Embracing faith, family and education

Board of Trustees

Courageous, enlightened leadership is essential to the vitality and well-being of Nazareth Academy High School. A culture that fosters leadership and actively involves every member of the community contributes to the success of the institution. The collaborative efforts and intentions of those most invested in Nazareth— from the Board of Trustees, to the alumnae, parents, faculty/staff, and students — are what comprise the energy, goodness, and excellence of the school.

Each member of the Board of Trustees is deeply committed to the school’s mission, values, and traditions. Nazareth is fortunate to have an active board whose trustees dedicate themselves to upholding and strengthening the school’s focus on embracing faith, family and education.

Nazareth Academy High School Board of Trustees


Sister M. Marcella Louise Wallowicz CSFN, PhD, '73 
Assistant Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, Holy Family University
Board Member - November 2010 

Vice Chairperson

Sr. Maureen McGarrity, CSFN PhD '64 
President, Holy Family University
Board Member - August 2017 


Sr. Brendan O'Brien, CSFN 
Archivist, Holy Family University
Board Member - August 2017

Mrs. Arbella Manacchio-Cherkis, '00 
Compliance Manager, GlaxoSmithKline
Board Member - September 2015 

Board Members

Sr. Angela Cresswell, CSFN, PhD 
School of Arts and Sciences, Holy Family University
Board Member - August 2017

Mrs. Linda Svitak Higginbotham '79, P'07 
Board Member - August 2017  

Mr. James Hillsman, P'13, P'13
Partner, Surety Lender Services, LLC 
Managing Partner, Assero Services, LLC 
Managing Partner, Visneta, LLC
Board Member - September 2014 

Mrs. Florence Kawoczka, P'04 
Executive Director, Habitat For Humanity Bucks County
Board Member - September 2014

Kevin Kots
Facilities/Purchasing Manager
Police and Fire Credit Union

Frank Porrazza
Vice President, Retired
PNC Bank

Sr. Celine Warnilo, CSFN '63
Planning Committee, Provincial Chapter of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Board Member - August 2017

Melissa Wilson, MD, PhD '90
Associate Professor of Oncology
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Jefferson Health   

Community Administration

Sister Kathleen Maciej, CSFN 
Provincial Superior, Holy Family Province 

Sister M. Loretta Theresa Felici, CSFN 
President, CSFN Mission and Ministry

School Administration

Mrs. Denise LePera, M.S.
President, Nazareth Academy High School 
July 2017

Mr. James Meredith, M.Ed
Principal, Nazareth Academy High School 
September 2018