Fr. Bernard A. Healey – Pastor
Father Bernard A. Healey was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in the Edgewood section of Cranston, where he attended public schools and attended Mass at St. Paul’s Church. He is the youngest of nine children of the late Judge Edward V. Healey, Jr and the late Lillian E. Healey. A 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelors of Arts in Politics, Fr. Healey completed his seminary and theological studies at the American College, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium where he earned a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology magna cum laude specializing in the area of Moral Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also earned a Licentiate in Canon Law cum laude specializing in the area of church-state relations from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Fr. Healey was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island by The Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau on June 24, 1995. He has served as the Associate Pastor at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Narragansett and St. Augustine Church in Providence. He served as Pastor of St. Ambrose Church in Albion from 2003 until 2012. He was appointed the seventeenth Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich in June 2012 by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin. Father also serves as Director of the Rhode Island Catholic Conference and Chaplain to the Rhode Island Capitol Police and the East Greenwich Police Departments. In September 2014, Father Healey was appointed by Bishop Tobin to serve as the Dean (Vicar Forane) of the South County Deanery (VII).
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Pastor’s Blog: www.olmparish.org
Twitter Account: twitter.com/FatherHealey
Fr. Joshua A. Barrow – Associate Pastor and School Spiritual Director
Rev. Joshua A. Barrow is a native of Warwick where he was educated in public schools and graduated from Pilgrim High School. He grew up in St. Timothy Church in Warwick. After high school, Fr. Barrow entered Our Lady of Providence Seminary and graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in Philosophy. Bishop Tobin then assigned him for priestly formation and theological studies to the North American College in Rome. Father was ordained a priest in June 2015 and then returned to Rome for graduate studies. After completing an S.T.L Degree in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas this past spring, he was assigned to OLM.
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Mrs. Bethany Verret – Office Manager and Admissions Coordinator
Mrs. Verret is thrilled to join the OLM Staff in a more consistent manner after nearly four years as a substitute teacher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Fairfield University and fifteen years experience working in marketing and advertising. When her daughter was in 2nd grade and wanted to participate in the school play and there was no director, Mrs. Verret jumped right in! It was through that experience eight years ago that she realized her love of working with children. She continued as the school play director in East Greenwich Public Schools since then, while also running before- and after-school enrichment programs, and substitute teaching. In her spare time, Mrs. Verret can be found on the sidelines of the tennis or basketball court, cheering on her daughter and son (as well as a few other familiar faces).
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Mrs. Irene Buonaccorsi – Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Irene Buonaccorsi was promoted during the summer of 2015 as the school administrative assistant. She started at OLM in September 2001 as the teacher’s assistant in the PreSchool program and moved to the office in March of 2010 as the school secretary/administrative assistant. Mrs. Buonaccorsi completed an Executive Secretary program at Bermuda College before transferring to Johnson and Wales University where she graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance/Investments and Business Management. She was a Senior Supervisor in the Management Training Program at Bermuda Commercial Bank, Ltd. for 3 years before moving to the U.S.A. Mrs. Buonaccorsi worked as a supervisor at Fleet National Bank in the Bankcard Accounting, Settlement and General Ledger Accounting departments for 3 years before taking time out of work to enjoy her two children. Outside of work, she enjoys baking and decorating cakes, reading and spending time with family and friends.
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Mrs. Carolyn MacCrae – Human Resources Manager/Bookkeeper
Carolyn MacCrae has worked as Parish Bookkeeper since February 2001. During the summer of 2015 her office moved from the Rectory to the School and she is now the Human Resources Manager/Bookkeeper. Carolyn graduated from Cobleskill Central School with a business degree. She later attended Rhode Island College until having her son. While raising Benjamin, she worked at West Bay Christian Academy as Bookkeeper/Business Manager for 6 years. Just prior to joining the OLM team, Carolyn worked as Manager of Quidnessett Book Store for 3 years.
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Ms. Shannon Grady – Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Shannon Grady is the Pre-K teacher. Ms. Grady obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College. She just recently finished a Catholic volunteer year teaching at the elementary level in Detroit, Michigan. She has experience teaching Pre-K in the Extended School Year program at the Early Learning Center in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Ms. Grady also has early childhood teaching experience abroad in South Africa. Ms. Grady is a member of Saint Margaret Parish in Rumford and is actively involved in her Catholic faith and identity. Outside of school, Ms. Grady enjoys singing, dancing, going to the beach, reading, and being outside.
