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 her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Masters degrees in Educational Administration from Marquette University and Education from Mount Mary College. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University in Environmental Science.
Ana Yancie Berreondo - Assistant Director of Finance, Operations, and Events
Ana Joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education in early 2018 as a Fiscal & Operations Administrator. She earned her Masters degree in Leadership and Administration from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College in 2017. Prior to joining the Roche Center Ana was a Fiscal & Events Specialist in Boston College’s Center For Centers Centers Department where she worked coordinating events and managed financial aspects of the department.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Carly-Anne Gannon has a Bachelor's degree in Religions and Theology and a Masters degree in Ecumenics, both from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin. She earned a Masters of 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, Texas. 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 Masters of Arts (Religious Education) at Fordham University while serving as the Director of Religious Education at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, NYC. Carly-Anne is currently a doctoral studies student of Theology and Education at Boston College.
John Reyes, Ed.D.
John Reyes, Ed.D., joins the Roche Center as a research fellow. Most recently John 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 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 his Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a Bachelor of Arts 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, 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, statistical analysis, and playing a major role in the Lynch School’s state and national accreditation. Outside of Boston College, Kevin worked at 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 a B.A. in Secondary Education and History from Boston College.
Arielle is an Ed-tech entrepreneur and founder of teacherCODE. Arielle completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin in Physics, and completed the University of Notre Dame’s Master in Education program in 2017 and Master in Science with ESTEEM, an innovative 11-month Entrepreneurship Master’s Program in 2018. Upon graduation she founded teacherCODE, a Computer Science and Technology professional development company. teacherCODE has already helped over 1000 educators from the US (over 25 states), Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and the UK launch their virtual classrooms. Arielle supports the Roche Center as a practitioner fellow, working with Catholic teachers and leaders as they develop virtual learning plans and learn technologies that meaningfully engage students and improve student outcomes.
Luis Uriel de Dios Hernandez
Luis is currently a graduate student at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry pursuing a Master of Divinity. 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 has deepened his appreciation of diversity, the foundation for all new learning experiences. This has motivated him to be part of the Roche Center, where he is trying to gain an understanding of the tools and strategies for better connections between faith and reason in the classroom.
After receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Theology from College of the Ozarks, a small liberal arts university in his native Missouri, Christian moved to Boston in 2019 to pursue a Master’s of Theological Studies from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. While Christian’s intellectual interests range from patristic theology to the intersection of aesthetics and literature, his passion for teaching, as well as his past experience as a high school student in a classical Christian school, has lead him to the Roche Center as a Graduate Assistant, seeking to develop resources for Catholic schools that wish to learn more about the method and implementation of classical Christian education.
Kristen Millar is a fifth year teacher in the archdiocese of Boston. She obtained her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Saint Mary's college, Notre Dame and a masters 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 and Juarez, Mexico to encuenter firsthand the complexities of immigration and the Catholic leaders response. Currently, Kristen is working towards completing a masters in Educational leadership and policy from BC.
Sadie Villarreal is a graduate student in Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Sadie comes from San Antonio, TX where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Her Theological studies have led to many opportunities such as traveling abroad and volunteering for mission trips. She recently spent a summer in Denver, Colorado working as a Missionary for Christ in the City. Sadie’s biggest 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.
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