Meet the Staff

The Center for Catholic Education consists of staff and faculty that are dedicated to Catholic education and embrace Jesuit values and traditions.


Rev. Robert Walsh, S.J.

Executive Director, Center for Catholic Education

An expert of Catholic schools and Jesuit education, Fr. Walsh was appointed Executive Director of Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Catholic Education in July 3013. His deep ties to LMU began in the 1970s, as a student at Loyola University of Los Angeles, and includes serving as a member of the LMU Board of Trustees. As a trustee, he served on the Student Life, Governance, Development, and Presidential Search committees. He also previously served on the LMU School of Education Advisory Board. Fr. Walsh is an experienced Catholic educational leader, school board member, speaker, and pastoral minister. He formerly served as president of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, as well as both president and principal of Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He has dedicated more than 35 years of professional leadership to Jesuit education, including tenures as assistant principal for teacher supervision and curriculum, assistant principal for campus ministry, in addition to his service as president and principal.  In his role as Executive Director of the CCE, Fr. Walsh oversees Catholic school teacher preparation programs (PLACE Corps and CAST), Catholic school leadership and administration programs (CSLA), as well as the CCE’s research related to the efficacy of Catholic schools. Fr. Walsh is an experienced ambassador of the CCE, SOE and LMU. 


Executive Director of the Center for Catholic Education

Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D.

Senior Distinguished Fellow, School of Education
Co-director, Catholic School Leadership Academy

Sr. Angie is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of LMU’s Center for Catholic Education. A Sister of Charity of Nazareth, she has served in nearly every capacity – teacher, principal, professor, graduate school dean and university vice-president. Sr. Angie holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and a Juris Doctorate. She is considered the national expert on Catholic education and the law. She is currently the co-director of the SOE’s Catholic School Leadership Academy and teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership. She is the founding director of the Education Law Symposium, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, in partnership with LMU and the NCEA. She also serves as a consultant to numerous schools and dioceses and is a highly sought after speaker. She is the author of more than thirty texts. Sr. Angie is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of the most influential persons in Catholic education.  Recently, she received the NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seton President’s Award, the highest award in Catholic education.  


Sr. Angie Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph. D. 

Diana Murphy, M.S.

Director, Catholic School Support and Outreach

Drawing on her experience of founding the PLACE Corps and leading the program for over 16 years, Diana brings a wealth of knowledge of and passion for Catholic education. She works to ensure the continued success and visibility of LMU's Catholic school partnership programs. She mentors all levels of Catholic school teachers who are LMU alumni and is available to provide support to PLACE Corps school-site administrators.  As PLACE Corps Director Emeritus, she supports PLACE alumni professionally, particularly those who serve as Catholic school administrators.  She works with the PLACE office in the arena of alumni data, activities, and communication.  In addition, Diana works closely with Sr. Angie Shaughnessy on various CCE initiatives within the realm of education law as it impacts Catholic schools. Diana has also served nationally as the past-Chair of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE).


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Delmy Ruiz, M.A.

Assistant Director, Center for Catholic Education

Delmy serves as the Assistant Director of the CCE. She also provides management of the Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers (CAST) program along with academic advisement to students in both CAST and Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE Corps) programs. She has served as a Research Associate on various research projects for the Center; her area of expertise is in academic counseling. She is a member of the SOE Alumni Association Board, is Mission Committee co-chair (SOE), and is a mentor in LMU’s First-to-Go program. Delmy earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She earned her master's degree in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from LMU.




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Rebecca Herr Stephenson, Ph.D.

Managing Editor, Journal of Catholic Education

Rebecca is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Catholic Education and is affiliated faculty with the Department of Educational Leadership, where she teaches research and writing courses in the Ed.D. program. Rebecca earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California. She brings to the position of Managing Editor expertise in qualitative research, academic writing, and innovative uses of technology for teaching, learning, and communication.



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