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John Fontana

is the President of Fontanta Leadership Development, Inc., an organizational and leadership development firm that provides consultation, educational and facilitation services to improve the effectiveness of leaders in managing individual and organizational change. John is past Executive Director of Partners for Catholic Health Ministry Leadership, a consortium of seventeen Catholic Health Organizations. He founded and was the Executive Director of The Crossroads Center for Faith and Work at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago, a significant resource in the Chicago business community to encourage ethical and value reflection in the workplace. John has taught management courses at Georgetown University, Dominican University, Loyola University of Chicago, and Elmhurst College. He has taught ministry courses at the University of Notre Dame, Mundelein College, Loyola University of New Orleans and St. Mary of the Lake University. He holds a Master's in Management (MBA) Degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University of Chicago, and is a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at St. Mary of the Lake University. He can be reached at jjfontana3@aol.com.

Bob Kolatorowicz

is the Director of both Adult Spiritual Ministries and Social Justice Ministries at Old St. Patrick's Church. Since joining the staff in 1990, Bob's work has primarily focused on adult spirituality programs, but also included work in stewardship, religious education, community outreach, young adult programming and direction of the Crossroads Center. A current interest is developing links between contemplative spirituality and action on behalf of social justice. Bob has also taught sacramental theology and moral theology in the Archdiocesan Lay Ministry and Deacon Formation programs. His publications include contributions to various Catholic journals and book team member for Among Us! (a small group Scripture study series.) Before coming to Old St. Patrick's, Bob taught religion at Quigley Seminary South. He has earned degrees in urban studies, philosophy, and theology. Bob, his wife Anne, and their daughter Maya reside in the western suburbs. He can be reached at bobk@oldstpats.org.

Brian Murphy

is a partner at a Latz & Wall partner, and a seasoned development professional with more than 20 years experience as a nonprofit consultant and senior advancement leader and manager. Brian has extensive experience as a non-profit executive serving as Vice President for External Relations at Catholic Theological Union, Chief Development Officer at the Francis W. Parker School, and the Vice President for Development at the Hazelden Foundation in Chicago. In these roles, he not only conducted and oversaw development and external relations activity, he also sat on leadership teams tasked with strategic and operational aspects of the organizations. His commitment to life-long learning led him to graduate studies in theology where he earned a Master of Arts degree in theology from the Catholic Theological Union in 2005. In addition to his professional work, Brian pursues opportunities to explore and to promote peace and reconciliation initiatives worldwide, with a particular focus on projects in Native America and Northern Ireland. Brian and his wife Patricia live in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. He can be reached at bmurphy1660@mac.com.

Claire Noonan, DMin

is a practical theologian who brings more than two decades of experience in university ministry, young adult faith formation, and social justice education to her work as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Dominican University.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion.  She earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and her Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union with a concentration in spirituality.  In addition to her work at Dominican, Claire serves on the Advisory Board of Catholics on Call and the Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory Mission and Identity Committee. She may be reached at cnoonan@dom.edu

Meinrad Scherer-Emunds

is the associate publisher of Claretian Publications in Chicago and the executive editor of U.S. Catholic magazine. He previously served as managing editor of U.S. Catholic and its one-time sister publication, the social-justice magazine Salt of the Earth. At Claretian Publications he also oversees the work of the Hispanic Ministry Resource Center, the family-spirituality newsletter At Home with Our Faith, and the company’s business and marketing operations. Meinrad is currently the president of the Associated Church Press, the interdenominational press association of church publications in the United States and Canada. A native of Germany, he has been living with his family in Oak Park, Illinois since 1988. He may be reached at emundsm@claretians.org.

Mary T. Schneider, PhD

is an educator who has taught in Catholic and public schools in New York City, Chicago, Bradley, IL, and Oak Park, IL. For twenty-five years she served as an administrator in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and was the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at the time of her retirement in 2005. Since then she has continued to serve on the Academic Advisory Board to the Hephzibah Children's Association, completed two terms on the Trinity High School Board of Trustees, taught education classes at DePaul University, and remained a sponsor of students in the Visitation Scholarship Program. Mary has been a Sinsinawa Dominican Associate since 1987. She received her BA from Rosary College, holds a master’s degree in education and reading Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Anthony Suárez-Abraham

is a Cuban-American from Miami, Florida. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Catholic Theological Union and doctoral candidate in Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, completing his dissertation on latitudinal eschatologies under the direction of Brazilian theologian, Prof. Vítor Westhelle, PhD. He is the past-recipient of a Fellowship from the Hispanic Theological Initiative along with numerous international and national awards including the Regions Bank Young Hispanic Leadership Award for Distinguished Professional Accomplishments and Community Service, Metro-Dade County Health Department Commendation for his advocacy and community service work with the HIV and AIDS community, Jubilee Pontifical Medal from the Archdiocese of Miami, and Medal of Commendation from the Vatican Museums. In addition to his appointment to the Advisory Board of the Sienna Center at Dominican University, he is on the Board of Directors of L’Arche Chicago. He may be reached at anthonysuarezabraham@gmail.com.

Leticia Villarreal Sosa, LCSW, PhD

is an assistant professor at Dominican University's Graduate School of Social Work. She received her BA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her MA and PhD from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She specializes in educational policy, social identity, school social work, and immigrant adaptation. Her current research interests focus on conceptualizing the ministry of accompaniment with a Mexican immigrant community in Chicago and in the Guatemalan context. She is particularly interested in the role of Catholic churches in providing social services to the Latino community within a social justice framework. She can be reached at lvillarreal@dom.edu.