Mary Pat Gannon Hay graduated from Barat College of the Sacred Heart with a degree in political science and went on to work in local, state and national political campaigns. She worked in Mayor Harold Washington’s press office as assistant press secretary and then in the private sector, working for Mesirow Financial. While at Mesirow, she became involved with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, serving as the founding chair of its board of regents and then chairing the board of directors for eight years. She continues to serve on Mercy Home’s board of directors. She is also on the board of directors for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the advisory board of the School of Music for DePaul University.
William (“Bill”) E. Hay spent twelve years with Ernst & Young as Midwest regional head of executive search consulting. A native Chicagoan, Bill received a bachelor of business administration in management from the University of Illinois-Urbana and an MBA from DePaul University. After teaching full-time at DePaul for several years, he joined the adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Business, the School of Public Service, and serves as advisor to the School for New Learning. In 2006, he and Mary Pat Hay received honorary degrees from the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Bill is a member of the board of trustees for DePaul University and of the board of directors of the Union League Club of Chicago, the Hope Institute for Children and Families, and the Career Transitions Center. Bill is also active with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
Lianne Howard-Dace is community and events fundraising manager at the Royal London Society for the Blind in the UK; prior to that, she was Community Fundraiser at Depaul UK. An alumnus of the Depaul International Vincentian Values in Leadership initiative, Lianne is passionate about the values-based ethos of the Depaul Group and interested in the history of fundraising and Vincent de Paul’s contribution to it. Lianne has recently completed the MSc Management in Civil Society program at London South Bank University.
Bill Jaster is co-director and co-founder (with Mary Frances) of CVV. He received an M.A. in adult Christian community development at Regis University, and a certificate in youth ministry from Mount St. Mary’s University. Bill has been working in youth and young adult ministry since 1976. He is passionate about sharing the Vincentian spirit with others, which he has done with CVV from its inception in 1994.
Mary Frances Jaster is co-director and co-founder (with Bill) of Colorado Vincentian Volunteers (CVV), a program for young adults who want to immerse themselves in the Vincentian spirit through service in the Denver area. She holds a certificate in spiritual direction from St. Thomas Seminary (formerly staffed by Vincentians) and a master in intercultural relations from the University of the Pacific. She and her husband Bill are natives of Colorado and are parents of two grown children. Mary Frances’ passion is to mentor young adults and to accompany them as spiritual director in their search for the spiritual connections in their work for the poor. She also loves being a grandmother.
Teresa Manna is the director of development for the Congregation of the Mission Western Province. In July 2004, under the leadership of the former Midwest Province, she established a comprehensive development program to support the many works of the Vincentian priests and brothers. The Province development office raised more than $18 million in contributions in the first ten years. Teresa’s twenty-four years of development experience includes roles as the director of stewardship education and the director of the annual Catholic appeal for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Teresa has served on several development committees and boards for nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis area. She has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1998. Teresa is married with two children. She, her husband Lee, and their family are members of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Ellisville, Missouri.
Steven F. Martinez serves as National Development Director for the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdPUSA), located in Maryland Heights, Missouri. He has over 20 years of experience as a professional fundraiser. Since 2009, he has directed the national fundraising efforts at the Society, including the direct involvement of Vincentians from SVdP Conferences and Councils. SVdPUSA National programs include: National Vehicle Program, Friends of the Poor Walk, Friends of the Poor Grant Program, National Direct Mail Program, and other fundraising efforts to raise funds for the National Council.
Mark McGreevy is group chief executive at Depaul International, which coordinates the activities of a group of Depaul charities around the world, operating in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, France, and the United States. Depaul’s services offer support to homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages. Mark also provides pro bono consultancy to other voluntary sector organizations in the areas of corporate governance, strategic planning, and fundraising. He attended Ushaw College, Durham, in the UK where he trained for the priesthood 1980–85 (not ordained), followed by a degree at Durham University, 1984–87, and then a Post-Graduate Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management at Sheffield Hallam University. Before joining Depaul in 1990 as Services Manager, and becoming CEO in 1992, he worked and volunteered for other homelessness agencies in London.
Roger T. Playwin specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising, government and public relations for non-profits. He has assisted multiple nonprofits develop strategic organizational growth plans. Roger has a long history with nonprofits serving in a variety of roles including volunteer, staff, executive management, board member, committee chair, and elected officer. He is a trained process consultant and facilitator in change management and leadership development. Roger has worked in the for-profit, government, and nonprofit sectors. He served as a CEO for SVdPUSA for ten years. He recently retired and resides in Michigan.
Mark S. Pranaitis, C.M., is a Vincentian priest serving as vice president of operations and advancement at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. He is a trustee of DePaul University and has worked there previously. Mark earned a Ph.D. in organization development from Benedictine University. He provides consultation services to nonprofit organizations seeking to align governance and management structures with mission and improve their fundraising capacities.
John E. Rybolt, C.M., is the historian of the Congregation of the Mission, the Vincentians, currently finishing the sixth volume of The Vincentians. He initiated the Centre International de Formation (CIF), headquartered in Paris, France, designed for ongoing formation for members of the Congregation and the Vincentian Family. He holds several graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from St. Louis University. As a Vincentian scholar-in-residence at DePaul University, he resides in Chicago.
Charles F. Shelby, C.M., is a vice chancellor at DePaul University. His duties are university-wide and include promoting the Vincentian and Catholic mission of the university, public relations, alumni relations, fundraising, and correspondence. He is a priest of the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent de Paul, the Vincentians, who sponsor DePaul University. He has a master of divinity from DeAndreis Seminary in Lemont, Illinois, and a master of science in physics from DePaul University. Charles served on the board of directors of the National Catholic Development Conference for nine years, serving as board chair and vice chair. From 1983 to June 30, 2005, he served as director and president of the Association of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri.