Educational Leadership Institute

The Center for Catholic and Urban Education

Meet the Team

Dr. Robert Palestini 

Bob Palestini is the founding director of the Educational Leadership Institute and the Center for Catholic and Urban Education at Saint Joseph's University.  He is graduate dean and associate professor of educational leadership emeritus.  Before coming to his alma mater in 1990, Dr. Palestini was a teacher, administrator and varsity basketball coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, PA and the first lay superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  He has written more than a dozen books on various aspects of educational leadership.  He resides with his wife of fifty years, Judy, in downtown Philadelphia, Ocean City, New Jersey and Naples, Florida.

Dr. Anne Marie Borneman 

In addition to certification in Special and Elementary Education, Anne Marie holds certifications as a Reading Specialist and as a School Psychologist.  For more than thirty years, Anne Marie has worked in schools--first as a special education classroom teacher, and more recently as a school psychologist--in both suburban and urban school settings.  Anne Marie was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Special Education and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Catholic and Urban Education, both at Saint Joseph’s University. Anne Marie serves on boards, and works as a pro bono consultant, in several Catholic urban schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey. 

Dr. Candida Antonelli 

Candy worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the secondary schools for over 30 years  both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator.  Before her retirement from the Archdiocese this year, she taught at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary serving as an assistant professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Science. Presently, Candy teaches as an adjunct professor at St Joseph’s University and  also serves as a supervisor for student teachers.  In 2008, as a member of cohort III, she received her Doctorate in Education degree from St Joseph’s University.  In 2010, her dissertation” Catholic Lay Leadership enhancing Faculty Morale within the context of the Catholic Identity of a Catholic School” was published.  Candy presently serves as the Senior Fellow of the CCUE.

Father Daniel Joyce, S.J.