Let’s just go together and see what God has in store for us.

~ Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, Founder of Maryknoll Sisters

Board of Directors

Board members bring a variety of gifts and skills to the organization, for which the Board holds fiduciary and legal responsibility.

In consultation with others in the leadership of Maryknoll Lay Missioners, the Board sets the direction for MKLM and helps to ensure its future. Comprised of committed Catholics from across the United States, the Board connects Maryknoll Lay Missioners with the broader U.S. Church community.

Fr. Bill Vos – Chair
Father Bill Vos was ordained to the priesthood in 1964 and is currently a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud. He spent 19 years working overseas, primarily in Tanzania, East Africa, with Maryknoll Lay Missioners. He also served as MKLM Africa Area Coordinator, as a member of the MKLM Leadership Team, and as a member of the lay missioner Advisory Board. Currently, Bill is Diocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services. He is directly involved in the promotion of Global Solidarity Partnerships between the Diocese of St. Cloud and a number of overseas Church entities. In his role as MKLM Board Chair and through his work with global partnerships, Bill travels regularly to various mission sites in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

“What motivates me to continue to be personally engaged in the leadership of MKLM is my belief in the central role of lay Catholics in all ministries and therefore in mission – the very heart of being church.


Ian B. Bautista
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Ian B. Bautista resides with his wife, Elsa, and his daughter Iana, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin (Milwaukee Metropolitan Area). He serves as the President and Chief Community Development Officer for Comunidad, the community building consulting practice he runs in partnership with Elsa.

Through his winding professional journey, Bautista has become an accomplished executive leader and community building professional with experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. He has a passion for and personal commitment to asset based human and community development with a focus on social equity, justice and peacemaking.

For eight years, Bautista served as the President of United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), the national network of settlement houses, neighborhood/community centers and other community development organizations in the United States. Ian helped to facilitate the merger of UNCA with the Alliance for Children and Families (the Alliance) that was formalized at the end of 2013. As part of his responsibilities for UNCA, he served on the executive leadership team for the Alliance, which also includes the social enterprise FEI Workforce Resilience, and the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Ways to Work.

Prior to UNCA, Bautista served as President & CEO of El Centro, Inc., a nonprofit human and community development organization that creates and sustains educational, social and economic opportunities with and for families in the Kansas City area. Before leading El Centro, Ian served as a Management Consultant for NeighborWorks® America, the nonprofit community development intermediary. Prior to NeighborWorks®, Bautista worked for the State of Kansas at the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) and earlier still in the admissions office at Kansas State University. Ian worked part time throughout his undergraduate and graduate career at K-State in the fields of youth development, tutoring, program administration, instruction, and in student government as the elected chair of the Student Senate.

Bautista serves as Vice-Chair on the Select Milwaukee board of directors, chairs the Kansas State University Alumni Association’s Multicultural Alumni Council, serves on the executive committee of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and on the board of directors of Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Previously, he served as treasurer of the National Human Services Assembly board, and earlier still on the boards of the Sigma Lambda Beta Educational Foundation and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.

Ian holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows Program, a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from K-State. In 2001, he became a certified community planner credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

For balance, Bautista has volunteered as a youth debate coach, a marriage preparation trainer and second grade catechist for his church, a parent peer advisor at a children’s hospital, and as a volunteer in other capacities. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on issues of social justice, the arts (music and visual), following and playing team sports (especially Kansas State University and Kansas City teams), intercultural exploration, leadership development, and cooking.


Kathy Bond
Kathy Bond joined MKLM in 1993. Originally from Battle Creek, MI, Kathy was serving in mission in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, when she met Flavio Rocha da Silva while they were working on a social justice project. They married in 2000 and returned to the United States to live in Berkeley, CA, where Kathy worked as a full-time recruiter for MKLM and they were active in the Holy Spirit Newman Parish. Flavio joined MKLM in 2003 and they were assigned back to Joao Pessoa, Brazil. Their daughter, Maya, was born there in 2005. In 2010, they transferred to Sao Paulo. Currently, Kathy’s ministries focus on women in marginalized situations. She offers courses on physical and mental health issues to international, elderly, and pregnant women in 2 prisons in Sao Paulo. Kathy also aids survivors of domestic violence through a local NGO.

