On April 23, 2016, the Sisters of the Divine Compassion elected new leaders for the next four years, taking office on July 2, 2016. Elected were Sisters Laura Donovan, President, Alice Feeley, Mary Ann Kinsella, Carol Peterson, and Kristin Donworth.
Sr. Laura Donovan is the former principal of the Academy of our Lady of Good Counsel (GCA) High School and the newly elected president for the Sisters of the Divine Compassion. She has been engaged in the Sisters’ mission and educational ministries for over 40 years. Sr. Laura was born in Geneva, NY. Her family later moved to White Plains where she now resides at Our Lady of Sorrows Convent. Her education and professional experience include a B.S. in Science from Good Counsel College/College of White Plains, an M.S. in Religious Education/Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, an M.S. in Secondary School Science from Villanova University in PA, and a professional diploma in School Administration and Supervision, grades 7 – 12, from Manhattan College. Sr. Laura also holds New York State Certification in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, and Secondary School Administration. A graduate of Good Counsel Academy, Sr. Laura served as teacher, Science Department Chairperson, and Dean of Students at both Good Counsel Academy and Preston High School in the Bronx.
Sr. Alice Feeley was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Good Counsel College and entered the community in 1957. Sr. Alice was awarded graduated degrees from Catholic University of America, St. John’s University and Manhattanville College in the fields of English Literature, Pastoral Counseling, and Creative Writing and Certification in Spiritual Direction from Sacred Heart University. Her work through her ministries include teaching at Sacred Heart High School, Hartsdale, Preston High School and Good Counsel Academy. She has served in Educational Administration at Pace University and Iona College as well as years of service in pastoral counseling, nursing home chaplaincy, and providing spiritual direction. Sr. Alice is a highly regarded poet having been published and served as Poet Laureate of Greenburgh. Her lifelong love of music also continues with her participation in the Transfiguration Church Choir in Tarrytown. Sister Alice has served on the congregational leadership as President in 1984-1992 and 2000-2008.
Sr. Mary Ann Kinsella was born in Bronx. NY. Her early education was at St. Benedict’s Elementary School then on to Preston High School where she had her first contact with the Sisters of the Divine Compassion. Sr. Mary Ann continued her education with the Sisters at Good Counsel College and entered the community in 1959. She earned her Master’s Degree from Manhattan College in Religious Education and began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher for six years. She then moved on to teaching at the high school level beginning at Good Counsel Academy for 18 years and finally at Preston High school for 23 years. Another very important aspect of her RDC service has been her responsibility as Community Liaison to the Associates of the Divine Compassion. Sr. Mary Ann also worked at St. Vito’s Parish in Mamaroneck as a Pastor’s Assistant. This term will be Sr. Mary Ann’s first as being part of the Congregational Leadership Team.
Sr. Kristin Donworth serves the 2016-2020 leadership term with previous leadership experience beginning in 2000. Sr. Kristin entered the RDC community in 1965 and served on Congregational Leadership from 2000-2012. While she most recently served as Campus Administrator and Congregational Support Services, Sr. Kristin dedicated many years to education and social services. After graduating from Good Counsel College she received M.A. and M.S. degrees in Education and Education Administration and a certification in Montessori for the pre-primary grade level. From 1970-1997 Sr. Kristin taught in several schools in the NY Archdiocese and served in administration at both the Good Counsel Academy High School and Elementary School. As Director of Special Projects for children Sr. Kristin directed the Rainbow Connection Summer Camp and the Dannat Project. She was also the Assistant Director of Siena House in the Bronx and has volunteered at the Grace Church Shelter Program; the S.H.O.R.E. Volunteer Program; Acted as Advisor for the Grace Church Summer Camp Program; and served as a Board Member for the St. Bernard’s Head Start Program. In addition to her dedication to her ministries and volunteer work, Sr. Kristin is an accomplished writer having had several articles for adults and children published. She is currently working on a children’s book entitled The Village of Lasterday.
This August, Sr. Carol Peterson will mark 31 years in the RDC community. Sr. Carol was born in Peekskill, NY. She attended SUNY @ Oneonta majoring in Education and English. Her Master’s Degrees were awarded from Fordham and Pace Universities in Social Work and Education Administration. This will be Sr. Carol Peterson’s first term as a member of the Congregational Leadership team. Until now she has been fully committed to education through teaching and serving in administrative capacities. Sr. Carol taught for 18 years including three years at John F. Kennedy High School and 14 years at Good Counsel Academy High School where she eventually served as Director of Guidance and Principal for nine years. Since 2012 Sr. Carol has worked at Preston High School as the Dean for Administration. During her years of serving in ministries in education Sr. Carol’s love for travel has involved her in many GCA school trips abroad. She also volunteered for three years for Compassion in Kentucky and worked with Habitat for Humanity. Sr. Carol also was a member of the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace and has a deep interest and concern for the current refugee crisis.