Lael is the Assistant Director of First and Second Year Initiatives and started her professional journey at Villanova in 2014. As a 2013 Villanova Graduate, her passion for all things Villanova started with her own experiences in and outside the classroom at Villanova. She was involved with New Student Orientation, Student Government Association, and many other aspects of campus as a student. Lael is excited to return to the classroom at night to pursue her Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A.
Fr. Tom, a native of the South Side of Chicago, is the Augustinian Advisor in the Office of First and Second Year Initiatives. He is a member of the Class of 1987(Communications), and also has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Lewis University. He has been a member of the Order of St. Augustine since 1988 and is an experienced teacher, administrator, parish retreat director and mission preacher. Before coming back to campus, Fr. Tom was the Campus Minister, President, Principal and Chairman of the Board for 21 years of St. Rita’s High School, an Augustinian high school in Chicago. He is the advisor to the student group, Augustinian Values Organization (AVO), and is an active member of our of campus community in a variety of ways. Fr. Tom has an office in the Sophomore building, Sullivan Hall, and lives in McGuire hall on South Campus with our freshmen.