Joe Haas brings nearly 30 years of leadership experience in Catholic and nonprofit social service organizations to the role of president of Mercyhurst Preparatory School.
Since 2008, Haas has served as the chief executive officer of Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services (CCCAS). As CEO, Haas oversaw the organization’s administrative functions, programming, finances and facilities across eight offices throughout the 13-county Diocese of Erie. Prior to CCCAS, Haas held various senior leadership roles over nearly two decades at Family Services of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Haas holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College and a master’s degree in counseling from Gannon University. He is also a licensed counselor, holding designations as a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Level II Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
An active volunteer in the Diocese of Erie and the local community, Haas has served as a youth minister, religious education teacher, university campus minister, and baseball coach. He is also active in Rotary Club of Erie and the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Cancilla has over 30 years of experience in education and over 20 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.