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Staff

Nicole M. Perone

National Coordinator

Nicole M. Perone joined ESTEEM in 2020. As the National Coordinator, she is responsible for leading the strategic planning and vision of the ESTEEM program, along with serving as liaison for each of the site leaders, maintaining and updating the ESTEEM curriculum, and planning and executing the annual Capstone Conference.

Nicole previously served as the Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Her Bachelor of Arts in Theology with double minors in Italian and Catholic Studies was bestowed by Loyola University Maryland, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

In 2018, Nicole was a delegate to the Pre-Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and served on the writing committee for the final document. Her work has been published by America Media, Catholic News Service, The Jesuit Post, and US Catholic.

Nicole is the chair of the Board of Governors for the National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults, and a member of the Board of Directors of the All Africa Conference: Sister to Sister. She also serves on the National Advisory Council for the “NeXt Level” initiative of the Center for FaithJustice, and on the team developing youth and young adult ministry pastoral framework for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Nicole lives in Connecticut with her husband, John, and their Golden Retriever, Ellie.

Mary Pickens Corsones

Program Coordinator

Mary joined ESTEEM in 2018. As the Program Coordinator, she is the operational point of contact for site leaders and collaborates with the National Coordinator to manage the implementation of ESTEEM.

Mary also works in Admissions at La Lumiere School, a Catholic boarding and day school in La Porte, Indiana.

In her previous roles, Mary served as the Associate Program Director for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows program at the University of Notre Dame. There, she managed the recruitment, selection, placement, and formation of Catholic school teachers in the Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic. She also served in the ACE program as a 5th grade Catholic school teacher.

Mary earned a B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University and her M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame. She currently lives in Indiana with her husband, Brendan.
Past National Coordinators:
  • Megan O’Neil Colford
  • Mary Pickens Corsones
  • Katie Diller Gleason
  • Sarah Heiman
  • Katie McKenna
  • Michael O’Loughlin

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Thank you to all of our students, site leaders, and mentors who joined us for our annual #ESTEEMCapstone21! Your patience with the transition to the virtual realm and tenacity this year are so appreciated! Thank you, also, to our young alumni and ministry leaders who joined our panel and small groups. A Sunday afternoon well spent! 💜
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Nicole M. Perone

National Coordinator
Nicole M. Perone joined ESTEEM in 2020. As the National Coordinator, she is responsible for leading the strategic planning and vision of the ESTEEM program, along with serving as liaison for each of the site leaders, maintaining and updating the ESTEEM curriculum, and planning and executing the annual Capstone Conference.
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Mary Pickens Corsones

Program Coordinator
Mary joined ESTEEM in 2018. As the Program Coordinator, she is the operational point of contact for site leaders and collaborates with the National Coordinator to manage the implementation of ESTEEM.
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