Alice MacLarty grew up in Cypress Hills and graduated with an outstanding Catholic education from Blessed Sacrament School in the class of ’69. Richmond Hill High School and Queens College followed, and a degree in sociology and history. Her most interesting undergraduate job was at the NYPD Academy where she met her husband, a police officer and instructor. While raising two sons, she taught at St. Thomas the Apostle elementary school in Woodhaven, where she acted as Home School Association president before joining the faculty. A Masters degree in education from Molloy College in 2006 led to her present position teaching history to English language learners at her alma mater, Richmond Hill High School. She has been married for thirty years and lives in a family home in Woodhaven with her parents, sons and several pets. She is a parishioner of the most beautiful church in Brooklyn, Blessed Sacrament. She is honored to serve on the school’s Board of Directors.
Andre Corona is a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School of the class of 1997. After elementary school he attended St. John’s Prep in Astoria for high school, St. Peter’s University in New Jersey for a double Bachelors in Philosophy and Political Science, and Pace University for a Masters in Bilingual Education. Having worked in law and education, he is now currently a sales executive for a major educational publishing company. He continues to be an active participant in parish ministries including lectoring, catechesis and youth mentoring. Andre is the Chair of the Finance Committee and is looking forward to seeing his alma mater continue to succeed.
Blessed Sacrament School was Barbara (Niebuhr) Kingston’s first teaching position in the 1970s, and she continues in the education field in the Brooklyn Diocese. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education (St. John’s) and a Master’s both in Elementary Education (St. John’s) and in Administration and Supervision (Fordham). She cherishes many wonderful memories of the teachers, students, and parents from her years at Blessed Sacrament School and still remains in contact with some of them today. By being a member of the Board of the new academy, Barbara will have come full circle in her career in the education of students at Blessed Sacrament. On the board, Barbara is serving as the secretary.
Ellen Prunella graduated from Blessed Sacrament in 1967. While remembering “BSS” of the past, she feels blessed to be part of the new Academy. Ellen graduated from Queens College-CUNY with a B.A. in English literature. She believes her love of books is the result of the foundation that she received in Blessed Sacrament. Ellen is the grandmother of seven school-aged children. She has been a researcher and writer of nonfiction history books for twenty-five years. She works as a freelance stenographic court reporter.
While new to Blessed Sacrament parish, Kristen Farren appreciates the warm welcome that has been extended and is excited to be part of the Academy Board. A product of the Catholic school system from kindergarten through college, she recognizes the importance of a strong education rooted in Christian values. For over ten years Kristen has worked in the advertising/media industry. She specializes in advertising strategy development for the luxury sector. On the Blessed Sacrament Academy Board, Kristen is serving as both chairman and head of the marketing subcommittee.
Paul Kutner is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Paul has worked as a language teacher at a few local schools including at St. Saviour Elementary School in Park Slope (now St. Saviour Catholic Academy). Currently, he is the chairman of World Languages Department at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. He speaks fluent French, Italian and Spanish, and brings years of teaching experience in two countries to the Board. He is the vice-chairman of the Board and the chair of the development committee.
Sister Pat DeMarco has been involved in formal as well as informal education for approximately 40 years both in the United States and South America. At Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sister Pat serves both as a Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education. During her time at Blessed Sacrament, she is proud to have witnessed the Christian values taught in the school and the academic achievements of the students. Sister Pat considers it a privilege to be a member of the Blessed Sacrament Academy Board.