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

Our Board of Directors

Aileen S. Coccia

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 at the American Christian School in Succasunna, NJ.  Additionally, she home schooled her five children for 14 years.  Her teaching experience includes tutoring writing at Wyoming Catholic College as well as teaching literature to home schooled students.

She, her husband Mario, and family reside in Morris County.

Patricia Puccetti Donahoe

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 family reside in Morris County.  She has home schooled for 9 years and was a teacher in the Little Way Homeschool Cooperative in Middlesex, NJ.

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. Dr. Berki resides in Morris County.

Ronald J. Colombo, JD 

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 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. 

Joe Eckart

Dr. Eckart holds a PharmD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He completed his undergraduate degree in

Biochemistry from Northwestern University.  
Currently, Dr. Eckart works for Sanofi as a medical writer. Dr. Eckart resides in Hunterdon County with his wife and son.

Kelly M. Eckart
Mrs. Eckart graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an MS in Cellular and Molecurla Biology.  Her BS in Biology was granted by the University of Notre Dame.  Mrs. Eckart recently taught Biology and Algebra II at Sedes Sapientiae School and middle school science at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Boonton before welcoming her and Joe's first child last June. 

Our Faculty

Aileen S. Coccia

Head of School, Director

Literature, History, Classical Languages, Mathematics

MA, Classical Liberal Arts, St. John's College Graduate Institute
MA, Instruction and Curriculum, Kean University

BA, Literature, Rutgers University

Patricia Puccetti Donahoe

Academic Dean, Director

Science, Mathematics, Theology, Classical Languages, Literature, Art, Drama.

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

BA, Classical Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College

Mario Coccia

Greek, Philosophy
STD (candidate), Theology of Bioethics, Regina Apostolorum,
STM, STL, Theology, International Theological Institute
MA, Theology (Biblical Studies), Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Seton Hall University

Although Mr. Coccia is in the pharmaceutical marketing field as Associate Creative Director with a strong knowledge of healthcare sciences, he has advance degrees in dogmatic theology and bioethics. His educational experience includes work at Wyoming Catholic College as the Admission Director from 2007-2010. There, he facilitated a class on Carmelite Spirituality. He also substituted 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.

Kelly M. Eckart

Administrator, Director

MS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

BS, Biology, University of Notre Dame

Susan Johnson
Director of Mission Advancement

AAS, Applied Science, Union County College & University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ
Mrs. Johnson joins Sedes Sapientiae School as the Director of Mission Advancement.  She brings to the school her extensive networking experience on behalf of the Franscican Friars of the Renewal.  Mrs. Johnson, a Lay Associate of the CFR, served on the steering committee with Fr. Glenn Sudanno and Fr. Guiseppe  Siniscalchi for the Associates.  She was also the Associate liason for 5 years organizing the flow of information between the friars and a few hundred volunteers. In addition, she organized holiday events at the Friary and surrounding neighborhood.  Mrs. Johnson also solicited donations for their weekly soup kitchen.  Her other work with the Friars included organizing retreats - Into the Deep - as the northeast contact for Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryrock, CFR.  Currently she assists in facilitating youth groups and events at the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary.  Her work has enabled Mrs. Johnson to connect with hundreds of benevolent individuals. 

Mrs. Johnson, her husband Perry and 6 children, whom she homeschooled some for 8 years, live in Somerset County.  She enjoys the beach, praying/serving at Hermits of Bethlehem in Cheste, knitting, working with the poor in Newark, and, of course, her family.

Mathilde Misko
Theology, Latin, Art, Drama

BA, Classical Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College

Mathilde Misko attended Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA, where she earned her BA degree in liberal arts. Her love of the Faith was enlivened and strengthened by her college experience, by the books that are studied there, by the examples of both tutors and students who lived the Faith earnestly, and this enkindling of the Faith has endured through all that came afterward. Following graduation, Mathilde worked at the international lay apostolate, Catholics United for the Faith. From there she went to teach at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Beverly Hills, CA. She married in 1985 and spent the next several decades teaching their six children at home. While homeschooling, Mathilde's passion for the Faith led her to be very active in the Faith Formation Program at her parish, Church of St. Jude, in lovely Blairstown, NJ. After many years of teaching CCD classes to all age groups, she recognized the urgent need to evangelize parents if we would ever hope to affect the children, and she helped develop a program for the parents of the Faith Formation students, bringing in guest speakers and also giving a series of talks herself on the truths of the Faith. Believing that it is necessary to help children form a sense of the sacred at an early age, Mathilde set up an atrium wherein she teaches the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. She has taught at several educational co-operatives over the course of two decades, and among other things, directed a high school play, “Arsenic and Old Lace”.

