Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D.
Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director for the Roche Center for Catholic Education and is a faculty member for the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Melodie is committed to leading the Roche Center forward as it strengthens Catholic Education by developing transformational leaders, expanding innovative, and systemically collaborates to enhance the lives of those served by Catholic education. 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. Prior to her time at Notre Dame, Melodie served as President of Nativity Jesuit Academy, a high-performing urban Catholic school serving the Latino community in a school choice environment. At the national level, Melodie also worked as 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, and is in the final stages of editing Seven Steps to Strategic Planning for Catholic School Leaders co-authored by Associate Superintendent of Chicago Benjamin Potts. 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.