EPIPHANY CATHOLIC SCHOOL
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Our Advisors

Below you will find our Consultative Board members

Consultative Board

Pam

Pam Giganti is an Emmy Award winning journalist who has worked in the radio and television industry for nearly 30 years. She has covered presidents and leaders, soldiers in wartime, and devoted countless hours to hurricane coverage and breaking news in South Florida over the past two decades. Most recently, she led the morning team at WTVJ NBC 6 as anchor of NBC 6 South Florida Today for nearly 15 years. She is currently the host of a new public affairs program on South Florida PBS called Your South Florida.  Pam Giganti has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Communication and is a former board member of the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her service to the community at large encompasses having worked with the anti-drug organization and statewide Red Ribbon campaign founders, Informed Families and as a mentor to at risk high school girls with Women of Tomorrow since 2002. She lends her time to several charitable and children’s organizations, has twice served as Principal of the Day with Miami-Dade Public Schools and has reported on and participated in Broward Health’s Chris Evert Childrens Hospital’s “Powerful Kidcare” Program. Pam Giganti is an active parishioner at Epiphany Catholic Church and Women’s Emmaus sister. She is married to Alfred Bunge and has three daughters, all of whom attended Epiphany Catholic School from preschool through eighth grade.

Pam Giganti Bunge

Chair Person

Bob

Bob Dickinson held positions on the finance staff of Ford Motor Company and the corporate planning office of RCA prior to joining Carnival Cruise Lines as Executive Vice President in 1972. He was promoted to President in 1993 and retired as President & CEO in 2007. He is also Chairman Emeritus of Camillus House - the largest service provider for the homeless in South Florida. He is a member of the Board of Nesa Solutions and as well of the St. Thomas University Board of Trustees. Aside from being a former chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Travel Industry Association of America and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, he is the co-author of Selling the Sea: An Inside Look at the Cruise Industry (first and second editions) and The Complete 21st Century Travel and Hospitality Marketing Handbook. During his career, Dickinson received Travel Weekly’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the travel industry and was twice named "Travel Executive of the Year" by Travel Trade magazine. He was named one of the 100 Best Marketers in the Nation by Advertising Age magazine. Mr. Dickinson received his BSBA in management from John Carroll University and his MBA from Duquesne University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration Degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1995; Honorary Doctor of Science from Maine Maritime Academy in 2006 and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from John Carroll University in 2009. An active parishioner of Epiphany Catholic Church, he resides in Coral Gables and has four children and ten grandchildren.

Bob Dickinson

Sister Carmen

Sister Carmen Teresa Fernández, the oldest child of Felipe and Margarita Fernández, was raised in Miami, Florida where she attended Snapper Creek Elementary school and Epiphany Catholic School before graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in 1985. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, headquartered in Immaculata, Pennsylvania in 1986. After professing first vows in 1989, Sister Carmen served as an elementary school teacher in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and as her Congregation’s Vocation Directress. In 2011, Sister Carmen returned to her alma mater, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, where she served as a Theology teacher and Director of Campus Ministry until June, 2019 before being named the institution’s first President, a position she currently holds. Aside from her twenty-year involvement in elementary and high school education as a teacher, her professional service also encompasses membership in the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Committee, IHM Religious Education Sub-Committee, IHM Sisters Vocation Committee, and the National Catholic Educational Association. Sister Carmen has also served Epiphany Catholic Church’s Religious Education Program as a catechist and is an active parishioner along with the IHM Sisters assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Academy.

Sister Carmen Fernández, IHM

Rosalia

Dr. Rosalia Gallo, an Executive/Adjunct Faculty member at Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families and Department of Teaching and Learning, has served for over 35 years in the field of special education in different capacities. She has worked as a teacher, administrator and District Supervisor within Miami-Dade County Public Schools of such programs as Specific Learning Disabilities, Inclusión, IDEA Private School Obligations and Bilingual ESOL Special Education. She has been a consultant to non-profit agencies, institutions of higher education and educational software systems. Her local, state and federal grantsmanship experiences have resulted in local school districts and institutions of higher education being awarded substantial funds to implement programs in the area of teacher preparation and educational programming. Dr. Gallo has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, Florida International University, Barry University and Nova Southeastern University in their respective special education departments. She has published and been involved in educational research in collaboration with Florida International University faculty. Currently, aside from adjunct duties, she works as a School Liaison Consultant at the Center for Children and Families at FIU, an FIU Preeminent Program specializing in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Most recently, she received the Remote Teacher Ready Badge from FIU for her experience with online learning which encompasses various Learning Management Systems such as Canvas, Blackboard, Livetext, Adobe Connect and Zoom. She resides in Miami with her husband, is an Emmaus sister and an active practicing Catholic.

