Our faculty and staff are passionately committed to the intellectual, moral, physical, and spiritual education of young men. They also have a rich love of teaching and learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. Read below to find out more.
A native of Long Island, Joe Billmeier earned his BA from Notre Dame University and his MBA from Washington University. After several years as a stockbroker, Joe has worked full-time as the Director of the Layton Studey Center in Milwaukee, WI, the Northview University Center in Chicago, IL, the Wespine Study Center in St. Louis, MO, and since 1998 has been the Director of the Chestnut Hill Center in Chestnut Hill, MA. While living in Chicago Joe was the Parent Event Coordinator at Northridge Preparatory School, where he also served as a student advisor.
Catherine Brown – Reception
BA, Providence College
MA, Providence College
Catherine Brown is a 1996 graduate of Providence College. Besides her work as a homemaker and at Sparhawk reception, she has worked for many years in elder care. Mrs. Brown and her husband Wayne have three Sparhawk boys as well as a daughter. They make their home in Medway.
Julie Casey – Reception
BS, Canisius College
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
MBA, Anna Maria College
Julie Casey grew up in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Canisius College before earning an AAS in Fashion Buying & Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MBA from Anna Maria College. After working in the retail fashion industry for several years in New York City, she moved to Massachusetts to raise her family. She is a co-founder of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School in Franklin, MA, where she lives with her husband and their eleven children.
Beth Crevier – Reception
BS, Framingham State University
Beth Crevier is a homemaker with her youngest son at Sparhawk. She grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Framingham State University. Mrs. Crevier lives in Milford with her husband Andre, with whom she has raised ten children.
Jack Flahery – Business Manager
BS, University of New Mexico
Jack Flaherty comes to Sparhawk from the Montrose School in Medfield, MA, where he was the Business Manager for five years after retiring from running an optical lens grinding company in Newton. He earned his BS from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife Ellen live in Millis.
James Golden – Grade 4 Homeroom
BA, St. Anselm College
MA, National University of Ireland
MBA, University of Massachusetts
Originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, Jim Golden comes to Sparhawk from The Heights School in Potomac, MD where he taught fourth grade. He is a graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH where he earned a BA in Liberal Studies in the Great Books. He also has an MA in Ethical and Cultural Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to teaching at The Heights, Mr. Golden spent ten years working at State Street Corporation in Boston serving as a financial services operations manager. He and his wife Gabriela have a son at Sparhawk and three other children. Mr. Golden has played guitar with several rock bands over the years.
Fr. John Grieco – Chaplain
BA, University of Dallas
PhD, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
Fr. John Grieco grew up in Bayonne, NJ and studied Philosophy at the University of Dallas. After graduating, he moved to Washington DC, where he earned a PhD from the Catholic University of America and taught undergraduate philosophy for several years. While in Washington, he also taught for two years at The Heights School in Potomac, MD, and was Director of the Tenley Study Center for 5 years. From there, he moved to Rome to study for the priesthood, earning a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He was then ordained as a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. Upon his return to the United States, he served for three years as Chaplain of Northridge Prep in Niles, IL. Fr. John is also Chaplain of the Montrose School in Medfield, MA.
Benjamin Houde – Grade 3 Homeroom
BA, Ave Maria University
MEd, University of Navarre
A native of Topsham, Maine, Ben Houde graduated as valedictorian from Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida with a BA in Classics and Early Christian Literature. He spent the following two years teaching Latin and Humanities at the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in Florida. Mr. Houde graduated with a Masters in Secondary School Education from the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain in June 2018. Alongside teaching, he coaches soccer and baseball at Sparhawk. An outdoor enthusiast, Irish fiddle player, and Eagle Scout, Mr. Houde is excited to return to Sparhawk for his second year.
Kieran Kelly – History and Religion
BA, The Catholic University of America
MEd, Boston College
MA, Boston College
Kieran Kelly grew up in Charlestown and attended Boston Latin High School before moving on to The Catholic University of America, where he majored in History. After spending a year in Ireland (and adding Irish to his Greek, Latin, Old, Middle, and Modern French arsenal), he completed Masters degrees in Higher Education Administration and Theology at Boston College. In addition to teaching part-time at Sparhawk, he is a sailing instructor at the Courageous Sailing Center in Boston. Mr. Kelly and his wife Emily live in Hopedale.
