Council, the current President of the St. Theresa Guild and Treasurer of the St. Anthony Society. In addition to supporting the good works of her home parish, she readily supports various other community projects and organizations. Annette is grateful for the opportunity to serve her own community by serving on the Board of Queen of the Rosary.
Mary Ellen McGranahan
Mary Ellen McGranahan attended Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School and Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, CT and earned a BA in Business Administration from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. Following college, Mary Ellen worked for Merrill Lynch in New Haven, CT and Washington D.C. for several years as a registered broker and assistant. After Merrill Lynch she worked for a Czech brokerage firm and lived in the Czech and Slovak Republics for three years. After returning from Eastern Europe, Mary Ellen lived in the Washington, D.C. area before moving to New York in 2006. Mary Ellen resides in Manhattan with husband and three children. She enjoys running and has completed numerous road races as well as the New York City Marathon. Mary Ellen is a strong believer in Catholic education and the power it has to shape lives in addition to providing superior learning. She is passionate about keeping Catholic schools accessible to all children and parents who desire the advantages of a Catholic education.
Mark is the President at Harisch Studios, a family owned and operated photography studio in Ridgewood, Queens. The studio has been in the same location, and the same family (his wife’s) since 1946. Before that, he was a Principal of Event Transportation Associates, a transportation planning and management company specializing in corporate and large-scale special events. That took Mark all over Canada and the United States, for clients such as the NBA, NHL, National Guard, Atlanta Olympics and Lions Club International. Married for over 25 years, with two children who attend(ed) parochial school each for 13 years, Mark is a firm believer in the power of Catholic education. Mark is a graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan, and has a B.S. in Management from Pace University.
Nolan E. Shanahan
Nolan is a graduate of St. Pancras School in Glendale, Regis High School, Fordham University and Fordham Law School. He began his professional career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn and is now a partner at a law firm in Manhattan, where he is a commercial litigator.As a proud product of Catholic elementary, secondary and college education, Nolan believes that students enjoy great academic and social benefits from attendance at Catholic elementary schools. Nolan is excited to help Queen of the Rosary fully realize its potential as a source of educational and spiritual instruction in its new campus.Nolan lives in Warren, NJ with his wife Judy and two daughters. In what little free time he has, Nolan enjoys coaching youth basketball, running, reading, grilling and going to the movies.
Ricardo Tapia, a native New Yorker and a graduate of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs school in Upper Manhattan and Regis High School on the Upper East Side, is a strong supporter of Catholic education. The commitment to public service that was emphasized during his secondary education years at Regis was strengthened during his undergraduate education at Williams College and his tenure as a law student at Fordham University School of Law. Ric is currently a mentor to junior attorneys and also serves as a mentor to high school students through Legal Outreach, a program that prepares urban youth from underserved communities to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. An avid runner, Ric has completed two marathons and is making plans to complete a third marathon in 2014.