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Phil Lettieri Superintendent of Education

Fil Lettieri

Director of Education

Fil began his career with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board in 2007 as a teacher in Blind River.

He briefly returned to Sault Ste. Marie to teach in the secondary panel in 2010.

He transitioned to his first leadership role as principal in 2013 in Elliot Lake and returned to Sault Ste. Marie to continue this role in 2016. Fil was later named the principal of the newly opened St. Basil Elementary School, where he remained from September 2017 until his appointment as Superintendent of Education in February 2022.

Fil graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Education and holds a Masters of Education degree.

A parishioner of Precious Blood Cathedral, Fil is a lector, usher and Eucharistic Minister.

Fil is a member of the Board of Directors for St. Vincent de Paul in Sault Ste. Marie.

Prior to being named Superintendent of Education, Fil was a member of the CPCO Executive, most recently serving as the unit President.  In addition, he was an instructor for CPCO’s Principal’s Qualification Program

Includes, but is not limited to:

Special Education Department

  • Assessment and diagnosis of special needs
  • Crown Ward Education Championship Team
  • Mental health protocols and supports
  • Partnerships with agencies / facilities
  • Processes, protocols, and policies
  • School and family counselling
  • Special Incidence Portion (SIP) claims
  • Specialized programs and equipment
  • Speech and language services

Programs and Activities

  • Athletics – Elementary and Secondary
  • Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program
  • Home Instruction
  • International Education
  • Negotiations – OECTA
  • Outdoor education, K – 12
  • Oversee Principal of Specialized Support Services
  • Special Admissions (e.g., out-of-zone, non-Catholics)
  • Summer Transition Program


  • Holy Cross, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sacred Heart, Espanola
  • St. Mary, Massey
  • St. Paul’s, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Kateri OLC, Sault Ste. Marie

Committee Lead

  • Athletics Committee
  • International Education Committee
  • Outdoor Education Committee
  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
Danny Viotto Director of Education

Danny Viotto

Director of Education Emeritus

Danny has spent over two decades in education, six years as an elementary and secondary teacher and sixteen years in administration, first serving as Vice-Principal of St. Basil Secondary and St. Mary’s College, and Principal of St. Mary’s College and Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School.

Danny then spent two years as Principal of De La Salle College “Oaklands,” an independent Catholic Grade 5-12 school in Toronto before moving into the role of Superintendent of Education in 2017.  He was named Director of Education in February of 2022.

Danny graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership from Nipissing University and went on to achieve a certificate in Labour Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

His Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees were completed at Lakehead University.

Danny and his family are members of Precious Blood Cathedral where he serves as a lector and his two daughters serve as altar servers.

Includes, but is not limited to:

Communications Department

  • Advertising, marketing and promotions
  • Board annual reports
  • Media releases
  • Public displays (e.g., registration)
  • Social media strategy
  • Updates to board / school websites

Programs & Activities

  • Board Meetings
  • Board Responses – media, task forces
  • Governance Issues
  • Public Relations
  • Regional Education Council (REC)
  • Staff Faith Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Summer Learning (Secondary)


  • Holy Angels Learning Centre
  • St. Mary’s College

Student Success Leader

  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Alternative education
  • Cooperative Education / Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs
  • Dual Credit Programs
  • Graduation Support for Indigenous Students
  • Literacy (Grades 7 – 12)
  • School College Work Initiative (SCWI)
  • Secondary programming
  • Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)
  • Supervised alternative learning (SAL)
  • Transitions to and from secondary school

Committee Lead

  • Administrative Council
  • Board Marketing Committee
  • Focus on Faith Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Secondary Program Team
  • Student Senate 
  • Student Trustees
Joe Chilelli Superintendent of Education

Joe Chilelli

Superintendent of Education

Joe joined the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board in September of 1995.

Throughout his years with the board, he has served in the role of teacher, principal and, most recently, as a Superintendent of Education. Joe and his wife Christine are proud parents of Victoria and Andrew.

Parishioners of St. Gerard Majella Parish, Joe and his family have served in a number of ministries. Currently, Joe sits on the parish finance committee and serves as an usher at the 11:00 a.m. mass.

Joe is very community-minded and has served on a number of community boards and committees, including two full terms as a governor at Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology.

A lifelong learner, Joe holds four university degrees, including a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Nipissing University.

Joe also earned a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.

Includes, but is not limited to:

Human Resources Department

  • Contract negotiations
  • Grievances, mediations, and arbitrations
  • Human Resources Analytics
  • Labour Relations
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Staffing
  • Succession planning/leadership development
  • WSIB

Health & Safety

  • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Employee Training (Safe School Portal, Safety Releases)
  • Pandemic Planning and Protocol Development
  • Violence Risk Assessments
  • Workplace Inspections
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment

Programs & Activities

  • College Student Placements (e.g., ECE, CYW, OT, PT)
  • Employee Attendance Support
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Negotiations – (CUPE, OSSTF)
  • School Year Calendar Consultations
  • Tutoring (i.e. Tutoring Allocation)
  • Violence and Harassment Reports

Committee Lead

  • Professional Development (CUPE, OSSTF)
  • Joint PD Committee (OECTA)
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Joint Staffing Committee
  • Leadership Development Committee (Principals and Vice-Principals)
  • New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP Committee)
  • Teacher Education Advisory Committee
  • Well-Being Committee
Christine Durocher Superintendent of Education

Christine Durocher

Superintendent of Education

Christine recently celebrated her twenty-fifth year as an employee with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board and has held the roles of occasional teacher, classroom teacher, learning resource teacher, vice-principal, and principal.

Most recently, Christine was appointed as Superintendent of Education on August 1, 2019.

