Father Philip Forlano, Pastor

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003, Fr. Forlano was named the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in 2018. He has previously served as an assistant pastor at St. Stanislaus Parish, Lansdale, the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, and St. Agnes Parish, West Chester. ​

Sister Koreen Marie Cote I.H.M, Principal

Sister is delighted to be part of the St. Charles Borromeo School and Parish Community serving as our Principal! Although she is beginning her first year here at St. Charles Borromeo School, she possesses the experience to be both an administrator and a classroom teacher. Her nine years in Peru gave Sister the opportunity to become bilingual and to immerse herself in the Peruvian culture.

Tracey E. Connell

Tracey E. Connell, the youngest of the late Richard and Dolores Connell, is a lifelong parishioner, a 1987 graduate of St. Charles Borromeo School, and a 1991 Bishop Conwell graduate. Her greatest achievement was receiving the Kathy Adams Memorial Award for courage and perseverance in high school at graduation. Tracey is the General Manager of Lee’s Hoagie House in Northeast Philadelphia. Her professional contacts have enabled her to generate community support for St. Charles Borromeo School. Tracey was previously employed as a Senior Customer Representative for Prudential Financial, and she was heavily involved as a community volunteer for Prudential CARES.

Tracey followed the example of her parents and has been involved in many aspects of parish life. She served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and was a member of the St. Charles choir. Tracey is currently a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, the Board of Limited Jurisdiction, and the Development Committee. Her greatest joy is serving St. Charles Parish as a PREP teacher for twenty years.

Michelle DeSimone

Michelle is a current parent and parishioner of St. Charles and a mother of 4 children. She is currently the Physician Liaison for Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic (Catholic Health System-SMMC, Nazareth, Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia, St. Francis Delaware). She holds 15 years of strategy and business development experience in both the acute and ambulatory space in healthcare.

Michael Gabrieli

As a member of the parish for all his life, and a graduate of the St. Charles Borromeo class of 2006, Michael has a strong personal stake in the best interest in the advancement of SCB, the teachers and its students. With his professional and educational background, he looks forward to helping lead St. Charles Borromeo school to accomplish its goals as a premier modern Catholic grade school.

Charlie Judge

Charlie has been a parishioner of St. Charles for 30 years. His two children, Sean and Brianna went to SCBS Grades K-8. He is happily married to his wife, Karen, for forty-two years. Charlie has a vast educational background; beginning 2012, he worked throughout the Council Rock School District as a Substitute Teaching Assistant in the Special Education Program assisting Elementary, Middle, and High School students with Special Education Needs in Autistic Support, Multiple Disabilities Support, and Emotional Support classrooms. From September 2013 until June 2019, he worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Autistic Program at Newtown Middle School assisting non-verbal and verbal students in the Autistic Program.
From 1991 to 2004, Charlie worked as a Supervisory Revenue Agent. He led and managed employees in Technical, Professional, and Clerical positions in Field Examination (Audit), Office Examination and Specialty Program Examination Groups throughout the Philadelphia Metro Area. During this period, Charlie was the District Fraud Coordinator reviewing civil and criminal fraud referrals between the Exam and Criminal Investigation Divisions. Prior to this position from 1973-1991, he worked as a Tax Examiner at the IRS Phila Service Center. He served as an Internal Revenue Agent and Tax Auditor, conducting field audits of corporate, partnership and individual income tax returns and coordinating various programs including Tax Protester, Currency and Banking Retrieval System, and others.

Charlie was an Accounting Major at La Salle University, and CCP where he graduated in 1985 Summa Cum Laude. In his free time, Charlie enjoys playing guitar for our church and spending time with his grandchildren, ages 3 and 1.

Mary Lou Kerwin


Mary Lou is a new parishioner from Saint Thomas the Apostle parish in Glen Mills, Delaware County. Mary Lou has background both in teaching and administration within university settings. She specializes in working with children with special needs and their families. She attended St. Anastasia School in Newtown Square and Cardinal O’Hara High School. She holds a BA in Psychology, MA and PhD in Developmental and Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

​Joseph Knowles

​Joseph is a 1974 graduate of St. Charles Borromeo. He has a BS degree in Business from West Chester University and is currently the Associate Broker for Re/Max Realty Services in Bensalem. He is also the President of Bensalem Council, and a member since 2008. Joseph’s mother, also an alumnus of SCB, put 12 children through St. Charles.

Barbara Shinkle, Advancement Director

Barbara is the Advancement Director at St. Charles Borromeo. As a Communications major and graduate of Temple University and with previous experience in journalism, education and multi-media work, Barbara offers a wide skill set to our team’s advancement mission. 

Dr. Colleen P. Mooney, Executive Board Vice Chair

Colleen is a 1996 graduate of St. Charles Borromeo School, a lifelong parishioner, and the Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council. She has served our parish in a variety of roles, including altar server, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and usher. Colleen is a strong supporter of Catholic education and is deeply committed to the mission and advancement of St. Charles Borromeo School. She and her husband Tim Coughlin are active in our parish music ministry program and have been assisting with the development of the parish website.

Colleen brings a strong educational leadership background and fifteen years of middle school and high school teaching experience to the Board of Limited Jurisdiction. She is entering her tenth year as a Mathematics Teacher at William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District. In addition to serving as a case manager for gifted students, Colleen also coaches Tennent’s Speech and Debate Team. She is a member of her district’s safety committee, has served on a variety of district and building level committees, and has acquired administrative experience in her district. Colleen, an alumna of Villa Victoria Academy, is a member of Villa Victoria’s Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Development Committee. Along with assisting in tournament operations at local speech and debate tournaments, Colleen is the President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Debate League and the Judge Coordinator of the Philadelphia Catholic Forensic League.

In addition to a B.S. in Computer and Mathematical Sciences and a B.A. in Spanish from Chestnut Hill College, Colleen holds an M.Ed. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Holy Family University. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Assessment from Holy Family University. In addition to principal certification, Colleen is certified to teach mathematics, special education, and Spanish.

James P. Otto

James has been a parishioner of St. Charles for 30 years, during which time has served as a lector (30 yrs) and scout leader (29 yrs). His experience consists of 12 years as a parochial schoolteacher, four years as a parochial school Principal, and 26 years as a public school Principal in Philadelphia.

Len Poncia

Len is a longtime member of Bensalem and has over 30 years of comprehensive experience in developing multiple projects across the real estate business in Philadelphia. Mr. Poncia holds an MBA in Finance and Investment Management, an MS in Structural Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and has completed postgraduate courses in Real Estate in the MBA program at Temple University. Mr. Poncia serves on several boards at a local, county and state level as well as charitable organizations.

Estela Reyes-Bugg

Estela is originally from Honduras, Central America, married with three children and eight grandchildren. She has been working for Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 27 years. This involves overseeing volunteer, intern, and AmeriCorps members’ recruitment, placement and sometimes directly supervising. This effort takes place at various sites of Catholic Human Services within the five counties. Estela works with some parishes serving Latino immigrant communities. She represents the agency in conferences, as well as at partners’ meetings on behalf of Catholic Social Services (CSS). In addition, Estela is the Rachel Ministry Director in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia under the office for Life and Family. This ministry provides counseling and reconciliation as a way of healing to the post-aborted men and women. Estela is a longtime parishioner at St. Peter the Apostle in Philadelphia.

Before this position, Estela was the founder and first Director of the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center located in the Avenues of Kensington and Lehigh in Philadelphia. There she initiated and sustained collaborations and partnerships, supervised staff and volunteers, and provided direction for curriculum and program development serving and advocating mostly for the Latino immigrant community. Estela holds a Masters in Human Services, certification in Fundraising and Nonprofit management from Villanova

University, bilingual and bi-culture. She has been serving for Catholic Social Services first as a social worker providing direct services, then as a parish outreach for seven parishes in the North Philadelphia Latino area.

Eventually, Estela was instrumental in the development of the Office for Community Development of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She led Latino social services projects where she developed numerous outreach programs and advocated for Latinos and other immigrant communities; she served as a co-chair on the Planning Committee of the Hispanic Catholics within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and former board member at The Busca Program at LaSalle University. Estela was also involved as a co-chair in the Social Justice Committee or the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where she represented the Latino community and provided advice to the Office of the Vicar for Hispanic Catholics in 2018-2019. She currently is a member of the Catholic Coalition serving the migrant and refugees. Estela has over 27 years of experience in community organizing from where she leads workshop in leadership development and advocacy within the Hispanic community.

In 2019, she received the Benemerenti Medal honored by the Holy Father Pope Francis for her long service and mission to the church and serving the poor. She has extensive Strategic Planning and organization experience guiding community members and professionals to develop effective and relevant organizations. Estela’s leadership has demonstrated an ability to build strong partnerships with local schools, churches, organizations and community groups.

Estela has a long history of being a leader embracing diverse community members and partners in the Philadelphia area. Estela is a member of PIC (Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition) and member of the Board of Director of the Prolife Union in Philadelphia. She is currently on the advocacy committee of PAICA (Pennsylvania Immigrant Coalition and Advocacy). Currently she is involved in advocating for Latino children to access Catholic Education at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, PA.