Staff Directory


Kathy Mears
Interim President/CEO

Kathy works directly with bishops and superintendents, Catholic school principals, pastors, diocesan leaders and governance boards. She collaborates with corporations, associations and agencies in support of Catholic school education in the United States. "I'm a lifelong Catholic educator. I'm a wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and teacher!"

Stephen Comeau, CFX
Executive Assistant to the President

An Xaverian Brother, Brother Stephen Comeau manages the president's schedule and office maintaining correspondence with association members and school and diocesan leadership, organizing and scheduling meetings, including for the NCEA Board of Directors. Working with NCEA chief officers, executive directors, directors and managers, he supports the daily business operations of the association.

Jill Annable
Executive Director for Academic Excellence

As a key thought leader, Jill Annable is responsible for leading professional development in the area of academic excellence, a core competency required under the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS).

Quintina (Tina) Armstead-Brown
Member Services Representative

Tina Armstead-Brown assists members with dues renewal payments and publication orders, as well as edits and updates member profiles as necessary. Tina troubleshoots member logins to the NCEA website and facilitates registration for professional development events, webinars and graduate courses for teachers. She maintains the member database and ensures  members have access to all relevant benefits and resources.

Kevin Baxter
Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Kevin Baxter's work is focused specifically on three areas of the organization’s strategic plan: leadership formation and succession planning, curriculum and pedagogical innovation at the school site level, and developing new governance and finance structures for Catholic schools. The ultimate aim is to see growth in Catholic schools across the U.S. by focusing on strong leadership at the school and diocesan level and creating innovative models that rest on a culture of continuous improvement. Prior to joining NCEA in July 2019, Dr. Baxter was the Senior Director and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Dr. Baxter teaches part-time in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University as well as through the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Baxter is the author of the book Changing the Ending (NCEA, 2011) and numerous articles and book chapters.

Cedric Bernescut
Director for Information Technology

Cedric Bernescut is responsible for the management, strategy and execution of the IT infrastructure for NCEA. He also oversees technical projects in alignment with organizational goals and directs the effective delivery of networks, development and disaster recovery systems and processes.

Heather Gossart

Heather Gossart is the director of executive mentoring/coaching/senior consultant for NCEA.

Margaret Kaplow
Director of Marketing Communications
Public Relations and Publications Manager

Margaret Kaplow's responsibilities include proclaiming the good news of Catholic school education, promoting the association’s events in professional development and leadership and publishing books for the membership.

Jonathan Login
Digital Project Coordinator

Jon Login collaborates with internal and external teams, stakeholders and corporate partners to implement and optimize technological solutions. He focuses primarily on event management and digital media for the association's professional development initiatives.

Wade Marshall
Director of Member Services

Wade Marshall handles the development and implementation of NCEA's member recruitment, orientation, engagement, retention and satisfaction strategies. In addition, he manages NCEA publications and the online bookstore.

Scott Matthias

Scott Matthias maintains a variety of websites and the email platform. In addition, Scott implements enhancements that further assist the important work of NCEA's members. Scott is associate organist at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA.

Dale McDonald, PBVM, Ph.D.
Director of Public Policy

Dale McDonald has testified before Congress and committees convened by the White House, U.S. Department of Education and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and presents on policy issues in a variety of venues. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Boston College, a M.S. in Educational Administration from Pace University, an M.A. in American History and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Fordham University.

Sterling Morse, Jr.
Advancement Services Manager

Sterling Morse, Jr., is responsible for maintaining and increasing funding from a portfolio of corporate partners through stewardship, individual cultivation and events.

John Reyes, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Operational Vitality

Dr. John Reyes oversees NCEA's programs related to communications, marketing, budgeting and finance, technology management, and works in collaboration with NCEA's team and school leaders and teachers nationwide to help support the sustainability and viability of Catholic schools. Additionally, John serves as a Catholic education research fellow with the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College.

Bea Ruiz
Graphic Design and Production Manager

Bea Ruiz provides comprehensive graphic design services and ensures brand consistency for marketing materials, social media and publications across the organization.

Annie Smith
Director of Research and Data Management

Annie Smith works closely with NCEA staff to analyze information and data for use in problem-solving and strategic decisions and for making recommendations beneficial to NCEA and its members.

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