Local Leaders Join Catholic Education Arizona Board

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Three active Valley Catholics serving in government and business joined the Board of Directors of Catholic Education Arizona.

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Catholic Education Arizona, the state’s largest provider of need-based funds to students attending K-12 Diocese of Phoenix Catholic schools announced its new board members.

Joining the organization for three-year terms respectively are:

  •     Matthew Scheller of St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Avondale, where he actively promotes the tax credit program for Catholic schools. Matthew is the 2-time co-chair of the diocesan Charity Development Appeal (CDA) and works as Legal Bureau Administrator for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. He is an alumnus of Brophy College Preparatory, graduated from Marquette University and earned his law degree at The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago.
  •     Sally Bell-Sarlitto of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Scottsdale, where she served on the School Board. Sally is Section Chief of the Business & Finance Division of the Office of the State Attorney General. She is a graduate of Elmhurst College and she earned her Master’s in Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.
  •     Jeff Mirasola belongs to the Catholic Newman Center of Arizona State University, where he serves as a lector. An Arizona State University graduate that spent two decades in media as a television anchor/reporter, Jeff is now the State and Local Government Affairs Director for CenturyLink (formerly Qwest Communications), the nation’s third-largest telecommunications company.

“We’re excited about the leadership role your Catholic Education Arizona continues to play in the arena of Catholic education,” said Alan Sears, Chairman of the Board. “This exceptionally talented group of new members will certainly help the organization make progress in its ambitious objective to make Catholic education more available, more affordable and more accessible for all families.”

Board Members provide governance and oversight of the I.R.S. 501(c)(3) charity. Scholarship recipients gain the opportunity to experience the “Catholic School advantage” which includes robust character formation, a ninety-nine percent high school graduation and ninety-seven percent to-post-secondary education rates.

Visit CatholicEducationArizona.org to learn more about the organization’s advocacy for Catholic education.

About Catholic Education Arizona
The state’s largest provider of need-based funds to students attending K-12 Diocese of Phoenix Catholic schools, Catholic Education Arizona has now paid-out a total of $124 million in awards since 1998 to low-income families that desire, but cannot otherwise afford, a Catholic education for their children. Nearly half of all enrolled diocesan Catholic school students qualify for and receive financial assistance from Catholic Education Arizona.


Catholic Education Arizona
2025 North 3rd Street, #165     Phoenix, AZ     85004-1425
Tel: 602-218-6542 Fax: 602-218-6623

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