Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., a native of Kansas City, MO, entered the Nashville Dominicans in 1988 and has taught and administered at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels for 24 years. Sister Mary Sarah has had the privilege of serving in the Archdiocese of Denver at St. Vincent de Paul and Bishop Machebeuf High Schools.
Sister received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Belmont University, Nashville; Masters of Arts in Medieval History from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Masters of Arts in Education Administration from Dominican University, Chicago, IL, and is completing a doctoral degree in early modern European History from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Sister has served as the President of Aquinas College in Nashville, TN since June 2011. During that time, the College has grown from a commuter college to a residential college and has added graduate studies, a study abroad program in Bracciano, Italy, an integrated House system for students, faculty and staff and additional programs and majors. In October 2014, the Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel was dedicated and blessed by Bishop David Choby of Nashville and construction is currently underway for a new residence hall and dining hall that will be completed in August 2016.
Randy Raus is the President and CEO of Life Teen and a 24 year veteran of youth ministry. He spent twelve years leading a parish youth group, and has worked with youth leaders around the globe. “I converted to Catholicism in 1983 and feel called to give back. The first ministry I looked at was teens and it has been a calling ever since.”
Marc Lenzini resides as the Department Chair of Theology at Bishop Machebeuf High School, where he has been teaching for more than 20 years. In that time, he has taught every grade level. Marc attended St. Louis University for his undergraduate studies and then received a master’s in English from the Univeristy of Illinois. He first taught at the college level before him and his family moved to Denver and he began his work at Machebeuf. In 2010, Marc received one of the highest honors that can be received from the Vatican, the distinguished Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from Pope Benedict XVI, in recognition for sustained and exemplary service to the Church.He and his wife, Rebecca, were blessed with two daughters, Sarah and Anne, both of whom graduated from Bishop Machebeuf High School.
Mark Rohlena is the Director of the Office of Domestic Social Development in the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He serves as a resource to the bishops on domestic social policy, and works to advance Catholic social teaching in federal policymaking on a host of issues, including environmental stewardship. Before joining the USCCB, Rohlena served as the President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO. He is an attorney who previously practiced in the area of legal ethics. Rohlena holds a law degree from the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. Rohlena lives in Virginia with his wife, Danielle, and five children.
Tommy Curtin is Assistant Head of School at Holy Spirit Preparatory School, a PreK-12 independent Catholic school in Atlanta, GA. During his eight years at Holy Spirit Prep he has also served as Principal of the Upper School and as a teacher of high school Latin, Religion, History, Music, and Theatre, though – fortunately! – not all at the same time. In his current role, Mr. Curtin oversees arts, athletics, and campus ministry programming, focusing on integrating Catholic formation into all aspects of the students’ extracurricular lives. He is the product of Catholic collegiate education, earning his B.A. (Music, Philosophy) and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Curtin and his wife, Kaitlyn, have been blessed with three children (Becket, Blaise, and Mary Rose).
Sarah Kroger is a Christian singer/songwriter from Melbourne, FL. Sarah first began sharing her gift of song publicly at Life Teen camps and Steubenville Youth conferences. Inspired by scripture, writings of the Saints, and her own life experiences, she released her first EP in 2011 entitled “Your Time”. Sarah is passionate about delivering the message “that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Ps 139)…that even in the midst of chaos, confusion, pain, suffering and sin, we can always find hope in Jesus. She has participated in the JubilMusic International Christian Music Festival in San Remo, Italy, World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Steubenville youth conferences, Life Teen events and countless other events across the U.S. Sarah is a published artist with Oregon Catholic Press / Spirit and Song and released her second EP entitled “Hallelujah Is Our Song” in 2013. When Sarah isn’t on the road, she currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband.
Sister John Mary Fleming, O.P., is the Executive Director for Secretariat of Catholic Education, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Sister John Mary is responsible for supporting and assisting the bishops with plans and policies for Catholic education including elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, campus ministry, and certification of ecclesial ministry. Sister is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, TN. Sister has served as a Catholic school teacher, administrator, and director of education for St. Cecilia Congregation.
She has a licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America. Sister earned an M.S. Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, an M.S. in Educational Administration from University of Southern Mississippi and B.S. in Education from Belmont University. She served as teacher in elementary and second schools. She served as Director of Education for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation as well as administrator for the Congregation at the college, secondary, and elementary levels.
Roland Millare serves as Theology Department Chairperson at St. John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, Texas. Additionally, he serves as the director of Middle School CCE at St. Theresa Catholic Church (Sugar Land) and as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent Deacon candidates at for the University of St. Thomas at St. Mary’s Seminary.
He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. He is currently a candidate for a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Mr. Millare has published various theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, and the Heythrop Journal.
Anthony Pienta is director of K–12 education programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable, where he directs high-level national and private donor meetings, provides education philanthropists with customized services and key introductions, and develops giving strategies for donors seeking to solve systemic K-12 problems. He focuses specifically in the areas of personalized and blended learning, educational choice, charter schools, and innovative models for strengthening Catholic schools. Mr. Pienta also contributed to two guidebooks on making smart investments in K-12 education: Blended Learning: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Tech-assisted Teaching, and Catholic School Renaissance: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Strengthening a National Asset. Before joining the Roundtable, he spent four years with the Acton Institute in Michigan. There he managed the National Catholic High School Honor Roll as well as the Institute’s scholarship and awards programs. In addition, he helped develop a metrics-knowledge sharing platform called the, “Measuring Freedom Roundtable.” Mr. Pienta graduated summa cum laude with degrees in philosophy, business, and theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
Sister Patricia is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) , Immaculata, PA. She holds a BA in English from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, an MA in English from Villanova University, and a Ph.D.in Educational Leadershipfrom George Mason University. She has done additional study at Immaculata University as well as St. Charles Seminary.
