People behind CPCO

Meet the people behind CPCO

Jennifer Yust, President

How long with CPCO?
President since July 2018
On the Executive Council since 2015

What do you do at CPCO?
I am currently the President and look forward to advocating, serving and leading with the wonderful team here at CPCO in providing supports for our provincial colleagues.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy reading, yoga and spending time at the cottage. I also enjoy the arts and going out to dinner.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
If we can truly be mind-ful of what is going on in us or around us — that’s how we can feel “the Spirit” in it. Then our response will be from the Spirit rather than from a knee-jerk reaction. Whether it is to endure bravely or to act creatively, it will be done with understanding and compassion.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The most important person is the one sitting across from you and the most important moment is now.

What was your favourite subject in school?
History because I love the stories of how we have come to where we are today and French because it is just such a beautiful language.


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Joseph Geiser, Executive Director

How long with CPCO?
Since 2014

What do you do at CPCO?
I oversee the management and operations of CPCO. This includes writing policies for approval by the Executive Council and subsequently ensuring that the operations adhere to those policies. I work closely with the President and the CPCO staff on a daily basis to achieve CPCO’s organizational goals and the strategic plan. Finance, governance, policy and human resources are also some of my responsibilities.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Running (the occasional race), golf (when I can), reading (professional and personal)

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
My word is my commitment and bond.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
You can’t control the actions of others – only your reactions to them. Do what you do because you want to and not because you have to.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Mathematics. Math is Life – as I always told my students and my children.


Wendy Lopez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Lopez, General Counsel

How long with CPCO?
Since 2017

What do you do at CPCO?
All things legal.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I have a passion for dance. I take ballet and salsa three times a week. I have also been known to perform on a stage or two.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
When I was younger, I used to read the poetry of Pablo Neruda. I once came upon a quote that resonated for me. He said: “Algún día en cualquier parte, en cualquier lugar indefectiblemente te encontrarás a ti mismo, y ésa, sólo ésa, puede ser la más feliz o la más amarga de tus horas’, which translates to “Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your hours.”

What I took from it is that you must live your life so that when you finally realize who you are, you will be pleased with the person you have become and the journey it took to get there.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Remember you cannot always be everything to everyone. Sometimes you have to take care of yourself before you are in a position to take care of others.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Art.


Tilia Cruz, Support Services Advisor

How long with CPCO?
Starting in January 2019

What do you do at CPCO?
I work as one of the Support Services Advisors on the CPCO team supporting our Practising Associates, answering questions, and providing consultation as needed.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy travelling, photography and am an avid reader.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Never allow others to convince you that you are less than others. You are the best gift we have been given.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Mathematics and science.


Ron McNamara

Ron McNamara, Support Services Advisor

How long with CPCO?
Since 2014

What do you do at CPCO?
I support associates with concerns and questions regarding their terms and conditions of employment. Additionally, I provide advice on negotiations of local and provincial terms and conditions for Principals and Vice-principals.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy coaching amateur sports such as football and hockey.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Do your best day in and day out!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Go for it, what do you have to lose?

What was your favourite subject in school?
Geography and business.


Jeff

Jeff Baechler, Support Services Advisor

How long with CPCO?
Since 2016

What do you do at CPCO?
I am in the Support Services department and serve as the Assistance Coordinator in a part-time capacity.

What are your interests/hobbies?
My two main interests/hobbies are:

  1. I am actively involved in sports/athletics. Despite my “advanced” age, I continue to play sports in an adult men’s soccer league and an adult men’s basketball league, belong to a tennis club, play squash and any other sport when the opportunity presents itself. I also exercise regularly and have coached many youth sports’ teams over the years.
  2. I am actively involved in music. I have played in numerous bands. I play the drums and enjoy playing/performing a wide variety of music genres.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Treat everyone with dignity, courtesy and respect.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Success comes after many failures. If at first you don’t succeed,  try again. It’s estimated a baby falls at least 500 times before s/he learns to walk. Now that’s perseverance!!!

What was your favourite subject in school?
That’s a tough question but to narrow it down to one, it would be Physical and Health Education (which was one of my majors at university and one of the subjects I taught as a teacher).