Mrs. Misko is a Lay Associate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. For over a decade she and her younger children accompanied the Friars on a monthly basis helping with apostolic works which included, among other things, planting vegetable gardens in three friaries! as well as regularly praying in front of an abortion clinic,  visiting and praying with the homeless, and just sharing somewhat in the beautiful life of the Franciscans.

When possible, Mrs. Misko loves hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail accompanied by her beloved German Shepherd. She loves gardening, cooking for family and friends, reading good books, listening to classical music, visiting art museums. A Sunday afternoon will often find her with a sketchpad in hand, trying to capture the loveliness of a country scene, with which she feels blessed to be surrounded. Her love of Our Lord and a deep gratefulness for all of God's gifts to us permeates all that Mathilde does, and she desires above all things to share her love of the Faith, especially through teaching.

Anthony R. Nardino

Choir Master
BA, Music (Pipe Organ Performance) with a minor in Theology, Catholic University of America

Mr. Anthony Nardinois an organist and choirmaster based in Central New Jersey. 
Mr. Nardino received a Bachelor of Music in Pipe Organ performance from The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While at CUA, Mr. Nardino was most influenced by his organ professors, Dr. Edward A. Moore and Dr. Robert Grogan; Dr. Leo Nestor in the realm of choral conducting and composition; and Fr. Robert Skeris in the specialty of Gregorian Chant and the Ward Method. Additionally, he received a minor in Theology, with most of his course study in the area of Liturgy and the Sacraments. Anthony holds organ certification from the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

For over a decade, Anthony has served as the Director of Sacred Music for St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, the Catholic Center Campus Ministry at Rutgers University, and the New Brunswick Oratory of St. Philip Neri.  He has served as the Director of Sacred Music for the Latin Mass Society of Central New Jersey since its inception in 2016.

In addition to his primary musical pursuits, Mr. Nardino has written the libretto and score for several children's musicals which have been performed by the Three Story Players acting troupe of Ocean County College, has collaborated in composing for and recording on an analog-only record project For the Record, and sings with several local choral ensembles including the Diocesan Choir of the Diocese of Metuchen and the Tim Keyes Consort.

Mr. Nardino currently resides in Middlesex County with his wfe Lisa and their three children.

Cathy M. Robben

History, Literature, Mathematics, Religion, Foresnsics

BA, International Affairs, Business, Xavier University

Certification for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Mrs. Robben is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her interest in the Montessori educational philosophy was ignited when her eldest daughter enrolled at a local Montessori School.  She then pursued training in the Catechesis of the Good Shephard Program Levels I and II and opening an Atrium in her parish.  In 2007, Mrs. Robbin, her husband and family relocated to New Jersey, where she home-schooled her four children for 9 years.  She continued with Catechesis of the Good Shephard program at her new parish and then at the Little Way Home School Cooperative in Middlesex, NJ where she also coached the Forensics Team. Recently, Mrs. Robben founded the Classical Forensics League for which she serves as director; middle school forensics students from the local area compete in various areas of forensic speech. 

Gianna C. Wall

Mathematics, Theology, Latin, Literature, Drama
BA, Classical Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College
Mrs. Wall joins the faculty of Sedes Sapientiae School teaching Pre-Calculus, Latin III, American Literature, Writing, and Sacraments/Church History.  She has been teaching Latin for the past two years in a classical charter school in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mrs. Wall earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with a double major in philosophy and theology and a double minor in mathematics and science, at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, where she wrote her thesis on the nature of literature.

Mrs. Wall is also on the faculty of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, where she teaches seventh/eighth grade Latin. She enjoys directing and performing in plays, reading C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy, landscaping and "interior design".​

Matthew J. Wall

Chemistry, Mathematics, Literature, History, Philosophy, Physical Education

BA, Classical Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College

Matthew Wall has a degree from Thomas Aquinas College, double majoring in Philosophy and Theology with a double minor in science and mathematics.  He taught Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Pre-Calculus, and Algebra II at Ville De Marie Academy, Scottsdale, AZ.  His experience includes teaching middle school math and science.  In addition, he was one of the high school academic counselors.  Most recently, Mr. Wall was a lead teacher at one of the Great Heart Academies.  

His favorite books include St. Thomas’ Summa Theologica, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and St. Augustine’s De Magistro (On the Teacher).  He enjoys hiking, sports, drama, sketching, and horseback riding.

Mr. Wall resides in Morris County with his wife Gianna.

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