NCPD Board of Directors

NCPD's hard-working Board of Directors includes a cross-section of the church: Cardinal/Bishops, diocesan directors of disability ministry, people with disabilities and family members, pastoral workers, and other concerned individuals.  The Board decides policies that guide NCPD in its work and passes resolutions on current issues relevant to the Church and Disability. (See also NCPD Board Resolutions under Views/News/Policy.)  Elected members can serve up to two, three-year terms.  The Board has an Executive Committee (the first four persons listed below), and three ministry specific committees (EducationEthics and Public Policy, and Mission).



Episcopal Moderator:
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, STL

Archbishop of Galveston/Houston

His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston. He received his master's degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and degrees of Sacred Theology from both the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome.  He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2007 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. In November of 2013, he was elected by his brother bishops as the Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  He is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Pontifical Council for the Economy.

 Board Chairperson Steve Mikochik holds a gavel while speaking to board members


Sr. Kathleen Schipani, IHM

Office for Persons w/ Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA

Sister Kathleen Schipani, who is a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, has an M. ED. in Special Education from the College of New Jersey, a certificate in American Sign Language Studies from Gallaudet University and a B.A. in both Theology and English from Immaculata University.   She has 38 years of teaching experience with children and adults of all abilities.  For the past 28 years she has been a catechist for children and adults who are Deaf.  She has recently co-authored a DVD Curriculum and Teacher Guide entitled Confirmation: Strengthened in Faith, a curriculum for individuals who are deaf. 


R. Greg Schott

Naples, FL


Senior Investment Consultant
Senior Vice President


Serves on the Board of the Schott Center for Persons who are Deaf or Disabled & the Board of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf.

Marsha Rivas

Toledo, OH

Director, Equal Access Ministries,
Diocese of Toledo;

Interim Secretariat Leader,
Secretariat for Evangelization & Parish Life, Diocese of Toledo



Bishop Mitchell Rozanski 
Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts


Bishop Rozanski has served on the National Committee for the Protection of Youth and Young People since January 2007. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. He was also named the Episcopal Moderator of the National Association of Holy Name Societies on October 1, 2012, a term that runs thru September 30, 2017. He will also serve as the liaison with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop Rozanski is co-chair for the Polish National Church – Roman Catholic Dialogue, Audit Subcommittee of USCCB, Knight Commander of the Royal Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Bishop Rozanski served on the National Advisory Council of the USCCB for a 3 year term through March 2015 and in November 2013 was elected as chair of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee of the USCCB.

Currently, Bishop Rozanski serves as bishop for the diocese of Springfield, a position he was appointed to on June 19, 2014 by Pope Francis.

Dr. Pamela Bernards

Arlington, VA

Director of Professional Development at National Catholic Education Association

Dr. Bernard has broad experience in PK-12 and Higher Education settings as an administrator, a teacher, and a coach. She has worked with leadership at all levels of organizations, and focuses on empowering others to a greater sense of autonomy and personal accomplishment, encourages innovation and risk-taking, and facilitates inquiry-based, collaborative learning experiences.

Dr. Bernard has specialized in:
• Organizational Management – Leadership Development, Professional Development, Team Building, Strategic Planning, School Improvement Planning, Systems Analysis, and Public Speaking.
• Instructional Leadership – Instructional Design, Research-based Teaching Practices, Assessment (including AIMSWeb, STAR Math and Reading, various screeners), Instructional Intervention (remediation and gifted/talented), Data based decision making, RtI (Response to Instruction), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Technology Integration, Curriculum Mapping, Differentiated Instruction, Diversity, and STEAM/STREAM Education.

Walter Bonam

New Orleans, LA

Associate Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.


Prior to becoming an associate director in the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2004, had served as principal of a PK-8 Catholic school, program coordinator of a Catholic primary school, and as a teacher in New Orleans public high schools. Holder of a M.A. in Theological Studies from Notre Dame Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans as well as a English from Emory University, Walter has been married to Jennifer Broyard since 1988, and their daughter, Amanda, is currently a senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Walter sustained a spinal cord injury in a July 2011 armed robbery attempt at his home, when a gunshot left him completely paralyzed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands.



Michael J. Boyle

Chicago, IL

Director, Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education

 Michael J. Boyle is the Director of the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Boyle has worked in education in a variety of settings and roles. As a school psychologist at both the high school and elementary levels, he worked with students across a broad range of areas of exceptionality. He has also served as a special education administrator in several public school districts. Additionally, Dr. Boyle also served as principal in a Catholic elementary school.

