SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL
Camillo Cipriano was appointed Director of Education of Niagara Catholic in July, 2020, and took over the role on September 1. He comes to Niagara Catholic with 23 years of leadership and experience as a teacher and administrator in Catholic education. He most recently held the position of Superintendent of Education with the Halton Catholic District School Board. Mr. Cipriano has extensive knowledge about Ontario’s education system, with a particular focus on student mental health.
Mr. Cipriano holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University, and attended Teacher’s College at the University of Windsor. He also holds a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership from Niagara University.
Clark Euale joined Niagara Catholic as the Controller of Facilities Services in September 2020. He is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 25 years of experience in the facilities management and the Industrial, Commercial & Institutional Sector (I.C.I.)
He provides support and leadership to a very talented team of professionals to continue to provide safe and healthy facilities and grounds for the staff and students of Niagara Catholic. The Facilities Services portfolio includes the operations, maintenance, capital planning, asset management, design and construction, project management, legislative compliance, planning and accommodations, security, childcare, community use and partnerships for 64 elementary, secondary, alternative learning and continuing education schools, as well as three administrative facilities, with a current replacement value of more than $650 million and total building area of more than 2.5 million square feet.
Julia Tiessen, Executive Officer of Human Resources. Julia joined Niagara Catholic in 2020 and has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources in a variety of organizations.
Julia has held a variety of senior leadership roles with the human resources field. In October 2022, she joined the Director, family of schools Superintendents of Education, the Superintendent of Business and Financial Services, and the Controller of Facilities Services in comprising Senior Administrative Council.
Prior to joining Senior Staff, Julia held the position of Senior Administrator of Human Resources.
Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells
Superintendent of Education Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells has served as a vice-principal at Saint Michael Catholic High School and principal at the former Monsignor Clancy Catholic High School, after which she served as Program Officer of Curriculum at the Board.
She was appointed Superintendent of Education in 2002. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (English), Master of Arts (English Language and Literature), Bachelor of Education and Master of Education (Educational Administration).
Superintendent Forsyth- Sells is responsible for the portfolio of Equity and Inclusive Education with the areas of Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting, Demographic Data/Research, Equity and Human Rights, Mental Health and Well-Being, Parent Engagement, and Policy and Administrative Operational Procedure writing .
She is also the Family of Schools’ Superintendent for the Denis Morris and Holy Cross families of schools. For professional learning, Superintendent Forsyth-Sells has recently completed an Intensive Human Rights Program for School Board Leaders through Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also served as Past President of the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association and the Canadian Association of School System Administrators.
Superintendent of Education Kimberly Kinney joined Niagara Catholic from the Ministry of Education as a Student Achievement Officer in the Student Achievement Supports Branch on September 1, 2020. She spent three years at the Ministry of Education in Student Achievement, following her time as an elementary principal in the Halton Catholic District School Board. Kimberly brings a wealth of student achievement knowledge to Niagara Catholic. She is responsible for the Program and Innovation portfolio, and the Notre Dame College School family of schools.
Superintendent of Education Domenic Massi has been a dedicated educator with Niagara Catholic and its preceding board, the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board, for more than 25 years. He has taught in all divisions and focused his energy on student success and equity. He has served as a vice-principal and principal for 18 years; and is an experienced system leader in the areas of administrative development, policy, and program development, as well as health and safety and physical activity initiatives. His most recent position was as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls.
Dom has served of one of the Board’s COVID leads throughout this school year. He is responsible for the Saint Michael and Saint Paul families of schools. He is also Safe and Accepting Schools and Student Voice.
Superintendent of Education Gino Pizzoferrato joined Niagara Catholic September 1, 2020, from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board where he served for 25 years as a teacher, vice-principal and principal. As principal, he had many system experiences with school leadership development and served as Chair of the System Identification Placement and Review Committee. He has served as a facilitator for the Principals’ Qualifications with the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO) and co-chaired the System Pilgrimage Committee in his former Board for fifteen years. He assumed the position of Superintendent of Education at Niagara Catholic on September 1, 2020, and is responsible for Student Support Services and the Blessed Trinity family of schools.
Superintendent of Education Pat Rocca joined Niagara Catholic in 1994 as an occasional teacher and became a permanent classroom teacher in 1995. He has served Niagara Catholic as a vice-principal and a principal and was appointed a Superintendent of Education in 2017. He is responsible for Continuing Education, Alternative Education, and Indigenous Education, as well as elementary staffing and staffing development.
Giancarlo Vetrone joined Niagara Catholic in 2013 as Superintendent of Business and Financial Services. He previously worked for the Niagara Health System. He is a proud alumnus of Niagara Catholic and Brock University. Superintendent Vetrone is responsible for the Board’s Financial Services and Procurement, as well as Information Technology and Niagara Student Transportation Services.
Superintendent of Education Zaroda began his career in education more than 30 years ago as a classroom teacher at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, and was one of the founding staff at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School. He served as a department head and a program chair before becoming a vice-principal. He has been a principal since 2006. Joe considers himself blessed to have ended his years of working in schools where it began, as principal of Blessed Trinity.
Joe is responsible for the Lakeshore Catholic and Saint Francis families of schools. His portfolio also includes International Education, E-learning, secondary staffing, and the Advanced Placement Program.