Matthew Gonzales, MBA, Director of Admissions & Marketing at St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Avondale Discusses the Uniqueness of Catholic Education and Making It All Possible with Tax Credit Scholarships

2022-06-27T09:31:47-07:00May 13th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} Serving as the Director of Admissions and Marketing at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, Matthew Gonzalez works with parents and children from all walks of life who are passionate about Catholic education. According to Statista, in 2019, approximately 13.5% of Arizona's population was living beneath the poverty [...]

Kevin Strayton of FAIR Discusses the Power of the Tax Credit Program in Arizona and the Scholarship Application Process

2022-06-27T09:32:36-07:00May 6th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} Coming from a background in finance and accounting, Kevin Strayton understands how great of a need there is for financial assistance when it comes to Catholic education. Strayton worked with companies like AT&T Wireless before realizing that he wanted his career to be more centered on helping those who [...]

Mary Jo Wahlers Discusses the History and Uniqueness of This Special School

2022-06-27T11:40:42-07:00April 22nd, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} It can be rare in today's day and age to find people who truly love their jobs, but Mary Jo Wahlers is one of those people. The journey to her current position was a natural one — she started as a parish member, moved into a volunteer position, and [...]

Father Fred Adamson, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Phoenix, Shares the Importance of His Perspectives on Catholic Education

2022-06-27T11:43:17-07:00April 15th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} Having served the Diocese of Phoenix for the last 17 years, Father Fred Adamson dedicates his life to helping people grow their relationships with Christ. Coming from a background in the healthcare industry, he empathizes with the hardships that individuals face daily and seeks to offer peace of mind [...]

Jacqueline Kennedy, Director of Recruitment for St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, Shares the Rich History and Impact of the Oldest Catholic High School in Arizona and How Different Arizona Is Than Other States When It Comes to Catholic School

2022-07-22T15:26:48-07:00April 8th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} While we love to celebrate long-time Arizona residents, it's always wonderful to recognize those who have chosen to live here — individuals who've seen what else is out there and decided to call Arizona home. Jacqueline Kennedy, the director of recruitment for St. Mary's Catholic High School in Phoenix, [...]

Rose Defer, Development Director for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Talks Expansion Projects, Pandemic Adjustments, Faith, Family Support, and Affordability with Tax Credit Scholarships with Colleen McCoy-Cejka, Dir. of Partnerships at CEA

2022-03-18T08:40:32-07:00March 18th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} Rose Defer, the Development Director for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, serves as proof of the good that a Catholic education can do. Having gone to Catholic schools in her youth, she describes feeling blessed that she can professionally serve the community that she grew up in. She [...]

Kim Kirschner, Exec. Director of IBE, and DEB Preach, CDO for CEA, Discuss Putting Kids First and the Partnership Between IBE & CEA That Can Fully Fund Families

2022-03-11T11:37:48-07:00March 11th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} Some might say that The Institute for Better Education (IBE) and Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) are a match made in heaven. With such similar and specific missions, it only makes sense that the two organizations would join efforts to increase their spheres of influence. Kim Kirschner, executive director of [...]

Tim Klei, President & CEO of Allied Group Sales, Shares His Journey and Commitment to Catholic Education Through Individual & Corporate Tax Credit Contributions, Mission Alignment, and Advice for Businesses with Colleen McCoy-Cejka at CEA

2022-02-28T12:49:49-07:00March 4th, 2022|Podcasts|

Giving to those in need is fulfilling for anybody, but it is especially rewarding when you are giving to a cause close to your heart. Tim Klei, President and CEO of Allied Group Sales, knows this firsthand. AGS is a partner of Catholic Education Arizona and directs tax credits to [...]

Brad Anderson, Vice President of Sales for Cigna, Shares Cigna’s Commitment to Employees, Customers, and Community and How Tax Credits Fit Into the Company’s Philanthropic Philosophy with Nancy Padberg, President & CEO of CEA

2022-02-25T08:19:04-07:00February 25th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} Cigna is a company that offers a variety of health services ranging from supplemental health to dental and vision. The organization believes that physical and mental health work together and that individuals need to prioritize both — figuring out how to balance the two. Brad Anderson, VP of Sales [...]

Dan Salter, General Manager for Dignity Memorial, and Nancy Padberg, MBA, CEA’s Pres. & CEO, Discuss Long-Term Benefits of a Strong Educational Foundation, Opportunities Provided by Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Benefits for CEA’s Corporate Partners

2022-02-14T11:34:26-07:00February 18th, 2022|Podcasts|

{podcast} What many business owners in Arizona may not realize is that they have the opportunity to support their communities in simple ways that don't require significant time and effort. Dignity Memorial is just one business that does this — directing its tax dollars to support Boys Hope Girls Hope [...]