Our Board of Directors

Aileen S. Coccia

(See bio under Faculty)

Patricia Puccetti Donahoe

(See bio under Faculty)

Agnes T. Berki
Agnes is Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ.  Previously, she was Deputy of the Virology Department, Senior Scientist, and Virologist at Gibraltar Laboratories in Fairfield, NJ.  

Agnes’ other professional appointments include: Senior Scientist at Schering-Plough Research Institute in Union, NJ; Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Medicine, University of Maryland; and Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland. Agnes earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Maryland, majoring in Molecular Biology and minoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  She graduated from Lajos Kossuth University in Debrecen, Hungary with an M.Sc. in Chemistry and Physics.  Agnes enjoys singing, painting, photography, playing piano, writing poetry, hiking and attending spiritual pilgrimages. She is also a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima in Pequannock.

Ronald J. Colombo

Professor Colombo teaches courses in corporate, securities, and contract law at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law.  His scholarship has focused largely on issues of securities fraud, corporate law, and financial regulation, and has done so via the application of natural law theory, economic theory, moral philosophy, and neuroscience. More recently, his scholarship has addressed the constitutional rights of business entities.  In 2014 he authored a book on the subject, entitled “The First Amendment and the Business Corporation,” published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Colombo’s award-winning scholarship has earned him speaking invitations and recognition across the United States.  He has addressed numerous academic and professional associations, including the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, the Federal Bar Council, in addition to law schools and business schools.  He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, Bloomberg, and The Daily Beast, and his op-eds / letters have been published in The Washington Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post.  He has also appeared on “Brad and Britt in the Morning” (FM Talk 101.1 WZTK Radio), “The John Williams Show” (830 AM WCCO [CBS] Radio), and Hofstra’s Ed Ingles’ Show “Newsline” (88.7 FM WRHU).  Professor Colombo serves on the editorial review board of the Review of Business, and as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  From 2013-2015, Professor Colombo served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Hofstra Law School.

Before joining the Hofstra faculty in 2006, Professor Colombo served in the Complex Global Litigation Group of Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., as vice president and counsel. Prior to that, Professor Colombo practiced as a litigation associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell.  From 2000-2003, Professor Colombo also served on the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Professor Colombo graduated, magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law. At NYU, Professor Colombo was a member of the NYU Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Immediately following graduation, Professor Colombo clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Colombo lives in Bergen County, NJ with his wife and five children. 

Our Faculty

Aileen S. Coccia, Headmaster

MA, Liberal Arts / Great Books, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
MA, Instruction and Curriculum, Kean University, Union, NJ

BA, Literature, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Aileen founded Sedes Sapientiae School in 2013 laying the groundwork for opening our doors in 2015. During this time, she was an Adjunct Professor at County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ, teaching composition. She has also taught Medieval and 16th to 20th Century British and American Literature classes at the American Christian School in Succasunna, NJ.

She home schooled her five children, the three older ones through high school, using a classical Catholic curriculum. The two youngest are students at Sedes Sapientiae School, while two of older children attended Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA, where the third will also attend. She, her husband Mario, and their children attend Our Lady ​of Fatima Chapel in Pequannock, NJ.

​Patricia Puccetti Donahoe, Dean of Students

MA, Religious Education/Catechetics, the Pontifical Institute for Advanced Studies in Catholic Doctrine, St. John’s University,
​Queens, NY

BA, Classical Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA

Patricia has extensive business experience in Catholic institutions. She served as Program Director for Homeland Foundation/Wethersfield Institute in New York City, NY; as Editor/Assistant to the Officers at Catholics United for the Faith for the monthly publication Laywitness, the yearly religious art calendar, and Ignatius Press’ Faith and Life Series; as a Member of the Holy See Delegation to the United Nations; as a member the Board of Directors for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and for Catholics United for the Faith; as Teacher and Advisor for the Narnia Clubs, a catechetical program in New York City, NY;  as a Founding Board Member of the New York Catholic Forum; and currently as a Director of the Good Counsel Homes, Inc., in NY and NJ. 

