Every parent of a student enrolled at the School of the Cathedral is a member of the Cathedral School Parents Association, commonly known as “CASPA.”

The School of the Cathedral prides itself on the support of a dedicated community of parents who offer their time and talents to school activities and events, both inside and outside of the classroom.  That community of parents does not stand on the outside and look in, but is an intricate part of the educational experience our children enjoy as Cathedral students.  CASPA, by and through its membership, helps to drive the school forward, by sponsoring events (both educational and social, and some a mix of both!), funding improvements to the school both large and small, and providing vital feedback to school administration.

CASPA’s activities are promoted by a Board comprised of 21 members, each assigned to a particular role, with the Board as a whole covering various aspects of parental involvement in the school.  CASPA Board members typically serve a two-year term on the Board, with the terms of individual members staggered so that half of the Board returns the next year while the other half is comprised of new members.  The CASPA Board members for the 2019-20 academic year are listed below, along with each member’s role: 

Kim GunkelPresident
Jennifer McDermondVice President
Kristin NicoliniSecretary
Catherine WahlTreasurer
Christina GaarderMember at Large
Abbey PulcinellaCommunications
Mary Eileen AldanaCommunications
Marjie WassonVolunteers
Melanie PyneVolunteers
Jamie HalloranSocial
Karin LombardiSocial
David CoatesAthletics
Maggy BurgessAthletics
Lisa RapisardaLong Range Planning / Middle School Committee
Sheehan BurchLong Range Planning / Middle School Committee
Aaron BartonTechnology
Chris GangemiTechnology
Anne McLainArts
Meghan AllisonArts
Shannon BurchCathedral Ball
Stefanie WoodhouseCathedral Ball

The CASPA Board meets monthly to discuss CASPA’s involvement in school functions and programming.  All parents are welcome to attend these meetings.  CASPA Board meetings are typically held at the Parish Center on the second Friday of almost every month (except December), with each meeting starting at 7am.  During the 2020-21 academic year CASPA Board meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Sept 11th
  • Oct 9th
  • Nov 13th
  • Jan 15th
  • Feb 12th
  • Mar 12th
  • April 16th
  • May 14th
  • June 4th

Please feel free to contact a CASPA Board member if you have questions or suggestions for future projects, or if you would like to serve on the CASPA Board.

Each year CASPA sponsors fundraising events, including the Cathedral Golf Open, Cardinal Cup 5k run/1 mile walk, and the Cathedral Ball.  More information about these events can be found elsewhere on the website and in materials distributed by the school and parish.  These events not only offer an opportunity for our school community to come together in faith and fellowship, but to raise money for our school and for others outside of our parish and school community. 

Although CASPA is often associated with the large events discussed above, the association also makes an impact on a daily basis, in the many ways that school parents volunteer.  CASPA members coach athletics teams, organize and facilitate classroom parties, speak to students about the members’ professions or the volunteer work that they do, chaperone field trips, supervise the cafeteria and playground during “Lunch Duty,” run the Uniform Bank, and help out in so many other ways.  Our students see their parents at school and they understand that we care.  CASPA devotes itself to facilitating the essential role that parents play in a Cathedral education.