Meet the talented members of the Central Board for Catholic Schools.

Central Board for Catholic Schools Members

Meet the talented members of the Central Board for Catholic Schools.

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Bishop Edgar da Cunha

Bishop, Diocese of Fall River


  • The Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., was installed as Bishop of Fall River on September 24, 2014, in the context of Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River.

    He was born in Nova Fatima, Bahia, Brazil, on August 21, 1953, the son of Manoel and Josefa Moreira.

    Bishop da Cunha was ordained to the priesthood for the Society of Divine Vocations, in the Church of St. Michael, Newark, by Bishop Joseph A. Francis, S. V .D., Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, on March 27, 1982.

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Roger Sullivan

Board Chair


  • Roger Sullivan has been a software high technology professional specializing in identity security management and retired from Oracle Corporation. Throughout his career, he has served on a number of international technology boards. He is an active member of St. Pius X parish in Yarmouth and thoroughly enjoys working in service to the families – and especially, the students – of the Fall River Diocese schools.  He is honored to have been asked to serve on the Board and is committed to ensure that we provide the very best Catholic education possible to all our students.  They are the future of our Faith.

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Jean MacCormack, PhD

Vice Chair of the Board


  • Dr. Jean F. MacCormack has led the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate since 2014. The Institute is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

    A proven educator and leader with decades of experience, Dr. MacCormack served as Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth for 13 years. There, she oversaw a major transformation of the school that included growing enrollment to nearly 10,000 students, increasing research funding from $7 million to $26 million annually, attracting significantly higher private support and expanding facilities on campus and throughout the SouthCoastregion. She also oversaw the historic opening in 2010 of the UMass School of Law, the state’s first public law school.
    MacCormack retired as Chancellor at the end of the 2011–12 academic year. Before her appointment as Chancellor in September 1999, MacCormack served for 12 years in senior leadership positions at UMass Boston. She continues to serve as Chair of the SouthCoast Hospitals Board and is a Director of the Bristol County Savings Bank. She is also devoting time to a new book on transformative leadership.
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Fr. Jay Maddock

Secretary of the Board, Pastor, Holy Name Parish and School


  • Fr. Jay Maddock was born on June 17, 1949, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the son of the late James W. and M. Madalaine Maddock. He graduated from Monsignor James Coyle High School in 1967. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fall River by Bishop A. Cronin on August 2, 1975. In June of 1979 he received a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Gregorian University in Rome.

    In 2010, Bishop Coleman appointed Fr. Jay to become the 7th Pastor of Holy Name Parish, Fall River, where his is today. In April of 2015, he was honored as an Outstanding Pastor of a Parish with a School by the National Catholic Education Association. In October of 2016, he was awarded the St. Thomas More Medal by the Diocese of Fall River as recognition for his years of service to the Diocesan Tribunal.

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Kevin Kiley

Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer and Finance Committee Chair


  • Kevin was hired as Chancellor and CFO of Diocese of Fall River in April 2016 and spent over 23 years in the Archdiocese of Boston previously in financial, operational and strategic roles. As Chancellor and CFO for the Diocese, Kevin assists Bishop da Cunha with the temporal affairs of all Corporation Sole and Affiliates of the Diocese including Catholic Schools. As a member of the Board, Kevin is committed to success for our great schools and excited to be part of the effort.

    Kevin was educated at Suffolk University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Kevin is a Certified Diocesan Fiscal Manager and currently matriculating at Villanova University in their Masters in Church Management Program.

    Kevin reside in Marshfield with my wife and four children, with one attending Catholic College and two attending Catholic High School.

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Stephen Perla



  • Steve has given his life to making the world a better place for children and families. During the past 30 years, Steve has provided leadership and fought to ensure that Catholic school students access the education they deserve. Recognized as a national expert in the Catholic school public policy arena, he is frequently invited to present to Catholic school leaders across the country. Steve is deeply committed to assisting students, families, and staff members encounter Christ through our Catholic Schools. Steve’s one vice is his love for Diet Coke so if you are ever hosting Steve make sure to have some on hand.

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Kathleen Carney Larisa

Executive Director, Carney Family Foundation


  • Kate Carney Larisa is the Executive Director of the Carney Family Charitable Foundation, a strategically focused, grant making entity that works in collaboration with funders, nonprofits and major institutions to address the greatest issues important to the communities we serve and are aligned with the Carney Family values.  Previously, Kate worked in public health, community based mental health and held a private psychotherapy practice in Providence, RI.  She graduated from Boston College with a BA in Human Development and Masters in counseling psychology.  She is a licensed mental health counselor in RI and MA and an alcohol and drug counselor.   

    I am honored to serve on the Central Board as educating the next generation is a critical mission of the Catholic Church.  I am confident that through the Mission of newly formed Central Board we will do all we can to support schools and ensure all children and families have access to a high quality, faith-based education and all children can reach their full potential in life.

