Schools of Plenty: Finance and Philanthropy
January 23, 2018
Raymond J. Witkowski
Ray is a Managing Director at Changing Our World. He is responsible for leading our business development initiatives within our educational sector with a focus on new partnership opportunities and tailored solutions for colleges, universities, high schools and elementary schools.
Ray brings more than 25 years’ experience dedicated toward education and nonprofit brand strategy, communications development, audience engagement and fundraising. He has worked personally with over 125 colleges and universities, including Fontbonne University, Lasell College, Le Moyne College, Saint Anselm College, Saint Michael’s College, and Siena College, among many others. Other clients have included The Catholic Foundation (OH), the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and the Diocese of Portland, Maine.
Prior to joining Changing Our World, Ray served as Vice President for Client Services at Stamats Communications, a higher education marketing agency, where he focused on senior business-development and consulting. Prior to Stamats, he served as Vice President at Zone 5, where he led the agency’s higher education sector. Additionally, Ray spent twenty years as Executive Vice President at Creative Communication Associates, where he spearheaded business development, senior project management and overall agency operations.
He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Newbury College in Brookline, MA. He also served a three-year term on the Diocesan School Board in Albany.
Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from St. John Fisher College.
Matt is a Managing Director at Changing Our World, where he has worked since 2008. He possesses a strong track record of partnering with clients to ensure they achieve their philanthropic goals. Matt leads all aspects of philanthropic initiatives, including: capital campaigns, feasibility and planning studies, development assessments, business and strategic planning. He has been a featured speaker on topics related to trends in fundraising at conferences and events around the country.
Matt has provided counsel to a diverse range of organizations, including: The Salvation Army, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Smithsonian Institution, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, US Green Building Council, St. John’s College High School and Mote Marine Laboratory. At Mote he oversaw the successful completion of a fully integrated $50 million fundraising, marketing and public relations campaign.
Additionally, Matt served as the project manager for the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP) program within 12 Archdioceses and Dioceses around the country. Matt oversaw all development activities in over 500 Catholic elementary schools as they collectively raised over $12 million. Previously, Matt worked with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where he assisted in managing the day to day operations of NJIT NEXT a $150 million capital campaign.
Matt also served on the Development Committee at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham with a concentration in International Political Economy.
Adam Krueckeberg is the Interim Executive Director of Student Services and former Program Director for Boston College's Strategic Planning Initiative, and has been working with BC’s Roche Center for Catholic Education for the past five years. He holds Master’s degrees in Business and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, did his undergraduate work in Religion at Princeton University, and is currently pursing a Doctorate in Higher Education. Prior to transitioning into education, Adam worked in the technology and finance sectors for fourteen years, most recently as a Vice President with Fidelity Investments in Boston.
Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill is responsible for the work of the Center, focusing on research, professional development, and advocacy, both locally and nationally. In particular, she serves on the leadership team for the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), and actively supports the work of the program.Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill is a co-author with Dr. Hosffman Ospino of the report Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church (2016), based on the first National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. Also, she is a co-editor of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (2012) (NSBECS) and with co-editor Dr. Lorraine Ozar, Loyola University Chicago, continues the work focusing on research and new resources. As an advocate, she serves on multiple boards, including the Governing Board for the Journal of Catholic Education and is frequently invited to present at national and local conferences. Prior to Boston College, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill served as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, and served Trinity Washington University as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from St. Louis University.
Sam is a Master's of Education student at the Lynch School of Education studying physics for secondary education. He is going into education for the purpose of urban ministry, and to develop skills for international missions work. At the Roche Center, he primarily does database management and Excel programming, but also serves as an extra pair of hands for anyone who needs them. Sam is fresh out of his undergraduate work in Physics and Electrical Engineering at University of South Carolina, with long-term plans to live in China.