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