The School Advisory Board (SAB) provides leadership to foster an environment that promotes the mission of St. Aloysius School. It serves in an advisory role to the Principal under the authority of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Specifically, the SAB is responsible for working closely with the Principal and Pastor on the development of the school’s strategic plan and annual operating budget as well as facilities, marketing and development activities. The School Principal remains directly responsible for the school’s curriculum, programs and personnel, and reports to the Superintendent of Schools on those matters.
The formation of School Advisory Boards reflects the Diocese of Bridgeport’s desire to foster a more collaborative form of governance for its schools while respecting the authority and teachings of the Church. The Principal, Pastor and HSA President are ex-officio members of the Board. Other SAB members are nominated by the Principal or Pastor and approved by the Bishop, and serve two or three-year terms. Parents of St. Aloysius students or church parishioners are eligible to serve.
2018-19 Board Members
Father Rob – Pastor Saint Aloysius Church, Executive Committee
Father Robert Michael Kinnally was ordained to the priesthood in 2005 by then-Bishop William E. Lori. He joined the Board in 2017 and serves on the Executive Committee. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Kinnally had a twenty-year career in university admission and financial aid, serving in various posts in education including acting as the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Father Kinnally’s seminary studies commenced at Saint John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut where is served as rector from 2011 to 2016. He completed a Pontifical Degree in Theology at the Catholic University of America in 2005. In 2009, Bishop Lori named Father Kinnally director of vocations. In 2014 Bishop Caggiano appointed him chancellor of the diocese, a position he still holds. He has served on several diocesan boards and committees including the Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Synod Committee, the Clergy Assignment Board, the Family Life Committee, the Vocations Advisory Board, and the Advisory Committee to the Permanent Diaconate. Since 2008, Father Kinnally has been a trustee of Sacred Heart University where he serves on the Academic Affairs and Enrollment and Student Life Committees. In January of 2017, he became the thirteenth pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Dr. John Alfone – Principal, Executive Committee
Dr. John Alfone joined as Principal in 2018 and serves on the Executive Committee. He is a career Catholic educator having served as a teacher, principal of four schools, and assistant superintendent over the past 25 years in both the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Bridgeport. He holds certifications in the state of Connecticut as a teacher, administrator and superintendent. With a particular interest in curriculum, Dr. Alfone has worked in previous schools to strengthen literary, math and science programs and has designed and created an early childhood center for two previous schools he served. Saint Aloysius School’s primary goal under his leadership is to provide a strong, Catholic environment for all our students to grow in their faith and maintain the academic excellence and rigor.
He is a member of Saint John Bosco parish and has two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren. Read his welcome letter here.
Jim McPartlan, Chairman, Executive Committee
Jim McPartlan was appointed as Chairman of the School Advisory Board in September 2016 and has served as a Board Member since 2015. Mr. McPartlan has led many global investment banking initiatives throughout his 21 year career at WestLB. Additionally he has served on the Board of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Bridgeport and held many roles for the "Friends of Saint Aloysius" that was the main fundraising initiative for our school from 2000-2013. His family has been parishioners at Saint Thomas More, Darien for the past 25 years. His children attended and graduated from Saint Aloysius School.
Mark Connolly – Finance & Advancement Committees
Mark Connolly joined the board in 2018 and serves on the Finance and Advancement Committees. Mark Connolly and his family have been members of the Saint Aloysius parish since moving to New Canaan in 2005 and his three children that graduated from St. Aloysius School. Mr. Connolly currently works at The Bancorp as the Head of Credit and has worked in banking for many years at institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Citi and Bank of America. Catholic education has been an important part of Mark’s life as he attended Catholic elementary and high school before attending the University of Notre Dame.
Gerard Murray – Finance Committee
Gerry Murray joined the Board in 2018 and serves on the Finance Committee. Gerry is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and has worked in financial services, banking and insurance. He is currently the Business Manager of Saint Aloysius Church. He attended Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and graduated in 1980 with a BBA in Accounting. He was born in New York City and currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife, Angela Murray and two daughters. They have been parishioners of Saint Aloysius for approximately 15 years. Both their daughters attended and graduated from Saint Aloysius School.
