Alex has served over 10 years in the area of technology with companies such as INCOMM, Konica Minolta, and Skai Distribution. He proudly joined OSV in 2015 and is excited to be a part of a dynamic organization that helps the Catholic Church community spread the Gospel message in new, fresh, and relevant ways. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Redlands, CA.
He spends his days assisting parishes with customizing beautiful websites, Catholic Mobile Apps, along with online giving for donations. These platforms offer a fantastic way for each Church to tell their unique stories and engage with the community.
Alex ha servido más de 10 años en la área de tecnología con empresas como INCOMM, Konica Minolta y Skai Distribución. Con orgullo se unió con OSV en el 2015. Él está emocionado de ser parte de una organización dinámica que ayuda a la comunidad de la iglesia Católica comunicar el mensaje del Evangelio en forma nueva, fresca y relevante. Él se ha recibido con su Maestría en Negocios de la Universidad de Redlands, CA.
Alex pasa sus días ayudando a las parroquias con la personalización de sitios web, aplicaciones móviles Católicas, junto con donaciones electrónicas. Estas plataformas ofrecen una forma fantástica para cada iglesia para contar sus historias únicas y conectar con la comunidad.
Apple Professional Learning Specialist
Apple Professional Learning Specialists are educators who are uniquely qualified to help fellow educators understand the capabilities of Apple technology for learning and teaching. They use research-based instructional technology practices to help educators throughout the journey from skill acquisition to instructional practice innovation. Apple Professional Learning Specialists work with educators in their own schools and classrooms, which helps them build the confidence they need to integrate technology and pedagogy.
Laura Arceneaux has been in education for over twenty years, and has taught in the ADLA for nearly fifteen years. She has taught students in grades K-12, and uses technology as an integral part of her classroom to differentiate instruction for students at all ability levels. Laura currently works as the STEM Coordinator and Technology Coordinator at Our Lady of Grace in Encino.
Danielle Arzaga is a teacher/yearbook advisor, counseling team member and co-moderated the @piusmatthias Instagram account. For the past 10 years, Danielle has worked in a variety of positions within the healthcare industry from Kaiser Permanente to Cardinal Health. She is a proud alumna of USC and is currently finishing her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Twitter: @msarzagateacher Instagram: @ms_arzaga
Zoe Bader is a proud member of the San Miguel Catholic School family. She currently teaches third grade and has worked at the primary and junior high levels teaching performing arts. Zoe recently received her Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and is a proud member of the PLACE Corps. Zoe absolutely considers herself a “non-techie” and, with the help of Doris, has found her way into integrating technology in the classroom. Zoe’s hope is that, like her, you will feel more comfortable and confident using technology after this workshop.
Armando has taught at a few different schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles but is currently the Junior High Department Chair and seventh grade teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Hawthorne. He is a graduate of PLACE Corps, the Technology Integration Specialist Certificate program at LMU, and is currently finishing a second Master’s in Catholic School Administration. When not teaching or doing homework, Armando can be found earning additional credentials.
Amy (A.J.) Cattapan is an award-winning author, speaker, and middle school English teacher living in the Chicago area. Her debut young adult novel, Angelhood, has been an Amazon bestseller in Christian teen fiction and won multiple awards, including the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Her second novel, a middle grade mystery titled Seven Riddles to Nowhere, tells the story of a boy trying to save his Catholic school from closing. She’s also been a Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor and had numerous short stories and articles published in magazines for children, including Highlights, Pockets, and Hopscotch for Girls. In addition to writing and teaching, Amy is also pursuing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Loyola University Chicago. During her precious spare time, she can often be found baking or traveling, usually to Rome. You can follow her writing and travel adventures at www.ajcattapan.com
Leticia Citizen is completing her 17th year as an educator. Previously teaching in Pasadena Unified, Leticia moved to Arcadia Unified to teach fifth grade. She uses many tools of instruction to effectively teach. Leticia thoroughly enjoys integrating all subjects when teaching to effectively address grade-level standards. Project-based learning and inquiry-based activities are interwoven into the school day. She spends much time expanding her teaching skills by attending professional developments on literacy, history, and technology for the classroom. Leticia has a high interest in technology-enhanced teaching. As a result, she has embraced this tool and currently implements many applications and programs available to teachers and their students.
