St. Agnes & St. Dominic Leadership
Pictured left to right: Chris Burke, Dean of St. Dominic; Kathy Boccia, Dean of St. Agnes Lower School; Tom Hood, President; Dr. Joy Maness, Dean of St. Agnes Upper School
Tom Hood, President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
Tom Hood joined the St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School family as President in July 2016. Previously President Hood served for eight years as the Head of School at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland, Pennsylvania, an independent, co-educational college-preparatory day school with 252 students. In 2006, he joined the MMI Preparatory School family as Vice President and then became Head two years later. He joined the MMI administration after a 22-year career in the United States Army including four years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
President Hood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He also has completed twelve credit units towards an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. During his military career, he was qualified as both a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot. Before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, he served in various command and staff roles including serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. President Hood and his wife, Mary-Lee, have been married for 30 years, and they have four grown children.
Kathy Boccia, Dean, St. Agnes Academy Lower School
Kathy Boccia has been the Dean of the St. Agnes Academy Lower School since 2000. A native of Long Island, New York, Mrs. Boccia moved to Memphis to attend Christian Brothers University during its first year as a coeducational institution. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in English and Special Education and Master of Education Degree from the University of Memphis. She received doctoral training at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining SAA-SDS, she was a teacher in the Memphis City Schools. As a specialist in gifted education, she taught both senior and junior high school English in the CLUE program for academically gifted students. She also served as the Dean of Admission for SAA-SDS. Dean Boccia has attended the Principal's Center at the Harvard School of Education. Additionally, she attended the Michael Gurian Institute for training for brain based teaching with a gender focus and the ISM Institute on Leading the Effective Middle School. Dean Boccia is a member of the SAA Alumnae Hall of Fame and has been recognized as one of the 50 Women Who Make A Difference in Memphis.
Dr. Joy Maness, Dean St. Agnes Academy Upper School
Joy Maness has been Dean of the St. Agnes Academy Upper School since 1999. Dr. Maness earned both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in French from the University of Memphis. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She also studied at Université de Nantes in Nantes, France and Université de Grenoble in Grenoble, France. Dr. Maness has taught at St. Agnes Academy since 1976. In addition to teaching French, she has taught psychology, Latin, Italian, English, reading, and study skills. She has served as an instructor in French for the Christian Brothers University-Saint Agnes Academy Program and an Instructor in French for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville -Saint Agnes Academy Program.
She is an Instructor in French for Alliance Française - Special Studies Program at Rhodes College and an Instructor for Summer Program for NACEL in Paris, France. She attended the Harvard Principal’s Institute at Harvard University. Dr. Maness is an honorary alumna of St. Agnes as well as a member of the St. Agnes Alumnae Hall of Fame.
Chris Burke, Dean, St. Dominic School
Mr. Burke graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and received a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. He previously served as the Assistant Principal and Middle School Teacher at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Indialantic, Florida for three years. He also has experience as an Admission Counselor for both the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Florida Institute of Technology and as a Learning Lab Coordinator at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bryan, Texas. He has served as a varsity basketball and soccer coach at three separate schools, leading two of the schools to state rankings and a “Final Four” finish. In addition to his roles as a teacher and coach, he has also served as an Accreditation Team Member for the Florida Catholic Conference and as a Board member for the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School. He is a trainer for the Play Like a Champion program, which promotes character education through sports and co-created and directed GO Camp, a summer organizational camp for students in grades 4-8 at Holy Name of Jesus.