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Bishop McNamara High School announces new Director of Institutional Advancement
Posted 05/24/2017 03:42PM

Bishop McNamara High School is excited to announce the appointment of our new Director of Institutional Advancement: Clare McGrath-Merkle, OCDS, MTS. Clare brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the development field. She has held several director positions at various colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations. She has served at such schools as St. Mary's College of Maryland, The Catholic University of America and Notre Dame of Maryland University. In 2014 Clare worked as Development Director for Partners in Care, Inc., a nonprofit organization in service to older adults, where she managed the conceptualization and start-up of a campaign and annual fund for the organization.

Not only does Clare possess extensive experience and prowess in her field, but she is also a class of 1974 graduate of Bishop McNamara's sister school, La Reine High School.

"Bishop McNamara is a homecoming for me as a La Reine graduate," Clare said. "There is nothing in the world like the feeling of kinship with one's fellow high school graduates."

"It's a providential opportunity for us, having a La Reine graduate come home to continue that legacy at McNamara," said BMHS President/CEO Dr. Marco Clark. "Clare is a dedicated and faithful leader, we couldn't be more excited to have her join our Advancement Department."

Clare expressed that her memories of La Reine and her time spent alongside Bishop McNamara were incredibly influential for her. Fondly she recalled the lessons of the La Reine faculty and their impact on her faith.

"Every year I become more aware of the debt of gratitude I owe [the La Reine faculty] for their intellectual and spiritual formation – a formation that I have passed on to my own daughter," Clare said. "Serving the leadership, teachers, alumni and especially current and future students of McNamara is such a special opportunity and grace for me."

Clare went on to say that she wants to pay forward the La Reine legacy for the next generation of Bishop McNamara students by providing new opportunities for alumni and community members to engage with the School. She already has several goals and a vision for the future of Bishop McNamara and our Advancement Department.

"Clare has advanced the mission of all the institutions for whom she has worked," said Dr. Clark. "We are fortunate to have her with us at this unique time in our School's history."

"My main goal is to bring together great people and great ideas – and then watch what providence will provide!" Clare said.

For more information about the Office of Institutional Advancement, contact us at or go to Support BMHS.

Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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