Brother Robert BimonteBrother Bimonte currently is the executive vice president of NCEA and previously served as executive director of the Elementary Schools Department since 2002. Prior to joining the association, Brother Bimonte was the secretary of Catholic education in the Diocese of Buffalo for seven years, overseeing both Catholic schools and religious education. He also served for one year as secretary of education for the Christian Brothers Conference and worked as a consultant and facilitator for schools, dioceses and religious communities throughout the country. Brother Bimonte has been an administrator on both the elementary and secondary levels and has taught at grade levels from preschool to graduate school. He graduated from New York University with a B.S. in education and psychology and has a master's degree in religious education from Saint Joseph's Seminary. An authority on brain-compatible learning, Brother Bimonte's post-graduate research has been recognized by the Hewlett/Packard Foundation. He also has conducted numerous retreats and workshops on a wide variety of topics, including collaborative learning, the power of myth and transformational leadership. "I look forward to serving as president of NCEA at this important time in the history of Catholic education," said Brother Bimonte. "I believe this association exists so that God's people can be served. I want to deliver the message that Catholic education is alive and well in this country and that our teachers, catechists, administrators, directors of religious education, diocesan leaders and higher education and seminary leaders are doing amazing work." Bishop Cupich also applauded the accomplishments of Dr. Ristau, who announced her retirement last year and has served NCEA for the past eight years as president. "Dr. Ristau has devoted her entire career to Catholic education. She leaves a great legacy, not only at NCEA but for a lifetime of achievement in the ministry of Catholic education," he said.