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Mrs. Deborah Carraccio – Pre-K Assistant
Mrs. Deborah Carraccio is part of our Pre-K team. Prior to arriving at OLM she was a Pre-K. and 1st grade volunteer at Fr. John V. Doyle School where it turned into a full time position. She worked at Fr. John V. Doyle School for seven years as a teacher’s assistant throughout the school. Mrs. Carraccio was previously an International Flight Attendant for many years. She lives on a small farm with her two children, husband and many animal family members.
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Mrs. Karen Maguire – Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Karen Maguire is the Kindergarten Teacher. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Mercy for 11 years. She also helps out in Robotics and with the Student Council. Mrs. Maguire graduated from Wheelock College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood. Outside of school she is busy with her three children. You will probably find her attending one of her children’s basketball or soccer games here at OLM.
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Web page: Mrs. Maguire – Kindergarten
Mrs. Denise Palizza – First Grade Teacher/Early Childhood Coordinator
Mrs. Denise Palizza is our First Grade teacher. She has been teaching at O.L.M. since 2003. Mrs. Palizza graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. Prior to teaching, she worked in the automobile insurance industry as a data analyst, manager and director. She enjoyed the opportunities and experience her insurance career provided, but left to pursue her passion to teach children. Outside of school, she enjoys sailing, doing crossword and Sudoko puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.
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Web page: Mrs. Palizza – 1st Grade
Ms. Jean Perretta – Second Grade Teacher
Jean Perretta is the 2nd grade teacher and has been a member of the faculty at Our Lady of Mercy for over twenty years. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College, having received both a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education/Special Education and a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities. She has served at Our Lady of Mercy as Resource, First Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade and Kindergarten teacher. She also worked in an administrative role for two years.
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Web page: Ms. Perretta – 2nd Grade
Mrs. Courtney Anderson – Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Courtney Anderson is our third grade teacher. She joined OLM as a 4th Grade teacher in 2015. Mrs. Anderson has taught 2nd grade at Our Lady of Mercy in Dayton, Ohio and 1st grade at Holy Family Elementary School in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Mrs. Anderson graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Literacy at the University of Dayton, Ohio. Outside of school, Mrs. Anderson teaches Religious Education at her home parish, St. Michael’s Church in Smithfield. In her free time she enjoys zumba, crafting, kayaking and the outdoors.
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Mrs. Cathy Turchetta – Fourth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Cathy Turchetta teaches 4th grade at Our Lady of Mercy. She graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Elementary Education and Psychology. She received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University. In her free time, Mrs. Turchetta enjoys skiing and playing tennis. Mrs. Turchetta taught for seven years before she stayed home to raise a family. She has returned to the academic field now that her four children are grown.
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Web page: Mrs. Turchetta – 4th Grade
Mrs. Ashley McCarthy – Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. McCarthy joins OLM as one of our fifth grade teachers. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and a M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education from The University of Tennessee. Mrs. McCarthy began her teaching career in Knoxville, TN where she taught two years of seventh grade ELA before moving to Naperville, IL. Mrs. McCarthy has spent the past four years teaching eighth grade ELA and American History, as well as coaching various sports. Mrs. McCarthy recently moved to Rhode Island with her husband and daughter. She is looking forward to exploring Rhode Island with her family.
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Mrs. Jennifer Nygren – Fifth Grade Teacher
She received her undergraduate degree from Fairfield University, and her Master of Arts and Teaching in Elementary Education from Roger Williams University. She is an active member of Saint Gregory the Great Church where she has served as a Eucharistic Minister and religious education teacher.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons.
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Web page: Mrs. Nygren – 5th Grade
Mrs. Kathleen Kerin – Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Mrs. Kathleen Kerin joins is a part of the OLM middle school team as an English teacher. Mrs. Kerin has taught in Catholic grade schools and public secondary schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Christendom College and has done graduate work at the Notre Dame Catechetical Institute and Providence College. She has been a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church since 1995 and has regularly volunteered as a teacher in the Religious Education Program. She co-chairs our diocesan Days of Evangelization. Mrs. Kerin and her husband Mark are parents of three grown children. Mrs. Kerin enjoys reading, swimming, biking and being with her family.
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Mrs. Karen Kane – Middle School Math Teacher
Mrs. Karen Kane joins the middle school team as the math teacher. Mrs. Kane has served in a wide variety of leadership, instructional and coaching positions since graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. As a commissioned naval officer, she was a Designated Master Training Specialist at Officer Candidate School in Newport while also coaching the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) women’s basketball team. She also served as Admin/Legal Officer at Fleet Surveillance Support Command in Norfolk, VA. After graduating from RI College with a second bachelor’s degree in education in 2004, Mrs. Kane taught middle school social studies at Monsignor Clarke Regional Catholic School in Wakefield. For the past eight years, she has worked as a private SAT/ACT and mathematics tutor, preparing students for all levels of high school and college math. Mrs. Kane volunteers as a Big Sister, as a member of the Executive Council at San Miguel School in Providence, as President of the Wickford Point Homeowner’s Association and as a mentor in both parochial and public schools Mrs. Kane and her husband have been parishioners of OLM for nearly 20 years, and both their adult children graduated from OLM.
