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     Our school governance structure draws upon the collective experience of our Parish Pastor, Principal, and School Board in accordance with guidelines from the Archdiocese of Boston.
 
     As a parish school, the Pastor is ultimately responsible as our canonical administrator. The Principal and Assistant Principal oversee the daily operation of our school, its staff, and its academic offerings. The School Board is one of limited jurisdiction, serving in an advisory capacity to ensure the viability and success of our program.
 
     The Pastor, Principal, and School Board work together to guide the school’s academic, strategic, and institutional advancement in accordance with the vision and mission of the Parish and the Archdiocese of Boston.
 
Our 2021-2022 Board includes:
 
Fr. Peter G. Gori, O.S.A – Pastor, St. Augustine Parish
     Fr. Peter G. Gori, O.S.A. - An Augustinian Friar since 1973, ordained 1979, pastor of St. Augustine Parish since 2009. Fr. Peter also serves on the Boards of Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence and Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in Church Law and serves on the Metropolitan Tribunal and the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Boston.  
     He is a graduate of Austin Prep, Villanova University (B.S.), The Washington Theological Union (M.A.), Pontifical University of St. Thomas, (J.C.D.) Including elementary school, that's about 25 years of Catholic education!
 
Mark Daley – Principal, St. Augustine School
     Mark Daley is the current principal of St. Augustine School.  He began his first year in the summer of 2020. 
 
Dr. Andrea Biondo Enman,  Board Chair
     Andrea is a dentist and has her practice in Wilmington, MA.  She is a native of Andover, who graduated from Lawrence Academy in Groton.  She later graduated Cum Laude from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.  She also earned her dental doctorate degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with honors.  After a few years of being an associate in private practices, she designed and built her own family and cosmetic dental practice in 2004 with her partner, called the Biondo & Foley Dental Group.
     Andrea met her husband, Charles Enman, while at Lawrence Academy and they got married after they both finished graduate school in 2000.  They reside in Andover and are the proud parents of three boys that each currently attend St. Augustine School.   The boys are in 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades and they each have been students at the school since they entered the nursery school program at 3 years old.
Both Andrea and Chuck are active volunteers at the school and are active members of St. Augustine Parish.  Andrea has been a St. Augustine parishioner since 1974.
 
 
Mr. James Fennessy,
     Jamie and his wife Liz are St. Augustine's parishioners as well as parents to two alums and a 5th grader at St. Augustine School.  Jamie was the Chairperson of St. Augustine School Golf Tournament from 2010-2012, and he currently coaches the girls' basketball team. 
     Jamie attended Boston College High School in Dorchester and received his MBA from Boston College.   He and his family live in North Andover.
 
Dr. Debra Filocoma Falvey
     Debra (Filocoma) Falvey, the current Board Chairperson and native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a pediatric dentist with a practice in Portsmouth, N.H. Debbie attended Catholic elementary school, high school and college. She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University in 1984, and earned her dental degree from SUNY Stony Brook in 1988. After completing her post-doctoral training in pediatric dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Children's Hospital in Boston,.
     Deb and her husband, Chris, moved to Andover in 1995 and became active members of St. Augustine Parish. Deb and Chris have two children who presently attend St. Augustine School.   Deb is also a member of the St. Augustine Parish Pastoral Council, and is co-chair (along with Chris) of the Centennial Gymnasium Fundraising Committee. She is strongly committed to advocating for Catholic education.
 
Dr. Ken DeBenedictis
     Kenneth L. DeBenedictis is a retired Superintendent of Schools of the Hollis-Brookline, NH  Schools where he served in that position for ten years.  Prior to that, he was the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Westford, Mass, for five years, following positions as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and School Principal in that community.  His professional career began as an elementary teacher in Reading, Mass.  He was named New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year in 2004 and Massachusetts School Principal of the Year in 1989.
     He received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and his Master of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Degree from Boston University.  His Doctorate in Education was received from Boston College in 1986.
     He and his wife Susan have lived in Andover for 37 years.  Their three adult children are all graduates of the Andover Schools.  Both of them are active in St. Augustine’s Parish.  Susan has been involved with Bible study work for the past several years and volunteers for a number of parish activities.  He is involved as a Lector and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
     Since retirement, Ken has worked on a part-time basis as Senior Consultant for the New England School Development Council, where he coordinates school district searches in the New England states for Superintendent of School positions and assists  school districts with strategic planning.   
 
 
Mr. David DeFilippo
     Dave DeFilippo is currently the Director of Communications at Central Catholic High School. Previously, he worked as the principal of Central Catholic for eleven years after workings as the director of guidance for seventeen years. He earned his BA in Economics from Merrimack College and his MA in Economics from Northeastern University. Two of his granddaughters attend St. Augustine School. 
 
 
Dr. Anthony Straceski
     Anthony Straceski, a parent of 2 former St. Augustine's students, is a new member of the School Board. Dr. Straceski is a cardiologist with New England Cardiology, with an office in Lawrence, MA. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 with a B.A. in biochemical sciences, and received his M.D. in 1985 from Columbia University. In the past few years Tony has competed in triathlon, running, and other multi sport events.       
     He has been a library trustee of MHL in Andover since 2011. Tony and his wife Janine have been communicants at St. Augustine Church since 1993. They have 3 sons and reside in Andover.
 
Mr. Jason Ek
     Jason and his wife Maggie are St. Augustine's parishioners as well as parents to two alums (now attending Central Catholic) and a 7th grader at St. Augustine School.  He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy and received his master’s degree in Business Ethics from the New England College of Business in Boston.
     After 16 years in the hospitality industry with Marriott, Jason made the decision to pursue a career in non-profit finance with a focus on education. He is currently the Business Manager at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody. Jason and his family reside in Tewksbury.

 

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