A Board of Limited Jurisdiction (BLJ) is a mission-driven, participatory policy-making body empowered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and parish to make binding decisions in specified areas of responsibility in accordance with the Elementary School BLJ Operating Principles and in keeping with the rules, regulations, and vision of the Archdiocese and canon law.  Led by an Executive Committee, the BLJ functions in collaboration with the pastor and principal and is trained and supported by the Office of Catholic Education.

Through the work of their committees, the BLJ manages the following areas:  Finance, Enrollment, Development, Facilities, and Board Membership.  There are currently seventeen members on these five committees: three current parents, twelve alumni parents, plus principal Adria Crowley and pastor Msgr. Brouwers.  These boards have been put in place by the Archdiocese to help the pastors and principals run the schools.

Ben Piazza – Chairman of the Board In his role, Ben helps formulate the strategy of the Board and School as we strive to remain the preeminent parochial school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Ben is an accountant and is a parishioner along with his wife, Denise, and their children, Olivia and Nicholas.

Bud Tosti is currently on the board as Vice Chair and Development. He is semi-retired after spending forty-eight years in Catholic education. After spending twenty years at St. Katharine of Siena School, including seventeen as principal, he retired from his full time position in June of 2022.   He taught math and English in 8th grade there for three years prior to being named principal.

Bud  began his coaching career at St. Dorothy School in Drexel Hill in 1972 coaching both CYO football and basketball.  In 1974, he began his teaching career at Our Lady of Peace School in Milmont Park. Pa.  where he taught 6th grade for four years    Also in 1974, he began his coaching career at Malvern, coaching football  and then was Fran Dunphy’s assistant in basketball for four years. He started his teaching career at Malvern when the middle school was first opened in 1978.  When Fran Dunphy left for the college ranks, Bud was named head varsity high school basketball coach as well.  From 1978 to 2002, he was a math teacher and varsity basketball head coach for twenty-four years.  In 1990, he was named Middle School Head  while continuing to be the head basketball coach and teaching a math class.

After Malvern, he coached for five years at Episcopal Academy in an assistant coach role.  He continues to run basketball camps at St. Katharine of Siena School, and conducts local hoop clinics in the area. For the last eleven years, he has been assistant men’s basketball coach at Rosemont College.  This fall, he began a new role by teaching an undergraduate education course at Rosemont College.  As an adjunct professor, he is helping aspiring new teachers begin their journey to become educators. He continues to serve on the St. Katharine of Siena Board of Limited Jurisdiction and also serves on a similar board at Visitation School in Norristown and St. Martin de Porres in Philadelphia. He resides in Broomall with his wife, Kit.  They have four children: Julie, Bud, Katie, and Joe and recently became grandparents to a grandson, Frankie and have five grand dogs!

Sarah Chesky joined the board in 2022 and serves as Secretary.  Sarah graduated from SKS in 2008, followed by her brother, Bryan, in 2010.  She is also a graduate of Archbishop Carroll (2012) and Penn State University (2016).  She currently works as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Crozer Health.  Fun fact, her career choice was inspired by an assembly guest speaker when she was an 8th grader at SKS.  Sarah has very fond memories from her time at St. Katharine’s.  The faculty, staff, students, and parents are what always have and continue to make it a special place.  She is looking forward to helping to make an impact on its continued success.

Bruer Kershner joined the Board in 2019 and functions as the BLJ Development Co-Chair. Bruer is CEO of Kershner Office Furniture. Featured in Smart 100, a publication of SmartCEO Magazine, Bruer is recognized for his leadership, strategic vision, and character. With his vast client relations and market knowledge, Bruer has successfully grown Kershner Office Furniture to be a top dealer in the region. Bruer and his wife, Meg, reside in Wayne, PA. Their three children, all SKS graduates, Bruer Jr. (30), Kelsey (28), and Britton (25) live in different cities across the United States, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Doug Guyer joined the Board in 2020 and functions as the Co-Head of Development.. Doug is the CEO of Brandshare, a company he co-founded and serves as CEO. He brings decades of marketing and management experience to the position, as his company has many Fortune 500 companies as clients.  Doug and his eight siblings all graduated from SKS and Archbishop Carroll. Doug went on to attend Boston College on a football scholarship, where he played from 1979-’83, getting drafted by the USFL, before signing with the New England Patriots.

He and his wife, Toop, have 2 sons, Rainer and Doug, who also graduated from SKS and Archbishop Carroll. Rainer recently graduated from James Madison University and Rex is a rising senior at Utah State. Doug helped coach the SKS football team for 9 years and the high school CYO SKS basketball teams for 5 years.

