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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."

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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.

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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.

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Kathleen McCann, Chair

Executive Chairman, 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 Fishermen’s Fund; Steering Committee Member, AOD Changing Lives Together; Steering Committee Member: Solanus Casey Beatification; and Synod 16 member. Kathleen offers the experience of integrating businesses, nurturing cultural change and aligning teams around common strategies and directions.

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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.

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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 14 years as a pastor, all of them at parishes with Catholic schools. Currently, Fr. Day is the Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General. In his present capacity, he assists Archbishop Vigneron in the day to day administration of the Central Services of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In particular, he is helping to 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 oversees. In 2018 he completed a master’s degree program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in ecclesial administration and management.

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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.

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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.

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Mary Henige

Strategic Communications Director, Archdioceses of Detroit & Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Before joining the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2018, Mary was a communications executive at General Motors for 30 years where she worked in a variety of roles. In 2015 she founded Magnetica Communications LLC to counsel primarily Catholic leaders and organizations on strategic and crisis communication, branding and social media. She is an active parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish and school in Beverly Hills. She is a member of the archdiocese’s Advancement Council and provided communications support for the launch of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. Mary participated as a facilitator at Synod 16. She is working toward a master’s degree in theology at Sacred Heart.

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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.

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Mark McInerney

Attorney, Clark Hill PLC

Mark W. McInerney practices law in Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal, Labor and Employment, and Litigation Practice Groups; and extensively in the area of school law. Mark is an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, and current chair of the Parish Finance Council, and former chair of the Parish Pastoral Council as well as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. He has coached parish CYO girls’ softball and basketball teams. He is an active alumnus of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and has served as a member of the school’s Alumni Board and currently as a member of the school’s facilities committee. Mark participated in Synod 16.

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Eileen Newell

Vice President of Tax, Rock Ventures

Eileen is a parishioner at St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park, where she served on the Parish Council and in Youth Ministry. She also served on the Steering Committee for the Sistine Chapel Choir visit to Detroit. She earned degrees from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame and The Catholic University of America and is currently pursuing a MA in Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Eileen brings her experience from numerous non-profit boards and committees emphasizing Detroit's exciting present and promising future.

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John Moore

Finance & Economics Department Chair and Professor, Walsh College

John is an active St. Joan of Arc parishioner involved in marriage preparation with his wife and the RCIA program. John has been involved in the private business sector for more than 40 years and consults in the private sector in addition to his faculty duties at Walsh. He is actively involved with various for-profit and nonprofit entities. He recently completed 7 years as a trustee at De La Salle High School, serving as board chair the last 4 years. He continues to serve on the school’s finance subcommittee, where he has been involved for 15 years. John is President, Secretary-Treasurer, and board member of the Economic and Business History Society, an international group of academic scholars. He also is Chair of the Board of Directors of Cedar Real Estate Investments LLC, a for profit commercial real estate investment company, as well as a board member of the Center for the Study of Citizenship, a non-profit organization based out of Wayne State University.