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At its core, a school is only as solid as the people behind it.  Malden Catholic High School is managed by a talented team of professionals, each contributing a diverse set of skills and experiences to guide one of the premier, private high schools in New England.  This includes our Academic Administration and our Leadership Team.

Thomas Doherty, Headmaster


Our headmaster, Thomas Doherty, comes to Malden Catholic as an experienced school leader from St. Bernard School in Connecticut. During his time at St. Bernard School, Mr. Doherty strengthened the school’s fiscal management, enhanced enrollment and expanded the endowment.  Previously, Thomas was Dean of Mission and Advancement with Lowell Catholic High School and served as a liaison to the Archdiocese of Boston and to Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools. In that capacity, he managed and implemented all fundraising, and was responsible for outreach to major donors and community leaders.

Mr.  Doherty holds an AB from Boston College and an MS from the University of Notre Dame. A proven educator and leader, Thomas is committed to the mission of Catholic schools and Malden Catholic is the beneficiary of this substantial experience.

Br. Thomas Puccio, CFX, Ed.D.


Our Principal, Brother Thomas Puccio, CFX, Ed.D., has been a Xaverian Brother for more than forty years. He was an English teacher and department chair at St. John’s Preparatory School for 14 years, before joining the faculty at Malden Catholic, where he has been Principal for 26 years and Interim Headmaster (2008-2009).   Br. Puccio has also moderated our Parents Club all those years as well as taught SAT Prep, psychology, and AP English. A Doctor of Educational Leadership (Johnson & Wales University), he also holds a Masters degree in Secondary Administration from Salem State College; a Masters in British Literature from Boston College, and an undergraduate degree in American & British Literature from Brandeis University. Recipient of the 2007 Theodore James Ryken Award, he serves on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council (MIAC) 1999-2009 & 2011 to today.

Robert Bucchino, Assistant Principal, Academics

Robert Bucchino, a 1971 graduate of Malden Catholic, holds a School Administration Degree as well as a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S) in School Leadership. He is charged with matters relating to the academic needs and services of all students. He also works closely with parents, the Faculty and the Guidance Department on personal and scheduling issues of students. Mr. Bucchino has served at MC for more than thirty years, working first as a math teacher, then as the Math Department Chairperson, and currently as Assistant Principal, Academics.   He continues to teach math, coordinates our annual Brother Anthony Basketball Tournament, and conducts our Summer School.  He received the Theodore James Ryken Award in 2006 in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the mission of Xaverian Brothers’ Sponsored Schools.

Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Principal, Student Life

Jeffrey Smith, a 1995 graduate of Malden Catholic, is responsible for student life and school discipline.  Assistant Principal, Student Life, since 2008, he formerly served as Malden Catholic's Assistant Athletic Director and also taught history and government.  While on faculty at MC, Mr. Smith has coached in the football, lacrosse, wrestling, and track programs. Currently the Head Coach of the football program,  he coordinates building security and continues to teach social studies.  He holds a Masters of Education in School Administration from Emmanuel College and an undergraduate degree in history from Radford University.

Raymond Barry, Director of Information Technology

Ray Barry is responsible for managing and promoting the administrative and academic use of information technology at Malden Catholic. Ray brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the IT field. Before coming to Malden Catholic, Ray spent twenty four years at GEI Consultants, a private civil engineering consulting firm, where he progressed from a dual role of engineer/IT Support to the become GEI’s first Chief Information Officer. While at GEI, Ray led a strategic IT Department that he created and grew as GEI grew. He created several cross-functional teams that collaborated with IT to help identify and advance technological solutions to business process issues and challenges. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management. Ray also brings over 20 years of experience in emergency management, preparedness and instruction as a licensed Emergency Medical Technician, a CPR & First Aid Instructor for Winchester Hospital and as a medical volunteer/first responder with the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps. He is also an elected public official that serves on the Tewksbury Board of Health. Ray received both a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Construction Management from Northeastern University.

Hazel Kochocki, Director of External Affairs

Hazel Kochocki oversees admissions and advancement for Malden Catholic, including marketing communications programs.  With more than twenty-five years’ professional experience, she has provided consulting services to public relations agencies, software companies, universities and non-profits.  Hazel previously managed accounts at Weber-Shandwick Worldwide, an international public relations firm, where she counseled clients including the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science.  Prior to Weber-Shandwick, Hazel was a senior account executive in Hill and Knowlton’s Boston office, where she provided public relations expertise to Bank of Boston, Citicorp and GE Aircraft Engines.  Hazel is a former member of the executive board of ACAAP, the Association of Catholic Advancement and Admission Professionals. She holds an AB Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and a Master's in Business Administration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Robert J. McCarthy, Director of Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships

Bob McCarthy works closely with alumni, corporations and foundations to secure major gifts in support of Malden Catholic High School’s mission, vision and philanthropic goals. Bob brings more than twenty-five of experience to Malden Catholic as a leader in Catholic schools as a classroom teacher, Admissions Director, Development Director, Principal and President. Bob served as the co-chair of the 2002 feasibility study which resulted in the decision to convert North Cambridge Catholic High School into a Cristo Rey model school, combining a rigorous college preparatory educational program and corporate work experience in the Catholic high school setting. Bob served as the first principal of the school under the Cristo Rey model and later as Development Director and President where he oversaw the implementation of a successful and comprehensive advancement program. He has served on numerous committees throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and has been an active participant in the National Catholic Educational Association as a regional delegate, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. as a school accreditation team member and the Association of Admissions and Advancement Professionals. Bob holds an AB from Boston College and M.Ed. in Administration and School Leadership from the Lynch School at Boston College.

John Groulx, Director of Finance and Business Operations


John Groulx is responsible for financial operations, long term financial planning, budget and human resources of Malden Catholic. In John’s 20 years of professional experience in administration and finance, he has 12 years within local government administration and 8 years within private higher education.  John’s last 3 years have been with Mount Ida College as the Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning, where he provided budget oversight of the College’s $36M budget and long term budget projections in support of the College’s strategic plan.  Prior to Mount Ida, John spent nearly 5 years with Brandeis University providing financial support to the University’s $200M capital construction campaign.  Prior to his time in higher education, John was a chief administrative officer (i.e. Town Administrator) for communities in New Hampshire, Maryland and Massachusetts.  John holds a BA in Communication from the American University, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from Brandeis University. 
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