Our People

More than 75 dedicated educators and administrators make up Morgan Park Academy's full-time faculty and staff, a diverse team of professionals who love what they do. Working in close collaboration with each other, they are profoundly committed to discovering the key to each student's talents and abilities, and to helping each other grow in character, intellect, and confidence.


Mercedes Z. Sheppard
Head of School
Vincent Hermosilla
Assistant Head of School, Community Relations
Julie Cuadros-Perry
Director of Finance
Tom Drahozal
Upper School Principal
Heather Kurut
Lower School & Middle School Principal; Upper School Chorus
Jennifer Schmidt
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Emily Drown
Upper School Science; Upper School Assistant Principal
Kari Misulonas
Kindergarten; Lower School Assistant Principal; Early Childhood Curriculum Leader
Peggy Bergin
Drama & Theatre; Director of the Arts; Arts Curriculum Leader
Lynda Pariso
Upper School Athletics Director; Lower & Upper School P.E.
Ivet Alvarado
Accounting Clerk
Yvonne Armstrong
Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Allie Bowles
Associate Director of Admissions
Veronica Carrillo
External Events Manager and Assistant to the Head of School
Nerissa Conley
School Nurse
Ana Fernandez
Lower School & Middle School Administrative Assistant
Shahrzad O’Brien
Associate Director of Advancement and After School Enrichment/ABC Coordinator
Tanuja Rathi
Director of College Counseling
Jim Reedy
Director of Communications
Sandy Williams
Administrative Assistant
Vinson C. Williams
Lower & Middle School Athletics Director; Lower & Middle School P.E.
Louis Saggione
Director of Buildings & Grounds
Ty Hamilton
Buildings & Grounds
Mike Kalinowski
Buildings & Grounds
Chicago Private School - Kalinowski Jr.
Mike Kalinowski Jr.
Buildings & Grounds
Beata Skawiniak
Buildings & Grounds
Wieslawa Wodziak
Buildings & Grounds