McAuley Appoints New Head of School

K. Barr

Catherine McAuley High School is delighted to announce that Kathryn Woodson Barr has been appointed as its fourth Head of School in its forty-five year history. Ms. Barr will succeed Deborah Kost, who has served as Interim Head of School during the past school year. Mrs. Kost will be returning to her family and professional life in Pennsylvania with the School’s appreciation and gratitude for her dedicated service.

Ms. Barr brings nearly 20 years of school leadership and teaching experience to the Catherine McAuley community.  These leadership experiences include serving as Head of School for the Highlands School in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Head of the Lower School for the Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee.  Her accomplishments at those schools included both educational enrichment, expanding the international aspects of the school, and increasing enrollment and financial support.  This past year, she was selected to be a Leadership Development Coach in Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Peabody College of Education, where she coached and mentored high school administrators in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition to being a school leader, she is a teacher at heart, committed to a progressive, technologically-enhanced, globally-inspired education.  She was elected as the Outstanding Administrator of 2012 – 2013 by the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers.  Kathryn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Rhodes College and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis.

The School’s national search for a successor Head of School has been in progress during much of this past year.  Heidi Osborn, Chair of the Board of Trustees, noted, “The Search Committee of the Board of Trustees was very pleased with the number and quality of applicants who were interested in bringing their expertise to our mission. Kathryn was our standout choice, and we are thrilled to have her join us.  She is a tested and innovative school leader who is committed to our values and mission. We are confident that her special brand of warmth, intelligence and excitement will enrich the educational experience of our girls and help build a vibrant future for our school.”

“I am very excited to be named Catherine McAuley High School’s fourth Head of School and extend my thanks to the Search Committee and to the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to work within this vibrant community,” commented Ms. Barr. “During the search process, everyone I met shared an enthusiastic commitment to the all-girl advantage that McAuley provides. My goal is to build on the work of Sister Edward Mary Kelleher, Mrs. Deborah Kost and the strategic plan to continue the work of positioning McAuley as a premier academic institution for young women. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to getting to know the McAuley community and forging our exciting future together.”

Ms. Barr joins McAuley at an exciting time.  The Trustees and administration have been working on a series of initiatives to shape the future of the School, all in alignment with its five-year strategic plan.  During the past year, the School has been focused on expansion and improvement, including new professional development for its faculty, a rigorous curriculum review, new enrollment outreach and expanded financial access. The School has also begun a partnership with St. Joseph’s College to help support the quality of education at McAuley. 

“McAuley is a unique and irreplaceable institution with a rich history and inspiring legacy.  We are committed to taking that Mercy mission and the very special all-girl advantage to a new level.  Our exciting new future has academics at the forefront, with a cutting-edge curriculum, an even higher level of teaching skill, and new academic and co-curricular offerings, all central to enhancing the holistic education and personal development we provide for young women.  Kathryn’s leadership will be essential to that future,” continued Osborn.

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McAuley Announces ’14-’15 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the young women who were selected to receive McAuley scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year:


Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Senior:

Alexandria Dow 2015 

Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Junior:

Emily Norman 2016

Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Sophomore:

Emma Spies 2017

Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Freshman:

Gabrielle Begos 2018


Kerry Anne Carson Scholarship:

Sharon Chikuta 2015


Jane C. Wellehan Creative Leadership Scholarship:

Madeline Beaulieu 2017


Sister Therese Harnois, RSM Fine Arts Scholarship:

Sarah Schnupp 2016


Sister Edward Mary Kelleher, RSM Scholarship:

Marisa Gochie 2015


Sarah Marshall Scholarship:

Sydney Campbell 2018


Jim & Maxine Pouravelis Scholarship:

Madeline Beaulieu 2017

Madeleine LaBrecque 2016

Chelsea Rairdon 2016

Emily Weisser 2018


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Participate in the Alumnae Soccer Game!

2010 Team Photo

Mark your calendars, graduates! You’re invited to participate in the annual Alumnae Soccer Game – scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 at 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Vince Aceto at

Photo:  2010 Varsity Soccer Team

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McAuley Welcomes New Faculty & Staff Members

As McAuley forges ahead with its exciting Strategic Plan, and with a continued commitment to educational excellence, the School is pleased to welcome dynamic new faculty and staff members for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Jason Aceto – Social Studies.  Mr. Aceto earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and has completed post-graduate work in Social Skill Development and English as a Second Language.  He has taught at both private and public schools in Maine.  He also has experience overseeing the use of technology in the classrooms, Student Council and Literacy Programs.

