Head of School Welcome
A Message from Board Chair Victoria Gmelich
The Board of Trustees and I are excited to announce the appointment of Mary Kate Blaine as Trinity Hall’s second Head of School, effective July 1, 2021. The Board was unanimous in its support of the Search Committee’s enthusiastic recommendation of Mary Kate following a comprehensive sixteen-month national search. Mary Kate distinguished herself from an extensive pool of highly qualified and impressive candidates. Ms. Blaine’s proven commitment to all girls’ education and her experience as an educator, administrator and leader allow her to truly understand Trinity Hall’s mission and vision, and our hopes and dreams for our future.
For the past eight years, Mary Kate has served as Principal of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington DC, an all-girls college preparatory school in the Roman Catholic faith and Salesian Tradition, dedicated to educational excellence. Visitation’s success is what Trinity Hall has aspired to since its founding. Much like the experience Mary Sciarrillo brought to Trinity Hall from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Mary Kate has managed an array of essential functions that allow independent schools to thrive. She has a strong background in curriculum development, strategic growth and project management, as well as a deep understanding of the importance of fundraising and sound budgeting. She worked closely with administration, faculty and students to advance the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and was an integral leader throughout the COVID crisis. She is a bright, warm, and visionary leader with an inclusive management style.
As stated by Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson, Head of School at Georgetown Visitation: "Mary Kate invests tremendous care in every young woman at Visitation, celebrating each one’s gifts. She makes time for everyone, embracing St. Jane de Chantal’s call to 'Lead those in your care with an understanding heart.' We will miss her dearly, but wish her all the best at Trinity Hall. You are truly blessed to be welcoming such a great-hearted, gifted educator and leader."
At the beginning of her career, after receiving her B.A. in American Studies from Fordham University and her M.A. in History and Education from Columbia Teachers College, Mary Kate taught Social Studies at Notre Dame School of Manhattan, a diverse all-girls Catholic school serving 300 young women. During her tenure at Notre Dame, Mary Kate completed her Ed.M. in Private School Leadership at Columbia Teachers College. Prior to joining Georgetown Visitation’s community as Principal, Mary Kate served as Chief of Staff to the Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. Mary Kate’s past professional experiences nurture her appreciation for Trinity Hall’s strong community and aspirations for our future, and her ability to contribute to both. Mary Kate is thrilled to be joining a strong and innovative community, dedicated to advancing the profound gifts of young women – and to planting seeds of faith which will support them throughout their lives.
The Board of Trustees and I especially thank Miriam Tort for her leadership and time commitment spent chairing the Search Committee of Sean Clifford, Kerry Devine, Justin Gmelich, Abby Kelly, James Palmieri, Shawn Reynolds, and Michael Walker. Thanks also to our consultants, Laura Hansen and Eric Peterson of Wickenden Associates. Finally, we would like to thank the members of our community – administration, faculty, parents, students and alumnae – who took part in the process. Your involvement was invaluable to solidifying our selection of Mary Kate Blaine. Thank you to Mary Sciarrillo for all her assistance and grace throughout this process, ensuring a smooth transition.
Over the coming months we will keep you informed of events to both honor Mary in her final year and to introduce Mary Kate as Head of School. Please join me in welcoming Mary Kate into the Trinity Hall Community.
Chair, Board of Trustees