Director, Saint Clare Center
Michael Taylor serves as the Director of the Saint Clare Center, overseeing all of the programming that the center offers. He became Director in 2014, after spending four years at the Saint Clare Center with a focus on school and parish programs. During that time, he
coordinated the efforts of many people in developing the Sustaining the Mission program for the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese.
Before joining the Saint Clare Center, he spent 15 years working in Catholic K-12 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 and administrative leadership to help others hear God’s call and use their gifts in ministry to others.
Michael Coffey joined the Saint Clare Center in August of 2014. Most recently he served as Director of Faith Formation for Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. His professional experiences include nonprofit leadership, teaching (elementary, secondary and adult), retreat
direction, strategic planning and pastoral leadership. He has worked in the domains of schools (public and Catholic), parishes and faith-based human service organizations. As a parish member he’s been involved in liturgical ministries, child catechesis, St. Vincent de Paul Society, school
boards and parish councils, marriage preparation and adult formation.
Michael holds Masters degrees in Pastoral Studies (Loyola University of Chicago) and Teaching (National Louis University). He holds a Bachelors degree in English from UWM. He reads widely in areas of Theology, Spirituality, Education and Organizational Development.
Michael has given much of his effort and attention to leading people towards seeing the questions and struggles of their lives in light of the Church’s wisdom and leading organizations towards aligning their efforts with their ministerial vocations.
Payant has worked for the Saint Clare Center since January of 2017. Prior to
this, she served in Milwaukee Catholic high schools for 7 years, working in
development at Dominican High School and Messmer Preparatory High School. She
joined non-profit work after 30 years in recruiting and market research.
holds a BA in Communication from Mundelein College in Chicago, IL and is an
active member in her parish, St. Peter and St. Paul Church. Margaret has
participated in Catholic Education for over 30 years as a parent, staff member
and volunteer. She is happy to broaden her vocational work for the Church as she
aids the ministry of the Saint Clare Center.