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Dr. Deborah Husak – Middle School Science Teacher
Dr. Deborah Husak is a part of the OLM middle school team as the science teacher. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Michigan State University and her Medical Doctorate at Wayne State University. After completing her residency in family practice she served for four years as a medical officer in the U.S. Coast Guard where she met her husband, a career officer. After leaving the Coast Guard, Dr. Husak began volunteering and substitute teaching in every school her two children attended and discovered that she sincerely enjoyed and had a talent for teaching. When her husband was assigned to Rhode Island in 2007, they decided to stay and Dr. Husak was able to pursue her love of teaching by attending the University of Rhode Island where she completed her Masters in Secondary Science Education. Dr. Husak sings in her church choir and enjoys reading, hiking and having fun with her family.
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Web page: Dr. Husak-Middle School Science
Mr. Michael Kennedy – Middle School Social Studies Teacher
I am delighted to continue my career in education with the students and staff of Our Lady of Mercy School. A lifetime New Jersey resident, I enter my fortieth year of service as an educator with you here in Rhode Island. My wife and I have three daughters and nine grandchildren. We have come to the Ocean State to be closer to our family and to avail ourselves of the many benefits and attractions found here. I have served in multiple capacities in education. These include a teacher of English, a teacher of History, a guidance counselor, an academic supervisor, and an administrator. I have a B.A. from Susquehanna University, and M.A.s from Rider University and Rutgers University. Prior to my education career, I proudly served our nation as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Our Catholic Faith is exceedingly important to me. I view my life and career as coming full circle at OLMS: my most important learning years were those spent as a student in an elementary Catholic school and now I am granted the Gift of coming back to another as a teacher.
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Mr. Eric Cote – Middle School Theology Teacher
Mr. Eric Cote joins the middle school team as the theology teacher. Mr. Cote holds a B.S. in Applied Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He served as a youth minister/ youth group coordinator for the Diocese of Providence and St. Raymond’s Parish in Providence, RI. He taught Religious Education at St. Eugene’s in Chepachet for nine years and at Our Lady of Good Help in Burrillville, RI for three years. Mr. Cote taught theology to middle school students for eleven years at Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, RI and taught computer classes at Fr. Holland Catholic Regional School in Burrillville, RI. He is a member of the Cardinal Newman Society as well as a member of the Human Life Guild of the Diocese of Providence. Mr. Cote has three adult children and one elementary school child. Mr. Cote and his wife are communicants at Our Lady of Good Help and St. Theresa’s Shrine in Burrillville, RI.
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Mrs. Christie Cambio – Library Teacher
Mrs. Christie Cambio is the Library teacher. She is originally from Connecticut. Mrs. Cambio has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She began her teaching career in 1999 in North Haven, CT as a 4th grade teacher. After getting married in 2003, she and her husband lived in MA, CA, and NY. In those states she taught grades 1, 2 and 3. In 2008 she welcomed her first daughter and in 2011, her second daughter. Mrs. Cambio spent seven years at home with her girls and is thrilled to step back into her role as library teacher at OLM. Mrs. Cambio love children’s books, photography, and anything that allows her to be crafty and creative. When her nose is not in a book, you can find her at Crossfit, playing with her daughters or baking chocolate chip cookies. When you see her, tell her the name of your favorite book.
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Web page: Mrs. Cambio – Library
Mrs. Donna Campbell – Art Teacher
Donna Campbell is our part-time art teacher since 2001. Prior to that she worked at ABC News in Washington DC as a librarian and taught K-12 Art in various schools in three states. She holds a Masters degree in Art Education and is married with two adult children and a new son-in-law. In her free time she enjoys traveling, biking, kayaking and most outdoor activities. You might see her walking or biking around the East Greenwich community, so please say hello.
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Web page: Mrs. Campbell – Art
Ms. Kathryn Hollowell – Music Teacher/Band Director
Kathryn Hollowell is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Music Education and Psychology. She is primarily a saxophonist with a strong woodwind background. She has studied conducting with Dr. Gene Pollart at URI and has conducted multiple pieces with the URI Wind Ensemble. Kathryn is a member of the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble and has played with two URI saxophone quartets as part of the College Quartet Series at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium in 2015 and 2018. She has also participated in the Jamaica Field Service Project during the summer of 2017, providing music instruction in many rural schools.
