Meet the Team Behind LMU SOE
Dean and Professor
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Yvette Lapayese, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Services, Continuous Improvement, and Student Success
Terese C. Aceves, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology
Associate Vice President of Development
Associate Dean, Business Services
Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership; Interim Chair, Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology
Maureen Kindel, M.A. ’07, Ed.D. ’11
Co-Chair, SOE Board of Visitors; Co-founder and Principal, Kindel Gagan
Co-Chair, SOE Board of Visitors; Chairperson, Specialty Family Foundation
Maggie Bove-LaMonica, M.A. ’05, J.D. ’13
Board Chair, SOE Alumni Association; Director, Southern California, Leadership for Educational Equity
Board of Visitors
Manuel Aceves, Ed.D. '13, M.A. '07, B.A. '04
Chief External Impact Officer, KIPP SoCal Public Schools
Terese C. Aceves, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology, LMU School of Education
Sarah Ali, M.A. '09, B.A. '01
Kevin Baxter, M.A. '01, Ed.D.
Chief Innovation Officer, National Catholic Educational Association
Board Chairman, Green Dot Public Schools National
President and CEO, The California Charter Schools Association
President, The Chambers Consulting Group
Austin Conley, Ed.D. '13
Director of Advancement, Diocese of San Bernardino Catholic Schools
Executive Director, Western Catholic Education Association
Msgr. Jay Cunnane
Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church
Franca Dell'Olio, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Services, LMU School of Education
Anthony Digiovanni, B.A. '71
President & CEO, Claremont Lincoln University
Shawna Draxton, Ph.D.
Executive Director, WISH Charter
Debra Kay Duncan
Andrew Furedi, Ed.D. '09
President and CEO, Para Los Ninos
Anthony Galla, M.A. '03, Ed.D. '09
Deputy Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Department of Catholic Schools
Victoria Graf, Ph.D.
Professor, LMU School of Education
Ellen P. Holton
Executive Director, Catholic Schools Collaborative
Lida Jennings, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Teach For America, Los Angeles
Board Member, LAX Coastal Education Foundation
Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO, Marshall and Stevens
Edmundo Litton, Ed.D.
Department Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning, SOE School of Education
CEO / Founder, Project Scientist
Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
Presidential Professor, LMU School of Education
Senior Vice President, Civic Affairs and Executive Director, California Charter Schools Association
Nick Melvoin, M.A. '10
Board Member, District 4, Los Angeles Unified School District
Senior Consultant/Practice Manager, Whizz Education
Consultant, Moret & Associates
Sister Rosemarie Nassif, S.S.N.D.
Executive Director, Center for Catholic Education at LMU
Deputy Superintendent of High Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
The Most Reverend David O'Connell
Episcopal Vicar, San Gabriel Pastoral Region
Chairman of the Board, The Riordan Foundation
Chief Operating Officer, Project Scientist
William D. Parham, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Interim Chair, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice, LMU School of Education
Janice A. Pipkin
Anne Pomeroy, M.A. '81
Field Experience Supervisor, LMU School of Education
Ana Ponce, Ed.D. '13
Executive Director, Great Public Schools Now
President & CEO, Unite LA
Delia Roges, BBA '85, MBA
Regional Head of US Institutional Sales - Managing Director, Invesco
President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Dorothy Babbitt Shea
Education Advocate, John and Dorothy Shea Family Foundation
Yvonne Hernandez Slaught
Ricardo Soto, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Legal Advocacy and General Counsel, Catholic Charter School Association
Carrie Shea Tilton
Trustee, John and Dorothy Shea Family Foundation
Kerry Toolan, M.A.
Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Program Operations and Head of Catholic Sisters Initiative, Conrad N Hilton Foundation
Vice President, Supply Management, Southern California Gas Co.
Bruce Willison, MBA
Dean Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Joe Womac, M.Ed., J.D.
President, Specialty Family Foundation
Michelle D. Young, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, LMU School of Education
Rabbi Zachary Zysman
Director of Jewish Student Life, LMU
SOE Alumni Association
Aixle Aman, Ed.D. '17
Tanisha Barnett, Ed.D. '16, Chair of Nominations Committee
Natasha Bayus, M.A. '10
Emmely Canela '18, M.A. '20
Michael Cersosimo, Ed.D. - M.A. '11
Karisa Denis, '07
Leticia Duenas, M.A. '18
Michael Farber, Ed.D. '10
JulieAnne Howe, M.A. '18
Marcus Hughes, Ed.D. '17
Cory Marasco, Ed.D. '15
Stephen McCray, Ed.D. '13
Laura McGowan-Robinson, Ed.D. '16
Kadar Lewis, Ed.D. '16, Vice Chair, Chair of Mission and Action Committee
Fatima Nicdao, M.A. '09, '16
Martha Padilla, B.A. '79
Melissa Papp, '15
Ana Ponce, Ed.D. '13
Daniel Rios Jr, '16
Christopher J. Rudd, M.A. '15
Liza Smith, '10, Chair of Professional Development Committee
Erin Solari, '15
Martinique Starnes, Ed.D. '15
Mary McCullough, Ph.D., Ex-officio for Faculty
Paul Vu, Ph.D., Ex-officio for the Religious
Michelle Young, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, LMU School of Education
Maria I. Corral, M.S, '16, '19 Assistant to the Dean