About the Roche Center Team

Team members of the Roche Center for Catholic Education desire to share their gifts, experience and expertise in service of Catholic education and its sacred mission to create excellent K-12 schools that serve and minister to all students in the name of Christ. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with you!

Core Team Members

Melodie Wyttenbach

Email: wyttenba@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-1771

Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Melodie was named executive director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education and faculty member for the Lynch School of Education and Human Development in 2019. Prior to coming to Boston College, Melodie served 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. She also has served 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. Her published work includes Seven Steps to Strategic Planning for Catholic School Leaders (2020) and Responding to the Call for Educational Justice: Transformative Catholic-Led Initiatives in Urban Education (2018). Melodie has 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.

Ana Berreondo

Email: ana.berreondo@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-2134

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 coordinated 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 Fennell

Email: elizabeth.fennell@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-3567

Elizabeth Stowe Fennell

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP

Liz 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 has taught at the elementary, middle, high school and graduate levels. Currently, she serves on the Archdiocese of Boston's Catholic Schools Foundation’s Allocations Committee, and is a board member of the Sacred Heart STEM School. She also is an active member of the Boston College Alumni Association. Liz has undergraduate degrees 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

Email: denise.morris@bc.edu

Phone: 617-552-8794

Denise Morris

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH

Denise is a graduate of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, where she explored the intersection of faith, justice and education, and served as a graduate assistant for both the Roche Center and the Director of Initiatives for Formative Education. For her thesis, she designed and facilitated the course "Immigration and the Catholic Educator's Response," which is offered through the Roche Center. Before coming to Boston, Denise ministered as a teacher for 14 years in urban Catholic and public schools in Kansas City, Kansas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Education.

Leadership Programming

Cara Blanchette

Cara Blanchette

FACILITATOR, EMMAUS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (MISSION AND CATHOLIC IDENTITY)

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame’s ACE Remick Leadership Program, Cara is a licensed school principal in the state of Massachusetts and has more than 10 years of Catholic leadership experience within the Nativity-Miguel Network, and the Archdioceses of Boston and New York.

Louis De Angelo

Louis De Angelo, Ed.D.

LEADERSHIP COACH, CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP COHORT

Louis is Superintendent of Schools and Secretary of Education for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Del. Before assuming this role in 2012, he served as assistant superintendent in the diocese, and also as director of curriculum PreK-12 and professional development for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He also has served as principal and teacher for several Catholic schools in Pennsylvania and as a professor at Neumann University and Chestnut Hill College. In every role, Louis sees his ministry in Catholic education as both an invitation and gift as he journeys with others and encounters Jesus Christ. Louis has a doctorate in educational leadership from Immaculata University.

Cristina Espino

Cristina Espino

FACILITATOR, EMMAUS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE)

Cristina's professional experiences range from big four public accounting audit services to private equity, financial consulting, and national advancement team leadership of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education partner school network. One constant across industries has been Cristina's focus on business turnaround efforts with empathy and support for leaders. Cristina has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. with a marketing concentration from Loyola University Chicago. 

Bill Ford

Bill Ford

LEADERSHIP COACH, CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP COHORT

William (Bill) Patrick Ford is the founding principal of Cristo Rey New York High School, where he served in that role for 15 years until 2019. Motivated by persistent educational inequity, Bill led the team that studied the social, economic and educational need for the school, and ultimately garnered support of community-based organizations and secured corporate employers and a school site. Now Assistant to the President and COVID-19 Response Coordinator for Xavier High School in New York, Bill continues to mentor principals and teachers from the Cristo Rey Network in the areas of curriculum and assessment. Bill earned an Ed.M. in educational administration from Columbia University, where he was a Klingenstein Fellow.

Phil Gonzalez

Phil Gonzalez

FACILITATOR, EMMAUS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE)

Phil is coordinator of Latino Outreach in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. In this position, he works with a select group of Catholic schools to increase Latino student enrollment by developing enrollment management plans that identify and engage new pools of prospective families, create targeted marketing collateral and recruitment events, and empower parent ambassadors to engage in the marketing and recruitment process. Phil has presented his work, titled “Culturally Competent Recruitment of Latino Families,” at the national NCEA Conference.

Molly McMahon

Molly McMahon, Ph.D.

LEADERSHIP COACH, CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP COHORT

Molly's educational passions include parent engagement, social-emotional learning and positive school culture. She is principal of South Row Elementary School in the Chelmsford Public Schools. Prior to this position, Molly served as assistant principal of Fitzgerald Elementary School in Waltham. Molly completed her doctorate at Boston College, where she also served as a clinical supervisor of student teachers while completing her degree and an administrative internship in the Boston Public Schools.

John Reyes

John Reyes, Ed.D.

