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Fr. James Ruggeri, Pastor

Fr. James has been the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish since 2003 and St. Michael's Parish since 2020. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Providence College and an MA in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest in 1995 by Bishop Louis E. Gelineau. Before coming to St. Patrick’s, Fr. James was an Assistant Pastor at St. Matthew’s Church in Cranston, All Saints Parish in Woonsocket, and Holy Spirit Parish in Central Falls.

Mr. E. Christopher Myron, Principal

Mr. Myron received his B.A. in English from Framingham State University, and his M.Ed. from Boston College. He has served as Principal and then President of Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA for the past 11 years, where he had previously served as Development Director. He was a teacher, Admissions Director, and then Vice Principal for Academics at Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton, MA, and also served as principal of Notre Dame de Lourdes Elementary School in Fall River. 

Ms. Robin Tagliaferri, Development Director

Ms. Tagliaferri joined our school community in February 2020, bringing with her the many years of experience in the field of development. Most recently, she worked as the Advancement Coordinator at the Catholic School Office, Diocese of Providence, assisting schools in establishing development programs.  She has worked as a Development Director at AS220 and the Remick Museum and Farm in New Hampshire. Ms. Tagliaferri has also worked in Community Relations, Admissions, and as Executive Director of Forbes House Museum in Massachusetts

Mr. Charles Toste, Dean of Student Life, Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Toste began working at St. Patrick Academy in 2011. He earned a B.S. in Physical Education from Rhode Island College and is certified in CPR/AED and First Aid. A Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, he is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and currently serves as a non-commissioned officer (NCO) with the Rhode Island National Guard.

Mrs. Kimberly Adam, Guidance Director

Mrs. Adam joined St. Patrick Academy in 2019.  She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and Masters' Degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Alabama and School Counseling from Assumption College. She worked for many years in the Diocese of Worcester in Massachusetts, teaching middle school English for before becoming a guidance counselor. She has extensive experience as a high school teacher and worked for many years as a guidance counselor in two Massachusetts Catholic high schools. She also holds a certification for ESL Specialist as well as a Career Development Specialist.  She is also the adviser for the Sisterhood Club.

Deacon Stephen Raymond, Director of Operations

Deacon Raymond began teaching math at St. Patrick School in 1975 before becoming Principal in 1985, a position he faithfully discharged for 26 years.  He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Providence College and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Rhode Island College.  In 2011, he became Operations Director at St. Patrick Academy.  He was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Thomas Tobin in January 2013.  Mr. Raymond also earned his Master of Theological Studies from Providence College in 2014.

Mrs. Ashley Proulx, Director of Admissions, PR, and Marketing; Social Studies Teacher 

Mrs. Proulx began her tenure at St. Patrick Academy in 2016 as a Social Studies teacher, becoming the Director of Admissions, PR, & Marketing in 2020.  She is also the adviser for the National Honor Society, Peer Mentoring Program, and Ambassadors' Club.  She earned her B.A. in History and her M.T. in Secondary Education for Social Studies at the University of South Carolina. She has taught social studies at high schools in South Carolina and Rhode Island.  Mrs. Proulx is also an adjunct instructor in the Social Sciences & Humanities Department at New England Institute of Technology. 

Ms. Sarah Mulholland, Campus Minister

Ms. Mulholland was named Campus Minister for the Academy in 2021 and also currently serves as the director of Youth Ministry at St. Patrick Parish.  In addition, she leads the school's music ministry, The Jesus Band, and performs with them as a pianist and vocalist, and she is the adviser for Club 3107.  She is pursuing her B.A. in Christian Ministry at Regent University.

Mr. Mark Luzzi, Information Technology Director; Technology Teacher 

Mr. Luzzi began working at St. Patrick Academy in 2016. He has a B.S. in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College, New York. He worked for several years in technical support for the R.I. International Film Festival, the Jim Henson Company, and Activision Blizzard. He has extensive experience in school technology, having worked as an IT assistant at Mount St. Charles Academy for several years.  He is also the adviser for the Yearbook.



Mrs. Kara Akey, Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Akey joined the faculty at St. Patrick Academy in 2017.  She earned her B.S. in Social Studies & ELA Education from Champlain College and taught for two years as a history teacher in another RI high school.  Mrs. Akey is also the Student Council adviser at the Academy.

Mrs. Kelly Andreoni, English Teacher

Mrs. Andreoni joined the staff at St. Patrick Academy in 2019 and holds a B.A. in English/Composition from the University of Massachusetts–Lowell and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University.  She earned her National Board Certification in 2007.  She has taught English at Revere High School in Massachusetts for twelve years before she and her family moved to Rhode Island.

Mr. Andrew Bedard, Music Teacher 

Mr. Bedard earned his degree in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and has taught music for several years at Boston Latin Academy. He also gives private lessons in saxophone and clarinet.

Mrs. Robin Bent, World Languages Teacher

Mrs. Bent has spent 30 years teaching foreign languages at Bishop Keough High School before becoming a faculty member at St. Patrick Academy in 2015. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Assumption College and has done a graduate-level study at Providence College.  She is fluent in Spanish and French and proficient in Italian and German.

