Donald P. Smith
Vice President 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.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Lisa Panighetti, Vice President of Academic Affairs, rejoined Erie Catholic in September of 2023. From 2014-2017, Lisa served as the Principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Boniface School. In 2017, with the creation of the Erie Catholic School System, Lisa was named principal of Our Lady of Peace until 2021 when she accepted the position of Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Diocese of Erie. Prior to her work with the Catholic Schools, Lisa taught Elementary grades and was a Reading Specialist for the Erie City School District. Lisa has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Reading and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership form Edinboro University. She also holds a certificate in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. Lisa lives with her husband Justin and her two boys who attend one of our Erie Catholic Schools. She is both personally and professionally invested in Erie Catholic's academic success and with her knowledge, skills and experience feels blessed to be able to fulfill this important role.
Vice President of Advancement
As VP of Advancement at Erie Catholic School System, Nicole helps donors have a meaningful impact in our 6 Erie Catholic Elementary Schools. With more than 15 years of experience connecting donors to causes they care about, Nicole manages all aspects of Erie Catholic's fundraising efforts. She has developed fundraising programs for several Erie nonprofits, and comes to Erie Catholic following 5 years at the Erie Downtown Development Corporation where she served as VP of Community Engagement & Social Impact. With two boys of her own in the Erie Catholic School System, Nicole is deeply invested in the success of our 6 wonderful schools.
Vice President of Human Resources
Lori joined Erie Catholic School System as Human Resources Manager in February of 2023. She is an Erie native and has an extensive Human Resources background with over 25 years’ experience skilled in leadership, labor laws and compliance, training, recruitment, administering benefits and leave, payroll, and enforcing company policies and practices. Lori is a graduate of Technical Memorial High School and Erie Business Center. She has served on the Safety Risk Management Committee as well as the HR Roundtable at Manufacturer Business Association. She looks forward to continuous professional development in her role at Erie Catholic.
Director of Athletics
Mike Doyle joined Erie Catholic in 2022 after nearly two decades of aquatics management and coaching Erie youth. A graduate of John Carroll University, Mr. Doyle is an avid swimmer and water polo coach. Mr. Doyle is a lifelong Erie resident. He looks forward to growing the athletics program at Erie Catholic.
Director of Technology
John has been working in the area of technology for the Diocese of Erie and the Erie Catholic School System for over 30 years.
Director of Maintenance
Jerry Toth oversees All Maintenance at our 6 ECSS Schools. Jerry has over 40 years Maintenance and Construction Experience From 2007- 2019 Jerry served as Maintenance Supervisor for Blessed Sacrament School and from 2019-2023 served as Maintenance Supervisor for BSS, St. George and St. Jude Schools until his promotion to Director of Maintenance in June 2023.