Meet Our Team


James L. Hayes, President

Mr. Hayes, a life long educator, joined The Epiphany School’s faculty in 1977 and was Principal from 1978-2016. During his 38 year tenure as principal, Mr. Hayes has overseen a period of tremendous growth at The Epiphany School: the school’s population grew from 250 to 560 students, the physical plant expanded from one building to three, and cutting edge technology was introduced at every grade level. In addition to his education credentials, Mr. Hayes has a Business Degree from Iona College and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Manhattan College. In this new role Mr. Hayes’s focus will be on strategic planning, fundraising, and community relations.


Shannon Harknett, Director of Development

Shannon Harknett joined The Foundation in 2018. Over the past 10 years, Shannon has worked in the nonprofit industry in both programs and development. During this time she has worked in a variety of settings, including Columbia University and The Churchill School and Center. Shannon holds a B.S. from the University of Connecticut and has completed coursework in nonprofit management at Northeastern University. When not at work, Shannon enjoys traveling the world, volunteering as a first responder in Jersey City, and exploring New York City with her family and friends.


Mary Jean Fitzpatrick, Business Manager

MJ Fitzpatrick began her career at The Epiphany School in 1996 and in 2006, she joined The Foundation as the very first Business Manager. Married to her wonderful husband, Hank, for 35 years, they are the very proud parents of two Epiphany graduates, Terence ’98 and Kevin ’00. Although MJ wears several hats at Epiphany, her role of Business Manager at The Foundation has been one of her most fulfilling ones.