2019 LASSCA Conference 2018-12-17T13:57:55+00:00

LASSCA 2019

The 2019 LASSCA (Lasallian Association of Secondary School Chief Administrators) Conference will take place Sunday, February 24 through Wednesday, February 27, 2019, in Houston, Texas, exploring the theme “One Heart. One Commitment. One Life.


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Questions? Contact Michele Beauboeuf at michele@cbconf.org or 202-529-0047 ext. 106 or Katie Christensen at kchristensen@cbconf.org or 202-529-0047 ext. 110.


Featured Speakers Include:

Karen Eifler, Ph.D., is a professor of education at the University of Portland in Oregon, where she also co-directs the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. Ask her what the single most influential experience of her life in academia has been and she won’t miss a beat intoning “Collegium.” Her specialty as an educator is the formation of new teachers, and her research focuses on bringing a theological lens to popular films, teacher formation and, most recently, issues of mission and identity in Catholic education, K-16. Dr. Eifler has contributed articles to Journal of Teacher Education, Educational Forum and Journal of Nursing Education, among others, and has a collection of essays that makes the rounds in faculty rooms throughout the U.S. and Canada, A Month of Mondays: Spiritual Lessons from Catholic Classrooms. Her most recent book, Becoming Beholders: Cultivating Sacramental Imagination and Actions in College Classrooms, is the fruit of a happy collaboration in the past couple of years between Dr. Eifler, Collegium founder Tom Landy and 20 great teachers in Catholic colleges and universities across the country. A delighted recipient of the first-ever Collegium Visionary Award for bringing the lessons of this colloquy on faith and intellectual life home to her home institution, Dr. Eifler is a cradle Catholic who maintains love for “the Church that can be.

Tom Gartland is a compassionate, strategic and inspiring author, speaker and leader, who helped transform the culture of a Fortune 500 company into an engaged, collaborative, top-performing organization that experienced unprecedented growth. With nearly three decades of sales and leadership experience, Gartland is currently the executive chairman of SGLT, a global logistics company; a member of the board of directors of two publicly traded companies (Xenia Hotels and ABM); and a senior advisor to a private equity firm founded by the Rockefeller and Mellon families (AEA Investors). Gartland is the former president of North America for Avis Budget Group (2008-2014). Described by his colleagues and clients as “disciplined, confident, authentic and inspiring,” Gartland was responsible at Avis Budget Group for the daily management of approximately 20,000 employees in 5,000 locations, overseeing more than 350,000 vehicles, which accounted for more than $5 billion in annual revenue. Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Gartland was the president of JohnsonDiversey’s North American region, which generated $1 billion in annual revenues. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gartland’s book, Lead with Heart, which focuses on his message that business is personal, was published by BenBella.

Dr. John Nicoletti is a Board Certified Specialist in police and public safety psychology and a partner at Nicoletti-Flater Associates. In addition to police psychology, Dr. Nicoletti specializes in identifying, assessing and defusing attack-related behaviors and violence in various workplaces, campuses and schools. In his other area of specialization, Dr. Nicoletti and his staff provide pre-employment psychological screenings for various law enforcement agencies and fire departments, as well as on-site screenings at the U.S. bases of McMurdo and the South Pole in Antarctica. Dr. Nicoletti is called upon to conduct individual direct and indirect risk assessments for municipalities, campuses and corporations. He was on scene at the April 1999 Columbine High School shooting and the Platte Canyon High School shooting in September 2006. Dr. Nicoletti also responded to the Aurora Theater shooting in July 2012 and the Arapahoe High School shooting in December 2013. He is on the Colorado Governor’s task force on Expert Emergency Response and is past chair of the Police Psychologist Section for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Most recently Nicoletti-Flater Associates has been specializing in assisting departments in training and supervising the new generation employees. Dr. Nicoletti has written three books in the areas of violence, entitled Violence Goes to Work, Violence Goes to College, and Violence Goes to School. He received his doctorate in psychology from Colorado State University.

Brother Robert Schaefer, FSC, currently serves in the Secretariat for Formation at the Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Rome. Prior to his arrival in Rome, Brother Bob served in a variety of roles at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his last seven years as principal. In addition to his assignment at Central Catholic, Brother Bob served as a teacher and campus minister in various high schools of the District of Eastern North America and was the District’s director of vocations. A native of Philadelphia, Brother Bob attended La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, and entered the former Baltimore District upon graduation from La Salle University in Philadelphia. He earned a master’s degree in theology from La Salle and a master’s in school administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.