Our Leadership

Maggie Gannon, OSF



Cathy McGowan, SSJ


Board of Members


Bishop Michael Fitzgerald

Bishop of Philadelphia


Rev. Scott Brockson

Pastor, Saint Katharine Drexel Parish


Dr. Rosalie Mirenda

President, Neumann University


Esther Anderson, OSF

General Minister, Sisters of Saint Francis


Board of Directors


H. Edward Hanway

Retired CEO, Cigna Corporation


Gerard P. O'Sullivan, Ph.D.,

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Neumann University


Mary Vandergeest, OSF

Director, Franciscan Ministries Foundation


Jonathan Peri, Esq.

Legal Counsel, Neumann University


Steven Burman

Owner, Burman Pharmaceutical


Timothy Davidson

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.


Michael T. Dolan

Real Estate Advisor


Maggie Gannon, OSF

President, Drexel Neumann Academy


Leo A. Hackett, Esq.

Law Offices of Leo A. Hacket


Daniel J. Hilferty

President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross


Jack Holefelder

Chairman, Iron Workers Bank

Kyle Keating

Nurse, Bryn Mawr Hospital


Robert Keyes
Vice President, Enterprise Holdings

Raymond Jackson
CFA, Franklin Park Associates


Gary McCarthy, Esq.

Eizen, Fineburg & McCarthy


Brian McCloskey

Admissions Officer, Saint Joseph Preparatory School

Ernest J. Menold
Ernest D. Menold, Inc.

Cathy McGowan, SSJ

Principal, Drexel Neumann Academy


Marguerite O’Beirne, OSF

Vice President, Neumann University


Ruth Bernadette O’Connor, OSF

Administrator, Our Lady of Angels Convent

Steven Pahides, Esq.

McCausland, Keen and Buckman

Rev. Msgr. John Savinski

Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish


James Scanlan

Vice President, PriceWaterhouseCooper


John Swanick
Partner, Grant Thorton LLP

D. Daniel Woody, Esq.
Woody Law Offices, P.C.



Drexel Neumann Academy is pleased to announce we received Middle States Accreditation!




Drexel Neumann Academy (DNA) is pleased to announce that we have officially received accreditation from the Middle States Commission.  The Commission and its members have been promoting educational excellence since 1919 and we are very proud that DNA has met these standards.


We are extremely grateful to our Faculty, colleagues and parents for all their efforts to help us achieve this goal!  Special recognition should go to Sister Cathy McGowan for her remarkable leadership, commitment and faithfulness to our mission during this process.   Sister Cathy played a crucial part in this achievement and we are grateful to her for her experience and knowledge. 


Welcome to the Drexel Neumann Academy Development Website




Empowered by the witness and lives of St. Katharine Drexel and St. John Neumann, we are committed to providing a Catholic elementary school education in a multicultural environment to the children of Chester.  Franciscan spirituality and diversified instruction will promote an environment, which recognizes the giftedness of each child.



Sponsoring Institutions

Drexel Neumann Academy Founders


We are grateful for the leadership and support of Neumann University, the

Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, and the Sisters

of Saint Francis of Philadelphia who founded Drexel Neumann Academy in 2005. 

DNA continues to serve as a model of collaboration and success in the

Archdiocese of Philadelphia and across the country!


Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia



Archdiocese of Philadelphia



Neumann University



Saint Katharine Drexel Parish



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