Denise LePera

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 1966
Industry: Nonprofit

Denise LePera

Archbishop Ryan High School

Archbishop Ryan High School is the largest Archdiocesan high school in Philadelphia. “We are a Catholic, coeducational school, committed to empowering students to become contributing members of our church and society,” says president Denise LePera. Through a comprehensive academic curriculum, the faculty challenges students to become well-rounded, life-long learners.

Fun Fact: Over 93 percent of Archbishop Ryan graduates attend college, and typically are offered nearly $20 million in college scholarships.

“We live in a world that cries out for leadership, and Archbishop Ryan is shaping tomorrow’s leaders,” says LePera. “We are steadfast in our mission and Catholic identity, and make sure that the Archbishop Ryan experience includes opportunities for community service, leadership, athletics and extra-curricular activities.” Students at Archbishop Ryan can take Holy Family University courses for college credit.

Le Pera has spearheaded major advances in Archbishop Ryan’s fundraising. For example, the school’s annual campaign now features a senior-class gift program, gift designations to the arts, athletics, academics and theater, and personalized, targeted mailings. “These three initiatives have seen an increase in new donors [and] in alumni participation, creating a culture of philanthropy,” says LePera.