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Advisory Structure


Saint Peter School is operated as part of Saint Peter Parish within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. 


The Pastor (or Administrator) delegates responsibility to the Principal for oversight of the daily operation of our school, its faculty and staff, and its academic offerings. The Pastor (or Administrator) and Principal avail themselves of the counsel and resources of the parish staff, applicable Archdiocesan offices, and the Saint Peter School Consultative Board.  The Consultative Board advises the Pastor (or Administrator) and Principal in the governance of the school. Governance is concerned with overall strategy and institutional policy and is distinct from “Ownership” and “Administration” which are roles fulfilled by the Archbishop of Boston (through his appointed representative) and the Principal, respectively.


The Consultative Board is a volunteer body of at least nine members from the school and parish communities as well as from the general community.  It offers its counsel in areas of planning and policy, development, finances, marketing/communication, and mission effectiveness to support the viability and success of our school.  Consultative Board members are appointed by the Pastor (or Administrator) and Principal to serve up to two consecutive three year terms and meet approximately eight times per school year. Through its counsel, committee work, and active participation in school-sponsored activities, the Consultative Board promotes, supports, and champions Saint Peter School to the fullest extent possible.


Saint Peter School 5-Year Strategic Plan 


June 19, 2021


Dear Saint Peter School Community,


The end of the school year is always a cause for celebration, thanksgiving, and reflection, but this year feels particularly noteworthy. I want to take a moment to express my immense gratitude to all of you, for your unwavering support of SPS. This year would not have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of spirit and the commitment of every single member of our community, student, staff, and parent alike. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.


Last summer, when we started planning for a September 2020 reopening, no one was sure how long we would be able to safely operate in-person. To be honest, I wasn't even sure that we'd make it to October! Yet, thanks to your collective support, patience, and generosity, here we are, with a safe and successful SY20–21 in the books. I am so proud of all that your children achieved this year and am so grateful that you entrusted them to us. It was a true joy and blessing to see their smiling faces every morning. 

Now, as we look ahead to SY21–22 and beyond, I am very pleased to share a 5-Year Strategic Plan for Saint Peter School.  This plan is the fruit of much work, many prayers, and close collaboration with our School Consultative Board. Born. Informed by insights from faculty, staff, parents, students, and benefactors, our 5-Year Plan lays out two distinct, yet parallel paths: "Year 1 Priorities" and a "Year 5 Vision." Year 1 Priorities are specific action steps that we are committed to realizing in the year ahead. The Year 5 Vision is precisely that: an ambitious and hopeful vision of what our school will look like in the future. 


The Strategic Plan is very much a living document. While the Year 1 Priorities are measurable and concrete, the Year 5 Vision will likely develop and evolve in the months and years ahead. My hope is that we will regularly revisit this Strategic Plan and honestly and critically evaluate where we have met and exceeded our goals, where we have fallen short, and what we need to reconsider and revise. Later this summer, as we get closer to the new school year, there will be forums for you to learn more about what is outlined in the Strategic Plan and how parents and families might contribute to the work we have before us. For now, I encourage you to read and review at your leisure--and to join me in dreaming big about the very bright future of our beloved Saint Peter School!

May our Blessed Mother and our patron, Saint Peter, guide and bless you all. Have a wonderful summer!

In Christ,

Patrick Boyden, MEd, MBA | Principal



Saint Peter School 5-Year Plan

2023 – 2024 Consultative Board Members



Mr. Daniel Appugliese, ‘92

Vice President, Digital Workplace, Fidelity Investments



Mrs. Wendy Burns

Vice President of the Consultative Board

Director of Admissions, Saint Peter School

Parent Association Co-Chair (2019-2022)


Mrs. Elizabeth Christiansen


Parent Association Co-Chair


Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Cardena

Secretary of the Consultative Board

Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School

Director, Laboratory for Systems Mechanobiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  


Dr. Thomas Haferd 

Principal, Saint Paul’s Choir School

Former parent



Dr. Eirene Kontopoulos

Chair of the Consultative Board

Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments



Mrs. Kathleen O’Connell 

Former Advancement Officer

Former parent



Mr. John Sortino

Entrepreneur, Vermont Teddy Bear Company 



Mrs. Rebecca Susi 

Restaurant owner

Former Parent Association Co-Chair


Donna Tuccinardi


Parent Association Co-Chair



Ex-Officio Members (serving because of their official positions, on a non-voting basis):



Dr. Evan Kristiansen

Head of School, Saint Peter School



Ms. Jacqueline Sullivan

Director of Advancement, Saint Peter School


St. Peter School
96 Concord Ave
Cambridge, MA 


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