Our People

Generous mission-driven volunteers and staff are committed to strengthening families so they can live the fullness of God’s plan for their lives.

Board of Directors

The Board, collectively, has over 150 years experience in working as missionary disciples strengthening families in their parishes, schools, and beyond.

Edward Ricklick
President
International Product and Marketing Manager
Hearth and Home Technologies, Lakeville, MN

Patrick Mealey
Vice President
Lead Software Engineer
Thomson Reuters, Eagan, MN

Tom Janas
Treasurer
Owner and President
Storms Welding and Manufacturing, Cologne, MN

Jean Schmitz
Secretary
Bookkeeper
Church of Saint Peter, Sauk Rapids, MN

Fr. Joe Bambenek
Chaplain
Assistant Director of the Archdiocesan Synod
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN

Micheal Halloran
Vice President of Development and Operations
Catholic School Center for Excellence, Minneapolis, MN

Mary Hodgdon
Director of Marriage and Family
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Edina, MN

Todd Sester
Technician Manager, Die Technologies
Rogers, MN

Dcn. Thomas Winninger
CSMA, Strategist, Author, Speaker
Winninger Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Mary Everett
Community Volunteer
Edina, MN

Mary Jo Sherwood
CEO and Founder, PERSIS Worldwide
Eden Prairie, MN

National Staff

Staff members at the Cana Headquarters in Crystal, MN oversee and guide the operations in four dioceses.

Joseph Masek
Executive Director

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Jeannine Backstrom
Executive Director Emeritus

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Karen Sester
Program Director

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Frances de Kooker
Donor Relations Manager

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Bill Marsella
Philanthropic Advisor

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Madalyn Montemorano
Program Manager

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Amanda Sanoski
Communications and Marketing Manager

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Mission Outreach Leaders

Mission Outreach Team members in the dioceses of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Galveston-Houston, Covington and Cincinnati provide front-line quality programming and one-on-one guidance to leaders and families in parishes and Catholic schools.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Erin Flege
Mission Outreach Director

Beth Brink
Training Manager

Jamie Hoffman
Trainer

Kim Heyob
Trainer

Kaitlyn Siebenaller
Trainer

Carrie Schmitt
Trainer

Cari Davis
Trainer

Christina Regala
Trainer

Lindsey Galles
Trainer

Francesca Lehman
Trainer

Heather Baldwin
Trainer

Marleen Evers
Trainer

Shelly Hartings
Trainer

Darren Backstrom
Trainer

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Robin Spencer
Mission Outreach Director

Karen Engbarth
Training Manager

Laura Alvarado
Coordinator Manager

Mayte Mitre Tunison
Events Manager

Emily Rodriguez
Trainer

Maria Gobea
Trainer

Jaclyn Scarborough
Trainer

Amy Dyer
Trainer

Pamela Berman
Trainer

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Cathy Carson
Mission Outreach Director

Gina Rickert
Training Manager

Gina Downs
Trainer

Jody Pellegrene
Trainer

Denise Ganzer
Trainer

Julie Szwejbka
Trainer

Gina Jirak
Trainer

Michelle Blackhawk
Trainer

Pam Richards
Trainer

Elke Stephan
Trainer

Kim Day
Trainer