Marguerite

Marguerite Thomson, Support Services Advisor

How long with CPCO?
Since 2017

What do you do at CPCO?
I work with the Support Services team supporting our Practising Associates, answering questions, and assisting with the writing and following of the Terms and Conditions of local members and Associates.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I love to cook, travel, read and walk, but most of all I love people. I really enjoy solving world problems whether on a long walk, over tea with my reading group or with a glass of wine at the fire pit.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Look for the happy side of life, because the negative side finds itself.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My father always said to “find something you enjoy and get really good at it”.
My mentor said it was all about “relationships, relationships”. Relationships are what I try to be good at.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Recess.


Adaeze

Adaeze Sunny, Administrative Assistant, Legal

How long with CPCO?
Since 2017

What do you do at CPCO?
I work within the Support Services department and serve as the Administrative Assistant, Legal. I act as a first responder taking calls and administering Associates’ inquiries to our team..

What are your interests/hobbies?
I love traveling, hiking, singing and people-watching. I also enjoy politics and keeping up with current events both locally and globally. I am always ready for a good controversial conversation!

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Never let your fears shadow your greatness.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My Mom always tells me, “When the bird learns to fly without chirping, the hunter will learn to shoot without missing.” The moral here is: our environments can be tough and are subject to change, but in life we should always strive to overcome the challenges we find ourselves in.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Religion.


Tarik

Tarik Cox, Marketing & Communications Manager

How long with CPCO?
Since 2018

What do you do at CPCO?
Oversee and champion the CPCO’s marketing and communications efforts. I am very fortunate to work with such a talented team to develop informative and engaging materials for our Associates.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I’m a huge sports fan, as an avid viewer and as an active participant. I also enjoy various genres of music and at one point in my journey (horribly) co-hosted an 80’s music radio request show. And I’m a big fan of the game show Jeopardy. I love random trivia!

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
What happened had to happen, so that what is going to happen can happen.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Never argue with a fool…..onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Creative writing. I had a very talented and encouraging teacher who inspired me. A great teacher who sincerely invests in his/her students can make anything cool!


Ania Czupajlo

Ania Czupajlo, Sr. Designer

How long with CPCO?
Since 2006

What do you do at CPCO?
Art direction and production of the organization’s brand, publications, campaigns, eLearning, marketing materials, online newsletter, social media, blog and website.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Branding, music, art, movies, learning about different cultures, acrylic painting, jewellery design and poetry.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Be happy now, not in the future.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Everyone you meet is fighting their own battle that you know nothing about. So have a heart and be kind.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Math, art and physics.


John Nijmeh

John Nijmeh, Advertising Manager

How long with CPCO?
Since 2000

What do you do at CPCO?
I look after advertising for CPCO’s Principal Connections magazine and online as well. Assist with the yearly conference and the vendors.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Travelling and cruising

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Don’t worry be happy!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Treat everyone as you would like to be treated.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Math.


Jacob Chouinard

Jacob Chouinard, Communications & Technology Officer

How long with CPCO?
Since 2017

What do you do at CPCO?
I have the honour to be working as the Communications & Technology Officer. I work with our Marketing & Communications Manager, and with several members of the CPCO communications team to expand and advance CPCO’s marketing and communications portfolio.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy many sports-related activities, such as basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and cycling. I am also quite the avid sports fan who follows the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLS, CFL and the Olympic Games. As well, I enjoy long-distance running, and I’ve completed several road races consisting of a variety of distances. One of my all-time favourite interests is watching films, which was a result of taking a film course in university. I enjoy analyzing films.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t get discouraged by failing, don’t let one failure stop you from having many successes.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Communications. Learning about different types of technology and how it can be used always seemed fascinating to me.


Gaby Aloi

Gaby Aloi, Manager of Corporate Operations

How long with CPCO?
Since 1998

What do you do at CPCO?
Manage day-to-day office operations and CPCO services database. Administer Human Resources functions and coordinate CPCO meetings, conference and AGM. Provide support to the Executive Director and President for Executive Council, AMR meetings and standing committee meetings and assist CPCO associates.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Baking and reading

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Always offer a helping hand.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Stay true to yourself.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Studies in law.


