District Staff

Brother Robert Schaefer, FSC

Brother Visitor

Ministry started September 2021

The Brother Visitor, sometimes known as the Provincial, is the guarantor of the unity and vitality of the District, the leader of the District, and the director of its administrative team. Appointed by the Superior General of the Brothers’ Institute, in Rome, Brother Visitor exercises his authority as a major superior according to Canon Law and the law of the Institute and in accordance with directives from the District Chapter. Read more

Brother Frank Byrne, FSC

Auxiliary Visitor

Ministry started September 2021

The Auxiliary Visitor is appointed by the Visitor of the District and approved by the Superior General of the Brothers’ Institute. Auxiliary Visitors share in the Visitor’s role as “the guarantor of the unity and vitality of the District” and in the Visitor’s principal responsibility for the animation of its ministries, communities, and associations in union with the Lasallian Region of North America, and the Center of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Read more

Brother Jules ‘Bud’ Knight, FSC

Assistant Visitor

Ministry started September 2021

Responsible for the pastoral accompaniment of Senior Brothers facing health issues, the Assistant Visitor serves as the liaison with the District Healthcare Coordinator and the District nurses in coordinating health plans for Brothers in need of medical assistance. Read more

Office for Vocation

A Christian Brother is a member of a community of men committed to living and working together for the educational service of the young and the poor. The Office for Vocations young people throughout the District and beyond to explore their God given talents, and help them discern their life’s calling. For those young men that request it, the Office for Vocations provides the tools, resources, and guidance to discern a religious vocation, specifically to the Brothers’ Institute.

Brother Paul Avvento, FSC


Ministry started September 2023

Brother Edward Shields, FSC


Ministry started September 2018

Office for Mission & Ministry

James Logan


Ministry started December 2021

The Office for Mission & Ministry serves to help support, animate, and facilitate the Lasallian mission for the diverse educational ministries of the District of Eastern North America. View full description

Justin Martineau

Associate Director

Ministry started September 2020

Benjamin Ventresca

Provincial Delegate for Board Governance

Ministry started July 2022

Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, DMin

Director, Adrien Nyel Project

Ministry started September 2022


Brother Joseph Juliano, FSC

Director of Administration

Ministry started July 2015

Under the leadership of the Director of Administration, the office provides organizational and administrative support and planning to the activities and operations of the District. View full description

Administrative Office Staff

Carroll Bennett

Administrative Assistant

Ministry started September 2009

Janice Shea

Assistant to the Brother Visitor

Ministry started January 2018

Office for Advancement

Patrick Donahue

Director of Advancement

Ministry started January 2015

Brother William Martin, FSC

Advisor to Saint La Salle Auxiliary

Ministry started September 2009

Mary Clair Davis

Development Assistant

Ministry started September 2018

Nancy Mahala

Advancement Operations Supervisor

Ministry started September 2016

Marie Butler

Administrative Assistant

Ministry started July 1989

Theresa Repert

Administrative Assistant

Ministry started June 2014

Office of Communications

Keane Palatino

Director of Communications

Ministry started September 2023


Brother Timothy Froehlich, FSC

Director of Finance

Ministry started September 2009

The Director of Finance is appointed by the Visitor and is an ex-officio member of the District Finance Committee and Investment Committee. View full description

Edward Meehan


Ministry started October 2011

Mary Huthwaite


Ministry started October 2021