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Director, Office of Mission & Ministry

Phone: (914) 633-2632


  • Ph.D., Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.Master of Theological Studies, Catholic
  • Theological Union, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.

Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., has served on the staff of Iona College's Center for Campus Ministries (now Office of Mission and Ministry) since 1990. Prior to his years at Iona, Carl was employed as a Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph's Church in Chicago, where he was one of the founders of Insight, a tutoring and mentoring program that continues to serve children of Chicago's inner city.

During his tenure as Director of Campus Ministries at Iona (currently the Office of Mission and Ministry), the department has developed many programs such as the Success After-School Center, the Iona in Mission program, the Iona College Gospel Choir, and the many community outreach initiatives that involve Iona students including, amongst others, its Habitat for Humanity, Best Buddies and Project Sunshine chapters. As an Iona in Mission moderator, Carl has traveled with students on over 25 service immersions to serve communities nationally and internationally, as far away as Kenya and as close as the Bronx, N.Y. He has worked closely with Iona faculty to create service-learning coursework and for the past 10 years has served as chairperson of the college's Week of the Peacemaker, an educational week that fosters analysis and reflection on timely social justice issues such as fairness in the labor market, immigration and health care. An adjunct professor of Religious Studies, Carl currently teaches two courses: Religion in Contemporary Society and Theology of Service. Carl also serves as an adjunct professor in the Master's program in Youth/Young Adult Ministry at Fordham University.

Carl has served the greater New Rochelle community as the President of both the New Rochelle Council of Community Services (2005-06) and the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle (2009-12). Under his leadership, the Interreligious Council inaugurated its inter-faith builds in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and established a scholarship program for deserving New Rochelle High School youth. The IRC has also built upon its signature programs, such as the annual Thanksgiving service and Awards Gala while adding new initiatives such as a yearly series of tours of diverse New Rochelle Houses of Worship.

Carl earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University (Collegeville, Minn.) and a Master's of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He received the St. John's University Class of 1982 Alumni Achievement Award for leadership at Iona and service to the church. The award was presented during the St. John’s University reunion weekend on June 24, 2017. Carl's doctoral dissertation explores the notion of solidarity as it has evolved in Catholic Social Thought and as it is taught in institutions of higher education. A member of the Religious Education Association and the Catholic Campus Ministries Association, he has presented several times at both of their national conferences. Carl is married to Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., the Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College.

Positions Held

  • Outreach Minister, St. Joseph Church, Chicago
  • Service Activities Coordinator, Iona College
  • Chair, Office of Mission and Ministry, Iona College
  • Service-Learning Coordinator, Iona College
  • Director, Office of Mission and Ministry, Iona College

Coordinator, Mission Education Programs

Phone: (914) 633-2045


  • MS, Educational Technology, Iona College
  • BBA, Information and Decision Technology Management, Iona College

Tameka has been a member of the staff at Iona College since 2004. As the Coordinator for Mission Education Programs, Tameka is responsible for working closely with the Director of Mission and Ministry on various programs and activities. She collaborates with the Director to strategically design and implement new initiatives that promote the mission of Iona College. She coordinates events, including Friends of Edmund, Heritage Week, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition symposium, Celebration of Welcome for new hires, and the annual service award dinner for employees.

Positions Held

  • Coordinator for Mission Integration, Iona College
  • Graduate Assistant for School of Arts & Science, Iona College


Phone: (914) 633-2630


  • Master of Divinity, Seton Hall University (also attended Maryknoll School of Theology)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Manhattan College

Fr. Gerard joined the Office of Mission and Ministry as Chaplain in August 2017. He presides at the liturgy on Sunday evenings at Holy Family Church and at the daily liturgies Monday - Thursday in the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel. Fr. Gerard coordinates the RCIA program as well as with the liturgy committee. He also serves as the spiritual adviser to the Kairos retreat team.

Fr. Gerard is a native of the Bronx and attended Cardinal Spellman High School, as well as Manhattan College. He entered the Capuchin Franciscans in 1983 and professed his vows in 1984. Fr. Gerard was ordained as a priest in 1991. Most of his ministry has been in parishes run by the Capuchin in the New York area and in Middletown, Conn. He also worked in the formation program for the Capuchins as co-director of the Postulant Program.

You can contact Fr. Gerard for an appointment, Sacrament of Reconciliation, or just to chat.

