Heidi Robnett is the Financial Coordinator at CMD, responsible for all financial functions of the organization. Heidi oversees the transactional tasks related to finances, implements the operational accounting functions, and manages accounts receivables, accounts payables, payroll, taxes, budgets, and reporting. While not at work, Heidi enjoys spending time with her children and rooting on the Arizona Wildcats and Seattle Seahawks.

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services

Jane is Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services and Project Coordinator of Young Neighbors in Action for the Center for Ministry Development. Previously, Jane was Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services

Jane is Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services and Project Coordinator of Young Neighbors in Action for the Center for Ministry Development. Previously, Jane was Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services

Jane is Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services and Project Coordinator of Young Neighbors in Action for the Center for Ministry Development. Previously, Jane was Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services

Jane is Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services and Project Coordinator of Young Neighbors in Action for the Center for Ministry Development. Previously, Jane was Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services

Jane is Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services and Project Coordinator of Young Neighbors in Action for the Center for Ministry Development. Previously, Jane was Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Peter is the Senior High Youth Minister at Pax Christi Catholic Community. Prior to joining the staff at Pax Christi, Peter was the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. John the Baptist in Mankato, Minnesota. He is studying for a master's degree at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Peter also works as a Prayer and Music Coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of three young children.
Tom Bright is a former Center for Ministry Development staff member and was the first National Director of Young Neighbors in Action.
Lisa was a popular YMA author who died in December 2011. Lisa served as Director of Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Grand Island and Associate Director in the Education Office in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She held an Ed.D. from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. During her illness, Lisa wrote several sessions for YMA, some that are being published after her death. Lisa founded Tomorrow’s Present as part of her doctoral work and worked with young people in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To learn more about Tomorrow’s Present, please visit www.tomorrowspresent.org.
Formation Program Coordinator
Board Member

Monsignor Ray East is the son of the late Thomas and Gwendolyn East. The grandson of Baptist missionaries to South Africa, he was born in Newark, New Jersey. Raised in San Diego, he graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration. His position with the National Association of Minority Contractors brought him to Washington, DC where he later experienced a call to the priesthood and was ordained in 1981 by Cardinal Hickey.

Director

Tom is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development and Project Coordinator for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program. Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director for Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom has provided workshops on volunteer management in dioceses and parishes for over twenty-five years. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.

Board Member

Zeni, Professor of Pastoral Theology, earned an M.A. in Religious Education and Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, Lay Ministries: A Critical Three-Dimensional Study. Dr. Fox was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa by Christ the King Seminary in 2006, the Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa by Georgian Court University in 2007, and the Gaudium et Spes from the National Association for Lay Ministry.

Board Member

Bishop Mark Hagemoen was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. After completing his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) at the University of British Columbia and a year of travel throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Rev. Hagemoen entered St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario completing his Masters of Divinity degree. He was ordained in Vancouver in May 1990. On December 15, 2013, Msgr. Mark was ordained and installed as Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Meghan Hernandez, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Las Vegas, 1809 Pueblo Vista Dr. Las Vegas, NV, 89128, Mhernandez@seaslv.org

Kathleen McGourty, M.A., Director of Youth Ministry, St. Cecilia Church, 700 S. Meier Road, Mt Prospect, IL 60056. St. Alphonsus Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070, Education Project Coordinator, Office for Human Dignity & Solidarity – Immigrant Ministry, Chicago Archdiocese, 3525 S. Lake Park, Chicago, IL Board Member, Just Haiti, Inc., justhaiti.org. She may be contacted at 847.437.6208 or Kathy@stceciliamtprospect.org.

Cynthia grew up on Long Island and made her way to Washington in the summer of 2013 due to her husband's military career. Prior to working at CMD, Cynthia managed fine dining restaurants, specialty gourmet grocery markets, as well as corporate dining facilities. After her move to Gig Harbor, she decided it was time for a career change. Cynthia is the support person for the Certificate Program, as well as overseeing the shipping department. She enjoys hiking, fishing, hot rods, and long country motorcycle rides with her husband, Steve. Together they have five children and one grandchild.

Edith Prendergast, R.S.C., is a member of the Religious Sisters of Charity and has been the director of the Office of Religious Education in the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 1987. She is the beloved director of the archdiocese’s annual Religious Education Congress—an event that attracts over 40,000 participants from around the world. Prendergast has served on the board of directors for the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and has published articles in Religion Teacher’s Journal and Living with Christ.

Kevin Prevou is the Director of Campus, Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Shreveport. Kevin has 33 years of experience –14 years in parish youth ministry and 19 years in diocesan youth ministry – working in Shreveport, LA and previously in San Antonio, Houston and, Fort Worth, TX. He has a Master’s degree in Religious Education from St. Thomas University in Houston.

