Brother Joseph Rocco, sc, Ed. D* – Board Chairperson
Brother Joseph was born and raised in Astoria and attended Immaculate Conception School and Monsignor Mc Clancy Memorial High School. Brother Joseph earned a B.A. in Spanish, Italian and Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. In addition, Brother Joseph holds a M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana with studies at the University of Oxford, England, in religious and secular education, and spirituality, but most significantly in Catholic School Leadership. Brother Joseph holds a Professional Certificate in School Administration and Supervision from the University of the State of New York, Albany and is permanently certified as a language teacher and a school administrator in New York State.
Brother Joseph has served many years as an administrator in schools conducted or sponsored by the Brothers. In addition to his years as a classroom teacher, he served in such school positions as Dean of Students (discipline), Vice Principal for Academics, a Principal, and most recently President of Monsignor Mc Clancy High School. Brother Joseph also served as Provincial Superior of the New York Province of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart supervising schools conducted by the Brothers and also as a member on several School Boards, most recently as the chairperson for the ICCA Board of Directors. In June 2002, Pope John Paul II bestowed upon Brother Joseph the Papal Honor of the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” medal for outstanding service to the people of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
Diane Pisido* – Board Vice-Chairperson
Diane is a proud graduate of Immaculate Conception School, Mater Christi Diocesan High School (now St. John’s Prep) and St. John’s University (B. S. in Accounting). Diane also received a M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Diane enjoyed a successful career in financial services in the fields of accounting, marketing, product management and strategic planning. Diane has worked for firms that include Lehman Brothers, Prudential Securities and Bank of America, where her most recent role as a Managing Director was to develop and lead a team of investment professionals charged with portfolio oversight for Merrill Lynch clients seeking the fiduciary services of U.S. Trust. Diane is currently dedicating her time to marketing and development efforts in the support of Catholic education.
Kevin Johnson* – Board Treasurer
Kevin is a proud graduate of PS 166, Most Precious Blood School (Astoria), Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School, and the Baruch Honors College (B.A. in Accounting/M.S. in Taxation). With experience at major finance and accounting firms, including Goldman Sachs, Kevin currently works at Ernst & Young, LLP, specializing in real estate taxation.
Kevin was born and raised in Astoria, after his parents immigrated from their native country of Sri Lanka. With a strong Catholic foundation that traces back for generations, the entire family, including younger sister are firm believers in giving back to both the church and the community. As such, they are lifelong, active parishioners at Immaculate Conception Parish, with strong ties to the Academy. Kevin especially holds the school, parish, and neighborhood very close to his heart. Throughout the years, he has dedicated his time as: an alter server, Columbian Squire, Youth Ministry Treasurer, assistant basketball coach, Church Sacristan, and Knight of Columbus. Kevin also volunteers his time teaching 7th Grade religious education classes at the parish, on Sundays.
Angelica Flores* – Board Secretary
Angelica successfully graduated from the American Intercontinental University with a M.S. in Information Technology and continues working as a Data Analyst for the New York Department of Education. She directly manages the Data Department of a school that serves more than 3,000 students and provides training and support to other departments. Angelica has two children who graduated from the Immaculate Conception School and St. Francis Preparatory School – a son studying Mechatronic at Vaughn College, and daughter who is a medical student researching Epidemiological Global Health.
With a strong faith as a foundation, Angelica and her children actively participate and give back to their home parish of the Immaculate Conception Church because she believes that it is more blessed to give than it is to receive. With a passion for helping young people, she also works closely with the Youth Coordinator, to manage the Altar Server Ministry and Youth Ministry.
Andrew Hopkins (“Dewey”)
Dewey is passionate about keeping children safe while playing sports. For over thirty years Dewey has been a proud volunteer for multiple basketball programs leading to his current positions as head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for Monsignor Mc Clancy Memorial High School, Girls Athletic Director at Corpus Christi parish for the Catholic Youth Organization and head coach of the NYC Heat (AAU).
