Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff are 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.

Joseph Billmeier – Religion
BA, University of Notre Dame
MBA, Washington University
Years at Sparhawk: 3
Email: jbillmeier@sparhawkacademy.org

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, Mr. Billmeier 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 Mr. Billmeier was the Parent Event Coordinator at Northridge Preparatory School, where he also served as a student advisor.

Joseph Casey –  Religion
BA, University of Navarra
MiM, IESE Business School
Years at Sparhawk: 1
Email: joseph.casey@iese.net

Joe grew up in Franklin, MA and graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School in 2016. He then went to study Economics at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and followed that with a 1-year condensed MBA program at IESE Business School in Madrid. Mr. Casey is very interested in Business, and enjoys being part of Sparhawk at an early stage of its development, similar to other entrepreneurial ventures he has been a part of. He also served as a mentor at the Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago, and gave private English lessons to boys and girls when he was in Spain.

Julie Casey – Reception
BS, Canisius College
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
MBA, Anna Maria College
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: reception@sparhawkacademy.org

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. Mrs. Casey is a co-founder of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School in Franklin, MA, where she lives with her husband Tim and their eleven children.

Beth Crevier – Reception
BS, Framingham State University
Years at Sparhawk: 3
Email: reception@sparhawkacademy.org

Beth Crevier is a homemaker and mother to a former Sparhawk student. 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 Flaherty – Business Manager
BS, University of New Mexico
Years at Sparhawk: 3
Email: jflaherty@sparhawkacademy.org

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.

Joseph Giallombardo – History, Science, Speech
BA, University of Dallas
Years at Sparhawk: 3
Email: jgiallombardo@sparhawkacademy.org

Joe Giallombardo joins us from The Rose Institute, where he is a speech coach and Senior Instructor. As part of the The Rose Institute, he helped hundreds of elementary school students develop proficiency in public speaking and communication. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Dallas, where he studied History. He also studied Film Production and Directing Techniques under Werner Herzog in 2016, and is an expert in Italian wines. Mr. Giallombardo has also worked as a mentor at the Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago.

James Golden – Grade 4 Homeroom
BA, St. Anselm College
MA, National University of Ireland
MBA, University of Massachusetts
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: jgolden@sparhawkacademy.org

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 two of their four boys enrolled at Sparhawk. Mr. Golden has played guitar with several rock bands over the years.

Fr. John Grieco – Chaplain
BA, University of Dallas
Licentiate, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
PhD, The Catholic University of America
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: j.r.grieco@gmail.com

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.

Joseph Haggarty – Grade 7 Homeroom
BA, Thomas Aquinas College
MA, Boston College
PhD, Boston College
Years at Sparhawk: 2
Email: jhaggarty@sparhawkacademy.org

Joseph Haggarty finished his graduate studies in Philosophy at Boston College in 2015, after earning a Masters there and a BA in Philosophy at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. He has taught at many levels, including as an Assistant Professor at TAC and as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. Mr. Haggarty also taught middle school and high school for two years at Trivium School in Lancaster. He lives in Millis with his wife Caroline and their 6 children.

Benjamin Houde – Grade 3 Homeroom
BA, Ave Maria University
MEd, University of Navarra
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: bhoude@sparhawkacademy.org

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 Navarra in Pamplona, Spain in June 2018. Alongside teaching, he coaches soccer and baseball at Sparhawk, and is an outdoor enthusiast, Irish fiddle player, and Eagle Scout.

Thomas Keefe  – Craftsmanship and Literature
BA, Harvard University
Years at Sparhawk: 2
Email: tkeefe@sparhawkacademy.org

Tom Keefe lives in Millis with his wife Maggie and two sons. Mr. Keefe spent many years helping to run the Sebago Leadership Camp, including as Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Mr. Keefe has been working as a Data Solutions Manager at Wayfair since graduating from Harvard College in 2015 with a degree in History and Literature.

John Paul Lechner  – Grade 6 Homeroom
BA, University of Illinios
MA, St. John’s College
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: jplechner@sparhawkacademy.org

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. Since 2019 he has served as 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

Years at Sparhawk: 4

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 and mentor. He enjoys teaching math, science, and religion classes at Sparhawk.

Paul Mahoney – History, Math, Religion
BA, Harvard University
JD, New England School of Law
Years at Sparhawk: 3
Email: pmahoney@sparhawkacademy.org

Paul Mahoney is returning to education after raising a family in Franklin with his wife Tammy and working for 20 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 two Sparhawk students and an alumnus.

Sean Mahoney – Grade 8 Homeroom
BA, Thomas More College
MEd, American College of Education
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: smahoney@sparhawkacademy.org

Sean Mahoney returned to his Massachusetts roots in 2018 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 live with their daughter and son in Franklin. Mr. Mahoney teaches History, Literature, and Science, and presides over Grade 8 homeroom.

Matthew McDonald – Grade 5 Homeroom
BA, Harvard University
Years at Sparhawk: 3
Email: mmcdonald@sparhawkacademy.org

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.

LaNon Neary – Reception
Years at Sparhawk: 1
Email: reception@sparhawkacademy.org

After a 27 year adventure in the military that took them all over the world, LaNon Neary and her husband Michael settled in Seekonk with their six army “brats”. Mrs. Neary graduated from The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and attended the University of Maryland.

Donald Pacific – Athletic Director, Physical Education
BA, Boston State University
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: dpacific@sparhawkacademy.org

Don Pacific earned his BA at Boston State University, 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 State 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
Years at Sparhawk: 4
Email: bsylvain@sparhawkacademy.org

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.