Brigitte Corbell is entering her senior year at Marymount High School where she co-founded and is co-president of Girls Who Code, an organization formed to increase the participation of women in computing jobs. She started introductory coding her freshman year and after her sophomore year Brigitte ran two one-week camps for 4th -8th graders at St. Joseph’s School and Transfiguration School where she provided introductory coding using codesters.com, which provides an online curriculum which at the time cost $10 per year per child. That same summer, Brigitte attended a two-week program titled Technology, Innovation and Engineering at Yale University. This past summer, she interned at a technology company called Prodege for five weeks. While she interned, Brigitte created an automated testing code to verify the new features that would be included in upcoming software releases in order to make sure they are functioning properly. Brigitte feels passionate about spreading her knowledge of coding and being the mentor to children, specifically girls, who may not have the resources or exposure to position themselves to land jobs in the technology sector. Her main goal is to provide boys and girls an introduction to coding to provide a springboard into higher education or a profession in technology. Further, Brigitte would like to show girls that they can in fact code and have a successful career in technology. Brigitte has demonstrated that with limited training, a school can provide an introductory coding curriculum to a wide spectrum of students at a manageable cost. Brigitte believes that many students can find a path into the technology field and that in particular, she can provide an example for girls who might not otherwise pursue an education or career in technology. Brigitte’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Alfonso Corrales is a Financial Services Accountant at ADLA. His professional background includes 10 Years of Accounting Experience, focusing on financial analysis, budgeting, general ledger and accounts payable. Corrales earned a BS in Business Administration from DeVry University
Paul Davis brings 27+yrs of Information Technology experience to his speaking engagements. Paul has delivered his message to over 280,000 students in North America, along with 30,000 Parents, Principals, and Law Enforcement. Paul has presented in various capacities to the Ontario Provincial Police, the Department of National Defence (Canada), and Border Services. His candid approach to the reality of technology (positive & negative) leave his audiences empowered with a wealth of knowledge. Paul’s first TEDx Video was published in 2015.
Active member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Diamond Bar. Involved in the teaching ministries for the RCIA, Sunday Bible Study & Adult Confirmation Classes. Also serving as a Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound.
Graduated with a BS in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting and a Masters degree in Public administration from Pepperdine University in 1976 and 1979 respectively! Operates an Adult Residential Facility for the developmentally challenged adults in Upland, CA as a small business entrepreneur, and serves the LA, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County areas as a a real estate broker associate under the Remax Masters professional brand in Covina, CA.
Religious credentials are as follows:
2016 – Completed Certification program of the Catholic Bible Institute through Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA; 2013 – California Catechist Certificate from LA Archdiocese; 2012 – Certified Presenter for the Journey Through Scriptures series by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Technology of Steubenville.
1989 to 1995 – SCRC (Southern California Renewal Communities) Speaker Core for San Gabriel Valley; 1989 to Present – Catholic Life in The Spirit Seminar speaker; Since 2010 – Volunteer for the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Mission and California Care Force Medical Mission of Coachella Valley organizations providing medical, dental and vision assistance to thousands of underprivileged people in remote areas of California.
Leticia Batista is a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Oxnard, California. She has been an educator for 10 years and has taught grades K-4. She works in a 1:1 district and is currently at McKinna Elementary an Apple Distinguished School. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, she is constantly exploring ways to integrate computer science and technology in the classroom to assist her student’s diverse learning needs and language acquisition. She loves exploring ways Computer Science can teach critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills to meet grade level standards. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership, is a Leading Edge Certified teacher, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. She is a Task Force Member of the 2017 K-5 CSTA Standards Revision Team. She is also currently pursuing her doctorate.
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Claire moved to Los Angeles to complete her Masters of Education through Loyola Marymount University’s PLACE Corps Program. In addition to graduating last spring, Claire earned her Technology Integration Specialist Certificate from Loyola Marymount University and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Claire currently teaches middle school at Blessed Sacrament Jesuit Preparatory School in Hollywood.
Doris Flores is a proud member of the San Miguel Catholic School family. She currently teaches fourth grade and has worked at the primary and junior high levels in previous positions. Doris recently received certification as a Technology Integration Specialist from the iDEAL Institute at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and has been eager to share strategies and tech tools she has learned during her coursework. Doris strongly believes in “progress, not perfection” and seeks to help others gain a new understanding of this motto through technology.
