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Mary Corcoran currently serves as Senior Consultant for Organizational Development in the Department of Human Resources at Boston College. Prior to this position she served in a variety of roles within Information Technology Services including that of Associate Vice President for Information Technology Assurance and User and Support Services. While in the latter role Mary was an “Executive On Loan” from the Office of the President at Boston College to the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Boston, advising the Secretary of Education at a strategic level about the use of technology in the Catholic schools.  Mary currently serves as a member of the Consultative Board at St. Joseph Elementary School, Needham MA, and Chair of the Committee on Strategic Planning.  She is also a member of the Technology Advisory Board for the New England Province of Jesuits, and a former board member of the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Boston where she chaired the Marketing Committee.  Mary holds a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed in Research and Evaluation from Boston College.

Regina HaneyRegina Haney, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of the Department of Boards and Councils at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). As the leading expert in Catholic school boards, she has been involved in the creation of countless new boards as well as the reconfiguring of standing boards and has held hundreds of workshops regarding effective board operations, best practices, board assessments and administrator’s leadership of the board for numerous schools and dioceses across the nation.  Some of the publications she has written, contributed to, and collaborated on are: The practitioner’s guide to Catholic school leadership, A primer on educational governance in the Catholic Church, Leadership competencies of the chairpersons of award-winning boards of Catholic education, and Benchmarks of excellence: Effective boards of Catholic education. Prior to joining NCEA, Regina served for nine years as the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, at Mount St. Mary’s and the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Thomas Kiely is the Director of the Institute for Catholic Leadership at Marquette University.  Prior to this role he has served as the principal of Camden Catholic High School in New Jersey, and as a religious studies chair, teacher, and director of the IB program at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland.  Tom holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University, a graduate degree from The Catholic University of America, and an honorary doctorate from Mt. St. Mary’s University.   He has written about contemplation and action in the Catholic tradition, the interplay of different advocacies in Catholic education, and integral education in Catholic schools.  He has worked with the Loyola University Chicago Center for Catholic School Effectiveness on the resource development phase of the Catholic School Standards and Benchmarks Project.

Dr. M. Edward Krenson is Vice President for Nonpublic School Services with AdvancED. His direct responsibilities include working with all Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Partnerships and managing Nonpublic Systems Accreditation for AdvancED.  He holds a B.A. in history from the University of the South, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, Supervision and Curriculum from Purdue University and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.  During his twenty years in the Diocese of Nashville, Dr. Krenson served as principal of Father Ryan High School in Nashville, and then as President and Head of Randolph School, a K-12 independent school in Huntsville, Alabama named a National School of Excellence for Middle and High School and a National Blue Ribbon School for Elementary during Dr. Krenson’s tenure. Dr. Krenson is an IDEA Fellow, served as President of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, Vice President for the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education “Institute for Independent School Leaders”.

Adam Krueckeberg serves as the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration for Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, and has been working with BC’s Roche Center for Catholic Education for the past three years.  He holds Master’s degrees in Business and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, and did his undergraduate work in Religion at Princeton University.  Prior to transitioning into education, Mr. Krueckeberg worked in the technology and finance sectors for fourteen years, most recently as a Vice President with Fidelity Investments in Boston.

Kathy MearsKathy Mears is the Executive Director of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Elementary Schools Department. Kathy came to the NCEA from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis where she was the assistant superintendent for Catholic schools. She has served as both a teacher and a principal in Catholic elementary schools and brings extensive experience in special education, public policy, school improvement programs, and professional development.  Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College in Illinois, and her master’s degree from Butler University in Indiana.  She has concentrated most of her 31-year career in special education as a teacher and administrator at all levels.  In Indianapolis, Kathy served as the director of learning resources with Project EXCEED, a major school improvement initiative funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc, and she inaugurated Project REACH to help teachers provide for special needs children in regular classrooms. Kathy has been recognized for her leadership in coordinating public policy initiatives as well as government programs including the introduction of state school vouchers and the North Central Association school accreditation process

Kristin MeeleyKristin Barstow Melley is the Associate Director for Professional Development at the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College. In this role, she designs leadership development opportunities to support Catholic educators working in K-12 schools.  Prior to coming to BC, Kristin served as Associate Superintendent of Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Worcester, and Director of the National Catholic Center for Student Aspirations at Assumption College. She taught high school history, art history, literature, and writing, and taught undergraduates at Endicott College world religions, ethics, and writing. Kristin received her bachelors of arts degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a masters in theology from Harvard University. 

Lorraine A. Ozar, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness in the School of Education Loyola University Chicago.  She holds a B.A. degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University, New York.  She has spent almost 40 years in Catholic education as a teacher, administrator, and author, providing professional development and leadership to Catholic educators around the country.   Dr. Ozar is the founding director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness and the lead author of the recently published National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.   She is the 2010 recipient of the F. Sadlier Dinger Award and the 2011 recipient of the NCEA C. Albert Koob Award, both given for outstanding contributions to Catholic education on the national level.  In October, 2012, she was honored with NCEA’s highest award, the Seton President’s Medal.

Grace Cotter Regan is the Head of School at St. Mary's High School in Lynn, MA.  She is also a partner in Partners for Mission: Advancement and Leadership Services for Catholic Education.   Grace has nearly 30 years of experience working in education and institutional advancement offices, including 23 years at Catholic institutions.  She holds a master of arts in Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality from the IREPM and the Boston College School of Ministry and Theology,  a master of education degree in student affairs and higher education administration from the University of Vermont  and a bachelor of arts degree in theology and sociology from Boston College.

Charles RussellCharles M. Russell is Executive Director of the Secondary Schools Department at the National Catholic Educational Association. He came to NCEA from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, where he spent two years as the director of secondary education and tuition scholarships, working closely with high schools in the areas of enrollment management, financial aid, and program implementation.  Additionally, Mr. Russell has served as a principal and vice principal for K-8 schools within the Archdiocese of Washington. He holds degrees in educational leadership and administration from the George Washington University and St. John’s University.

Patricia WeitzelPatricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College. Prior to assuming this position in 2010, Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill served as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington where she was instrumental in the efforts to secure the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, a federal initiative that enabled thousands of low-income children to attend parochial schools. She also served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. As the Executive Director of the Roche Center, she is responsible for the oversight and management of Center personnel, professional development for leadership teams in Catholic education, advocacy work, and facilitating applied research on behalf of the Lynch School of Education and the Catholic school community, both locally and nationally.  Currently, Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill is continuing her partnership with Loyola University Chicago and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) as they advance and support the implementation of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.  An advocate for Catholic schools, she presents frequently at conferences, serves on various boards and councils, and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Catholic School Studies, Australian Catholic University.  She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from St. Louis University.







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