On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes '64 shared the below note with the Sacred Heart Greenwich community about upcoming transitions on the Board of Trustees.
Dear Sacred Heart Greenwich family,
I am writing to share information about the transition of the Board of Trustees leadership effective July 1, 2019.
Retiring Board Chair: Christopher R. Ryan P’12, ’16
Chris will complete his term after six years of serving on the Board, three of which were as Chair. He also served as the Board’s Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee and was a member of the Advancement and Education to Mission Committees. He chaired Annual Giving (The Fund for Sacred Heart) from 2011–2014. We are deeply grateful for his leadership, dedication and generosity.
Under his leadership as Board Chair, the School maintained its strong financial position while being transformed into one of the region’s premier independent school campuses. Thanks to careful oversight, the endowment has grown from $33 million to $40 million; the athletic fields, utilized and appreciated by our students, athletes, teachers, and coaches, are now highly sought by international and collegiate teams; and SophieConnect, our online Network school, has expanded and distinguished itself among a highly competitive k-12 distance-learning market.
As part of the 2017 Strategic Action Plan “Educating Principled Leaders and Innovators for the Opportunities and Challenges for Tomorrow,” Chris chaired multiple committees that have created deeper engagement and innovation among faculty and students including the upgrade of the Aloysia Hardey RSCJ Observatory, the purchase of a state-of-the-art Anatomage table, and the introduction of Faculty Innovation Grants to be launched in 2019–2020.
It is hard to imagine our school without a member of the Ryan family. Chris, his wife Cynthia, and their daughters Wilhelmina, Margaretta ’12 and Agatha ’16 joined our community 22 years ago in 1997. I look forward to them remaining involved as members of our vibrant alumnae and parent of alumnae communities.
It has been a tremendous honor to serve Sacred Heart Greenwich over the years. Cynthia and I have seen the benefits of Sacred Heart’s “whole child” education in our own daughters and their schoolmates. I am grateful to have played a small part in delivering the Sacred Heart mission to our students and the community. -- Christopher R. Ryan
Incoming Board Chair: Kathleen Plunkett O’Connor ’89, P’20, ’21, ’22
Kathleen is in her third year as a Trustee and is currently serving as Secretary of the Board and has served on the Alumnae Board. After graduating from Sacred Heart Greenwich, Kathleen went on to earn a BA from Georgetown University, an MSc from University College of London and a JD from Fordham University School of Law. She has served as the chair and a member of the Judicial Selection Commission for the State of Connecticut for six years, as an appointed member of the Connecticut State Board of Education and as a representative on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Commission. She served as a trustee for six years at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford, Connecticut. Kathleen is on the Board of Heterodox Academy and works with Shatterproof, a nonprofit combatting the opiate epidemic ravaging the country.
Throughout her legal career, Kathleen has worked in both the public and private sectors advising clients on a variety of legal, regulatory and public policy issues. Kathleen is a vice president for Legal and External Affairs at AQR Capital Management, LLC in Greenwich. She and her husband Kevin reside in Greenwich and have three daughters in the Upper School and a son at Rye Country Day School.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to help lead Sacred Heart Greenwich. As an alumna and now a parent, I know firsthand what sets the School apart. I look forward to working with Pam Hayes and the Board to continue the momentum established under Chris Ryan’s leadership as we look to sustain and build upon the academic, artistic, athletic and faith-based excellence for which the School is known. -- Kathleen Plunkett O’Connor ’89
Incoming Trustees (serving through June 30, 2022)
Sandra Caruso P’18 ’20 ’23: Sandra currently serves on Sacred Heart’s Buildings & Ground Committee and as the Upper School Teacher Appreciation Coordinator for the Parents’ Association. In her family’s nine years at Sacred Heart, she has held numerous leadership roles on the Parents’ Association Board along with chairing major fundraising events like the Summer Outreach Golf & Tennis Outing and the 2013 Benefit. Sandra, a graduate of New York University with a BA in political science and a JD from New York Law School, resides in Old Greenwich with her husband Michael and daughters Sofia ’18, Emma ’20 and Vivi ’23.
Michael R. Denvir P’26 ’29: Mike is a partner at The Jordan Company, having joined the firm in 1998. Currently, Mike serves on the Investment Committee at Sacred Heart and on the board of several privately held businesses. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in economics, Mike and his wife Nicole (Bloomfield Hills ’94) reside in Rye with daughters Kathleen ’26 and Rose ’29 and sons Luke and Emmett.
Christine Di Capua P’23: Christine currently serves on the School’s Education to Mission Committee and has previously chaired Come Home for Christmas, served on the Advancement Committee and been an active member of the Parents’ Association. She graduated from Long Island University with a BA in political science. Christine and her husband John reside in Armonk, NY, and are parents to Jenny ’23, Julia, John, Jr., and Christopher.
Ryan P. Sfreddo P’24 ’25: Ryan is a managing director of Red Stone Equity Partners and has been a member of Sacred Heart’s Finance Committee since 2017. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and was formerly Treasurer of the Board of the Manursing Island Club. Ryan and his wife Jennifer live in Rye with daughters Payton ’24 and Morgan ’25 and sons Charlie and Teddy.
Siobhan M. Toohey P’22 ’24 ’25, PA President: Siobhan will serve as the Parents’ Association president for the 2019-2020 school year and has previously been the vice president and nominations chair of the Association. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in psychology and earned two Master's degrees from New York University in psychology and math education. Siobhan and her husband Christopher Marangi live in Harrison, NY, with four daughters: Catriona ’22, Francesca ’24, Moira ’25 and Antonia.
A very special note of appreciation from everyone at Sacred Heart to the following Trustees who are completing their terms on June 30th. They will be recognized and thanked for their considerable contributions at the Annual Board of Trustees Dinner in May.
Retiring Trustees (years of Board service)
Dreux Dubin Claiden ’77 P’13 (2012-2019)
Julie Keller P’24, PA President (2018 - 2019)
Douglas M. Mellert P’14 ‘20 (2013 - 2019)
Timothy C. Muccia P’18 ’19 ’21 (2015 - 2019)
Bernadette Prato P’18 ’21 (2011 - 2019)
I am indebted to everyone’s service and look forward to working with our newest Trustees.
Pamela Juan Hayes ’64
Head of School