Board of Directors
All the members of the S.C.O.P.E. Board of Directors are volunteers.
There are no paid staff or executives. Many of the board members have traveled throughout Central America and the Developing World, including El Salvador. The operating costs of this charity are kept to a minimum, such as the annual costs of a P.O. Box, website, and filing fees with the IRS, the respective state governments including Virginia and others, and with the Non-Profit Sector associations and watchdog organizations like GuideStar.org.
To date, all legal and founding work has been done pro bono or been paid from the personal contributions of its board members. The goal is to care, guard, preserve and grow the principal funds of the S.C.O.P.E. Foundation and distribute the interest to the Santa Luisa School to keep it open and viable to serve the needs of the children of San Salvador.
Rev. Brendan G. Lally, S.J.
Founder of the S.C.O.P.E. Foundation
Investment Committee & Development Committee Member
Father Lally, ordained a Jesuit priest in 1977, graduated from the University of Scranton in 1970 and earned his MDiv and MPS from Weston School of Theology and Loyola University of Chicago, respectively. He taught History and English for three years and was Chaplain at Scranton Preparatory High School for seven years. From 1986 to 2003, he was a campus minister at the University of Scranton and from 1997 through 2003 was rector of the Jesuit Community in Scranton, part of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. From 2003 until 2010, he served as a spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He currently serves as chaplain of St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pa., and rector of the Jesuit Community there.
Father Lally has led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land and founded service programs in El Salvador and Mexico. Specifically, he developed the Los Hermanos immersion experience in Mexico for the Scranton Preparatory School and the International Service Program in Mexico for the University of Scranton, which he led from 1987 to 2002. He also developed and directed the Bridges to El Salvador immersion experience to El Salvador designed for faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Scranton and Scranton Prep. Most of these programs continue today through both the University and Scranton Prep. In 2003, Father Lally brought the El Salvador immersion experience to the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Matthew P. O’Rourke, M.A.
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Matt graduated from the University of Scranton as an undergraduate in 1992 with a B.S. in Political Science & History. He served as a light infantry Platoon Leader on active duty in the US Army and later as a Captain in the Intelligence Branch. After his time in the service, he worked in electronic manufacturing in operations management for the BOSE and AMP Corporations for three years. He returned to the University of Scranton in 2000 to complete his graduate degree in History. This time around, Father Lally led him on pilgrimages to Salvador with Bridges to El Salvador in 2001, after a series of earthquakes devastated the country, and later to Rome and Assisi in 2002.
Matt has worked in professional sales for several years before founding Rocky Mountain Cyberknife in 2010. Throughout this time, he has remained involved with Bridges to El Salvador with his alma mater. He helped establish the SCOPE Foundation, Inc. as a public charity and 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit with the IRS. His shared vision with the Founding Officers of the Board of Directors is the goal of building a charitable foundation to keep the doors of the Santa Luisa School permanently open and to eventually build an endowment fund to sustain the operations of the school to forever serve the needs of educating its children.
K.C. Sabatino, M.D.
KC served as the Founding President of the SCOPE Foundation and has been instrumental in establishing SCOPE as a public charity and tax-exempt non profit. KC is both a graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School and the University of Scranton, both Jesuit institutions, in 1983 and 1987 respectively. In 1991, he graduated from Temple University’s Medical School and completed his residency there in 1995. He was selected for the University of Pittsburgh’s Cardiology Fellowship, which he graduated from in 1998. KC practices at Clearwater Cardiovascular & Interventional Consultants in Clearwater, Fla.
KC is married with three children. KC first became a veteran of Father Lally’s pilgrimages to Mexico back in 1982 while a student at Scranton Prep. In 2001, KC traveled as a pilgrim again to Central America, this time to its poorest country, with the alumni program at the University of Scranton, Bridges to El Salvador.
Kelly A. Dougherty, M.A.
Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Kelly is the accounting assistant for the Scranton Jesuit Community and teaches Theology at the University of Scranton. She is an alumnus of the University of Scranton’s undergraduate and graduate programs where she earned her B.S. in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science and M.A. in Theology. A pilgrim to El Salvador with Bridges to El Salvador in 2001 and friend of the SCOPE Fund and Foundation for many years, Kelly continues the ministry of serving the poor of El Salvador through her support of Bridges to El Salvador at the University of Scranton and serving on the SCOPE Foundation’s board of directors.
Kelly is married with three children and resides in Old Forge, Pa. Kelly’s husband is a Math professor at the University of Scranton.
Paul Johnson, Esq.
Web & Development, Media/Communications
Bill currently is media director of The Cor Project, a global membership and outreach organization that promotes St. John Paul II’s theology of the body teachings.
From June 2005-November 2014, he was the editor in chief of The Colorado Catholic Herald and Colorado Catholic Herald Online for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colo. He has been a Catholic journalist and editor for nearly two decades and a professional journalist for 23 years. He has won several Catholic Press Association writing and Web awards, as well as two prestigious Katie Awards (from the secular Dallas Press Club), while a writer and news editor for Texas Catholic from 1997-2005. Just nine months after redesigning and relaunching The Colorado Catholic Herald in September 2005, the paper won the Catholic Press Association’s first place award for General Excellence among diocesan newspapers in the 17,000-40,000 circulation range (the highest honor it can win). In 2010, he was elected to a three-year term on the Catholic Press Association’s Board of Directors, and was re-elected to a second term in 2013. Bill was also active in radio, producing a weekly interview show with Bishop Michael Sheridan called “Bishop Sheridan Presents” that aired on Catholic radio stations across Colorado.
During his years in Dallas, Bill was also a freelance feature writer for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars, Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers and the Mesquite Rodeo. Bill’s journalism career began by editing two community weekly newspapers in New Jersey from 1992-94, followed by two years as a copy editor for College Sports magazine. Bill graduated from the University of Scranton in 1991 with BAs in English and Philosophy and went through the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts program. Not surprisingly, back then he was sports editor of The Aquinas, the student newspaper, a sportswriter and a night owl.
Bill has traveled extensively as a journalist, including El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Africa. He covered the death of Pope John Paul II from Poland and Pope Benedict’s election in Rome. He was in Germany in September 2006 to cover Pope Benedict’s return to his homeland of Bavaria, and covered World Youth Day from Sydney, Australia, in 2008. Bill first traveled with Father Lally as a pilgrim to Mexico during the summer of 1991 with the International Service Program. Bill brings to SCOPE photojournalist and media platform skills as well as an invaluable knowledge of the Catholic and lay press communities.