Board of Directors
Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.
Dr. Andrew Seeley
Thomas Aquinas College
Luke Macik, J.D.
The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
Mary Pat Donoghue
St. Jerome Academy
Bishop Robert Barron
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
The Most Reverend
J. Michael Miller, C.S.B.
Archbishop of Vancouver
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
The Most Reverend James D. Conley
Bishop of Lincoln
Dr. Dominic A. Aquila
University of St. Thomas, Houston
Dr. Janet Smith
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
Sr. Mary Anne Zuberbueler, O.P.
Dean, School of Education,
Dr. Andrew Seeley
For more than two decades, Dr. Andrew Seeley has been a Tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where his love has been teaching and learning with his fellow faculty and students from the greatest minds of Western Civilization. A 1987 graduate of Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Seeley received his Licentiate from the Pontifical Institute in Medieval Studies (Toronto) and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto (1995). His dissertation was a study in St. Thomas's teaching about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
His teaching experience includes courses in Biblical Studies; Patristics; Logic; Language; Natural Philosophy; Biology; Geometry; Cartesian Algebra; Differential Calculus; Number Theory; non-Euclidean Geometry; Ancient, Medieval and Modern Philosophy and Literature; Classical Physics and Relativity; and Music Theory.
Desiring to share his love of learning, in 2005 Dr. Seeley became Executive Director at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has spoken at conferences, led in-service workshops, offered consultations to schools and colleges and directed the Institute's Academic Retreat for Teachers.
Dr. Seeley is on the National Policy Advisory Board for the Catholic High School Honor Roll, Wyoming Catholic College's Catholic Scholars Advisory Board, and a number of Catholic liberal arts schools around the country. His articles have been published on-line in Crisis, First Things and The Imaginative Conservative, among others. He is co-author of Declaration Statesmanship: A Course in American Government.
Dr. Seeley is married to Lisa Seeley and is father to six children, and grandfather to three.
Michael J. Van Hecke, M.Ed.
Mr. Van Hecke is the President and Founder of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has been a Catholic educator for 25 years, currently serving as Headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura. He received a B.A. in classical Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. He is President and Publisher of the Catholic Textbook Project, a company producing the first history textbooks specifically for Catholic Schools in nearly 50 years. As a consultant and speaker, Mr. Van Hecke loves to share his passion for Classical Catholic education across the country. When not doing that, he enjoys life with his wife and three children on their avocado ranch in bucolic Santa Paula, California.
Elisabeth Sullivan is the Associate Director of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. A former journalist, she found her passion for the classical liberal arts while exploring authentic formation in faith and reason for her own children. Beth became involved in Catholic education at the local level, serving on boards and researching curricula. She taught literature and writing at St. John Bosco School in East Rochester, New York, an independent classical school, where she also served as Director of Communications. Beth holds a B.S. in Humanities from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2016, she completed The CiRCE Institute's Apprenticeship Program. Beth and her husband, John, have three sons and live in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Mary Pat Donoghue
Director of School Services
As Principal, Mary Pat led St. Jerome Academy in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., to become the first parochial school to embrace a classical liberal arts education. Under her leadership, St. Jerome developed a unique Catholic classical curriculum, and became a model and a spark for many others around the country. Mary Pat has 23 years of experience in Catholic education. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, and a Master's in Administration from Trinity College, Washington, DC.
Director of Advancement
Chris holds a B.A. and M.A. in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also worked as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Director of First Year Programs from 2001-2005. From 2005-2017, Chris served as the Director of Admissions, Director of Leadership Development, and Associate Director of Formation at Servite High School. Chris also serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Sanberg International Leadership Program. He and his wife, Annie, live in Seal Beach, California, and have two children, Mary Elizabeth and Magdalena Rose.