Dr. Boyle serves on the governing board of the Journal of Catholic Education. The National Catholic Education Association published Dr. Boyle’s book, Response to Intervention: A Framework for Catholic Schools, in April 2010.   He has also contributed a chapter to the book, "Scholarly Essays on Catholic School Leadership: Research and Insights on Attaining the Mission of Catholic Schools" (NCEA, 2012).  In addition to being a member of the governing board of the NCPD, Dr. Boyle is a member of the Professional Development advisory board of the National Catholic Education Association.
In 2014, Dr. Boyle was named the recipient of the C. Albert Koob Merit Award by the National Catholic Education Association for significant contributions to Catholic education.
Dr. Boyle has provided staff development programs to a number of educational agencies across the country in the areas of mission driven leadership, response to intervention in Catholic schools and inclusion.



Deacon William R. Fleming, III

Baltimore, MD

Director of the Office of Disabilities Ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore

 Deacon Fleming is the Director of the Office of Special Needs Ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which includes the Office of Disabilities Ministry and the Office of Deaf Ministry. Also, the Director of Camp GLOW (God Loves Our World), a week-long residential camp providing spiritual enrichment and socialization opportunities for adults with disabilities that is held four times during the summer.
Master of Science degree in Education (Special Education) from Johns Hopkins University. Master of Arts in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary, Ecumenical Institute. 

John P. Foppe

Breese, IL

Executive Director, 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Archdiocesan Council of St. Louis

CEO of Visionary Velocity Worldwide

 John’s career in motivation began when his compelling story and methods caught the attention of the legendary Zig Ziglar, who broke his long-standing rule of promoting from within and recruited and mentored John. 

In 1995, John launched a successful corporate motivation business, Visionary Velocity Worldwide, that has taken him to over 25 countries, pro-football organizations like the Miami Dolphins, and to Fortune 500 clients such as Boeing, GE, and State Farm and international companies such as Fortis, ST Microelectronics, and UniCredit.

 He is the author of What’s Your Excuse? Making the Most of What You Have, which has been translated into six foreign languages.  

In the non-profit world, John has put his leadership and motivation skills to work helping the less fortunate by earning a masters degree in Social Service from Saint Louis University and serving as the Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul - St. Louis Council.


Dione L. Grillo

Los Angeles, CA

Coordinator of Advanced Catechetical Ministries and Basic Catechist Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Chair of the Archdiocesan’s Special Needs Committee

Mrs. Dione L. Grillo is the former Consultant for Elementary Catechesis for the Archdiocese. She is Chair of the Archdiocesan’s Special Needs Committee and has served as member of the Archdiocesan Early Childhood Board for the past 14 years. Dione is an M.A. Candidate in Pastoral Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has over 20 years experience in the catechetical ministry and parish catechetical leadership. She is a member of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership where she serves on the Standards and Certification Committee.

Miguel J. Romero

Newport, Rhode Island

Assistant Professor: Religious and Theological Studies, Salve Regina University

  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary (2006)
  • Th.M., Duke University Divinity School (2008)
  • Th.D., Duke University Divinity School (2012)

Carol Ruddell

Sandy, UT

Project Director at
Utah State Office of Rehabilitation


Elizabeth R. Schiltz

Minneapolis, MN

University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis, MN. Professor of Law & Thomas J. Abood Research Scholar

Co-Director, Terrence J. Murphy Institute of Catholic Law, Thought, and Public Policy

 Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Elizabeth R. Schiltz graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received her juris doctor from Columbia Law School, where she served on the Columbia Law Review. After law school, she spent a year in Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. Schiltz was in private practice for nine years with law firms in Washington, D.C. (Morrison & Foerster) and Minneapolis, Minn. (Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly and Faegre & Benson), focusing on banking regulation, general corporate law and international law. Most recently, she practiced banking law at Faegre & Benson, Minnesota 's second largest law firm, where, among many other things, she assisted Dayton Hudson Corporation, Fingerhut Companies, Carson Pirie Scott, and other major retailers in obtaining charters for their credit card banks.
Schiltz was a member of the faculty of Notre Dame Law School from 1996 through 2000. She teaches classes in contracts, commercial law, and banking regulation. Her research interests include the relationship of federal and state law in regulating consumer credit, disability and consumer law theory, and feminist legal theory.  Schiltz received the 2007 Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship and was elected Professor of the Year by the graduating class of 2007. In 2014, she was recognized with the Good Sister Award by St. Thomas' University Advocates for Women and Equity.
Schiltz is co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. She is also a contributor to the Catholic legal theory blog Mirror of Justice. Schiltz is a 1998 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Academy, a nationwide, state-based training program in disability advocacy.

Cynthia Swanson

Naperville, IL

Social Worker
Disability Advocate