The heart of UCTC has always been, and will always be, the love and sharing of gifts and self between the people that make up our community. This includes those cohort members, alumni, friends, founders, donors, principals, staff, mentors, and students who have been, and will continue to be engaged with UCTC. Each member of this community makes up a special and important part in defining who we are and will become. The relationships cultivated between us as individuals and as a community are some of the greatest strengths of UCTC.

Though an individual formally commits to UCTC for only a short time, we strive to make a larger commitment of love to this community, as well as the global community, for the rest of our lives.

UCTC Staff


Charles Cownie, JD, PhD

Charles Cownie, JD, PhD

UCTC Director
Director of Catholic Teacher Formation
Co-Director of Jesuit Education in a Global World MEd

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Santa Clara University, History (Focus in teaching)

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Seton Hall University (EPICS), Master of Arts in Education (Focus in Catholic Education)

Doctoral Studies: Loyola Law, Juris Doctor (Focus in Public Interest Law); Boston College, PhD in Higher Education

Specializations: Catholic Education; Catholic School Teacher Formation; Jesuit Education; Jesuit Higher Education; Student Formation; Models of Teaching and Learning in Catholic Schools 

Work with UCTC: Charlie finds the work of student formation in the Jesuit tradition to be a ministry. Despite the challenges of this ministry, he has found accompanying UCTC members in their formative journey through their time in UCTC and beyond to be a gift. Charlie notes that "Working with UCTC allows me to fully utilize my education and work experience in a ministry that I am tremendously passionate about: the ministry of Catholic education in general and the formation of Catholic school teacher in particular. Additionally, being able to engage in this ministry in a place like the Lynch School with such a special and essential mission is truly a blessing."

Cristina Hunter

Cristina Hunter, MA, PhD

UCTC Assistant Director

Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Boston College, Elementary Education and Human Development

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: New York University, Educational Psychology

Doctoral Studies: Boston College, Ph.D in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

Specializations: Catholic Education; Catholic Teacher Formation; Culturally Responsive Pedagogy; Linguistically Responsive Education; Dual Language Learning in Catholic Schools

Work with UCTC: Prior to working with UCTC, Cristina served as the Associate Director of Research Initiatives for the Roche Center for Catholic Education where she worked on multiple program initiatives including the TWIN-CS network. Cristina’s doctoral and post-doctoral research has focused on the experiences of Latino migrants in the United States with a specific emphasis on dual language development. Additionally, Cristina completed a post-doctoral research fellowship on a collaborative study between Boston College and Tufts University examining character development in youth. Cristina also co-edited Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education: Designing Networks That Transform Schools. She finds her work with UCTC to be a natural extension of her efforts to research and support Catholic models of teaching and learning that support the marginalized and excluded. 


Myra Reynoso, MEd, PhD

Myra Rosen-Reynoso, MEd, PhD

UCTC Research Director

Hometown: Massachusetts

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Georgetown University, Fine Arts

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Harvard University, Human Development

Doctoral Studies: Boston College, Ph.D in Applied Developmental Psychology

Specializations: Qualitative Research; Health Care; Catholioc Education; Educational Equity; Critical Theory; Urban Catholic Education

Work with UCTC: Myra enjoys the research UCTC is conducting because it has broad lines of inquiry for the purposes of ensuring an excellent and equitable education for the students served by urban Catholic schools.


Audrey Friedman

Audrey Friedman, PhD

UCTC Academic and Research Coordinator 
Associate Professor (Retired) of Teaching, Curriculum, and Society

Hometown: Massachusetts

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Univesity of Massachusettes, Amherst, Zoology, Secondary Education, and English

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Univesity of Massachusettes, Boston, Critical & Creative Thinking; Univesity of Pennsylvania, Reading & Language Arts

Doctoral Studies: Boston College, Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction

Specializations: Instructional Methods; Curriculum Design; Catholic Social Teacher; Student Formation; English Teaching Methods; Science Teaching Methods

Work with UCTC: Audrey has worked in urban education as a practitioner, coach, administrator, advisor, and researcher for the last 5 decades. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles as well as several books and chapters. Her most recent research and publications, focus on how urban Catholic educators discern vocation, enact Catholic social teachings, and develop lives of meaning and purpose. Her work with college student and educators focused on how they make reflective judgments about ill-defined moral-cognitive dilemmas that pervade teaching, learning, and living. She has served as the PI of more than $2,000,000 in grants. Dr. Friedman has also received several awards including Professor of the Year for the State of Massachusetts awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Teaching at Boston College, Teacher of the Year for Boston College given by Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, the Mary Kaye Waldron Award for service to students, the Boston Higher Education Partnership Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching at Boston College. Audrey has worked with UCTC for the last 5 years and believes that UCTC is rich in “good soil, faithful people,” and hearts and minds committed to respecting the dignity of all persons, developing genuine community, and cultivating the best in humankind, and is blessed to be in such a garden!”

UCTC Graduate Assistants

Liam MacDonald

Liam MacDonald

Hometown: Dorchester, MA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Siena College, History and Secondary Education

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction

Current Work: Graduate Assistant for UCTC; Teacher at Matignon High School

What attracted you to working with UCTC? "I was a member of UCTC's Cohort 20, Class of 2018, where I credit my personal, teaching, and spiritual growth to my two years in UCTC. I decided to work with UCTC when the opportunity arose to work on the Special Education Professional Development Initiative to help teachers grow in their ability to serve all learners."


UCTC Undergraduate Assistants