The President's Cabinet
As Principal, Paul serves as the Chief Academic Officer and directly oversees all matters of the faculty, curriculum, student development and scheduling of the School.
Paul joined the St. Thomas Aquinas Chemistry and Physics faculty in 2016 and was named Principal in 2020. He has over 25 years of teaching experience and has held positions in Maine and New Hampshire. A highly acclaimed former high school coach, Paul has earned over 200 victories in basketball and 100 wins in soccer. He also has successful coaching experiences in baseball, softball and tennis. He guided his teams to state, regional and conference championships along with numerous sportsmanship awards.
Along with noted achievements in bringing innovative new technology into the classroom, Paul has served in the Knights of Columbus as a Deputy Grand Knight and Treasurer.
Paul holds his academic degree in Biochemistry from the University of Maine, also attending Campbell University and the University of South Carolina. He enjoys golfing, cooking, and traveling. He, his wife Alicia, and three daughters reside across the river in Kittery, Maine.
Keith oversees the programs of campus ministry including the integration of the mission in all school activities and serving on the Theology faculty.
Keith has over 25 years of experience in Catholic ministry with the Diocese of Manchester and has been a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas administration since 2004. Before assuming his current position, he served the School as the Director of Admission. His experiences include parish, high school, and retreat ministries. He currently also serves as an adjunct staff member for the Center for Ministry Development as a Program Director for Young Neighbors in Action, a national program for service experiences.
Keith has played an important role in developing student enrichment experiences at St. Thomas Aquinas, including the development of Saints Block, the expansion of club offerings, and the introduction of TOM Talks.
Keith enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, reading, and exploring national parks. He and his family live in Somersworth, New Hampshire.
As Athletic Director, Emmaline oversees all aspects of the athletic programs, including the management of over twenty sports, coaches and associated personnel, student - athletes and facilities. Over 80% of the School’s students participate in one of the over twenty sports programs offered throughout the year.
Emmaline joined St. Thomas Aquinas High School in the fall of 2020. Most recently, she served as Assistant Track and Field Coach at the University of Vermont, specializing in men and women's throwing and pole vaulting, and prior as an Assistant Coach in the track and field program at Dartmouth College. She previously served in Sports Marketing at Learfield Sports, as a Property Assistant for Big Green Sports Properties and as the Business Manager and Music Ministry Director at the Catholic Student Center at Dartmouth.
Emerson graduated from Concordia University Irvine with a Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletics Administration after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Dartmouth College. She enjoys time with her family, reading, playing video games, and staying active through running, XC skiing, and many other activities.
Danny Richer oversees all matters of enrollment and advancement, including admission, financial aid, fundraising and retention.
Dr. Richer began working at St. Thomas Aquinas in January 2020 after nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to St. Thomas Aquinas, he worked at Providence College, the University of New Hampshire, Saint Anselm College, Northern Essex Community College, and West Virginia University.
He earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in French from Providence College, a M.A. in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska. His research interests include the college choice process, institutional mission statements, and Catholic higher education. A former multiple sport high school athlete, Danny enjoys college football, practicing guitar and the harmonica. A native of Marlborough, Massachusetts, he resides in New Hampshire with his family.
As Chief of Staff, Molly’s broad portfolio includes school administration and operations, marketing, communications, and advancement. She also serves as the Administrative Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Molly joined St. Thomas Aquinas in 2013 as the Director of Communications and Marketing and was named Chief of Staff in 2021, after serving briefly as the Executive Assistant to the President. Prior, she served as the principal of her own editing business, authoring and publishing numerous articles including several chapters in the devotional series “Finding God in a Runner’s Space.” She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea-Bissau and is fluent in Portuguese and Guinean Creole. Her other experiences include serving as assistant to Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos Horta, the Israeli Air Force, and the U.S. State Department in Gambia, West Africa. Molly continues to facilitate a local running program called Run for God, which helps guide people toward their goal of completing a 5K road race while simultaneously deepening their relationship with Christ.
Her academic credentials include an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, Master’s in International Development from The George Washington University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law, where she was an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow in the Urban Morgan Institute of Human Rights and served as editor of the UC Law Review and the Human Rights Quarterly scholarly journal.
Molly enjoys spending time with her husband and family with her favorite pastimes include reading, writing, traveling and running.