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.

While Catholic schools across the nation are closing at an alarming rate, HALO recognizes that because of the excellent leadership at the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) and the generosity of our community, our schools are strong. We are working to make sure that our beloved Catholic schools stay strong, viable and valuable for current and future generations.

​Founded in 2020 as an independent 501 (c) 3 public charity, HALO alongside the CSO. HALO connects the CSO, donors, and the community at large to strengthen the entire Dallas Catholic school system and to help more families have access to Catholic education. The unique partnership between HALO and the CSO enables supporters to have a collective impact on Catholic schools, lifting the entire system.

Board of Directors

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Rick Spurr

Interim Board Chair

Former CEO, Zix 

Board Member of several organizations

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Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro


Experience as a Director of Formation, parochial Vicar and Pastoral Administrator. 

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Don Hanratty


Co-founder, Bishop's Invitational

Founder and President, Optimance and Career Control group, Inc.

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Joe Popolo



Charles & Potomac Capital, LLC

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Bill Schaffler



Ascension Coffee

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Allison Fasy 

Founding Director

Executive Director

The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation

*Term Expired

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Matt Vereecke

Ex Officio Member

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Diocese of Dallas

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Jane Koenecke

Ex Officio Member

Executive Director The HALO Initiative