“I continue to use the values I was taught at Waldron in my everyday life. When I visit Waldron Mercy, it’s like coming home.”
MICHAEL & KRISTEN GORMAN
Tiger Pride Society, parent chairs (parents of Matthew '20 and Sean '22)
"We believe Waldron Mercy serves as an extension of the beliefs and values that we teach in our home. We continue to support Waldron Mercy in its mission to develop well-rounded students in an academically-challenging environment within a faith-based community."
JACKIE GONDEK GIOVANONI '90
Tiger Pride Society, young alumni chair
"Waldron is a second home to me. Many of my fondest memories and lifelong friends were made at Merion and then Waldron Mercy Academy. Waldron gave me so much and I’m happy to give back so others may experience the Mercy tradition. That tradition of compassion, kindness and friendship inspire me every day."
Gianna Yanelli is a graduate of Merion Mercy and received her BFA from Texas State University in San Marcos. Gianna has now gained stardom, appearing on Broadway as a member of the cast of the highly acclaimed musical, "Mean Girls". When the show was nominated for a Tony recently, Gianna was front and center performing a number from the production. A bus load of her WMA teachers and friends made the trip to NYC to see her in the musical.
CLASS OF 2002
Regine Nehy has achieved success as an American film and television actress since her days at Waldron Mercy Academy. Before she began acting, Nehy danced with the Rock School for Dance Education. She has appeared in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Weapons,” “Pride,” “Super Sweet 16: The Movie” and “Boot Camp.” Her movie appearances include “Lakeview Terrace” and “Death at a Funeral.”
Thaddeus J. Bartkowski III
CLASS OF 1994
Thaddeus attended Waldron Mercy Academy and then LaSalle College High School followed by Villanova University where he studied finance. He is a leading executive in the media industry with an extensive track record of accomplishment. Thaddeus has spent his career building three media companies that have served various parts of North America. Most recently he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Outdoor Advertising, LLC a company that develops, owns, and operates some of the most highly valued outdoor media assets in North America. Mr. Bartkowski is very active in the community providing marketing and communication guidance to an extensive number of nonprofit organizations on an annual basis. He is significantly involved in both State and Federal politics with bipartisan support of candidates whose polices enhance our communities.
CLASS OF 1991
Rob McElhenney, is credited as lead actor, creator, developer and executive producer of the show, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia." After graduating from Waldron Mercy, McElhenney attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School. He has also appeared in “The Devil’s Own,” “A Civil Action,” “Wonder Boys” and “13 Conversations about One Thing.”
M. Night Shyamalan
CLASS OF 1984
M. Night Shyamalan was born in Pondicherry, India, before his family moved into the Philadelphia area. After graduating from Waldron, he attended The Episcopal Academy and finally went on to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which he graduated in 1992. His work as a filmmaker and screenwriter is world-renowned for such films as “Signs,” “The Happening,” “Unbreakable” and the Academy Award-nominated “The Sixth Sense.” He recently authored, "I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap." M.Night and his foundation embarked on a four-year research project to try to determine what makes some school successful in educating their students and others not.
CLASS OF 1971
Brian Tierney attended Waldron Mercy Academy and then The Episcopal Academy. He graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 1979, majoring in political science, and later earned a law degree of Widener University. Tierney has worked for the Ronald Reagan administration and George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential election campaign. Tierney created Tierney Communications, one of the largest and most successful public relations and advertising firms in Philadelphia. He served as CEO and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer until the fall of 2010.
CLASS OF 1969
Jack Tomarchio '69 is presently co-chair of the Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group. From 2005-2008, Jack served in the United States Department of Homeland Security as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis Operation. During his work at the Department of Homeland Security, he led the State and Local Program Office within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and was responsible for overseeing deployment of intelligence officers to over 35 state and local intelligence fusion centers around the nation. Jack served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. For three years he also served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict in the Pentagon. Jack has a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a Master of Governmental Administraton from the University of Pennsylvania, A J.D. from Vermont Law School, and a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserve, having had a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation DESERT STORM and in Greneda during Operation URGENT FURY. Jack has provided numerous lectures, presentation, and articles on topics related to security and intelligence operations.
CLASS OF 1967
In February, 2014, Bill Kuharich was named Executive Chief of Staff for the Cleveland Browns a position he held until January, 2016. Bill previously served as Vice President of Player Personnel with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2000 to 2009. Prior to joining the Chiefs, he was with the New Orleans Saints where his roles evolved from Director/Player Personnel from 1986 through 1992, VP/Player Personnel from 1993 through 1996 and, ultimately, President/GM and COO of the Saints from 1997 through 1999. After attending Waldron Academy Bill went on to study at Malvern Preparatory School and Deerfield Academy. He received his BA in History from Middlebury College in Vermont and his MEd from St. Lawrence University. He and his wife Betsy have three daughters, Megan, Alexis and Kelli. Kuharich is widely esteemed as one the NFL’s best evaluators of talent.
CLASS OF 1935
After his graduation from Waldron, Edgar Griffiths attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and graduated from St. Joseph’s University. After serving in World War II, he joined RCA (Radio Corporation of America) in 1948. In 1976 he became president and chief executive officer, and in 1980 was elected chairman. After he left RCA, he consulted at General Electric. Griffiths passed away in May 2009 and bequeathed $1.85 million to Waldron Mercy Academy.
Philip A. Hart
CLASS OF 1926
After graduating from Waldron Academy for Boys in 1926, Philip Hart attended West Catholic High School before studying at Georgetown University in 1934 and the University of Michigan School of Law in 1937. He was elected Democratic United States Senator in Michigan in 1958, and served from 1959 until his death in 1976. The Senate paid tribute to Philip Hart by naming an office building, under construction, in his honor in 1976. The Hart Senate Office Building opened in 1982, becoming the only congressional office building named after a living member.