Our Team

Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf, O.P., Ph.D.


Director, ITCE

Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia from Nashville, Tennessee, a religious congregation that has engaged in the apostolate of Catholic education for over 160 years.
Sister Mary Agnes has taught in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and served in numerous administrative positions including President of Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, Principal of St. Pius V School in Providence, Rhode Island, Director of Bethany Retreat House in Dickson, Tennessee, Associate Director of Faith Formation at St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and Assistant Director of Development for St. Cecilia Congregation. As Director of Education and Coordinator of New Evangelization Initiatives for her religious congregation, she supported the work of her sisters in their teaching and leadership in over 50 educational institutions of all levels in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

She holds a B.A. in Teacher Education from Aquinas College in Nashville, M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame, M.A. in Theology from Providence College, and Ph.D. in Catholic Educational Leadership from The Catholic University of America. Her dissertation research explored the ways that leaders of American congregations of women religious have prepared their sisters for the teaching apostolate both in the past and in the present. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) from 2016-2022 and is currently Consultant to the Committee on Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Sagra Alvarado-Hardy, Ed.M.


Program Manager, ITCE

Sagra Alvarado-Hardy is a Catholic wife and young professional in Washington, D.C. Sagra graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2015 with her B.A. in History and minor in Middle Eastern Studies. After graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in Sicily.

Following Fulbright, Sagra graduated with her Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2018. After earning this degree, Sagra spent three years working in program management for a USG-funded exchange program that allows for students from the Middle East and North Africa region to spend an academic year with an American host family in the United States.
Sagra is an active volunteer at her parish St. Thomas Apostle in Woodley Park where she serves as a bible study leader and acted as the moderator for a Q&A series in October 2021 on female leadership in the Catholic Church. For this series, she interviewed notable Catholic female leaders including EWTN news anchor, Montse Alvarado. Sagra attended the 2021 GIVEN Forum and following the forum, she served as the moderator for 2021–2022 GIVEN Academy Series. An admirer of art history and photography, Sagra led a study for Lent 2021 with Behold Visio Divina, a ministry dedicated to prayer with sacred art through the publication of specialized studies. Sagra has written for several publications including Catholic Women in Business, The Young Catholic Woman, Verily Magazine, and the print magazine, VIGIL, for which she interviewed Catholic authors Nicole Caruso and Mary Lenaburg.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Sagra grew up in a Hispanic household and was raised in a traditional Catholic environment that led to her deep love of Catholicism. Through many providential encounters, she learned from the example of clergy and members of the religious life who helped shape her faith including the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia, the Dominican friars, the Oratorians of Saint Philip Neri, and missionary Franciscans. She has special devotions to several saints such as Saint Joseph, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Bernadette, Saint Padre Pio, Saint John Paul the Great, and Saint Gianna Beretta Molla.

Throughout her personal, educational, and professional experiences, Sagra strives to serve God in all her works and deeds. As the Program Manager for the Institute for the Transformation of Catholic Education, Sagra is eager to offer her career to the Church and collaborate with fellow Catholic professionals who yearn for a renewed era of Catholic education in the United States.

Daryl Hagan, Ed.D.


Director of Catholic School Accreditation
Program of K-12 CATHOLIC SCHOOL ACCREDITATION

Dr. Hagan has devoted his career to Catholic education, serving as a Catholic school teacher, principal, director of schools, superintendent, and lead evaluator. From 2010-2022 he served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana. Prior to this position, he served for thirteen years as principal of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky. In July 2022, he began service as the Director of the new Program of K-12 Catholic School Accreditation offered through the ITCE at The Catholic University of America.

Daryl is the founding chairman of the Indiana Catholic Schools Consortium and currently serves as President for the Indiana Non-Public Education Association. His published research and passion is engaging Catholic educators to promote and enhance Catholic identity and school improvement.

He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Kentucky University, M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Western Kentucky University, M.A. in Elementary Education from Murray State University, and B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Indiana.

Daryl is married to Jill Mattingly Hagan and they have two children, a daughter-in-law, and one grandchild.

Andrew Kremer, Ph.D.


Associate Director of Strategy and Membership
PROGRAM OF K-12 CATHOLIC SCHOOL ACCREDITATION

Dr. Andrew Kremer has served as a diocesan leader, school administrator, teacher, and coach in his vocation as a Catholic educator. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Bishop Chatard High School in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Kremer then transitioned to the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana as an assistant principal and head football coach at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana. In 2018 he accepted the role of Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana and in December of 2021 was named the Interim Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Kremer has served as the vice chair of the Indiana Catholic Schools Consortium and a member of the board of the Indiana Non-public Education Association. He now is blessed to serve as the Associate Director of Strategy and Membership for Catholic School Accreditation at the Institute for the Transformation of Catholic Education.

Dr. Kremer has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Liberty University; his dissertation research explored how Catholic school leaders use the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools (NSBECS) as a framework for accreditation. He also has a M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, and a B.A. in Secondary Education from Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Andrew lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife Nikki and their two children, Riley and Easton. They are proud members of Saint Louis de Montfort Catholic Church.

Keelan Scharbach


Administrative Assistant
Program of K-12 CATHOLIC SCHOOL ACCREDITATION

Keelan graduated with a B.A. in English from Davidson College in 2019 and has since pursued a variety of roles. From working a seasonal job as a backpacking instructor to coordinating events for a development office and a farm and, most recently, to serving as a Campus Minister at a local high school, she is now excited to combine all she learned from those experiences in her work at ITCE. 

Keelan calls Baltimore, Maryland home, where she was blessed to attend a Catholic high school. She now resides just north of Washington, D.C., where she enjoys spending time with friends and exploring creation.

Board Of Advisors

Rev. John Belmonte, S.J., Ph.D.

Rev. John Belmonte, S.J., Ph.D.

Superintendent of Catholic Education,
Diocese of Venice

James P. Broom

James P. Broom

President,
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation

Mary Pat Donoghue

Mary Pat Donoghue

Executive Director, Secretariat of Catholic Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B.

Archdiocese of Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada

Michael Ortner

Michael Ortner

President,
Ortner Family Foundation

Anthony Pienta

Anthony Pienta

Executive Director,
Altum Fund

R. Jared Staudt, Ph.D.

R. Jared Staudt, Ph.D.

Associate Superintendent for Mission and Formation, Archdiocese of Denver

Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Catechetics,
The Catholic University of America

Thomas W. Carroll

Thomas W. Carroll

Secretary for Education and Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Boston

Bishop James D. Conley, S.T.L.

Bishop James D. Conley, S.T.L.

Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska

Daniel Gibbons, Ph.D.

Daniel Gibbons, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, The Catholic University of America

Gregory P. Monroe, Ph.D.

Gregory P. Monroe, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Catholic Schools,
Diocese of Charlotte

Shawn Peterson

Shawn Peterson

President,
Catholic Education Partners

Anika T. Prather, Ph.D.

Anika T. Prather, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Howard University
Founder, The Living Water School

Lincoln Snyder

Lincoln Snyder

President/CEO,
National Catholic Educational Association

Elisabeth Sullivan

Elisabeth Sullivan

Executive Director,
Institute for Catholic Liberal Education