Coffee With CEF - Catholic Education Foundation
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-25754,single-format-standard,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-theme-ver-2.3,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.5.0,vc_responsive

Coffee With CEF

Coffee With CEF

Coffee With CEF is back on your zoom screens for Season 3 every Wednesday at 10:00 am PDT so get your favorite coffee (or tea, matcha, kombucha, etc.) mugs ready, and join us for this unique chance to hear directly from our wonderful school partners and connect with one another!

This is a collaborative virtual gathering to hear from various Catholic school leaders, teachers, and students. Join us to see the incredible ways our schools are coming together to ensure that their students are continuing to learn, grow, and excel in their studies. We are very blessed to have the chance to create this space for each other and get an inside look into the remote learning world from the joys to the obstacles of this new challenging season.

Season 3

Every Wednesday | 10:00 am PDT
Upcoming Guest: C3 (Catholic Communication Collaboration)

Did you ever wonder how thousands of Catholic school students were quickly supplied with iPads and other devices and provided with internet connectivity that they didn’t have at home when remote learning kicked in last March? Join us to find out from our friends at the C3 as to how they pulled off this remarkable feat in just a few days as the pandemic was closing in!

Season 3 Finale

Alma Backyard Farms | April 28 | 5:00 pm PDT

For those who aren’t morning people, we have a special evening episode just for you! We will hear from CEF Alumna, Erika Cuellar, and Co-founder Richard Garcia of Alma Backyard Farms! Alma has been providing spaces for growth both spiritually and physically for years. Join us as we learn of their student programming at St. Albert the Great school!



*Catch up on past episodes! Recordings of all previous episodes are below.

Watch Recent Episodes


Season 3: Episode 8

April 14, 2021

Therese Funk and her squad of talented counselors are back with us to highlight some of the wonderful strides they have taken since the last time we spoke. In the wake of a complete year of isolation and physical distancing brought on by the global pandemic, CPLA has partnered with 12 brand new Catholic schools to continue serving countless students across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles! Hear from Counseling Partners of Los Angeles and how they’re helping the mental and emotional health of our Catholic school students.


Season 3: Episode 7
April 07, 2021

Jeff Rothberg and Robin Porter of Discovery Education share their experience in providing virtual field trips for students throughout this pandemic and partnering with 30 of our Catholic schools to offer their services in a time of great need. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have sat down with them and learn of the amazing strides they’ve taken this past year.


Season 3: Episode 6
March 24, 2021

As they approach the end of their senior year, college acceptances, graduation and all that comes with the culmination of their high school experience, there seems to be some light emerging at the end of this long pandemic tunnel.  CEF had the honor of sitting with St. Joseph high School in Santa Maria to hear from both Marlee and Tyler, two CEF seniors along with their Assistant Principal of Community Outreach and Engagement, Pepe Villasenor and Principal, Erinn Dougherty!

Season 3: Episode 5

March 17, 2021

CEF sat down to hear from some of our CEF alumni of the Class of 2020 from St. Pius X/St. Matthias Academy and Cathedral High School who are now college freshmen. Their last semester of high school was spent learning virtually and they were not able to experience the Prom, Grad Night, and their high school graduation, yet they were able to adapt and come on top of their college experiences.


Season 3: Episode 4

March 03, 2021

We have the privilege of hearing from one of our CEF Elementary schools out in the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region this week. The Notre Dame School will join Coffee With CEF to highlight just how they were able to allow in-person instruction for their students in a safe and healthy way!



Season 3: Episode 3

February 24, 2021

CEF is extremely proud to feature current Seniors from Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School and an alumna from St. Mary’s Academy, along with administrators from their schools, to tell us the stories of the career track programs in their high schools and how those programs prepared them for college! These programs are the cornerstone behind the success of their communities, far and wide!


Season 3: Episode 2 

February 17, 2021

CEF welcomes Victoria Lanier, Executive Director of Education Through Music – Los Angeles onto its 2nd episode of the season.  Starting off as a Program Coordinator, Victoria is now in charge of ensuring that over 19,000 students receive sequential comprehensive music education in school. She joined coffee with CEF and brought to life a virtual choir to sing “Seize The Day” as we all learned of the passion she brings to her work each and every day!


