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Administration

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 M.A. 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 Master’s in Educational Administration 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. Mr. Myron resides in Berkley, MA, with his wife and family.

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 program.  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 received 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 earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and holds Masters’ Degrees in Psychology from the University of Alabama and School Counseling from Assumption College. She has extensive experience as a high school teacher and worked for many years as a guidance counselor in two Massachusetts Catholic high schools.

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.  In 2011, he became Operations Director at St. Patrick Academy.  He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Providence College and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Rhode Island College.  He was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Thomas Tobin in January 2013.

Mrs. Ashley Proulx, Admissions Director, Social Studies Teacher 

Mrs. Proulx began her tenure at St. Patrick’s in 2016 as a Social Studies teacher, becoming the Director of Admissions in 2020.  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 Humanities Department at New England Institute of Technology.  

Ms. Sarah Mulholland, Campus Minister

Ms. Mulholland is currently working on her AS at the Community College of Rhode Island.  She currently serves as the director of Youth Ministry at St. Patrick Parish and as a staff member for the Diocese of Providence in the Special Religious Education (SPRED) Program. She has often participated in The Jesus Band as a pianist and vocalist at St. Patrick Academy school Masses.

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.

 

Faculty

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 at Cumberland High School.

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 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. Andrew Bedard received 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, Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Bent has spent 30 years teaching foreign aanguages at Bishop Keough High School before becoming a faculty member at St. Patrick’s 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 received her BA in Psychology & Secondary Education from Worcester State University. She taught at St. Patrick Elementary School from 1999-2001 and again from 2002-2009. She then joined the staff as a
Social Studies teacher when the school reopened as St. Patrick Academy. "Mrs. C", as the students affectionately called 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 this year’s graduation for the Class of 2021, and announced her return to the classroom at St. Patrick Academy in 2021.

Mrs. Lena Craig - Spanish I & II Mrs. Lena Craig, Spanish I & II

Mrs. Craig holds a BA in Humanities from Providence College. She has taught Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Theology at public, private, and Catholic high schools, including Overbook Academy, the French-American School, and 24 years as a Spanish, French, and Theology teacher at St. Raphael Academy.

Mr. Bruce Daigle - Religion 9 

Mr. Daigle was the Principal of St. Patrick Academy from 2011-2021. He received 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.

Dale DeCelles, Science Teacher

Mrs. DeCelles received her degree 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.

Mr. Stephen Esau, Math Teacher

Mr. Esau began teaching at St. Patrick’s in 2016.  He has an MBA in management and a B.S. in computer science, 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.

Mrs. Patricia Hart - Art 

Mrs. Hart joined our faculty in 2013.  She taught art in the Manchester, NH, public schools for many years and at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, and an M.A. in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mrs. Jenifer LoVetere - Academic Support and Study Skills

Mrs. LoVetere began at St. Patrick’s 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 on the high school and college levels.

Mrs. Megan Ramirez - Biology, Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry & Statistics Trigonometry & Statistics

Mrs. Ramirez holds bachelors' degrees in Biology and Health Sciences from Cleveland State University. She has worked in Kentucky and Florida public high schools as a math teacher since 2017. We welcome Mrs. Ramirez and her family to Rhode Island as they just recently moved here from Florida.

Mrs. Brett Summers - English 9, English 11 Honors and English 12 Honors

Coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum Program

Mrs. Summers began teaching at St. Patrick’s in 2016. She earned her B.A. in English at Swarthmore College and her M.Ed. degree 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.

 

Administrative Staff

Ms. Veronica Seda - Donor Relations Officer

Mrs. Veronica Seda is our new Assistant to the Development Director. Mrs. Seda 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.

Mrs. Lixiu Lin - School Nurse

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

Ms. Deborah Stamatakos - Administrative Assistant, Receptionist

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.

Dr. Marian Mattison - Consultant Counselor

Dr. Mattison has been serving our school community since 2018, coming in weekly to counsel 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. Milka Aquino - Counselor 

Ms. Milka Aquino will be joining our staff as a School Counselor. She will be working with Dr. Marian Mattison, who will continue providing counseling to our students, but only remotely. Ms. Aquino received her BSW and MSW in Social Work from Rhode Island College and currently works at Family Service of Rhode Island as a social worker.