Board of Members
Prime Sponsors of the Academy who are responsible for appointing the directors and ensuring the Academy’s overall Catholic Identity:
Rev. Gabriel Lee – Pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish
Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman – Pastor, St. Anastasia Parish
Rev. Fr. Frank Schwarz – Pastor, American Martyrs Parish
Rev. Fr. Andrew Kim – Pastor, St. Paul Chong Ha-Sang Parish
Bishop Massa – Vicar General Brooklyn Diocese
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed D – Superintendent of Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
Brother Ralph Darmento – Superintendent of Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Board of Directors
Governing Body of the Academy
The Directors of the Academy are committed to achieving the Mission of the Academy and to making Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy the model for Catholic elementary school education in Northeast Queens. We thank everyone in the Academy community as well as the communities of St. Anastasia, St. Robert Bellarmine, American Martyrs and St. Paul Ha-Sang Parishes for their support, and are grateful for the opportunity to serve students and their families throughout northeast Queens.
Suzanne Karl – Chairperson
Suzanne joined the board in September 2009. Her family were long term residents of Douglaston and the St. Anastasia Parish Community, and both of her sons are alumni of St. Anastasia Parish School, the Academy’s predecessor school in Douglaston. Suzanne is also a product of Catholic Education having attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through the University level. In addition to her responsibilities as the Board Chairperson, Suzanne is a member of the Diocese’s Preserving the Vision Education Commission and Academy Governance Advisory Committee. She formerly worked for the Diocese as a board mentor. She is also a member of the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Board of Trustees. As a marketer and business professional, Suzanne believes that innovation and listening to the needs of your clients ensures success. She is a strong believer in the value of Catholic education and is proud to be a part of its future.
Peter Ermish – Vice Chairperson
Peter is a native New Yorker currently living in Southlake, Texas with his wife Julia and six children. They are parishioners of Good Shepherd Catholic Community. He and his five siblings are all graduates of St. Anastasia School where his belief in Catholic elementary education took root. He has been a member of the Divine Wisdom Board since the creation of the Academy in 2009. He views his commitment to Divine Wisdom and the Academy model as a lifelong one. His particular focus is on the modernization of the school facility and its teaching infrastructure. He is the owner of an electronics engineering and manufacturing firm based in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Robert Schirling – Treasurer
Bob has been the Treasurer of the Academy since its formation in 2009. Bob and his wife Rovena are residents of Little Neck and have been parishioners of St. Anastasia Parish (and member of the Parish Choir) since 1996. Bob’s children all attended the Academy’s predecessor parish school at St. Anastasia. He is a strong believer in the value Catholic education brings to our students, families, Parish, and broader communities, and is focused on ensuring Catholic education thrives in the modern world. Bob is a partner at a large public accounting firm, and is a certified public accountant licensed in New York and New Jersey.
Kathleen Furlong – Secretary
Kathy and her husband Bob reside in Douglaston and have been members of the St. Anastasia Parish for over 25 years. Kathy is a CPA and spent 30 years working in the financial services industry holding management positions in accounting, treasury, operations, risk management, and human resources prior to her retirement. Her entire family is a product of Catholic education having attended Catholic elementary and high schools in addition to benefiting from Catholic education at the University level. Both of her children are alumni of St. Anastasia School, the Academy’s predecessor parish school in Douglaston. She believes strongly in “Preserving the Vision” of Catholic education for generations to come and is honored to have the opportunity to serve the Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy community.
Robert Coccia – Director
As a resident of Bayside for more than forty five years, Bob has been a local retail merchant for forty years. As a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church he has been actively involved in the parish community. In addition to serving as a trustee, he has served as a member of the finance council and a Eucharistic minister. He spearheaded the formation of the St. Robert’s Annual Golf Outing, and helped to organize and run the annual bazaars. As a former Board Member of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Bob served as Chairman of the Golf Outing committee. In addition he has been affiliated with several charitable golf outing committees, such as The Center and Queen of Peace Residence. He sincerely believes his experience in these capacities enable him to help meet Divine Wisdom’s vision of excellence in education and expansion of its current base.
Edward D’Agostino, Esq. – Director
Edward joined the Board of Directors of the Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy in September 2016. Professionally, Edward is an attorney in private practice specializing in various transactional and litigation matters. He brings to the Board his skills and experience in counseling Boards of Education and school districts on personnel issues, procurement and contracting, and legal matters involving the education of students. Prior to entering private practice, Edward was a member of the New York City Police Department. He believes in the importance and value of a Catholic education.
Carolyn Meenan – Director
Carolyn has been on the Academy board since 2012. Carolyn and her husband have been parishioners for the past 41 years. Both of their children also attended St. Anastasia School and spent the next four years in Catholic High Schools. Carolyn’s involvement in the parish is widespread. She is a Eucharistic Minister, as well as a CCD teacher, and has successfully run many fundraising events for the Parish. Carolyn’s involvement is also throughout the community. She is former president of the Little Neck/Douglaston Lions Club as well as an active member in St. Kevin’s prayer group in Flushing. Carolyn is currently an Associate Real Estate Broker at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s in Flushing.
James Peveraro – Director
Jim comes to the Board of Directors with long term experience in commercial insurance, having worked for a Fortune 100 company. He has been a member of the Board since 2009, and he has been a long time member of St. Anastasia Parish. All five of his children attended St. Anastasia School, the predecessor of Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy in Douglaston. He is a strong believer that Catholic schools will provide the leaders of tomorrow by providing strong academic skills while developing character and integrity.
Michael Tramonte – Director
Michael joined the Board of Directors of Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy joined in September 2015. He is a product of the New York Catholic Schools and has a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters from St. John’s University. He is a retired Principal, who worked for the New York City Department of Education for over forty years and brings a broad perspective on educational matters to the Board. Michael is a member of American Martyrs Parish where he serves as an usher and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He is married to his wife Fortune for over forty one years and has three boys who also attended our diocesan Catholic Schools. Michael will serve on the Fundraising and Development Committee and hopes to lend his time and talent to continue the positive growth the Academy has enjoyed over the last six years.