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 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.
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.
Abigail Hynes-Houston is a first year graduate student in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She is pursuing her Master’s of Education with a focus on secondary history instruction and a certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL). At the Roche Center, she is working with the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) by assisting with the coordination and implementation of webinars, professional development sessions, workshops and events. Abigail previously attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in history and a minor in art history.
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.
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.