Season 3: Episode 1

February 10, 2021

SEASON PREMIERE! Coffee With CEF kicks off its 3rd season with special guests SOFESA. Deacon Charlie and Jess Echeverry have been serving the homeless community in Los Angeles for over 20 years. They sat with CEF to share the ways in which SOFESA gets families back on their feet after having fallen off their God-given path.


Season Two


Season 2: Episode 1
September 9, 2020
Season 2 premiere! Special guests include Dan Horn, President-Principal of St. Genevieve Parish Schools (SGPS); Vince O’Donoghue, Vice President of SGPS; Juan Jasso, Director of Admissions of SGPS; and Paul Escala, Senior Director and Superintendent of Schools for the Department of Catholic Schools.



Season 2: Episode 2
September 16, 2020
CEF is joined by Adrian X. Cuevas and Vanessa Rivera of St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School in central Los Angeles, and Erick Rubalcava of St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy.



Season 2: Episode 3
September 23, 2020
CEF takes a virtual trip to St. Odilia School in South LA and hears from Sima Saravia-Perez, principal; Richard Monteilh, vice principal; Myra Rivas, teacher; and Maria Reed, a USC engineering student and volunteer STEM instructor with the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center.



Season 2: Episode 4
September 30, 2020
CEF is joined by Nan Young and Gerri Wendel of Art Trek, Carol Dailey of the Porteous Family Foundation, and Nancy Kuria and Father Claude Williams of Sts. Peter and Paul School where the arts have changed the lives of many students.



Season 2: Episode 5 
October 7, 2020
A Boyle Heights Farewell! John Rojas, principal of Our Lady of Talpa Elementary School and Jocelyn and Allyn, 8th grade sfftudents, join CEF in saying farewell to Katie Kevorkian, Associate Director of Development at CEF. Allyn performs a live piano concert and Jocelyn talks about life as a student athlete when school sports are canceled.


Season 2: Episode 6 
October 14, 2020 – Season 1 Retrospective

We enjoyed short testimonies from almost all of our guests from Season One of Coffee with CEF. They are making great strides and we are so happy for all of the success they have had, despite being in the middle of a global pandemic! We heard from various leaders and students throughout the entire Archdiocese in this episode.


Season 2: Episode 7 
October 21, 2020

Ellen P. Holton, Dr. Steven Johnson, Melissa Jara, Jessica Yost from the Catholic Schools Collaborative, and Sr. Adella L. Armentrout join Coffee with CEF to share and teach us all about the Collaborative’s programs to increase literacy and numeracy skills. We know that our CEF students are much more prepared for their future because of CSC!


Season 2: Episode 8 
October 28, 2020

CEF invites Development and Marketing officers from all over the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to a roundtable on the joys, surprises, and challenges that have arisen due to the pandemic. We truly enjoyed their insights and their passion to continue to provide a quality Catholic school education to their students.


Season 2: Episode 9 
November 4, 2020

CEF invited founders Richard Garcia and Erika Cuellar of Alma Backyard Farms to Coffee with CEF to teach us of the wonderful work they have been doing around Los Angeles. On a mission to end food insecurity, they landed on St. Albert the Great School‘s campus in 2013, began extensive programming for students, and now produce thousands of pounds of food a year!


Season 2: Episode 10 
November 18, 2020

Counseling Partners of Los Angeles (CPLA) joins CEF for an inspirational glimpse into the need for mental health awareness for students across Los Angeles. The pandemic has definitely created a void where healthy environments of social interaction and learning are hard to come by. CPLA and their 70+ team of volunteers are engaging in telehealth to continue their vital work.


Season 2: Episode 11 
December 2, 2020

Porteous Family Foundation joins Coffee with CEF to share why they decided to also fund sports programs in our Catholic schools in addition to the long-standing Art programs they have provided for over a decade. We were also blessed to hear from St. Sebastian Sports Project who disburses $100,000 annually for Catholic school sports programming!


Season 2: Episode 12 
December 9, 2020

SEASON FINALE! CEF takes a dive into its own processes and vital partnerships to shine a light on the many reasons CEF continually strives to be better. CEF also gets to sit with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Department of Catholic Schools to hear a status update on the reopening of schools and in-person instruction. CEF’s Executive Director of Programs and Operations, Theresa Fragoso educates us on the journey of the application process and a couple of CEF Trustees chime in on why they love CEF so much!

