People behind CPCO

Meet the people behind CPCO

 

Antonella Rubino, President 

How long with CPCO?
I have been an Association member since 2003 and actively involved on the Executive Council since 2015 assuming various positions such as Secondary Councillor, Vice-President, President-Elect and currently President.

What do you do at CPCO?
As President of CPCO, I work very closely with the Executive Director and an outstanding team who provides service, advocates and assists leaders in Catholic education throughout the province. As well, I represent approximately 2100 Catholic Administrators and strive to assist them in providing support and guidance so that they have a positive impact on their staff, students, families and all Catholic partners that they in turn serve.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I am blessed to have an extremely loving family and exceptional friends. The many gatherings are filled with laughter, at times tears, but always heartwarming moments. I also cherish finding new walking trails throughout the city and province to enjoy God’s creation and recharge. When travelling, I relish in exploring quaint small towns, experiencing the local cultures and finding peace by the oceanside.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
It is important to find the little things in life that bring you joy. For joy will fuel your soul.

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

What was your favourite subject in school?
Without a doubt Mathematics. The world cannot exist without the beautiful art and language of Mathematics. It permeates all facets of our lives. Open your mind and allow this wonderful phenomenon to transform the world around you.


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.


Irena Brooks, General Counsel

How long with CPCO?
Since 2021

What do you do at CPCO?
In-House Legal Counsel.

What are your interests/hobbies?
Traveling, cooking, and home décor. I have a slight addiction to pinterest and Homesense and I am always picking up items to enhance my home.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
The beauty of success is found in the ugliness of failure.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
There is no Plan B. Plan A is your passion and will reap the most rewards both personally and professionally. Through failure, challenges, and hurdles along the way, remain resilient and continue working hard until you achieve your goals.

What was your favourite subject in school?
World Issues.


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.


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 a Support Services Advisor in a part-time capacity.

What are your interests/hobbies?

My two main interests/hobbies are:

  1. I am actively involved in sports/athletics. I continue to play sports in various sports leagues (basketball, volleyball, tennis, etc.) I try to 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 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.


Sean Leiba, Marketing & Communications Manager

How long with CPCO?
Since 2021

What do you do at CPCO?
As Marketing and Communications Manager, I help showcase our various services and initiatives, supporting 2,100 Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals across Ontario. Some of my responsibilities include coordinating our social media, content creation, e-mail communications, Associate newsletter, Principal Connections magazine, advertisements, events, press releases, public relations, and media inquiry responses.

What are your interests/hobbies?
About 4 years ago I took up running and have done 2 full and 2 half marathons. I also swim regularly and even competed a couple years ago. I have taken up tennis and golf recently.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
Don’t be afraid to try new things.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
If you make a promise, no matter how small, keep it. Don’t make any promises you can’t keep.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Math was my favourite subject in school. It is a beautiful language which helps explain and transform our world.


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, 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.


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Deirdre Kinsella Biss, Editor, Principal Connections

How long with CPCO?
Since 2012

What do you do at CPCO?
As Editor of Principal Connections magazine I am responsible for designing the theme and the content of our magazine.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy reading, music, traveling and outdoor living.

What is your mantra/slogan for life?
I believe you get out of life what you give. The joy in living is found in the giving.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Shakespeare once said, “To thine own self be true.” Honesty with yourself and others is the key to building trusting relationships.

What was your favourite subject in school?
My favorite subjects in school were English and History. I think we learn about ourselves through the stories of others.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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, 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, 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.