Nancy built her career in media, marketing and education industries in Santa Monica and San Francisco. She earned her MBA at Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business, served as Vice President of The Phelps Group marketing firm and led the Education division at Hearst media. She was nominated, “Women Making a Difference” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, earned Top 50 Content Marketer in U.S., served on ISU Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication, Pepperdine University and Rutgers University Advisory Boards. Nancy is married to David, she attended Catholic Schools, is a Kappa Delta and played Big 12 Golf for ISU.
Deb Preach is the Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Education Arizona. The last twenty-nine years of Deb’s professional life has been working for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Phoenix in some capacity, including fifteen years as the Catholic Youth Athletics Association Athletic Director. Deb’s areas of specialization and expertise include school tuition organizations, school operations, scholarship administration, and individual and corporate tax credit donor acquisition. As the liaison for our schools, Deb works to inform, inspire and ignite the community on the benefit of Catholic education in our state and promotes Catholic education as a right for all children, and not a privilege! A native Arizonian, Deb has been married to her husband Brett for 33 years, and their four grown daughters attended Catholic schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.
Colleen Will is the Advancement and Parish Relations Liaison at Catholic Education Arizona. Colleen’s previous professional experience has been in customer service and client relations. As Advancement and Parish Relations Liaison, Colleen establishes strong relationships with pastors and provides education to the community surrounding CEA’s mission. For Colleen, it is so gratifying to work for an organization that is trying to ease the financial burden of Catholic education for families. . She is passionate about our local Catholic schools and the educational and spiritual foundation that they provide to children. Colleen was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and attended Catholic schools throughout her life. She and her husband Jeffrey have been married for four decades and share two daughters and two grandchildren
Caitlin Wooten is Catholic Education Arizona’s Director of Finance & Compliance. Prior to CEA Caitlin spent five years with the Arizona Department of Revenue where she honed her specialized skills in Accounting, School Tuition Organization compliance, and individual and corporate tax credit law and processes. Caitlin developed her belief in “Men and Women in Service of Others” and the importance of developing students as a whole person to build a better society while completing her BS in Accounting and Finance at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Caitlin enjoys spending quality time with her four children ranging from nine months to twelve years old and three dogs as well as the occasional paint-and-sip class when she gets a moment to herself.
Sandra Pusac is the Office Manager for Catholic Education Arizona. Her work experience in data management and customer service prior to CEA has been at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Phoenix. She has five children with her husband Charles, and all have attended Catholic schools in the Phoenix diocese. Sandee believes in the mission of Catholic Education Arizona, where she believes we change lives one scholarship at a time. She is genuinely filled with joy through her service to families that partner with CEA and is so grateful to be able to impact lives every single day.
Elizabeth English is the Marketing and Development Associate for Catholic Education Arizona. Prior to CEA, Elizabeth was the Administrative Assistant for the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Phoenix for two years. Elizabeth has a background in hospitality and health care administration as well as volunteering and public speaking for youth ministry for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Elizabeth earned her BA in Communications from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL at the age of 20. Elizabeth received her HS diploma and minor in journalism from Northwest Florida state College in Niceville, FL. Elizabeth is an avid hiker, adventurer, adrenaline junkie, and traveler. You can find Elizabeth at the ASU Newman center for Mass and hiking, skydiving, cliff jumping, rock climbing, or at the dog park with her two fur babies when she is not at CEA.
Bonnie Gates is Catholic Education Arizona’s Controller. Bonnie brings over 35 years of accounting and financial management experience to the organization. She is a native of Arizona and grew up on the Navajo Indian Reservation. She earned her BS in Accounting from Arizona State University and her MS in Accounting from Grand Canyon University. She has worked in various business sectors including retail & wholesale sales, construction, public relations & advertising and nonprofit. She also serves on her church council as Treasurer and is very passionate about community outreach ministries. Bonnie enjoys spending time with her husband of 34 years, Kelly, her five furry children, cooking, hiking, traveling the world and spending time with her friends.
Christine Lorello is the Corporate Manager for Catholic Education Arizona. Her focus, to foster relationships with Arizona businesses. Chris has been a marketing, sponsorship, sales and promotional collaborator for 25 years. Originally from Ohio, Chris has lived in Connecticut, New York, New Mexico and landed in Arizona in 2005 while working in the live music industry. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Scottsdale International Film Festival. Chris has one son, Xander, who is a Sophomore at St. John Paul II Catholic H.S. Go Lions!
Jim Pogge joins CEA as the Director of Development, focusing on Corporate Relations and Corporate Tax Credits. Jim joins us after 3 ½ years as the Director of Advancement at Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler, Arizona. At Seton, Jim’s Advancement Team directed the annual fund, resurrected fundraising events, spearheaded corporate tax credit initiatives, and led capital improvement projects, including athletic field lights and the recent renovation of its “Historic Campus.” Jim will focus primarily on building relationships with business leaders, educating them about how easy it is to participate, and asking them to redirect their Arizona tax liability to directly support student scholarships.
In 2018, Jim moved to Arizona from Omaha, Nebraska. He is very familiar with Catholic education both in K-12 formation as well as from an administrative standpoint. Jim attended Catholic elementary school, graduated from Creighton Prep in Omaha, and earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota. Jim also holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He married his college sweetheart, and they have two adult children who also attended Pre-K thru 12 Catholic schools.
Board of Directors
Todd Bankofier Chairman
Carlos A. Sugich Vice Chairman
Donald (D.J.) Cole Treasurer
Robert (Bob) Venberg Secretary
Domonic Salce Superintendent of Schools
Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix