Sister Lisa Gambacorto and the assistant directresses provide leadership in the areas of academics, student life, and buildings and grounds. Their dedication to the Academy and to each student and faculty member ensures that great things happen here every day.
Sister Lisa Gambacorto
Sister Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S., assumed the role as ninth Directress of Mount Saint Mary Academy in the summer of 2000. She has a wealth of academic credentials, as well as professional accreditations and experience in varied fields of education and counseling. These enrich her ability to serve as an effective administrator, spiritual role model, and nurturing school head.
Sister Lisa earned her BA in Sociology from Georgian Court University, her MA in Counseling Psychology, her Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling and her MA in Educational Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University. Early in her career, Sister served at the Mount as a teacher of History and Theology, Social Studies Department Chair, Campus Minister, and Student Assistance Counselor. Following her years at the Academy and just prior to becoming Directress, Sister Lisa worked for seven years as an individual marriage and family therapist and the Clinical Director of Bloomfield Counseling Center.
Sister holds numerous certificates in counseling, family therapy, psychotherapy, and student personnel services. Her extensive background, education, and professional acumen have also led to her selection as a member of several school boards of trustees and advisory councils.
She serves as the Chair of the Diocesan Educational Committee and as a Trustee for the Board of Independent Schools of New Jersey.
Sister Lisa serves as both President and Principal in her role as Directress of Mount Saint Mary Academy.
In 2016, Sister was named by Pope Francis as a recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, the highest Papal honor awarded by the Pope to laity and clergy for distinguished service to the Church.
In 2017, she was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from Georgian Court University.
Mrs. Karen Calta is the Assistant Directress for Faculty and Curriculum. She just completed her nineteenth year at the Mount. Prior to serving as Assistant Directress, Mrs. Calta was an English and theology teacher and English Department Chair. She has coached the Mock Trial team since 1995. Mrs. Calta has a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.A. from Georgian Court University. She is a member of the Professional Development Committee for NJAIS, serves on the Board for the Network for Mercy Education, and chairs Middle States evaluation teams for private and religiously-sponsored schools.
Ms. Denise Materia is the Assistant Directress for Athletics, Security, and Facilities. She has served as the Mount's Athletic Director since 1985. Under her leadership, the Athletic Department added 16 new programs, including nine new sports, five junior varsity teams, and two freshman teams. Ms. Materia also served as Health and Physical Education Department Chair and taught Physical Education, Health, and Driver Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Montclair State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Kean University.
Sister Mary McAuley Ronan
Sister Mary McAuley Ronan, RSM is the Administrative Assistant in charge of special projects. She holds a B.A. from Georgian Court University and an M.A. from Villanova University. Sister McAuley served as principal of Red Bank Catholic in Red Bank, New Jersey prior to becoming Assistant Directress of Mount Saint Mary Academy in 1995. She has served on numerous Middle States accreditation teams and the National Catholic Educators Association.
World's Finest Principal
In 2011, Sister Lisa Gambacorto was named one of only three "Exceptionally Fine Principals" in a nationwide search for the World's Finest Principal. She was nominated by the students and faculty of the Mount who submitted personal testimonials expressing their gratitude for her contributions to the school.