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.

 

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Micheal Halloran
Mike Halloran
President

Vice President of Development and Operations

Catholic School Center for Excellence

Minneapolis, MN

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Patrick Mealey
Patrick Mealey
Vice President

Lead Software Engineer

Thomson Reuters

Eagan, MN

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Tom Janas
Tom Janas
Treasurer

Owner and President

Storms Welding and Manufacturing

Cologne, MN

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Tom Schulzetenberg
Thomas Schulzetenberg
Secretary

Director of Strategic Projects

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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Fr. Joe Bambenek
Fr. Joe Bambenek
Chaplain

Assistant Director of the Archdiocesan Synod

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN

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Pamela Datillo

Attorney

CrossCastle, PLLC

Minneapolis, MN

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Laura Hemler
Laura Hemler

Community Volunteer

Eden Prairie, MN

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Mary Hodgdon
Mary Hodgdon

Community Volunteer

Edina, MN

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Fr Brian Park
Fr. Brian Park

Pastor at St. Michael Catholic Church

St. Michael, MN

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Edward Ricklick
Edward Ricklick

International Product and Marketing Manager

Hearth and Home Technologies

Lakeville, MN

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Patrick Schmidt
Patrick Schmidt

Technology Lifecycle Management Specialist

LRS It Solutions

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Jean Schmitz
Jean Schmitz

Bookkeeper

Church of Saint Peter

Sauk Rapids, MN

National Staff

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

 

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Jeannine
Jeannine Backstrom
Executive Director
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Madalyn Montemorano
Madalyn Montemorano
Director of Operations
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Karen Sester
Karen Sester
National Leadership Development Director
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Charley Bielejeski
Charley Bielejeski
National Outreach Director
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Jon Hickman
Major Gifts Manager
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Frances de Kooker
Frances de Kooker
Donor Relations Manager

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
 
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Elizabeth Conner
Elizabeth Conner
Mission Outreach Director
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Beth Brink
Beth Brink
Training Manager
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Kristine Sharpshair
Trainer
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Kim Heyob
Kim Heyob
Trainer
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Mary Ellen Moeller
Mary Ellen Moeller
Trainer
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Suzanne Hart
Trainer
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Kaitlyn Siebenaller
Kaitlyn Siebenaller
Trainer
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Christina Regala
Christina Regala
Trainer
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Meg Chan
Meg Chan
Trainer
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Cari Davis
Cari Davis
Trainer
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Kate Zink
Kate Zink
Trainer
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Ray Heyob
Trainer
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Ricky Mathews
Trainer
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Steve Conner
Trainer
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Melanie Lefeld
Melanie Lefeld
Trainer
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Lori Speck
Lori Speck
Trainer
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Stephanie Stachler
Trainer
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Karla Huwer
Karla Huwer
Trainer
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Shelly Hartings
Shelly Hartings
Trainer
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Vicki Buschur
Trainer
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Kelly Jo Siefring
Trainer
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Brenda Hemmelgarn
Brenda Hemmelgarn
Trainer
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Scott Hartings
Trainer
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Gregg Hemmelgarn
Trainer
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Katie Wesseling
Katie Wesseling
Trainer
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
 
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Amy Dyer
Amy Dyer
Training Manager
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Laura Alvarado
Cana Coordinator Manager
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Stephanie Barakat
Events Manager
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Cynthia Grillo
Trainer
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Arlene Sandoval
Trainer
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Annette Canales
Trainer
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Kim Williams
Trainer
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Nancy Wedlake
Trainer
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Christie Birney
Trainer
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Jessica Silva
Trainer
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Candace Glasgow
Candace Glasgow
Trainer
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Wayne Roy
Wayne Roy
Trainer
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Josh Glasgow
Josh Glasgow
Trainer
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
 
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Leah Nguyen
Leah Ngyen
Trainer
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Anne Marie Molen
Anne Marie Molen
Trainer
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
 
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Gina Downs
Gina Downs
Mission Outreach Director
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Jill Kielty
Jill Kielty
Trainer
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Jennifer Tomaschko
Jennifer Tomaschko
Trainer
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Margaret Cotter
Margaret Cotter
Trainer
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Catherine Cronin
Catherine Cronin
Trainer
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Carrie Schmitz
Carrie Schmitz
Trainer
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Marie Peterson
Trainer
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Jody Pellegrene
Jody Pellegrene
Trainer
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Anne Nicklaus
Trainer
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Elke Stephan
Trainer
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Steve Pellegrene
Steve Pellegrene
Trainer
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Tom Wooden
Tom Wooden
Trainer
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Mike Pellegrene
Mike Pellegrene
Trainer
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Mark Steeves
Mark Steeves
Trainer