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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.


    Cecilia Frakes, Chair
    Assistant Superintendent
    Diocese of Phoenix

    Diane Starkovich, Ph.D., Vice-Chair
    Archdiocese of Atlanta

    Michael Coppotell

    Associate Superintendent, Public Policy
    Archdiocese of New York

    James Cultrara

    Director for Education
    New York 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

    Leisa Schulz
    Archdiocese of Louisville

    NCEA Representative
    Sr. Dale McDonald, PBVM, PhD

    Director of Public Policy


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

    Katharine Knight

    Associate Director for Public Policy
    USCCB/Secretariat of Catholic Education

    Lucas Swanepoel
    Associate Director
    USCCB/Government Relations




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