Meet Our Administration
Led by president Ed Curtin, the administrative team at Mercyhurst Prep is the personification of what it means to be a Laker. Their dedication to making each decision in the spirit of the Mercy charism is unwavering. From left to right: Ed Curtin, president, Brenda Karlinchak, assistant principal/dean of students, Paul Cancilla, assistant principal/academic dean, Tom Rinke, principal.
Mr. Curtin has over 25 years of teaching experience in the Theology Department. He has spent almost his entire career at MPS. Mr. Curtin received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies/ Religious Education from Gannon University.
Mr. Curtin served MPS as assistant principal from June 2011 until his appointment as president in July 2015. He was named a Golden Apple teacher in 2008.
In addition, Mr. Curtin served as MPS Athletic Director. He was an adjunct instructor in the Religious Studies Department at Mercyhurst College, and served as the Youth Minister / Confirmation Director at St. Julia’s parish in the Diocese of Erie.
Mr. Rinke most recently served as assistant superintendent for the Wattsburg Area School District from 2009-2014. Rinke was principal at Seneca High School from 2000-2009 and principal at Conneaut School District from 1995-2000.
Rinke holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Secondary School Administration, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Elementary School Administration, a Master’s of Science in Education, all from Edinboro University. He earned a B.S. in biology and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from Mercyhurst University and a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Youngstown State University.
Additionally, he is a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, the Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators and the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Programs Coordinators.
Rinke is a 1981 graduate of Mercyhurst Preparatory School.
Assistant Principal, Academic Dean
Mr. Cancilla has 29 years of experience in education and 21 years at Mercyhurst Prep. Mr. Cancilla received his Master’s degree in English. He became Mercyhurst Prep’s Assistant Principal in June 2009.
Mr. Cancilla participates in the International Baccalaureate program as Theory of Knowledge instructor and Extended Essay supervisor.
Cancilla won the University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award in 2008. He is a past fellow of the NWPA Summer Writing Institute and a former adjunct instructor at Gannon University.
Assistant Principal, Dean of Students
Ms. Karlinchak most recently served as principal of Villa Maria Academy following several years of teaching in the science department. She received teaching certification from Ashland University and obtained an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University, where she also earned principal certification.
She brings with her a wealth of prior administrative and educational experience. After graduating from John Carroll with a B.S. in Biology, Ms. Karlinchak held the position of clinical research and program director at the Neurological Institute at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and later served as the executive director of the Muscular Disease Society of United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Ms. Karlinchak is a member of the Association for Supervision of Curriculum and Development as well as a member of the National Science Teachers Association.