FACILITATOR, EMMAUS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (MISSION AND CATHOLIC IDENTITY)

John is executive director of Operational Vitality for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), where he oversees the organization's programs related to communications, marketing, budgeting and finance, technology management, and digital learning and discipleship. He recently served as the assistant superintendent for academic excellence and budget supervision for the 32 Catholic schools in the state of South Carolina. John has a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, and he currently serves as co-facilitator co-facilitator of the Mission & Catholic Identity Emmaus Leadership Academy.

Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) Programming

Stephanie Margetts

Stephanie Margetts

TWIN-CS PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND LEADERSHIP COACH, EASTERN REGION

Stephanie has served in educational leadership positions in the Middle East, Mexico and Peru. Certified in English Language Learning and K-12 administration, she is fluent in Spanish and has led two dual language schools in the United States and served as regional director of seven schools in Peru. She sees the work of educational leadership as bridge-building, reaching inside and outside of structural hierarchies to enlist administrators, staff, teachers and students in the shared mission and values of Catholic education. 

Gloria Gonzalez

Gloria Ramos Gonzalez, Ed.D.

TWIN-CS LEADERSHIP COACH, WESTERN REGION

Having served as a bilingual classroom teacher, reading specialist, consultant and educational researcher, Gloria has extensive experience in developing dual language curriculum. She has her own consulting firm, which provides professional development workshops to school teams and helps districts develop their literacy and dual language programs. Gloria earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California and holds a master's of education degree in language and literacy from Harvard University with a reading specialist credential focused on second language acquisition.

Laura Hamman-Ortiz

Laura Hamman-Ortiz, Ph.D.

TWIN-CS LEADERSHIP COACH, CENTRAL REGION

Laura is a postdoctoral research associate with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education and the Department of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD) in the School of Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also is part-time faculty with the English as a New Language (ENL) program within the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. Laura has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in bilingual education and English as a Second Language (ESL) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Roche Center Fellows

Jeremy Alexander

Jeremy Alexander

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE, CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

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 degree 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.

Fr. Gilbert Ezeugwu

Email: ezeugwu@bc.edu

Fr. Gilbert Ezeugwu

DOCTORAL STUDENT, CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Fr. Gilbert is a Catholic priest from Nigeria. Before his studies in the United States, he served as a teacher, principal, and member of the Nsukka Catholic Education Commission in his native country. His research interests include educational change and policy, Catholic education, the tutorial relationship model, and formative / meaning-making education. In partnership with the Roche Center, Fr. Gilbert organized the Catholic Educators’ Conference in Nigeria and investigated the practice of the tutorial relationship model in Mexico and Chile with the Womenhoven grant. He has masters' degrees in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theology from Pontifical Urban University, Rome. 

Carly-Anne Gannon

Email: gannoncf@bc.edu

Carly-Anne Gannon

DOCTORAL STUDENT, THEOLOGY AND EDUCATION

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Carly-Anne taught middle school religion and high school theology in Corpus Christi, Texas, before moving 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 degree 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 has a master's degree in ecumenics from the University of Dublin and a master's degree in education from the University of Notre Dame with the Alliance for Catholic Education.

Kevin Holbrook

Kevin Holbrook

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE IN MEASUREMENT, EVALUATION, STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

Kevin is 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 MESA, Kevin has worked in the Office of Field Placement & Partnership Outreach, providing guidance in assessment and statistical analysis, and playing a major role in the Lynch School’s state and national accreditation. Kevin has also 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.

John Reyes

John Reyes, Ed.D.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONAL VITALITY, NCEA

John is executive director of Operational Vitality for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), where he oversees the organization's programs related to communications, marketing, budgeting and finance, technology management, and digital learning and discipleship. He recently served as the assistant superintendent for academic excellence and budget supervision for the 32 Catholic schools in the state of South Carolina. John has a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, and he currently serves as co-facilitator co-facilitator of the Mission & Catholic Identity Emmaus Leadership Academy.

Graduate Assistants

Luis de Dios

Email: dedios@bc.edu

Luis Uriel de Dios Hernandez

MASTER'S STUDENT,  THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY

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 the School of Theology and Ministry in Continuing Education, where he discovered his passion for “unending learning." Luis has worked in several pastoral settings, which have deepened his appreciation for diversity. 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

Kristen Millar

MASTER'S STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY

Kristen currently teaches in the Archdiocese of Boston while she is pursuing a master's degree in educational leadership and policy. Prior to joining the Roche Center, Kristen was a graduate assistant and community facilitator with the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College, from which she began her teaching ministry. She has delivered letters to Pope Francis as part of Saint Mary’s “letters from Catholic young women project" and also traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to encounter firsthand the complexities of immigration and Catholic leaders' response. Kristen also has a masater's degree in curriculum and instruction from Boston College.

Kayla Powers

Kayla Powers

DUAL DEGREE MASTERS STUDENT, SOCIAL WORK AND THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY

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 Villareal

Email: villarsa@bc.edu

Sadie Villareal

MASTER'S STUDENT, THEOLOGY AND 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.