Management Team

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Ted Miles, Executive Director

Ted assumed the role of executive director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners in December 2017 after serving with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for nearly 13 years. His final responsibility was as CRS’s manager for youth and religious education engagement. Ted holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore and a master’s in psychology from Bucknell University.

In leading CRS’s youth and religious education outreach, he worked to foster a deep commitment to global solidarity in the vision of Catholic youth ministry and faith formation and to create opportunities for young people to understand and support the mission of CRS. Among his numerous responsibilities, Ted provided oversight for resource development, led solidarity delegations for Catholic leaders, and developed strong, strategic partnerships with organizations like the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La RED).

Firmly rooted in his focus on parish youth ministry, social ministry, Catholic high school education and faith formation, Ted has served this goal in a variety of other roles. As a Jesuit Volunteer, he worked in education and youth ministry in Belize and Guatemala, Central America, an experience that has kindled his passion for and commitment to mission, Catholic social teaching and its call for long-term social justice.

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Marj Humphrey, Director of Missions

Marj joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1987 and was sent to Kenya. She worked in rural mobile clinics in Bura Tana and at the Nangina Mission Hospital. She became the Africa Area Coordinator (Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Middle East) in 1991. In 1994, Marj joined other Maryknoll Lay Missioners on a medical team in Camps for Displaced Persons in South Sudan. She was deeply involved in the preparation and execution of the Founding Assembly of Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

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.


Irene King, Mission Services Director

Irene comes to MKLM from ProNica, a Quaker NGO in Nicaragua where she served as Interim Director.  During her time there, she facilitated the organization through a critical period due to staff transition and dwindling resources.  Prior to being with ProNica, Irene served as the Director for the Center for Service and Social Justice at Villanova University where she oversaw a team which provided training programs for 800 students who did short term mission trips to 50 domestic and international sites, as well as sending and training 350 students who worked locally in the Philadelphia area.  At Sarah Lawrence College, she was the Director for Community Partnerships and Service Learning where she created community-based learning courses with faculty members; she developed and maintained community partnerships domestically and globally and she also trained student interns and volunteers.

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.

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Ana Rodrigues, Finance Director