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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.


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

Ned Dolejsi

Executive Director
California Catholic Conference

Patrick Haggarty
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
Diocese of Helena

James Herzog
Associate Director for Education
Florida Catholic Conference

Mary MacLean Kearney
Associate Superintendent
Archdiocese of Chicago

Larry Keough
Associate Director, Education
Catholic Conference of Ohio

Jennifer Kraska
Executive Director
Colorado Catholic Conference

Leisa Schulz
Archdiocese of Louisville

Executive Director
Indiana Catholic Conference

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


Katharine Knight

Associate Director for Public Policy
USCCB/Secretariat of Catholic Education

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

Lucas Swanepoel
Associate Director
USCCB/Government Relations

Karen Gregory

Administrative Assistant
(202) 541-3132

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