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Nicholas M. Christ

President & CEO, BayCoast Bank


  • Nicholas Christ is the President and CEO of BayCoast Bank, a community bank serving SouthCoast Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Nick has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. He held several executive- level positions at BayCoast, previously known as Citizens-Union Savings Bank, before becoming the President and CEO. Prior to joining BayCoast in 1985, he was employed with Dedham Institution for Savings and the Boston, Massachusetts office of Wolf and Company. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree before going on to earn an MBA from Babson College.
    An active member of the community, he is involved with a multitude of non-profit organizations throughout the Fall River and New Bedford areas. Christ served on the Diocese of Fall River Catholic Foundation Task Force. Christ also chairs the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education as well as the Fall River Chamber’s Education Committee, which is currently running a campaign titled edUP to encourage the South Coast area to recognize the importance of education as a critical component of the region’s future economic prosperity.
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Fr. Paul Caron

Pastor, St. Pius X Parish and School


  • Fr. Paul Caron was born in Taunton Mass of the late Albert W. and Marilyn (Lacroix) Caron. Fr. Paul is the second of 3 boys. He is a graduate of Monsignor Coyle High School in Taunton. Fr. Paul attended the University of Massachusetts and graduated with a B. S. in Biology Pre-med. He was certified as a teacher on the Secondary level and taught at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Fall River.
    Fr. Paul entered St. John’s Seminary in Brighton Mass in 1978 and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Fall River on June 11, 1983 at the hands of Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. His first assignment was as Chaplain at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro. He currently services as pastor at St. Pius X Parish and School in South Yarmouth. Fr. Paul has dedicated his life to working in and promoting Catholic Education.

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Fr. Dave Costa

Pastor, Catholic Community of Swansea and Somerset


  • Rev. David A. Costa is pastor of the three Catholic parishes in North Attleboro, MA:  Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart, and Saint Mark.  A native of Taunton and a proud graduate of the Catholic schools of that city, Fr. Costa was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fall River on June 22, 1985. He has served as parochial vicar at Saint Thomas More Parish, Somerset, Saint Mark Parish, North Attleboro, and the former Saint Joseph Parish, North Dighton.  His first pastorate was at the former Sacred Heart Parish in Fall River.   He has served in North Attleboro since 2000.  In addition to his parochial duties, Fr. Dave has served as Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Fall River, Director of the Diocesan Choir, and chaplain of Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River.  He currently serves as director of Saint Mary-Sacred Heart School, North Attleboro, and chaplain of Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro.

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Fr. John F. Denning, C.S.C., M.Div., Ed.D.

President, Stonehill College


  • On July 1, 2013, Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. took office as the tenth president in Stonehill’s 65-year history. Fr. Denning joined Stonehill College in 2000 and has served in the Student Affairs Division, as the College’s first Vice President for Mission, and as Director of Campus Ministry.

    Prior to his arrival at Stonehill, Fr. Denning served as campus minister at the Catholic Center at Bridgewater State University; teacher, coach, and chaplain at Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton; and vocations director for the Congregation of Holy Cross.

    Fr. Denning entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1983 and was ordained as a Holy Cross priest in 1987. A Rhode Island native, he graduated from LaSalle Academy in Providence and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He received his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2015.

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Janet Letourneau

Providence College-Practitioner Faculty in Marketing & Chair of Enrollment / Marketing Committee


  • With over 20 years of experience, Janet founded Peak Performers, a corporate training & consulting firm 17 years ago and has spent her career serving customers and motivating customer service teams to consistently “raise the bar” toward service improvement.  As a former customer service manager, Janet has re-structured and groomed customer service teams in various industries: banking, recreation, manufacturing, distribution, and electronics.

    Janet is a Practitioner Faculty Member at Marketing at Providence College (2012-present) and is an Adjunct Instructor at Rhode Island College (2000-present).  She was nominated and awarded an Innovation in Teaching award at Providence College for the 2012-2013 academic year.  She has also served Roger Williams University and Bridgewater State. Janet is a Bryant University graduate, holding both bachelor and MBA degrees in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She’s also is a certified professional behavioral analyst with Target Training, International.

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Hosffman Ospino, PhD

Asst. Professor of Hispanic Ministry & Religious Ed.


  • Hosffman Ospino, PhD is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He has written several books and more than 60 articles, academic and pastoral, on questions related to Hispanic ministry, Catholic education, evangelization, and catechesis. Dr. Ospino was the principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry (2014) and co-investigator for the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families(2015). As a firm believer in the value Catholic education to form the minds and hearts of the next generation of young Catholics in a diverse church, he is happy to join the Central School Board of the Diocese of Fall River.
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Fr. Christopher M. Peschel

Parochial Administrator, Our Lady of Grace, Westport


  • Fr. Christopher Peschel is originally from Boston and was a parishioner at St. Teresa of Avila in West Roxbury until his family moved to Taunton in the mid 90s.  Fr. Chris attended church and grammar school at St. Mary’s in Taunton.  After graduating from Xaverian Brothers High School, he attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio before entering the seminary at St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia, and later St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA.  On June 7th, 2014, Fr. Chris was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George Coleman at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  He was then assigned to St. Pius X Parish in South Yarmouth, MA as Parochial Vicar while assisting as a part time chaplain of Cape Cod Hospital.  In 2015, he was additionally assigned to be the Assistant Director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Fall River. He became the temporary administrator of St. Pius X  in the Fall of 2016.  In June of 2017 he was named the Parish Administrator of St. John the Evangelist and St. Vincent de Paul Parishes in Attleboro, MA where he happily serves and is actively involved in the life of St. John the Evangelist school.