At Monsignor Mc Clancy, Dewey established the girls’ basketball program during the year when the school transition to a co-educational high school and developed the program into the top program in Brooklyn/Queens Division II, winning both the regular-season and playoff crowns. Dewey has been honored with the 2019 Brooklyn Queens coach of the year awarded by league coaches; 2018 Heart 2 Heart recipient for his efforts in ensuring student athletes are trained in life saving skills; 2016 Brooklyn Queens coach of year awarded by Daily Tribute paper and 2016 All-Queens Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by Times Ledger. Dewey is married for 24 years with two daughters, a senior in college and a freshman in high school.
Gary F. Miret, Esq.*
Gary is a graduate of St. Joan of Arc Grammar School in Jackson Heights, Msgr. Mc Clancy Memorial High School, St. John’s University and St. John’s University School of Law. He began his professional career as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County where he served the citizens of Queens for over ten years. After serving in the Queens DA’s office, Gary opened his own law office in Astoria where he has been in private practice for the last twenty-five years specializing in Criminal Defense, Real Estate and Wills.
In addition to the Board of ICCA, Gary serves as a Board Member at Msgr. Mc Clancy Memorial High School, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, the Grievance Committee for the 2nd & 11th Judicial Districts for the Appellate Division, Second Department and is the Dean of the Academy of Law of the Queens County Bar Association. Gary is married to his wife who is also an attorney and has two sons: a graduate of Chaminade High School who will soon graduate from John’s Hopkins University and another son who is a Junior at Chaminade High School.
Pat was born and raised in Astoria where she attended Immaculate Conception School and Mater Christi Diocesan High School (now St. John’s Prep). She earned a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University and later earned a M.B.A. from Regis University.
Pat recently completed a long career in Corporate Tax. She most recently served as a Director of Tax for Bertelsmann Inc. where she was responsible for all aspects of federal and state tax compliance for Bertelsmann’s Education Group. Pat also lead an intern program where she mentored graduate students from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business on various aspects of tax. Prior to joining Bertelsmann in 2014, Pat served for 15 years, as the VP of Tax for Gruner + Jahr Printing and Publishing Co., the US operations of the German owned publishing house. At G+J she was responsible for all aspects of tax compliance and reporting and served as the President of the managing general partner responsible for oversight of business transaction compliance. In addition, Pat served as the CFO of G+J’s US operations of Stern Magazine for over ten years. Pat is a member of the Ladies of Charity at St John’s University and she is a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Finance Committee.
Dennis was educated at St. Matthias School (now Academy) in Ridgewood, Queens, and at Brooklyn Preparatory High School. He received his B.A. (English Literature) from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception and his M.A. (English Literature) from Fordham University and was a theology student for two years at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.
Dennis was an English Language Arts teacher (8th grade) at St. Cecilia School for two years, then taught English and Drama at Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School for 12 years. He created OLPH’s first computer lab in the early 1980’s, and taught adult computer education. Dennis then began his 29-year career in Human Resources, first with Anchor, Dime, and Washington Mutual banks, and then at Teachers’ Retirement System of NY City. He worked in multiple areas of HR (especially HRIS [Human Resource Information Systems], Benefits, Compensation, Training, Payroll, and EEO [Equal Employment Opportunity] investigations) and served as the Deputy Director of HR for TRS when he retired.
Ann is a teacher and the STEAM Coordinator at Msgr. Mc Clancy Memorial High School as well as the director of the Tyros Theatre Group. Ann holds degrees from CUNY Queens College and St John’s University. She is NYS Certified in Biology Secondary Education and is currently a doctoral student perusing her PhD in STEAM curriculum and instruction.
Rita was born in Malta and at the age of 14 immigrated to the United States where she attended JHS 141 and William Cullen Bryant HS. Rita earned an Associate Degree in Accounting from Manhattan Community College and a B.S. in Accounting, Business Administration/Management from Pace University. She also completed coursework toward a M.A. in Finance at Pace University.
Rita has been enjoying retirement after working 40 years at NBC Universal. After graduating from high school, Rita began her career as a payroll clerk and attended evening classes to earn college degrees in Finance. Rita held various positions in NBC Finance and NBC News Divisions (Dateline, Today, Nightly News, MSNBC). Rita’s last position at NBC was VP of News Programs Budgeting. Rita currently does volunteer work at Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens and at the Immaculate Conception Church rectory. She is also a member of the Ladies of Charity at St John’s University and a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Finance Committee.
*Member of the ICCA Board of Directors since the founding of ICCA in 2017.