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
International Product and Marketing Manager
Hearth and Home Technologies, Lakeville, MN

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

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

Jean Schmitz
Church of Saint Peter, Sauk Rapids, MN

Fr. Joe Bambenek
Church of St. Pius X, White Bear Lake, 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

National Staff

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

Jeannine Backstrom
Executive Director

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Nicholas Fonte
Cana Leadership Development Director

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Karen Sester
Program Director

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Madalyn Montemorano
Program Manager

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Lara Rampetsreiter
Donor Relations 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

Christina Regala

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Robin Spencer
Mission Outreach Director

Karen Barber
Training Manager

Aida Gonzalez

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Cathy Carson
Mission Outreach Director

Amy Holewa
Cana Coordinator Manager

Gina Rickert
Training Manager

Sara Magnus

Jill Kielty

Gina Downs

Kim Day

Jen Frederickson