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Board of Trustees

Gesu School is governed by a diverse, ecumenical board of trustees, a group of talented individuals united by their passion for creating a safe haven of learning for our children in North Philadelphia.


Greg Rigdon, Chair 
Susan P. Manix, Vice Chair
Byron A McCook, Ed.D., Vice Chair
Keith M. Pension, Secretary 
Gerard J. Davies, Treasurer 
Bryan H. Carter, President and CEO
Winston J. Churchill, Esq. (Chairman Emeritus)
Jeff Armbrister
Rev. George W. Bur, S.J. 
Andrew Cavacos  
John J. Curry
Sherri Darden 
Thomas A. Decker, Esq.
Rosemary Español, CFM
Tamika Evans '92
Lawrence F. Flick IV
Peter G. Gould, Ph.D.
Frances Gray 
Kellsey Guell (President, Junior Board) 
Eve J. Higginbotham SM, MD, ML
James F. Higgins ’45 
Katherine H. Hovde
Rev. Daniel R.J. Joyce, S.J.
Karen Lucey 
Nyree S. Lyons, MSN, RN, MS, CMSRN  ’95 
John Marinacci
Marie T. McCormick, Ph.D.
Allan C. Murphy  
Louis R. Pichini, Esq.  
Sr. Stephen Anne Roderiguez, IHM 
Eilise Rouse 
Angela Schwartz
Desmond Shannon '02
Susan Martinelli Shea 
Daryl J. Shore ’94  
Sylvia Spector
Rasheed Stewart '04
Sr. Mary Ellen Tennity, IHM 
Sherman Washington
Larry Wells, MD
Aneka Williams

Junior Board

The Gesu School Junior Board is a group of young professionals that supports Gesu School’s mission. The Junior Board organizes a mentoring program for middle-school students and garners sustainable, next-generation philanthropic support from Philadelphia-based young professionals via fundraising, social events, and corporate partnerships. The Junior Board is dedicated to learning best practices of nonprofit board governance and receives mentorship from Gesu’s highly successful Board of Trustees.

For more information about the Gesu Junior Board, contact:
Gesu School Development Office


Kellsey Guell, President
Molly Belmont, Vice President
Kenyon Privott, Secretary


Kimberly Brennan, Gesu Staff Liaison
Imani Briscoe '09
Joseph Caraway
Daniel DiBerardinis
Daniel Fitzpatrick
Shawn Futch
Kristen Herrmann
Mary Liva McNulty
Courtney Stroud
Mike Talvacchia
Lily Walter

Fundraising Initiatives

Sponsor A Child

The Junior Board’s collective goal is to raise enough funds to sponsor a child at Gesu School every year. A sponsorship of $8,000 covers the majority of the cost of one child’s Gesu education for the school year.

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Monthly Donation Program

For the amount it costs to purchase one coffee, one cocktail, or one dinner, you could redirect those funds to a monthly donation to Gesu School and make an impact on Philadelphia's students.

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Mentoring Program

Gesu’s Mentoring Program supports Gesu 7th - 8th graders as they begin the transition from middle school to high school and helps them navigate the academic and social challenges of their early teenage years. Inherent in Gesu's mission is preparing students for top high schools. The Gesu Mentoring Program creates space for students to dialogue on that transition. Topics include educational goals, high school success, and career exploration.

For more information, contact:
Kimberly Brennan, Senior Director of Advancement or 215-763-9077.