SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL
John Crocco joined Niagara Catholic’s preceding board, the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board, as a secondary teacher at Saint Paul Catholic High School in 1986. He has held a variety of positions with Niagara Catholic throughout that time, including Program Chair, Vice-Principal, Principal, Superintendent of Program, and Superintendent of Education. He has served as Director of Education since 2008.
During his tenure as Director of Education, together with the Board of Trustees, staff and partners, Niagara Catholic created and implemented the Board’s first multi-year strategic plan – Vision 2020 – and annual System Priorities, which supported new programs, supports and services to meet the objectives of the strategic plan. Key initiatives achieved under Vision 2020 include: the introduction of elementary chaplains to Niagara Catholic’s Faith Formation team, the installation of chapels at elementary schools, and the implementation of Niagara Catholic’s Elementary Dress Code and French Immersion programming. The first Elementary Student Senate in Ontario, the Niagara Catholic Athletic Association, and the formation of a partnership between Team Canada ’72 and Niagara Catholic were unique initiatives introduced during his directorship. Niagara Catholic oversaw a variety of new school constructions, expansions, and consolidations, and supported the creation of mental health and well-being supports for students and staff. Vision 2020 supported the creation of celebrations recognizing students, staff and alumni accomplishments and supported the creation of the Pope Francis, Saint Kateri and Niagara Launch Centres to enhance student achievement.
In 2014, Mr. Crocco was nominated by his peers in the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association (OCSOA), and received the organization’s Ontario EXL Award. The following year, he received the Canadian National Award as Canadian Director or Superintendent of Education of the Year by the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) at its annual national conference in Montreal, and was recognized as the Canadian recipient of the American Association of School Administrators at its annual conference in Phoenix in 2016.
The Director of Education ensures that the requirements of the Education Act are met and our programs and services are in compliance with Board policies. He is also responsible for ensuring System Priorities are met each year. The Director also supervises Superintendents of Education, and is the head of Senior Administrative Council. Contact the Director.
Yolanda Baldasaro joined Niagara Catholic in 2002 as a classroom teacher. She has served Niagara Catholic as a Vice-Principal and a Principal, and was appointed a Superintendent of Education in 2008.
Superintendent Baldasaro oversees the Board’s Programming and Innovation Department, as well as elementary schools in Fort Erie, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland. Contact Superintendent Baldasaro.
Ted Farrell joined Niagara Catholic in 1992 as a classroom teacher. he has served Niagara Catholic as a Vice-Principal and a Principal, and was appointed a Superintendent of Education in 2013.
Superintendent Farrell is responsible for Alternative Programs, Planning and our eight Catholic secondary schools. Contact Superintendent Farrell.
Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells
Lee Ann Forsyth- Sells joined Niagara Catholic in 1992 as Vice-Principal of Saint Michael Catholic High School. Lee Ann has also served Niagara Catholic as Principal of Monsignor Clancy Catholic High School, and as Program Officer of Curriculum. She was appointed Superintendent of Education in 2002.
Superintendent Forsyth-Sells is responsible for the Equity and Inclusive Education portfolio, which includes Accessibility, Board and School Improvement Planning, Mental Health and Well-Being, Parent Engagement, Research, Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting, and Safe and Accepting Schools, as well as being the Family of Schools’ Superintendent for the Catholic elementary schools in St. Catharines, Niagara- on- the Lake and Thorold.
Frank Iannantuono joined Niagara Catholic in 1991 as a classroom teacher. He has served Niagara Catholic and its preceding board as a Vice-Principal and a Principal, and was appointed a Superintendent of Education in 2003.
Superintendent Iannantuono is responsible for Human Resources Services. Contact Superintendent Iannantuono.
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.
Superintendent Rocca oversees our Student Support Services, and Catholic elementary schools in Grimsby, Lincoln/West Lincoln and Niagara Falls. Contact Superintendent Rocca.
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. Contract Superintendent Vetrone.
Scott Whitwell joined Niagara Catholic as Controller of Facilities Services in 2012, returning after a 16-year absence. Mr. Whitwell is responsible for ensuring all Niagara Catholic schools are clean and safe places for our students and staff to learn and work. He also oversees arrangements with childcare providers, and our Green Niagara Catholic initiative. Contact Mr. Whitwell.