Stephanie Gamache is the Librarian and Ed. Tech. Specialist at Servite High School in Anaheim, California. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with an MA in Educational Technology and Media Leadership in 2014 and completed her Teacher Librarian Services Credential with a special authorization in Information and Digital Literacy in 2016. Stephanie has worked in Education for nine years, seven in the classroom as a math teacher, and 2 in her current position. It was her love of technology, learning, and reading that took her down the path of completing her MA and second credential. A firm believer in the importance of proper use of technology in the classroom, Ms. Gamache actively works with faculty and students to better incorporate digital resources into the curriculum and learning process. It is her mission to support teachers of all disciplines to integrate technology seamlessly and effectively into their classrooms and enhance student learning across all grade levels and abilities.
I am a long time educator who is passionate about helping students achieve great things. Every day I strive to inspire my students and hope to help them fall in love with learning. It has become a major goal to transform my classroom into a place where students can be creative, think outside the box, and take risks to solve meaningful problems that are relevant in today’s world. As a proud member of the first cohort of LMU IDEAL’s tech integration program, I strive to share my experiences and extend my passion with other educators. I have recently completed my first year as teacher and tech coordinator at St. Mary’s School in Whittier, California.
David Gillen is the ADLA Financial Services Project Manager. His professional background includes: 8 years managing projects focusing on time and attendance and payroll implementations; 8 years retail project management, process improvement consulting resulting in best practice operational initiatives; 28 years retail management, retail departmental positions. Gillen earned his BA in Political Science at UCLA.
Sprint representative experienced in working with Ignite schools.
Dominik Gnirs is the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation at the Office of Religious Education in Los Angeles. He holds a Magister in Theology from the University of Vienna, Austria. He has been in Youth Ministry for 15 years and directed youth retreats. Dominik worked for the Kardinal Konig Haus Adult Education Center in Vienna as well as the Institute for Practical Theology at the University of Vienna. He lives with his wife in central Los Angeles.
Frank Gomez is a career educator who has served in various capacities and levels in education. He is currently the vice principal and 5th grade teacher/Technology Integration Specialist at Maria Regina School, a TK-8 Catholic school in Gardena, CA. Most recently, in May 2016, Frank completed hisTechnology Integration Specialist professional certificate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, as a member of that program’s inaugural cohort. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational technology from Boise State University. Frank is interested in the role of emerging technologies in closing the achievement gaps and is inspired by what works in education. You can connect with him on Twitter @gomezaround1.
Diana Graber is founder of CyberWise.org and CyberCivics.com, two organizations dedicated to fostering digital literacy skills in youth and adults. A long-time media producer with an M.A. in “Media Psychology & Social Change,” Graber developed Cyber Civics, a middle school digital literacy program at Journey School, in Aliso Viejo, CA, shortly after her paper, “Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach” was published in the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). Today she is a regular contributor on digital media topics for The Huffington Post and others, and is also called upon by the media to comment on tech topics. As Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology for the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), she taught “Media Psychology for the 21st Century.”
René graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of El Salvador, and for 30 years has been dedicated to the Analysis, Design and Development Administrative Systems and Industrial use. In the same way, with an experience of over 25 years as Technical Support Computer, has taught courses Training and Programming in COBOL, operating systems like Windows and Linux, and issues related to Microsoft Office Suite. As a technician in the repair and maintenance of computers, it has developed the ability to diagnose and solve problems in everything related to hardware and software, as well as the installation and configuration of networks and the Internet.
In June 2015 he joined Team C3 (Catholic, Communication, Collaboration) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, to serve as C3 Resource Specialist, putting his experience in the area of technology in the service of the churches and Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where he has collaborated with the Pastors of churches and directors of the schools, to solve their technological requirements.
René se graduó de Ingeniero Mecánico en la Universidad Nacional de El Salvador, y desde hace 30 años se ha dedicado al Análisis, Diseño y Desarrollo de Sistemas para uso Administrativo e Industrial. De la misma manera, con una experiencia de más de 25 años como Soporte Técnico de Informática, ha impartido cursos de Entrenamiento y de Programación en COBOL, Sistemas Operativos como Windows y Linux, y temas relacionados a la Suite Ofimática Microsoft Office. Como Técnico en la Reparación y Mantenimiento de Computadoras, ha desarrollado la habilidad de diagnosticar y resolver problemas en todo lo relacionado al Hardware y Software, así como también a la instalación y configuración de Redes e Internet.