Dr. Talya Davis – Biology.  Ms. Davis is a graduate of Smith College, cum laude, with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  Additionally, she completed her PhD from Tufts University in Molecular Microbiology and is eager to continue her teaching career at McAuley.

Ginger Jones – Director of Advancement.  Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University and a Master’s degree from the School for International Training.  She brings over twenty years of fundraising experience in both the educational and environmental sector and is passionate and enthusiastic in the enhancement of development activities.

Mike Jordan, Par ‘16 – Facilities Manager.  In addition to being a former business owner and serving as the Deputy Fire Chief in Cape Elizabeth, Mr. Jordan brings a vast amount of experience in overseeing electrical and plumbing work, fire and safety codes, landscaping and OSHA standards.   Mr. Jordan has already overseen many great initiatives, including the installation of security monitors and acoustic tiles, as well as the repair of the Main Building roof.

Eric Jorgensen – Social Studies. Mr. Jorgensen is excited to return to McAuley (and to the classroom) after pursuing a successful career in archeology.  He is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies.  He has pursued additional coursework at Walter Phillips Homestead Site in Damariscotta, Maine, the University of Phoenix, Endicott College and the University of Southern Maine.

Meghan Scribner – Art.  Ms. Scribner is a graduate of Hartwick College in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Lesley College in Massachusetts with a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies, and also holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Maine College of Art.  She has taught a range of students from elementary school through college and has extensive experience in various art genres.

Erin Shanahan – English.  Ms. Shanahan completed her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, and a Master of Arts in English from Salem State University in Massachusetts.  She has extensive experience as an educator, department chairperson and swim coach.

Jacklyn Stanley – Office Assistant.  Ms. Stanley completed a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  She is knowledgeable  in web design, advertising, multi-media and general accounting.  She recently mentored at local elementary schools and currently writes for The Sandspur, a Rollins College publication.

McAuley also acknowledges the following faculty and staff members in new positions for the coming year:

  • Eileen Veroneau Brown ’83, the former Director of Advancement, will serve as both the Dean of Students and the Guidance Office Administrative Assistant.
  • Candace Anderson-Ek, formerly of the English Department, has been named Director of Admission.
  • Rebecca Redlon will remain a member of McAuley’s English Department while also fulfilling the role of Academic Dean.
  • Ericka Sanborn, the former Director of Admission, will now serve as the Director of Marketing.
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McAuley Alumna Honored with New England Emmy Award


Congratulations to McAuley alumna, Justine Pouravelis ’02, who recently received a New England Emmy Award for her involvement in the production of the one-time special “Band of Bearded Brothers: The 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox.”

Pouravelis, a Studio Producer for the New England Sports Network (NESN), was nominated for a total of three Emmys.

Kudos, again, on this amazing accomplishment, Justine!


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Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Graduation exercises for Catherine McAuley High School were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 1 at Merrill Auditorium.  Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D., Bishop of Portland, conferred diplomas, assisted by Deborah Kost, Head of School.

Mistress of Ceremonies was Class President, Sophia B. Warren.  Leslie Anne Tremberth, a 1996 graduate and Health Consultant, served as the guest speaker.  The graduates performed several musical selections, including “America the Beautiful” by Bates and Ward, “One Moment in Time” by Hammond and Bettis, and the “McAuley School Song” by Santo Donatelli.  Carolyn E. Liziewski, Valedictorian, made concluding remarks.


Valedictorian Carolyn E. Liziewski is the daughter of Sarah Liziewski and the late Daniel Liziewski of Gray.  During her time at McAuley, Liziewski served on the Student Council (Vice President and Executive Board) and was a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Mock Trial and Varsity Basketball Teams.  She was an intern for the Maine State Republican Caucus, a delegate to the U.S. Senate Youth Program, and a U.S. Senate Page during her junior year.  In addition, Liziewski was the recipient of both the Harvard Book Award and the Princeton Book Award, and was recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar.  In the fall, Liziewski will study History at Princeton University.


Salutatorian Joan I. Fasulo is the daughter of Stephen and Vida Fasulo of Hollis Center.  While at McAuley, Fasulo participated in Mock Trial, McAuley’s Math Team (Co-Captain), the Social Action Club (Vice President) and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She was an active volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and Camp Sunshine, served as a tutor at St. Brigid School, and was awarded the Rotary Club Youth Leadership Award for her commitment to service.  Fasulo, a National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar, will study Public Policy at the University of Virginia.


Jaclyn E. Welch is the daughter of Philip and Kate Welch of Falmouth.  During her time at McAuley, Welch was a member of the School’s Varsity Basketball and Mock Trial Teams, as well as the National Honor Society and the GSTA.  In addition to her coaching duties for Bluewave Basketball, she was the recipient of the Smith College Book Award and the University of Rochester Book Award. Welch will study Neuroscience at Bates College.


