The HALO Initiative (HALO) is a community of people with a passion for Catholic education.

We believe that Catholic education transforms families and communities. We believe that academically excellent schools rooted in the teachings of the Gospel should be accessible to all who desire it.

The past several years, community leaders and the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) have worked on developing a series of tools that could be deployed to face unknown challenges schools would face in the future.  In May of 2020, The HALO Initiative (HALO) was founded as one of these tools. 


HALO is an independent public charity that works in support of Catholic education in the Dallas area. HALO helps to merge faith and mission with solid business practices. While independent of the CSO, HALO is connected to the mission and has the trust and support of our Bishop.


HALO is the hub where various entities, people and thought leaders who most want to help Catholic Schools can collaborate for a greater collective impact. HALO coordinates all the various sources of student financial aid from organizations such as the Diocesan Endowment Educational Trust (DEET) and the Bishop's Invitational. This ensures that financial aid is coordinated and systematic in its response to student and school needs. It also enables the CSO to focus more on strategic initiatives that fulfill their mission of forming Saints & Scholars.

Board of Directors


Rick Spurr

Board Chair

Former CEO, Zix 

Board Member of several organizations

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Bill Schaffler


President & CEO

Ascension Coffee

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Don Hanratty


Co-founder of HALO, Founder & President of Bishop's Invitational, Optimance and
Career Control group, Inc.


Matt Vereecke



Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation,

Former Catholic Schools Educator, Administrator and Superintendent

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Jane Koenecke

Ex-Officio Member

Executive Director

The HALO Initiative



Veronica Alonzo

Ex-Officio Member

Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Diocese of Dallas

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Laura Fox 


Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees, member of the Endowment Trust, advocate for Catholic education


Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro


Experience as a Director of Formation, Parochial Vicar, and Pastoral Administrator

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Joe Popolo



Charles & Potomac Capital, LLC and past and present board member & local and national advocate of Catholic education