Karl Geercken – Secretary, Executive Committee
Karl Geercken joined the Board in 2018 and serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee. Mr. Geercken is the national co-leader of Alston & Bird’s 300-plus member Litigation Department. Like the attorneys he leads, Karl has experience representing clients across the U.S. and the world in a broad range of complex, high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration. Karl is also committed to various not-for-profit activities, including acting as Chair of Cultural Vistas, a non-profit organization that designs and provides international work/study exchange programs for young adults and professionals. Karl has been married to his wife, Monica, for 26 years, whom he met at the University of Rochester, where they attended college together. Both of their sons attended and graduated from Saint Aloysius School.
Lindsay Pignataro – Angel Fund Coordinator, Advancement Committee
Lindsay Pignataro joined the board in 2015 as coordinator of the Angel Fund, the fundraising arm of Saint Aloysius School and serves on the Advancement Committee. She has two children currently enrolled in the school. Lindsay was the 2017 recipient of the Diocese of Bridgeport's Saint Augustine Medal of Service for Saint Aloysius School. She is also an administrative assistant for a Greenwich firm and was previously an event planner in Greenwich and New York. A former certified personal trainer, Lindsay's hobbies include health and fitness.
Kelly Sullivan – HSA Co-President, Advancement Committee
Kelly Sullivan joined the Board in 2018 as HSA Co-President and serves on the Advancement Committee. Mrs. Sullivan has a finance degree from William & Mary and worked on Wall Street before she decided to stay home with her children. She is a member of the Saint Aloysius Parish helping with the “Never Too Young Too Serve” Committee. She has been a member of the Saint Aloysius School community for five years and has two children enrolled in the school. Kelly is also a Consultant for Beautycounter, and helps with her parents’ family business that sells hand sewn children’ clothes.
Ellen McGinness – HSA Co-President, Advancement Committee
Ms. McGinness joined the Board in 2018 as HSA Co President and serves on the Advancement Committee. She is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. Ms. McGinness is passionate about raising the younger generation to take action and help those who have been marginalized in our society. In her previous career, she was an on-air reporter for a regional Connecticut news station as well as a producer for Dateline NBC and World News Tonight in Manhattan. Ms. McGinness is a graduate of both Yale and Georgetown Universities and currently serves as the President of the Georgetown Alumni Club of Fairfield County. She and her husband are the proud parents of a son who is a graduate of Saint Aloysius and their daughters who are currently enrolled in the school.
Erin Becker – Vice Chair, Executive Committee and Advancement, and Building & Grounds Committees
Erin Becker joined the Board in 2018. She serves on the Executive, Advancement and Building and Grounds Committees. Erin has over fifteen years of experience advising companies on financial, corporate reputation and crisis communications issues. She has extensive experience in long-term strategic communications campaigns as well as both domestic and cross border transactions. She is a member of the Saint Aloysius Parish and has two children currently enrolled in the school.
Edward Gayer – Building and Grounds Committee
Ed Gayer joined the Board in 2015 and serves on the Building and Grounds Committee. Mr. Gayer has worked in the design and construction industry in New York City for over 25 years. He is the father of three current students at Saint Aloysius School and has been a parishioner of Saint Aloysius for 14 years. He graduated Saint Anthony’s High School in Huntington, New York and Manhattan College in the Bronx.
Bill Fessler – Advancement and Building and Grounds Committees
Bill Fessler joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Advancement and Building and Grounds Committees. Dr. Fessler is a nationally recognized dentist, who has served the community since 1986. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and his D.D.S. degree from Georgetown University. He completed his residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He is an enthusiastic member of the surrounding community both through his profession and call to service. He serves on the Board of Malta and is a former Area Co-Chair of the CT Order of Malta. He lives with his family in New Canaan, Connecticut and is a member of the Saint Aloysius Parish. His four children attended Saint Aloysius School.
Wayne Zarnick – Finance Chair, Finance Committee
Wayne Zarnik joined the Board in 2015 and currently chairs the Finance Committee. He brings over 30 years of experience from his career as a finance professional at GE. He currently has a daughter enrolled in the upper school and has been a parishioner of the Saint Aloysius Parish since 1972. He received his BA/MBA from Providence College in Rhode Island.