Board Member

Bishop Ricardo Ramírez was born in Bay City, Texas, on September 12, 1936. He is the second of two sons. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 10, 1966 in Houston, Texas, and is a member of the Congregation of St. Basil. He was named Titular Bishop of Vatarba and Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio on October 27, 1981, by Pope John Paul II and was ordained to the Episcopacy on December 6, 1981, in San Antonio, Texas, by Archbishop Patricio F. Flores. On October 18, 1982, he became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Denise is the Financial Coordinator at CMD. She has over 30 years experience in accounting and financial services. A native of California, Denise and her husband, Robert, moved their family to Washington in 1992 where they raised their two children, Bliss and Diego. Now grandparents of three beautiful children—Hugh, Aidan, and Fiona, Denise and Robert enjoy the time spent with their family and friends. Their son, Diego, is in college and pursuing a career in business. They live in Poulsbo, WA amidst the beauty of the Pacific Northwest forest and waterways.

Administrative Assistant
Patty is the Pastoral Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo, New York. Previously, she worked in the Youth Department for the Diocese of Buffalo, and prior to that was a parish youth minister in the Diocese of Paterson. Patty holds a BA and Certificate in Youth Ministry from Canisius College and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago.
Coordinator of National Workshop Series and Lifelong Faith Formation

Joan is the Coordinator National Workshop Series and the Lifelong Faith Formation at the Center for Ministry Development.  She also serves as the Co-Coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action. She holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Creighton University and a Certificate in Faith and Justice. She is the former president of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association and content editor and author for the USCCB’s book Connecting Young Adults to Catholic Parishes.

Coordinator of National Workshop Series and Lifelong Faith Formation

Joan is the Coordinator National Workshop Series and the Lifelong Faith Formation at the Center for Ministry Development.  She also serves as the Co-Coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action. She holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Creighton University and a Certificate in Faith and Justice. She is the former president of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association and content editor and author for the USCCB’s book Connecting Young Adults to Catholic Parishes.

Director

Tom is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development and Project Coordinator for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program. Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director for Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom has provided workshops on volunteer management in dioceses and parishes for over twenty-five years. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.

Chairperson

Paul Henderson has been in Catholic ministry for over 30 years. For the last twenty-five years I've worked at the USCCB in Washington, D.C. assisting the Catholic Bishops in pastoral ministry on the national level. Its been an incredibly rich and rewarding experience working with so many professional and dedicated lay men and women, clery, religious and bishops. For the past 15 years my interests have focused on strategic and operational planning as well as organizational design, change management and leadership Development.

Board Member

María-Elena Cardeña was born in Mexico City and raised in Pasadena, California. Since 1989, she has served as a consultant for youth ministry, a campus minister, and a pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She now serves as a Faith Formation Director for Our Lady of the Assumption in Claremont. Her affiliation with Center Ministry Development began as an adjunct staff member, but she has also written, edited, and led both YouthLeader and Young Neighbors in Action.

Secretary

Sr. Donna is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey and holds a doctorate from Drew University. She is the Director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, faith formation, small Christian communities, consulting with parishes and dioceses, and in many other areas. Her articles have appeared in Today’s Parish, Ligourian, CHURCH Magazine, and in publications from Crossroads, Paulist Press, and St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Board Member

Ann Marie worked for 11 years as a Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services for the Center for Ministry Development and Project Coordinator for YouthLeader and Just5Days. Ann Marie holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary in Buffalo, New York. She previously held the position of Associate Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Ann Marie worked in diocesan ministry for over 10 years. She has authored and contributed to a number of books including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry, Ministry Resources for Youth Leadership Development, Ministry Resources for Community Life, and Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministry. Ann Marie teaches Foundations of Ministry Leadership and Skills for Christian Leadership in the Certificate Program. In September 2012, Ann Marie began her new position at St. Catherine of Siena Parish In Ithaca, New York.

Board Member

Fr. Michael Montoya has served as the Executive Director of the US Catholic Mission Association since 2004. Fr. Montoya is a co-founder of the Missionaries of Jesus, an international religious missionary institute of priests and brothers, where he has been their District Superior in the US from 2003-2006. Fr. Montoya has worked for more than 15 years in multi-cultural and cross-cultural settings in the United States. He has been a pastor along the borders of Texas and Mexico, Los Angeles, and an associate pastor in Chicago. He also served as school Director of St. Louis in Mandaue, Cebu, Philippines. Fr. Montoya holds a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Spirituality and a cross-cultural focus from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Fr. Montoya also holds a Master of Divinity from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas focusing his studies on liturgy in a multi-cultural setting. Fr. Montoya grew up in the Philippines.

Board Member

Cassie Nielsen currently serves as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Florida Virtual School, the nation's first state-wide virtual public school. With both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching degrees from Duke University, she has focused her career on education and educational marketing. Cassie has more than 29 years of experience in the education and educational publishing arenas, including sharing her expertise as an adjunct faculty member to the Rollins College Crummer MBA program in Winter Park, Florida.

Board Member

Sister Edith Prendergast is a member of the Religious Sisters of Charity and was the director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1987 to 2015. She was the director of the archdiocese’s annual Religious Education Congress—an event that attracts over 40,000 participants from around the world. Edith has served on the board of directors for the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and has published articles in Religion Teacher’s Journal and Living with Christ. She is currently a national consultant, speaker and retreat director.