Our Team

Operations

Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed.

President

 

Chris Weir

Vice President

 

Elisabeth Sullivan

Executive Director

Colleen Richards

Director of School Services

 

Dr. Andrew Seeley

Director of Advanced Formation

 

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

Secretariat of Catholic Education
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

Dr. Arthur Hippler

Providence Academy

 

Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

 

Marie de Lorimier

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

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

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.

weir-imageChris Weir
Vice President

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 Long Beach, California, and have three children, Mary Elizabeth, Magdalena, and William.

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. The same desire to know the truth of things that drew her to journalism found its purpose in serving the Church through the recovery of the Catholic intellectual tradition, especially in elementary schools and high schools. Elisabeth joined the Institute in 2010 to advance this vision and train educators in its philosophy and practice. She is a CiRCE-Certified Classical Teacher who has taught writing and literature, served on Catholic school boards, and served as director of communications for a classical liberal arts school in the Catholic tradition. Elisabeth 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, John, have three sons and live in North Carolina.

  Colleen Richards
  Director of School Services

  Colleen Richards is the former headmaster of St. John Bosco Schools ~ Chesterton Academy of Rochester in East Rochester, New York.  She 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.

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 four grandchildren.