Board of Directors
Co-Chair of the Board and Founder
Lisa Brenninkmeyer is the founder and co-chairman of Walking with Purpose. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, she entered the Catholic Church in 1991. She has developed curricula and led Bible studies in Europe, Mexico and the United States for women and children. She founded Walking with Purpose in 2008 out of a desire to see women come to know Christ personally. Her speaking and writing are inspired by a desire to see women transformed as they realize how much God loves them. Lisa holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College. She lives with her husband Leo and their seven children in St. Augustine, Florida.
Co-Chair of the Board
Julie Ricciardi has a wealth of professional experience from corporate and non-profit enterprises. She spent five years in corporate restructuring at Chase Manhattan Bank before joining UPS in international marketing and eventually running marketing for the U.S. ground business. She has served as president and currently leads strategic planning at Neighbor to Neighbor, a food and clothing pantry. Walking with Purpose has renewed her faith and has inspired her to reach out to women who are looking for spiritual renewal. Julie was educated at Boston College earning a B.A. in economics and theology. She lives with her husband David and their two children in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Carolyn Brown brings professional experience in the areas of teaching, conducting and singing. In addition, she has over a decade of experience working within parish communities in the areas of youth, music and women’s ministries. She is passionate about the mission of WWP and providing excellent leadership support. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in both philosophy and theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Masters in Music from The Catholic University of America. She resides in St. Augustine, Florida with her husband Luis and their five children.
Krystyna Olmstead brings professional experience from a fifteen year career as a research scientist. Her background in informatics, engineering, and planning as well as a strong desire to help women grow closer to Christ and to the Catholic faith help her serve the WWP Board. Krystyna has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University and is a tenured scientist at a large, national institute. She lives with her husband in Maryland.