Meet the Office
John Coyle '75, P'03, '05, '07
Director of Development
I am a proud alumnus class of 1975 and an even prouder parent of three sons from '03, '05, and '07 respectively. I spent the last 35 years building and leading businesses in Wealth Management and investment advice in New York City and Washington D.C. I was presented with an opportunity to join the development office at Georgetown Prep - an easy yes for me. Georgetown Prep has 230 years of sustained excellence as its foundation. My aim is to help ensure the next 230 years are filled with even more accomplishment. I've had a number of colleagues here at Prep greet me with "Welcome Home." It feels just like that to me.
Director of Annual Giving
I am blessed to be part of the Georgetown Prep community working with annual giving. Most recently, I worked in development at the Archdiocese of Washington; however, my professional background includes being the founding director of the Office of Development at a private Catholic school in Rhode Island and many years as a board member at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Rhode Island Chapter. Service is important to me and I have always volunteered in my local community to improve the quality of life for all of my neighbors. I am thrilled to return to an educational institution, especially one as impressive as Prep, and contribute to the community, embracing the Jesuit mission.
My husband and I live in Northeast DC while maintaining our house in Rhode Island as well. We have three grown children. I am a proud graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School (PA) and The Pennsylvania State University.
Melissa Bender P'20
After graduating from Villanova University in 1992, I moved to the DC area and worked in corporate sales in the telecom industry for 15 years and then was fortunate to stay at home to raise my children and volunteer at their schools, our parish, Our Lady of Mercy, and in the community. My son, Alex, graduated from Georgetown Prep in 2020 and my daughter attends Holy Child. I am thrilled to help support Prep's mission in my role on the Development Team. As a parent, I have always been impressed with the faculty and administration who are so dedicated to our students. Prep has truly been a home away from home for our son. I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful community.
Terry Gormley P'99, '00, 03, 06
Director of Parent Relations and Giving
Four of my sons are proud Georgetown Prep alumni and I am starting my 25th year here. I have worked mainly in the Development Office where I have had the pleasure of seeing people when they are at their best - when they are giving back to a school that has given them so much. It is a gift to work in this beautiful setting with such talented students and their bright, dedicated teachers. I find it very rewarding to engage with the many alumni who I knew as freshmen and now have families of their own. My husband and I are native Washingtonians and have been married for 46 years. I am a graduate of Regina High School and the University of Maryland and my husband graduated from Gonzaga and Boston College. In my free time I can be found in the company of my seven grandchildren.
Billy Falatko '09
Director of Alumni Engagement
I am a proud Georgetown Prep graduate from the Class of 2009. Upon graduating from Providence College, I returned to Prep and began working in numerous capacities. Before joining the Development team, I mainly worked in the Dean of Students Office but also served as a lacrosse coach, dorm parent, admissions committee member, director of the freshman advisory program, and director of the intramural sports program. For the past seven years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with the students, teachers, and staff who make Prep such a special place. Since recently relocating to New York City, I was presented with the opportunity to join the Development team and continue to give back to the school that has already given so much to me. I'm excited to begin my new role in the greater New York City metro area.
Julie White P'20
Development Operations Assistant
After working at law firms, real estate investment firms and homebuilding companies in positions ranging from legal assistant to executive assistant to office manager, I started at Georgetown Prep in 2011 as the Assistant to the Development Director. New to the development field, I have enjoyed learning all the different facets of fundraising. I am the mother of one son, Charley, who is a member of the Class of 2020. My husband, son and I are Montgomery County natives who now live in Mt. Airy, Maryland.