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Board of Directors

St. Jerome Institute Board

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Daniel Gibbons

St. Jerome Institute Board

Daniel Gibbons is the current SJI Board President and an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English at The Catholic University of America. He earned a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Dallas, and both an MA and PhD at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Over the course of nearly twenty years as a teacher, Dr. Gibbons has tutored middle-school and high-school students; has trained students in technical and accountancy writing; and has taught rhetoric, writing, and literature to a diverse body of students at a community college and three different universities. He helped to author Catholic University’s new undergraduate core curriculum and is a member of the Secondary Education Council, which helps to oversee the training of high school teachers at the university. Dr. Gibbons helped to start the Montessori program at St. Jerome Academy and serves on the curriculum committee for SJI.

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Edward Trudeau

St. Jerome Institute Board

Edward Trudeau has taught middle school, high school, and college undergraduates mathematics, logic, and philosophy. He was a member of the original St. Jerome Academy curriculum committee and currently serves as vice chair of the SJI Board. He is Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Catholic University.

Andrew Shivone


Andrew is the president of the St. Jerome Institute in Washington, DC. He obtained his Ph.D. in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute with a dissertation focused on the philosophy of education and childhood in the thought of the German Thomist, Ferdinand Ulrich. He has served for nearly two decades as a teacher and leader in classical schools. He was the Head of School for The Atonement Academy in San Antonio and later joined the team for Great Hearts Texas, where he was the founding Headmaster of Great Hearts Northern Oaks. He has published articles and translations in both the Humanum Journal and Communio and is preparing a translation of Ferdinand Ulrich’s book on childhood and education, Der Mensch als Anfang (Man as the Beginning), for publication by Humanum Press in 2023.

Peter Crawford


Peter Crawford is SJI’s Headmaster and a graduate of Ave Maria University. He received his Masters and MPhil degrees in philosophy from the University of Leuven. He taught history and humane letters  at Glendale Preparatory Academy, a classical charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2009-2013. In 2013, he founded two Great Hearts Academies in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Crawford grew both the lower school (K-5) and the upper school (6-12) enrollment to serve 400 students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Mr. Crawford and his wife have six children.

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Michael Hanby

St. Jerome Institute Board

Michael Hanby is an Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy of Science at the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. He has taught in writing-intensive Great Books programs at Villanova University and at Baylor University, where he was also Associate Director of the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning, dedicated to the reintegration of Christian faith and the intellectual life. Dr. Hanby was deeply involved in the creation of the St. Jerome Educational Plan for St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Maryland. He has written and spoken extensively on the renewal of Catholic education. He is the author of two books, numerous articles, and is currently working on a book provisionally titled Technology and Truth. He is the father of two teenage boys.

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Deborah Ruddy

St. Jerome Institute Board

Deborah Ruddy is a former SJI Board President and a parent at St. Jerome Academy. She earned a BA in Political Theory at Georgetown University and both an MA and PhD at Boston College. She worked as an Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2000 to 2008. Dr. Ruddy also served as the Director of the Catholic Education Program in the Ryan Institute. From 2001-2008, she taught Catholic high school teachers and administrators in an MA program run by the Murray Institute of St. Paul Seminary.

Nicholas J. Healy

St. Jerome Institute Board

Nicholas J. Healy is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Culture at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He received his doctorate from Oxford University, with a dissertation on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He is an editor of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review and a founding member of the Academy of Catholic Theology. He is the author of The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar: Being as Communion and, together with David Schindler, Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Declaration on Religious Freedom. Recent articles have addressed the nature and sacramentality of marriage, the question of Christian philosophy, and the theological anthropology of Henri de Lubac and Thomas Aquinas.

Elizabeth Kirk

St. Jerome Institute Board Member

Elizabeth Kirk is a faculty research associate at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Previously, she served as the Director and Kowalski Chair of Catholic Thought at the Institute for Faith and Culture at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at the University of Kansas, an institute dedicated to forming university students in the Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, to fostering an appreciation for beauty through exposure to nature, culture, and the arts, and to encouraging students to embrace the lifelong task of educating themselves for their vocations and personal flourishing. From 2005 to 2010, she served as the Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, an interdisciplinary center inspired by the teachings of St. Pope John Paul. Prior to entering academia, she practiced law, representing religious and charitable organizations and in the area of estate planning. She and her husband, Bill, have four children.

Taylor Myers

St. Jerome Institute Board

Taylor Myers is the Lead Scientist at MF Fire and a parent to children at St. Jerome Academy. He earned a BS in Fire Protection Engineering and Astronomy and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is currently enrolled in the JD program at the Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Myers previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Maryland teaching engineering to undergraduates and designing engineering curriculum for high school students.

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John Archer

Secretary to the Board

After graduating from Christendom College with a degree in philosophy, John Archer worked at St. Gregory’s Academy, a Catholic liberal arts high school for boys in eastern Pennsylvania.  He later pursued graduate studies in English at the Catholic University of America, where he taught freshman writing and humanities courses and served as the Assistant Director of the University Writing Program.  Currently, Mr Archer teaches English and Latin at Elizabeth Seton High School.  He serves as SJI’s Secretary to the Board.

Abby Perrotta

St. Jerome Institute Board

Abby Perrotta is a community planner with a focus on preservation. She earned a B.S. in Architecture and Masters degrees in Community Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland. She focused her graduate education on the City of Frederick and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Baltimore. During her graduate studies she also worked with organizations that served communities in and around College Park. After graduate school she spent a year doing community development work for the City of Hyattsville, then two years on revitalization efforts with the College Park City-University Partnership and has built a network of local connections from working with multiple agencies and institutions along the Rt 1 corridor. She and her husband were married at St. Jerome and have since been blessed with two young boys.

Don Bunuan

St. Jerome Institute Board

Don Bunuan earned a BA from Georgetown University and received his Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland–College Park. He began his career as a high school teacher, having taught at catholic schools for over a decade. He gained experience teaching many different subjects, all grade levels, and abilities; from honors-level students to special needs students. He then went on to work at the United States Department of Education in the office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. There he was responsible for program and financial management for grant recipients as well as the management of all the contracts funded through the Rehabilitation Services Administration. He now practices real estate and is ranked in the top five percent of realtors nation-wide. He and his wife have 5 children.

Lesley Rice

St. Jerome Institute Board

Lesley Rice received her doctorate in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute with a dissertation on contemporary Catholic thought concerning biotechnology and the beginning of life. Her research concerns the Christian anthropology, history and philosophy of biology, and the cultural and anthropological significance of biotechnologies. Her work has been published in Communio: International Catholic Review, Anthropotes: Rivista di Studi sulla Persona e la Famiglia, and Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture & Science.

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