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Meet Our Administration

Mr. Richard Karsten '81
Mr. Richard Karsten has served as President of Archbishop Molloy High School since 2010. As president, Mr. Karsten oversees all capital projects, work with staff and constituents to consistently expand our scholarship program, and builds relationships with countless Stanners across a wide alumni network. Before being appointed as Molloy's president, Mr. Karsten spent years as a brand consultant and creative director for prestigious companies before founding his own company, Karsten Creative LLC. Mr. Karsten brings his creativity and business sense to his role each day, ensuring that Molloy continues to evolve as a modern learning environment for each new generation of students.

Dr. Darius Penikas, Ed.D
Dr. Darius Penikas, Ed.D., has served as our school’s Principal since 2015. After graduating from Chaminade High School, Dr. Penikas received a B.A. from Binghamton University in History and Economics, an M.A.T. from Binghamton University in Social Studies Instruction 7-12, an M.S. from St. John’s University in Educational Administration- School Building Leadership, a P.D. (Professional Diploma) from St. John’s University in School District Leadership, and an Ed.D. from St. John’s University in Educational Administration and Supervision. In addition to performing his duties as principal, Dr. Penikas teaches an economics course each year, and moderates Molloy’s Investment Club.

Mr. Kenneth Auer
Assistant Principal for Student Services
After receiving a bachelor's degree at LIU CW Post and a graduate degree at the University of Scranton, Mr. Kenneth Auer pursued a career in professional baseball and then moved on to work in education. Mr. Auer began teaching in Molloy in September of 1988. Originally hired as the Administrative Assistant for Students, he eventually began teaching United States History and Government, as well as Criminal Justice. In January of 2008, Mr. Auer became the Assistant Principal for Student Services, where he continues to oversee attendance and discipline records of all Stanners. In total, Mr. Auer has served the Molloy community for 24 years.

Mr. Edward Cameron
Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Instruction, and Mission
Mr. Edward Cameron began working in Molloy’s History Department in 2003, and became our Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Instruction, and Mission in 2012. A product of Catholic education himself, he is a proud Marist and believer of the Marist Mission. After receiving both his bachelor and master’s degrees in History from St. John’s University, he went on to obtain his MSEd in Education Administration from the University of Scranton. Additionally, Mr. Cameron holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership from Creighton University, a NYS School Building Leader Certification, and a NYS Permanent Teaching Certification. While a full-time member of the Administration, Mr. Cameron has continued to teach in Molloy’s History Department, with classes ranging from Freshman Pre-AP World History to Senior Elective “The Second World War.”

Mrs. Maria Cuomo
Assistant Principal for Assessment, Technology, and Integrated Learning
Following undergraduate studies at St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Mrs. Maria Cuomo began her ministry in Catholic education by taking a teaching position in Our Lady of Grace School in Howard Beach. During her time there she pursued a path of educational leadership and in 2009 earned her master’s degree from St. John’s University as well as New York State Certification for School Building Leader. After being in the classroom for 12 years, she gained valuable experience as a school principal serving diverse communities for 11 years. Mrs. Cuomo is beginning her third year at Molloy as an Assistant Principal where her concentration is in assessment and integrated programs and also enjoys moderating Molloy’s Math League Team. As a school administrator, Mrs. Cuomo strives to foster an inclusive school environment that celebrates learning and develops talents while enhancing the life and dignity of each student and member of our community. 

Dr. Des Flynn, Ph.D. '97
Assistant Principal for Scheduling and Strategic Innovation
A proud Stanner, Dr. Des Flynn, Ph.D., serves as Molloy's Assistant Principal for Academics, overseeing all aspects of Scheduling & Strategic Innovation. After receiving an Engineering Degree at The Cooper Union, he attended Lehman College & the College of Saint Rose for his masters/professional degrees in Education as well as School & District Administration. Additionally, Dr. Flynn holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. After working for two decades in the DOE, he now teaches in Molloy’s Math and CS&E Departments. Over the years, his jobs have included STEM teacher, Math & Engineering Department chairperson, and Assistant Principal. He has completed two year-long leadership training programs: Advanced Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals (ALPAP), and Assistant Principal Leadership Institute (APLI). Outside of Molloy, Dr. Flynn serves as an Adjunct Professor at both St. John's University and Queens College, teaching courses in education and mathematics. He is also a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at his local parish.