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Notre Dame’s New Strategic Plan is Underway

Recently, Notre Dame’s Board of Governors announced that the school has begun the process of drafting a new Strategic Plan with an anticipated release date of October 2021. “ND’s previous Strategic Plan, which had been in place for the past six years, was completed and has expired.  Now is the time to craft a new plan that will serve as a roadmap for our school’s work over the next three years,” said Board of Governors Chair, Dick Smith.  

Led by ND President Ken Jennings and Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Brian Duff ‘89, this new plan will highlight the key planning areas of: Academic Excellence, Governance and Leadership, Mission and Catholic Identity and Operational Vitality.  

The school has retained the services of Maria Ribera, Senior Executive Consultant with Catholic School Management to help guide the work of the Strategic Planning Committee. Members of the Committee are listed below.

There will be many opportunities for the community, (including Current Parents, Faculty and Staff, Students and Alumni), to participate in the creation of the plan.  Additional details will follow soon.

Strategic Planning Committee Members

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  • Brian J. Duff '89, Committee Chair

  • Ken Jennings, ND President

  • Joanna Barlow, ND Principal

  • Dr. Brian Bridgewater, Faculty Member

  • George Foley P'23

  • Dr. Eileen Ingbritsen, Faculty Member

  • Maggie Kelly, SVP, Director of Institutional Advancement

  • Rebecca Bartuska '02 Magro, Director of College and School Counseling

  • Brian Malloy '92, Director of Facilities

  • Pam Ponticiello P '19'21

  • Joe Pratico '06

  • Rosa Rosado '83, P '21

  • Denise Santoro P'21'25

  • Laura Sarubbi P'20'20'20, Director of Enrollment Management

  • John Tattory '83 P'12'14'18

Notre Dame Committees

List of 7 items.

  • Advancement and Marketing Committee

    Kristen Saker, Co-Chair
    Cynthia Persichilli, Co-Chair
    Maggie Kelly, Holder

    Jasmin Leary Barry
    Jessie Besler
    Molly Foley
    Colleen Herbert
    Ken Jennings
    Bonnie Rose Clawson '96 Milecki
    Donna Murray
    Jim O'Boyle
    Joseph Pratico '06
    Judy Rynkewicz
    Laura Sarubbi
    Kellyanne Gorman '87 Stewart
  • Enrollment Management Committee

    Suzanne Eberhard - Chair
    Kenneth Jennings - Holder

    Kristen Brauer
    Kevin Deal
    Karen O'Keefe '87 Rauscher
    Laura Sarubbi
    Kellyanne Stewart
    Nessa Tallo
  • Diversity Committee

    Kerri Tillett, Co-Chair
    Dr. Charisse West '85 Smith, Co-Chair
    Allison Ratzman, Holder
    Ken Jennings, Holder
    Joe Abbondandolo
    Joanna Barlow
    Mary Mason '02 Ellsworth
    Herve Francois
    Dr. Ellieen Ancrum Ingbritsen
    Amber Lee
    Lisa Matar '96 Lenihan
    Tony Mack
    Eileen Marx
    Rosa Rosado '21
    Rose Fitzpatrick '75 Stevenson
    Laura Sarubbi
    Joe Shiarappa '87
  • Facilities Committee

    Jeffrey Pawar, Chair
    Ken Jennings, Holder
    Donald Bauch
    Craig Coffey '86
    Tony Genovesi
    Bob Hough
    Mark Janiec
    Brian Malloy '92
    Gerry McGuire
    Wayne Pietrini
    Michael Reger '86
    Michael Tritt '87
  • Finance Committee

    John Tattory '83, Chair
    Donna Grabowski, Holder
    Joanna Barlow
    Scott Burney
    Ken Jennings
    Mark Laccetti
    Eileen Moran
    Jim Okamura
    Karen Troiano
  • Strategic Planning Committee

    Brian Duff '89, Chair
    Ken Jennings, Holder
    Joanna Barlow
    Joseph Maruca
    Denise Santoro
    Marty Tantum '75
    Ali Wilson
  • Technology Committee

    John Vargese, Chair
    Janine Scimeca '84 Corgan, Holder

    Joanna Barlow
    Donald Bauch
    James Black
    Bill Hnatiuk
    Ken Jennings
    Beth Repsik
    Kurt Steege
    Marty Tatum

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  • Welcome From the ND President

    Welcome to our website. During your visit to these pages, my hope is that you will learn about our programs, our spirit, our community, and our deep commitment to a vision and mission that prepares our students for their next steps and that truly sets us apart from other schools.

    Notre Dame High School is a place where emphasis is placed on the whole student; the academic, the spiritual, the physical, the social and the emotional. We engage students in their learning and in their faith development. We build a solid foundation of values and habits of discipline as we teach our students to think, to serve and to lead. Here we help them to know themselves and to know their relationship to a loving God.  Visit our Academic pages, learn about our curriculum and faculty. They average 20 years of teaching experience. More than half hold advanced degrees. 

    Notre Dame High School’s suburban, 100-acre campus is situated in Lawrenceville, NJ, five miles from Princeton and three miles from the state capital in Trenton. The location of the school allows easy access to both New York City and Philadelphia. The bucolic landscaped campus is home to a lighted sports stadium containing a beautiful grotto.  In addition, the campus boasts six tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two softball fields, a lacrosse field, a field hockey field, and two practice fields for soccer and football.  A fully-appointed weight/workout room rounds out the amenities for the student athletes. 

