Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.
Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill is responsible for the work of the Center, focusing on research, professional development, and advocacy, both locally and nationally. In particular, she serves on the leadership team for the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), and actively supports the work of the program.
Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill is a co-author with Dr. Hosffman Ospino of the report Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church (2016), based on the first National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. Also, she is a co-editor of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (2012) (NSBECS) and with co-editor Dr. Lorraine Ozar, Loyola University Chicago, continues the work focusing on research and new resources. As an advocate, she serves on multiple boards, including the Governing Board for the Journal of Catholic Education and is frequently invited to present at national and local conferences. Prior to Boston College, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill served as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, and served Trinity Washington University as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from St. Louis University.
Mary Bridget Burns, MAT
Assistant Director, Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools
Mary Bridget began her work with Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools and the Roche Center in 2012 and returned as the Assistant Director for TWIN in September of 2017. Prior to returning, Mary Bridget was the inaugural Managing Editor for the Journal of Professional Capital and Community. She has taught undergraduates at Boston College's Lynch School of Education, at Cisco Junior College (Texas), and at the Juhász Gyula Teachers College at the University of Szeged. She has also taught elementary school in Texas, along with classroom time in Florida, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Mary Bridget has published research on the TWIN schools, along with publications on American inclusion models and social studies education. She conducted research on minority education and the training of teachers in Hungary for her Master's thesis through a Fulbright Grantee to Hungary, where she was also an English instructor at the Teachers College. Mary Bridget received her bachelor's degree in English from Northwestern University, her Master's in the Arts of Teaching from Miami University of Ohio, and expects to graduate with her doctorate in the spring of 2018.
Director, Urban Catholic Teacher Corps
Charlie joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education in 2012 as the Director of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College (UCTC). Prior to arriving at Boston College, Charlie was an Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Previously, he was also a member of the Educational Partners in Catholic Schools Program (EPICS) at Seton Hall University, which provided him the opportunity to teach in a Catholic high school in New Jersey while also earning an M.Ed. Charlie graduated with a B.A. from Santa Clara University and also received a J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Cristina Hunter, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Urban Catholic Teachers Corp
Cristina Hunter is a Research Associate for the Urban Catholic Corps of Boston College. Prior to that she was the Associate Director of Research Initiatives for the Roche Center for Catholic Education. She earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology from Boston College in 2014. Her research has focused on the experiences of Latino migrants in the United States with a specific emphasis on dual language development. Cristina completed a post-doctoral research fellowship on a collaborative study between Boston College and Tufts University examining character development in youth. She earned her Master’s degree from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.
Director, Professional Development
Kristin Barstow Melley is the Director for Professional Development for the Roche Center for Catholic Education. She develops leadership growth opportunities for k-12 educators which promote systemic, whole-school change, uniting Catholic theology with research-based educational theory. Her current projects include the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) and the Emmaus Series: A Leadership Advancement Program for Catholic School Leaders. Kristin presents nationally on Faculty and Student Faith Formation, Professional Capital, Catholic Identity, Managing School Change, School Board Development, Marketing Catholic Schools and Whole-school Teacher Collaboration. She is a contributor to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools implementation resources. She serves as liaison for the Catholic School Office of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Formerly, Kristin served as Associate Superintendent of Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Worcester and as the Director of the National Catholic Center for Student Aspirations at Assumption College. She was a high school teacher of history, art history, literature, and writing, and a soccer and basketball coach. She taught world religions, ethics, and writing at Endicott College. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a Masters in Theology from Harvard University.
Myra Rosen-Reynoso, PhD
Director of Research
Dr. Rosen-Reynoso has worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston for 18 years. In this capacity, she worked on a variety of federally funded projects focused on disability, rehabilitation, education, and access to care. She was the Principal Investigator of the National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. For approximately 5 years, she lead the Peer-to-Mentorship Academy that is part of the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center to enhance research capacity of minority serving institutions to conduct vocational rehabilitation research in underserved communities. Prior to this effort, she lead OPT4College, a five-year study funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to examine the effectiveness of a transition-planning intervention for youth with a variety of disabilities. Additionally, she was the Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet Manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during former Governor Deval Patrick’s Administration from 2014-2015. In this position, housed within the Executive Office of Education and Health and Human Services, she coordinated statewide inter-agency projects that were targeted on issues affecting the most vulnerable children and youth across the state. She received her doctorate degree from the Boston College School of Education in Applied Developmental Psychology and her masters degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Ana Yancie Berreondo
Fiscal & Operations Administrator
Ana Joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education in early 2018 as a Fiscal & Operations Administrator. She got her Masters degree in Leadership and Administration from the Woods College of Advancing Studies- Boston College. Prior to Joining the Roche Center Ana was a Fiscal & Events Specialist in the BC Center For Centers Department where she worked coordinating events and managed financial aspects of the department.
