Holly Doherty-Lemoine, CFRE was appointed Executive Director for Foundations in Education in December 2016, tasked with overseeing efforts to transform diocesan Catholic schools through support of student scholarship and faculty professional development grants in innovation and leadership. Previously she was a consultant providing strategic philanthropic coaching and services to individuals and non-profits. Prior to consulting, she served as Chief Development Officer with Inspirica, Inc one of Connecticut’s largest homeless services agency. Before joining Inspirica’s executive team, she was Executive Director/Director of Development with Arts For Healing (AFH), a Connecticut non-profit providing integrated music and art therapy to individuals with special needs. Doherty-Lemoine also served as the Director of Institutional Advancement with Webb Institute, a tuition free specialty College on Long Island. She served as Director of Advancement with several CT independent schools and began her career in institutional advancement as a student with her alma mater, Boston College. After graduating she spent two years at BC’s Alumni Association as the Assistant Director for Classes. Holly also worked in corporate marketing and received her CFRE in 2006. She resides in New Canaan with her family and is a member of St. Aloysius parish.
Theresa Sciallo was appointed Associate Director for Scholarship and Grants in September 2017. Her new role will be to manage programs including scholarship and grants for Foundations in Education.
During her seven years with the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools, Theresa held various positions in the Office of the Superintendent. Most recently she was the Director of Community Engagement where she engaged diverse populations, particularly those that are underrepresented in Catholic Schools. She was instrumental in coordinating strategic enrollment management initiatives in the recent consolidation on seven schools into two academies. Prior to that role, she was the Assistant Director of Marketing and Enrollment for Catholic Schools, where she advanced the mission of our schools through annual giving campaigns, digital marketing, constituent relations and special events. She came to the Diocese of Bridgeport through the Catholic Alumni Project, aimed at reconnecting elementary schools with their alumni and developed a strategic annual giving program across all schools. Theresa is a passionate and self-motivated advocate for Catholic education, professionally and personally. While her everyday role is centered in strengthening the mission of Catholic education, her home life is as well, with three daughters in Catholic schools. Theresa resides in Stratford with her husband, children and boxer puppy. She is a member of St. Mark parish.
Karen Sportini joined Foundations in Education as Associate Director of Development in September 2017. In this role, she is responsible for managing a comprehensive development program aimed at raising funds in support of the mission.
Prior to her appointment, Karen was a director of development for United Way of Coastal Fairfield County where she coordinated workplace fundraising campaigns and secured corporate and family foundation grants. She was responsible for the organization’s direct mail appeal program and was involved in the creation and oversight of the donor stewardship plan. Her other related experiences include serving as co-chair of several fundraising galas and writing for a local newspaper.
Karen holds both a BA in English and an MA in Communications from Fairfield University. She is deeply committed to Catholic education and, as the mother of four Catholic school-educated children, knows the benefits firsthand. Karen lives with her family in Stratford and is a parishioner of St. James Church.