John Paul Lechner – Grade 6 Homeroom
BA, University of Illinios
MA, St. John’s College
John Paul Lechner grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended Northridge Prep. He earned his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied History and Spanish. He joined the faculty of The Heights School in 2009, where he taught grades 7-8 and mentored hundreds of boys in his nine years there. In 2018 he completed his MA in Liberal Arts at St, John’s in Annapolis, MD. In the summer of 2019 he took on the role of Director of the Sebago Leadership Camp. Mr. Lechner has gladly taken advantage of the farming and exploring opportunities available on the Sparhawk grounds.
Raymond Le Grand – Director of Admissions
BS, University of Notre Dame
MS, New York University
An Eagle Scout from Dallas, Texas, Raymond Le Grand earned his BS from Notre Dame University, and an MS from New York University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He has taught STEM classes in Brooklyn, NY public schools and worked for a series of high tech start up companies designing custom apps. As a mobile app developer, he has been involved in several industrial CAD and medical device start-ups in Boston and Cambridge. His academic interests led him to create and release NYU Robofish, an iPhone app to control small kid-friendly robotic fish. Mr. Le Grand has been on the staff of the Sebago Leadership Camp for many years as a teacher, mentor, and administrator. He is excited to once again be teaching math and science at Sparhawk.
Paul Mahoney – Grade 7 Homeroom
BA, Harvard University
JD, New England School of Law
Paul Mahoney is returning to education after raising a family in Franklin with his wife Tammy and working for 35 years as a corporate lawyer, most recently at SAP America, where he was Senior Director and Corporate Counsel. He grew up in West Roxbury and attended Boston Latin and then Harvard College, where he majored in History. Mr. Mahoney taught high school History, Math, and Religion for five years at the Westbridge School and went on to earn his JD at the New England School of Law. He is the proud father of our Grade 8 homeroom teacher Sean Mahoney and grandfather of three Sparhawk students.
Sean Mahoney – Grade 8 Homeroom
BA, Thomas More College
MEd, American College of Education
Sean Mahoney returned to his Massachusetts roots last year after ten years of teaching ELS, elementary school and high school in South Korea. He has a Masters in Education from American College of Education and studied Philosophy at Thomas More College. He and his wife Lynn have a three year old daughter named Sarah and a one year old son named John, a future Sparhawk boy! Mr. Mahoney teaches History, Literature, and Science, and presides over Grade 8 homeroom.
Matthew McDonald – Grade 5 Homeroom
BA, Harvard University
Matt McDonald grew up in Watertown. He graduated from Harvard College in 1992, after studying medieval European history. He has spent most of his adult life in newspapers, mostly as a reporter. He is currently the Editor of the online newspaper The New Boston Post. Mr. McDonald and his wife Kelly live on Cape Cod with their eight children.
Donald Pacific – Athletic Director, Physical Education
BA, Boston State College
Don Pacific earned his BA at Boston State College, where he also played hockey. His experience led him into organizing and instructing various pre-season NHL, AHL, and Division I College Hockey training camps, while also serving as Head Coach for the Worcester Crusaders Midget U-16 team. He was the head coach of the Fay School Varsity Boys hockey team in Southborough, MA for fifteen years,and Assistant Hockey coach at Framingham Sate University. He has been the Athletic Director of the Sebago Leadership Camp since 2006. He and his wife Marion live in Marlborough, MA.
Robert Sylvain – Head of School
BA, Columbia University
MBA, Bentley University
Bob Sylvain is from Needham and now lives at the Chestnut Hill Center in Newton, MA. He has a BA in History from Columbia University and an MBA from Bentley University. He is co-Founder of the Sebago Leadership Camp, where he was Director for fourteen years. Mr. Sylvain began his career in academic administration and fundraising in 2000 as the Recording Secretary of Brown University. He also worked in development at Boston College and Providence College. Prior to Sparhawk he taught religion to grades 4-8 at the St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge.