Board

MICHAEL L. DETWEILER

Board Chair and President

Michael L. Detweiler is a member of the Professional Liability Department at Marshall Dennehey where he has successfully defended clients in numerous professional liability and casualty matters.  Michael's past and present clients include construction companies, tour operators, travel agents, resorts, local municipalities, governmental transportation agencies, medical device manufacturers, and numerous other individuals and entities. He has also successfully defended entities and individuals in commercial and breach of contract disputes.

In his career, Michael has obtained numerous defense verdicts and summary judgments in the state and Federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Michael was Assistant City Solicitor with the City of Philadelphia Law Department for two years. He defended police officers, corrections officers and various City of Philadelphia employees and agencies in civil lawsuits. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College in 1998 and from Boston College Law School in 2002. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. 

Michael and his wife Alexandra are parents of two children, Charles and Gisele.

Jamila Aberdeen
Parent '16 and '20
Jamila Aberdeen is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Orthopedics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the past twelve years.  For the past five years she has served as the outpatient supervisor for the Outpatient Department at the University City Campus. She graduated magna cum laude from Morgan State University ’04 and Temple University in 2007. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Health Care Management and Leading Organizations from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. External to CHOP, Dr. Aberdeen has held positions in the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Physical Therapists Association (APTA) and currently serves as a Steering Committee Member for the Council of Health Systems of the APTA.

Dr. Aberdeen is a passionate, patient advocate and mentor, who loves to impart knowledge and has undertaken several teaching assignments at Arcadia University at varying levels of instruction. She also serves as a Capstone Advisor for students seeking a Rehabilitation Administration Certificate at the University of Montana.

Jamila and her husband, Barry are the proud parents of two alum: Jabari Perryman ’16 and Sela Perryman ’20.

RICHARD AUTIERI
Parent ’18 and ’19   
Rich Autieri is currently president of a regional medical distribution firm, Anesthesia Services and Products. Prior, he held leadership positions within Market Development at Motorola Semiconductor Inc. after a twelve-year engineering career architecting/designing Mainframe computers.  

His recent community contributions include co-chairing St. Mary School's annual Walkathon, raising tens of thousands per year for its arts programs.  As President of Palumbo Soccer Club, Rich contributed business structure, improved coaching acumen, and marketed the club to bring quality instruction to hundreds of young players. Rich holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife Toni and their two children.

Christian Aument

Christian Aument serves as the Principal at Mercy Career and Technical High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Aument previously served as Vice Principal for Academics.  Before joining the administrative team of Mercy Career and Technical School in January 2013, Mr. Aument was the English Department Chair and an English and world history teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Education degree from Temple University.

Regina Griffin-Kelly
Parent '08 and '13

Regina Griffin-Kelly is a Senior Financial Analyst at John F. Kennedy Behavioral Health Center.  She is responsible for all financial reporting which includes Quarterly and Annual Profit and Loss Statements as well as Monthly and Quarterly Expenditure Reports as required by the City of Philadelphia. She previously held the position of Accounting Manager at the center.  She graduated from Saint Leonard’s Academy and received a BS degree in Finance at Philadelphia University.  She resides in South Philadelphia with her husband, Fran, and children, Brighid (Class of 2008) and Franny (Class of 2013).

Susan Koger
Co-Chair, Walkathon
Parent, Class of 2025
Susan Chernesky Koger manages membership engagement and leadership development initiatives at the American College of Physicians, the world’s largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. Within the St. Mary community, Susan serves as co-chair of the Walkathon and chair of the school’s annual fundraising gala where she plays a vital role in raising significant funds to sustain the St. Mary arts program as well as continued improvements to the school's physical space thereby strengthening the academic and spiritual programs for the students of St. Mary.
 
Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Susan graduated with honors from La Salle University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing. She received a Master of Science in Communication Management and a professional certification in editing from Temple University. She lives with her husband and son in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia, where she volunteers with the Friends of Moyamensing Point. Susan is a member of Old St. Joseph's parish.
 
Alana Lee
Alana is in her 19th year in education, the past five of which have been at the Gesu School; first as the Dean of Students and currently as Vice Principal. In addition to fulfilling her day to day responsibilities at Gesu, Mrs. Lee has led the school in City-Wide and State-Wide Service, Recycling, and Bullying Prevention Initiatives. She has nurtured a relationship with Gesu and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to continue to be a No Place for Hate School, and has implemented a Self-Esteem & Empowerment Program for the 6th grade girls called “Gesu Girls with an Agenda” (G.W.A). 
 
Mrs. Lee has taught at the elementary, high school and college level, in which she was an adjunct professor at Holy Family University. Prior to her teaching career, Mrs. Lee had a career in Journalism, where she worked at NBC10 News Station and WDAS Clear Channel Radio Station, where her love for research, writing and public speaking transpired, and later inspired her to publish her first children’s book in 2007. She is also the co-founder of the Live & Love Life a 501c(3) Non-profit Cancer Research Group. 
 
Mrs. Lee’s educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environ-ment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family.

Fr. Edward O'Donnell, S.J.

Father O’Donnell is a senior Priest at Old St. Joseph's after previously serving as Parochial Vicar at a diocesan parish, St. Teresa in Runnemede, New Jersey, and at St. Ignatius, the Jesuit parish in Baltimore. He spent many years in higher education: teaching at the University of Scranton (where he regularly assisted at the downtown Cathedral parish) and as an administrator at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has M.Div. and S.T.L. degrees in theology from Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty in the Toronto School of Theology. A native Philadelphian, and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep, he majored in English at Fordham University. Father O’Donnell enjoys movies, Blue Jays and Phillies baseball, walking, reading (biography, history, theology) and listening to classical music.

