Board of Directors

Monsignor Frank Kelley, Pastor
My family raised me in Roslindale and in Canton MA. I went to Boston College High School (1959), the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester for a AB in History, (1963).  I then studied for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA and was ordained in 1968 by Cardinal Cushing.  I received a Masters in Pastoral Theology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, (1976).


I have been the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale since 1991.  Prior to that I had ministered in parishes in Roxbury, Dorchester, Peabody and Quincy since 1968.  During these times I have ministered at Catholic schools here in Roslindale and in St John’s in Peabody and Saint Ambrose in Dorchester.

I serve on the Catholic School Council (2011to present) for the Archdiocese.  As well, I am a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Schools Foundation (2006-present). And I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Pine Street Inn (1969 to present), a shelter for homeless men and women in Boston.

I believe that Catholic education is a necessary and integral part education in America. Just as public education is essential to a republic, so also is Catholic education essential to a faithful citizenry.


Mrs. Jane Baronas-Chair
Jane Baronas has been a member of Sacred Heart Parish since moving to Roslindale in 1993.  Since then, she has served on Parish Council, been a Pre-Cana team leader with her husband, Matt (since 2001), and was an active parent volunteer for the Youth Choir for 10 years.  Both her children attended Sacred Heart School (2000-2009), where she spent lots of time as a chaperone and as part of Home and School.  Jane has been employed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 1977, serving as Technical Director of the Tissue Typing Laboratory/New England Organ Bank for 12 years; she currently is Informatics Manager at the lab.  As a 12-year veteran of Catholic schools herself, she is committed to insuring that Sacred Heart School remains a healthy and vibrant force in the community, providing area children with a welcoming and enriching educational experience.



Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Algere

Jerry is a Senior Vice President, Group Manager of the Healthcare\Education\Not-for-Profit Group at Century Bank. He manages a group of five professionals who are responsible for developing conventional and tax-exempt debt facilities and cash management services to institutions throughout the Northeast. His clients include: Regis College, Salve Regina, Cardinal Spellman High School, Cathedral High School, Babson College, Bentley University, Brandeis University,  New England Conservatory, Dana Farber and Partners MGH/B&W. In addition to Sacred Heart School, Jerry has also served on the boards of Fontbonne Academy, Youthbuild, Jackie Robinson Scholarship Committee , Stony Brook, LLC, GBIO and DARE Family Services.


Dr. Patrick Byrne

Dr. Patrick Byrne is a Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, where he also served as Department Chairperson. He is the founder of Boston College PULSE Program for Service Learning, and continues to teach and write about service learning, as well as Christian faith in higher education, the relationships between science and religion, and ethics. He has been involved with RCIA preparation at Sacred Heart Parish and adolescent confirmation preparation at the Paulist Fathers Center for many years.


Mr. Stephen Connolly

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Ms. Laura Favret
Laura Favret is a Client Relationship Executive at Deloitte and is responsible for developing and expanding the Deloitte brand in the New England marketplace.   Her background is in sales and marketing with a specific focus on improving the customer shopping experience with retailers nationwide.  Having benefitted from a Catholic education from Grade 1 through her Master’s Degree, Laura is passionate about engaging others in the value of experiencing a Catholic Education and will work to help Sacred Heart achieve its’ mission.


Ms. Joan Rooney

Joan Rooney is Vice President for Instruction at, a national, online, on-demand tutoring service.  Joan manages about 3400 online tutors who provide academic help in all subjects for students of all ages, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Joan is a former high school foreign language teacher who spent many years managing various operations within city government.  She  is looking forward to sharing the passion about high quality education and the skills and experience in operations management that she was able to develop after sixteen years of Catholic education with the scholars, their families and the faculty and staff at Sacred Heart.



Ms. Lynne Sullivan

Lynne Sullivan joined City Connects as the Director of Implementation in January 2015.  She is responsible for overseeing the operations of City Connects in its current sites and supports growth of the program to new sites.  Previously, Lynne served for nearly ten years as the Director of Program and Partnerships for the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) in Boston, MA, the largest funder of Catholic education in New England.  During her time at CSF, Lynne oversaw the distribution of $7 million annually to over 100 schools and created a new scholarship program to better track at-risk high school students, a Summer Technology Academy to train teachers on integrating technology and curriculum, and new recruiting programs that increased Hispanic enrollment in Catholic schools by 25% and general enrollment by 10%.   Previously, Lynne served as Director of Parent Giving at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where she raised over $1 million from non-alumni parents and achieved 30% giving participation from parents whose children received financial aid.

Lynne holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA in management and social policy from Brandeis University.   She is the recipient of a National Spotlight Award from the League of American Communications Professional and a National Bronze Medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.



Ms. Elizabeth Stow Fennell

Elizabeth Stowe Fennell is a passionate advocate for Catholic schools.  Having received a Catholic education from kindergarten through her master’s degree, Liz enjoys giving back to the institutions that formed her.  Liz is a former Catholic school teacher and has taught at the elementary, middle, high school, and graduate levels.  Currently, Liz is the co-chair of the University of Notre Dame’s Boston Advocates for Catholic Education (BACE), and serves on the Catholic Schools Foundation’s Allocations Committee, which supports primary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.  Liz is also an active member of the Boston College Alumni Association.  Liz joined Sacred Heart’s Board in 2014 and is thrilled to work to advance the school’s mission.  Liz received her B.A. in psychology and theology from Boston College in 2005, and her MEd from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program.  Liz, her husband Mark, and three children live in West Roxbury.

Mr. Gregory Tobin
Greg Tobin is Managing Director of the College Foundations division of Pearson Higher Education. His group is responsible for developing and marketing print and digital products  in Mathematics, English, and College and Career Success.   

Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill
Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill is the Executive Director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, which is part of the Lynch School of Education.  Prior to joining the Roche Center, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill served as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and an associate professor of sociology at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from St. Louis University.