NCEA President's Awards
NCEA is honored to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to Catholic education with the President's Awards. The awards will be presented in conjunction with NCEA's 2018 Convention & Expo on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, OH at a special awards banquet. The convention opens on April 3 and closes on April 5. Each award recipient is expected to be present at the convention to receive the award.
Leonard F. DeFiore Parental Choice Advocate Award
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting full and fair parental choice in education.
Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ Award
This award is presented to an individual or institution that offers exceptional leadership in promoting a vision of Catholic education that welcomes and serves cultural and economic diversity or serves students with diverse needs.
C. Albert Koob Merit Award
This award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Catholic education at any level – early childhood, elementary, secondary, higher education – or in any educational setting, in one or more of these areas: teaching, administration, parish religious education, research, publication or educational leadership. The awardee’s service and contribution should be recognized as having current significance at the national level.
Msgr. John F. Meyers Award
This award is presented to an individual who has provided substantial support for Catholic education through contributions in the areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management, or government relations.
Dr. Karen M. Ristau Innovations Award
This award is presented annually to an individual, school or program that has furthered the mission of Catholic education through an innovative program or approach.
Meet the 2018 Honorees
John Elcesser, executive director of the Indiana Non-public Education Association, will be recognized with the Leonard F. DeFiore Parental Choice Advocate Award.
Mayra Alza Wilson, coordinator of Latino outreach for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, will be honored with the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ Award.
Merylann "Mimi" Schuttloffel, Ph.D., professor of educational administration and policy studies at the Catholic University of America, will be honored with the C. Albert Koob Merit Award.
Steven Virgadamo, associate superintendent for leadership of the Archdiocese of New York, will be presented with the John F. Meyers Award.
The Academy of Catholic Educators (ACES), which is based at Notre Dame of Maryland University, is the honoree for the Dr. Karen M. Ristau Innovations Award.
Special Service Recognition
Awarded Posthumously to Stephen Phelps, Ed.D.
Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, CA
View Past Award Winners
Past President's Award Winners