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

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Rick Spurr

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