Rosalia Gallo, PhD

Chief Ed

Chief Ed Hudak, Police Chief of the City of Coral Gables, has a long and distinguished career in Law Enforcement for the past 34 years, having worked through the ranks in every aspect of police work for the City of Coral Gables. He was appointed Chief of Police for the City on September 11, 2015 and currently provides leadership to a Department of over 310 positions and a budget of over $38 million.  His extensive experience in many aspects of law enforcement includes having trained and led mass training exercises, focusing on coordination of multiple law enforcement agencies. His work portfolio encompasses investigating burglaries, auto-theft, narcotics, sexual batteries and domestic violence, kidnapping, and collaboration with homicide investigations. He has been a Hostage Negotiator for 18 years and was the Commander of the SWAT team during his time as Major of the Patrol Division. He has also worked as a consultant with the Department of Justice in the Early Identification and Intervention Systems throughout the country and has been considered an expert witness on hostage situations. Chief Hudak has moreover held numerous executive positions in his professional organizations including President of his Fraternal Order of Police, President of the Switchboard of Miami, the countywide crisis referral hotline, and Vice President of the Miami Dade County Police Officer's Assistance Trust. He has been honored multiple times over many years of service as Officer of the Month and in 1992 received the City of Coral Gables FOP DeKorte Award for Officer of the Year for his outstanding work in support of the City's recovery efforts after Hurricane Andrew. A football scholarship graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in the Arts, Chief Hudak has continued to serve his alma mater as a mentor and security advisor and has received the institution’s Hall of Fame President’s Award for Service. He lives with his wife of 26 years and two daughters and is an active community volunteer and parishioner at Epiphany Catholic Church.

Chief Ed Hudak

Maura

Maura Jennings is a proud alumna of Epiphany Catholic School, Class of 1992. She later attended Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and completed undergraduate studies at Florida State University while obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree. She went on to complete graduate studies at Florida International University obtaining a Masters of Accounting degree. Currently, she works as an attorney with the law firm of J. Patrick Fitzgerald & Associates, P.A. after earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has contributed to that institution as Writing and Research Editor for the University of Miami Law Review. She also holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant. Maura is married to Warren Jennings and has three children at Epiphany Catholic School, Madeline (8th grade), Caitlin (6th grade) and Joseph (3rd grade). She has actively served as a volunteer for Epiphany School and Parish since the Fall of 2011 and looks forward to serving the school community on the Epiphany School Consultative Board.

Maura Jennings

Mike

Mike Lowell is a former professional baseball player whose career spanned from 1995 to 2010. During those years he predominantly played third base for the New York Yankees (1998), Florida Marlins (1999–2005), and Boston Red Sox (2006–2010). He was a member of two World Series Championship teams, the 2003 Florida Marlins and 2007 Boston Red Sox for which he was named World Series Most Valuable Player. Since 2012, he has been an analyst for the MLB network, the nation’s prominent cable baseball channel. Mike Lowell has been an active parishioner at Epiphany Catholic Church for over forty years where he married in 1998. He graduated from Epiphany Catholic School in 1988 and saw his daughter Alexis do the same in 2016. His service to the Epiphany community includes having been the school’s Volleyball Coach from 2014 to 2016 and a member of the recent Gym Fundraising Committee. He resides with his son, daughter and wife of 22 years, is part owner of Rocket Trailers Inc. in Miami and co-author of his autobiography Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Finding the Champion Within.

Mike Lowell

José A.

