Father Philip Forlano, Pastor Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003, Fr. Forlano was named the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in 2018. He has previously served as an assistant pastor at St. Stanislaus Parish, Lansdale, the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, and St. Agnes Parish, West Chester.
Sister Koreen Marie Cote I.H.M, Principal Sister is delighted to be part of the St. Charles Borromeo School and Parish Community serving as our Principal! Although she is beginning her first year here at St. Charles Borromeo School, she possesses the experience to be both an administrator and a classroom teacher. Her nine years in Peru gave Sister the opportunity to become bilingual and to immerse herself in the Peruvian culture.
Michelle DeSimone Michelle is a current parent and parishioner of St. Charles and a mother of 4 children. She is currently the Physician Liaison for Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic (Catholic Health System-SMMC, Nazareth, Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia, St. Francis Delaware). She holds 15 years of strategy and business development experience in both the acute and ambulatory space in healthcare.
Michael Gabrieli As a member of the parish for all his life, and a graduate of the St. Charles Borromeo class of 2006, Michael has a strong personal stake in the best interest in the advancement of SCB, the teachers and its students. With his professional and educational background, he looks forward to helping lead St. Charles Borromeo school to accomplish its goals as a premier modern catholic grade school.
Mary Lou Kerwin Mary Lou is a new parishioner from Saint Thomas the Apostle parish in Glen Mills, Delaware County. Mary Lou has background both in teaching and in administration within a university settings. Specializes in working with children with special needs and their families.
Joseph Knowles Joseph is a 1974 graduate of St. Charles Borromeo. He has a BS degree in Business from West Chester University, and is currently the Associate Broker for Re/Max Realty Services in Bensalem. He is also the President of Bensalem Council, and a member since 2008. Joseph's mother, also an alumni, put 12 children through St. Charles.
Kathryn McCarty, Advancement Director Kate is the newest Advancement Director at St. Charles Borromeo. As a 2018 graduate of Holy Family University and with previous experience in advancement work, Kate offers a wide, modern-day skill set to our team’s advancement mission. She has experience in digital marketing, public relations and video production. She is eager to increase the marketing efforts for the school in collaboration with the help of the Board of Limited Jurisdiction this year.
Dr. Colleen P. Mooney, Executive Board Vice Chair
Colleen is a 1996 graduate of St. Charles Borromeo School, a lifelong parishioner, and the Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council. She has served our parish in a variety of roles, including altar server, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and usher. Colleen is a strong supporter of Catholic education and is deeply committed to the mission and advancement of St. Charles Borromeo School. She and her husband Tim Coughlin are active in our parish music ministry program and have been assisting with the development of the parish website.
Colleen brings a strong educational leadership background and fifteen years of middle school and high school teaching experience to the Board of Limited Jurisdiction. She is entering her tenth year as a Mathematics Teacher at William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District. In addition to serving as a case manager for gifted students, Colleen also coaches Tennent's Speech and Debate Team. She is a member of her district's safety committee, has served on a variety of district and building level committees, and has acquired administrative experience in her district. Colleen, an alumna of Villa Victoria Academy, is a member of Villa Victoria's Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Development Committee. Along with assisting in tournament operations at local speech and debate tournaments, Colleen is the President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Debate League and the Judge Coordinator of the Philadelphia Catholic Forensic League.
In addition to a B.S. in Computer and Mathematical Sciences and a B.A. in Spanish from Chestnut Hill College, Colleen holds an M.Ed. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Holy Family University. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Assessment from Holy Family University. In addition to principal certification, Colleen is certified to teach mathematics, special education, and Spanish.
Robin Nolan Robin is a seasoned marketing, communications, and fundraising professional. She has held several high-level corporate marketing positions. In 2012, Robin left her job as Chief Marketing Officer at a large Philadelphia law firm to become the Director of Institutional Advancement at St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, her alma mater, where she was responsible for development and communication initiatives and alumnae relations. Robin was promoted to Vice President for Institutional Advancement at St. Hubert in June 2014. She currently serves as Director of Institutional Advancement at Father Judge High School, a position she has held since 2016. Robin was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, and graduated from St. Matthew grade school in 1986 and St. Hubert in 1990. She received her M.B.A. from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in 1998, and her B.A. in Management-Marketing from Holy Family University in 1994. Robin resides in Bensalem with her husband Tim and daughter Julia. They have been members of the St. Charles Borrmeo Parish since 2006. Robin is an active member of the parish community having served as head softball coach and Vice President of the CYO Board.
James P. Otto James has been a parishioner of St. Charles for 30 years, during which time has served as a lector (30 yrs.) and scout leader (29 yrs.) His experience consists of 12 years as a parochial school teacher, four years as a parochial school Principal, and 26 years as a public school Principal in Philadelphia.
Len Poncia Len is a longtime member of Bensalem and has over 30 years of comprehensive experience in developing multiple projects across the real estate business in Philadelphia. Mr. Poncia holds an MBA in Finance and Investment Management, an MS in Structural Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and has completed postgraduate courses in Real Estate in the MBA program at Temple University. Mr. Poncia serves on several boards at a local, county and state level as well as charitable organizations.