RCCE Offers Speed Consulting on Financial Stewardship


Roche Center Convenes Eight Experts to Offer ‘Speed Consulting’ Workshop on Financial Stewardship for Catholic Schools

Catholic School administrators take part in 'speed consulting' workshop

CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- The Roche Center for Catholic Education brought together eight experts in non-profit management, development, and finance to Boston College for a day-long “speed consulting” workshop with Catholic school administrators on best practices in financial stewardship.  Catholic school principals and administrators took turns meeting with the experts in small groups to discuss approaches and insights that strengthen operational vitality and financial management.  More than 50 school teams participated in the workshop, as some took part in person while others consulted virtually.

“We work with Catholic school teams all over the country, and schools will often be facing different opportunities and challenges with their financial management and fundraising depending on their specific situations,” said Kristin Melley, Director of Professional Development for the Roche Center. “We came up with the ‘speed consulting’ format to give schools the opportunity to be exposed to a breadth of expertise while also tailoring the discussion to their needs.”

The workshop opened with a keynote presentation from Adam Krueckeberg, Associate Dean of Finance and Administration from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, who shared insights on how to align budget with mission and create an effective financial plan. Other topics covered during speed consulting included advancing donor relations, using board finance committees more effectively, building community through fundraising, and leveraging economies of scale and revenue-building collaborations, among others.  The speed consultants included the following:      

Mary Ellen Fulton, Associate Dean, Finance, Research & Administration, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College

Lisa Hastings, Director of Development, School Development, Boston College                    

Adam Krueckeberg, Associate Dean, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Executive Director, Roche Center for Catholic Education, Boston College

Mary Ellen Hrutka, Associate Provost, Digital Learning

Nathan Pelsma, Chief Operating Officer, Teach Plus

Grace Cotter Regan, Head of School, St. Mary's High School in Lynn, MA

David Secor, Business Manager, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School in Boston, MA

“Having a true understanding of what plagues many Catholic schools and obtaining real and experienced advice on how to fix it was one of the most valuable aspects of the presentations,” said one participant. “The consulting sessions helped me to think about my school vitality in new ways.”

The workshop was part of the Roche Center’s Emmaus Series, which offers Catholic school leaders professional development focused on the areas of spiritual formation, curriculum and instructional design, and business management.


About the Roche Center for Catholic Education:  The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education (@RocheCenter) strengthens Catholic education through the promotion of research–based educational innovations and the generation of research to lead the transformation of Catholic schools to serve with a preferential option for the poor and marginalized. The Center brings together scholars, practitioners, innovators, designers, and developers to address the practical needs facing Catholic education through disciplined inquiry.  All work of the Roche Center is accomplished in collaboration with the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, other centers and departments at Boston College, and other Catholic Institutions of Higher Education.