AHA President Melinda Hanlon

October 2017


Dear AHA Families and Friends,

October 2, 2017, marks an extraordinary day in the history of Holy Angels.  On this date one hundred and thirty eight years ago, Sister Nonna Dunphy founded our beloved school in Fort Lee. Over fifty-two years ago AHA began a new chapter here on the Demarest campus and now we look forward to a future filled with great promise as we dedicate Sister Genevieve Kelleher Hall. On this our Feast Day, we gather to honor that history and celebrate our future.

St. Matthew wrote, “Whatever you ask in prayer, your will receive because of faith.” Sister Genevieve Kelleher Hall has become a reality because of faith. The faith of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who established this school in a small white frame house in Fort Lee so many years go and the faith of all the Sisters who served this Academy as administrators and teachers for the last 138 years. The faith of our benefactors who are truly prayers answered for all of us at Holy Angels. 

I am most grateful to all those who supported this project and worked to ensure its completion:

  • The generous support of the School Sisters and the Atlantic Midwest Provincial Council.
  • AHA’s Board of Trustees, facilities committee members Ed Malley and Tom Kohli and our board chair Sister Sharon Slear.
  • Our administrative team Jean Mullooly, Francesca Tambone-Puzio, Andrea Beyer and George Ballane. Special thanks to George Ballane who served as the day to day administrator of this project.
  • Our architects from DiCara & Rubino Jerry Rubino and Jake Sentchak.
  • Glenn Vanas and Gene Patterson from Vanas Construction.
  • Turner Construction and Kevin McMahon.
  • Our advancement team- Dorrie Voulgaris, Joe Branciforte, Patti Hill and Theresa Shubeck and our campaign cabinet for their leadership.
  • To our parents past and present parents, our many friends and most especially our alumnae who contributed to this campaign.

Sister Mary Maher, SSND, the General Superior of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and an AHA alumna, shared the following words on this occasion: 

“AHA is my beloved alma mater.  I carry its vision in my heart, and have drawn on all that it gave me during my life.  I am confident that this dedication today is the beginning of a new future for the Academy as it continues to grow and evolve to meet the challenges of preparing young women for life in a rapidly globalizing world.”

It is indeed a wonderful time to be at the Academy of the Holy Angels.


Melinda A. Hanlon




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