Our Story

We care deeply about Catholic schools. They positively impact more than 21,000 students in Minnesota's greater Twin Cities metro area, as well as their school families, employees and local communities.

Over the last two decades, more than 20 schools closed their doors. Others teetered on the brink of closure. Many more were fast losing the funds to invest in their classrooms. The conversation was one of decline.

We wanted to help change that narrative to one of hope, possibility, growth and thinking big. In 2014, we conducted an in-depth school survey and personally visited every preschool-8th grade school to understand the challenges they faced and where they needed the most investment.

But don’t take our word for it… here’s what our principals are saying!

How we work

We are entrepreneurial and driven. We relentlessly pursue excellence. And we honor and respect our schools.

Our approach is bottom-up. We listen to principals and teachers and implement the best ideas that will have the greatest impact. We are 100% opt-in, and are proud that every preschool-8th grade school in the Archdiocese has chosen to join us.

When looking for solutions, we seek out the best of the best to provide world-class partners and top resources for our schools, whether that be found at home or across the country. And we recognize the local experts within the walls of our schools.

We also understand that when you’ve seen one Catholic school, you’ve seen one Catholic school. No two are entirely alike. Thus, we fund solutions that increase excellence in the system as a whole while respecting the uniqueness of each school.

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Our Board

Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul & Minneapolis

Gail Dorn

Executive Chair

Gail Dorn - Catholic Schools Week 2020 - Catholic Schools Center of Excellence St. Paul Minneapolis MN

Brian Ragatz


CSCOE President Brian Ragatz

Michael Cole

Global Business Educator for L’Oreal

Fr. Kevin Finnegan

Pastor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Steve Hoeppner

Vice President, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

Steven Ryan

Partner-in-Charge at Taft

Michelle Schlehuber

Title I Reading Teacher

Michelle Schlehuber

Kathy Schneeman

Catholic Author and Community Volunteer

Anita Arockiasamy Wills

Director of Enrollment Management for Visitation School

Anita Arockiasamy Wills

Robert Wollan

Former Global Managing Director for Accenture Strategy

Robert Wollan

Our Team

Gail Dorn

Executive Chair

Gail Dorn - Catholic Schools Week 2020 - Catholic Schools Center of Excellence St. Paul Minneapolis MN

Brian Ragatz


CSCOE President Brian Ragatz

Mike Halloran

Vice President of Development and Operations

Jenny Haller

Director of Excellence

Jenny Haller

Robert Behr

Director of Finance

Annemarie Vega

Director of Enrollment

Emma Creger

Enrollment Manager

Emma Creger CSCOE enrollment manager

Maricruz Hernandez

Latino Enrollment Coordinator

Jessica Trygstad

Director of Communications

Jessica Trygstad, CSCOE director of communications

Sharon Wilson

Event Manager

Sharon Wilson

Helen Dahlman

CSCOE Growth Team

Dr. Nes Rotstein

CSCOE Growth Team



July 2021

Are you passionate about Catholic education? Do you want to help Catholic schools thrive?

Click here for our Director of Enrollment job description.

Send cover letter and résumé to Brian Ragatz, CSCOE president:


Are you interested in pursuing a vocation at a Catholic school? Click here to learn more about serving as a teacher or principal in our Catholic schools. Current job openings can be found through the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis website.

If you feel a calling to serve as a Catholic school leader, consider the Institute for Catholic School Leadership at the Seminaries of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Institute provides holistic and integrated formation for those entrusted with the administration of Catholic schools.