BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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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Rick Spurr

Board Chair

Former CEO, Zix 

Board Member of several organizations

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Bill Schaffler

Treasurer

President & CEO

Ascension Coffee

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Don Hanratty

Secretary

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

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Matt Vereecke

Director

CEO, 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

jane@haloinitiative.org

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Veronica Alonzo

Ex-Officio Member

Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Dallas

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Laura Fox 

Director

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

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Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro

Director

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

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Joe Popolo

Director

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