Kristin Ricchiuti

Parent, '21 and '25
Kristin Ricchiuti is the Chair of St. Mary’s Annual Giving Campaign and serves on the Advancement & Academic Committees along as a Steering Committee member for the Harvest Hoedown.  Kristin is the Jr. Steam founder and instructor for grades K-4.  Joining the St. Mary community in 2012, she is a parent and served as a classroom captain for five years.  Other organizations and boards include Philadelphia Parks & Recreations, serving as an ambassador for FDR park and its updates and Master Plan, Citizens Advisory Committee for the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and Packer Park Civic Association Board Member.  Prior professional roles included biochemical and pharmacological research at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from West Chester University and post-graduate work in Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University.  Kristin resides in Philadelphia with her husband, two boys and Jack Russell Terrier.  

Judge Timothy savage

United States District Court

Judge Timothy Savage graduated from Assumption College in 1968 and from Temple Law School in 1971. He was an editor of the Temple Law Review. Upon graduation, he joined MacCoy, Evans and Lewis as a litigation associate. In 1974, he opened his own practice concentrating on criminal and civil litigation in the federal and state courts. In addition to his trial practice, he served as a hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Judge Savage was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on August 2, 2002.

Judge Savage has served on the boards of directors as a member and officer of the Metropolitan (Northeast) Boys and Girls Clubs, the Northeast Community Center for Mental Health/Mental Retardation, the Frankford Special Services District and the Frankford Economic Revitalization Committee. He also served as president of St. Joachim Parish Council. He is currently on the Green Byrne Child Care Center Board. He was a member of the Philadelphia County Democratic Executive Committee from 1975-2002. 

Victoria Rodgers, Esq

Victoria is an associate at Cozen O'Connor’s Philadelphia office. Prior to being a summer associate and ultimately joining the firm, Victoria was a registered nurse at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the surgical/trauma unit. Victoria earned her nursing degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Victoria earned her law degree, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Temple University Beasley School of Law. While in law school, she was staff editor of the Temple Law Review volume 89, and symposium editor and note/comment editor of the Temple Law Review volume 90.

Michael Shapson, Esq

Parent ‘20 and ‘23 

Michael is a Director in PwC’s Global Human Resource Services Group (GHRS), based in Philadelphia, PA. He joined the Firm in 2000 and specializes in domestic and international executive compensation planning. Michael works extensively on executive compensation matters related to mergers, particularly Golden Parachutes issues. He has worked with many clients on the acquisition of both large multinational corporations as well as small private companies. He is recognized as a PwC Subject Matter Advisor in the area of IRC sections 280G and 4999. Michael has significant experience in matters related to global equity plan design, compliance, and administration. He advises many multinational corporations on domestic and foreign tax issues, withholding and reporting requirements, recharge (or charge-back) agreements and issues related to cross-border and multistate employees. He works with PwC’s international network to help clients meet their security filing and other legal compliance issues related to operating their equity plans in foreign jurisdictions.

His other areas of focus include compensation issues related to corporate tax deductions (including IRC section 162(m)), deferred compensation arrangements (IRC section 409A), restricted property (IRC section 83(b)). Michael also helps companies with issues related to the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of their annual proxy disclosures.  Michael has presented to the Philadelphia Bar Association on various matters related to tax and executive compensation including the Golden Parachute Rules (IRC sections 280G and 4999), corporate tax deductions and tax reform (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). 

Michael holds a B.A. in English from Saint Joseph's University, a juris doctor from the Villanova School of Law and an MBA from Villanova University. Michael and his wife, Lisa, are parents of two children, Maria and Jacquelyn.

 

Maria Walker

Parent, ‘08 and ‘12
For more than 15 years, Maria Walker has worked in non-profit management and government. Currently Project Director for Drexel University’s Office of University and Community Partnerships, her portfolio of grant oversight totals more than $5 million. For Drexel, Walker has coordinated several programs to improve educational outcomes for youth and adults, including the West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning Initiative, out-of-school time activities, and Drexel’s KEYSPOT, a citywide program to bridge the digital divide among low-income Philadelphians. Previously, Walker was executive director of After School Activities Partnerships, an organization serving 6,000 youth annually with the mission to keep Philadelphia youth in grades K–12 safe and active after school. She has worked as a newspaper journalist and editor, and as a special assistant to a United States congressman with the focus of work on base closure reuse and environmental issues. Her experience also includes advocacy and training to support women on welfare. Walker has a B.A. in English with a Classics minor from Temple University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Her three sons are SMIPS and Roman Catholic High School alumni.
 

Ad Hoc Members

 

JAYDA PUGLIESE
Alumna '01, 
Parent '27 
Jayda Pugliese is serving her second year as principal of St. Mary Interparochial School and first year as Chief Executive Officer of the St. Mary Out of School Time Program. She is the 2016 recipient of a prestigious Milken Educator Award and was one of ten nationally recognized teachers for the Best in Education Award. Jayda graduated from St. Mary Interparochial School in 2001 and Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School in 2005. She holds a B.A. in Special Education and Elementary Education, an M.Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Literacy, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration; all from Holy Family University. Jayda Pugliese is well-known for her innovative and differentiated teaching styles as well as her integration of various technologies. Outside of her role as principal, Jayda serves as a member on the Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Council to the PA Secretary of Education and is an international education trainer for STEM Revolution.

Christina Haciski
Christina Haciski is serving in her eleventh year as Director of Advancement at St. Mary Interparochial School. Ms. Haciski oversees the development, admissions, marketing, communications and strategic planning initiatives for St. Mary School. She also provides key administrative support to the Board of Limited Jurisdiction. Prior to this role, Ms. Haciski was a classroom teacher at St. Mary Interparochial School and an instructor in the afterschool program. As a Big Ten student athlete, she earned a B.A.in Communication from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Haddonfield, NJ with her three daughters.