Roche Center Team

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.


Phone: 617-552-1771

Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D. - Executive Director

Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director for the Roche Center for Catholic Education and is a faculty member for the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Melodie’s professional leadership experiences in the Catholic sector include serving as an Assistant Professor and Academic Director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program for the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, as President of Nativity Jesuit Academy, and Director of Mission Effectiveness for the NativityMiguel Network of Schools, in Washington, DC. ...


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Phone: 617-552-2134

Ana Yancie Berreondo - Assistant Director of Finance, Operations, and Events

Ana Joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education in early 2018 as a Fiscal & Operations Administrator. She earned her Masters degree in Leadership and Administration from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College in 2017.  Prior to joining the Roche Center Ana was a Fiscal & Events Specialist in Boston College’s Center For Centers Centers Department where she worked coordinating events and managed financial aspects of the department.


Roche Center Research Fellows

Carly-Anne Gannon

Carly-Anne Gannon

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Carly-Anne Gannon has a Bachelor's degree in Religions and Theology and a Masters degree in Ecumenics, both from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin. She earned a Masters of Education from the University of Notre Dame with the Alliance for Catholic Education. She taught middle school Religion and high school Theology in Corpus Christi, Texas. She then moved to full time ministry in higher education as the Catholic Chaplain at Stony Brook University. Wishing to return to studies, she earned a Masters of Arts (Religious Education) at Fordham University while serving as the Director of Religious Education at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, NYC. Carly-Anne is currently a doctoral studies student of Theology and Education at Boston College.



John Reyes, Ed.D.

John Reyes, Ed.D., joins the Roche Center as a research fellow. Most recently John served as the Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Budget Supervision for the 32 Catholic schools in the state of South Carolina. In this role, John led initiatives focused on research-based practices in curriculum/instruction/assessment, professional learning communities, operational vitality, and leadership formation. John also serves as part-time faculty for the Catholic School Leadership Academy at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to this, John was the Director of Educational Technology for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and developed the curriculum for Loyola Marymount’s Technology Integration Specialist Certificate Program, focusing on transformational leadership, school culture, comprehensive school wide technology integration, and professional learning. ...


Arielle Gannon

Arielle is an Ed-tech entrepreneur and founder of teacherCODE. Arielle completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin in Physics, and completed the University of Notre Dame’s Master in Education program in 2017 and Master in Science with ESTEEM, an innovative 11-month Entrepreneurship Master’s Program in 2018. Upon graduation she founded teacherCODE, a Computer Science and Technology professional development company. teacherCODE has already helped over 1000 educators from the US (over 25 states), Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and the UK launch their virtual classrooms. Arielle supports the Roche Center as a practitioner fellow, working with Catholic teachers and leaders as they develop virtual learning plans and learn technologies that meaningfully engage students and improve student outcomes.



Graduate Assistants


Kimberly Dennis

Kimberly is a graduate student in Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, and is working towards a Master of Theological Studies degree. Prior to moving to Boston, she earned a Master of Arts in Education from Loyola Marymount University, and was a member of the Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE) Corps. She taught for several years in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and now hopes to unite her experience as a teacher in an urban setting with a strong theological foundation in order to help Catholic schools thrive. She works with communications as a graduate assistant so that more people can know about the great resources and programming that are available through the Roche Center.


Sadie Villareal

Sadie Villarreal is a graduate student in Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Sadie comes from San Antonio, TX where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Her Theological studies have led to many opportunities such as traveling abroad and volunteering for mission trips. She recently spent a summer in Denver, Colorado working as a Missionary for Christ in the City. Sadie’s biggest passion is working in San Antonio’s prison ministry where she has helped expand the love of Christ and spread the Catholic faith. Sadie currently works as a Graduate Assistant where she helps others with any resources that are needed.

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Gilbert Ezeugwu

Gilbert Ezeugwu is a Catholic Priest of Nsukka Diocese, Nigeria. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Ibadan Nigeria and Pontifical Urban University Rome, respectively. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Boston College. While in Nigeria, he was a member of Nsukka Catholic Diocesan Education Board for five years. Currently, he is in the Curriculum and Instruction program (M.Ed) at Boston College and is a graduate research assistant at Roche Center investigating the Tutorial Relationship Model for the improvement of instructions and learning in Catholic schools.


Undergraduate Assistants


Connor Sullivan

Connor is currently a Senior in the Carroll School of Management studying operations management and information systems. He is also minoring in music through the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences. At the Roche Center, Connor works primarily in communications to further Center initiatives.