August 04, 2017

Catholic School Office Welcomes New Administrative and Support Staff

The Catholic School Office prides itself on providing leadership and guidance, giving direction and assistance, and offering support and advice to all members of our diocesan school communities to ensure a future, faithful Church. It is in the spirit of our steadfast mission that I share with you the following appointments, each supporting our goal to continue to provide parishes and schools with our highest level of service.

Cara Fantauzzi joins our finance office as the Accounting Associate. She will work directly with JoAnn Gamello, Director of Financial Operations, and Connie Shanik, Finance Assistant, managing the finances of our diocesan high schools and the Catholic School Office. Cara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Russell Sage. Her extensive accounting background as a bookkeeper, controller, and payroll specialist make her a wonderful addition to our team. We are excited to add her perspective gained from those various positions as she assumes this new role.

Megan Scott is our Director of Prevention Services for educational programming funded by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Her work and advocacy in the areas of substance abuse awareness and prevention, coupled with her direct services as a behavioral health counselor, align nicely with the position. Megan is a graduate of Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush who went on to receive a Master of Science in Educational Psychology and Methodology from the University at Albany.

Kathleen Yanas will be our Director of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships. An established leader in marketing, communications, and media relations, Kathleen has the tools to help advance the mission of Catholic education. Our system of schools will be the beneficiaries of her successful career in television and fundraising. Kathleen has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management from Russell Sage. She and her children are products of Catholic education bringing a welcomed point of view to the role.

Ninette Kondratowicz will remain our Interim Associate Superintendent of Schools. Having served in the role since January, she will continue to lend her familiar support and vast administrative expertise to our schools on a part-time basis. With John Soja’s departure, Ninette will assume the responsibilities in the areas of government programs and overall school management. As such, we have launched an immediate search for our next Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and hope to have the position filled by the start of the new school year.

Let us extend a warm welcome to each of our new team members. You will get a chance to meet each of them at our office’s various “back-to-school” events and festivities in the coming weeks.

On behalf of the Catholic School Office, we look forward to our collaboration in the new school year, building on our advancements to date and ensuring the continued forward movement of the Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools. Let us continue to pray and work together to make a difference in the lives of our beloved students.

May God continue to shepherd each of us in our respective ministries!