Sales Representative and Catechetical Resource, RCL Benziger Catholic Publishers
Cathy Becker holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is a nationally Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister. Currently, she serves as Sales Representative and Catechetical Resource for RCL Benziger Catholic Publishers. Past ministry roles include Pastoral Associate at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Springfield Illinois and Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry Coordinator in parishes in Rockford Illinois and Greensboro, North Carolina. Cathy is an adjunct and author for the Center for Ministry Development, Bendectine University in Springfield, Illinois and is Chair of the NACYML/NFCYM Certification Commission. She resides in Springfield with her husband Joshua and three daughters who are, as a family, at the core of her vocation and joy.
Laura Kelly Fanucci is a mother, writer, wonderer, a seeker of God in the chaos of laundry and life with littles. She works part-time in theological research for the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University in Minnesota where she earned my Master of Divinity degree.
V.P. of Business Development, Covenant Eyes
Since serving in the U.S. Air Force, Ryan Foley has continually worked in the technology field with a particular focus on security. Ryan joined Covenant Eyes in 2012 and is now applying his passion for security and safety in support of families, working to protect them from Internet pornography. Ryan is the Vice President of Development for Covenant Eyes and he speaks regularly and provides Internet safety workshops at schools, parishes, and to other faith-based organizations.
Director, National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, Washington
Christina made her way into the field of youth ministry after ten years of volunteering at her home parish, where she was drawn to empower young people to find ways to actively live out their faith and to continue to grow in their relationship with Christ in their daily living. She went on to hold multiple positions within the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She currently is the executive director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. She brings to NFCYM 20+ years’ experience in catechesis and youth ministry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California. She holds numerous certificates in catechesis, adult faith formation, pastoral care, building intercultural competence and youth ministry.
Christina was born and raised in Southern California. She lived in Los Angeles until August 2016. Currently, she and her 6 year old daughter, Isabella, reside in Maryland.
Founder/director, A Simple House
Clark Massey worked as an economist and Catholic worker before founding A Simple House in 2003. Simple House missionaries serve poor families and the homeless in Washington, DC and Kansas City, MO. They also serve the rural poor in San Marcos, Nicaragua. Missionaries merge the spiritual and corporal works of mercy while befriending the poor. They call this work friendship evangelization.
Director, Catholic Charities, St. Cloud
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Diocese of Saint Cloud
Fr. Robert Rolfes has served the Diocese of Saint Cloud for more than 35 years – 16 years as vice chancellor, 14 years as chancellor and currently serves as vicar general and moderator of the curia. In addition to his service at the diocesan offices, he also have been pastor of various parishes in the diocese.
Chaplain, St. Cloud Hospital
Amie Schumacher serves as a full-time Chaplain at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN. In addition to Chaplain duties, she has been providing presentations since 2012 for diverse audiences regarding the ACE Study, trauma, theology, and pastoral care, within St. Cloud Hospital, the CentraCare health system, and the surrounding community. She received training and certification to be an “ACE Interface” presenter, as sponsored by “Minnesota Communities Caring for Children” based in St. Paul.
Amie is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN, obtaining a Master of Divinity degree. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Amie completed a 2-year residency of Clinical Pastoral Education and training at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, TX. Prior to pursuing her vocation as Chaplain, she worked as a Psychometric Evaluator and Research Assistant for 8 years at the Benton Neuropsychology Laboratory, within the Neurology Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.
Amie is a survivor, and is steadfast about shining light into the darkness of the generational cycle of adverse childhood experiences.
Marcia Tate, EdD is a former Executive Director of Professional Development for DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator and staff development executive director. She currently is an educational consultant who has authored seven best-sellers.
Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She earned her Master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan, her educational specialist degree from Georgia State University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children and grandmother of five grandchildren.
Director, Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction, St. John’s School of Theology
Becky Van Ness taught at Cathedral High School for over 20 years before leaving to head the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. Her special interests are how the Benedictine tradition gives guidance for our life together, and how attending to and discerning our human experience can open us to a deeper relationship with God.
Dr. Joseph White converted to the Catholic Faith while in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University and later studied Catholic Theology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
Dr. White served as a parish Director of Faith for two years, and then worked for seven years as Director of Family Counseling and Family Life for the Diocese of Austin, Texas. He now works as a National Catechetical Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor and is in part-time practice as a clinical child psychologist.
Dr. White and his wife Ana also frequently do missionary and relief work in Panama and other locations, such as Mexico and Cambodia.