the barbara and patrick roche center for catholic education
Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.
Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education the summer of 2010 after serving as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington and 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 and serves on various boards and councils and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Catholic School Studies, Australian Catholic University.
As Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill was responsible for 29,000 students in 96 early learning, elementary, and secondary schools. During her eight-year tenure, she was credited with strengthening school academic programs, introducing a standards-based curriculum, and enhancing professional development standards. In addition, 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.
Prior to serving as superintendent, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill worked with Trinity Washington University as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and an associate professor of sociology. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from St. Louis University.
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.
Fiscal and Operations Administrator
Derek joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education in the fall of 2013 and supports center operations and finance, as well as general research and programmatic initiatives. Derek completed his Master's in the Higher Education Administration Catholic University Leadership program in the Lynch School of Education in 2014. Prior to arriving at Boston College, Derek worked internationally in Catholic higher education and served for two years on an inaugural team that established a branch campus for St. John’s University (New York) in Paris, France. Derek received a B.S. in business management from St. John’s University.
Cristina Hunter, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research Initiatives
Cristina joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education as the Associate Director of Research Initiatives in June of 2015. Prior to joining the Roche Center, Cristina completed a post-doctoral research fellowship on a collaborative study between Boston College and Tufts University, examining character development in youth. Additionally, she has taught undergraduate courses in the Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology Department at Boston College and has collaborated with Lynch School faculty on numerous publications. She earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology and has extensive experience as research coordinator managing projects related to the experiences of Latino migrants in the United States including translational research with the Human Rights and Migration Project, the NICHD-funded Kindergarten Language Study, a language and literacy intervention for Spanish-speaking young children; and developmental and longitudinal projects with minority families at the Center for Research for Culture Development and Education. Cristina received her undergraduate degree from the Lynch School of Education of Boston College, her Master's degree from New York University, and her doctorate from Boston College.
Director, Professional Development
Kristin joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education in the fall of 2011 as an Associate Director focusing on professional development and brings 13 years of education experience, as both a classroom teacher and administrator, to her position. For six years she served as the director of a national center for Catholic schools and students. She is passionate about serving the mission of Catholic schools and empowering Catholic school leaders to excel in the many roles they hold. Kristin holds a B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and an M.A. in theology from Harvard University.