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Web page: Ms. Hollowell – Music/Band
Mr. David T. Stefanik- Physical Education Teacher
Mr. David T. Stefanik is the Health and Physical Education teacher. He has been teaching at OLM School since 2010. Mr. Stefanik graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. He has completed his Master’s Degree in Guidance from Providence College. He has served on the board of directors for the Woonsocket North Stars Hockey Program, East Woonsocket Little League Program, and the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Program. He has a playfield that he helped create, named in his honor, at the Leo A. Savoie Elementary School in Woonsocket.
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Web page: Mr. Stefanik – Physical Education
Mrs. Katherine Franklin – Spanish Teacher
Mrs. Katherine Franklin joins the OLM Faculty as the Spanish teacher for grades PreK – 8. Mrs. Franklin graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, and is certified in the state of RI to teach Spanish and French. She has studied at the Centro de Lengua y Comunicacion Social in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. Mrs. Franklin has taught Spanish at all grade levels in both parochial and public schools in RI. In her spare time she loves reading mystery novels, watching movies, eating Mexican food, and bicycling with her husband and daughter along the state’s many beautiful bike paths.
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Web page: Mrs. Franklin – Spanish
Mrs. Susanne Racca – Technology Teacher
Mrs. Susanne Racca joins the OLM Faculty as the Technology teacher for grades K – 8. Mrs. Racca has been teaching Computer Technology at St. Kevin School since 2012. Mrs. Racca also taught computers at Overbrook Academy for thirteen years. Prior to her teaching career, she was employed in the Community College of Rhode Island’s Public Relations Office for 20 years and has served as an adjunct faculty member in both CCRI’s Computer Studies and Office Technology Departments. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Rhode Island. Mrs. Racca lives in Warwick with her husband and has two daughters in college.
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Mrs. Cheryl Xavier – Academic Support Coordinator
Mrs. Cheryl Xavier is the Academic Support Coordinator. Mrs. Xavier received her undergraduate degree from Providence College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching for the University of Rhode Island. For 26 years, she was a teacher in the Narragansett School district working with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the areas of both Special and Regular Education. In addition, she held leadership positions as Grade Level/Department chairs and the district’s Mentor Coordinator for new teachers in Narragansett. She is a member of St. Francis Parish and has served as an Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion and Religious Education teacher. Mrs. Xavier lives in Wakefield and enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, cooking, and floral arrangement.
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Mrs. Patricia DiPrete – OLM School/Little Saints & Scholars Extended Care Aide
Mrs. Patricia DiPrete is a part of our Little Saints & Scholars Extended Care team. She has been a Kindergarten and Extended Day Aide at Our Lady of Mercy School since 2010. Mrs. DiPrete graduated from East Greenwich High School and studied Early Childhood Education at the Community College of Rhode Island. She owned her own daycare, providing child care for working families while her children were young. Prior to arriving at OLM, Mrs. DiPrete worked with Pre-K and Kindergarten children at Joyful Noise Inc. for nineteen years. She has been a dedicated child care professional for over thirty six years. Mrs. DiPrete enjoys spending time with all the students at OLM and adds that “school time is the best part of her day”.
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Sister Lourdes de Leon, FAS
Sister Lourdes de Leon, FAS was born in the Philippines. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1987 from St. Anthony’s College in the Philippines. She has been in mission at the Diocese of Providence since 1989. She became a perpetually professed member of the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters on May 18, 1998. Sr. Lourdes will always be happy and willing to be at the service of every person in the Parish community as God’s humble servant.
Sister Emma R. Salvador, FAS
Sr. Emma R. Salvador, FAS was born in Cagayan Valley in the Philippines in 1971. She grew up in St. Joseph the Worker Parish. She was educated at St. Paul University Tuguegarao, Cagayan in Dietetic Technology (1990) and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from St. Anthony’s College Cagayan Valley. Sr. Emma joined the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters in November 1991 and became a Perpetually Professed member of the FAS on May 18, 2003. She came to serve in the USA in 1994 -1995. She went back to the Philippines to finish her formation. From 1996 through 2014 she served in different missions and places responding to the call to be all, to all, for every need, for the greater glory of God. In 2014 Sr. Emma was assigned to Precious Blood Parish in Woonsocket until September 2015 when she joined the Our Lady of Mercy family where she enjoys spending time with the children at lunch and during the Little Saints and Scholars after school program.