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Regina Coeli Academy Board

The members of the Board of Directors are leaders in many local, national, and international organizations. They have expertise in education, theology, psychology, science, and business. This combined experience has enabled the Board to found the school, maintain it, and meet the demands of the curriculum and administration. The members of both the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board are:

Board of Directors

Timothy J. Murnane, Chairman
Barbara B. Henkels, President
John Armstrong
Denise O’Connell

Jennifer Swierzbinski

Gerard Wijeyeratne

James Todd

Advisory Board

Rev. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
Adele M. Fitzgibbons, Ph.D.
Brian J. Gail
John M. Haas, Ph.D.
Alice von Hildebrand, Ph.D.
Mark Houck
Thomas S. Monaghan
Matthew J. Pinto
Rev. George W. Rutler, S.T.D.
James J. and Megan White

Timothy J. Murnane, Chairman

Tim has been associated with RCA from the beginning but officially for about 14 years.  He has had an interest in Catholic education since his own children were very young.  He is a professional engineer with 41 years experience with the Rohm and Haas Company and has a BS and MS degrees in Structural/Civil Engineering from Villanova University as well as metallurgical engineering education from Drexel University.  He is the recipient of numerous professional awards during his distinguished career for technical excellence and significant contributions to Rohm and Haas.

Tim is the father of 9 children and 27 grandchildren and he has been a Catholic activist for the past 30 years.  He is presently one of the leaders of the Mid-Atlantic Knights of the Immaculata which sponsors an annual retreat and other activities that focus on male spirituality and leadership.  The group has grown rapidly in the last several years counting over 600 men including Tim’s five sons and several grandsons so far.


James Longon, Treasurer

Jim helped Barbara Henkels launch Regina Coeli Academy from her dining room table.   He created the first budget and has been the Treasurer ever since.  The success stories of the children have been a big motivator for him.  Jim feels that the success of Regina Coeli Academy lies in its Mission, its joyful teachers, and the amazing harmony and commitment of its parents.

Jim was an entrepreneur for many years after graduating from Villanova University and serving in the Army.  In 2005 his business was acquired by Regus and Jim now enjoys his “unemployment” doing woodworking, playing golf, playing with his 12 grandchildren, and giving back with church ministries.  He is a member of The Papal Foundation, Legatus, Knights of Columbus, and others.


John Armstrong

John joined our board in 2016 and comes to Regina Coeli with a love for classical education and a love for the Regina Coeli mission. He is a strong believer in presenting young people with the highest academic standards in students’ earliest years. In his career as a financial advisor in Ambler, Pennsylvania John has over forty years of experience in private education finance. John’s hobbies include reading and being taught by his new grandchildren.


Jennifer Swierzbinski

Jennifer Swierzbinski is a marketing professional with over a decade of experience aiding Catholic organizations. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Jennifer previously was a marketing manager at The Catholic University of America where she focused on conducting competitive analyses and strategic planning for the creation of the Busch School of Business. Jennifer worked closely with the Dean, faculty and Board to support the school’s mission of educating virtuous business leaders; putting the human person at the center of business enterprise. Prior to her time at CUA, Jennifer was the Communications Director for Landings International, a Catholic nonprofit aimed at welcoming fallen away Catholics back to the Church.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from The Catholic University of America. She is a wife to her husband, Jeff, and a mother of three young children, Clare and Andrew, and Bridget Regina. Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, reading, Catholic podcasts, and hopes to one day return to CUA to complete her MA in Moral Theology.


Gerard Wijeyeratne

Gerard Wijeyeratne is blessed to be the father of three amazing Regina Coeli students, and of all the roles in life, this is the role he cherishes the most.

In his professional life, he specializes in the areas of finance and accounting with a focus on valuation.  His current interests lie in real estate investment and financial consulting for private businesses and startups.  His life is shaped by his love for God and service to others.

He loves traveling to interesting places, dancing, scuba diving, cooking, practicing the drums, and Kung Fu.  Gerard and wife Monique are also very active in the Philadelphia pro-life community.


James Todd

Over the past 40 years, Mr. Todd has worked for a variety of companies both large and small including Fortune 500 and high-tech venture capital-funded companies. He also has significant entrepreneurial experience having worked for a small environmental testing company and most recently as a business owner of an e-commerce based software development company.

His background, skills, and expertise include sales, marketing, technology licensing, business development, project management, and business management & operations with both e-commerce and bricks and mortar businesses.

Mr. Todd volunteers time as an usher, choir member, and coordinator for special liturgical events. He also serves on the board of directors for a non-profit organization founded to provide assistance to Alumaku, a small village of approximately 4000 people, in southern Nigeria. Over the years he has also been actively involved in the Pro-life movement, founded a non-profit organization to battle Planned Parenthood funding in New Jersey, and was the founder of Pewsitter.com, a Catholic news aggregator website.

Mr. Todd, graduated in 1980 from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Agriculture.  He was born and raised in Nebraska on a family farm and has significant agricultural experience with farming and livestock operations.


Denise O’Connell

Denise O’Connell has a long history of commitment to Catholic education.  She taught for 29 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia before finding her way to Regina Coeli Academy. Denise has taught grades 1 and 2 at RCA and thoroughly enjoyed bringing the love of Our Lord to her students in a classical curriculum.  In 2020, she retired from teaching and is enjoying the time that stepping away has afforded her.  In 2021, Denise was invited to join the Board of Directors at RCA and she is enjoying her reconnection to her beloved school.

Denise holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology from West Chester University. She and her husband Bill have two grown sons and seven grandchildren. In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and going on long walks.


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