Season One


Season 1: Episode 1
April 15, 2020
The Coffee with CEF premiere episode! CEF is joined by Antonio Felix, Director of PLACE (Partnership for Los Angeles Catholic Education) Corps. and CAST (Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers) at the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and Paul Escala, Senior Director and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Gerri Wendel of Art Trek stops by with an offer for elementary school principals.


Season 1: Episode 2 
April 22, 2020
CEF goes to Boyle Heights in East LA to visit Alex Chacon, President of Bishop Mora Salesian High School, and Karina Moreno Corgan, President of Dolores Mission Elementary School who both serve some of the lowest income families in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Nancy Portillo, Chief of Staff at the Department of Catholic Schools, describes how they are supporting the students and families through the free breakfast and lunch program and the C3 Ignite technology program.


Season 1: Episode 3
April 29, 2020
CEF travels to southeastern Los Angeles County to the City of Bell Gardens and St. Gertrude the Great School and Parish. Peggy Weber, principal, and Father Nabor Rios, pastor, describe the challenges facing their community and how they are working to meet their physical and spiritual needs. Lilia Chavez, Director of School Food Service for the Department of Catholic Schools shares more information about the many school sites providing free breakfast and lunch to children and youth.


Season 1: Episode 4
May 6, 2020
CEF goes on a virtual visit to Bishop Conaty – Our Lady of Loretto High School in Los Angeles. Ambassadors from BCLHS include Principal Andrea Jenoff, Vice Principal Jacqueline Lucero, Development Director Diane Techam, English teacher Vanessa Poe, and students, Brianna and Jeaneth. Brianna and Jeaneth talk about remote classes, socializing while staying at home, and their plans for college and career.


Season 1: Episode 5
May 13, 2020
Deacon Doug and Dr. Phyllis Cremer of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish and School join CEF to introduce their community and show how they are adapting their ministry to comply with the Safer at Home recommendations and fundraising amid crisis to ensure that all of their students can stay at St. Elizabeth next year. Scott Higdon of the Dept. of Catholic Schools shares the successes of and challenges facing schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Season 1: Episode 6 
May 20, 2020
It’s High School Day at Coffee With CEF! Special guest speakers include: Dr. Dan O’Connell, Deputy Superintendent of High Schools; Martin Farfan, President of Cathedral High School; Raymond Saborio, Principal of Sacred Heart High School; CEF students from Cathedral and Sacred Heart High Schools: seniors, Diana, Oscar and Daniel and junior, Kelley. (Remember Diana? She was featured in CEF’s 2019 video and in last year’s Impact Report.)


Season 1: Episode 7
May 27, 2020
CEF welcomes Bishop David O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of the San Gabriel Region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Xochitl Hernandez, Regional Director of Catholic Charities of the San Gabriel Region to talk about the growing need for families in the region, and combating loneliness during – and following – social distancing and isolation.

Season 1: Episode 8
June 3, 2020
Our first international episode! CEF is joined by Martina Amengual of SCHOLAS OCCURRENTES, a global education program founded by Pope Francis to speak about their work during the pandemic and the plans for the new headquarters in Los Angeles. Kathleen Domingo, Senior Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace and Isaac Cuevas, Director of Immigration and Public Affairs at the Archdiocese of LA offer their thoughts on racial injustice and provide educational resources.


Season 1: Episode 9
June 10, 2020
Guest hosted by Tim Smith, President of the CEF Board of Trustees! Special guest speakers Father Matt Elshoff, OFM, Cap., and Alicia Camacho bring us to St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish and School in Watts.



Episode 10
June 17, 2020
CEF has coffee with a team from Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope, a community of eight inner-city elementary schools in Los Angeles and Northern California. We are joined by Ann Magovern, Executive Director of Vision of Hope, Sister Georgette Coulombe, OP, Vision of Hope Los Angeles Office, Anabel Rodriguez, Principal of St. Michael School and Ileana Wade, Principal of St. Ignatius of Loyola School.


Season 1: Episode 11
June 24, 2020
SEASON FINALE! Paul Escala, Senior Director and Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles returns with an update about our Catholic schools. CEF is also joined by guests from St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood: Dr. Kris Anderson, Vice Principal, and Naomi, a rising sophomore. Guests from St. Frances X. Cabrini Elementary School, Carmen Hart, Principal, Maggie Byrne, Development Director, and Lynne Hook, Chair of the Development Board, describe challenges and successes with distance learning in a low-income community.


Share this article!