Give good example – teaching more by what you do than what you say.
– St. Angela Merici
In 1975, Ursuline Academy’s Board of Trustees was formed to assume responsibility for the daily operations of the school, under the chairmanship of Taylor W. Hanavan. At that time, the Convent and school became separate corporations. The Convent corporation retained the name “Ursuline Academy, Inc.,” and the school corporation was known as “Ursuline Academy of Wilmington, Delaware, Inc.” For the first time in its history, lay principals were appointed to head the schools. A further reorganization of the school took place in 1988 when the Board of Trustees created the position of President of the Academy; Angela M. Boyle, class of 1953, was the first to hold this position. Today, Dr. Trisha Medeiros holds position of President and Maritza Poza-Grise, the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
2019/2020 Board of Trustees
Stacey Hondry Bacchieri ’78
Karen is a partner at Connolly Gallagher LLP, where she practices in the fields of commercial bankruptcy, and provides various types of opinions for securitized transactions that occur throughout the country. Before becoming one of the founding partners of Connolly Gallagher LLP over six years ago, Karen practiced law at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP for 15 years, where she became partner and was a member on the Management Committee.
Julian H. Booker
Julian was born in Wilmington, Delaware where he attended Tatnall School through 10th grade, and graduated from Thomas McKean High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Delaware.
Eugene Delle Donne
As a Vice President of Delle Donne & Associates, Gene oversees operational infrastructure to support project development and project management, which currently includes over 3.5 million square feet of commercial development. Gene also serves as manager of Elena, LLC, managing business deals for 2015 WNBA MVP and Ursuline Academy alum, Elena Delle Donne ’08. Most recent partnership deals include Nike, Gatorade, and Christiana Care Health Care Health System.
Kathleen is currently the Lead Admission Coordinator for Penn Rehab. She has worked in the field of acute rehabilitation for the past 25 years. She specializes in trauma, helping many families in Delaware and Pennsylvania who have been affected by traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries.
Sister Kathleen Finnerty, OSU
Yvette, and her husband, Ian, live in Newark, Delaware and have two children. Chinue, her daughter, attends Ursuline Academy (Class of 2022). Her son, Chinelo, attends Christiana High School via the Delaware Autism Program.
Andrew is charismatic and a dependable husband to his wife, Kimberly, as well as a father of two beautiful daughters. His eldest daughter, Kayla, has attended Ursuline Academy since seventh grade and attends George Washington University. Andrew’s youngest daughter, Abby, has attended Ursuline Academy since fifth grade and is a senior. Andrew has been an aid to Ursuline Athletics by coaching cross country, track, and basketball.
Abigail Rodgers Layton ’94
Abigail Rodgers Layton serves as the Director of the Family Division at the Delaware Office of the Attorney General. Prior to this role, she served as the Commander of the Child Predator Task Force, a statewide Task Force designed to combat technologically facilitated crimes against children. She has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice for 10 years.
Dr. Leidig joined Cardiology Physicians in June of 1996. Dr. Leidig obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His post-graduate training in Internal Medicine came during a residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Leidig was an attending physician at Keller Army Hospital at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Sister Marion Lynch, OSU
Ali McDonough ’08
A 2008 graduate of Ursuline Academy, Dr. Ali McDonough is thrilled to be considered to play a role in the great things happening on Pennsylvania Avenue by potentially joining the Ursuline Board of Trustees. While a junior at Ursuline Academy, Ali experienced firsthand what the Ursuline sisterhood entails when her brother Andrew, then a freshman at Salesianum School, was diagnosed with Leukemia. The Ursuline faculty, students, and families rallied around Ali and the McDonoughs and grieved with her after Andrew passed away 166 days after his diagnosis.
The Honorable Vivian L. Medinilla ’84
Maritza Poza-Grise, Board Chair
Maritza, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, is in her third year on the
Board serving the past two years on the Executive Committee. Prior to her retirement in 2015, Maritza was Global Vice-President for DuPont Human Resources. A native of Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida Maritza lives in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with her husband Steve. They have two sons and a daughter, Myriam, Class of 2012.
Kelly Romanczuk Rieger ’99
Kelly (Romanczuk) Rieger is a 1999 graduate of Ursuline Academy. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Kelly is currently Supervising Senior Auditor at M&T Bank in Wilmington, DE where she is actively involved in the Women In Networking (WIN) and Intergenerational (iGen) Resource Groups.
Charles Ryan, AIA
Chuck is a registered architect and the Managing Principal of Homsey Architects in Wilmington. His career in architecture has included projects for many of our region’s institutions including Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Hagley Museum & Library, The Grand Opera House, MBNA America/Bank of America, and Wilmington University, to name a few.
Penny Tsaganos Saridakis ’85
Penny’s career includes completion of a Management Development Program at the Chase Manhattan Bank, followed by positions in the Credit Card Division and Private Banking International. After earning her MBA, Penny worked at MasterCard International as a Vice President in the Global Debit business and at Citibank as Vice President, Global Debit Products.
Kathleen Killen Veteri ’89
Kathleen is a graduate of Ursuline Academy, Class of 1989. She began as a student at Ursuline in the Montessori program at the age of 2 and spent the next 16 years at Ursuline. Kathleen played on the varsity field hockey and tennis teams, and also served as co-valedictorian for her graduating class. Kathleen’s sister, Mary Killen Munoz, is a 1987 Ursuline graduate and her father, William Killen attended Ursuline until the 6th grade. Kathleen, Mary and her father were all lucky enough to be taught by the late Sister Catherine Donohue.
Sister Maureen Welch, OSU
Sr. Maureen Welch currently serves on the Leadership Team for the Ursuline Sisters in the Eastern Province. From 2007-2011 she served as Superior of the Ursuline Community in Wilmington, Delaware. During this time she was Chair of the Members of Ursuline Academy and on the Board of Trustees. Sr. Maureen has been International Coordinator of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation for the Ursuline Sisters worldwide and currently serves in that role for the United States Ursulines, as well as Superior of the Convent of St. Teresa’s in New Rochelle, New York.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson ’81
Throughout her life, Jessie has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. After 20 years of working in education technology, Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO.