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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Jeannine Backstrom
Jeannine Backstrom
Secretary

Cana Executive Director Emeritus

Crystal, MN

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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

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., MN

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Mary Everett
Mary Everett

Community Volunteer

Edina, MN

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Laura Hemler
Laura Hemler

Community Volunteer

Eden Prairie, MN

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Edward Ricklick
Edward Ricklick

International Product and Marketing Manager

Hearth and Home Technologies

Lakeville, MN

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Jean Schmitz
Jean Schmitz

Bookkeeper

Church of Saint Peter

Sauk Rapids, MN

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Tom Schulzetenberg
Thomas Schulzetenberg

Mission Advancement Officer

University of Mary, ND

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Todd Sester
Todd Sester

Technician Manager

Die Technologies

Rogers, MN

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Mary Jo Sherwood
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.

 

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Joseph Masek
Joseph Masek
Executive Director
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Madalyn Montemorano
Madalyn Montemorano
Director of Operations
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Karen Sester
Karen Sester
Program Director
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Jon Hickman
Major Gifts Manager
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Gabe Kopp
Gabe Kopp
Development and Marketing Associate
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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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Erin Flege
Erin Flege
Mission Outreach Director
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Beth Brink
Beth Brink
Training Manager
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Maria Aknin
Maria Aknin
Cana Coordinator Manager
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Kristine Sharpshair
Trainer
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Kim Heyob
Kim Heyob
Trainer
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Kaitlyn Siebenaller
Kaitlyn Siebenaller
Trainer
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Mary Ellen Moeller
Mary Ellen Moeller
Trainer
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Cari Davis
Trainer
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Christina Regala
Christina Regala
Trainer
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Ricky Mathews
Trainer
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Deacon Mike Huffman
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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Katie Wesseling
Katie Wesseling
Trainer
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
 
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Stacy Turlington
Mission Outreach Director
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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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Emily Rodriguez
Emily Rodriguez
Trainer
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Nancy Valdivia
Trainer
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Laynne Martinez
Trainer
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Candace Glasgow
Candace Glasgow
Trainer
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Christie Birney
Trainer
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Jennifer Castanon
Trainer
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Jessica Silva
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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Cathy Carson
Cathy Carson
Partner Success Manager
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Anna Schmitz
Events Manager
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Jacinta Traxler
Jacinta Traxler
Trainer
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Margaret Cotter
Margaret Cotter
Trainer
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Anne Nicklaus
Trainer
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Marie Peterson
Trainer
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Jennifer Tomaschko
Trainer
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Patrice Rajkowski
Trainer
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Jody Pellegrene
Jody Pellegrene
Trainer
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Rochelle Horinek
Trainer
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Elke Stephan
Trainer
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Mike Pellegrene
Trainer
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Tom Wooden
Trainer
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Mark Steeves
Mark Steeves
Trainer
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Hal Knecht
Hal Knecht
Trainer