The Friends of St. Martin de Porres School Board of Directors actively governs the school through the general board and multiple focus committees. Receiving no monetary compensation for their efforts, board members volunteer their expertise; donate their time, talents, and money; and actively raise funds for the school. We are indebted to them for helping us achieve our goals, and we invite you to meet these outstanding men and women:
Meet Our Board Members
James graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He retired from the United States Department of Labor after working as a manager and trainer. James has served on a number of non-profit boards, including being the chairman of the Cheyney University Foundation Board for six years. James currently serves on the Board of Fathers’ and Children’s Equality, Inc., an all-volunteer, Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit children’s advocacy organization, and a self-help, educational and support group for non-custodial parents and their families. James has certificates through LaSalle’s Nonprofit Center on fundraising and non-profit management. He is an active member of Saint Martin de Porres Church and serves as facilitator on the parish pastoral council.
Jim graduated from LaSalle College Evening Division with a BA in accounting and received his CPCU Designation in insurance in 1961. He currently owns and is president of Dynamic Risk Assumption, Inc., which owns intellectual property patents. Jim serves the following organizations: St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Drexel Hill, PA; Philadelphia Chapter of Legatus; Development Committee for the Bethesda Project; Stewards of St. John Neumann; Girard College Development Fund; Director of the American Academy of the Sacred Arts; and the Cardinal’s Christmas Party Committee.
Al graduated from Northeast Catholic High School and then entered a plumbing apprenticeship program to receive his plumber’s license. Al is founder and president of A. T. Chadwick Company, Inc., one of Philadelphia’s leading mechanical contracting firms. Al is president of the Delaware Valley Design Consultants and was a past director of Frankford Trust Bank. In addition, he is a Trustee of Holy Family University and is an active member of St. Martin’s Church in New Hope.
Jack graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. He started Atlantic Medical Specialties, a specialty distributorship for high tech respiratory equipment, in 1983. Jack has been a past board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern PA and has been a big brother for 28 years. He is an active member of St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne.
|William P. Curtis, Jr.
Bill graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 1983 with a BS in accounting and from St. Joseph University in 1990 with an MBA in finance. Bill earned his law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1997. He has been a member of Porter & Curtis, LLC since 1998. Bill is a member of the Academy of Rick Management & Insurance of the Board of Governors at St. Joseph’s University, as well as a member of Legatus.
Ann graduated from the University of Texas. She has volunteered in various civic and charitable organizations while raising her three children. Ann returned to Philadelphia to attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned an MBA and then joined Philadelphia National Bank. Ann currently serves on the Board of Community Capital Works and volunteers her services in strategic planning for non-profit organizations through LaSalle’s Nonprofit Center.
|John (Jack) Donnelly
Jack graduated from Drexel University in 1972 with a civil engineering degree. He began his career with Irwin & Leighton and came to L. F. Driscoll in 1978 where he rose through the ranks to become president and CEO. Jack is a member of the Boards at Moore College of Art and Design, Our Lady of Lourdes Health System, and Central City Development Corporation. Jack is also an active member of St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne as well as the Philadelphia Chapter of Legatus. He is the Chairman of the Board of St. Martin de Porres School.
|Sr. Nancy Fitzgerald, SSJ
Sister Nancy is a member of the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill, PA. Sister Nancy attended Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. She has served in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia, PA and Newark, NJ in various elementary grades. She was principal of St. Mary School in Newark, NJ for 10 years and in 1985 transferred to become principal of St. Stephen’s School on Broad Street in Philadelphia. In 1993, Sister Nancy came to St. Martin de Porres as vice-principal. In 1996, she became principal and continues to serve in that capacity.
|Father Edward Hallinan
Father Ed graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1983 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained to the Priesthood on May 21, 1983. Since 1983, Father Ed served as parochial vicar of the following parishes: St. Alphonsus Church, Maple Glen, PA 1983-88; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Philadelphia, PA 1988-9; Saint Katherine Drexel Church, Chester, PA 1993-94; and Our Lady of Hope Church, Philadelphia, PA 1994-97. Father Ed served as pastor of Saint Martin de Porres Church for 14 years and president of St. Martin de Porres School, and he is now serving as pastor of St. John Chrysostom in Wallingford, PA.
Brian graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor of science degree followed by an MBA from Drexel in 1972. He is president of Valley Forge Investment Corporation, a private investment company. Brian serves on the Boards of Immaculata University, ACHIEVEability, and BLOCS. He also co-chairs the King of Prussia Business Improvement District Committee.
Bruce graduated from Villanova University in 1975 with a bachelor of arts degree and received his certified public accountant accreditation in 1975. Bruce has held senior executive positions with a number of biotechnology, medical device, and service organizations. In 2008, Bruce joined Alba Therapeutics to serve as president and CEO, and he is a venture partner with SV Lifesciences, a leading healthcare venture capital investor. He is active in various community organizations.
Marc graduated from Clark University in 1978 with a BA in English literature and earned his MBA from Columbia University in 1980. Marc is a managing director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in Philadelphia. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia.
Joe graduated from Villanova University in 1977 with a BA in English and earned his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1981. Joe is a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s Technology Law Group. He is a member of the advisory board of Esperanza Health Center, a former member of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, and volunteers his time at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Joe serves as secretary of St. Martin de Porres School.
Judy graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a BS in elementary education and a minor in religious studies. Judy then attained a master’s equivalency from Gratz College in 1994 and a PA administrative certificate from Cheyney University in 2007. Judy taught in the Archdiocese for 15 years serving in many capacities. For 24 years, Judy had taught and held administrative positions in the School District of Philadelphia. Judy is now blessed to be working again for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as Director for Elementary School Services.
|Father Stephen Thorne
Father Steve was born and raised in North Philadelphia. He attended Our Lady of the Holy Souls Parish School and Northeast Catholic High School. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1998. Prior to ordination, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he earned the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts. He has served in the following assignments as a priest: Parochial Vicar and Parochial Administrator, Saint Katharine Drexel Church, Chester, PA; Faculty Member, Saint John Neumann High School, South Philadelphia; Pastor, Saint Therese Catholic Church, Mt Airy Philadelphia; Executive Director, Office for Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On September 18, 2011, Father Steve became pastor of Saint Martin de Porres Church.
Michael graduated from Abington High School and founded Classic Management Inc. in 1982. Michael is also founder and President of Young Capital, LLC, a Philadelphia-based commercial real estate investment firm, and Classic Management Incorporated (CMI), a residential property management and development firm of which Michael is sole stockholder. From 1969 to 1984, prior to founding CMI and Young Capital, Michael was vice president and general manager of Craig Fuel Company, a retail and wholesale petroleum product distributor serving Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. Michael is vice president of BLOCS, a board member for St. Martin de Porres School, and a sponsor of InnDwelling. Through personal sponsorships, and through the Michael F. and Sue E. Young Foundation, Michael and his wife have helped provide high-achievement inner-city students with scholarships to the Philadelphia area’s more prestigious high schools.