Speakers, Panelists, and Facilitators

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Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC is the executive director of the National Religious Vocation Conference. He oversees the organization of approximately 1000 members in 22 countries.  Within this capacity, he serves as a consultant to the U.S. Bishops Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. Brother Paul has published several articles on vocation ministry in Horizon, Momentum, Vision and Review for Religious.

Geoffrey T. Boisi is chairman and chief executive officer of Roundtable Investment Partners LLC, an independent private investment partnership generating high performance wealth creation and social legacy-building opportunities, and founding chairman of The Leadership Roundtable.  He is also chairman of Carleon Capital Partners and co-founder of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. He serves on many boards of directors at educational, philanthropic, and charitable organizations.

Paul V. Butler is the president of GlobalEdg, a leadership development consulting firm. Paul works with senior executives in organizations to increase capabilities of individuals, teams, and organizations. With over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, he is well positioned to support organizations going through large-scale change efforts and produce sustainable results.

B.J. Cassin is the chairman and president of the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation, which he founded in August of 2000, and a trustee of The Leadership Roundtable. In 1969, Mr. Cassin co-founded Xidex Corporation, which achieved Fortune 500 status in 1987 with sales of $752 million and 7,000 employees worldwide. In addition to serving on many boards of educational and charitable institutions, he is the chairman of the board of the Cristo Rey Network.

Dennis Cheesebrow is founder of Teamworks International. He is a leader, organizational coach, and consultant with over 20 years of experience in creating insight, alignment, and action through the power of the FrameWorks™ processes. A broad background and experiences in business, management, marketing, product development, engineering, manufacturing, public speaking, education, and church ministry is leveraged on a daily basis in creating value and service to his clients.

Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D.Min., is director of the Catholic Apostolate Center.  He is also vicar provincial and director of formation of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) and rector of Pallottine Seminary at Green Hill in West Hyattsville, MD. Fr. Frank serves as Forum Coordinator of CatholicPastor.org, a Leadership Roundtable initiative. Fr. Frank serves on several boards and is former chairperson of the board of trustees of Washington Theological Union.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James M. Dubik joined the staff of the National Leadership Roundtable after relinquishing command of the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq on July 3, 2008. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War and the Institute of Land Warfare, a senior consultant with Tucker Associates, and has been named as the 2012-2013 recipient of the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership sponsored by Penn State Law, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College.

John Eriksen is the superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Paterson, NJ. He began his career as a high school teach in Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) before moving to the Leadership Roundtable where he headed the organization’s management consulting practice. Mr. Eriksen is the co-chair of the Leadership Roundtable’s Catholic Schools Initiative.

Sr. Helen Maher Garvey is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Dubuque, Iowa. She has served in leadership in her own congregation, was the president of LCWR and the US delegate to the International Union of Superiors General, has served on numerous boards, ministered as the director of pastoral services for the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, worked as an educator and school administrator, was the director of the Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America exhibit, and is now serving as an organizational consultant.

William A. Glover is the chief information officer and director of information technology for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Bill is the President of the Diocesan Information Systems Conference and holds board positions with the United Way of Central Maryland and the Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium. Bill is presently a diocesan advisor to ParishSOFT, LLC and has been an advisor to the Maryland CIO Roundtable, Apple’s PowerSchool IT Advisory Council, and the University of Notre Dame Task Force on the Financial Health of Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools.

Charles T. Harris III is the founder of SeaChange Capital Partners and is portfolio manager and director at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. He spent 23 years in the banking business before retiring in 2002 from his position as a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he served as co-head of the East Coast High Technology Group in the firm’s Investment Banking Division and as co-head of Corporate Finance in the Americas. He sits on the boards of several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and has served extensively on the boards of both private and public for-profit corporations.

Rev. Paul A. Holmes, STD has been a professor of moral and sacramental theology at Seton Hall University since 1988. He was the university's first vice president for Mission, interim dean of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and executive vice president. Having helped inaugurate an interdisciplinary therapeutic outpatient program for priests in 1992, he has recently returned to St. Vincent's Hospital in Westchester as the program's spiritual director. He is the coordinator of the Leadership Roundtable’s Toolbox for Pastoral Management.

Kathleen A. Mahoney, Ph.D., is a consultant working with foundations and nonprofit organizations in project management, strategic planning and evaluation.  She is the recent past president of Porticus North America Foundation, and she has held academic posts at Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and the Lynch School of Education at Boston College where she founded the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.  She is the author of Catholic Higher Education in Protestant America: The Jesuits and Harvard in the Age of the University.

Bob McCarty, D.Min., is executive director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.  He offers workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. His recent books include Thriving in Youth Ministry, The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice, Be A Champion for Youth: Standing With, By and For Young People, co-authored with his wife, Maggie, and, Raising Happy, Healthy and Holy Teenagers: A Primer for Parents.

Bob Ottenhoff is president and CEO of Guidestar. He has 25 years of management experience in public broadcasting and high-tech companies, including 9 years as chief operating officer of PBS. He currently serves on the board of Vision TV, Grameen Foundation USA, Link TV, and Write on Sports. He is a sought-after writer and speaker on nonprofit and philanthropic issues, and he has been frequently quoted in television, radio and leading publications such as the New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

Peter A. Persuitti is managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He is a seasoned executive who has a view of the religious and nonprofit sector from both sides, as a university dean, faith-based foundation executive, boarding school administrator and teacher, founder of an all boys’ primary school, and  as a practice group corporate leader for the world’s largest reinsurer and leading broker and consultant.  He was instrumental in mobilizing the national response of the Roman Catholic sexual misconduct crisis with the creation of the “Virtus” program.

Kerry A. Robinson is the executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. She serves on many charitable, educational, and philanthropic boards. Kerry is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities and was the director of development for St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, leading a multi-million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center.

Rev. Larry Snyder is president of Catholic Charities USA. Pope Benedict XVI named him to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum in 2007, which oversees the Church's charitable activities around the world. As the president of Caritas North America from 2006-2011, Father Snyder also served as a vice president of Caritas Internationalis. President Barack Obama appointed Father Snyder the newly created President's Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. Fr. Snyder is the author of Think and Act Anew: How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It.

W. Brian Walsh is the founder and president of Faith Direct, Inc. He is a board member of the Catholic Volunteer Network, and chairs the development committee and serves on the executive committee.  Brian’s development experience has helped raise over one billion dollars for many high profile charitable and Catholic clients.  He has presented at multiple conferences on philanthropy and he is considered a leading authority on eGiving.

Theresa Witherell is national representative for strategic initiatives for Catholic Extension. Her experience includes working in youth ministry, campus ministry, and teaching in Catholic schools, as well as fifteen years in career advising to undergraduate and graduate students.

Carolyn Woo is president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services. Before CRS, she served as the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame from 1997. During her tenure, the Mendoza College achieved number 1 ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) in 2010 and 2011. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Woo served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University.

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