En Junio de 2015 entra a formar parte del Equipo de C3 (Catholic, Communication, Collaboration) de La Arquidiócesis de Los Angeles, para desempeñarse como C3 Resource Specialist, poniendo su experiencia, en el área de la Tecnología, al servicio de las Iglesias y Escuelas Católicas de la Arquidiócesis de Los Angeles, donde ha colaborado con los Párrocos de las Iglesias y Directores de las Escuelas, a resolver sus requerimientos tecnológicos.
Since 2010 Sherry Hayes-Peirce has been presenting social media workshops through SkillPath Seminars, as a faculty member of Graceland University. Through the years, she traveled around the U.S. and Australia helping educational institutions, health and safety organization, Catholic parishes/diocese and other business categories to harness the power of social media to inform, inspire and engage their unique audiences.
While watching an episode of Catholic TV’s show Inter Nos she saw then Monsignor Paul Tighe say “If we are not in the newsfeed of young people, Jesus is not present to them”. It inspired me to pray about how I could use my gifts with Social Media to help the church. In 2014, the Archdiocese of Seattle attended one of her workshops and hired her as a social media consultant to help them formulate strategy and social media planning. She also was a featured speaker at the 10th Annual Northwest Stewardship Conference presenting a presentation entitled “Using Social Media to Engage the Next Generation”.
Believing that God has called her to share her gifts of public speaking and social media knowledge she launched her Church Social Tips brand, website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, online training platform and exhibited at the ICSC conference last September and is consulting with them on using social media for this year’s conference.
Her home parish is American Martyrs Catholic Community in Manhattan Beach, CA where she serves as a lector and administrator of their Facebook page. Additionally, she lectors here at LMU. She shares tips and writes blogs on Catholic topics via her website and social media pages. She was recently featured on Sirius Radio XM’s Catholic Channel as a guest on the Just Love show with Monsignor Kevin Sullivan to talk about creating a social media plan for the Lenten Season.
Joseph Inverso is an educator who has taught in both public and private schools since 2000. He is currently working as an Instructional Math Coach. A product of 12 years of Catholic Education, Mr. Inverso has his Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications as well as a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential, from California State University, Northridge and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science. Additionally, he earned a Technology Integration Specialist Certificate (Cadre 1) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Mr. Inverso is married with two children. His hobbies including reading, record collecting and traveling. He currently resides in California’s Central Coast. You may read more about his work at his professional portfolio at: http://jinversotech.weebly.com/ or on Twitter: @JInversoedtech
Patty Jiménez is a founder for USHispanicMinistry.com and Communications Coordinator for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry. She has ministered for over 20 years in the areas of youth ministry, catechesis, and teaching and administering lay formation programs. Patty is bilingual, has experience in parish, academia, and diocesan ministry and is a national speaker. She is a national speaker and consultant on new media and Hispanic Ministry. She recently co-authored a chapter in Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters titled “Hispanic Ministry, Digital Technology and New Media.” She received her Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry at Barry University in Miami, Florida, a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Ministry for a Multicultural Church from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Ca.
Patricia Jiménez es fundadora de U.S Hispanic Ministry.com y la Coordinadora de Comunicaciones para Quinto Encuentro Nacional de Pastoral Hispana/Latina. Ha servido por más de 20 años en la pastoral juvenil, la catequesis, y enseñando y administrando programas de formación. También ha trabajado y colaborado en parroquias, diócesis e instituciones académicas. Es conferencista y consultora nacional sobre los nuevos medios y la Pastoral Hispana. Recientemente público un capitulo en el libro El Ministerio Hispano en el Siglo XXI: Asuntos Urgentes titulado “El Ministerio hispano, la tecnología, y los nuevos medios de comunicación social”. Obtuvo su doctorado en Ministerios, con especialidad en la Pastoral y Teología Hispana/Latina en Barry University en Miami Shores, Florida, su Maestría en Estudios Teológicos y una Maestría en Ministerios Multiculturales de la Escuela Franciscana de Teología en Berkeley, California.
