Pope Francis Preparatory School is blessed by the inspired leadership and stewardship of the group of people who make up our Board of Directors. Working together, they strive to put the faculty, staff, and students of PFPS in the best possible position to succeed.
Azell Murphy Cavaan
Azell Murphy Cavaan is an award-winning journalist who graduated from Cathedral in 1988 and earned her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her wide-ranging experience in the media industry includes staff writing positions for The Springfield Republican, the Boston Herald, the Boston South End News, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and London’s Legalease publications. She has previously served as the communications director for the city of Springfield and currently serves as the chief communications officer for Springfield Public Schools.
Michele D’Amour, M.Ed. (Chairperson)
Michele D’Amour, M.Ed., is the educational partnership administrator for Big Y Foods, Inc. A 1969 graduate of Cathedral, she attended Westfield State College and holds a master’s degree in education from American International College. She has had a variety of teaching experiences and has worked at the college level supervising student teachers. She has served on many boards and committees over the years and has a long record of philanthropy, primarily focused on education and the arts. In addition to her role as chairperson of the PFHS Board of Directors, D’Amour has served as a corporator and collections committee member of the Springfield Museums, is the chairperson of the Parents Television Council, and sits on the board of Assumption College. She has received much recognition for her philanthropic work, including an honorary doctorate of human letters from Assumption College and NCEA Elizabeth Seton Award.
Thomas Day (Vice Chairperson)
Thomas Day is a 1989 graduate of Cathedral High School and a partner at the Springfield-based law firm, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C., where he serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Tom is a 1993 graduate of Connecticut College and a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he met his wife, Kate. The couple and their four children currently reside in West Springfield, where he serves as chairman of the town’s Planning and Construction Committee. Tom coaches youth soccer for the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department and basketball for the CYO program at St. Thomas the Apostle. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of West Springfield and the Knights of Columbus, Unity Council, also based in West Springfield.
Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA
Patrick J. Garrity
Patrick Garrity is a 1981 graduate of Cathedral High School currently serving as civil engineer for the city of Springfield. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Garrity received his Bachelor of Science in business management from Westfield State College. He is a former member of the East Forest Park Civic Association, former chair of the Holy Cross School Board (Springfield, Mass.), former board member and chair of the Cathedral High School Board of Trustees, former member of the Pope Francis High School Transitional Advisory Committee, and is currently treasurer of the Holy Cross Athletic Association and member of the Atwater Civic Association.
David W. Griffin, Sr., CIC, LIA (Treasurer)
David W. Griffin, Sr., CIC, LIA, is principal and senior vice president and treasurer of the Dowd Insurance Agencies, LLC. A graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and Fairfield University, Griffin has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is a past president of the Springfield Country Club, has served on the West Springfield Chamber of Commerce (president), the Holyoke Parade Committee, Hampden County Insurance Agents Association, and West Springfield Rotary. He is a past chairman of Mont Marie Health Care Center and presently is CEO of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Basketball of Western Mass.
Anthony D. Gulluni
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. Brought up in a Catholic household, Anthony began his education at St. Mary’s School in Longmeadow and went on to Cathedral High School, from which he graduated in 1998. He then attended Wilbraham and Monson Academy for a post-graduate year. Anthony then earned a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Western New England College. His legal career began in the private sector, but soon he found his way in to public service, initially with the City of Springfield as an assistant city solicitor. Anthony then took an opportunity to work for District Attorney William M. Bennett as an assistant district attorney and, short into his time, fell in love with the work of a trial attorney and prosecutor. He worked through D.A. Bennett’s final years in office and continued his service for District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, in whose administration Anthony took on a role in which he prosecuted some of the more serious cases in the county, as well as being a liaison to the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield, where he was raised and lived, at the time. Once Mastroianni was appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama, Anthony decided to run for the position of Hampden District Attorney. Anthony was sworn in as Hampden District Attorney on January 7, 2015. As District Attorney, Anthony has focused on the plague of addiction, leading numerous initiatives to combat the issue, both preventatively and through law enforcement. Along with Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Anthony formed the Hampden County Addiction Task Force in 2016, which has since served as the hub of activity for major efforts around the addiction crisis. The District Attorney has also focused on the youth of the county through education and prevention efforts. He has invested great time and resources in a robust Community Safety and Outreach program, now staffed by four full-time employees in his office, who spend their time, very often alongside Anthony, in the community working with faith-based, non-profit, and other community-oriented organizations to prevent crime and help people live better lives. Anthony’s overall approach – prevention and education and fair but swift prosecution of dangerous and repeat offenders in the criminal justice system – has had a positive impact on the region. Anthony hopes to continue to lead the Hampden District Attorney’s Office as a progressive but public safety-focused official. Anthony also serves as a board member of AAA of Pioneer Valley. Anthony lives in Springfield’s East Forest Park neighborhood, only a short distance from the Pope Francis campus.
Sr. Patricia Hottin, SSJ
Sr. Patricia Hottin, SSJ, is principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield. She has been a Sister of St. Joseph for 49 years and attended a Catholic elementary, high school and college. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Our Lady of Elms and a master’s degree in education from Wheelock College in Boston. Hottin has been an educator for over 40 years and has worked with children and young adults from preschool through college.
Lawrence Kulig is a 1977 graduate of Cathedral High School. Kulig is a litigation partner in the Boston office of Eckert Seamans. He serves on the local board of Generation Citizen, a national civics oriented non-profit focused on inner-city schools. He has also served on the Board of the Archidiocese of Boston’s Planning Office, a developer and advocate of affordable housing, as well as the Bishop’s advisory council overseeing church consolidation in the Diocese of Worcester. He is an honors graduate of both Lafayette College and the Villanova University School of Law. At Cathedral, he was a western Massachusetts track and cross-country champion. He is a recipient of the St. Joseph’s medal.
Joseph L. Peters (Clerk)
Joseph L. Peters is a 1968 graduate of Cathedral High School. He received his Associate in Engineering degree from Holyoke Community College and is the CEO of Universal Plastics Corp in Holyoke. Peters is past chairman of the board, National Society of Plastics Engineers, Thermoforming Division; past chairman of the Regional Employment Board in Springfield, and is a member of the board for Holyoke Medical Center, chairman of the board at Career Point, Holyoke, and a diocesan school board member for the Diocese of Springfield. He is an ordained Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Springfield.
Dan Rodriguez is originally from Westfield and has been a resident of Springfield for the past 29 years. He and his wife, Josephine, have four children, all of whom are products of Catholic education. Dan is a graduate of St. Mary’s in Westfield and received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Masters in Engineering Management from Western New England University. Over the years, Dan has been very committed to Catholic education, serving in many capacities throughout his children’s education ranging from PTO to coaching to serving on various sub-committees. He is an active member of Holy Cross parish in Springfield as well as the Cursillo movement of Western Mass.