Dr. Donna Hargens
Dr. Donna Hargens graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. Dr. Hargens joined the Department of Catholic Schools in 2018 after serving as Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. She has over 39 years of experience in education, including a role as Chief Academic Officer for Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina, Interim Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (PK-12), and Western Area Assistant Superintendent. In addition, she has been a principal, assistant principal, and a high school Spanish and English teacher.
Karen Murphy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology from the University of Maryland and a Master of Education in School Administration and Supervision from Loyola University. With 26 years of experience in elementary education, she has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Archdiocese before becoming Associate Superintendent.
Gregory earned a degree in teaching from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree from Loyola College in School Counseling. Gregory also received his administration certification from Loyola College. Before coming to the archdiocese Gregory worked in the Harford County Public School system for over 30 years where he was a Social Studies teacher, football coach, and assistant principal, and served as principal for the past 12 years. Gregory also has been trained through a variety of school safety programs and is a trained presenter in this area.
Kathleen Russo-Garcia, LCPC, NCC
Director of Student Support Services
Kathleen holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She is a national and board-certified counselor (NCC), a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), and an approved licensed clinical professional counselor supervisor. Kathleen has over twenty years of experience counseling students and families in hospital and school settings, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic schools. She also has an extensive background in psychoeducational testing.
Director of Educational Technology
Joe Oleszczuk is an experienced educator, technology enthusiast, and responsible for developing and implementing a standardized robust technology platform across all schools in support of the Archdiocesan curriculum.
Director of Enrollment Management
Laura Mooney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She started her career in the OperationTEACH program and continued teaching in the Archdiocese for eight years. In 2016, Laura transitioned to the Catholic Center to work with schools on strategies and initiatives to sustain and grow enrollment.
Director of Marketing
Lauren Robinson graduated from Towson University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Electronic Media and Film. She possesses a background in both corporate and non-profit marketing. Lauren joined the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012, serving as the Director of Advancement and Marketing at St. Ursula School. In 2016, she transitioned to the Catholic Center to use her creativity, expertise, and passion for Catholic education to grow the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese, and elevate their profile within the region.
Dr. Eric Watts
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Eric Watts received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park, a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Before joining the Department of Catholic Schools, Dr. Watts was the Director of Career and Technical Education at The Urban Assembly in New York City. Prior to that, he was a Senior Program Officer at the National Institute for Work and Learning in Washington DC.
Technology Integration Specialist
Cailin Colegrove is an experienced educator and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Duquense University. Cailin received her Masters’s Degree in Educational Technology from Loyola University of Maryland as well as the Administrator I and II certifications from Goucher College. In July of 2022, Cailin joined the Archdiocese of Baltimore to support educators with meaningful technology integration in order to help improve student achievement.
Sunda M Cramer
Student Systems Application Manager
Sunda Cramer graduated from the University of Baltimore with an International Business degree. She has been with the Archdiocese of Baltimore since 2001.
School Data Analyst
Jennifer acts as the primary data analyst for student and school performance-related data, providing functional support to all student and school data end-users. Jennifer graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University with a degree in English and Music. She has over 10 years of experience in education, primarily in the Higher Ed field, and happily joined the Archdiocese in 2016.
Jane M. McClure
Administrative Assistant to Associate Superintendent for School Leadership and Community Programs
Jane McClure has worked at the Catholic Center for 23 years for the Department of Catholic Schools. In addition to the general support of the entire Department, Jane provides assistance to Associate Superintendent Dr. Brown.
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Alex assists Superintendent Dr. Hargens and provides support to the entire Department of Catholic Schools. He has been with the Archdiocese of Baltimore since September 2021 and is a parishioner at Saints Philip & James Catholic Church.
Fiscal Accountability Manager
April Bain is the Fiscal Accountability Manager for the Child Nutrition Program. She has worked for the Archdiocese of Baltimore since August 2000.
Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Supervisor
Isabelle Gerber oversees all aspects of the school meal programs for the schools that participate in the Archdiocese of Baltimore CNP. Isabelle supervises the food service staff of day-to-day operations, enforces USDA requirements and guidelines, menu planning, food production, sanitation, customer service, record keeping, marketing, professional development, and evaluates the program in order to meet the nutritional needs of the children, as they relate the to the CNP.