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Contact Information & Staff Directory

Shenango Valley Catholic School System

2120 Shenango Valley Freeway
Hermitage, PA 16148

Phone: (724) 346-5531
Fax: (724) 346-3011

Kennedy Catholic Middle/High School

2120 Shenango Valley Freeway
Hermitage, PA 16148

Phone: (724) 346-5531
Fax: (724) 346-3011

Saint John Paul II Elementary School

2335 Highland Road
Hermitage, PA 16148

Phone: (724) 342-2205
Fax: (724) 704-7397

To assist our families in determining who to contact when a question or concern arises, the Kennedy Catholic Administrative team has assembled the following charts.  

If no resolution has been reached after discussion with the parties below, please contact the president for a private appointment.

You may call the school office and leave a message for the teacher or administrator you are trying to reach.  You may also send an email – school email addresses are the first initial followed by the last name @; for example  The exception to this is the school nurse; her email address is

Faculty & Staff Directory

The administration, faculty, and staff of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools reflect the commitment to academic excellence and spiritual enrichment. Each is a highly skilled, qualified, and experienced professional who understands how to motivate students to do their best. To email a member of the administration or faculty, click on their name below.

Administration & Staff

President: Melissa Joseph
MS/HS Principal: Janet Halicki
SJPII Principal: Kathryn Tiefenthal
Director of Finance & Director of Operations:  Bill Blum
Executive Assistant & Accounts Payable/Receivable:  Cathy Cathcart
Director of Student Life & Athletic Director:  Janet Taylor
Director of Campus Ministry & Action Club:  Sr. Margaret Pellerite, SSJ
Spiritual Director:  Patricia Polesnak
Director of IT/Facilities Director:  John Niemi
Director of IT at SJPII:  Jessica Sorg
Director of Enrollment Management:  Nicole Perry
Director of Student Affairs: Ken Madison
Yearbook Photo Submission:  KCPublications

Administration & Staff

Principal: Janet Halicki
Main Office Administrative Assistant:  Dina Whalen
School Nurse: Linda Mancino Perrico
Director of Guidance:  Allison Zreliak
Director of Student Affairs: Ken Madison


Theology Department: 
Patricia Polesnak
Ian Elliott

English Department: 
Maggie Brown
Gianna Vastano
Beth Cicuto

Science Department:
Gretchen Witkowski
Sam Frush
Melinda Epstein

Math Department:
Jacob Shaffer
Angela Quear
Bob Osthoff

Social Studies / History Department:
Casey Hoffman
Corrie Cook

Language Department:
Leslie Hite
Bonnie Zachar

Arts, Publications & Music:
Nicole Garchar
Patricia Coates
Anna Marie Mindicino

Johanna Laeng

Administration & Staff:

Principal:  Kathryn Tiefenthal
Administrative Assistant:  Kim Zachar
School Nurses: Linda Mancino Perrico


Vanessa Kuczynski
Jacque Grasso

Anna Messina
Jennifer Davis

First Grade: 
Leah Roscoe

Second Grade:
Kristina Krusey

Third Grade:
Chelsea Rice

Fourth Grade:
Marla Dalessandro
Rachel Ritz

Fifth Grade:
Matthew Masotto

Sixth Grade:
Elizabeth MGoff

Physical Education:
Johanna Laeng

IT Support:
Jessica Sorg

Instructional Support & Gifted/STEAM:
Martine Kwiat
Megan Shreves 

Arts, Publications & Music:
Patricia Coates