Dr. José Martel, a graduate from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in 2002, is a cardiac electrophysiologist (heart rhythm specialist). He is the elected Managing Board Member for Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Miami Cardiovascular Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. He also serves as Medical Director for Cardiac Electrophysiology at South Miami Hospital.  Dr. Martel also has a degree in Public Health and Epidemiology and participates in Covid response advisory for Baptist Health South Florida. He is an advocate for sudden cardiac death prevention and has assisted Epiphany Catholic School in keeping the student body, faculty, and visitors protected from this standpoint. He has received the Compassionate Doctor Certification Award, Patients’ Choice Award, and upon bestowal from his peers in the medical profession, the Castle Connolly Top Doctors Recognition. Dr. Martel has been a parishioner at Epiphany Catholic Church for over twenty years and is an Emmaus brother. He has been married to his wife Liza for 22 years and together they have four children. All their children have attended Epiphany Catholic School, three of which have already advanced to secondary schools. He has a daughter who will be entering 5th grade at Epiphany Catholic School.

José A. Martel, MD, MPH, FHRS

Carlota

Dr. Carlota Morales is a renowned and distinguished educator whose career as a teacher, administrator and principal in the Archdiocese of Miami spans six decades. Her work in the field started in 1967 upon taking a position teaching Spanish at the Academy of the Assumption. The following year she was hired at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School where until 1990 she served as a sixth-grade teacher, mathematics teacher, and an Assistant Principal. In 1990 she was appointed principal of St. Agatha Catholic School and served in that capacity until 2001 before returning to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School as principal through 2019. Additionally, Dr. Morales has also taught at Barry University and Capella University. She received an Associate Degree in Secondary Education from Miami Dade College and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Secondary Education from the University of Miami. She earned a certification in Elementary Education from Barry University and later a Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from the University of Miami. Dr. Morales has served on the Education Advisory Board of the University of Miami and Christopher Columbus High School, multiple Florida Catholic Conference Visiting Teams, and numerous professional committees in the Archdiocese of Miami. She was a longtime curriculum writer for the Archdiocese of Miami and featured journalist in The Florida Catholic, La Voz, Radio Paz, The Miami Herald and Diario las Americas. Her many awards include recognition in Who’s Who in the World in American Education, Emerging Leaders in America, Women Executors International, Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, the Papal Medal Benemerenti Award, and the NCEA Distinguished Principal Award. She was also conferred the National Distinguished Principal Award in 2000 at the White House by the President of the United States.

Carlota Morales, Ed.D.

José P.

Dr. José P. Redondo is a psychologist who currently serves as Director of the Institute for Family Development, a mental health group practice in Miami, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in 1983 in clinical and developmental psychology from Clark University in Worcester, MA, a Master’s in Psychology in 1976 from the University of Puerto Rico and, in 1972, a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. He was an Intern in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed post-doctoral work as a Fellow in Psychology at the Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston. Between 1976 and 1979 he was awarded a Fellowship in the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association. Currently, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. In the past, he has been an Instructor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami Medical School.  As a professional and a practicing Catholic, he has collaborated closely with the Archdiocese of Miami, the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, religious orders including the Jesuits, the Piarists, Carmelites and Augustinians, and several local parishes. Similarly, he has ecumenically collaborated in various professional capacities with individuals and institutions of various faiths and denominations particularly Episcopalians and Seventh Day Adventists. Doctor Redondo resides with his wife of many years, has two children and is an active parishioner of Epiphany Catholic Church.

José P. Redondo, PhD

Annamaria

Annamaria Sacher is the Home and School Association President of Epiphany Catholic School. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a twenty-year member of the Epiphany Parish Community. Annamaria and her husband Richard have three children with ties to Epiphany Catholic School: Ana Catalina (Class of 2017), James (Class of 2020), and Patrick (a current 5th Grader). Annamaria balances her time among her family, accounting practice and volunteer work at Epiphany Church and School, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, where she is Vice-President of the Parents’ Guild Board, and other worthy causes. Prior to going into private practice, Annamaria spent seven years at Ernst & Young LLP. Annamaria was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and her family moved to Tampa, Florida when she was in high school. Annamaria graduated from the University of South Florida with Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance and Accounting. As President of Epiphany’s Home and School Association, she formally represents the parents of the school community on the Consultative Board.

Annamaria Sacher

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Safe Social Network Presentation
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Remembering 9/11
20th Anniversary of September 11th.
First School Mass
Last Friday we celebrated our First School Mass with Benediction.
After School Clubs Have Begun!!
Tuesday, Sept 7th, the following clubs started meeting after school, Chess, Debate and Travel