Roche Center Team
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. Melodie presents nationally on topics such as Catholic School Governance and Effective Board Management, Strategic Planning, Development and Enrollment Management Strategies, and Making Schools Culturally Competent for New and Existing Latino Families. She recently published a text with Dr. Mickey Fenzel of Loyola University Maryland, titled Responding to the Call for Educational Justice: Transformative Catholic-Led Initiatives in Urban Education. Melodie serves as the chair for the Catholic Special Interest Group with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and is a member of the Leadership Development Advisory Council for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Melodie received a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and master's degrees in educational administration from Marquette University and education from Mount Mary College. She received a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Saint Louis University.
Ana Yancie Berreondo – Assistant Director of Finance, Operations and Events
Prior to joining the Roche Center in 2018 as a fiscal and operations administrator, Ana served as a fiscal and events specialist for Boston College's Center for Centers, where she coodinated events and managed the financial aspects of the department. Ana earned a master's degree in leadership and administration from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College in 2017.
Elizabeth Stowe Fennell – Assistant Director of Leadership Programs
Elizabeth Stowe Fennell is a passionate advocate for Catholic schools. Having received a Catholic education from kindergarten through a master's degree, Liz enjoys giving back to the institutions that formed her. She is a former Catholic school teacher and has taught at the elementary, middle, high school and graduate levels. Currently, Liz serves on the Catholic Schools Foundation’s Allocations Committee, which supports primary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, and she is a board member of the Sacred Heart STEM School. Liz also is an active member of the Boston College Alumni Association, and she served as the chair of the University of Notre Dame’s Boston Advocates for Catholic Education (BACE) for 11 years. Liz received a bachelor's degree in psychology and theology from Boston College, and a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program.
Denise Morris – Assistant Director of Outreach
Denise Morris is a graduate of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, where she continues to explore the intersection of faith, justice and education. As part of her master’s thesis, Denise designed and facilitated the course “Immigration and the Catholic Educator’s Response,” which is offered through the Roche Center. During her time at Boston College, Denise served as a graduate assistant for both the Roche Center and for the Director of Initiatives for Formative Education, where she assisted in the planning and execution of formation and retreat programs for Boston College faculty and parents. She also completed a practicum in spiritual direction. Before coming to Boston, Denise ministered as a teacher for 14 years in urban Catholic and public schools in Kansas City, Kansas. Denise also has a master's degree in Education and a bachelor's degree in Journalism.
Stephanie Margetts – Program Director, TWIN-CS
Stephanie Margetts serves as the program director for the Roche Center's Two Way Immersion Network of Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS). Stephanie's career in education has taken her around the world through leadership positions in the Middle East, Mexico and Peru. Certified in English Language Learning as well as K-12 administration, she is fluent in Spanish and has worked successfully to steer the development of dual-language schools globally. Stephanie has served as a principal for two TWIN Catholic Schools: Sacred Heart in Washington, D.C. and Holy Rosary in Tacoma, WA. She went on to deepen her leadership practice as regional director of seven regional schools in Peru. Her educational leadership style blends close attention to multicultural issues with flexible integration of pedagogical frameworks, while prioritizing relationship-building and community connections. After leading schools around the world, Stephanie is delighted to return to her Boston roots, where parents and extended family live. Stephanie holds a master's in educational administration from National University in San Diego and a bachelor's in education and Spanish from Bridgewater State College. She also has completed graduate studies in Spanish as a Second Language from Sacramento State University.
Roche Center Research Fellows
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Carly-Anne Gannon has a bachelor's degree in religions and theology and a master's degree in ecumenics, both from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin. She earned a master's in 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, Tex. 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 master's in religious education at Fordham University while serving as the director of religious education at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York City. Carly-Anne is currently a doctoral studies student of theology and education at Boston College.
John Reyes, Ed.D.
John Reyes, Ed.D., most recently 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 also 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. John received a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, a master's in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University, and a bachelor's in philosophy from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona.
Kevin R. Holbrook
Kevin R. Holbrook is an educator and researcher specializing in educator preparation policy, as well as the assessment and supervision of teacher candidates. A doctoral candidate in the department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Kevin is currently writing his dissertation on the application of Rasch-Guttman scenario scales to examine teacher candidate perspectives on their student teaching supervision experience. During his time in the MESA doctoral program, Kevin has worked in the Office of Field Placement & Partnership Outreach, providing guidance in the areas of assessment and statistical analysis, and playing a major role in the Lynch School’s state and national accreditation. Outside of Boston College, Kevin worked for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) at the Center for Instructional Support and Educator Preparation team, providing psychometric support for survey analyses and authoring a report on the current state of diversity of Massachusetts’ educator workforce. Kevin has presented at numerous state and national conferences on the topic of teacher education, with a focus on accreditation. He holds bachelor's in secondary education and history from Boston College.
Jeremy Alexander is in his final year of coursework for his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Boston College's Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Jeremy has lived in the Boston area for the last 18 years and has been a teacher and department head at a Christian prep school just north of the city. Having studied theology and philosophy (with a master's in philosophy from Boston College), Jeremy is researching the ways in which schools, as institutions, shape the lives and identities of students, particularly around issues of democracy and equality. Along with this, he is also interested in the ways actions within school life, particularly religious school life, can be viewed through the lens of ritual or as a kind of practice.
Luis Uriel de Dios Hernandez
Luis is currently a graduate student at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) pursuing a master of divnity. Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Luis moved to the United States five years ago as he continued to seek his vocation. Prior to his work with the Roche Center, Luis worked as a graduate assistant for STM Continuing Education, where he discovered his passion for “unending learning." Luis has worked in several different pastoral settings which have deepened his appreciation for diversity, the foundation for all new learning experiences. This has motivated him to become part of the Roche Center, where he is honing the tools and strategies for better connections between faith and reason in the classroom.
Kristen Millar is a fifth-year teacher in the Archdiocese of Boston. She obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Boston College. Prior to joining the Roche Center, she was a graduate assistant and community facilitator with the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College, from which she began her teaching ministry. As an aspiring leader, Kristen has been involved in various programs since her time in undergrad. In 2015, she delivered letters to Pope Franics as part of Saint Mary’s “letters from Catholic young women project," then served as a liturgical minister in Wexford, Ireland, as part of Notre Dame’s House of Brigid program, and most recently traveled to El Paso, Tex., and Juarez, Mexico, to encuenter firsthand the complexities of immigration and Catholic leaders' response. Currently, Kristen is working toward completion of a master's degree in educational leadership and policy from Boston College.
Kayla Powers is a pursuing dual masters degress in Theology and Pastoral Ministry and Social Work. Originally from Pittsburgh, Penn., Kayla obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. Prior to joining the Roche Center, Kayla was involved in several organizations that work with incarcerated individuals, at-risk youth, and adolescents. At the Roche Center, Kayla assists in research examining pathways to increase the presence and influence of Hispanic teachers and leaders in Catholic schools. In the future, Kayla hopes to work at the intersection of mental health, education and Catholicism.
Sadie Villarreal is a graduate student in Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, and is currently working toward a master’s degree in theology and pastoral ministry. Sadie comes from San Antonio, Tex., where she earned a bachelor's degree in theology. Her theological studies have led to many opportunities, including traveling abroad and volunteering for mission trips. She recently spent a summer in Denver, Colo., working as a missionary for Christ in the City. Sadie’s 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.