Brianna C. Heisler is the daughter of Mark and Linda Heisler of Portland.  While at McAuley, Heisler was the founder of the School’s GSTA, Captain of the Math Team, and a member of the Creative Motion Dance Company.  In addition to receiving the Williams College Book Award and serving as a tutor, Heisler was named an AP Scholar with Honor, a National Merit Commended Scholar, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She will study Chemical Engineering (with a concentration in Biochemistry) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.


Emily A. Mazza is the daughter of Daniel Mazza III of Kittery and Tammy Mazza of Portland.  During her time at McAuley, Mazza was active with the School’s Drama Club (President) and Book Club, and was Co-Captain of the Mock Trial Team.  She also volunteered with the St. Brigid School Drama Club.  In addition, Mazza was a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, and the recipient of the Sewanee Book Award.  She will attend Smith College in the fall.


Olivia P. Smith is the daughter of Andrew and Andrea Smith of Yarmouth.  At McAuley, Smith was a member of the School’s National Honor Society, Key Club, and served as members of both the Varsity Basketball and Track Teams.  She also volunteered her time at the Good Cause Thrift Shop and in various Basketball and Special Education Summer Camp Programs.  In addition, Smith was active with AAU Basketball, was a member of the SMAA Conference All-Star 1st Team, and was the recipient of the Dartmouth College Book Award.  She will continue her education in the fall, studying Kinesiology/Biology at Dartmouth College.


Rachael A. Dalton is the daughter of Scott and Beth Dalton of Portland.  During her four years at McAuley, Dalton was the founding member of the Tea Club, active in the School’s Drama Club, and served as Class Secretary during her junior and senior years.  In addition, she volunteered her time with the Preble Street Soup Kitchen and the Next Level Church.  She was also honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award and was a member of the National Honor Society.  In the fall, Dalton will study Biotechnology at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Katherine M. Lake is the daughter of Eric and Julie Lake of Portland.  As a McAuley student, Lake was a member of the Art Club (Vice President), the National Honor Society, and served as Captain of both the Lacrosse and Soccer Teams her junior and senior years.  In addition to her volunteer work at the Frances Warde Convent, Lake received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, as well as SMAA 2nd Team All-Conference honors for Lacrosse.  Lake will continue her studies at Fordham University in the fall, where she will major in Psychology.


Mia L. Fisher is the daughter of Bill and Ruthanne Fisher of Cumberland.  While at McAuley, Fisher was a member of the National Honor Society, served as Key Club Editor and Secretary, and participated in Varsity Field Hockey (Captain), as well as the Seeds of Peace Program.  She was an AP Scholar and received the St. Anselm College Book Award, as well as SMAA All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-Academic Team honors for Field Hockey.  Fisher will study Marketing and International Relations at James Madison University.


Mary E. McManus is the daughter of Edward and Margaret McManus of Bowdoin.  As a McAuley student, McManus was an active Ambassadors Club and Campus Ministry member (President), and served on the Student Council Executive Board.  In addition, McManus volunteered her time with St. John’s and St. Brigid Schools.  She was a National Honor Society member, the recipient of the Holy Cross Book Award, and a Maine Youth Leadership Ambassador.  McManus will be a Music Business major at New York University.


Class of 2014 Graduates:

Irene Baldenweck
Gabrielle Bouthot
Hannah Calkin *
Skylar Cambridge
Natalie Carter
Heather Chapman *+
Yu-Hsuan Cheng
Alexandra Clement *+
Julia Cornell *+
Lauren Coulombe +
Elsa Curran *+^
Rachael Dalton *+
Megan Ellis
Joan Fasulo *+
Mia Fisher *+
Meghan Flaherty
Brianna Heisler *+
Stephanie Hillman
Hayley Holzhacker
Olivia Juris
Katherine Lake *+
Mackenzie Leonard
Samantha Libby
Carolyn Liziewski *+
Chih Ching Ma
Emily Mazza *+
Nicole McCallum *
Mary McManus *+
Pamela Mukiza *+
Ellen Pierotti
Katherine Possiel
Maria Ramsay
Zahra Rikan *
Olivia Smith *+^
Sierra Stalker
Sophia Warren *+
Jaclyn Welch *+^
Yao Zhu

*   Honors
+  National Honor Society
^  French National Honor Society

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McAuley Students Expand Invasive Species Study


Over the winter months, students in JB Kavaliauskas’ Environmental Science classes discovered an invasive insect pest during their field work in Baxter Woods. The classes were invited to participate in a survey by the Portland Forestry Department to determine if, in fact, the species existed in the nearby woods. The students were trained by a professional from the Maine Forest Service on how to identify the pest in its winter stage of life.

