Dr. Marco Clark has worked as a Catholic educator since 1989. A 1985 graduate of
Bishop McNamara High School, a Holy Cross Brothers’ school in the Archdiocese of
Washington DC, Marco matriculated to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA
where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English. He also holds a
Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University and a
Doctorate in Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.
Marco began his career in Catholic education working as a teacher, guidance counselor
club moderator and coach. Throughout his early career he also held various other roles
including directors level positions in admissions, guidance, and curriculum
development. In 1997 he was appointed principal of his high school alma mater, Bishop
McNamara High School, and in 2010 was named the President/CEO.
In the summer of 2020, the Board of Governors of the Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University and
university president Dr. George Martin named Marco as the first lay Executive Director
in the Institute’s history. The Holy Cross Institute provides research, resources and
leadership development for twenty K-12 schools in the U.S., eight colleges and
universities, and Holy Cross educational ministries in sixteen countries.
Throughout his career in education Marco has served on a variety of advisory and
governing boards, commissions, and task forces. With an expertise in leadership
development and succession planning, Dr. Clark was invited to serve on the National
Catholic Educational Association Leadership Advisory Board in 2016. In 2019 Dr. Clark
was invited by Fr. Robert Epping, Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross,
to serve on their International Education Commission representing North American
schools sponsored by the Congregation. Dr. Clark has also published numerous articles
and is frequently invited to speak on a variety of topics related to Catholic school
leadership and governance.
In 2012 Marco was awarded the Secondary Schools’ Administrator of the Year Award
from the National Catholic Educational Association.
Marco is married to Peggy Clark, also a Catholic school teacher. They have three adult
children and five grandchildren. Marco and his wife Peggy reside in Austin TX and are
parishioners of St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church.
Assistant Director, The Holy Cross Institute
Meigs Turgeon was born and raised in Dallas, TX, where he attended Highland Park High School. As a student at Highland Park, he developed a keen interest in philosophy, theology, and apologetics, feeling a strong call to pursue these academic interests in a Catholic setting. He enrolled at St. Edward’s University in August of 2012, where he majored in Religious and Theological Studies and minored in Psychology. Meigs focused his studies on Second Temple Judaism, apocalyptic literature, disability hermeneutics, and the pastoral treatment of the mentally ill. As an undergrad, he developed a love of research and writing, which led him to present academic papers at professional conferences around Texas on four occasions. He was also actively involved with Campus Ministry, where he served as president of Pax Christi, moderated interfaith dialogue events, and participated in numerous Service Break Experiences. He graduated in May of 2016.
As a result of his studies and involvement in Campus Ministry, Meigs felt a strong vocation to serve the church. To better prepare himself for this task, he matriculated to Duke Divinity School in August of 2017 to pursue a Master of Divinity. At Duke, he grew in his love for theology, Scripture, and social justice, specializing in Catholic eschatology, the interpretation of the Greek New Testament, and the intersectionality of race, gender, religion, and politics in contemporary American society. In addition to his studies, Meigs underwent ministerial formation and training; over the course of his degree program, he served in a rural United Methodist church, taught in Ugandan parochial schools, and worked for an urban interfaith non-profit based in Durham, NC. He graduated from Duke Divinity School in May of 2020. Following the completion of his Master of Divinity, Meigs returned to his hometown of Dallas to teach high school theology.
Meigs was first exposed to Holy Cross during his undergraduate years at St. Edward’s. Holy Cross helped him to fall in love with learning and inspired him to get involved in the work of education and the service of the church. With Basil Moreau, he considers education to be an essential work of resurrection, and he wishes to help educators and students understand what it means to bear the title of Holy Cross. He hopes to bring zeal, vision, and a unique theological perspective to the Holy Cross Institute.
Meigs enjoys running, reading, and listening to live music. He is an avid traveler and loves immersing himself in the study of cultures, languages, and world religions. In addition to theology, he enjoys learning about history, psychology, and ethics. He is a Manchester United supporter and a fan of the Dallas Mavericks and Stars. In his free time, he can be found exploring the great state of Texas or spending time with family and friends.
Communications Manager, The Holy Cross Institute
AJ Valverde graduated from St. Edward’s University in December 2020 with his B.A. in Communication with a focus in advertising and public relations. During his undergrad, he was involved in Campus Ministry - serving in many ways. One of his more impactful moments was the service break experience during spring break 2019, he volunteered at St. Malachy Catholic School in Chicago, IL. He spent a year abroad in Angers, France, a 30-minute train ride west of Le Mans, France (the birthplace of Holy Cross). During his last semester, he did an independent study on the effects of Holy Cross on campus back home in Austin, TX. His research included reading various Holy Cross texts, interviews with students that came from Holy Cross high schools, and a trip to Sanctuaire du Bienheureux Basile Moreau Eglise Notre-Dame de Sainte-Croix where he interviewed Fr. Paul Elie, C.S.C.
He was introduced to Holy Cross by Br. Larry Atkinson C.S.C. who served as a mentor ever since he first stepped foot on campus freshman year. During his studies, he took a course with Br. Richard Daly C.S.C. titled Catholic Social Teaching, the course was pivotal, leading him to join various social justice-driven organizations. During his last semester of college, he served as Executive Director of Hilltoppers for Hilltoppers. H4H is a student philanthropy council that raises awareness for students gifting their time, talent, and treasure.
His love for The Congregation of Holy Cross runs deep. In his first couple months with our office, he has launched a new social media channel, developed email campaigns, helped organize Convocation 2021, and more. AJ hopes to bring the Holy Cross Institute brand to an elevated level. His experience with social media, creative writing, and project management will set up the HCI for further success.
In his free time, AJ enjoys traveling, playing tennis, camping, and time around friends and family.
Richard Bautch, Ph.D. (Chair)
Associate Dean of Humanities,
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Dennis Golden, Ed.D.
President Emeritus, Fontbonne University
Board Member, Holy Cross High School, Flushing, NY
Heather A. Gossart (Vice-Chair)
Director, Executive Mentoring & Coaching,
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA);
Former President / CEO,
Bishop McNamara High School,
Brother Robert E. Lavelle, C.S.C. (Secretary)
C.S.C. Midwest Province;
Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, OH
Mr. Terry Lee
Moreau Catholic High School
Brother Bob Livernois, C.S.C
Spiritual Care and Mission Integration
Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN
Mr. Deepak A. Patel
Trustee Chair Emeritus,
Holy Trinity High School, Chicago, IL
Marianne Ward-Peradoza, Ph.D.
St. Edward's University