Ted Miles, Executive Director
In 2000, Marj joined a strong MKLM team in Kitale, Kenya, doing Home Based Care and serving as a medical consultant and practitioner for the Kitale AIDS Program and, in 2002, she became Regional Coordinator for the Kenya / Zimbabwe Region. Marj transitioned out of contracted membership with MKLM in 2007 to take care of her elderly parents in Spokane, Washington where she worked as a clinical Physician Assistant. In 2012, she was honored by her alma mater, Gonzaga University, with the DeSmet Medal for Christian Service and gave the Commencement Address to the graduate students.
On August 1, 2016, Marj assumed the position of Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Director of Missions and is based in MKLM headquarters in Ossining, New York. As Director of Missions, Marj oversees lay missioners and their ministries around the world. She works closely with the overseas Regional Directors and U.S. Operations team to achieve organizational goals and ensure lay missioners have the support and resources they need to minister to those they serve. Marj is a member of the MKLM management team.
Marj is originally from Nampa, Idaho. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and Communications, and completed a Master’s Degree in Education. Marj taught religion and journalism at Gonzaga Preparatory School, and coordinated the student community service program. In 1978, she headed to New York City to join the Catholic Worker community, and had the privilege to know and be in community with Dorothy Day. In 1986, Marj attained a degree as a Physician Assistant and worked at Bellevue Hospital in New York City in a clinic for homeless people.
Her former positions were with Manhattan College, Princeton University, Interfaith Peaceforce, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (South), and she has additional experience in fundraising and grant management.
Irene has authored and co-authored articles in International Volunteer Tourism: Critical Reflections on Good Works in Central America; Enhancing Catholic Identity: Best practices in Catholic Higher Education and Peace in the Home: A Faith-Based Curriculum for Grades K-12.
She has also given numerous public speaking presentations and has conducted workshops on domestic violence, taught ESL, been granted study Fellowships and served as a Board of Directors member of ProNica.
Irene has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and holds a BA in Psychology from Villanova University.
From 1976-78, he was the Social Ministries Coordinator for Little Flower Parish in South Bend, Indiana, and also worked with the Holy Cross Justice and Peace Commission at Notre Dame. From 1978-82, Sam was a Holy Cross Associate in Chile. Before joining Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1985, he was a Program Director for Catholic Social Services in the diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. Continuing his commitment to outreach of the Catholic Church, Sam worked in rural ministry and social development projects in rural southern Chile, serving as Director of Social Services of the Diocese of Linares, Chile, from 1987-91.
In 1991, Sam returned to the United States to serve as the director of what was then the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers Lay Mission Program. During his tenure, the “program” transitioned to the current autonomous entity, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and Sam served on its first leadership team. In 1996, Sam and his family returned to Chile and the diocese of Linares, where he resumed his work in social development programs and education, and also served as MKLM’s Chile Regional Coordinator and MKLM’s Latin America Co-Area Coordinator.
In 2004, Sam and his wife, Cecilia, also a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, returned to the United States, where he served as MKLM’s U.S. East Regional Coordinator and in MKLM’s Advancement Department. Sam was named Executive Director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 2008 and served in that position until December 1, 2017.
Sam graduated from Kansas State with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. He also attended graduate classes in Theology Studies at Notre Dame University and has a Certificate in Not for Profit Management from Harvard Business School.