| Nancy Padberg, MBA|
President & CEO+ Read Bio
| Deb Preach|
Chief Development Officer+ Read Bio
| Colleen McCoy-Cejka|
Director of Strategic Partnerships+ Read Bio
| Colleen Will|
Parish Liaison – Events Manager+ Read Bio
| Caitlin Wooten|
Finance Director & Compliance+ Read Bio
| Sandra Pusac|
Office Manager+ Read Bio
| Elizabeth English|
Marketing and Development Associate+ Read Bio
| Bonnie Gates|
Controller+ Read Bio
| Christine Lorello|
Corporate Manager+ Read Bio
Colleen McCoy-Cejka is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Catholic Education Arizona. Prior to CEA Colleen was Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Phoenix for six years and has also served as a Catholic school principal and teacher in elementary and high schools for 13 years in Indiana. Colleen is an author, consultant, and national speaker/trainer on program development for exceptional learners in Catholic schools and has worked locally with the board for the Arizona Catholic Schools Disabilities Fund since the organization’s inception in 2014. Colleen earned her BS in English Education with a minor in Music from Illinois State University and completed a MA at University of Indianapolis in Curriculum and Instruction with additional post grad work in Educational Leadership to receive K-12 principal certification. A Chicago-area native and White Sox fan, Colleen is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Scottsdale along with her husband Joel. Both serve in multiple parish ministries along with their two teenage children.
Deb Preach is the Chief Development 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.
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.
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 Finance Director & 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.
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!
Board of Directors
|Dr. Melissa Fees, Ph.D.|
|Rev. Tom Eckert, C.S.C.|
|Mr. Donald (D.J.) Cole|
|Mr. Robert (Bob) Venberg|
Interim Superintendent of Schools
|Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares|
Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix
|Mr. Rodrigo Vela|
|Mr. Todd A. Bankofier|
|Mr. Victor Serna|
|Mr. Carlos A. Sugich|