Catholic Schools Council
Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron - Archbishop, Archdiocese 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 Blessed 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."
Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda - Director, Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools; Bishop Cepeda had most recently served as rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. He was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his family at age 19. Bishiop Cepeda later studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) where he received a licentiate and doctorate of sacred theology. He was ordained a priest in 1996.
Dr. Brian M. Dougherty - Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Detroit, since 2013. He is the father of three daughters and attends St. Joseph Parish, Lake Orion; Past Superintendent, Pontiac and Cory Area Schools; Past Assistant Superintendent of Athens School District; Past Principal, Erie, Pa., Catholic High School. Dr. Dougherty also taught high school history for 10 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst University in history/philosophy, his master's in psychology from Bishop Gannon University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Dougherty leads the Schools Office and works in partnership with the Council to help educate the more than 30,000 students enrolled at nearly 100 schools in the Archdiocese. He works to ensure academic excellence and a strong Catholic identity for both students and schools.
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.
Msgr. Robert McClory - Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Archdiocese of Detroit; Pastor, Presentation Our Lady of Victory Detroit; Past Director, St. Catherine of Siena Academy; Director, Loyola High School; Part-time Faculty, Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Msgr. McClory's engagement in various initiatives in the AOD are many and varied; his experience, prayerful spirit and ability to think through some of the implications of various proposals will be extremely helpful to the Council.
Rev. 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.
Most Rev. Robert Fisher - Auxiliary Bishop and Pastor - National Shrine of the Little Flower; 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.
Mary Henige - 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.
Terry 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; Move to Rochester parish in progress; 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.
Chuck Moore - Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal; Member - Holy Name Parish; Past Chair - Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Finance Council; Restructuring Advisor to the Detroit Public Schools and a large Missouri all-boys Catholic High School, among others; Trustee - The Cardinal Club; Chuck has over 20 years of experience and has won numerous awards for performing financial and operational restructuring work for a variety of organizations, including recently leading the City of Detroit's operational restructuring through its Chapter 9 proceeding.
Eileen Newell - Director of Tax for Rock Ventures and the Family of Companies. 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.
Dr. Ben Pogodzinski - Asst. Professor, Dept. 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.