Boosting Professional Capital
April 10, 2019
Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.
Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D., joined the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education after serving as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. As the Executive Director, she is responsible for the management and leadership of Center personnel, professional development for leadership teams in Catholic education, advocacy work, and facilitating a number of projects focused on applied research with the Lynch School of Education and the School of Theology and Ministry on behalf of the Catholic school community, both locally and nationally.
Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill is the co-author of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS) and continues her work with co-author Dr. Lorraine Ozar, Loyola University Chicago advancing new resources and the national survey on the implementation and adoption of NSBECS. She is working closely with Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, as they conduct research based on the first National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. An advocate for Catholic schools, she advises and presents regularly at workshops and conferences and also serves on several boards and councils, including the Governing Board for the Journal of Catholic Education. Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill continues to serve on the design team for the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) located and hosted in the Center.
As Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill was responsible for 29,000 students in 96 early learning, elementary, and secondary schools. During her eight-year tenure, she worked to develop Catholic school policies, strengthen academic excellence, and enhance professional development. Additionally, she was instrumental in securing the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, a federal voucher initiative that provided thousands of low-income children the opportunity to attend parochial and non-public schools. Prior to serving as Superintendent, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill worked with Trinity Washington University as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and as an associate professor of sociology. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from St. Louis University.
Kristin Barstow Melley
Kristin Barstow Melley is the Director of Professional Development for the Roche Center for Catholic Education. She develops professional learning opportunities for Catholic educational leaders working in PK-12 schools. Her current projects include the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) and the Emmaus Series: A Leadership Advancement Program for Catholic School Leaders. Kristin presents nationally on Faculty and Student Faith Formation, Catholic Identity, Managing School Change, School Board Development, Marketing Catholic Schools and Whole-school Teacher Collaboration. She is a contributor to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools implementation resources. She serves as liaison for the Catholic School Office of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Formerly, Kristin served as Associate Superintendent of Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Worcester and as the Director of the National Catholic Center for Student Aspirations at Assumption College. She was a high school teacher of history, art history, literature, and writing, and a soccer and basketball coach. She taught world religions, ethics, and writing at Endicott College. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a Masters in Theology from Harvard University.
- JAMES KEENAN, S.J.