St. Thomas Aquinas High School is committed to ensuring that the Lux In Tenebris tradition- in both form and function- continues for generations to come.

Donors to St. Thomas Aquinas give for many reasons and their generosity has an immense impact on the STA community. Our charge is to be good stewards of all donations and contributions, both financial and in-kind, such that our school community can continue to empower its students to grow as learners and leaders.

Dan S. Soller, President

Dr. Daniel M. Richer, Dean of Admission & Advancement

Sarah McCluskey, Assistant Director of Advancement

Molly M. Wade, Chief of Staff to the President, Director of Communications 

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Dan S. Soller, President

Elected St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s first President in early 2020, Dan serves as the chief executive officer of the school. 

Dan’s previous experiences include senior leadership roles in higher and secondary education.  He served as Executive Vice President of Mount St. Mary’s University and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of La Roche College, along with tenures at Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Catholic University of America, St. John’s Catholic Prep, and the University of St. Francis.  He has served as a Director of Athletics on the college and high school level, along with having executive oversight for NCAA I, III, and NAIA programs.  His volunteer experiences include serving as the President & Chairman of the Board of a regional performing arts center, member of the Franciscan Catholic Leadership Educational Program, and Executive Director of the Kancho Charity Benefit. 

Committed to Catholic education and a belief in “excellence honors God and inspires people”, Soller believes that secondary education is a calling to meet the potential of young people. 

Soller holds academic degrees from Southern Illinois University, James Madison University, and Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary.  Along with being widely travelled, Soller is a published author and active world class karate instructor and managing director.   

 

Dr. Daniel M. Richer, Ed.D, Dean of Admission & Advancement

Danny Richer oversees all matters of enrollment and advancement, including admission, financial aid, fundraising and retention.

Dr. Richer has 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. 

 

Sarah McCluskey, J.D., Assistant Director of Advancement 

Sarah McCluskey joined the Advancement team in November 2021 and helps to direct the school’s fundraising, development, and alumni relations efforts.

Prior to joining the team, she spent much of her career with various United Ways across New England, holding positions of increasing responsibility in Development, grant-making, and Marketing. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Donor Relations at Granite United Way, where she cultivated, stewarded, and solicited major gifts. Sarah also previously served as a personal injury attorney, advocating for the rights of plaintiffs.

Sarah earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Fairfield University and a J.D. from New England Law Boston. She is licensed to practice law in CT, MA, and NH. While at New England Law Boston, Sarah served as an Editor of the New England Law Review.

 

Molly M. Wade, J.D., Chief of Staff to the President, Director of Communications 

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.