As President of the Erie Catholic School System, Damon Finazzo leads a team of senior staff and principals to ensure that the system’s six schools deliver the highest quality education. Reporting to the Erie Catholic Board of Directors and the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, Mr. Finazzo oversees system-wide finance, IT, enrollment and institutional advancement operations.
Prior to joining Erie Catholic, Mr. Finazzo served as principal of Villa Maria Elementary School from 2009-2017. He was previously an administrator at Cashell Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston, Va. and a teacher at Glen Lea Elementary School in Henrico, Va. A native of Erie, Mr. Finazzo earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Grove City College and a master of educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Vice President of Advancement
Violet Kill first joined the Erie Catholic School System as the principal of St. Jude School in 2017 before assuming the position of Vice President of Advancement in 2020. An elementary and middle school educator for 18 years, she brings extensive experience as an educator in Erie as well as four different states and a great love for Catholic Education to her new role.
Her own education includes Master degrees in Educational Leadership (Wayne State University) and Special Education (Mercyhurst University) and a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Western Michigan University).
Vice President of Enrollment Management
As the Vice President of Enrollment Management, Bridge Philip oversees all enrollment functions of Erie Catholic School System from admission through retention and graduation. Philip joined Erie Catholic in 2019 after spending 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. Philip 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.
Director of Finance
Heidi E. Sheehan, CPA, is business manager for the Erie Catholic School System. She oversees business operations and develops business plans and strategies to support the mission of Catholic education in concert with the president and the board of directors. She was previously the director of finance for Villa Maria Elementary School in Erie and has a diverse background in accounting and financial management in business and industry as well as education. Sheehan earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University in State College, Pa.
Dr. Ann Marie Lathan
Director of Human Resources
Dr. Ann Marie Lathan, Director of Human Resources for the Erie Catholic School System, oversees the Human Resource systems including the management of employee relations, ensuring compliance with regulations, evaluating staffing needs, and advancing employee development. She previously served as the principal of St. George School and brings extensive experience as a K-12 educator and university professor (Mercyhurst University, Penn State University-Behrend, Gannon University, and Edinboro University).
Dr. Lathan earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Learning & Leadership from Gannon University with a focus on Educational Leadership, as well as a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education. She has published articles on organizational leadership and culture.
Director of Technology
John Schroeck, director of technology for Erie Catholic, oversees the implementation and use of technology throughout the system’s six elementary schools. Prior to being named to his current position in July 2017, Schroeck taught technology for over 25 years at his alma mater, St. George School, where he also served as the technology coordinator. In addition to his tenure at St. George School, Schroeck has been a technology consultant for the diocese since 2004 and was instrumental in the long-term planning and development of technology for Erie Catholic. Schroeck has also served as a professional development presenter for the Northwest Pennsylvania Tri-County Intermediate Unit where he provides teacher training for integrating technology into classroom curriculum. An Erie native, Schroeck is a graduate of St. George School, Cathedral Prep and Gannon University.