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ACCU staff serve member institutions, scholars, journalists, Church officials, and others Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern time).

ACCU Staff


Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., PRESIDENT and CEO
Michael has over 40 years of experience in higher education and various ministerial settings. The primary focus of his work has been in higher education and ministry with young adults as a campus minister, a religious studies professor, a seminary instructor, and a graduate ministry internship director. Michael’s 1996 book, Gospel on Campus, is viewed as a standard for Catholic campus ministry in the U.S. His book Promising Practices: Collaboration among Catholic Bishops and University Presidents highlights proven ways that bishops, diocesan agencies, and Catholic colleges and universities collaborate. In 2015, ACCU released the second volume of A Mission Officer Handbook, which Michael conceived and edited, profiling the many ways that mission officers can advance Catholic identity and university mission. He recently completed editing Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice, examining what it means to integrate Catholic identity and university mission into the work of student affairs professionals.

Michael holds a Ph.D. in Sacred Scripture, an M.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in Theology. He has been married for 38 years to Pamela. Pamela and Michael are the proud parents of two biological and two adopted children and grandparents to six grandchildren.

Contact Michael at (202) 457-0650, ext. 222 or


Alexandra began work at ACCU in spring 2017. Prior to joining ACCU and as a graduate student, Alexandra worked in marketing and communications for the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. She received her master’s in music from the University of Florida and completed her undergraduate education at American University with a dual degree in both music and public communication. Alexandra has also worked in the nonprofit sector for four years, primarily serving migrant and seasonal Head Start families. On her own time, Alexandra likes volunteering at a center for at-risk youth in Nicaragua. At ACCU, she is working on initiatives to support Hispanics on member campuses and also the Annual Meeting.

Contact Alexandra at (202) 457-0650, ext. 221 or



Nadine joined ACCU in November 2017, bringing over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Prior to ACCU, she spent 17 years at Independent Sector, first as Director of Research and eventually as VP for Convenings and Knowledge Management. She led annual conference planning and execution, research and evaluation, and interactions with global civil society organizations. At ACCU, Nadine will have responsibility for the Annual Meeting, the Mission Leadership Institute, the Charism Cabinet, and the Peace & Justice initiative. Nadine is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and completed her M.A. in International Development from American University. Her interests include traveling and cooking and she is a loyal Trekkie. She and her husband have been blessed with two grown children who have done them proud!

Contact Nadine at (202) 457-0650, ext. 224 or



Sandra joined the ACCU staff in April 2014 after living for over two decades in Northern Italy and working in a variety of administrative positions, both inside and outside the world of Catholic education. In the role of parent, teacher, and school administrator, Sandra has both a multicultural perspective and broad-based experience in Catholic education from grades K thru 13 and beyond. Her degree from Dartmouth College, where she majored in government and Asian studies, included the study of two languages (Spanish & Mandarin Chinese,) to which she has now added Italian. Sandra and her husband Maurizio currently live in Takoma Park, MD. All three of their children are now college graduates going on to pursue careers in pediatric neurology, aerospace engineering (although presently serving as a US Navy submariner) and strategic policy consulting. Her hobbies include reading, walking, cooking, and traveling. At ACCU, Sandra manages the president's schedule, Board and committee meetings, Rome Seminar, and the Annual Meeting.

Contact Sandra at (202) 457-0650 ext. 227, or



Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, Ana graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to receive a bachelor's in theology from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. She has 10 years of not-for-profit experience and has been with ACCU since November 2016, primarily working on the ACCU Annual Meeting. While not at the office, Ana enjoys exploring DC, travelling to Europe, and spending time with her husband and daughter. 

Contact Ana at (202) 457-0650 ext. 229 or




Judith has more than 15 years of experience in print, broadcast, and digital media. She has worked at several news organizations, including the Washington Times, the Washington Post, and Pacifica’s WPFW. As a journalist, Judith has covered regional, national, and international news and produced a radio public affairs program on Africa. In 2003, she co-founded the New African Film Festival, which is held annually at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring. Judith holds a master's degree in journalism and public affairs, along with a certificate in human rights from American University. In addition, she has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.

