Meet the Team

Catharine J. Brennan

Catharine J. Brennan is the Director of CP Mentors.  Cathy has worked in secondary and college education since 1976. She has served as an Admissions Officer at Dartmouth College, Director of Career Planning and Placement at Lake Forest College, and worked in development and admissions at Bryn Mawr College. She also worked as a college guidance counselor at Merion Mercy Academy outside of Philadelphia, and was the founding director of College Perspectives, a private education consulting practice.

Cathy received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a trustee and chairman of the Academic and Student Life Committee of Cristo Rey Boston High School, a former trustee and active member of the Founders Circle initiative of the United Way of the Cape and Islands, and is a founding director of Radnor Children’s Foundation.

John J. Brennan

John J. Brennan is the Chairman of the Board of CP Mentors. Jack is the Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor of The Vanguard Group; a director of General Electric Company; a director of LPL Financial; a director of Guardian Life Insurance Company Of America; a trustee of the University of Notre Dame; a governor and lead director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); a trustee and past chairman of the Financial Accounting Foundation; a director of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; a founding trustee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); chairman of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program; a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission; a past chairman of the Investment Company Institute; and a past governor of United Way of America.

Jack graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has received honorary degrees from Curry College and Drexel University.

Kathleen Norden

Kathleen Norden is the Treasurer and the Associate Director of CP Mentors.  Kathy started her career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York City.  She then worked at WPP Group in the corporate finance group, and most recently was the Treasurer of College Perspectives, a private education consulting practice.  Kathy was also the Treasurer of Radnor, A Better Chance, Inc, a non-profit organization which helps economically disadvantaged high school students of color achieve their academic potential.

Kathy is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in accounting.  In addition to her work at CP Mentors, Kathy also volunteers at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

Kara Brennan

Kara Brennan is a consultant for CP Mentors. She works primarily in development and mentor recruitment for recent college graduates and graduate students, in addition to working directly with the students at Cristo Rey. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Film, Television and Theater, and has been working in the film and television industry ever since. In her spare time she has also been a volunteer mentor for high school students for the past ten years.

In 2014 Kara received a Graduate Certificate in childhood literacy from Boston University, and in 2015 received her Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, studying educational media in the Technology, Innovation and Education department. She currently works as an educational consultant for the film production company Walden Media, and has returned to HGSE as a Teaching Fellow.