As the President of Erie Catholic School System, Bridget Philip oversees the Erie Catholic School System. Bridget joined Erie Catholic in 2019 as VP of Enrollment Management and then accepted the president position in 2021. Bridget spent 17 years at Gannon University in enrollment management. In 2016 she successfully completed her certificate in Leadership in Enrollment Management through the University of Southern California. Bridget is a graduate of St. Mary’s School in Nanty Glo, PA, Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg, PA and Gannon University in Erie, PA.
Donald P. Smith
Director of Finance
Donald P. Smith, LTC - US Army (retired), MBA, oversees financial management operations and develops business plans and strategies to support the mission of Catholic education in concert with the President and the Board of Directors. A 23 year Army veteran, he has extensive financial management and organizational leadership experience, most notably as the Commander of the 33rd Financial Management Support Unit, and the Deputy Controller for both the U.S. Army’s 10th “Mountain” Division at Fort Drum, NY and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan. Don earned his Master of Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Human Resource Manager
Kelsey Dieter joined the Erie Catholic School System in October 2021. She was born and raised in Erie, PA and attended college at Buffalo State, where she received her Bachelor's in Communications in 2011. While at Buffalo State, she was also a member of the Women’s Soccer Team. After graduating, she made her way out to sunny Southern California where she spent multiple years growing organizations as a Human Resource Manager. She moved back to Erie in December 2020 and now hopes to apply her years of experience and can-do mentality to help the team grow here at Erie Catholic School System.
Director of Strategic Advancement
Tami (Terella) Faram joined Erie Catholic in October of 2021. An Erie native and proud Blessed Sacrament and Villa Maria Academy graduate, Faram began her journalism career at WJET and K104 radio in Erie. She then landed at the U.S. Naval Academy, working in public relations. Tami pivoted back into reporting and editing eventually covering each branch of military service, serving as a Pentagon reporter and then as an editor for the Army Times Publishing Group and Space News. As another opportunity opened, Faram became PR director of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. She then took the position as PR director of the Marine Corps Marathon at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. She says working alongside U.S. Marines to organize a world-class event was the thrill of a lifetime. With family always on her mind,Tami returned to Erie becoming director of Alumni Services at Gannon University. In her current position at Erie Catholic Schools, Tami is seeking new fundraising opportunities to enhance Erie Catholic’s academic programs, classroom capabilities and school environments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University.
Director of Instructional Design and Technology
Jeff Martin joined Erie Catholic School System in 2020 after a 15 year career in education with at the Fairview School District where he served as elementary teacher and Professional Development teacher for instructional technology. Jeff received a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Gannon University in 2004, a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2008 from Edinboro University and a Principal Certification from Edinboro University.
Alicia Tellers joined Erie Catholic in 2021. She has served in several communications and marketing roles over the last 15 years in manufacturing and educational organizations. Alicia’s responsibilities include strategic communications, marketing, and website and social media management. She is also a liaison to our six schools to actively promote Catholic education while aligning with the mission and vision of Erie Catholic. Alicia is a lifelong Erie resident and member of the Erie Catholic Diocese. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Media Studies from Penn State Behrend.