Superintendent PLC

The year-long experience consists of two in-person retreats and monthly calls on a host of topics that address critical issues facing Catholic school superintendents. Throughout the time together, superintendents engage in collegial and challenging growth experiences, small group discussions, and problem-based learning activities.



There are few professional development opportunities for leaders at the diocesan level. To remedy this reality, the Roche Center in partnership with Fr. Ronald Nuzzi of Catapult Learning, launched a professional learning community (PLC) with 12 superintendents from across the United States during the winter of 2019-2020.

I love sharing with this group, especially with this ongoing, adaptive challenge. It's not the same week to week, and this group has been my best source of information and support. We've been walking through this together in ways I find tremendously helpful.
Frank O'Linn, Ed.D, Secretary for Education and Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

2021 Catholic Superintendent PLC Representation

Oakland, California

San Bernadino, California

San Francisco, California

South Bend–Fort Wayne, Indiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Fall River, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts


Paterson, New Jersey

Cleveland, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Memphis, Tennessee



Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D.

Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D., serves as executive director of equitable access and excellence at Catapult Learning, Inc., where he leads a national effort to ensure equitable services for all students attending Catholic schools. He also works with the Catapult Learning professional development team to develop and deliver specialized programs for Catholic school leaders across the country. Fr. Nuzzi most recently served as a senior director in the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. 

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.

Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D.

        Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director for the Roche Center for Catholic Education and is a facultymember 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.