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Albert Faraj
Board Chair
Albert brings more than 30 years of experience in senior leadership and board participation in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings. His expertise includes developing leadership teams, vision and strategy, and operationalizing transformation. His work has spanned multiple continents. A husband, father, and grandfather, Albert has been active in parish life throughout his entire adult life. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.
Lisa Brenninkmeyer
After hearing story after story of women looking for a safe place to ask questions about faith and needing ways to refuel, Lisa decided to do something to bring change. The result of her holy discontent is Walking with Purpose. Lisa is crazy about women, loves Christ passionately, and thinks the most exciting thing in the world is to connect the former with the latter. Lisa holds a bachelor's in psychology from St. Olaf College and is pursuing her master's in theology from Franciscan University. She and her husband Leo have seven children and five grandchildren and reside in St. Augustine, Florida.
Danielle M. Brown
Member at Large
Danielle M. Brown assists the U.S. bishops in addressing the Church’s mission in the context of race as it relates to the Great Commission. Also a lawyer, she is passionate about sharing the gospel, which she has done nationally and internationally. Before relocating to Washington, D.C., in May 2018, she served on several boards, commissions, and ministries in Lansing, Michigan. She has been an assistant deputy legal counsel to the Michigan governor and an appellate and administrative law judge in Michigan. She currently serves on the boards of Renewal Ministries and Benedictine College and GIVEN's advisory board.
Brenda Cannella
Brenda currently serves as CFO of the Archdiocese of Denver. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial and leadership roles including time at a big four public accounting firm to begin her career, 10 years at Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), and service on numerous boards and councils. Brenda holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Houston and is a CPA formerly licensed in Texas. She lives in Erie, Colorado, with her husband, Troy, and four of their five children.
JoAnn Crouse
Member at Large
Having a deep passion for working with women in their faith journeys, JoAnn has been leading women's Bible studies and prayer teams for 25 years. She attended College of Notre Dame and received degrees in elementary education and special education. She has coached girls from elementary school through high school in various sports while teaching at the elementary level. Currently, JoAnn is studying to earn her masters in counseling. She lives in Annapolis, MD, with her six children.
Most Reverend Erik Pohlmeier
Member at Large
Most Reverend Erik Pohlmeier was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine by Pope Francis on May 15, 2022, and was ordained and installed on July 22, 2022. He was raised in a profoundly faith-filled family in Paris, Arkansas, along with his sister and three brothers. He was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 1997 at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, and entered the priesthood at Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas, in 1998. After studying mechanical engineering, Bishop Pohlmeier earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and sacred theology. He received a master’s degree in spiritual theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. Bishop Pohlmeier served on the Couple to Couple League National Board of Directors from 2007-2016 and was the Catholic Rural Life Priest Retreat Presenter from 2019-2022. Outside of ministry, he loves to travel (he visited 48 states in the US) and enjoys the arts, theater, hiking, and kayaking.
Fr. Dave Sizemore
Fr. David Sizemore has been a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Columbus, OH, since 1996. The pastor at St. Francis de Sales parish in Newark since 2017, he was previously pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Sunbury for eleven years. Fr. Dave as also an associate chaplain at Ohio Dominican University, and the Catholic chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University. He currently serves on a variety of diocesan boards, ministries, and programs, and holds four college degrees in philosophy, systematic theology, spiritual theology, and business administration.
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, is a nationally known author and speaker whose books include Spiritual Freedom: God's Life Changing Gift, Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus, Encounter Jesus: From Discovery to Discipleship, and his most recent release, Breath of God - Living a life led by the Holy Spirit. Fr. Dave is a member of the Sacred Heart Province of Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular and president of Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio.
Fr. John Hopkins, LC
Fr. John was ordained a priest by Saint John Paul II in 1991. He served for 18 years in the Washington, DC, area and helped in the founding of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Center for Family Development. He is president emeritus of Divine Mercy University. He also spent 7 years in Atlanta Georgia working to develop marriage preparation and renewal programs. He has degrees in humanities, philosophy, psychology and moral theology. He has been a spiritual director for the past 28 years and has taught the art of spiritual direction to priests, consecrated, and lay people for the past 15 years.
Fr. John Riccardo
Fr. John Riccardo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, ordained in 1996. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of ACTS XXIX, a new non-profit apostolate that exists for the purpose of priestly and Church renewal. Fr. John served most recently as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI. There, he was witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in a way that caught the attention of pastors across the country. ACTS XXIX works with bishops, priests, and leaders throughout the country to respond to the urgent call of the past four Popes for a new Pentecost and a new evangelization, equipping pastors for the apostolic age in which we live. He is the host of a new podcast, “You Were Born for This with Fr. John Riccardo” and the radio program “Christ is the Answer,” both of which can be heard on various outlets. He and the ACTS XXIX Team speak at diocesan events across the country and are passionate about the power of the Gospel to transform people’s lives. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, The Gregorian University in Rome, and The Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. To learn more about ACTS XXIX, please visit www.actsxxix.org.
Teresa Aman
Ministry Support Representative
Caitlin Bean
Communication & Outreach Coordinator
Kelcey Bednarski
Systems & Business Intelligence Specialist
Lisa Brenninkmeyer
Jennifer Calabretta
Communications & Design Coordinator
Larissa Cole
Human Resources Manager
Lori Collier
Ministry Coach
Alexandra DeMeyere
Youth Program Manager
Kate Devlin
Marketing Operations Coordinator
Elizabeth Durastanti
Ministry Support Representative
Julie Forlenza
Systems Manager
Jeannie Gillespie
Ministry Support Representative
Annelise Hartley
Ministry Support Manager / Ministry Coach
Lela Heick
Revenue Forecast & 
Management Specialist / Ministry Coach
Maggie Kelly
Director of Ministry Operations
Tierney Keogler
Finance Operations Associate
Janine Kruzel
Donor Relationships Coordinator
Rachel Leibrandt
Ministry Coach
MariCarmen Losada
Production Manager / Ministry Coach
Karen O'Malley
Ministry Coach / Ministry Support Representative
Amanda Orndorff
Virtual Coach
Laura Phelps
Content Creation Manager
Ali Reeves
Head Ministry Coach
Martha Rindfleisch
Marketing Coordinator
Samantha Romero
Director of Ministry Growth and Strategy
Erin Roseberry
Ministry Coach
Mallory Smyth
Content Creator
Emily Thengvall
Ministry Coach
Marie Treanor
Major Gifts Officer
Olivia Volk
Social Media Content Coordinator
Laura White
Ministry Coach
Jeannine Yousif
Ministry Coach / Content Editor

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