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USCCB Federal Assistance AdvisoryCommission (FAAC)


The Commission serves as an advisory group of Catholic education practitioners who assist the USCCB Secretariat of Catholic Education in its efforts:To maximize participation by Catholic school students and teachers in federally-funded educational programs.

  • To advocate on behalf of Catholic school students, teachers and administrators during re-authorization and/or revision of existing federal education programs.To evaluate, and support proposed federal legislation that could result in positive benefits for Catholic school students and staff.
  • To oppose any such proposals that result in negative outcomes.
  • To monitor the implementation of federal statutes, as well as the development of regulations and guidelines that affect Catholic schools, their students and staff.


Raymond Burnell
Associate Director for Government Relations
California Catholic Conference

Cris Ritchie-Carter
Associate Director for the Center for Catholic Leadership
and Faith Based Education
Fordham University

Michael Coppotelli
Associate Superintendent
Public Policy and Student Services
Archdiocese of New York

Patrick Haggarty
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Seattle

James Herzog
Associate Director for Education
Florida Catholic Conference

Jennifer Kraska

Executive Director
Colorado Catholic Conference

Kathy P. Mears

Archdiocese of Boston

Shawn M. Peterson

Associate Director for Public Policy
Minnesota Catholic Conference

Domonic Salce
Assistant Superintendent
Diocese of Phoenix

Leisa Schulz
Archdiocese of Louisville

Executive Director
Indiana Catholic Conference

Matthew Vereecke
Diocese of Dallas

NCEA Representative
Sr. Dale McDonald, PBVM, PhD
Director of Public Policy



Greg Dolan
Associate Director for Public Policy
USCCB/Secretariat of Catholic Education

Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP
Executive Director
USCCB/Secretariat of Catholic Education

Melissa Swearington
Associate Director
USCCB/Government Relations

Karen Gregory
Administrative Assistant
(202) 541-3132

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