NCEA Announces the 2020 Honorees of the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards

Outstanding leaders in Catholic education are honored for their leadership and excellence in Catholic education.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) announces 27 recipients of the NCEA 2020 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award (LLP). This award highlights the outstanding work being done in Catholic education communities across the country. A mix of individual leaders, teachers, pastors and superintendents comprise the cast of exceptional awardees entrusted with the faith formation of students in Catholic education communities. 

“Just as the Catholic Church is the people and not the buildings, so are Catholic schools not just buildings, but communities of educators and students bound by faith,” said Kathy Mears, NCEA Interim President/CEO. “The LLP Award is to recognize those individuals and organizations whose dedication, faith, knowledge and skills fulfill the mission of Catholic education.” 

The NCEA 2020 LLP Awardees:


Ana De Mello
High School Teacher
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School
Archdiocese of Atlanta

Julie Fulton
Elementary School Teacher
O'Hara Catholic School
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Latina Jezek
Elementary School Teacher
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Diocese of Fort Worth

Teresa Kelly
High School Teacher
Bishop Ireton High School
Diocese of Arlington

Laurie Maier
Elementary School Teacher
St. Mary's School
Archdiocese of Washington 

Amy Morgan
Technology Director
Saint Ambrose School
Diocese of Cleveland

Nancy Mulholland
Director of Technology
Catholic High School
Diocese of Richmond

Shauna Scott
Elementary School Teacher
O'Hara Catholic School
Diocese of Portland in Oregon


Vince Barnes
Elementary School 
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School
Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana

Kristy Dunn
Elementary School 
St. Theresa Catholic School
Diocese of Little Rock

Helen Heckman
Elementary School 
St. Bartholomew Catholic School
Archdiocese of Indianapolis

School Administrators

Lawrence S. Callahan
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, President
Archdiocese of Baltimore

Rachel Gemo
St. Benedict Preparatory School, Head of School
Archdiocese of Chicago

Amy Maybock Shea
Paramus Catholic High School, Dean of Academics
Archdiocese of Newark

Non-Instructional Personnel

Lisa Geosits
St. Joseph the Worker School, Director of School Advancement
Diocese of Allentown

Marcia Werner
Rapid City Catholic School System, Administrative Assistant/Director of Admissions
Diocese of Rapid City

School Organizations

Bishop Shanahan High School Board of Directors
John P. Morrissey, Board Chair
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Divine Savior Catholic School
Mr. Kerry Sievert, Principal
Diocese of Green Bay

Trenton Diocesan Parent Teacher Association
JoAnn Tier, Superintendent for Catholic Schools
Diocese of Trenton


Father Tom Bauwens
St. Wenceslaus Parish & School
Archdiocese of Omaha

Father Gregory J. Daigle 
St. John the Evangelist Church and Schools
Diocese of Baton Rouge

Father James D. Duffy, SM
Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
Archdiocese of Atlanta

Father Scott W. Jabo
Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy
Diocese of Erie

Arch/Diocesan Leaders

Wendy Anderson
Associate Superintendent 
Archdiocese of Washington
Dr. Mary Beth Bowling
Assistant Superintendent
Archdiocese of Louisville

Bernadette Dougherty
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Linda Kaiser
Former Director of Catholic Education Ministries/Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Saint Cloud

A more in-depth list of the NCEA 2020 LLP Winners is available online.

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