By Paula Katinas
Editor’s Note: Even though the controversial show “Brooklyn 11223” aired its season finale April 30, there is no shortage of “real” women in Bay Ridge. The Bay Ridge Eagle is proud to continue profiling them and their accomplishments.
Bay Ridge — Eileen Long Chelales graduated from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School 24 years ago and is currently the school’s director of development.
“Bishop Ford High School was very good to me as a student. And it has remained an extended family to me,” she said.
When her brother Matthew Long, a firefighter, was hit by a bus and critically injured in 2005, Bishop Ford High School “was one of the first places to hold a blood drive,” Long Chelales said.
Her job as director of development is challenging, she said.
“My main goal is to raise money for the school. In this economy, that’s a difficult job. But another goal I have is to get across the message of what a wonderful school Bishop Ford is. It’s a faith-filled and loving environment. I believe in the school and I believe in the students,” she said.
When she took the job two years ago, “it was like coming home again,” Long Chelales said. read more