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Rose Burton Spohn

Rose Burton Spohn

Director of Education

Rose first joined the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board in August 2013 as a Superintendent of Education; she became Director of Education in July 2017.

Prior to joining the board, Rose worked for the London District Catholic School Board as a teacher and the Ministry of Education as an Education Officer.

Parishioners of Mother of God Parish in Goulais River, Rose and her husband are also members of the church choir there.

Rose is a member of the newly-formed Board Office choir and often serves as a Eucharistic minister at school / board masses.

Rose is a graduate of Catholic elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools in Kitchener-Waterloo.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education in Educational Technology, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Includes, but is not limited to:

Communications Department

  • Advertising, marketing and promotions
  • As One Fundraising Campaign
  • Board annual reports Catholic Education Week activities
  • Media releases
  • Public displays (e.g., registration)
  • Social media strategy
  • Updates to board / school websites

Human Resources Department

  • Allegations against employees
  • Contract negotiations
  • Grievances, mediations, and arbitrations
  • Occasional teacher hiring / call-outs
  • Relationships with all employee groups
  • Succession planning / leadership development

IT 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

Programs & Activities

  • Approvals – conferences, extended field trips, workshops, external visitors
  • Attendance Support
  • Board Meetings
  • Board Responses – media, task forces
  • Governance Issues
  • Inclement Weather
  • Liaison – ministry, agencies, other boards
  • Public Relations
  • Regional Education Council (REC)
  • School Effectiveness Framework Lead
  • Staff Faith Development
  • Strategic Planning

Committee Lead

  • Admin Council
  • Board Marketing Committee
  • Digital Learning Steering Committee
  • Focus on Faith Committee
  • Joint PD Committee
  • Joint Staffing Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Principals’ Steering Committee – Faith Sub-Committee
  • Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC)

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:

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


  • Holy Cross, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Holy Family, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Holy Name of Jesus, Hornepayne
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Chapleau
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Basil, White River
  • St. Joseph French Immersion, Wawa

Programs & Activities

  • Athletics – Elementary and Secondary
  • Home Instruction
  • Negotiations – CUPE
  • School Year Calendar Consultations
  • Special Admissions (i.e., out-of-zone, non-Catholics)

Committee Lead

  • Principals’ Steering Committee – Numeracy Sub-Committee
  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
  • Well-Being Committee

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

  • Arts education
  • English and French-as-a-Second Language
  • Indigenous languages and programs (NSL)
  • Kindergarten programs
  • Literacy – especially K – 6
  • Numeracy – especially K – 6
  • School libraries / learning commons


  • Our Lady of Fatima, Elliot Lake
  • Our Lady of Lourdes French Immersion, Elliot Lake
  • Sacred Heart, Espanola
  • St. Mary, Massey
  • St. Mary’s, Blind River

Programs & Activities

  • Before and After School Programs
  • Early Learning and Best Start Programs
  • EQAO Assessments and Analysis
  • Equity and Inclusive Education
  • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Health and Safety
  • Home Schooling
  • Indigenous Education
  • Leading Student Achievement (LSA)
  • Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA)
  • Negotiations – OECTA
  • Safe and Healthy Schools
    • Breakfast and nutrition programs
    • Child abuse prevention and reporting
    • Statistical reports (e.g., suspensions)
    • Violence and harassment reports
  • Student Teacher Placements
  • Summer Learning Programs – Elementary
  • Tutoring (i.e., OFIP, Tutors in the Classroom)

Committee Lead

  • Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC)
  • New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) Committee
  • Safe and Healthy Schools Committee

Danny Viotto

Superintendent of Education

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 with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School
Board in 2017.

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:

Student Success Leader

  • Alternative education models (e.g., co-op, continuing education, e-learning)
  • Experiential learning, K – 12
  • Literacy – especially Grades 7 – 12
  • Numeracy – especially Grades 7 – 12
  • Outdoor education, K – 12
  • Pathways planning
  • Re-engagement
  • Secondary programming
  • Secondary night school
  • Secondary summer school
  • Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)
  • Supervised alternative learning (SAL)
  • Transitions to and from secondary school


  • Holy Angels Learning Centre, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Basil, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Francis French Immersion, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Kateri Outdoor Learning Centre, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Mary’s College, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Mary’s French Immersion, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Paul, Sault Ste. Marie

Programs & Activities

  • Catholic School Councils (CSCs)
  • Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program
  • Negotiations – OSSTF
  • Student Trustees

Committee Lead

  • International Education Committee
  • Outdoor Education Committee
  • Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
  • Principals’ Steering Committee – Literacy Sub-Committee
  • Secondary Program Team (SPT)
  • Student Senate

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
  • Tuition agreements with First Nations

Plant Services Department

  • Building accessibility and security
  • Capital enhancements, planning, and projects
  • Employee health and safety
  • Energy use and reduction
  • Maintenance and repairs of facilities
  • Violence risk assessments

Programs & Activities

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

Committee Lead

  • Audit Committe
  • Catholic Education Foundation

Our Organizational Chart

The Administration Team for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board is comprised of five people with extensive experience in Catholic education and finance. The Administration Team is charged to run the day-to-day business of the Board and report to the Board of Trustees at regular monthly meetings at the Catholic Education Centre.

Click on the image to view our Organizational Chart.

Senior Administration Team
Senior Administration Team (absent, Danny Viotto)

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