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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Edward Ricklick
Edward Ricklick
President

International Product and Marketing Manager

Hearth and Home Technologies

Lakeville, 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
Treasurer

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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Micheal Halloran
Mike Halloran

Vice President of Development and Operations

Catholic School Center for Excellence

Minneapolis, MN

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Laura Hemler

Community Volunteer

Eden Prairie, MN

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Terry Koller

Community Volunteer

Excelsior, MN

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Jean Schmitz
Jean Schmitz

Bookkeeper

Church of Saint Peter

Sauk Rapids, MN

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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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Jeannine Backstrom
Jeannine Backstrom
Executive Director Emeritus
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Karen Sester
Karen Sester
Program Director
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Frances de Kooker
Frances de Kooker
Donor Relations Manager
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Bill Marsella
Bill Marsella
Philanthropic Advisor
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Madalyn Montemorano
Madalyn Montemorano
Program Manager
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Gwen Johnson
Gwen Johnson
Marketing & Communications 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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Kim Heyob
Kim Heyob
Trainer
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Holly Hemak
Trainer
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Kaitlyn Siebenaller
Kaitlyn Siebenaller
Trainer
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Mary Ellen Moeller
Trainer
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Cari Davis
Trainer
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Christina Regala
Christina Regala
Trainer
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Lindsey Galles
Lindsey Galles
Trainer
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Kristine Sharpshair
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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Robin Spencer
Robin Spencer
Mission Outreach Director
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Karen Engbath
Karen Engbath
Training Manager
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Laura Alvarado
Cana Coordinator Manager
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Mayte Mitre Tunison
Mayte Mitre Tunison
Events Manager
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Emily Rodriguez
Emily Rodriguez
Trainer
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Nicole Carlsen
Trainer
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Laynne Martinez
Laynne Martinez
Trainer
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Stephene Bavouset
Stephene Bavouset
Trainer
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Candace Glasgow
Trainer
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Christie Birney
Trainer
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Maria Gobea
Maria Gobea
Trainer
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Jaclyn Scarborough
Jaclyn Scarborough
Trainer
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Amy Dyer
Amy Dyer
Trainer
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Pamela Berman
Trainer
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
 
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Cathy Carson
Cathy Carson
Mission Outreach Director
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Gina Downs
Gina Downs
Training Manager
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Amy Acheson
Cana Coordinator Manager
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Jacinta Traxler
Trainer
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Margaret Cotter
Margaret Cotter
Trainer
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Kristen Basgall
Kristen Basgall
Trainer
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Anne Nicklaus
Trainer
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Jill Kielty
Jill Kielty
Trainer
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Katie Tlougan
Trainer
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Elke Stephan
Trainer
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Mark Steeves
Trainer
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Hal Knecht
Trainer