Michael J. Cammarota
Michael Cammarota is a CEO, Managing Director – Senior Director of Legal Services, Global Transactions at Accenture LLP, a global management consulting and professional services company.

Mike supervises a team of lawyers that facilitate ease of doing business in deal shaping and negotiations with clients in North America. Responsibilities include supervising and occasionally participating in the drafting and negotiating of technology and business process licensing, outsourcing, reseller, confidentiality and numerous other types of agreements with commercial and public sector entities; antitrust analysis; dealing with issues pertaining to employment and contract law, intellectual property, general corporate, mergers and acquisition, and tax; supervising outside counsel on contracting matters. Mike is also the legal department’s lead for diversity and inclusion in North America.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2005, Mike held various positions in IBM’s legal department. His responsibilities included antitrust analysis, contract drafting and negotiation of all types of customer and supplier contracts, dealing with issues pertaining to employment law, intellectual property, general corporate, mergers and acquisition and tax and supervising outside counsel on litigation.

Mike graduated from Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Elmhurst, NY, in 1978, where he was the recipient of a full-tuition academic scholarship. Mike received a BA from St. John’s University in 1982 and graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1985, where he was the recipient of a full-tuition academic scholarship and an editor on the Law Review.

Mike has been involved in a number of Maryknoll-affiliated activities. In 2010, he attended a “Friends Across Borders” trip in El Salvador. In 2012, he worked at a school in Bangladesh run by Maryknoll sisters, and in 2014, he assisted at an NGO set up by Maryknoll in Katmandu, Nepal. Mike was recently elected to the Board of Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Currently, Mike works on two projects sponsored by Accenture: Hour Children, a group that facilitates the integration of formerly incarcerated women trying to get back into main stream life, and Upwardly Global, a group that works with foreign professionals who have immigrated to the U.S. and wish to obtain employment commensurate with the degrees they obtained in their home countries.

Mike has been married to Giustina Cammarota since 1986. Giustina and Mike have two children: Megan (a nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital) and Anthony (a sophomore at UConn).

 
Bob Carlsen
Bob Carlsen lives with his wife, Patti, and college-age son, Nick, in Danbury, Connecticut. As a corporate lawyer for over 25 years, Bob has traveled widely, and has lived and worked in Latin America and India with a focus on intellectual property issues and global transactions in the technology field. Mission experiences and a strong interest in languages and cultures came on early, when Bob checked the box – “YES” during Mass on Mission Sunday in 8th grade, where a Maryknoll priest handed out copies of the magazine and asked, “Who wants to know more about becoming a Maryknoll Missioner?” From there, Bob became involved in pro-bono political asylum cases, homelessness issues and volunteering, several Catholic Charities boards and shelters around the country, and more recently, MKLM’s Friends Across Borders mission trips and fundraising to MKLM mission locations. Outside of the law, Bob plays guitar and clarinet in the Danbury Orchestra, is fascinated with native cultures and language preservation, and enjoys traveling with his family to new places. He and his wife are both graduates of Georgetown University. Bob got his law degree from St. John’s University as a Thomas More Scholar in 1988.

Bob has this to say about his involvement with the board: “Working with the MKLM Board and helping to assist with legal and governance issues builds a strong foundation for MKLM’s future. I can’t wait to see the face of mission in the coming decades as we are called ever more to serve the Church as laity, and tap all of our creative backgrounds and experiences.”


Greg Darr
Gregory Darr is a native of Chisago City, Minnesota, and a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Maryknoll, Greg served four years as a chaplain assistant in the U.S. Army and was assigned to posts in Oklahoma and Germany. Later, as a domestic lay missioner, Greg worked with programs serving rural low-income families in north Florida and the chronically homeless of inner-city Philadelphia. In 1993, Greg was sent to Kenya in East Africa, as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, where he served in a small justice and peace program helping communities broken by violent conflict to develop local efforts in peace and reconciliation. Greg has also worked with refugees and immigrants from other East African nations, as well as from Haiti and Vietnam. Greg is now on staff with the Mission Education and Promotion Department of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in the Midwest. He is married, has two daughters, and resides in Edina, Minnesota.