Maria Cortez

Maria Cortez, Administrative Assistant

How long with CPCO?
Since 2008

What do you do at CPCO?
I assist with financial duties, maintain member database, process application forms and provide support for CPCO’s annual conference and AGM. I also work closely with the President, Executive Director and the Manager of Corporate Operations by providing administrative support.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I love listening to music, cooking, reading and travelling.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Respect me and you’ll get my respect or respect and you’ll be respected. Mutual respect is an essential factor in communication.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Do the best that you can in life and believe in what you do. Have passion in what you’re doing.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Economics and Spanish.


Bessy

Bessy Valerio, Receptionist

How long with CPCO?
Since 2009

What do you do at CPCO?
I am responsible for answering telephone calls and greeting visitors. I respond to general enquiries from internal and external parties via telephone or email. I also provide support for projects and other initiatives as required.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I love to read and spend time with my family.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Life is no joke!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Doesn’t matter what you do at work, as long as you have a job!

What was your favourite subject in school?
Math.


Luciana Cardarelli

Luciana Cardarelli, Program & Member Services Coordinator

How long with CPCO?
Since 2014

What do you do at CPCO?
I seek to serve the more than 2100 principals and vice-principals who make up CPCO as I strategically plan, co-ordinate and oversee professional learning.  Seeking to be relevant and connected to the needs of practicing school leaders, eLearning, through its many platforms (social media, webinars, professional videos and virtual learning sessions), is key to being able to “serve, advocate and lead” capacity building for Catholic education leaders.

As well, in my role I seek to co-create engaging, participatory face-to-face learning opportunities which allow associates to “learn with and from each other” and make faith and leadership formation core goals to what CPCO provides.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I love all things beautiful… and seek to find the beauty in all things!  This can mean taking the bounty of our garden and creating a great meal to share with family and friends as well as relaxing under the trees and marvelling at the colours of the leaves and the sky. Traveling to uncover local cultures and cuisine is high on my list – and always doing this in the company of those who I love and cherish.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Learn every day!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Go slow to go fast.” This has helped me be patient, strategic and purposeful in work and in life. Taking time to establish strong foundations rooted in faith, sound thinking and working to build consensus and collaboration.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Art, history… and as a Grade 8 teacher – Math – each discipline builds on understanding the narrative and looking for emerging patterns.


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Jan Murphy, Project Lead, Professional Learning

How long with CPCO?
Since 2015

What do you do at CPCO?
Support associates in professional learning.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I love boating, exploring beaches around the world, snorkeling and gardening.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Work a little, play a little, pray a little.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Seek first to understand.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Health and physical education.


Vanessa Kellow

Vanessa Kellow, Administrative Assistant, Professional Learning

How long with CPCO?
Since 2002

What do you do at CPCO?
Work alongside the Program and Member Services Coordinator in the Professional Learning Department.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Paddle boarding, travelling, reading

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Take one day at a time.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Think before you speak.

What was your favourite subject in school?
English.


Paul Game

Paul Game, PQP Registrar

How long with CPCO?
Since 2003

What do you do at CPCO?
Working with the Professional Learning team, I look after PQP registration, course dates, presentations for the course from OCT, LNS and CECE, course materials and questions from candidates and instructors. This past year we were involved in the re-accreditation process for the courses with OCT.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Reading, playing hockey, fishing and the cottage

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Growing old is not an option, growing up is!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
When I was thinking about going into school administration my principal told me – “Never sell your soul for a job.”

What was your favourite subject in school?
Science.


Mary Cordeiro

Mary Cordeiro, Leading Student Achievement Coordinator

How long with CPCO?
Since 2005

What do you do at CPCO?
I  work with all staff as an integral part of the CPCO team to provide support and resources for our membership in any needed area.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Love travel, music, dance, theatre, spending time with my group of long-time friends, and my extended family. Love to learn and be part of vibrant, innovative professional networks.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, courage to change things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” To remember always the writing by Emma Bombeck “If I Had My Life To Live Over…”

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
By my parents, “have a positive work ethic, integrity and maintain your values in everything you do personally and professionally. From respected education colleagues, “focus should always be on what is good for all children/students”.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Didn’t have “a” favourite, but especially enjoyed languages, sciences, athletics and music.