Contact Judith at (202) 457-0650, ext. 232 or



Paula joined the ACCU staff in summer 2011. She had previously been at the American Council on Education for 11 years, serving most recently as its director of publishing. There, Paula oversaw the organization’s publications, and worked on promoting and branding the association. She directed ACE’s trademark and copyright program, instituting an intellectual property protection program. In previous positions, Paula worked as a magazine and trade press writer and editor. Now at ACCU, Paula manages all communications for the association, including its publications, website, and media relations. Paula began her undergraduate degree at Immaculata College and earned a degree in journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she grew up. She also has a master's degree in emerging media from Loyola University Maryland. She and her husband Terry are the parents of one son, who is destined to surpass them in every way.

Contact Paula at (202) 457-0650, ext. 226 or


Kyle joined the ACCU staff in summer 2018. As media specialist, he produces digital content for the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education program. Previously, Kyle had been a partner at Ryan Media Lab for more than five years, focusing on drone delivery technology. He co-produced the first FAA-approved drone interview and drone videography shoot. One of his earlier clients, Flirtey, is now a leading drone delivery company. Notable achievements include helping the company and flight partner NASA prove that an unmanned aircraft could transport life-saving medical supplies, and co-producing the nation's first approved ship-to-shore autonomous drone delivery flight in collaboration with Johns Hopkins, to demonstrate the capability of drones to save lives in post-disaster situations. The Flirtey drone sits proudly at the Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum. Kyle earned a degree in marketing at the University of Pittsburgh, in the city where he grew up. He also has a master's degree in media management from the New School in New York City. 

Contact Kyle at (202) 457-0650, ext. 228 or


Rebecca joined ACCU in September 2016 after spending four years as the vice president for student life at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, notably in areas of change management and working with diverse groups. At Notre Dame of Maryland, she supervised campus ministry, residence life, student activities, intercollegiate Division III athletics, community service, leadership programs, diversity initiatives, and more. Rebecca and her husband Jonathan are parents of three children, all of whom attend archdiocesan schools. When she is not in the office, she is likely at the pool, the soccer field, or the cross country trails with her kids. At ACCU, Rebecca is responsible for overseeing the association’s Catholic identity and university mission programs. She also assists in advancement efforts, supervises association research, and monitors trends and current issues relating to Catholic higher education. 

Contact Rebecca at (202) 457-0650, ext. 223 or



Staci joined the ACCU staff in November 2015, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit accounting. She has previously held positions at No Labels, Women’s Learning Partnership, and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. Staci began her undergraduate education at Ohio State University and earned a degree in business administration from Otterbein University in central Ohio. Staci is the parent of a son, a recent graduate of Ohio University. At ACCU, Staci manages all finances for the organization, as well as human resources and office operations.

Contact Staci at (202) 457-0650, ext. 225 or



Lorraine has consulted with ACCU related to the development of mission-related content and programs for 10 years. A trained educator, she spent six years as a classroom teacher, teaching in Bogota, Colombia as well as in Washington, DC, before returning to pursue her doctorate. Her dissertation focus was on lay presidents and their unique contributions to leadership of Catholic identity and mission. Lorraine holds her master's in International Education from the George Washington University, her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (from Queen's University, Canada), and her Bachelor of Arts in Native Canadian Studies and International Development (from Trent University, Canada). Currently at ACCU, Lorraine has responsibility for the development of the new program, Leaders in Catholic Higher Education. She is also responsible for the Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents as well as the Keepers of the Mission program for boards of trustees. Lorraine is from Toronto, Canada and enjoys spending as much time as she can paddling around the lakes of Ontario at her family cottage. She and her husband are blessed with two children, both attending Catholic school.

Contact Lorraine at (202) 457-0650, ext. 231 or



Diane graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in psychology and received a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas (MN). Diane has been with ACCU since September 2016. Her research background and areas of interest include spirituality, social justice, diversity, and higher education. While not at the office, Diane enjoys staying active by playing sports and spending quality time with her dog. Diane assists with ACCU research efforts.

Contact Diane at (202) 457-0650 ext. 232 or



Matt joined the ACCU staff in November 2017. He graduated from Northwestern University with bachelor’s degrees in music and economics. Upon graduation, he joined Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and moved to Seattle, where he volunteered with the homeless. After JVC, he worked for Catholic Charities, coordinating English classes for immigrants in Northern Virginia. When not in the office, you can find Matt reading, drinking coffee, or hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Contact Matt at (202) 457-0650, ext. 235 or