Monsignor Edward J. Dillon, Rector
Monsignor Edward J. Dillon is Rector of Holy Spirit Prep. Monsignor Dillon was one of the founders of the School, serving as the Chair of the Board of the School from its inception to late 2012. Monsignor also has served as the pastor of one of the most dynamic and vibrant parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Holy Spirit parish, since his appointment in 1987, becoming its full-time pastor in 1997. Prior to becoming the full-time pastor of Holy Spirit in 1997, Monsignor Dillon served as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Atlanta (1988-1997), and as Administrator of the Archdiocese following the death of Archbishop Lyke until the appointment of Archbishop Donoghue. Before fulfilling these roles, he served for nearly two decades in various offices within the Archdiocese. Monsignor Dillon began his service as a priest when he was ordained in 1967 for service in the Archdiocese. His first assignment was as a Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony’s parish located in southwest Atlanta.
In addition to his role at Holy Spirit Prep and in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Monsignor Dillon has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1968. The Society is active in the promotion of canonical and pastoral approaches to significant issues within the Roman Catholic Church and has worked for the revitalization of church law in the United States. Monsignor has served in various capacities within the Society, including president of the 2,500 member organization (1975-1976). Sharing his passion for the subject of canon law, Monsignor Dillon was instructor in canon law in both the summer school at Catholic University (1978-1988) and in the winter school program at the University of San Diego, California (1972-1979). Nationally recognized for his expertise in canon law, Monsignor Dillon was a consultor for the Canonical Affairs Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (1974–1977).
A published author, Monsignor’s writings include his academic degree dissertations and a book on jurisprudence edited for the Canon Law Society of America. Monsignor Dillon’s articles on procedural law, marriage jurisprudence, and Church administration have appeared in The Jurist, the Proceedings of the Canon Law Society of America, and the proceedings of the National Conference of Diocesan Attorneys.
Monsignor Dillon attended graduate school at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., where he earned three degrees in canon law, including a doctorate. He studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College in Carlow, Ireland.
Monsignor Dillon is an active member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, and of the Sovereign Order of Malta. He was born in Carlow, Ireland, where he was ordained a priest in 1967.
Father Paul Burke, JCL
Father Paul Burke, J.C.L. is the Chair of the Faculty of Theology at Holy Spirit College and chaplain for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta.
In 2009, he was awarded a Juris Canonici Licentia (J.C.L.) degree from The Catholic University of America. His Canon Law studies, in particular, enable Father Paul to bring a wealth of knowledge about Catholic education to Holy Spirit Prep. His JCL thesis was focused on teachers and curriculum in Catholic schools, while the doctoral dissertation on which he is currently working is focused on the Catholic school as a community of faith.
Father Paul brings many gifts to our school community. Through his connection as chaplain of the Cancer Home, Holy Spirit Prep students have opportunities of providing provide support through student service cohorts. In addition, over the past several years he has also been instrumental in furthering Catholic-Greek Orthodox relations as one of the coordinators of a series of special Ecumenical Gatherings for the Archdiocese.
Father Paul was ordained in 1996 and has served the Archdiocese of Atlanta through several parochial vicar and chaplain assignments, including assignments at Our Lady of Mercy High School and Kennesaw State University.
Born in Galway, Ireland, Father Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Geography and Sociology. He then attended Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Moral Theology. He also attended the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family and Kennesaw University. His special areas of interest include Catholic Education, the Code of Cannon Law, Bioethics, Catholic-Orthodox Relations, and the philosophical and theological thought of John Paul II.
Joann Jones, Chair
Joann Jones is a partner in the Atlanta office of BakerHostetler, one of the nation's largest law firms, with fourteen offices and over 900 lawyers across the United States. Joann's legal practice focuses on real estate development and finance, particularly in the health care industry, serving clients in assemblage, development, financing, and leasing of hospitals, medical campuses, medical office buildings, and long term care facilities.
Joann has been an active member of the Holy Spirit community for almost two decades. She and her husband, Todd, have been parishioners of Holy Spirit parish since 1994. Each of their three children attended, or currently attends, Holy Spirit Prep. Joann has served on the Board of Holy Spirit Prep since 2002, and in the Fall of 2012 she assumed the position of Chair of the Board. In earlier years at the School, she served as PVA President at the Lower School, chair of the Hospitality Committee, member of the Marketing Committee, and a room parent or team parent to various HSP classrooms and sports teams. These various roles have provided Joann with a keen sense of both the School's history and vision, as well as the knowledge of the practical aspects of the necessary coordination between School and parents that is vital to a Catholic school community.
