James P. McBrien, M.D.
President – Class of 1989
Jim attended Manhattan College as a biology major, then went on to SUNY Downstate for medical school. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1997 and immediately began his internship and residency in a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics training program at St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC. Upon completion of residency, James provided primary care to children and adults with special needs at United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau, Inc. In 2011, Jim joined Premier Care/CityMD, a growing urgent care practice network, where he sees patients and serves as Site Medical Director for five of their locations in Nassau County. James is an active member of Cure of Ars parish in Merrick and serves on its Pastoral Council. He and his wife, Dr. Catherine Lee-McBrien, were married in 1997 and have two of their four children enrolled in Kellenberg (Audrey ’15 and Aidan ’20). James has fond memories of the teachers, coaches, staff and classmates during his years at St. Agnes and Kellenberg.
According to James, “We couldn’t have predicted it back in 1987, but the inception of Kellenberg has resulted in a resounding success in educating the hearts and minds of a generation of Long Island Catholics. When people ask about my high school background, they recognize the name “Kellenberg” now, and I am proud to say that I have a share in its legacy. I envy my children in a way, since they are able to take greater advantage of what the school can now offer compared to those early years. Kellenberg has grown and developed into an outstanding high school, grounded in Gospel values and guided by the living mission of the Marianist community. Kellenberg helped shape and guide me as a young man, and I can appreciate the great gift of that education in hindsight now at 44. As the first president of the Alumni Board, it is my sincere hope that all alumni will come to participate in our Association at some level during the course of their lives. We are still a young cohort, and we have the energy and the growing means to have a robust and dynamic alumni network going forward. (Did you know that we number around 11,000 now?!) The work of the Board initially will be to lay the foundation for the future of our Association, as well as plan for its growth and development. We envision an Association that supports the interests and goals of alumni, while strengthening and promoting the identity and mission of KMHS. I welcome and encourage each of you to consider taking an active part in your Association so that we may renew and forge bonds of friendship rooted in our shared experience of Kellenberg. Godspeed!”
Hilary Cunningham McDevitt
Vice-President – Class of 1993
Hilary graduated from Kellenberg Memorial in 1993. She continued her education at Loyola University in Maryland and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology in 1997 and she received a Master’s degree from C.W. Post in 2003. Prior to completing graduate school, Hilary taught 9th grade English at Kellenberg for two years and coached the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she worked as a speech therapist for the New York City Board of Education. Currently, Hilary is providing speech therapy services for an early intervention agency in Rockville Centre. Her hope for the Alumni Association is to see it reach alumni who are not yet familiar with all the incredible changes Kellenberg has made since she and her classmates graduated, and she hopes to see an increase in alumni participation.
Vice-President – Class of 1997
Tricia graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and from Hofstra University with a Master’s of Business in Health Administration. She works as an Occupational Therapy Supervisor at an outpatient neuro rehabilitation program for individuals with acquired brain injury. She also adjunct lectures at various universities in New York, such as Stony Brook and York. According to Tricia, “Kellenberg has meant a lifetime of friendships, an unforgettable high school experience, and invaluable education. I see the Alumni Association enabling opportunities to continue to make lasting memories and facilitating that community experience we had in high school. It should provide us a chance to come back home to the Kellenberg family and give opportunities for us to reconnect and stay connected. Being a board member is the beginning of giving back to the school to which I owe so much.”
Kelly Agostinacchio Forquignon
Vice-President – Class of 1999
Kelly attended the Latin School prior to graduating from Kellenberg in 1999. During her six years at the school, she was a three-sport athlete and was involved in numerous clubs and activities. She graduated from Boston College in 2003, majoring in Accounting and English. She is a licensed CPA and the Treasurer of a Long Island law firm and its affiliated companies, where she manages the financial and accounting operations of the organization and leads a department of 60+ people. Kelly truly appreciates the values, skills and work ethic instilled during her time at KMHS. She is honored to be Vice President of the inaugural Alumni Association Board and is excited to help build a greater sense of community and commitment to the school among the alumni. Kelly and her husband Dwight have two young daughters, Madelyn & Julianna, who keep them smiling (and busy!) every day.
Vice-President – Class of 2000
After graduating from Kellenberg in 2000, John attended the University of Michigan where he studied Industrial & Operations Engineering. He later received his MBA from St. John’s University. He is currently a Senior Industrial Engineer for Stratasys Ltd., a world leader in 3D printing. John writes, “KMHS is family to both me and my wife, Maureen ’00. It fortified the faith our parents gave us and provided a foundation for success in life. I hope to see the Alumni Association become a driving force in helping alumni reconnect with the school and their former classmates and in providing support to current students.”