The Catholic University of America

Meet the Metropolitan Staff 


Will C. Rainford, MSW, PhD

Dean, ad interim, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies 

Dr. Rainford has been an administrator at The Catholic University of America for more than two years. He concurrently serves as Dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service and Director of the Consortium for Catholic Social Teaching. Dr. Rainford obtained his Bachelor of Social Work from San Jose State University, Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to coming to CUA, Dr. Rainford served as Director of the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. As a professional legislative advocate who has served the Roman Catholic Church and Catholic Charities, Dr. Rainford received the Catholic Charities USA Volunteer-of-the-Year  and Boise State University's Larry Selland Humnitarian Awared for his work on behalf of people living in poverty, are underserved and dismissed in society, and who are targets of discrimination and hatred. Dr. Rainford's academic expertise is in social economic devlopment, anti-poverty policies and programs, and, most importantly, Catholic Social Teaching.  Dr. Rainford is thrilled to be serving the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, given the School's mission! 



William Buracker
Assistant Dean

BJ has been at Catholic University since 2008. Prior to joining the Metropolitan School team, he oversaw the academic coaching program in the Center for Academic Success. There he worked closely with students helping them improve their academic skills, habits and performance. As such, he gained a deep passion for student development and academic support. BJ has a varied background in higher education, having earned master’s degrees in both theology and mathematics, and he is currently finishing his PhD in Biblical Studies. He has also taught several courses in the School of Theology and Religious Studies here at CUA. In his role as Assistant Dean, BJ looks forward to working with students as they progress through their academic careers and helping provide support and services to enhance their academic and professional careers.



Mattie Hunter, M.H.R.O.D.

Mattie Hunter joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in 2008. She has worked with adult learners in both higher education and the private sector for more than 20 years. Her previous employers include: MGM University Partners, The George Washington University, and MCI Communications. She holds a Master of Human Resources and Organization Development degree from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark-Atlanta University.


Joe McDonald, M.S.M. 

Associate Director of Admissions

Joe joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in 2011. He is not only a native Washingtonian; he grew up in and around the Brookland area. After graduating from Archbishop Carroll High School, he walked a few hundred feet down Harewood Road to The Catholic University of America where he was awarded a scholarship in Speech and Drama from Fr. Gilbert V. Hartke. After his sophomore year, Joe wanted to see the world outside Brookland and decided to “take a break” from school. He started a career as a manager for Continental Airlines and traveled to parts of the globe he never knew existed. One day in 2006, while on the Metrorail to the airport, he saw an advertisement for the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies. He realized that his "break" had gone a few decades and he was also running out of exotic places to go. Joe returned to Catholic University and completed his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at MSPS in 2009, and his Master of Science in Management degree, Organizational Communication track, at MSPS in 2014. Joe is thrilled to have found his way home and enjoys helping others, who may have also “taken a break” in their education, to achieve their dream of a earning a college degree.



Charis Choe-Joaquin

Assistant to the Dean

Charis received her bachelor’s degree in Media Studies with a minor in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2008. As a student, she worked for CUA’s Office of Disability Support Services before joining the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies team in 2005. This will be her seventh year serving as Assistant to the Dean. Her responsibilities include providing support to the students, faculty, and staff of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, hiring and supervising student employees, and coordinating special programs and events.


Nicole Pietrucha, M.A.

Manager of Academic Records

Nicole joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in November 2010. She is responsible for the records management process in MSPS. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice from American University and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Concordia University Chicago. Her higher education background includes experience in financial aid, records management, and student services.


Tony Boehm, M.A.

Program Coordinator

Tony joined the MSPS team in December 2010, originally serving as Program Coordinator for the Health Information Technology program. He has since expanded his academic advising duties to include students in all undergraduate bachelor’s, certificate, and non-credit programs. Originally from Wisconsin, with stops in Philadelphia, Montana, and 6-month stint on a tour bus promoting the 2008 Presidential election in-between, Tony is encouraged by the dedication and perseverance MSPS students show, particularly as he completed an MA in Religion and Culture in May, 2015.