Collegium Leadership

Every person who serves on the Board or as a member of the faculty or staff must

  • be a practicing traditional Catholic,

  • be committed to the traditional mission of The Collegium,

  • sign the Oath Against Modernism.

Board of Trustees



Advisory Board

Michael Hichborn, President of the Lepanto Institute

Scott Jones, Director of Our Lady of Victory Homeschool

Brian McCall, Editor-in-chief, Catholic Family News

Rev. James W. Jackson, FSSP, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Littleton CO

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, writer and composer of sacred music, and a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, Ohio

Administration and Faculty

Edward Schaefer, president and faculty

  • DMA from The Catholic University of America

  • 39 years of teaching and administration in higher education

  • Expertise in music theory, choral music, and Carolingian chant

  • Has directed scholas and choirs singing beautiful music for four decades

Phillip Berns, Academic Dean and Faculty

  • MA in Philosophy from Tulane University

  • MTS from Notre Dame Seminary

  • PhD in Philosophy forthcoming from University of St. Thomas, Houston

  • Expertise in Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Philosophy of Economics

  • Experience teaching Theology and Philosophy, and singing in and directing scholas

Sharon Kabel, Dean of Women, Registrar, Librarian

  • MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University

  • Expertise in Library Administration, Library and Archival Research, and Digital Preservation

  • Experience teaching History, Theology, Philosophy and singing in scholas and choirs

Dana Rissley, CFO and CBO

  • MBA from University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • CPA

  • Experience as Financial Director for Amsted Rail and as Financial Controller for IONX

William Stover, Dean of Men, Director of Admissions, Faculty

  • MA in Classical Philology from the University of Virginia

  • MA in Classics from the University of Notre Dame

  • Expertise in Ancient Historiography,  Cultural Perception in the Ancient World, Greek and Latin Philology, Paleography and Codicology

  • Experience in Student Activities

Robert Sungenis, Director of Development, Faculty

  • PhD in Religious Studies from Calamus International University

  • MA in Religious Studies from Westminster Theologica Seminary

  • Expertise in Catholic Apologetics

  • Experience as Director and Founder of Catholic Apologetics Publishing, International, as chairman of Stellar Motion Pictures, LLC, and in fundraising for Catholic causes.

Elizabeth Dowling, librarian, liaison with Washington County Free Library

  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of Washington

  • Accomplished librarian experienced in leading and managing teams

Karen  Schaefer, office manager, accompanist, women's residence hall advisor

  • Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, Southern Methodist University

  • 40 years of experience teaching piano

  • 50 years of experience as a collaborative pianist