She has 45+ years of experience in Catholic education, having served as an elementary and secondary teacher, elementary principal, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Arlington Diocese and currently as Professor of Education and Director of the Catholic School Leadership Program at Marymount University, Arlington, VA.
She has given international, national, diocesan and local presentations to administrators, faculty, parents and students on virtue, spirituality, faith formation, Catholic Identity and the spiritual role of leadership of the Catholic school principal in many locations including the Diocese of Arlington, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Washington, Diocese of Jefferson City, MO, Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA, Leadership Institute at the Catholic University of Australia.In addition to several book chapters, her books include:
Building the Builders: Faith Formation in Virtue - NCEA Building the Builders: Faith Formation in Spirituality - NCEA Faith Formation of the Laity in Catholic Schools - Information Age
Author & Speaker
Daniel Mattson lives in the Midwest, where he has a career in the performing arts. He is a member of the Courage Apostolate and is featured in the Courage documentary Desire of the Everlasting Hills. He has written about the Church's good news concerning homosexuality in First Things, Crisis Magazine, Catholic Answers Magazine, The National Catholic Register, as well as for other publications. He is a frequent guest on Catholic radio, appearing often on Catholic Answers Live, the Al Kresta Show and Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. He has been a featured speaker at the National Catholic Singles Conference, and recently debated the Church’s teaching on homosexuality at Bowling Green State University. He is often invited to share his testimony with clergy, schools and parishes, where one of his primary focuses is to promote the freedom the Church brings to the world from our cultural confusion concerning sexual identity. A special focus of his ministry is helping teenagers to understand and believe that chastity is part of the "Good News" of the Gospel, and that in our modern world, so confused about sexual identity, there is freedom to be found in accepting the words of Genesis: "Male and female he created them." He blogs at LettersToChristopher.wordpress.com. Other writings may be found at Joyful Pilgrims.com. His first book, chronicling his conversion to the Catholic Church, will be published by Ignatius Press in the fall of 2017. He is pursuing an M.A. in theology at the Augustine Institute.
Shane Rapp was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After getting degrees in English and Secondary Education at Benedictine College in 2008, he was hired to teach English at St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kansas. He was Director of the Community/House System at St. James for four years and is now in his first year as principal. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University this past year as well. He is married to his beautiful wife Megan, and they have three children, Cayleigh, Ryan, and Noah.
Deborah Nearmyer has been ministering to young people and their families for over 23 years through parish, camp,and Catholic school ministry. Deborah was named Director of Faith Formation at St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS in 2004 before the opening of the school. Deborah was hired to coordinate the development of an all-encompassing Catholic mission as part of the Administrative Team. She has nurtured and cultivated the mission of Catholic culture at St. James through the schools Community System for the last 12 years. Deborah, along with her husband Deacon Dana, are the co-directors and co-founders of Camp Kateri Tekakwitha. This is an archdiocesan summer camp that services 1,800 young people and their families each summer for the last 19 years. Deborah has a passion for bringing hearts to Christ through an experience of community. She enjoys most the community life that she experiences through her husband, 5 children, son-in-law and grand child.
Deacon Marc Nestorick is the principal at Bishop Machebeuf High School where he just began his third year. Deacon Marc has been a principal for almost twenty years working at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. In addition, he has taught at the college level as well. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Secondary Education from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University.
Deacon Marc is married to his wife, Pattie Nestorick. They have four children ranging in age from twenty to three (three girls and one boy). Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and canoeing. Deacon Marc was ordained to the permanent diaconate in June of 2015.
Fr. Sebastian Walshe
Originally from Pasadena, Fr. Sebastian Walshe is a Norbertine Canon of the Abbey of St. Michael in the Diocese of Orange, California, where he is a professor of philosophy for the seminary program. After completing his studies at Thomas Aquinas College in California, he continued studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., receiving a license in Philosophy. Later, he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas at Rome (the Angelicum) where he received a Masters in Sacred Theology and a Doctorate in Philosophy. His thesis was entitled: "The Primacy of the Common Good as the Root of Personal Dignity in the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas." From 2003-2005, Fr. Sebastian was also a visiting professor in the Philosophy Department at the Angelicum.
Fr. Robert Spitzer
Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. is the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (www.magiscenter.com), and the President of the Spitzer Center (www.spitzercenter.org). The Magis Center produces books, videos, documentaries, and social media resources on the close connection between faith, science, and philosophy, happiness and suffering, and virtue and freedom. The Spitzer Center facilitates programs to help Catholic dioceses and institutions build highly effective cultures of evangelization. As President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009, he oversaw extensive growth in the student body and facilities, as well as the academic and faith programs. He has published seven books (and has submitted two more for publication) including the award winning New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy. He has published many scholarly articles and makes one hundred presentations per year. Fr. Spitzer appears frequently on television shows like: The Larry King Live show (with Stephen Hawking), the History Channel, the Today Show, and the PBS series Closer to the Truth. He has appeared on dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs and has produced nine series for EWTN Catholic television and radio. He held two distinguished academic chairs at Seattle University and Gonzaga University, and received awards for outstanding faculty member at Georgetown University and Seattle University. He received Gonzaga University’s’ highest award, the Desmet Medal in 2009.