Our Team

Operations

Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.

President

 

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Executive Director

 

Elisabeth Sullivan

Associate Director

 

Mary Pat Donoghue

Director of School Services

 

Chris Weir

Director of Advancement

Board of Directors

Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.

St. Augustine Academy
The Catholic Textbbook Project

 

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Thomas Aquinas College

 

Luke Macik, J.D.

The Lyceum

 

Elisabeth Sullivan

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

 

William Huckestein

Ozeri, Inc.

 

Mary Pat Donoghue

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

 

Arthur Hippler

Providence Academy

 

Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

 

Marie de Lormier

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

 

David Stiennon

St. Ambrose Academy

Advisory Board

Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B.

Archbishop of Vancouver

 

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Patron – Sovereign Military Order of Malta

 

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, Aquinas College

Operations

Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.

President

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Executive Director

Mary Pat Donahue

Director of School Services

Elizabeth Sullivan

Associate Director

Chris Weir

Director of Advancement

Board of Directors

Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.

President

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Thomas Aquinas College

Luke Macik, J.D.

The Lyceum

Elisabeth Sullivan

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

William Huckestein

Ozeri, Inc.

Mary Pat Donoghue

St. Jerome Academy

Arthur Hippler

Province Academy

Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Advisory Board

Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B.

Archbishop of Vancouver

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Patron – Sovereign Military Order of Malta

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, Aquinas College

Michael J. Van Hecke, M.Ed. 
President

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 Catholic liberal 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.

Dr. Andrew Seeley
Executive Director

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 of 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 CrisisFirst 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.

Elisabeth Sullivan
Associate Director

A former journalist, Beth found her passion for Catholic liberal education 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 Catholic 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. Beth joined in the Institute in 2010. She is a CiRCE Certified Classical Teacher, after having complete a three-year 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.

Chris Weir
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.