Peter Kelley joined the Cyber Civics team with a background in both Education as well as Marketing. He received a degree in Communication from the University of Portland with an emphasis in Media and Society. Peter has always had a passion for teaching and working with kids. In 2011 he made the switch from the business sector and has been an Educator at Aliso Niguel High School for the past 5 years. He’s also the Head Coach of both the Boys and Girls Tennis Programs. He resides in San Clemente, CA with his wife and young daughter and sees Cyber Civics as “the perfect fit” for his passions and skill sets.
Teacher-on-Special-Assignment in Fullerton, CA. Passionate about education technology. Enjoys helping others learn how to integrate tech to transform teaching and learning. Apple Distinguished Educator. Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader. CUE Rockstar Lead Learner. 10+ years classroom experience. 4+ years 1:1 iPad teacher. Occasionally blogs at techtravelteach.com. Believes that play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. Connect with Ann on Twitter or catch her Snapchat Stories @annkozma723.
Sergio Lopez is a former youth minister and worship leader from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. From early on in his ministry he made it his mission to inspire parish Catholics to serve Christ in the poor and powerless. Since 2014, Sergio has worked for Catholic Relief Services who is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Sergio has travelled overseas with CRS to El Salvador and Guatemala. He holds an MA in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles and is pursuing a MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Sergio Lopez fue ministro de pastoral juvenil en la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles por más de siete años. Durante ese tiempo, Sergio desarrollo una pasión por la pastoral social de la Iglesia. En 2014, Sergio ingreso a Catholic Relief Services que es oficialmente la agencia de asistencia internacional humanitaria de la comunidad Católica en Estados Unidos. Su trabajo con CRS lo ha llevado a El Salvador y a Guatemala. Sergio tiene una Maestría en Estudios Religiosos de la universidad Mount St. Mary’s University en Los Ángeles y está en el proceso de obtener una Maestría en Liderazgo Organizacional de la Universidad Gonzaga.
Vladimir Lugo is an information technology professional with more than twenty years of experience in the field. He works as senior manager of Information Technology at LMU. He is also a vocational minister. Having graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, he has served the Christian community for over thirty years of ministry, exercising his calling as a teacher and mentor. He is an early adopter of Bible study computer programs, social networks, blogging and electronic applications for teaching and learning. He also assists various ministries during their implementation of administrative and productivity systems, web and digital presence and publishing.
Vladimir Lugo es un profesional de la informática con más de veinte años de experiencia. Es además un ministro de vocación. Graduado del Seminario Teológico Fuller, ha servido a la comunidad cristiana por más de treinta años de ministerio, entendiendo su llamado como educador y mentor. Ha adoptado tempranamente programas computarizados para el estudio de la Biblia, redes sociales, blogs y aplicaciones electrónicas para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje y asiste a varios ministerios en la implementación de sistemas administrativos, de productividad, de presencia digital y publicaciones.
Mrs. Mallare teaches 2nd grade at St. Mary Magdalen and has been teaching for 8 years. Early in her career, she understood the necessity of integrating technology into the classroom. Mrs. Mallare participated in the Saint Katherine Drexel Initiative, a technology initiative with the San Jose Archdiocese. She implemented the initiative at Holy Spirit (San Jose, CA) and Our Lady of Grace (Encino, CA) by developing K-2 technology program, leading the STEM program, and provided technology training for teachers. Mrs. Mallare has also presented at NCEA, as well as the 2015 C3 Technology Conference. She is a San Jose native but relocated to Southern California in 2015 and is excited to share her knowledge and experience.
Dr. Mallare is the Director of Student Learning & Wellness at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, where he provides academic, social, psychological, and emotional support to students, families, teachers, and the community. Dr. Mallare also provides consultation and training for individuals and organizations on topics related to psychology, human development, student and teacher improvement, social media and digital identity, and as well as other related topics. He’s worked professionally in the area of education for over 24 years as a psychologist, counselor, teacher, professor, consultant, and coach. His work spans a variety of educational, behavioral, psychological, and emotional issues across diverse populations and settings.
Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, she currently resides in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale completed her Masters degree in religious education (MRE) from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas in 1988 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale, currently from New Orleans, LA has served the church for three decades serving in parish, school, diocesan, and university ministry settings. Since May of 2000, she has served as President of Ministry Training Source (MTS). MTS is a non-profit organization committed to the formation of ministry leaders by providing customized ministry formation solutions using the latest research, technology, and instructional design. Presently, Dr. McCorquodale is an international educator, researcher, and consultant for the fields of lay ecclesial ministry, certification standards and processes, youth ministry, online and e-learning. From 2013-15, she served as a consultant for the C3 Cluster Parish Project in the San Fernando Pastoral Region.
Christine is the Assistant Director of Film and Media Arts at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, one of the first schools in the U.S. to have a 1:1 iPad program. She teaches Film and Television Production and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer as well as a Google Level 1 and 2 Educator. Christine holds a BA in Humanities from Griffith University, Queensland, Australia and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix.
Oscar Navarro is a Los Angeles native who currently manages the educational technology and is the technology teacher for Notre Dame Academy in West LA. Entering his seventh year at NDA, he oversees the professional development in technology for both faculty and students. In teaching, he promotes technological creations through coding, programming, podcasting, and broadcasting lessons & projects.
Oscar has his master’s degree in educational technology from Long Beach State University, his clear credential from Mount St. Mary’s University, and his technology integration specialist certification from Loyola Marymount University, where he took part in its first cohort. He will also be co-teaching the LMU certification program for the 2017-2018 school year. He enjoys traveling (which led him to once teach in South Korea), reading novels, and running in races as he ran his first full marathon earlier this year.
Fatima Nicdao specializes in curriculum and educational technology resource with over ten years of high school teaching experience. Fatima is an expert user for Google Apps for Education (G Suite) such as Google Classroom and Google Drive, Apple products and software, and various apps such as Quizlet, Kahoot!, Weebly, and Aurasma (Augmented Reality). In addition, Fatima is a resource on Makerspaces, PLNs, PLCs, Interactive Displays, successful integration of technology in the classroom, teacher development, and new teacher mentoring. Fatima has vast experience in Catholic educational leadership and helped establish curriculum and technology at St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy as the Dean of Curriculum and Technology. She completed her Masters in Secondary Education (2009) and Masters in Catholic School Administration (2016) at LMU. She is currently an Ed.D candidate for the LMU Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Fatima is the Assistant Principal at St. Bernard High School and a member of Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena. For more information, please visit www.fatimanicdao.com or follow her on Twitter: @Ms_Nicdao
Samantha teaches Anatomy and Physiology and Marine Biology at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, a Master of Science in Biology from Hofstra University, and has been teaching since 2012. Samantha also has field experience working for the Student Conservation Association at Richmond National Battlefield Park in Virginia, and at Yellowstone National Park. In addition to her love of science, Samantha enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Nathalie Medina is a graduate of the PLACE Corps program, and was assigned its first Kindergarten PLACEment. She received her Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Literacy from LMU and her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from USC. Dr. Medina has fourteen years of experience as a teacher, university professor, and consultant in early childhood education. She taught Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten (TK), and preschool at St. Columbkille, American Martyrs, and LMU’s Children’s Center, respectively. Dr. Medina is an adjunct faculty member at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where she prepares early childhood teachers in emergent literacy, math, and science content areas. She assisted the Department of Catholic Schools in creating the TK curriculum and professional development for principals and TK teachers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Dr. Medina recently served as the Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs at St. Joseph’s School.
John Reyes is the Director of Educational Technology for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which serves over 80,000 students in 269 schools located in the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Since 2013, he has worked with school leaders and teachers to articulate and realize a vision for the use of technology to support all students through strategic planning/implementation, professional development, leadership formation, procurement, and ongoing collaboration. John is currently completing his Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. He received an M.A. in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University and has also served as a junior high teacher and technology coordinator at St Bernard School in Los Angeles, a C3 Pilot Project location.
Paul Sanfrancesco is a National Technology Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. For over 20 years, he has worked in Catholic, private, and public education, including as Director of Technology for the 200+ schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and in collegiate teaching at Saint Joseph’s University and Neumann University. The National School Boards Association named him one of the “20 to Watch” Educators for his work in Instructional Technology. Mr. Sanfrancesco has been featured in Tech & Learning, Schools CIO, EdTech Mag, and Catechetical Leader and presents at local, regional, and national convocations.
