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The Sacred Heart School Board is committed to ensuring the success of our mission in all things we do: academic excellence, faith formation, and service to others… giving witness to the message of Jesus Christ. The Board is charged with the governance and fiduciary leadership of our community and is deeply committed to the long term development and growth of Sacred Heart. Board members volunteer for a three year term which is renewable once. Our school is blessed with leaders from a mixture of backgrounds: other schools, parents of current students, the business community, clergy, and the medical community, to name some. This gives the Board a diverse and robust perspective when considering how best to govern the school.


The Board meets in the evening of the second Tuesday of every month, except for July. The board members currently serving for the 2014-2015 academic year are:


Msgr. Lloyd Aiken                        Pastor

Sr. Judith Cianfrogna, SSJ         Pastoral Associate

          “Sister Judith Cianfrogna, a Sister of Saint Joseph, holds a position appointed by Monsignor Aiken on the school board. Sister Jude, as pastoral associate, directs many parish operations and goes to great lengths to support the Sacred Heart community with great love and pastoral care. Sister Jude has worked in Catholic schools and parishes for nearly fifty years. She holds advanced degrees from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University and Middlebury College as well as her undergraduate degree from Chestnut Hill College.”

Mr. D. Wayne Coffey                    President

          “Wayne Coffey holds a position appointed by Monsignor Aiken on the school board. Wayne and his wife Dolores have been members of Sacred heart since 1978 and they have four children, all who graduated from Sacred Heart School. He served as Treasurer and President of the school board, while his children attended the school, and during his tenure as president, the addition to the school was built.  He attended Towson Senior High School and Towson University.  He owns an independent insurance agency in Hunt Valley Maryland”

Mr. Christian Mester                    Vice President

          “Christian Mester is an elected parent representative on the School Board.  Christian is a trial attorney, who handles cases all over the country.  He attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland before matriculating to Brown University and then the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Both he and his wife Tina are parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish and have been since they moved to Reisterstown in 2005.  Christian and Tina have three children who attend Sacred Heart.”

Mr. Tim Fish                                  Treasurer

          “Tim is a member of the St. Charles Borromeo parish community and has been affiliated with Sacred Heart for over 20 years.  He was married in the little church and his wife, Diane, attended Sacred Heart School. Tim is the Associate Headmaster at McDonogh School in Owings Mills.  He leads the advancement of strategic initiatives and oversees admissions and several other areas of the school.  Tim is the co-author of the NAIS book on technology leadership and has consulted in over 50 schools and organizations. He served as the founding president of the FolioCollaborative from 2011-13.  The FolioCollaborative is a non-profit community of over 85 independent schools working together to improve teaching by inspiring informed conversations for growth.  Tim is passionate about transformative teaching, technology integration, enrollment management, and big ideas.  He lives on the McDonogh campus with his wife and four children.”  

Dr. Sharon Pitcher                        Secretary

          “Dr. Sharon Pitcher is serving her fifth year on the School Board.  Dr. Pitcher is a professor emerita at Towson University, having retired in July, 2014.  She taught reading courses to teachers at Towson for 15 years in the College of Education. She has her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland and a masters in Reading from Towson University.  She was a reading specialist in numerous Baltimore County Public Schools and at Sacred Heart School before working at Towson University.  Sharon has been a parishioner at Sacred Heart since she was five years old and graduated from Sacred Hearts School in the first class to go through the whole eight grades.”

Mr. James Ellis                              Standing Member

          “Jimmy Ellis is an elected parent representative on the school board whose term ends in June 2017. Jimmy is a territory manager for a manufacturers representative. He serves on the board for Sacred Heart soccer and coaches multiple sports teams. He and his wife, Colleen, are both alumni of Sacred Heart. Jimmy attended Salisbury State University and graduated with a BS in Biology. They are long time parishioners and Jimmy and Colleen have two children currently enrolled at Sacred Heart.”

Mr. Charles Fenwick                     Standing Member  

          “Charlie Fenwick holds a position appointed by Monsignor Aiken on the school board. Charlie is a lifetime Baltimore County resident as well as Sacred Heart parishioner. He attended Gilman School and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has been an automobile dealer in Cockeysville Maryland for the past 36 years.  He has three grown children and five grandchildren.”

Mr. Chris Welsh                        Standing Member – St. Charles Representative

          “Christopher Welsh is an ex-officio member of the School Board representing Saint Charles Borromeo where he has served as Pastoral Associate since the fall of 2007. Chris is a Baltimore native and proud graduate of Calvert Hall College HS, the University of Notre Dame, and St. Mary’s Seminary & University. He is also on the faculty of Mercy High School (Baltimore) where he has taught Religion since 2011. He and his wife Cora reside in the Govanstowne neighborhood of Baltimore City with their three preschool aged children and are parishioners at St. Charles in Pikesville.”

Dr. Avon Garrett                           Standing Member

Dr. Deborah Vachon                    Standing Member


Non-voting Board members include:


Mr. Zachary Coyle                    Principal, Ex Officio

Mrs. Jeanne Cossentino            Assistant Principal, Ex Officio

Mrs. Georgeann Gurkovich     Assistant Principal, Middle School, Ex Officio



We ask all members of our community to keep our School Board and each of its members in your prayers. With God’s grace to guide their leadership, the most dynamic and inspiring of futures awaits us!