New Vice President of Operations Joins Healey Education Foundation
The Healey Education Foundation has named Dan Rocha as Vice President of Operations. In a role combining strategy development and team building, Rocha will manage partnerships and assume responsibility for the Foundation’s work in Philadelphia, Baltimore and additional regions.
“We’re pleased to welcome Dan to our senior leadership team as the Foundation creates and delivers an even more robust methodology for Catholic school sustainability,” said Christine Healey, President, Healey Education Foundation. “Through his strategic thinking and business development expertise, we expect our regional expansion to continue as we deepen the quality of our core offerings.”
In his extensive career, Rocha served as a teacher, coach, senior administrator and fundraiser in independent schools and higher education. After teaching and coaching in the Philadelphia area for nine years, he began his administrative career as Middle School Head at Bancroft School in Worcester, MA. In the same role at Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey, Rocha led the Middle School to designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education with special recognition for the program in Ethics and Character.
Rocha continued his career as the Head of School at York Country Day School in York, PA, where he increased enrollment and more than doubled annual giving support in his first year. Later, he served as Academic Dean at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, where he was named Rhode Island State Girls’ Coach of the Year in 2007. As Senior Director of Athletic Development at George Washington University, Rocha led the $21 million effort to renovate the intercollegiate athletic center and spearheaded efforts to build annual giving programs for each of the 22 intercollegiate sports. He also served as Executive Director of Development for Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania, where his fundraising team raised $15 million in one year for intercollegiate athletics.
Most recently, Rocha was CEO of Cardenio Consulting. Cardenio worked to bring independent school and higher education models of development, enrollment management and governance to Catholic, charter and public schools.
Rocha has served on the boards of St. Peter’s School in Philadelphia and St. Phillip’s Academy in Newark, NJ. He was a member of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Call to Action for diversity initiatives and a presenter at NAIS conferences. He also has been published in Education Week.
“I believe the future of Catholic Schools in this country and the future of the Catholic Church are inextricably linked. Our work to build vibrant, sustainable Catholic School communities lays the foundation for the future of a vibrant, sustainable Church.” — Dan Rocha, Vice President of Operations, Healey Education Foundation
Rocha holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
In a corresponding role, Jason Morrison will continue as Vice President of Operations, managing the Foundation’s partnerships in the Diocese of Allentown, PA, and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He also will oversee work with our newest partner, the Diocese of Wilmington, serving Catholic schools in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The Healey Education Foundation invests in PK-12 Catholic schools. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Foundation provides a high-impact program delivered through a coaching relationship with dioceses and schools that are ready to embrace change. Healey’s work For the Future of Catholic Schools empowers grant recipients to deliver sustainable results through effective governance, enrollment management and fundraising.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Foundation has grown to serve nearly 70 elementary and high schools across six dioceses in Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.