Leadership Team

On September 13, 2020, the Sisters of the Divine Compassion elected new leaders for the next four years, taking office on September 26, 2020. Elected were Sisters Laura Donovan, President, Carol Peterson, Kristin Donworth and Susan Becker.

Sr. Susan Becker

Sister Susan Becker is the new addition to the Leadership Team.   Raised in Mamaroneck, she is a proud graduate of Good Counsel Academy (’61) Good Counsel College, and completed masters’ degrees at SUNY Cortland (English) and Syracuse University (Social Work and Public Administration).  Sue also has a certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Following a few years as an elementary school teacher (St John’s in Mahopac St. Anthony’s in Silver Lake) she moved into social work with Catholic Charities.  Over the years she held the positions of Director of Catholic Charities in Cortland County, Director of the Onondaga Council on Alcoholism, staff social worker and then Director of the Substance Abuse unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison.  For the past 11 years Sue has served at Pace University campus chaplain and has a private psychotherapy practice.

A few of the things Sue has discovered about herself over the years are:  a love of the written word, both in reading and in writing,  an enjoyment of tent  camping, and a deep connection with the Divine in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.

This term will be Sue’s first as part of the leadership team.

Sr. Laura Donovan

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. Kristin Donworth

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.

Sr. Carol Peterson

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.