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The HALO Initiative Board and staff are deeply committed to understanding the challenges faced by our Catholic schools and making real and lasting change to make Catholic education more available, with a more consistently excellent experience and a culture of innovation. Our variety of perspective and experience is creating a new culture and a more sustainable future at Dallas area Catholic schools.

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Laura Fox


Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees, member of the Endowment Trust and
a legacy of education support

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Georgia Lyons


Experienced Educator, Volunteer, Supporter, and Advocate for Catholic Education and
Numerous Charities


Fr. Alfonze Nazzaro


Known for Promoting and strengthening Catholic Schools, experience as Director of Formation, Parochial Vicar, and Pastoral Administrator

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Wyatt Maxwell


Partner and Board Member of Compatriot Capital Organizations, who believes in the value of Catholic education

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Joe Popolo


Co-Founder of HALO, CEO Charles & Potomac Capital, LLC, and Past and President Board Member & local and national Advocate of Catholic education


Rick Spurr

Board Chair

Former CEO, Zix 

Board Member of several organizations

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Bill Schaffler



Chief Financial Officer

HiBar Hospitality Group

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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Don Hanratty



HALO Co-Founder

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

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Dr. Rebecca Hammel

Ex-Officio Member

Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Dallas

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Jane Koenecke

Ex-Officio Member

Executive Director

The HALO Initiative

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