Vincent Kiernan

Vincent Kiernan Vincent Kiernan, Ph.D. Dean, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (202) 319-6260 
Dr. Kiernan joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in June 2016. Previously, he served as an associate dean at George Mason University and Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, where he led the university's undergraduate program for working students. He earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland, College Park; an executive master's in leadership from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business; and a master of science in adult and continuing education from Kansas State University. Prior to his work in academe, Dr. Kiernan worked for more than 20 years as a science and medical journalist, and his academic research centers on science and medical journalism, more particularly on relationships between journalists and the scientific establishment. His 2006 book, Embargoed Science, critically examined news coverage of the latest scientific research.

Anthony Boehm

anthony-boehm-250x324.jpg Anthony Boehm, M.A. Director of Operations for the Tucson Program 
Anthony (Tony) Boehm began working for Catholic University in December 2010. In his current position as Director of Operations for the Tucson Program, Anthony acts as a liaison between Tucson and the D.C. Campus. Anthony contributes to Tucson program management, curriculum management, admissions, enrollment, and advising. Before moving to the Tucson program, Anthony worked as a student advisor and program coordinator in the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies for eight years. Anthony was the recipient of the 2018 Alexander Charters Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award presented by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to his work at Catholic University, Anthony created and launched a Volunteer and Student Engagement Center at Carroll University in Wisconsin. 

Anthony received his Master of Arts in Religion and Culture from The Catholic University of America in 2015.

Keiran Roche

Keiran Roche Keiran Roche, M.ED, MA Ed. Leadership
Program Director  
Keiran Roche, M.ED, MA Ed. Leadership, is the lead Program Director in Tucson for The Catholic University of America. 
Keiran holds two Master’s Degrees from The University of Notre Dame and has been in educational leadership roles spanning two continents. His most recent venture was founding a consulting business that supports Catholic education in Arizona. Through his consulting work, Keiran has helped significantly increase tuition revenue in schools and improved operating procedures. 
An educator at heart, Keiran has been a Catholic elementary school principal, instructional team member for the Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame and started his career as a junior high social studies and religion classroom teacher.  Over a four-year period as principal, he transformed an elementary school on the verge of closure into a thriving community. Keiran was the pioneering Regional Director for the Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Academies. Keiran led efforts locally in Tucson while collaborating with a network of eleven schools across the country.
Keiran, born and raised in Australia, is a transformer, a trailblazer and a passionate Catholic.

LaShay Boyd

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Director of Admissions and Communications (202) 319-6376  
LaShay Boyd, is the Director of Admissions and Communications for the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining Catholic University, LaShay began a career in education in 2005, as an Education Consultant for Sylvan Learning Center. She continued her career at an education technology company, 2U Inc. for 4 years supporting the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education by training new staff on programs, and facilitating virtual marketing events. LaShay’s passion for education continued as a Program Director for Baltimore County Public Schools, and classroom teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools district. LaShay holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College and a Bachelor of Science concentrating in Education and Psychology.

Ellen Fisher

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Program Coordinator Telephone TBA  
Ellen started her education career on a tiny island in Chuuk Federated States of Micronesia as a Jesuit Volunteer. She has taught high school there, in Napa, CA and in Tucson, AZ. Her BA in Theology from Loyola University Chicago has afforded her opportunities to share the Catholic faith in the classroom and through Campus Ministry work. After earning her MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame, she has served as a Catholic school elementary principal and a high school educational technology coach. Ellen has a dynamic leadership style that focuses on students following their passions and striving for a more just world.

Thomas Morra

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Instructional Designer Telephone TBA 
Thomas Morra is an educator who conducts research on learning choices and the use of emerging technologies to enhance the learning environment. Thom teaches online courses at both CUA and NVCC in Annandale, Virginia. He also has published a textbook on Intercultural Communication along with various articles on learning choices theory. Thom consults on textbooks for various publishers of learning theory and communications courses and speaks at conferences and workshop on online learning and technology in the classroom. Finally, Thom is also an organic farmer working with his family in Winchester VA raising pastured poultry for eggs and meat, grass fed beef, pastured pork and brick oven breads and pizzas.

Samuel Lopez

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Recruitment Specialist Telephone TBA
Samuel Lopez became the Recruitment Specialist at Catholic University of America in Tucson in August 2021. As the Recruitment Specialist, Samuel presents to groups of prospective students and their parents to inform and educate them about the educational opportunities at Catholic University-Tucson and curates the program’s Facebook and Instagram feeds. Samuel recently graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Religious Studies. During his studies at Catholic University, Samuel worked with many student organizations as well as offices on campus such as Campus Ministry and the Center for Cultural Engagement.