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Faces You'll See During Arrival and Dismissal

Michael Hewson, Chief Operating Officer 

Michael joined Gillen Brewer in June 2020 with 20 years’ experience in corporate and non-profit environments, most recently as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of Undergraduate Academic Affairs for Rutgers University. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and two sons, aged 2 and 4.

Julian Parham Santana, Director of Admissions, Marketing, and Outreach 

Julian has worked at Gillen Brewer since September 2017 after working in Admissions at Saint Saviour Catholic Academy.  He looks forward to welcoming all GBS families, especially those he has only had the opportunity to meet virtually!  Julian lives in Brooklyn with his wife and newborn daughter.

Tim Toal, Human Resources Director

Tim joined Gillen Brewer in September 2019 with over eleven years of Human Resources experience. Prior to Gillen Brewer, Tim worked as the HR Director at the Cooke School and Institute. He also brings his professional recruiting, creative, and public relations experience for us to draw upon. Tim lives in Westchester County with his spouse. 

Paul Dentrone, Director of Technology and Facilities Management

Paul has worked at Gillen Brewer since June 2003, and you will see him outside of the school directing buses and inside managing all technology and facilities. He lives in New Jersey. 

Marissa Levy, Supervising School Nurse

Marissa has worked at Gillen Brewer since July 2019.  Previously she worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 4 years. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Manhattan.

Susan Finkelstein, Admissions/Exmissions Officer

Susan joined the Gillen Brewer Admissions team in September 2019. She has a background in Speech Language Pathology and brings previous experience in outreach and admissions in both health care and special education settings. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and has two adult daughters.

Joline Robles, Executive Assistant to the Head of School 

Joline has worked at Gillen Brewer since February 2011, and as Donna’s assistant since July 2015. Along with assisting Donna with her day to day activities she oversees multiple special projects throughout the school. You will also see her at the front desk covering Ida at lunchtime. She lives in Brooklyn.

Braque Hershberger, Assistant Head of School 

After taking on emergent leadership roles throughout his nine years as Science teacher at Gillen Brewer, Braque Hershberger became the Assistant Head of School in September of 2018. He lives in Yonkers, NY with his wife.

Ida Sacconi, Receptionist

Ida has worked at Gillen Brewer since November 2004. She runs the front desk, answers the phones, and makes sure that arrival and dismissal go smoothly every day. She lives in the Bronx.