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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

 

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, Ed.D., PRESIDENT and CEO

Prominent in the field of Catholic higher education, Fr. Holtschneider began his tenure as ACCU president on July 1, 2019. He served as president of DePaul University in Chicago, the nation’s largest Catholic university, from 2004 to 2017. A frequent speaker, consultant, and writer on issues facing colleges and universities, he has served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, and ACCU, which he chaired from 2010 to 2012. He currently chairs the Niagara University Board of Trustees and the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

Contact Fr. Dennis at (202) 457-0650, ext. 222 or dh@accunet.org.

 

 

Nadine Jalandoni, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
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 njalandoni@accunet.org.

 

Sandra Kerr-Porcari, CHIEF OF STAFF
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 is from Dartmouth College, where she majored in government and Asian studies, including the study of two languages (Spanish and 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 college graduates going on to pursue careers in pediatric neurology, aerospace engineering (although currently serving as a US Navy submariner), and strategic policy consulting, respectively. Her hobbies include reading, walking, cooking, and traveling. 

Contact Sandra at (202) 457-0650 ext. 227, or skerr-porcari@accunet.org.

 

Paula Moore, VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Paula joined the ACCU staff in summer 2011 and currently directs all communications for the association, including its media and government relations, publishing, marketing, and digital communications. 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. 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 pmoore@accunet.org.

 

Rebecca Sawyer, VICE PRESIDENT FOR OPERATIONS, DEVELOPMENT, AND MEMBER RESOURCES
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 rsawyer@accunet.org.

 

Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Ed.D., DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
Lorraine joined ACCU in her current position in 2017 and spent several years prior to that as a consultant with ACCU on numerous mission-related projects. Previously, she worked in Advancement and Alumni Relations at The George Washington University. She was also a research assistant for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program (Drexel University) for women executive leaders. A trained teacher, she spent six years in the classroom in Bogota, Colombia and in Washington, DC, before returning to pursue her doctorate. Her dissertation was on lay presidents and their unique contributions to leadership of Catholic identity and mission. Currently, Lorraine has responsibility for the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education program, the Institute for New Presidents, Aspiring Presidents, Women Executive Leaders, Charism Cabinet, and the Keepers of the Mission program. She is from Toronto, Canada and enjoys paddling her canoe in Ontario lakes when she can. She is blessed with two children, both attending Catholic school.

Contact Lorraine at (202) 457-0650, ext. 231 or lslomawilliams@accunet.org.

 

Matthew Walsh, MEMBERSHIP AND PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
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 mwalsh@accunet.org.