The invasive species, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid — commonly known as HWA — has spread throughout the hemlock forests in the eastern United States from southern Maine to northern Georgia. The entire range of eastern hemlocks are currently at risk. The natural spread of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is primarily by wind, birds, small animals and domestic pets.

McAuley students reported their findings to the Maine Forest Service and Portland’s Forestry Department, who applauded their discovery. On Thursday, May 29, McAuley students released a special breed of beetles into Baxter Woods that feeds off of HWA and, therefore, assists in its eradication.

How quickly hemlocks die once infested is variable, but it generally ranges from 3-10 years or more. Students are hopeful that, because of their work, the old hemlock growth of Baxter Woods will be saved.

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McAuley Announces Top Ten Graduates!

Top Ten 2014

The McAuley community is proud to congratulate the Top Ten members of the Class of 2014!  Kudos to each of you on your academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments during your time at CMHS!

Valedictorian: Carolyn Liziewski
Salutatorian: Joan Fasulo

Jaclyn Welch, Brianna Heisler, Emily Mazza, Olivia Smith, Rachael Dalton, Katherine Lake, Mia Fisher, Mary McManus

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McAuley Announces $125,000 Endowment

Catherine McAuley High School is pleased to announce that McAuley alumna Sarah Marshall Ryan ’03 and her husband, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, have established a $125,000 endowment at Catherine McAuley High School to provide scholarship assistance to young women seeking a McAuley education.

The first scholarship, a $5,000 gift, will be awarded to an incoming freshman for the 2014-2015 academic year and will be based upon financial need, a commitment to academic excellence, involvement in the School community and beyond, and participation in McAuley’s athletic program.  The recipient of this award will receive this scholarship throughout her high school career through the attainment of the scholarship criteria.  The student selected for this award will be personally mentored by Marshall Ryan.

“My years spent at McAuley were some of the best years of my life,” states Marshall Ryan.  “Matt has heard many a story from my high school days and knows how much McAuley and the wonderful people there mean to me.  This is why it brings us great happiness to do this for deserving young women.”

“It is a common misconception that Catherine McAuley’s funding is derived from the Catholic Church or Sisters of Mercy; in truth, we depend on the generosity of donors such as Sarah and Matt to sustainably provide the fantastic education and experience for which McAuley is known,” comments Board of Trustees Chairperson, Heidi Osborn. “We’re very pleased to count Matt and Sarah among our community of philanthropists who generously support and believe in the mission of Catherine McAuley – to educate and empower young women.”

Marshall Ryan, during her time at McAuley, was a three-sport athlete, earning several accolades through basketball, including leading the McAuley Lions to two straight Class A Basketball State Championships.  In addition, she was selected as the Western Maine Class A tournament’s “Red” McMann MVP Award recipient for three successive years and was the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.  Marshall Ryan continued her impressive career at BostonCollege where, as a point guard, she led the Eagles to the National Tournament each year.  Marshall Ryan graduated with a degree in communications.

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McAuley’s “Run for Hope” – Register Today!

The 8th annual 5k Run for Hope will take place Saturday, May 17th at 10:00am at Catherine McAuley High School.  Entrants may participate in a 5K USATF Certified Run at 10:00am or a 2.5 mile walk at 10:15am. Pre- registration is $15 and closes May 16th. Participants may also register on the day of the race for $20 starting at 8:00am.

Race t-shirts will be available for the first 250 entrants. Pledges are due on race day, and the highest pledge total wins Red Sox tickets. A post-race gathering will begin at McAuley at 11:00am with refreshments and music.   All proceeds benefit the Jim and Maxine Pouravelis Scholarship Fund.

The Jim and Maxine Pouravelis Scholarship Fund was established in December of 2006 by family and friends in memory of James and Maxine Pouravelis, two devoted and vibrant members of the McAuley community. They passed away within two months of each other to cancer in the summer of 2006.  Even in sickness, with a powerful faith and steadfast love of family and friends, they remained sure and firm in their hope.  The Run for Hope proceeds go towards a scholarship fund that will provide financial assistance to young women seeking an education at CatherineMcAuleyHigh School, an education Jim and Maxine saw as essential to the intellectual, athletic, and spiritual development of young women.

If you cannot run in the race, please consider sponsoring a participant or making a tax deductible donation to the scholarship fund.

For further information, or to register, visit:

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