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Berks Catholic names new principal- Mrs. Alice Einolf

Vice Principal Alice Einolf takes over July 1, replacing Tony Balistrere, who was promoted to deputy superintendent for Catholic education.


The Allentown Diocese promoted Berks Catholic Principal Tony Balistrere to a top administrative post in February.

On Tuesday, with the blessing of Bishop Alfred A. Schlert, Berks Catholic's board of directors named Vice Principal Alice Einolf principal, effective July 1, according to Steven Snyder, chairman.

In a letter to the school community released late Tuesday afternoon, Snyder announced Einolf's promotion. Snyder thanked his fellow board members and Schlert for their help in the almost two-month search for Balistrere's replacement.

Upon his promotion in February, Balistreresaid his new position will allow him to have an impact on a larger scale, working on initiatives and projects to strengthen schools throughout the diocese.

He will fill a vacancy left by the promotion of Brooke Tesche from deputy superintendent to chancellor for Catholic education. A search committee was formed immediately after Balistrere's promotion was announced and Einolf, who is vice principal, was at once a leading candidate.

In his letter to the school community, Snyder said Einolf has over 30 years experience in Catholic education. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Towson University, Maryland, and a master's degree in educational leadership from Alvernia University.

A lifelong educator, Snyder said Einolf has served as studies director at the former Holy Name High School, taught math at the high school and junior high levels at Holy Name and St. Ignatius Loyola schools and was an adjunct instructor at Alvernia.

Einolf also holds teaching certificates in elementary education, mid-level mathematics and secondary mathematics. She also earned an administrative principal's certificate for schools K-12.

"Mrs. Einold is deeply committed to Catholic education, and she is excited to continue to serve the Berks Catholic High School community in this new role," Snyder wrote in the letter.

On behalf of the board, Snyder also thanked Balistrere for his many years of service to Catholic education in Berks County.

"We are grateful for his leadership as the founding principal of Berks Catholic High School and wish him all the best as he continues to serve the Diocese of Allentown as deputy superintendent of Catholic education," Snyder said.

Balistrere is a graduate of Susquehanna University and earned a master's degree in educational leadership from Alvernia University. Along with his jobs in the diocese, he has also worked in pharmaceutical sales and as a science teacher at Waynesboro Middle School.

The diocese has about 10,300 students enrolled in its schools and employs 900 teachers. It operates seven high schools, three special education centers and 31 elementary schools.

Along with Berks, the diocese includes Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.