Mr. Matt Sammartino, Principal
A member of the Ursuline Family since 2000, Mr. Matt Sammartino has held a variety of positions at UHS during his tenure. Matt began his career at Ursuline as a member of the Social Studies Department teaching Advanced Placement US Government and Politics, Advanced Placement American History, Economics, Psychology, and US Government. Mr. Sammartino became a member of the Ursuline Administration as the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs and was appointed Principal of Ursuline in July 2015. Mr. Sammartino has been highly active within the student community and has served as both Junior Class Advisor and Student Council Advisor. Mr. Sammartino instituted the Ursuline Student Ambassadors. Students benefit from “Mr. Sam’s” passion for United States government and politics as he teaches AP US Government and Politics. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in Education and his Master of Educational Administration from Youngstown State University. Mr. Sammartino is a member of Saint Charles Church.
Fr. Richard Murphy, ’72, President
A 1972 graduate of Ursuline High School, Father Richard Murphy has served the Diocese of Youngstown’s secondary educational institutions for decades. Father Murphy began his teaching career in 1982 at Cardinal Mooney High School in the Religious Education Department. He was then appointed Associate Principal for Pastoral Ministry at Ursuline High School in 1986. Not only serving as a member of the Administration, Father Murphy taught in the Religious Education Department at Ursuline for 22 years, on both the junior and senior levels. In 2008, Father Murphy was appointed President of the Warren John F. Kennedy Schools and returned to his alma mater once again in 2010. In 2010, Father Murphy assumed the position of Executive Advancement Director and in 2011 was appointed, first ever, President of Ursuline High School. As President, Father Murphy acts as the administration’s liaison to the school Board of Directors and acts as the Bishop’s agent to guarantee authentic Catholic culture and identity. A native of Youngstown’s Northside, Father Murphy earned his undergraduate degree in political science and English from American University, a Master of Theology Degree from the Athenacum of Ohio, and a Master of Religious Education Degree from Boston College. Father Murphy also serves as the Pastor of Saint Mary’s Church in Mineral Ridge and Saint Stephen’s Church in Niles, Ohio.
Mrs. Michelle Carosella, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Michelle Carosella began her tenure at Ursuline in July of 2017. Prior to her time at U.H.S., Mrs. Carosella worked at the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Youngstown. Mrs. Carosella is graduate of Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from The University of Toledo and Masters of Education at John Carroll University. She has worked in the Solon City Schools as an interventionist where she designed instruction for students with disabilities, as a teacher for students with limited English proficiency, as a third grade teacher as well as a media specialist. Mrs. Carosella and her family belong to Holy Family Church.
Mrs. Maggie (Matune) Damore, ’06, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs
A 2006 graduate of Ursuline High School, Mrs. Maggie Damore has served as the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs since July 2015. Mrs. Damore joined the Ursuline Faculty in 2010 as a member of the Social Studies Department. During her time in the classroom, she taught American History, American Government, American Law, Advanced Placement Psychology, and Advanced Placement US History. In addition to teaching, from 2013-2015, Mrs. Damore coordinated the school’s technology program. Mrs. Damore has been involved with many student activities, including Students of Stewardship and its mission trips to El Salvador and Nicaragua and The Student Ambassadors. In the past she has served as Sophomore Class, Senior Class, Model United Nations and Irish Times Advisor. She continues to teach AP Psychology. Mrs. Damore earned Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Adolescent/ Young Adult Education at John Carroll University, a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University, and a Master’s of School Administration from Youngstown State University. Mrs. Damore is a member of Saint Christine Church.