People behind CPCO

Meet the people behind CPCO

Richard James, President

How long with CPCO?
President since July 2017
On the Executive Council since 2013

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 have coached various sports for over 30 years and enjoy seeing the positive impact sports has on the development of our youth.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Look to serve others and not yourself.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
God has given us two ears and one mouth; listening should involve double the time than speaking.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Canadian History, fascinated with the stories of the men and women who helped shaped Canada.


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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.)


Ron McNamara

Ron McNamara, Protective Services Assistant Coordinator

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


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Jeff Baechler, Protective Services Assistant Coordinator

How long with CPCO?
Since 2016

What do you do at CPCO?
I am in the Protective 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).


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.


Hannah Yakobi

Hannah Yakobi, Marketing & Communications Manager

How long with CPCO?
Since 2015

What do you do at CPCO?
I am delighted to join CPCO to oversee its marketing and communications efforts. I work closely with the Executive Director, my team and the rest of CPCO staff to create engaging, interactive and helpful materials for our Associates.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I love fashion, film, social media and travelling. I’m also a huge fan of anything art-related – be it galleries, festivals or exhibitions.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
During high school, I went through a phase when I was terrible at Chemistry. Luckily, my teacher was patient, understanding and very knowledgeable. Thanks to her, I was able to excel in Chemistry after just one year. She always told me: “Hard work pays off.” This phrase stuck with me for my entire adolescence and subsequently became a central component of my life.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Psychology – the human mind is a fascinating place.


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


Vanessa Kellow

Vanessa Kellow, Professional Learning Assistant

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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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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