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Education Advisory Council Annual Meeting

Nestled among the trees in a beautiful contemplative setting, the Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse, OH provided the perfect backdrop for the annual meeting of the National Education Office’s Education Advisory Council. Included among the strategic topics on the agenda were thoughtful discussions on

  • The 2018 National Education Summit
  • Governance Support and Resources
  • Leadership Development for Mission
  • A Sponsorship Model that supports education within the context of one SND USA Province
  • Sponsorship Hallmarks and Standards

The gathering also included a warm welcome to new Council members:

  • Michael Bates, President of Notre Dame Schools in Chardon, OH
  • Kim Grilliot, President of Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, OH
  • Karen Poelking, VP for Board and Community Relations at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, OH

A portion of the meeting was held at NDA, Toledo in order to give Council members an opportunity to tour the Academy and Maria Early Learning Center, which is housed on the same Campus.  The group truly enjoyed interacting with the little ones at MELC and experiencing the NDA learning environment.

Pictured left-to-right: Rich Hoyt, John Venturella, Karen Poelking, Sr. Katherine Feely, Laura Koehl, Michael Bates, Rich Havel, Kim Grilliot, Nancy Coonis, Jane Meier, Joe Waler, Sr. Sally Huston, Sr. Mary Frances Taymans