Emmaus Leadership Academy Facilitators
Cara Joyce Blanchette joins the Roche team as co-facilitator of the Mission & Catholic Identity Leadership Academy. 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 MA and has over ten years of Catholic leadership experience within the Nativity-Miguel Network, the Archdiocese of New York and the Archdiocese of Boston. ... Most recently serving as the principal of St. Charles School in Woburn, Cara was instrumental in increasing the school’s visibility and growing its enrollment, specifically focusing on the targeted recruitment of local high-need students. During her tenure, Cara increased financial aid resources by ten times, founded an annual fund campaign, secured a $100,000 grant for capital improvements, adopted a 1:1 middle school Chromebook program and transitioned the school community to NWEA MAP testing. Cara graduated from the Roche Center’s Emmaus Program in 2018 as part of Cohort 16. She currently serves as Assistant Principal in the Sudbury Public School System and as Communications Director for St. Peter School in Cambridge.
Cristina Espino is a bilingual, creative thinker with proven ability to partner effectively and develop strategies to meet organizational objectives within designated budgets. She earned her B.B.A in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and M.B.A with a marketing concentration from Loyola University Chicago. Her 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 a great focus on business turnaround efforts with empathy and support for leaders. Cristina lives in Orlando, FL with her husband, son, and daughter and is passionate about school choice and Catholic School financial sustainability.
Phil Gonzalez is the Coordinator of Latino Outreach in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. In this position Phil 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. After two years of participation in the Latino Outreach Initiative four archdiocesan schools increased their combined Latino student enrollment by 94 students. Phil presented his work at the 2019 NCEA Conference - and will do so again in 2020 - in a presentation titled, “Culturally Competent Recruitment of Latino Families.” ... Phil also consults with schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to develop general enrollment management plans. In this capacity Phil works closely with school commission members, pastors, administrators, and faculty to build enrollment management teams; collect and analyze relevant local demographic, enrollment, and stakeholder survey data; deliver instruction on best practices for school branding, marketing, and recruitment; and develop and implement school context-specific strategies and plans. Phil holds three degrees from the University of Notre Dame including a B.A. in History (2012), M.Ed. (2014) earned through the ACE Teaching Fellows program, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership (2018) earned through the Remick Leadership Program. Phil has taught middle and high school students in Brownsville, TX, New Orleans, LA, and Memphis, TN. He also served as Principal of Our Lady of Sorrows elementary school, a Jubilee Network school in Memphis, TN. Phil currently serves as a member of NCEA’s Marketing & Communications Advisory Board.
Chris Rebuck is the President of Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas.
John Reyes, Ed.D.
John Reyes, Ed.D., joins the Roche Center as a research fellow and facilitator of an Emmaus Leadership Academy. 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.
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