Staff and Advisory Council

Charlie McKinney, President, Sophia Institute 

As President, Charlie defines, communicates, and implements the vision of Sophia Institute for Teachers.

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Veronica Cruz Burchard, Vice President for Education Programs

Veronica leads the Education Programs team’s efforts to carry out its mission through the development of print and digital classroom materials and professional development programs. 

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Jose Gonzalez, Senior Director of Professional Development

Jose develops and leads our day-long and multi-day professional development programs for Catholic educators across the U.S. 

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Mike Gutzwiller, Director of Curriculum Development

Mike leads teams of teacher authors, spiritual advisors, and scholars to envision, write, edit, and produce our printed teacher's guides.

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Suzanne Walsh, Director of Parish Programs

Suzanne works to serve and support parishes implementing Sophia Institute programs across the U.S. by sharing best practices and fostering collaborations.

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Shannon McClure Education Programs Coordinator

Shannon coordinates the planning and delivery of day-long and multi-day professional development programs for Catholic educators across the U.S.

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 Chris Beggs Education Programs Associate

Chris assists with the planning and delivery of day-long and multi-day professional development programs for Catholic educators across the U.S.

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 Rob Kenney Senior Director of Marketing

Rob leads the marketing team to ensure that our endeavors meet the needs of our customers and the vision of Sophia Institute for Teachers

 

We are grateful to the members of our Advisory Council.

Our Academic Advisors contribute to teaching and program materials, co-present at programs, advise on future projects, and review content before publication.

 

Dr. Michael Barber
John Paul the Great Catholic University
San Diego, CA

Douglas Bushman, S.T.L.
Augustine Institute
Denver, CO

Monsignor John R. Cihak, S.T.D. 
Pontifical Gregorian University
Rome, Italy

Dr. Richard Dougherty
University of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Anne Hendershott
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Dr. Jason King
St. Vincent College
Latrobe, PA

Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J. 
Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Dr. Stuart Leibiger
LaSalle University
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. David Marion
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, VA

Dr. Christopher Malloy
University of Dallas
Dallas, TX

Dr. Jem Sullivan
Blessed Pope John Paul II Shrine
Washington, D.C.

Michel Therrien, S.T.L, S.T.D 
Augustine Institute &
Diocese of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ryan Topping
Thomas More College
Merrimack, NH

Prof. Todd Zywicki
George Mason University School of Law
Arlington, VA

Our Teacher Advisors write original lesson plans as well as pilot-test draft resources before publication.

Sr. Amelia, O.P.
Mount de Sales Academy
Baltimore, MD

Sarah Brenner
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
Wichita, KS

Jackie Diebold
Mount Royal Academy
Sunapee, NH

Raphael Domingo
Blessed Sacrament School
Los Angeles California

Trisha Duman
St. Joseph’s School
Salem, OR

Sean Fitzpatrick
Headmaster, St. Gregory the Great Academy
Scranton, PA

Don Forster
St. Patrick’s School
Wichita, KS

Susan Freethy
St. Benedict’s Academy
Manchester, NH

Cindy McDonald Kelly
Homeschooling Parent
Melbourne, FL

Mark Lajoie
Bishop Guertin High School
Nashua, NH

Kristen Law
Homeschooling Parent
Colorado Springs, CO

Michael McLaughlin
Austin Preparatory School
Reading, MA

Deacon Chris Paul
Bishop Brady High School
Concord, NH

Beth Raymond
Bishop Guertin High School
Nashua, NH

Cecelia Reynolds
St. Ambrose School
Boulder, CO

Brendan Ronan
Servite High School
Anaheim, CA

Faith Rummelsburg
Holy Spirit Prep
Atlanta, Georgia

Steve Rummelsburg
Holy Spirit Prep
Atlanta, Georgia

Derek Tremblay
Mount Royal Academy
Sunapee, NH

Danielle Urban
St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School
Wichita, KS

Michael Verlander
Holy Spirit Preparatory Academy
Atlanta, GA

Janet Wigoff
Blessed Pope John Paul II High School
Philadelphia, PA

 

Our Program Advisors' input helps us develop materials and programs that meet the needs of Catholic educators across the country.

Fr. John Belmonte, S.J. Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Joliet
Joliet, IL

Ann Menna
Deputy Secretary, Office for Catechetical Formation
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Timothy Murnane
Regina Academies
Philadelphia, PA

Monsignor Sabato “Sal” Pilato
Superintendent of High Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Ken Willers
School of the Madeleine
Berkeley, CA

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