Meet Our Team

James L. Hayes, School 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 for the School.

Taylor Ambrosio, Director of Development

Taylor (Curley) Ambrosio joins The Epiphany School Foundation after having served in alumni relations and development roles at Georgetown University and most recently at Convent of the Sacred Heart, where she was responsible for significant growth in alumnae and community support. Taylor prides herself in fostering a high-energy, ever-improving approach to fundraising to promote increased community relations and participation. In addition to being an Epiphany School and Convent of the Sacred Heart graduate, Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College.

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 40 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.

Neema Shah, Development Assistant

Neema Shah is joining the Epiphany School Foundation after spending 6 years in the classroom teaching for the NYC Department of Education Pre-K For All program. Although she will no longer be in the classroom, Neema is dedicated to helping develop resources for the members of our school to succeed. She is also committed to developing and fostering relationships within and outside the school community. Neema holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland University College. Neema is thrilled to be joining the Epiphany School Foundation!