Charlie Dittmeier
Father Charles Dittmeier (Charlie) is a Diocesan priest from Louisville, KY. Before joining MKLM in 1987 he served at St. Aloysius parish in Louisville. He served in Hong Kong from 1987 until 2000, and since then has served in Cambodia. Throughout Charlie’s entire ministry he has always worked with the deaf, beginning with his time at a seminary in Baltimore.

Charlie lives and works in Cambodia, focusing on ministry with deaf people. He is the Project Director for one of the two organizations in Cambodia that serves the deaf, the Deaf Development Program. In addition to the project’s efforts to further the development of a national sign language, it has taken on a program to develop leadership skills within the deaf community. The intent is to find as many deaf people as possible, bring them together, let them get to know each other, and slowly establish deaf organizations such as a deaf club in each of the areas. Then there will be leadership training in those groups. He is also an MKLM Board Member.

“We believe that God is already present wherever we go and our task is to find ways to help people discover that presence and come to know the love of God.”


Thomas Healey
Tom is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he taught a course in Financial Institutions and Markets. He is a retired partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is also involved in various investment activities through Healey Development LLC and in a variety of charitable activities. Tom was Trustee and Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation Investment Committee and served in similar positions at Georgetown University. He has been involved with other charitable institutions, including the Trustees of Reservations in Boston, Morristown Memorial Health Foundation, and the Maryknoll Missionaries. He was instrumental in guiding the fundraising for St. Mary’s Mission Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Tom also served on a number of educational boards, including the Hoover Institution, Portsmouth Abbey School, Delbarton School, Resurrection School, and the Tri-County Scholarship Fund. Mr. Healey also serves on the board of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), an international association of Catholic philanthropists, and as Treasurer of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (NLRCM). Tom is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Counselor of Real Estate. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1964 and Harvard Business School in 1966

Anita Klueg
Anita Klueg served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner with her husband, Curt, in the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya, from 2003-2007 and from 2012-2015, working with young adults as a social worker and self-awareness teacher. During that time she facilitated student leadership development, created a school library and organized workshops and speakers for the school. Their two children, Rehema and Bethany, were born in Mombasa.

Terry Miller
Terence Miller is Marquette University’s Director of International Education. Terry is a graduate of Manhattan College and has a degree in law from St. John’s University. He and his wife, Joan Kelly, served in Chile from 1988 to 1991, where Terry worked in the Linares Diocese Office of Human Rights. He headed up the investigations of cases of disappearance in the diocese and gave legal counsel to the families of the detained and disappeared in the area during the dictatorship of Pinochet.

After returning to the states in 1991, Terry headed up the Maryknoll Justice and Peace Office, the forerunner of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns.  Terry received the 2017 Timothy J. Rutenber Award, which is given each year by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) in recognition of outstanding service to the Association.


Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan joined the Board of Directors of MKLM in Dec. of 2006, and is the current Chair of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners Foundation. Born in Waterloo, IA, he attended the University of Notre Dame and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1964, and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota in 1966.

After practicing in St. Paul, MN, for three years, he co-founded the Rinke – Noonan Law firm in St. Cloud, MN, in 1969, and is still practicing with the firm.

Mike formerly was on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of St. Cloud. Presently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and on its Investment Committee, and is on the board of St. Cloud Opportunities and a member of its Executive Committee.


Rhonda Paver
Rhonda Paver and her husband, Bill, moved to Austin in 1979. Discouraged by the lack of quality child care in her new surroundings, Rhonda decided to start her own school in order to give other parents the same level of care that she furnished for her own children. As she took on the enormous task of starting a business while raising the three Paver children, Rhonda immersed herself in learning all there was to know about Early Care and Education. As the business flourished, she opened two more schools and completed a Master’s degree in Child Development at the University of Texas at Austin. Though her knowledge was broadening exponentially, the core philosophy of Stepping Stone School was based on earning the trust of parents, who soon found that Stepping Stone was a solid bridge between work and home.

The Austin market was clearly eager for a quality program of Early Care and Education. As Stepping Stone School developed its trademarked curriculum and program, the business flourished. As the number of schools expanded, Rhonda went to great lengths to ensure that her rigorous standards were not diminished by the expansion. Today, the Stepping Stone training program and Quality Assurance system are on the cutting edge of the Early Care and Education field. The same values that Rhonda believed in at the beginning – the value of each and every child as a unique human being, the commitment to nurturing all children physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, and the assurance to parents that their children are safe, secure and loved – are still at the very heart of the organization.

