Loyola University Chicago

Center Staff

Lee Hubbell, Director of LU Choice and JVC Magis 

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.

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 currently 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.

Patricia Huizar, LEAD Coach Coordinator

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.‌

As the LEAD Coach Coordinator, Ms. Huizar works with partner universities, Diocesan Offices of Education and CCSE staff to assist in creating systems to address the expanding needs of Catholic Schools.  Ms. Huizar develops systems and procedures for collecting and sharing data necessary for project evaluation and continues improvement process.  She helps facilitate all internship placement arrangements among the Diocesan Offices of Education, cooperating Principals, university faculty and principal candidates.  She 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.  Ms. Huizar also coordinates with Partnerships Transforming Principal Preparation Co-Directors on implementation of the project and assists in developing professional development modules/program materials for use with in the Department of Education grant.

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Michelle Lia, Ed.D., Co-Director

Michelle Lia holds a BA from Saint Mary’s College in Elementary Education, and an MS and an EdD in Literacy Education, both from Northern Illinois University. 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 teachers in Chicago and across the country in the areas of instruction, literacy, and backward design and also acts as a coach of the coaches and professional learning consultants for the Greeley Center. Dr. Lia teaches literacy and curriculum design courses to students in undergraduate and Master’s programs in the School of Education. She presents at the yearly National Catholic Educational Association convention and Catholic Leadership Summit.

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Jorge Peña, Andrew Greeley Endowed Research Fellow

As a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Peña teachesJorge Pena pic graduate students how 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, and is a Certified Data Wise Coach and holds the Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership both from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Debbie Sullivan, Co-Director

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.

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.  Dr. Sullivan continues to develop 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.

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Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D., Adjunct

Michael J. Boyle is the Superintendent of the Diocese of Joliet (IL). Dr. Boyle has worked in education in a variety of settings and roles. As a school psychologist at both the high school and elementary levels, he worked with students across a broad range of areas of exceptionality. He has also served as a special education administrator in several public school districts and as principal in a Catholic elementary school.


In 2014, Dr. Boyle was named the recipient of the C. Albert Koob Merit Award by the National Catholic Education Association for significant contributions to Catholic education.

Dr. Boyle teaches courses in the Catholic Principal Preparation Program. 

  • Curriculum Vitae: PDF
  • E-mail: mboyle@dioceseofjoliet.org   
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Doreen Engel, Adjunct and Professional Learning Consultant

Doreen Engel holds a Bachelor in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College and a Master of Arts in Education with Doreen Engel Pica concentration in Special Education from The Catholic University of America.  She has worked in Catholic schools for more than 30 years.  Doreen has taught students in every grade from PreK to Graduate school, as well as students served by every category of disability identified under IDEA 2004.  As director for special education for the Archdiocese of Washington, she worked cooperatively with principals to expand the inclusion of children with disabilities, and to develop archdiocesan policies to support inclusion.  A program that she designed for St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. over 20 years ago has been replicated at other Catholic schools, allowing students with a wide range of disabilities to access a college preparatory curriculum.  She also has served as a principal and as an assistant superintendent.

Doreen is a former board member of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, and a current member of Exceptional Learner Advisory Committee for the National Catholic Education Association and the Diocese of Providence Exceptional Learner Task Force.  She is an active Associate of the Sisters of Mercy, serving on the New England Critical Concerns Committee.


Doreen is currently the interim principal at Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD. She teaches in the Leading Inclusive Catholic Schools Certificate Program. 

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Sandria Morten, Ed.D., Adjunct

Sandria Morten holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in School Administration from the University of Notre Dame as well as a MEd and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago.  Dr. Morten worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 12 years as a teacher, the principal of St. Matthias School, and most recently directing the development of an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at St. Matthias, the first in any Catholic grade school in Illinois.  Dr. Morten’s doctoral research focused on the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in Catholic school settings.

  Dr. Morten teaches graduate courses for Loyola’s Catholic Principal Preparation Program.

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