Center Staff

Lee Hubbell, Director of LU Choice and JVC Magis 

Lee serves as the Director of JVC (Jesuit Volunteer Corp) Magis, LU CHOICE (Loyola University Chicago Opportunities in Catholic Education) and the Director of Ministry for the First studies program at Loyola University Chicago. Lee is also a spiritual director, trained in the Ignatian tradition of spiritual direction.

Lee has worked in the field of education in a variety of settings and roles. Lee taught fourth and fifth grade at Little Flower School in San Antonio, TX as a Jesuit Volunteer Corp Member. In addition to teaching fourth grade he also served as the Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Fatima School in Lafayette, LA. As the Director of Acadiana C.A.R.E.S, (Concern for AIDS Relief, Education & Support), Lee developed HIV/AIDS educational training programs. While working with the Target Group in Chicago, he developed career training programs for high school students. At DePaul University, Lee mentored and assisted in the development of first year teachers.

Lee Hubbell holds a B.A. in Elementary/Special Education and a M.Ed. from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. In addition he holds a Master’s degree in Divinity and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago.


Patricia Huizar, LEAD Coach Coordinator

Patricia Huizar is the LEAD Coach Coordinator through a Department of Education grant. As LEAD Coordinator, her work includes the following:

  • works with partner universities
  • works with Diocesan Offices of Education and CCSE staff to assist in creating systems to address the expanding needs of Catholic Schools
  • develops systems and procedures for collecting and sharing data necessary for project evaluation and continues improvement proces
  • facilitates all internship placement arrangements among the Diocesan Offices of Education, cooperating Principals, university faculty and principal candidates.
  • assists with the identification and placement of Principal interns in appropriate schools, organizes and develops communication plan to facilitate information flow among project partners and external audiences.
  • coordinates with Partnerships Transforming Principal Preparation Co-Directors on implementation of the project
  • assists in developing professional development modules/program materials for use with in the Department of Education grant.


Patricia Huizar holds a BA in Spanish, a BS in Biology and an MEd from Loyola University Chicago as well as an MA in School Administration from Dominican University.  Ms. Huizar worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 12‌ years, 6 years as a teacher, 2 as a Campus Administrator, and 4 as a principal of St. Frances of Rome School in Cicero.‌


Michelle Lia, Ed.D., Co-Director

Michelle Lia is a Co-Director of the Greeley Center. She is a product of Catholic education from age 4 to 22. She worked in Catholic and public schools for 17 years as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist. 

Dr. Lia provides coaching and professional learning to educators in Chicago and across the country in these areas:

  • instruction
  • literacy
  • curriculum
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • instructional coaching


For the Greeley Center. she also acts as a coach of the coaches and professional learning consultants  Dr. Lia teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Education. 


Jorge Peña, Andrew Greeley Endowed Research Fellow

Dr. Jorge Peña is the Greeley Endowed Chair for Research in the School of Education. Dr. Peña teaches graduate students

Jorge Pena pichow to use evidence for continuous improvement. 


Before coming to Loyola University Chicago, he was the Director of School Improvement and Catholic School Accreditation for the Archdiocese of Chicago where he was responsible for supporting the largest private school system in the United States in teaching schools how to analyze student performance results, coaching schools using the Data Wise Improvement Process, and showing schools how to create and evaluate continuous school improvement efforts. 


Dr. Peña holds a B.A. from The University of Vermont, a M.S. Ed. from Chicago State University, an Ed.D. from DePaul University, is a Certified Data Wise Coach, and holds the Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership both from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Debbie Sullivan, Co-Director

Dr. Debra Sullivan is a Co-Director of the Greeley Center. She also serves as the department chair of the Administration and Supervision department in the School of Education.

Dr. Sullivan teaches graduate courses for Loyola’s Catholic Principal Preparation Program.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Sullivan...

  • guides the Catholic School principal candidates through the coursework and internship process in order to successfully complete the necessary requirements for Illinois Licensure. 
  • develops relationships with the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria, and Rockford which were forged through the Department of Education, IL-PART Grant.  

Dr. Sullivan is passionate about Catholic school leadership plans as well as building the leadership capacity of those already ministering in Catholic Schools.

Debra Sullivan holds a BA in History in Education from Whittier College, a MA in Educational Administration from Rosary College (now Dominican University) as well as an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago.  Dr. Sullivan worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 25 years. She began her career as a junior high history teacher at St. Philomena School near Humboldt Park.  Upon receiving her MA in Educational Administration, Dr. Sullivan moved into the role of principal, first at Our Lady of Mercy School in the Albany Park neighborhood and then at Northside Catholic Academy, a consolidated Catholic school sponsored by 6 parishes in the Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park neighborhoods. Just prior to earning her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Sullivan was recruited to move to the Office of Catholic Schools to serve as a Regional Director for the Archdiocese’s newly developed Turnaround Program. 

Dr. Sullivan’s doctoral research focused on the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in Catholic school settings.