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Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit

Celebrating 40 years of priesthood, the Archbishop returned to Detroit in 2009 after serving in Oakland, California; Past Rector/President of Sacred Heart Major Seminary; The Archbishop encourages us to remember "the great truth contained in the well-known motto of Ble​ssed John Henry Newman, 'Cor ad cor loquitur,' or 'Heart speaks to heart.'" Archbishop Vigneron is focused on "what needs to live in our hearts as educators and leaders of Catholic education and how urgent it is that we make the very best use possible of our Catholic schools, so that we might faithfully and effectively communicate the wisdom and virtue alive in our hearts to the hearts of our students."


Reverend Stephen Pullis

Director of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools, Archdiocese of Detroit

Fr. Stephen Pullis is a son of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Sterling Heights. He graduated from Madonna University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2006. In the same year, he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary, earning a B. Phil., an M.Div., and a S.T.B.. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2011 and assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Lake Orion. In 2013, Father Steve was assigned as Priest Secretary to Archbishop Allen Vigneron. He received his S.T.L. in Pastoral Theology with a focus on the New Evangelization from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, through the faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in June of 2017. On July 1, 2017, Father began his assignment as Director of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit as well as an adjunct Spiritual Director at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.


Kevin Kijewski, J.D.

Superintendent, Archdiocese of Detroit

Previously, Kijewski served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Denver and Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Before coming to Philadelphia, Kijewski resided in Grosse Pointe, Mich., where he served as a dean of a business school and practiced law as an alternative dispute resolution attorney. Kijewski also served as an Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership in the Doctor of Education program at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.


Kathleen McCann, Chair

CEO, United Road Services

Member, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Plymouth; Past Trustee - Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Past Parish Council Chair, St. Joan of Arc Parish; Co-founder, The Fishermens Fund; Steering Committee Member, AOD Changing Lives Together; Trustee, The Cardinal Club; Kathleen offers the experience of integrating businesses, nurturing cultural change and aligning teams around common strategies and directions.


Dr. Ben Pogodzinski

Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Wayne State University

Member - Mother of Divine Mercy Parish; Member BOD - Loyola High School; As a professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at WSU, Ben has done extensive research and been published on a number of current educational topics. He is also a former secondary social studies teacher.


Reverend Jeffrey Day, V.G.

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia,
Archdiocese of Detroit

Fr. Jeffrey D. Day was ordained a priest by Adam Cardinal Maida on May 22, 1999. Fr. Day served fourteen years as a pastor, all of them at parishes with Catholic schools. Currently, Fr. Day is Deputy Moderator of the Curia, a position which is preparing him to eventually take on the roles of Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General. In his present capacity, Fr. Day assists Archbishop Vigneron in the day to day administration of the Central Services of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In particular, he will help coordinate how the Archbishop’s pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, is implemented internally at the chancery for the nearly 200 employees and their ministries which Fr. Day will soon oversee. Fr. Day is enrolled in a degree program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he will eventually earn a master’s degree in ecclesial administration and management.


Most Reverend Robert Fisher

Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Detroit

With over 30 years of pastoral experience, including with primary and secondary schools, Bishop Fisher offers among other helpful gifts, first-hand experience navigating the joys and challenges of operating and funding large Catholic schools.


Reverend Mark Brauer

Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows

Fr. Brauer became the ninth pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows, home of one of the AOD's largest primary schools, in 2005. He has served in numerous and generous ways throughout the AOD. Fr. Brauer's past experience with the Catholic Schools Advisory Board will be priceless.


Mary Henige

Founder, Magnetica Communications LLC

Former Director of Social Media and Digital Communications - General Motors - Leading social media for GM’s corporate channels. In 2015, she founded Magnetica Communications LLC to counsel leaders on strategic communication, branding and social media. Member and active volunteer at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish and school in Beverly Hills. Member, AOD Advancement Council; Member, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (SHMS) Advancement Committee; working toward a master’s degree in theology at SHMS.


Terrence Keating

Attorney, Berry Moorman

Director - University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy Lay Governing Board; Past Director - Gesù School Board; 14 year member - various iterations of the AOD Catholic Schools Advisory Board; Past Member - Together in Faith Implementation Team; Past Trustee - University of Notre Dame; Director of Planned Giving - U of D Jesuit; Director of Financial Aid - U of D Jesuit; Terry brings a wealth of leadership, history, governance and fundraising experience to the Council.


Jean Meyer

CEO, St. John Providence Health System

Initially an RN, with successive leadership experience during 25+ years in health care, Jean offers the perspective of leading transformation in a large healthcare system. Jean will help in seeking applications to our educational system and moving from "what we have always done" to designing something better for the future.


Eileen Newell

Director of Tax, Rock Ventures

Member – St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park, where she served on the Parish Council and in Youth Ministry. She has earned degrees from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame and The Catholic University of America. Eileen brings her experience from numerous non-profit boards and committees emphasizing Detroit's exciting present and promising future.