Christine and her family are members of St. Jerome Parish. She assists with the Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation classes at the parish and volunteers to help with various charity events held at the church.

Christine graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Education.

She also graduated from Nipissing University with a Master of Education.

Includes, but is not limited to:

Curriculum Department

  • Early Intervention (K – 3)
  • Experiential Learning
  • French-as-a-Second Language (FSL)
  • Indigenous languages and programs (NSL)
  • Kindergarten programs
  • Literacy (especially K – 6)
  • Multi-Lingual Learner programs (MLL)
  • Religious and Family Life Education
  • School libraries/learning commons 
  • Transitions for Indigenous Students (K – 8)


  • Holy Name of Jesus, Hornepayne
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Basil, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Basil’s, White River 
  • St. Francis French Immersion, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Mary’s French Immersion, Sault Ste. Marie

Programs & Activities

  • Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Daycares and Before-and-After School Programs
  • Early Learning and Best Start Programs
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Education
  • Home Schooling
  • Indigenous Education
  • Pathways Planning
  • Re-engagement
  • Safe and Healthy Schools
    • Breakfast and nutrition programs
    • Child abuse prevention and reporting
    • Student Injury Prevention

Committee Lead

  • Anti-sex trafficking
  • Digital Learning Steering Committee
  • Indigenous Education Committee (IEC)
  • Safe and Healthy Schools Committee (SHSC)
Justin Pino Superintendent of Business

Justin Pino

Superintendent of Business

Justin joined the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board in December of 2020.

Justin is a graduate of the former St. Basil Secondary School, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and has attained professional titles of Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Holding a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. Justin’s most recent position was that of Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations and Chief Privacy Officer with Algoma Public Health. Previously he worked in the finance department at Algoma Steel.

Justin has been active in Precious Blood Cathedral parish and with the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works. A former Junior ‘A’ Hockey Scholastic Player of the Year, Pino now coaches minor hockey.

Includes, but is not limited to:

Business Department

  • Accounting
  • Audits
  • Banking
  • Benefits
  • Budgeting
  • Enrolment reporting
  • Payroll
  • Purchasing
  • School fundraising and cash handling
  • Education service agreements with First Nations

Information Technology Department

  • Acquisition of hardware and software
  • Data submissions
  • Installation and deployment of devices
  • Network management and maintenance
  • Privacy and security of information (PIM)
  • Support and training on systems

Plant Services Department

  • Building accessibility and security
  • Capital enhancements, planning, and projects
  • Energy use and reduction
  • Maintenance and repairs of facilities

Programs & Activities

  • Board Insurance
  • Cafeterias
  • Community Use of Schools
  • Courier (i.e., approval / distribution)
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Negotiations – CPCO
  • School Accommodation / Viability Reports
  • Transportation

Committee Lead

  • Accessibility Planning Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Catholic Education Foundation
Franca Spadafora Superintendent of Education

franca spadafora

Superintendent of Education – Board Math Lead

Franca began her teaching career in 1997 with the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board.  Franca desired to return to her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie where many family and friends resided.  She was hired in 1999 by Huron Superior Catholic District School Board to teach French at St. Mary’s French Immersion.  Since her date of hire she has fulfilled many roles such as classroom teacher, learning resource teacher, enhanced learning strategies teacher, vice-principal and principal.  

Franca attended Lakehead University where she graduated from their Concurrent Education Program with a major in French Language. Franca continued her education and attained specialists in Religious Education and Special Education.  In 2007, she received her Master of Education with a focus on Educational Leadership through Nipissing University. 

Throughout the last eighteen years, Franca served in administrative roles as vice-principal at St. Mary’s French Immersion, St. Francis French Immersion, St. Basil, and principal of Our Lady of Lourdes. Most recently, Franca was appointed Superintendent of Education – Board Math Lead on August 1, 2023. 

Franca and her family are active parishioners of St. Gregory’s Parish. Franca understands the importance of helping others as she continues to volunteer in meal preparation for St. Vincent Place.  Throughout the years, Franca has helped organize and facilitate a number of fundraisers to help those in need.

Includes, but is not limited to:

Curriculum Focus

  • Numeracy (K-12)
  • Development, Implementation and
    Monitoring of the Board’s Math Achievement
    Action Plan
  • EQAO Assessments and Analysis (Gr. 3, 6 &
  • Liaison with the Ministry of Education Math
    Achievement Action Plan
  • Development of Math Professional Development Opportunities for Educators 
  • Development of Math Resources for Parents


  • Holy Family, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Chapleau
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Elliot Lake
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Elliot Lake
  • St. Augustine, Wawa
  • St. Mary’s, Blind River

Programs & Activities

  • Catholic School Councils (CSCs)
  • Summer Learning Programs – Elementary
  • Summer Learning Programs – Elementary
  • Managing Information for Student
    Achievement (MISA)

Committee Lead

  • Numeracy Committee Lead
  • Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

Our Organizational Chart

The Administration Team for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board is comprised of six people with extensive experience in Catholic education and finance. 

The Administration Team is charged with running the board’s day-to-day business and reporting to the Board of Trustees at regular monthly meetings at the Catholic Education Centre.

Click on the image to view a larger version of our Organizational Chart.

Executive Compensation

In the education sector, a competitive, fair, and responsible Executive Compensation Program is vital for
attracting and retaining the talented, innovative leadership required to ensure continued progress in student
achievement and success. Our proposed Executive Compensation Program balances the need to manage
compensation costs and the need to attract and retain the executive talent we seek.

Key sections in our proposed Executive Compensation Program include:

  • Executive Compensation Philosophy
  • Executive Accountability & Complexity Matrix
  • Proposed Comparator Organizations
  • Proposed Executive Compensation Framework
  • Executive Pay Envelope and Maximum Rate of Increase