Joann's strong commitment to the broader community is evidenced by her long-standing role as troop leader to her daughter's Girl Scout troop, her volunteer work with Chastain Park Athletic Club and its Tidal Waves summer swim programs, and her pro bono work with the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and GAIN (the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network) which aids women who are victims of human trafficking in Atlanta. Joann is also the managing partner of the Atlanta office of BakerHostetler and works with the firm's Women's Initiative, which sponsors and supports younger women lawyers as they advance in their professional legal careers. Joann is ranked by Chambers USA 2010, 2011, and 2012 as one of the leading lawyers for real estate in Georgia, recognized in particular for her sophisticated handling of health care-related real estate finance issues. In addition, the Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized her in its Who’s Who in Law edition which profiled Atlanta’s Top 100 among leaders in Law and Accounting, and she is also included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Atlanta’s Top Law Firm Managing Partners. Joann is also a proud member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013.
Joann holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, summa cum laude, from Chestnut Hill College, in Philadelphia.
Kelly Angelo is Manager of International Treasury Services at The Coca-Cola Company, where she is responsible for managing the Company’s international operations cash needs. Kelly has held a number of financial and accounting positions with The Coca-Cola Company for the past 18 years. Prior to that, Kelly worked for Electronic Data Systems, Scientific Atlanta, and Medex, Inc.
Kelly and her husband, Mike, have been members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church since 1999. Her daughter, Sabrina, attended HSPS from Kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated from Holy Spirit Prep in 2014. Kelly has held many volunteer positions at HSP, including PVA President, Annual Fund Chair, Spring Gala Chair, as well as chairing other school events such as Father-Daughter Dance, Secret Santa and Fall Festival. In addition, Kelly was responsible for co-founding the first HSP Annual Fun Run.
Giving back to the community is very important to Kelly. In addition to the volunteer work at HSP, Kelly volunteers with many other organizations, including Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and Alpha Omicron Pi National Sorority. Kelly is the lead Wedding Coordinator at HSCC, a Eucharistic Minister, and responsible for the HSCC Scout Mass and Girl Scout Religious Awards. Her commitment to Girl Scouts includes many years as a Sandy Springs Service Unit Director, Gold Award Committee Member and Advisor, and Girl Scout Troop Leader. Kelly is also the Alumnae Collegiate Financial Advisor to her national Sorority, AOII.
Kelly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In addition, she is a Certified Public Account in the State of Georgia.
Matthew S. Coles
Matthew S. Coles is a Partner with Coles Barton, LLP, a law firm he founded in 2009, which focuses on complex commercialization and medical malpractice, mediations, and arbitrations.
Matt has received the Defense Council of the Year award from AAOMS National Insurance Company several times, as well as numerous Continuing Excellence Awards from OMS National Insurance Company.
Matt has been a member of the Holy Spirit Prep community for many years, participating as a parent, whose three daughters attended HSP, as well as a Trustee and legal counsel.
Matt has practiced law for almost 30 years. Prior to starting his own firm, he was a partner in the litigation department of Smith, Gambrell, and Russell.
He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University where he was a National Merit scholar all four years. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Moot Court Team and was elected to the Order of Barristers.
David Hanna is a founder of Holy Spirit Prep and has remained involved in the school since its beginning, as both a Board Member and parent. He is also a founding member of the Solidarity School, Holy Spirit's sister school that services the local underprivileged Hispanic community.
David is the co-founder and serves as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Atlanticus Holdings Corporation (f/k/a CompuCredit). After its founding in 1996, Atlanticus grew into one of the largest providers of credit products to the underserved population in the United States. Atlanticus also provides credit products and services to the UK market. David is also a Principal in Hanna Capital. Through Hanna Capital and its predecessors or affiliates, David has invested in a variety of real estate and business opportunities in the US and internationally. These have included companies in cloud computing, software development, medical insurance, nutricuticals, medical equipment manufacturing, multi-family apartment management and acquisition as well as resort hotel acquisition and management.
In addition to his successful business career, David has involved himself in various charitable activities. He has served on the boards of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, Catholic Charities of Atlanta, the Lumen Institute, and Piedmont Healthcare. David has a particular interest in the treatment of childhood cancers, as his oldest son, John, contracted lymphoblastic lymphoma as a young boy (with his cancer ultimately going into remission).
David received a B.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Georgia. His wife of 27 years, Kim, and he have three children, all of whom attended Holy Spirit Prep: John (class of 2008), James (class of 2010), and Anna Marie (class of 2013). David and Kim are active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where they have been parishioners since 1995.
Frank Hanna is a founder of Holy Spirit Prep and has been a Board Member of the school since its inception in 1996. He also helped found, and serves on the boards of two other Catholic institutions: Holy Spirit College and the Solidarity School, the latter of which serves the local underprivileged Hispanic community. Holy Spirit Prep, together with these schools, and Catholic education in general, remain his passion today.
Frank is the CEO of Hanna Capital, LLC, and has been involved in merchant banking investments for the last twenty-five years. Previous to that, he was a corporate attorney at Troutman Sanders, LLP.
