President

Mary Claire Kasunic

As President of Oakland Catholic, Mary Claire Kasunic brings an impressive array of credentials and a long history with our school. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1980. From there, she pursued higher education at the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish, followed by a Master's degree in Education.

In 1992, Mary Claire joined the Oakland Catholic community as a French teacher. Since then, she has dedicated herself to advancing Catholic education for young women in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Over the years, Mary Claire has provided insight from her various perspectives as a faculty member, a parent, a graduate of all-female Catholic education, and a visionary for the mission of Oakland Catholic High School. She has served the school as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, Founder and Director of the Joan of Arc Society of Scholars, Director of Admissions, Interim Principal, and moderator of many extracurricular activities. Since stepping into the role of President, Mary Claire has developed and overseen implementation of the Mission Forward 1:1 laptop initiative, OC Give Day, the establishment of the Global Competence Initiative certificate program, creation of a robotics team, expansion of the computer science and STEM curriculum, a revamp of the OC Gala, and many more exciting projects. Ever-energized by the strength of the school's academic program, she continues to engage with the school community and collaborate with all constituents in establishing a vision for the next twenty-five years.

Mary Claire and her husband, Jon, currently reside in the city. They have raised four children and are proud grandparents of five. Active in Sacred Heart parish in Shadyside, she has also served as a volunteer, working for numerous activities and organizations over the years. Mary Claire looks forward to continuing her efforts to promote Catholic education for young women via her work at Oakland Catholic High School.


Over the years, Mary Claire has provided insight from her various perspectives as a faculty member, a parent, a graduate of all female Catholic education, and a visionary for the mission of Oakland Catholic High School.