Positions Held

  • Parochial Vicar: Our lady of Sorrows, New York City
  • Parochial Vicar: St. John the Baptist, NYC
  • Pastor: Our Lady, Queen of Angels, NYC
  • Pastor: St. Pius X, Middletown Connecticut
  • Administrator: Holy Cross Church, NYC
  • Chairman: Provincial JPE Commission
  • Spiritual Assistant to Secular Franciscans
  • Co-Director of Formation for Postulants, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Part-time Associate: St. Michael/St. Malachy Parish, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Assistant Director for Service and Immersion

Phone: (914) 633-2340


  • Ed.S., Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • M.A., Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
  • B.A., Iona College, New Rochelle, NY

Jason joined the Office of Mission & Ministry as the Assistant Director for Service & Immersion Programs in January 2021. He has been a member of the Iona College community since his undergraduate days (1997 – 2001) and began working at Iona College in July 2014 as a member of the Enrollment Management/Undergraduate Admissions team. He also acts as the moderator for the Iona College Pipe Band, advisor for Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and the Baseball team.

In between his time at Iona, Jason worked in a variety of Edmund Rice Christian Brother high schools in North and South America as a teacher and administrator. He received the Office of Mission and Ministry Exemplary Leadership of Faith, Service and Social Justice Award for his service since graduation. The award was presented during Iona College’s Homecoming Weekend on October 18, 2013. He sits on the Board of Directors of All Hallows High School in the Bronx and is a team member for the ERCBNA ACTION Student Leadership Workshop.

If you are looking to get involved with a service project or be part of one of Iona College’s many immersion trips please stop by the Office of Mission and Ministry to find out how you can get involved.

Positions Held

  • Teacher, Catholic Memorial School, West Roxbury, MA
  • Teacher, Blessed Sacrament-Saint Gabriel High School, New Rochelle, NY
  • Teacher, Palma School, Salinas, CA
  • Assistant Principal, Palma School, Salinas, CA
  • Director of Student Activities, Palma School, Salinas, CA
  • Director of Campus Ministry, Palma School, Salinas, CA
  • Teacher, Fey y Alegria No. 26, Arriba Perύ, Perύ
  • Teacher, Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, Miami, FL
  • Assistant Principal, Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, Miami, FL
  • Director of Enrollment Management, Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, Miami, FL
  • Director of Campus Ministry, Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, Miami, FL
  • Coordinator of Student Services, Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, Miami, FL
  • Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Iona College
  • Resident Hall Minister, Office of Mission and Ministry, Iona College
  • Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Iona College

Assistant Director for Retreats and Spirituality
Moderator, Kairos Retreat

Phone: (914) 637-2771


  • Advanced Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Fordham University
  • Master of Theological Studies, Boston University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Salve Regina University

Benjamin Mead joined the Office of Mission & Ministry as the assistant director for Retreats & Spirituality Programs in September 2019.

Before arriving at Iona, Benjamin worked in student affairs at various Catholic and private institutions in the Northeast. While working at each institution, Benjamin was particularly interested in spirituality-focused programming efforts, whether through involvement in liturgical ministry or via formal training with students. A certified spiritual director, Benjamin appreciates the companionship experienced in spiritual direction.

As a native New Englander, Benjamin relishes any chance to be by the ocean or enjoy a lobster roll.

Positions Held

  • Area Coordinator, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Resident Director, Fordham University
  • Resident Director, Salve Regina University

Montgomery House Resident Minister



  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Work, Iona College

Beginning in August 2019, Justin Pellegrino joined the Office of Mission and Ministry as the part-time Montgomery House Resident Minister while serving in a full-time capacity as a campus minister at Iona Prep.

Having walked across the stage of Madison Square Garden at Iona’s commencement ceremony in May of 2019, Justin is a proud Gael. While a student, Justin was involved with OMM by serving as a Student Campus Minister. He also was able to travel on immersion trips with Iona In Mission to West Virginia, Peru and took a study abroad class in South Africa. In his current roles, Justin lives in an inter-faith community comprised of 6 Student Ministers. Justin attends Fordham University where he is pursuing his Master of Social Work degree.

Director of Music Ministry



  • Bachelor of Music (Concentration in Music Education), Manhattanville College
  • Master of Arts and Teaching, Manhattanville College

Dana Celestino has been honored to serve as the director of the Music Ministry at Iona College since October of 2015.

A native of Westchester County, Dana has been singing in churches for as long as she can feasibly remember. She decided during her freshman year at Manhattanville College that she wanted to spend her life spreading the joy of music to others. She is skilled in voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, and creating her own arrangements of songs.

As the Director of the Music Ministry, Dana is responsible for leading the music at Iona's Sunday student worship services, selecting appropriate hymns and repertoire, and running rehearsals. Dana plans a mix of contemporary music and favorite hymns to create a well-balanced musical worship experience. When she's not leading the Music Ministry on Sundays, you can find her during the week as an elementary school general music and chorus teacher in the Byram Hills Central School District. Dana also enjoys making music outside of school in jazz groups, a cappella groups, and traditional choirs.

Contact Us

Office of Mission & Ministry

Robert V. LaPenta Student Union

(914) 637-2772 (914) 637-2772