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Eamonn O'Keeffe
Executive Director, Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life
(414) 410-4404
ecokeeffe@stritch.edu

Eamonn O’Keeffe joined the Saint Clare Center in September of 2007 after 23 years as a Catholic school educator and administrator.  During his 17 years at Dominican High School in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, he served as teacher, admissions director, vice principal and principal. 
 
Concurrent with his service to Dominican, O’Keeffe also served five years as Confirmation coordinator for a cluster of parishes in West Allis.  Prior to his tenure at Dominican, he taught high school theology courses at Notre Dame High School for Boys in suburban Chicago and at Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh.  He also served as director of religious education for St. Peter Parish in Oshkosh. 
 
O’Keeffe earned his M.Ed. from Marquette University and also holds a B.A. in theology from Marquette University. He has directed more than 80 youth and adult retreat experiences and is frequently invited to speak and offer workshops for school faculties and parish staffs. He is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and of the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM).
 
O’Keeffe has often felt called to social action opportunities related to the Church. Two of his most cherished service experiences have been volunteering as a crisis counselor at Covenant House in New York City and leading a missionary trip of teens and adults to an orphanage in Guatemala.


Jean Marie Weber

Director of Educational Programs (English language)
(414) 410-4407
jmweber@stritch.edu

Jean Marie Weber serves as the director of educational programs (English language). She is the former director of Certification for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation (USCCB/CCA).  She also served the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as associate director, Office for Schools and Child/Youth Ministries.  She has been a Catholic elementary school teacher and a parish director of religious education. She has co-authored grades one, two, and three of This is Our Faith series, the 1997, 1991, and 1988 editions, published by Silver Burdett Ginn.

She served as president, vice-president, and Wisconsin Province Representative with the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. She served on the USCCB Committee on Education, the USCCB ad hoc Committee on the Implementation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the General Directory for Catechesis, directed the consultation process for the National Directory for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and served on a number of USCCB consultative committees. She received the 2008 Vatican II Award for Service in Education from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and was elected vice president - president elect of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM) in 2009.

Since 1998, she has been studying brain compatible teaching and learning through Mind Matters, Inc., Brain Research Seminars by Dr. Pat Wolfe, the Jensen Learning Institute, Brain Conferences sponsored by Stritch and other brain-based teaching and learning conferences.  She has been part of the NCEA Catechetical Scholars Program.
 
Weber has an M.A. in religious studies from Manhattan College, New York, an M.A. in administrative leadership and supervision of education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and doctoral studies in religion and education from Union Theological Seminary, New York.  She has given major presentations and workshops across the United States.



María Borda Wiesner
Director of Educational Programs (Spanish language)
(414) 410-4460
mbordawiesner@stritch.edu
 
Maria Borda Wiesner serves as director of educational programs (Spanish language).  A native of Chile, she comes to the Saint Clare Center after 22 years of professional ministry service in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She was part of the administrative team of the certificate division of St. Francis Seminary, and most recently directed the Pentecost Mission program for the John Paul II Center in the Archdiocese. 
 
For seven years, Wiesner was a member of the USCCB Accreditation and Certification Committee, providing site reviews and accreditation for diocesan ministry programs. She served on the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart School of Theology and has served on numerous multicultural committees, including the task force for the National Association of Lay Ministers.  She is adjunct faculty for the Loyola Pastoral Center in New Orleans where teaches the course “Diversity and Parish Ministry.”
 
At the local level, she serves on the advisory committee of the Latina Resource Center. She is a highly respected presenter and teacher on intercultural relations and ministry. 


Michael V. Taylor
Director of School and Parish Programs
mvtaylor@stritch.edu
(414) 410-4353

Michael Taylor serves as director of school and parish programs. He has joined the Saint Clare Center after 15 years of service in Catholic education, including 10 years as principal, first at Our Lady of Good Hope School, and then at St. Eugene School. Before working in Catholic education, he served as the director of a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities.  

He has degrees from the University of New Mexico in history and math and from Marquette University in educational leadership. 

In addition to his commitment to Catholic education, Taylor has been active in two different parish twinning relationships and has done service work in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uganda. 

In his role at the Saint Clare Center, he uses his skills in program development to help others hear God’s call and use their gifts in ministry to others.



Mary Foley

Administrative Assistant
(414) 410-4405
mafoley@stritch.edu

Mary Foley has been the Saint Clare Center’s administrative coordinator since January 2007. She came to the center after 27 years of service at Marquette University, 21 of which as assistant and associate registrar. She was awarded the university’s Excellence in University Service Award for Administrators in 1994.
 
Before her service at Marquette, she served as a policy coding supervisor at Maryland Casualty Insurance Company, and taught general music grades one through five in the Menomonee Falls Public Schools.
 
Foley earned her B.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.