There are now 18 schools in the Stepping Stone community with more on the horizon. Over the past few years, five new centers were opened. Four state-of-the-art facilities, Stepping Stone XV, XVI, XIX and XX were designed and built by Stepping Stone School. Two of the schools are located in Round Rock, TX, which is one of the fastest growing communities in the country. The other two schools are located in Kyle, TX, and College Station, TX, respectively. Having served more than 50,000 children and families in 34 years, Stepping Stone School is the largest privately-owned and most respected Early Care and Education provider in Central Texas and the tenth largest provider of corporate child care in the nation.

Rhonda serves on the board of several organizations and corporations, including recently being named by the Governor to The Texas State Advisory Council for Early Education and Care. She was honored as the Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas in 1999, and as the Small Business Person of the Year in 1994. As a leading expert in Early Care and Education, Rhonda has written numerous articles and fulfilled many speaking engagements, including the national conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Despite the busy schedule of her business obligations, Rhonda’s first priority remains spending quality time with her five children and eight grandchildren.


Vicki Simon
Vicki Simon served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya from 1998-2002 and in the U.S. from 2002-2006.

Her professional life began as a high school and college Spanish teacher. She later moved into human resource management and recruitment in the corporate sector, with industry experience in banking, pharmaceuticals and marketing. Returning to academia and administration, she became the Associate Director of MBA career planning and placement with the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University.

In 1998, Vicki realized a life-long dream and joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners. For four years, she worked with two youth programs in Nairobi, Kenya. She then worked for three years for Maryknoll-U.S. in human resources and as Director of Mission Services. She holds degrees in Spanish (BA from Webster University and MA from Saint Louis University) and Human Resources Management (MA from Washington University).

Vicki is currently Director of Social Ministry at St. Louis University, and serves on the parish council of College Church, the Board of Catholic Charities Community Services, and the Catholic Charities Midtown Center Advisory Board.


Sarah Welch
Sarah Welch is the co-founder and Chief Dreamer of Buttoned Up (www.GetButtonedUp.com), a company dedicated to helping busy people get sanely organized. Prior to co-founding Buttoned Up, Sarah was a New York advertising agency executive and entrepreneur. She managed client relationships and studied what makes people tick at J. Walter Thompson, Ammirati Puris Lintas, and M&C Saatchi, then struck out on her own as a marketing consultant in 2000. She has worked with a long list of big brand marketers, including Kellogg, Unilever, MSN, General Motors, Gap, and Bank of America. In addition to Buttoned Up, Inc., she co-founded Mindset Media, an Internet media company sold to Meebo in 2011. Sarah has a BS from Georgetown University. Sarah and her husband, Gardiner, also a successful entrepreneur, live in the New York Metro area with their sons William and Lachlan.

Mark Wittenburg
After earning a BBA in Accounting from Texas State University and an MBA from the University of Houston, Mark spent the early years of his career as a public accountant. He then served as COO/CFO for the Texas Heart Institute and the Menninger Clinic. In 2001, Mark established Batis Development Company, a Topeka, Kansas, based commercial real estate development company. Mark is an active member of the Topeka community, serving as a board member for organizations including the United Way of Greater Topeka, St. Francis Health Center Foundation, GO Topeka, and the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. Mark has also served on the Archbishop’s Task Force on Realignment of Topeka’s Parishes and Parish Schools.

Mike Wrob
Mike Wrob, is the founder and President of Marathon Heater in Del Rio, Texas, an Inc. 500 company. He currently serves as Chair of MKLM’s Advancement Committee. Mike graduated in 1981 from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer. Mike’s experience with advisory, community, and governing boards include current appointments as Councilman with the Del Rio City Council, President of St. Joseph’s Church Finance Council, Vice President of Del Rio Chamber of Commerce and a prior appointment as Chairman of Economic Development Committee for the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association and is a Beta-Chi Hall of Fame Inductee.

“I am a strong believer in mission and serving the poor and I wanted to contribute more than just money.”