Katie Schellenberg is a holistic advocate for students with exceptionalities. A magna cum laude USC graduate herself, Katie is the CEO and founder of BeyondTutoring.com, an educational blog, and Learning Lab LA, a concierge and academic advocacy firm that attempts to create and cultivate lifelong success through learning. Katie also attended UCLA law school and USC Rossier School of Education for her Masters degree in Teaching where she is currently a doctoral student. Katie also serves as a facilitator for edutopia. Additionally, Katie is a member of the California State Bar. She is passionate about learning and education; that is why her background experience includes working with students with a wide range of disabilities, teaching a wide swath of subjects. Katie has successfully and comprehensively advocated for students at all levels of education, tutoring the underserved immigrant population to become United States citizens, among other worthwhile goals.
Sr. Jennifer Tecla Hyatt
Sister Jennifer Tecla Hyatt, FSP is a Media Literacy Education Specialist, a dynamic speaker with a passion for youth and young adult faith formation. She is a Master Catechist and has a BA in Theology. Sr. Jennifer is currently an associate of the Pauline Center for Media Studies and Outreach Coordinator for Pauline Books & Media in Northern California. For the last ten years, Sister has given media literacy workshops integrating culture, faith and media to audiences around the country, facilitated various cinema retreats for both children and adults, and is a member of NAMLE (National Association of Media Literacy Educators).
Charito Tinsay is a teacher and Vice-Principal at Precious Blood School in Los Angeles. She has been teaching there for 11 years. She has a Masters degree in Curriculum Instruction in Technology from Grand Canyon University and a Technology Integration Specialist Certification from Loyola Marymount University. Utilizing technology in the classroom has always been a passion for Ms. Tinsay. She believes that technology is a great tool to help motivate and engage students in learning and is a valuable form of communication in the school community.
José H. Velázquez
With a BBA in Marketing and a Associate Degree in Electronic Media. José Velazquez became a member of the C3 Resource Specialist team for The Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2014. With more than 20 year combine of experience in Technology, Marketing, Multimedia and Design. Worked for the Tidings Corporation for more than 16 Years as the Art and Production Director bringing to The Tidings and Vida Nueva more than 100 National Press Awards.
Con una licenciatura en Relaciones Comerciales y un Posgrado en medios electrónicos. José Velázquez se convirtió en un miembro del equipo de apoyo especializado para C3 de La Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles en el año 2014. Con más de 20 años de experiencia en tecnología, marketing , diseño y multimedia. Trabajó para la Corporación The Tidings en el departamento de producción desempeñando el papel de Director de Arte para los periódicos de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles [ The Tidings – Vida Nueva – y el Directorio Católico de Los Ángeles] Obteniendo en su carrera más de 100 premios a nivel nacional de la Asociación de Medios Impresos de Los Estados Unidos.
A native Angeleno, Heidi Villaluz has over 15 years of experience in education, catechesis and ministry. She has worked in classrooms with students grades TK-12 in and serves the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a Master Catechist. She enjoys volunteering for Saint Mark Church’s parish ministries, providing catechist formation and training, and working to plan religious education congress and young adult ministry events. She currently serves as the Director of Educational Technology and Vice Principal of Saint Mark School in Venice.
Fr. Thomas Welbers
A San Fernando Valley native, Fr. Tom Welbers was ordained in 1968 and has served in a variety of parishes, as well as college campus ministry. Over the last twenty years, he served as pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Claremont and Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, as well a planning and leading annual pilgrimages to Early Christian World sites in Turkey. Recently retired from parish ministry, he continues to pursue an interest in theology, liturgy, Scripture, spirituality, history (especially Middle East), and cultural and religious relations with Islam. Since the 1980s, he has been fascinated by the potential of digital media in ministry, and is now avidly developing his own personal outreach on social media.
Mr. Wendland is in his seventh year of teaching and fifth at Mater Dei High School, located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. While at Mater Dei, he has been teaching science and implementing new technology in a one-to-one environment (utilizing iPads). As an Apple teacher in an Apple Distinguished School, Mr. Wendland has developed a repository of technological tools and strategies to draw from in his daily teaching and curriculum planning. The use of these tools has shifted the environment in his classroom from teacher-centered instruction towards a student-centered approach, with an emphasis on collaborative and project based learning.
Ms. Wrenn is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and Director of Curriculum & Technology at Echo Horizon School