    Over the past seven years, the Cafeteria, Chapel, science labs, front entrance, stadium, Gymasium and lobby have all experienced extensive renovations. The 1,200-seat auditorium, one of the largest in the area, completed rennovations in the Winter of 2019.

    The mission of NDHS is reflected in the challenging college preparatory curriculum and overall educational experience. The school maintains a strong and balanced offering of required and elective academic and enrichment courses designed for college preparation encompassing six languages, a STEM approach to integrated Science, and a plethora pf courses in the fine and performing arts. Sixteen Advanced Placement and over 20 Honors courses are available to qualified students. Recent additions to the curriculum include Cross-Platform Mobile Application Development, Accelerated Discrete Mathematics, Kinesiology, Applied Physics in Robotics, Academic Writing, Public Speaking, Mass Communications, Film Production, Conceptual Art & Character Design, and Ceramics.

    Come to know our uncommon success. Each year, 98% of our graduates go on to higher learning in some of our nation’s most prestigious colleges, carrying millions of dollars in earned scholarships with them. Each year, our students perform nearly 38,000 hours of Christian Service to those in need. Each year, 600 athletes compete successfully for championships in one of the most lauded athletic programs in the region. And each year, our performing artists sing, dance and act their way into the hearts of an audience of thousands as they have done since 1957.

    Finally, I invite you to come to know our faith which stands at the heart of the Notre Dame High School experience. That faith is manifested in a community that lives shared values of respect for all life and tolerance for others.

    This is Notre Dame High School. Come to visit.


    Ken Jennings

Board of Governors

Click on a board member's name to read their full bio:

List of 19 items.

  • Dick Smith, Chair

    Richard (Dick) C. Smith is the former Partner-in-Charge of the Center of Excellence for Business Process Transformation (Six Sigma/ Lean) at PwC Consulting. He also supported the establishment of PwC’s Process Excellence practices in Europe and Asia.
  • Ken Jennings, President

    A New Jersey native, Ken Jennings was appointed President of Notre Dame High School on July 1, 2019. He was formerly Principal of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alamdea, Calif.
  • Joanna Barlow, Principal

    Joanna Barlow is the Principal at Notre Dame High School. Prior to her position as Principal, Mrs. Barlow was the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at ND for seven years. 
  • Chris Blotto

    Chris is the Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Investors Bank where he is leading the banks digital and technology transformation.  Prior to joining the bank, Chris was a Founding Partner and Chief Informationist at Knowledgent, a data and analytics consultancy acquired by Accenture in 2018.  
  • Maeve Cannon '81

    Maeve E. Cannon is a shareholder with Stevens & Lee, and located at their Lawrenceville, N.J. office. She concentrates her practice in government contracting, regulatory compliance, corporate litigation and administrative law including appellate practice. 
  • Brian J. Duff '89

    Brian J. Duff is a partner at Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC. He specializes in personal injury (including, but not limited to car accidents, falls, injurious products, trucking accidents), civil litigation and workers compensation matters.
  • Suzanne Eberhard

    Suzanne and her husband Michael have been members of the Notre Dame community since 2008 and active members of St. Paul Parish for over 20 years. Their three children graduated from St. Paul School and Notre Dame High School. 
  • Donna Grabowski

    Donna Grabowski is Vice President of Finance and Operations at Notre Dame High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Rider University. 
  • Maggie Kelly

    Margaret L. “Maggie” Kelly is Senior Vice President, Director of Institutional Advancement for Notre Dame High School. She oversees the offices of Philanthropy, Alumni Relations, Events and Advancement Services.
  • Julie Kopchik

    Julie Kopchik is a Mathematics teacher and is the current Mathematics Department Chair at Notre Dame High School. She received her BA in Mathematics and Education from SUNY Potsdam, her MS in Mathematics Education from SUNY Cortland, and her Supervisor’s Certification from Rider University. 
  • Jeff Pawar

    Jeff Pawar brings 28 years of engineering experience and is Director of Engineering and Maintenance for Immunomedics, a biotech company manufacturing oncological therapeutics.
  • Cindy Persichilli

    Cindy Persichilli is an active member of St. James Parish, Pennington. She is a member of the parish council, the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, CYO, and the Mayor's Wellness Campaign. 
  • Tom Saker

  • Tim Stout '92

    Tim Stout, along with his wife Kristen Simms Stout, is a Notre Dame alumni of the class of 1992. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Trenton State College in 1996. 
  • John Tattory '83

    John Tattory currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Windtree Therapeutics, a publicly-traded biotechnology company.
  • Michael Tritt '87

    Michael has worked in engineering and construction for the past thirty years with a focus on Energy Storage projects in the Oil & Gas sector and Power Generation.
  • Arthur R. Thibault Jr.

    Arthur R. Thibault Jr., a member of the Board of Governors, is a partner in the law firm of Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy, P.C. in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, a boutique labor and employment firm representing management.
  • John P. Varghese

    John P. Varghese currently works for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Services (FAS), Washington, DC office. Prior to joining FAS, John was the Chief Technology Manager at the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), Assistant Director of Procurement for Information Technology (IT) at the District of Columbia Government and the State of New Jersey.
  • Dr. Charisse West '85 Smith

    As an educational consultant, keynote speaker and instructional coach, Dr. Charisse Smith has worked across multiple platforms in public and private school settings as well as within the nonprofit and business sectors.

Notre Dame High School

Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.