Jim Bryan joined the Board in 2022, serving on the finance committee.  Jim is President of three of Taylor Farms’ wholly owned subsidiaries in New Jersey, New England, and Florida. Taylor Farms is North America’s largest producer of salads and fresh foods.  Jim is originally from California and met his wife Jessie, at Villanova during graduate school; why he lives in Wayne and not California.  Jim and Jessie are members of the parish, and their three children currently attend St. Katharine of Siena School, with Georgia in fourth grade, Catherine in second, and Thomas (Tuck) in kindergarten. He looks forward to the opportunity to give back to the truly unique school community that is SKS and slowly trying to catch Jessie in terms of volunteering at SKS!

Bridget Maguire is a 2013 alum of St. Katharine of Siena, serving on the Board as part of the Development Committee. Bridget’s goal in joining the Board is to develop outreach strategies in order to capitalize on our strong alumni and parent network. As a recent college graduate, she brings a unique perspective of the value of SKS’ strong foundation that has guided her academically and professionally. Bridget continued her Catholic education at Villa Maria Academy for high school. She graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Geotechnical Engineering in 2022. Bridget currently works in Philadelphia as a Design Engineer for Dynamic Engineering Consultants.

Megan Condello joined the board in 2022 to serve on the development committee. Megan graduated from SKS in 2011 after her sister Carolyn graduated in 2009. She is also a graduate of Villa Maria Academy and Penn State University. Currently, she is a Food Scientist at Campbell Soup Company creating new products for the V8 juice brand.  She is looking forward to reconnecting with alumni and past families through her development work while helping improve the future of SKS.

Leslie Flick joined the Board in 2022. She is a Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at FM Cost Containment, a boutique firm in Malvern, PA specializing in cost recovery services. Along with her professional experience that she brings to the Board, Leslie and her husband Bill enjoyed many years volunteering in various capacities including coaching basketball and football, served on the athletic board and was a Friday Pizza Mom.

All four of her children graduated from SKS in 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018. Her oldest, Will, is a graduate of Lehigh University and is currently working in Conshohocken for Independence Alternative Investments. Nina is a graduate of Marquette University and currently working as a Client Manager at Unum in Wayne, PA. After spending a year at High Point University, Charlie is continuing his education at Delaware County Community College and working at T.J. Maxx.  Max is currently a junior at Texas Christian University.

Joe Barba is an SKS (’04) and Penn State University graduate.

Joe currently works for Savage Ventures, a Nashville-based private equity/venture operating firm, where he leads business development and corporate development. Joe is also an advisor to a handful of startups through the Newchip Accelerator program.

Previously, Joe founded Vig it, a social network for sports fans and Laborocity, a national on-demand hiring platform.

Deirdre Koerick joined the Board in September 2021 as a member of the Finance Committee and is the
Board’s liaison to the Parish Financial Council. Deirdre and her husband, Tom, have five children, two of
whom attended St. Katharine’s School: Kelly (Class of 2002) and Michael (Class of 2008). Currently, she
has two grandchildren at the school: Brooke Morris (Class of 2029) and Connor Morris (Class of 2031).
Over their forty years in the parish, Deirdre has served St. Katharine’s in various capacities. She was
active for many years as a Religious Education teacher and as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council,
Stewardship and the Athletic Association. She currently also serves the parish as a Eucharistic Minister
and a Facilitator for Safe Environment Training. In January 2022, Deirdre retired from 44 years in the
financial services industry. During most of her career she was a senior executive and chief compliance
officer, with Lincoln Investment from 1998 to 2022 and Capital Analysts from 1984-1992. From 1992 to
1998, she ran her own regulatory compliance consulting business. Deirdre grew up in Overbrook and
attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school and School of the Holy Child Rosemont high school. She
received her BS in Business Management from Penn State in 1977 and her MBA in Finance from Temple
in 1980.

Tara (Goode) Runkle is a 2004 SKS alum. She is also a graduate of Villa Maria Academy, James Madison University and is completing an MBA degree at Villanova University. Currently, Tara works at CVS Health where she is a Director of Marketing. After many years in NYC and DC, she recently moved back to the Philadelphia area. She lives in Haverford with her husband and twin daughters.

Phil Hintze currently serves as the Chair of the Enrollment Committee.   Phil joined the Board in 2019 and was the inaugural Chairman for the board’s first four years.  Phil is a Partner at Align Ventures, a leading venture capital fund focused on the consumer and technology sectors. He is responsible for capital raising, deal sourcing, client management and execution. He brings over 30 years of investment experience to Align Ventures and holds a B.S. in Finance from La Salle University and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.  Phil and his wife Bridget joined the parish when they moved from New York City in 2013, and all four of their children have attended SKS.  Currently, William, John, and Mimi are all still students.  Phil and Bridget are ardent supporters of Catholic education and are so thankful for the experiences they have had at SKS