Frank has lectured and written widely about the meaning of wealth as well our obligations to the less fortunate. In 2008 he completed the award-winning book, What Your Money Means (and How to Use it Well), which lays out new paradigms for a fruitful and genuine ethical engagement with wealth. Frank also has spoken to Catholic leaders at conferences at the Vatican and has been a regular, featured guest on local and national media programs. He was featured in the PBS documentary, The Call of the Entrepreneur. During the administration of George W. Bush, Frank served as co-chair of a Presidential Commission on Education and oversaw the production and delivery of its report to the President: "From Risk to Opportunity."
Frank was named a Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St. Gregory by Pope Benedict XVI. He additionally serves as a Knight of Malta, as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, and as a board member of the Papal Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Napa Institute, EWTN, and the Institute for Psychological Sciences. Frank also is the founder of The Solidarity Association, which is the Trustee of the Mater Verbi/Hanna Papyrus Trust, and guards the oldest copy of the Gospel of Luke (and the oldest copy of the Lord’s Prayer) in the world. In January 2007, Frank presented the papyrus to Pope Benedict XVI in a ceremony at the Vatican. In further recognition of his charitable efforts, Frank has received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, and the David R. Jones Award for Philanthropic Leadership, awarded by the Fund for American Studies, and he has been described as "one of the leading Catholic philanthropists in the USA."
On a more personal note, Frank is a former CCD teacher and has coached Little League soccer and basketball. He received his BBA and JD degrees from the University of Georgia. Frank and his wife, Sally, have one daughter, who attended Holy Spirit Prep for twelve years and graduated in 2008, and who is now also a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Neil Johnson is the President and CEO of Canonbury Homes, Inc., a custom home builder in North Atlanta. Neil founded the business in 2005 after moving back to Atlanta. In that time, Canonbury Homes, Inc. has built numerous custom homes in the Buckhead, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs communities. Neil built the 2008 Christmas Decorator Show House and his work has been featured in both Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle and Modern Homebuilders.
Prior to founding Canonbury Homes, Inc., Neil worked for United Parcel Service for 16 years, holding various management positions. After leaving UPS, Neil moved to England with his family to support his wife’s career. While in England, he had the opportunity to start in the home building and renovation business.
Outside of Canonbury Homes, Neil is involved in a variety of charitable organizations. He is active in the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight for Council 6517 in 2014 and 2015. Neil has also been a member of Regnum Christi since 2000. He is currently a candidate of the Order of Malta.
Neil and his wife Carolyn have been married for 32 years have been active members in the Holy Spirit Prep community for over 11 years. Both of their children attended HSP and his daughter Catie, (Class of 2015) recently graduated.
Neil grew up in Atlanta, graduated from Dunwoody High School, received an Associate’s degree from Young Harris College and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing degree from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
Michael Jones is Senior Vice-President & Global Innovation Business Partner with The Nielsen Company where he and his teams provide C-level consultancy, strategic planning and SaaS solutions to multi-national Fast Moving Consumer Goods, retail, financial services, media, technology, hospitality, restaurants, life-sciences, apparel and telecommunications clients. Prior to Nielsen, Mike served in a number of global marketing, innovation and sales roles including: SVP and General Manager – Americas for Affinnova, Inc., SVP Strategic Marketing and Asst. GM for Tarkett Sports, and Vice-President, Integrated Marketing for Coca-Cola’s North America Division.
Mike, his wife, Cindy, and children are parishioners at The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus in downtown Atlanta where he has actively served as Pastoral Council Chair, Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Chair and currently coordinates Communications Strategies and Co-Leads the training and coordination of Altar Servers. Their children currently attend Holy Spirit Preparatory School since Kindergarten. He and Cindy were the Co-Presidents of The Parent Volunteer Association at HSP in 2012 where they also Co-Chaired the Annual Fund Campaign in 2011. Michael currently serves on the Holy Spirit Prep Board of Directors Executive Committee, as Chair for the Development Committee and the leads the “inspiratio” Parent Education Committee for HSP.
Mike is also currently the leader of the Atlanta Catholic Business Breakfast. Begun in 2004, the Catholic Business Breakfast gathers an Atlanta network of 1200+ business leaders striving to better integrate their Catholic faith into their everyday lives with family, friends and work. Since 2011, Mike has served as a mentor for the Catholic Charities Leadership Class, which provides an opportunity for senior Catholic business leaders to serve as mentors to high potential young Catholics in Atlanta who wish to develop their servant leadership skills within their organization.
In addition to his work within the Atlanta Catholic Community, Mr. Jones’ philanthropic support extends to his role as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Atlanta Ballet where since 2006 as a member of Executive Committee and leader of the marketing committee.
Mr. Jones holds an Executive Leadership Certification from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia.