Meet the Team
John Hayden, Executive Director
John is a seasoned executive with approximately 30 years of leadership experience in education as a five-time, award-winning Instructor, Program Director, Campus Director, CFO/COO, Vice President of Advancement, Senior Vice President, and President.
John has worked for large and small organizations as well as nonprofit and for-profit entities in a variety of sectors. He is a CPA licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
John believes that every student is a gifted gift. The purpose of an educator is to unwrap that gift, not only to fill a mind with knowledge but to ignite a desire to learn and grow as a person. Our responsibility as educators, is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and engaging classroom school, and community in which every student can flourish.
As a native to South Philadelphia, John attended two local Catholic elementary schools and what is currently known as SS. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. He is a strong believer in the value of Catholic education.
Brian Barry, Director of Development
Brian brings more than 15 years’ of nonprofit experience to Catholic Partnership Schools. He has been dedicated to working in the nonprofit sector for his entire career. Prior to starting with CPS, Brian worked as the Director of Development at The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia.
Being a beneficiary of nonprofit organizations as a child and learning from his father who served as a director in a youth athletic association, Brian is rooted in giving back. Through 12 years of Catholic Education, he found a passion for working in an environment where making a difference was the primary goal.
After attending college and playing college golf in South Florida at Northwood University, Brian came back to the Philadelphia area to begin his career in Development. Working for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Jewish Community Center, Brian brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position.
Currently, Brian and his wife Nicole reside in Cherry Hill, NJ. They have an adopted daughter named Madison.
Milsy Beltre, Executive Assistant
Milsy's journey began as a student of Catholic Partnership's Holy Name School in 1998. In 2015, Milsy returned to Catholic Partnership Schools as a school secretary at Saint Anthony of Padua School. During her time as school secretary, Milsy felt the desire to do more, to love and help people. So, with the support of her family and her CPS family, she decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in Social Work.
In May of 2021, Milsy will receive a Bachelors in Social Work from Rutgers University, Camden. She resides in Pennsauken, NJ with her husband, Wendy, and her son, Austin.
Taylor Brown, Program Coordinator, Partnership-Wide Programs
Taylor is the Partnership-wide Program Coordinator working with the performing arts and STEAM programs. Taylor graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Psychology. Prior to joining the CPS team, she worked with The Center for Family Services working with youth and adults in the City of Camden. Taylor spent many years volunteering with various youth programs throughout the city as well. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and taking adventures.
Glenna M. Harkins, MSOD, Director of Programs and Family Support
Glenna Harkins has been with CPS since 2012, and brings nearly 20 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership to her position at Catholic Partnership Schools. Prior to joining the CPS team, Glenna served as director of development and communications at Romero Center Ministries in East Camden, and director of community education at Lutheran Settlement House in Philadelphia.
Glenna has spent the bulk of her career ensuring that youth, adults, and families have access to high quality educational and supportive services. In her role with CPS, Glenna works with the Family Support Team to provide students and families with academic and enrichment activities that support students’ academic success at CPS and beyond. She also is responsible for community outreach, admissions and enrollment, and the annual Dreams of our Children event, among other initiatives.
Glenna earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and History at the University of Scranton.
Jameka McGraw-Byrd, Chief Academic Officer/Instructional Coach
Jameka McGraw-Byrd brings 12 years of experience in urban education to her role as Chief Academic Officer/Instructional Coach at Catholic Partnership Schools. Jameka is an award winning educator, receiving the Young Women’s Leadership Network Blue Ribbon Teaching Award for Excellence in All Girls’ Education in 2008-2009 and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished High School Educator Award in 2014-2015. Jameka understands all students can achieve at high levels when they receive solid instruction from a knowledgeable and caring educator. She is proud of the number of her middle school students who have graduated college, and are now working in the business and education industries.
Jameka has served several roles in schools including Business and Computer Science teacher, Math teacher, Roster Chair, Small Learning Community Coordinator and Instructional Support Officer. Jameka is thrilled to use this experience to support the teachers and principals working in the Partnership’s five schools.
Jameka earned a Master’s degree in Education with an Instructional Technology Specialist Certification from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Peirce College. She is certified in K-6 Elementary Education, 7-9 Middle School Math and K-12 Business/Computer Science. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching Women’s College Basketball, particularly, the UCONN Huskies.
Dorianne Judge, Financial Aid Manager
Dorriane, who is also known by most as Dora, has been with the partnership since 2016. She began as the Coordinator of Family and Graduate Support with a special emphasis on high school readiness for students in middle school. Dora has now transitioned into the role of Financial Aid manager for Catholic Partnership Schools.
As native of Puerto Rico who grew up in Camden, Dora received her Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University-Camden, and always envisioned working in the city that she calls home. Prior to joining CPS, Dora was the supervisor of two Family Success Centers in both Woodbury and Camden as well as being the Volunteer and Community Partnership Coordinator. Dora runs her own business as a maternity and newborn photographer, and currently resides in West Deptford with her husband, Ronald and two daughters, Aria and Arielle.
Mary Pollard, Program Coordinator, Athletics, After-School & Summer Programs
Mary coordinates our Partnership-wide athletics and summer programs, and our SOAR after school program. Previously, Mary worked in various public and charter schools in Camden, mentoring, tutoring, and leading workshops for students from 8th-12th grade through a college readiness scholarship program. Mary graduated from Rutgers University-Camden with a degree in English with a concentration in education. She is a member of a local church in Camden and serves on the outreach ministry where she coordinates events for families in the city. Mary enjoys attending dance classes, reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Teresa Przybylski, Marketing Manager
Teresa brings 20 years of marketing experience to Catholic Partnership Schools. She spent the past ten years as the Director of Marketing for Mercy Career & Technical High School in Philadelphia, PA.
After attending Kutztown University and earning a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing, she spent 10 years in various marketing roles for both Deloitte, LLC. and Strategic Management Group, Inc.
Teresa attended 12 years of Catholic school, is passionate about the value of Catholic education and is a member of Christ the King Parish, Haddonfield, NJ. She currently resides in Haddonfield with her husband, Mike and daughter, Anna. In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughter play sports and spending time with family and friends.
Sister Clarisa Vazquez, SSJ, MA, Coordinator of Family Support, Grades K-5
Sister Clarisa Vázquez, SSJ is the Family Support Coordinator for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and she has been with the Partnership since 2011. One of her key functions is as ESL support for our new students and basic skills support for the primary grades. She also coordinates the Partnership’s innovative ESL family literacy program, V.E.N. (Volunteers Engaging Neighbors). Sister Clarisa works with the Family Support Team in developing programs to encourage and support our K-5 parents/families in being more engaged in their children’s education.
A Sister of St. Joseph, S. Clarisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from James Madison University and her Master’s degree in Hispanic Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and the Mexican American Cultural Center. She has a long history working in Camden, having spent nine years at Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral in East Camden as the Hispanic Pastoral Minister. She also has extensive experience working with adults in religious formation and education at the parish and school level.