Emmaus Leadership Academy Facilitators


Cara Blanchette

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 Massachusetts and has more than 10 years of Catholic leadership experience within the Nativity-Miguel Network, the Archdiocese of New York and the Archdiocese of Boston.


Cristina Espino

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 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. 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 Cristina's focus on business turnaround efforts with empathy and support for leaders.


Phil Gonzalez

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.”


John Reyes, Ed.D.

John most recently 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, he 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 also 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 a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, a master's degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona. John also is a Roche Center Fellow.