Mrs. Mary Cipriano, Religion Teacher

Mrs. Cipriano taught at St. Patrick Elementary School from 1999-2001 and again from 2002-2009.  She earned her BA in Psychology & Secondary Education from Worcester State University.  She then joined the faculty as a Social Studies teacher when the school reopened as St. Patrick Academy. "Mrs. C", as the students affectionately call her, became Campus Minister and taught Religion beginning in 2016 until she retired in 2019. Mrs. Cipriano was chosen to be the Commencement Speaker at the Class of 2021 graduation ceremony, where she announced her return to the classroom at St. Patrick Academy in 2021 as a Religion teacher. 

Mrs. Lena Craig, World Languages Teacher

Mrs. Craig holds a B.A. in Humanities from Providence College. She is certified to teach Portuguese, French, and Spanish, and has taught all three languages and Theology at public, private, and Catholic high schools, including Overbook Academy, the French-American School, and at St. Raphael Academy, where she worked for 24 years as a Spanish, French, and Theology teacher.

Mr. Bruce Daigle, Religion Teacher 

Mr. Daigle was the Principal of St. Patrick Academy from 2011-2021. He earned a B.S. in Social Science/Secondary Education from Keene State College, an M.Ed. in Secondary Administration from Providence College, and has done extensive post-graduate work in American Political History and Theology. He taught at Mount St. Charles Academy for 13 years in the studies of history, government, and religion. He served six years as Administrator for the Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School System before becoming an Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence, a position he held for eight years. Mr. Daigle is now semi-retired, teaching a religion course at the Academy.

Mrs. Dale DeCelles, Science Teacher

Mrs. DeCelles received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island and her M.A.T. from Brown University.  She has extensive teaching experience in Massachusetts and Central Falls public schools.  She has also worked as a Marine Biologist and Toxicology Laboratory Technologist.

Mr. Stephen Esau, Math Teacher

Mr. Esau began teaching at the Academy in 2016.  He has a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA in Management, both from Bryant University.  After 23 years in the information technology field, Mr. Esau went back to college in 2002 for his teaching certification in Secondary Education/Mathematics from Providence College. He has taught for the past 14 years in public and private high schools, as well as at the college level.

Ms. Patricia E. Hart, Fine Arts Teacher

Ms. Hart began teaching at St. Patrick Academy in 2013. She earned her B.A. from Notre Dame College and her M.A. in Art & Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design. She taught Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Visual Arts, and Theater Arts in the Manchester, NH School District for twenty years.  Additionally, she ran special Childrens’ Programs for the NH Institute of Art, The Currier Art Gallery School, and Manchester School District. She was also an adjunct Instructor at The NH Institute of Art and at Southern New Hampshire University.  She is also the adviser of the National Art Honor Society and Art Club.

Mrs. Jenifer LoVetere, Academic Support Teacher

Mrs. LoVetere began at St. Patrick Academy in 2017.  She is a graduate of the University of Hartford where she earned her B.S. in Mathematics, and she holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia.  She earned her teacher certification from Providence College. She has worked several years as a tutor and math teacher at the high school and college levels.  When not working at the Academy, Mrs. LoVetere is a lecturer in Mathematics at Johnson & Wales University.

Mrs. Megan Ramirez, Math & Science Teacher

Mrs. Ramirez has earned her B.S. in both Biology and Health Sciences from Cleveland State University. She has worked in Kentucky and Florida public high schools as a math teacher since 2017. 

Mrs. Brett Summers, English Teacher

Mrs. Summers began teaching at the Academy in 2016. She earned her B.A. in Art History at Swarthmore College and her M.Ed. at Wake Forest University. She has taught in public schools in North Carolina, Massachusetts, and at the Wheeler School in Rhode Island. She has also done work in educational research and education coordination.

Mrs. Christine Stimson, Religion Teacher

Christine Stimson joined the faculty at St. Patrick Academy in 2021.  She earned a BS in Education from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1994.  Before taking time to raise her six children, she taught at a few Catholic schools in Rhode Island, including at St. Patrick's Elementary School.  In the intervening time, she has been active in Religious Education spanning the age spectrum from preschoolers to highschoolers as well as adults preparing for marriage.


Administrative Staff

Ms. Milka Aquino, Counselor 

Ms. Aquino joined our staff as a School Counselor in 2020. Ms. Aquino both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from Rhode Island College.  She also currently works at Family Service of Rhode Island as a social worker.

Mrs. Lixiu Lin, School Nurse

Mrs. Lin earned her B.S. degree in Nursing from Rhode Island College and has worked as a nurse for Health Concepts, Ltd.  She completed internships in the Narragansett and North Scituate public schools, and continues to work part-time as the school nurse for Global Education.

Dr. Marian Mattison, Consultant Counselor

Dr. Mattison has been serving our school community since 2018, counseling students and acting as our on-call crisis counselor. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Marist College, her Master’s in Social Work at the State University of New York–Buffalo, and her doctorate in Social Welfare at Columbia University. Her professional experience includes work as a social worker, family therapist, and Professor of Social Work at Providence College for 25 years, where she was chair of the department. 

Ms. Veronica Seda, Donor Relations Officer

Ms. Seda is the Assistant to the Development Director and has been a long-time volunteer at St. Patrick Parish, working as the parish receptionist, at Mary House doing clerical work and client assistance, and as the pastoral assistant in the Confirmation program.  Ms. Seda is also a Sacristan, Lector, and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at the parish.

Ms. Deborah Stamatakos, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Stamatakos began working at St. Patrick Academy in 2012. She has worked in data entry and administrative services for many years, most recently at Rhode Island Right to Life.