Patricia, her husband Thomas C. Donahoe and their four children are members of St. Michael's in New York City. She has home schooled for the past 9 years and was a teacher in the Little Way Homeschool Cooperative in Middlesex, NJ.

Mario Coccia, Philosophy
STD (candidate), Theology of Bioethics, Regina Apostolorum,
​Rome, Italy
STM, STL, Theology of Marriage and Family, International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria
MA, Theology (Biblical Studies), Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
BA, English, Kean University, Union, NJ

Mr. Coccia has advanced canonical degrees in Catholic dogmatic theology and bioethics. His educational experience includes work at Wyoming Catholic College as the Admission Director from 2007-2010, where he facilitated a class on Carmelite Spirituality.  He substituted/co-taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria in 2006-2007.  In addition he was an adjunct faculty member at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University in the summer of 2006. Mr. Coccia also has a strong background in science, having worked many years in healthcare communications where he is VP, Associate Creative Director.

Anthony R. Nardino, Choir Director
BA, Music (Pipe Organ Performance) with a minor in Theology, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Mr. Nardino serves St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish in New Brunswick as the primary organist and choir director. He is also the director of music for the campus ministry outreach to Rutgers University. Finally, Mr. Nardino provides for the musical needs of The New Brunswick Oratory of St. Philip Neri that serves the parish and campus ministry. He works closely with the Oratorian Fathers to assist them in learning and executing the chants of the Mass.

Diana Roccograndi, Chemistry
BS, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

Since 2002, Ms. Roccograndi has taught and tutored mathematics and science (including chemistry) in the middle school grades through college. In addition, she prepares students for the SAT (mathematics) and the ACT (mathematics and science). Ms. Roccograndi also holds a Collegiate Professional License to Teach Mathematics in the State of Virginia where she taught high school at South Lakes High School in Fairfax County from 2004-2009.

Gregory Stejskal, Greek History, Greek Literature, Christian Idea of Man, PE, Algebra I, Writing
MA Theology, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN
BS, Mathematics, Loras College, Dubuque, IA
BA, Philosophy, Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Before accepting the position at Sedes Sapientiae School, Mr. Stejskal was a mathematics and theology teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia High Schools since 2013.  He also served as the Director of Faith Formation  at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Philadelphia.  In his free time, he enjoys tennis, golf, cooking, and wine making.

Katarina Woltornist, World History, Medieval History, Latin, The Creed, Writing, Drama
BA, Theology, Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA

Ms. Woltornist is currently finishing an internship at the Theology of the Body Institute in Pennsylvania. Her college coursework in theology includes Catholic Apologetics, Moral Theology, Catholic Doctrine, Scripture, and the work of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Her studies also comprised courses in Church, US, and World Histories, and Latin. Prior to completing her degree, Ms. Woltornist received Religious Formation and completed theology courses with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville.  She has also worked with middle school and high school students since 2012 at Mary Mother of God Church (Hillsborough, NJ) and St. Magdalen De Pazzi (Flemington, NJ).  Ms. Woltornist enjoys reading and traveling, along with expressing her creativity through painting, cake decorating, and stained glass.

Cathy Mehn Robben, World Literature, Religion, World History, Mathematics, Foresnsics

BA, International Affairs, Business, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Certification for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

(Bio forthcoming)

An Independent College Preparatory Middle/High School
Si quis indiget sapientia,
postulet a Deo in fide

Board of Advisors

Luke A. Macik, JD, Headmaster, The Lyceum, So. Euclid, OH

Mark Randall, CFRE, Executive Director of Advancement, Pontifical North American College, Washington, DC
Donald R. Rasmusson,  CrownPoint Development Group, ​Parsippany, NJ
Kevin D. Roberts, PhD,  Executive Vice President, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin TX​
Andrew T. Seeley, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, Ventura, CA

Rev. Glenn Sudano, CFR, New York City, NY