Communications and Events Administrator
Fabiola Aguilera joined the Center in February of 2017. She studied Business Administration at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and she holds a Master of Labor and Human Resources from the Ohio State University. Fabiola previously worked coordinating events at Office of the President in Wellesley College and at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Sharon, Massachusetts.
Qianqian Zhang-Wu is a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction, Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Before coming to BC, Qianqian received her M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her main research interests are bilingualism, immigration issues, language assessment, and teacher education. Currently, Qianqian works as the co-editor of Immigrant Integration Lab, School of Social Work, Boston College. In Spring 2015, she joined Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), Roche Center of Catholic Education. Qianqian had teaching experiences both in the U.S. and overseas for 6 years. Before joining TWIN-CS, she worked as a supervisor at the Office of Practicum Experiences & Teacher Induction, Boston College.
Augustina Mbata is a religious Nun of the Roman Catholic Church. A graduate of Alvan Ikoku College of Education Nigeria and currently a master’s student of school of theology and ministry, Boston College
As part of her contextual placement at the Roche center she organizes and reviews an international literature on catholic school leadership through the human subject research. As part of her research she is looking at the population/professional development of some Nigerian catholic school, she also supports some of the Emmaus series.
Melissa Hoppie is a Master's student in Curriculum and Instruction, Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Prior to her time at BC, Melissa received her B.A., summa cum laude, in English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a graduate researcher in the Two-Way Immersion Network within the Roche Center, Melissa hopes to create opportunities for bilingual and biliterate students to become better integrated into schooling systems while sustaining their culture, language, history, and values.
Yanyi is a master's student in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment program at the Lynch School of Education, with the completion of her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and experience of two years in the field of social neuroscience. Yanyi works on research with the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools.
Melly Marrington is currently a master's student in the School Counseling program at the Lynch School of Education. In 2013, she graduated from Roger Williams University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and business management. Melly then spent 2.5 years in the insurance industry before deciding to pursue a career as a school counselor. After graduation, she hopes to become a high school counselor. At the Roche Center, Melly works with the Emmaus team on events and related research projects.
Nam Nguyen is a graduate student in the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College studying Applied Economics and Econometrics. Before pursuing his Masters’ degree at BC, Nam earned his B.A in Business Administration from California State University of Fullerton. At the Roche Center, Nam works with the Communications and Events Administrator on marketing and communication tasks.
Alex is a graduate student in the School of Theology and Ministry pursuing his Master's of Divinity. He graduated from Fordham University in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Classical Languages, and then spent a year working at Cristo Rey New York High School. At the Roche Center Alex will be working with the Emmaus program doing research and helping out with all the little things that need to get done.
Sam is a Master's of Education student at the Lynch School of Education studying physics for secondary education. He is going into education for the purpose of urban ministry, and to develop skills for international missions work. At the Roche Center, he primarily does database management and Excel programming, but also serves as an extra pair of hands for anyone who needs them. Sam is fresh out of his undergraduate work in Physics and Electrical Engineering at University of South Carolina, with long-term plans to live in China.
Eric is a Master's of Education student in the ERME program at the Lynch School. At Roche, he works on the TWIN Initiative, compiling and tabulating demographic data on TWIN schools. Before beginning his Master's program, he worked as a Math Teacher and Aide at Match High School in Boston. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Loyola University Chicago.
Connor is currently a sophomore in the Carroll School of Management’s undergraduate program. He intends to concentrate in Management & Leadership while on the pre-law track. As an administrative assistant at the Roche Center, Connor works in everything from data entry, to event preparation, to organizational assistance.
Marian Wyman is a senior undergraduate student at the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, studying Theology and English. She works as an administrative assistant at the Roche Center, facilitating office management and the formation of the Center's various events for TWIN-CS and Emmaus. She is an aspiring campus minister and religious educator for Catholic schools.