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.
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 and Human Development 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.
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.
Mary Bridget Burns, Ph.D.
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 and Human Development, 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 earned her doctorate from Boston College.
Ana Yancie Berreondo
Fiscal and Operations Administrator
Ana Joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education in early 2018 as a Fiscal & Operations Administrator. She got her Masters degree in Leadership and Administration from the Woods College of Advancing Studies- Boston College. Prior to Joining the Roche Center Ana was a Fiscal & Events Specialist in the BC Center For Centers Department where she worked coordinating events and managed financial aspects of the department.
Assisstant Director, Communications and Events
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.
Urban Catholic Teacher Corps
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.
Melissa Hoppie is a Master's student in Curriculum and Instruction, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College. Prior to her time at BC, Melissa received her B.A., summa cum laude, in English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a graduate researcher in the Two-Way Immersion Network within the Roche Center, Melissa hopes to create opportunities for bilingual and biliterate students to become better integrated into schooling systems while sustaining their culture, language, history, and values.
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.
Denise is pursuing a master's degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. Before coming to Boston, she was an elementary teacher in urban public and Catholic schools in Kansas City, KS, where she taught mostly first- and second-generation immigrant students and refugees. Denise's passions center around migrant issues, and the intersection of faith, justice, and education. She recently spent a year at the U.S.-Mexico border ministering to unaccompanied minors and immigrant families released from detention. Denise earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; a master's degree in Education from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS; and a certificate in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
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.
Zhongfeng Tian is a Ph.D. student at Boston College majoring in Language, Literacy & Culture. Prior to Boston College, he earned his Master's degree in TESOL from Boston University. He has taught EFL, ESL and Mandarin to students of different age groups, cultural and linguistic backgrounds in China, Cambodia, and the United States. His current research primarily focuses on bilingualism, bilingual education, TESOL, and translanguaging. He works as a research assistant on the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools project.
Anthony Uchechukwu Nweke is a Catholic priest from Nigeria and belongs to the Holy Ghost Missionary Congregation, South East, Nigeria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Spiritan School of Philosophy, Nsukka, Nigeria and a BA in Theology and Cultural Studies from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland. Prior to coming to the States, Anthony worked as a school director, for seven years, at Dhadim Catholic School, in Boranaland of Southern Ethiopia. Currently, Anthony is enrolled in an MA program at the School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College. His area of research interest is on Effective Catholic School Administration. He hopes to integrate his experience as a Catholic school administrator with the knowledge and skills that the Roche Center would offer to improve Catholic school administration in his country.
Connor is currently a sophomore in the Carroll School of Management’s undergraduate program. He intends to concentrate in Management & Leadership while on the pre-law track. As an administrative assistant at the Roche Center, Connor works in everything from data entry, to event preparation, to organizational assistance.
Bailey is a junior in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. She is majoring in Political Science with a minor in American Studies on the pre-law track. At the Roche Center, Bailey works to assist staff with research and communication as well as provide support with various administrative tasks.
Ally Lardner is a sophomore studying Applied Psychology and Human Development, with two minors in English and Educational Theatre. At the RCCE, she is involved in various aspects of office operations, including research and organization.