Three New Leaders Added to Bishop Feehan Team

Bishop Feehan High School President Tim Sullivan ’87 and Principal Sean Kane continue to add to their leadership team, announcing today three key additions in time for the new school year. Jessica Symonds came on board in July as the school’s first Vice President of Advancement. Long-time counselor and Feehan graduate Chris Charron ’01 assumed the Director of School Counseling role at the same time. Jessica Strunin will start in late August as the school’s Theatre Director.

“We are thrilled to have Mrs. Symonds, Mr. Charron, and Ms. Strunin join our team at Feehan,” said Sullivan. “All three come to us first and foremost with a passion for the mission of Feehan and for serving our students. Of course, they also add deep experience, talent, and know-how that will make Feehan stronger immediately. That’s a great combination.” 

Jessica SymondsJessica Symonds, a St. Mary’s Mansfield parishioner, comes to Feehan after a decade of advancement leadership at South Shore Hospital and the South Shore Health Foundation, including a term as interim Chief Development Officer. Before that, she served in a similar role at Norwood Hospital and as a campaign consultant with Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc.


A certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and Providence College grad, Symonds’ advancement career has always centered on relationships and connecting supporters with causes they love.


Chris CharronChris Charron 01 is no stranger to Bishop Feehan, as the son of a long-time Feehan teacher, husband of a grad, and coach and teacher at the school since 2010. Stepping into the Director of School Counseling, Charron looks to build on the team approach established by long-time chair Rhonda Laliberte as the office expands to meet the needs of today’s students.


A Fordham University grad with a Master’s in Educational Counseling from Providence College, Charron will lead an office that is adding an additional school counselor and an additional adjustment counselor to kick off the year. Charron will continue his long-time roles as a coach, club moderator, and dedicated team leader of the school’s ECHO retreat program and is an active member of the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling), NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling), and the CSCA (Catholic School Counselor Association).


Jessica StruninMs. Jessica Strunin comes to Feehan from the Qualters Middle School in Mansfield and has also been an active (and much-loved) presence with the TriBoro Youth Theatre in Attleboro and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School in East Providence, RI. She has taught in public and private schools for 20 years and has directed, choreographed, and/or produced over 45 productions. Her most recent productions include Little Shop of Horrors, Matilda the Musical, and Newsies Jr.


Besides her long track record and passion for the arts, Strunin will also step into a brand-new theater department facility housed in Feehan’s new Innovation & Arts Center (September 2023 opening) with a new classroom, dressing rooms, and storage – all integrated with the school’s state-of-the-art, 1200-seat theater.


Strunin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, and a Master of Education from American International College in Springfield, MA.


“Every Feehan success starts with the people who serve our students and mission,” remarks Principal Kane. “All three of these talented professionals bring joy and enthusiasm to their work that is obvious to everyone they meet. Sanctity. Scholarship and Sportsmanship. They represent all three very, very well.”