People

Professional Staff

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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.

Email: patricia.weitzel-oneill@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-4187


 
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Kristin Melley
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.

Email: kristin.melley@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-3567


 
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Myra Rosen-Reynoso, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Research

Dr. Rosen-Reynoso is responsible for program based research, including the Two Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) and Emmaus Leadership Series.  Previously, she worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 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.   The focus of this work was to improve ease of use of services for children and youth with special health care needs, in particular, Latino children.  For approximately 5 years, she led the Peer-to-Mentorship Academy that is part of the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center to enhance the research capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct vocational rehabilitation research in underserved communities. Prior to this effort, she led 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.  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 Master's degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Email: rosenmy@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-8625


 
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Mary Bridget Burns, MAT
Assistant Director, Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools

As the Assistant Director for TWIN-CS, Mary Bridget works closely with the Network principals, mentors, and teachers to strengthen and support their Catholic, dual-language programs. She manages the daily operations of the Network, while also helping to design and implement the professional development that makes the programming so unique.

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, she 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 2019.

Email: burnsaz@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-8375


 
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Ana Yancie Berreondo
Fiscal and Operations Administrator

Ana Berrendo is the Fiscal & Operations Administrator at the Roche Center for Catholic Education where she draws on her background in financial analysis, data analysis, accounting, project management, events management, operations management, financial management, budgeting, and reporting. 

Prior to joining the Roche Center, Ana was a Fiscal and Events Specialist at the Boston College Center of Centers where she provided fiscal and event management services to multiple Boston College departments and centers. She started her career working in the Business, Planning, and Project Services team within the Boston College Information Technology Division.

Ana holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Administration from Boston College where she was on the Dean's List, and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Salem State University.Email: ana.berreondo@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-2134


 
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Fabiola Aguilera
Communication and Events Administrator

Fabiola Aguilera manages all marketing for digital amd print communications, and content for website, and social media. She also plans and executes all Roche Cente events, retreats, workshops and webinars.

Fabiola studied Commercial Engineering, mention in Business Administration, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She also holds a Master of Labor and Human Resources from the Ohio State University. She previously worked coordinating events at Office of the President in Wellesley College and as the Volunteer and Events Coorsinator at at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Sharon, Massachusetts.

Email: fabiola.aguilera@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-8794


 

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps

 

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Charles Cownie
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.

Email: charles.cownie@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-0602


 
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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. 

Email:  cristina.hunter@bc.edu 

Phone: 617-552-1286