Our Team

Operations

Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.

President

 

Elisabeth Sullivan

Executive Director

Colleen Richards

Director of School Services

 

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Director of Advanced Formation

 

Board of Directors

Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop,
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Marie de Lorimier

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Mary Pat Donoghue

Secretariat of Catholic Education,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Kathy Gschwind

DiNicola Center for Ethics & Culture,
University of Notre Dame

 

Dr. Arthur Hippler

Providence Academy

Luke Macik, J.D.

The Lyceum

Mary Rice Hasson

The Ethics & Public Policy Center
Catholic Women’s Forum

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Thomas Aquinas College

David Stiennon

St. Ambrose Academy

 

Elisabeth Sullivan

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.

St. Augustine Academy
The Catholic Textbook Project

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

Chris Weir

Vice President

Elizabeth Sullivan

Executive Director

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Director of Advanced Formation

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

Michael is the President and Founder of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has been a Catholic educator for 30 years, most recently he served as Headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura for 20 years. 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, Michael loves to share his passion for Catholic liberal education across the country. When not doing that, he enjoys life with his wife doting on grandchildren and tending on their avocado ranch in bucolic Santa Paula, California.

Elisabeth Sullivan
Executive Director

A former journalist, Elisabeth developed her passion for Catholic liberal education while exploring authentic formation in faith and reason for her own children. She joined the Institute in 2010 to advance this vision and train educators in its philosophy and practice. As Executive Director, she develops ICLE’s program content and publications, designs our annual conference, and promotes our mission through speaking engagements across the country. Elisabeth is a CiRCE-Certified Classical Teacher who has taught middle school writing and literature, served on Catholic school boards, and served as director of communications for a liberal arts school in the Catholic tradition. She 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. She and her husband live in North Carolina and have three sons.

  Colleen Richards
  Director of School Services

Colleen Richards is ICLE’s Director of School Services, leading our teacher training and school advising efforts around the country. After 17 years of classroom teaching in a variety of Catholic elementary and high schools, she spent eight years as the second headmaster of St. John Bosco Schools in East Rochester, New York. Colleen led the school’s adoption of the St. Jerome Academy Educational Plan, training teachers and growing the school to double its size. In 2014, she led the opening of Chesterton Academy of Rochester as part of the new Chesterton Schools Network, making the institution an option for a complete Catholic education for students from Pre-K through twelfth grade. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Canisius College, a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction, and holds New York State Teacher Certification.

Dr. Andrew Seeley
Director of Advanced Formation

For more than two decades, Dr. Andrew Seeley has been a Tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California. Dr. Seeley received a Licentiate from the Pontifical Institute in Medieval Studies (Toronto) and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto (1995). He has taught joyfully and extensively in all the areas of a Great Books curriculum. Desiring to share his love of Catholic learning, Dr. Seeley joined the Institute in 2005. He and his wife, Lisa, have six children and seven grandchildren.