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.
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 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.
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.