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Claudio M. Burgaleta, SJ, was born in a suburb of Havana, Cuba, in 1960 and grew up in Belleville and Nutley, NJ. In 1980 he entered the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1992. In 1996 Fr. Burgaleta was graduated from Boston College with a Ph.D. in Historical and Systematic Theology, having studied with John W. O'Malley, SJ., and written on the life and thought of Jose de Acosta, SJ. (1540-1600), the so-called "intellectual author" of the famous Jesuit Reductions of Latin America.
Rev. Manuel Dorantes is a native of Mexico and immigrated to the United States when he was twelve. He attended St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Philosophy and Broadcast Communications in 2004. He went on to the major seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Mundelein Seminary, and obtained his M.Div. and S.T.B. in 2007. While he attended the college seminary he worked for Telemundo’s local affiliate in Chicago. In 2006, he worked for Univision Network’s Noticiero Nacional, Aqui y Ahora and Despierta America programs in Miami, Florida. In addition, he assisted the Marketing and Public Relations Department in the production of Premios Juventud and Premios Lo Nuestro. He served as a consultant to Noticiero Nacional during Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S. in April of 2008. In October 2007, he was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. He served as a Deacon at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, IL from the time of his ordination until February 2009. Since June 2008 he has served as Associate Administrator of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Ordained to the priesthood in May 2010, he currently serves as Associate Pastor at St. Clement Church in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Terry Ecklund (ex officio) is the Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Content. He has over twenty years of technology and business solution design and delivery experience, including sixteen years with Accenture, the world's leading management and technology consulting firm. He and his wife, Ann, and their five children reside in Overland Park, Kansas.
Fred M. Fosnacht (ex officio) has twenty years of extensive business, technology and executive experience as a retired Partner in the Communications and High Tech Market Unit of Accenture. He was responsible for several of the firm's largest clients and leading implementation teams on some of the largest and most technically complex system implementations performed by Accenture. He has a degree in Theology from Loyola University, and is pursuing graduate studies at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola. He is a member of the Catholic Charities advisory board and sits on the finance council of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. His hobbies include playing guitar, recreational hiking and skiing, and dog training. He is a member of the Grand County, Colorado, Search and Rescue team with his German Shepherd dog, Toby. He, his wife of 26 years, Mary Kay, son Andy and daughter Christine, reside in Overland Park, Kansas.
Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, is a Jesuit priest and has been the president of Loyola University of Chicago, the nation's largest Catholic research university, for the past seven years. Before his current position he worked at Georgetown University in Rome. His doctorate is in religion and psychology from the Graduate Theological Union, with specializations in marriage and family therapy and in moral development of children. His research and publications have been in the area of child and family therapy.
Helen Osman became secretary of Communications for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on July 1, 2007, moving from Austin, Texas, where she had served in a variety of communication roles for the Catholic Diocese of Austin for twenty-three years. She now oversees five offices of the Conference (Catholic News Service, Digital Media, Film and Broadcasting, Media Relations and Publications) and staffs the Catholic Communication Campaign. She and her husband, John, are the parents of four young adults: two collegians, one recently married and one soon-to-be married. John left a career as a software engineer when the couple moved to Washington to pursue doctoral studies in religious education and catechesis at Catholic University of America.
Gregory F. Augustine Pierce (chair) is the president and co-publisher of ACTA Publications in Chicago. He is a past president of the National Center for the Laity and the author of several books on faith and work. He and his wife, Kathy, a Catholic schoolteacher, are the parents of three young adults, all presently in college. He teaches high school religious education at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church and cheers for the Chicago Cubs.
David B. Rich is currently a Managing Director within Corporate Growth & Strategy with specific responsibilities (among others) for developing an overall Alliance strategy for Accenture and assisting in the formation and execution of strategic alliance programs. Prior to this most recent assignment, Dave was the Managing Director of the North America Communications & High Tech Operating Unit at Accenture. Other roles he has played over his past twenty-four years at Accenture include Client Partner for Texas Instruments, Dell Computer and Motorola; Global Industry Managing Partner for Electronics and High Tech, and Managing Partner for Communications & High Tech, West and South regions before assuming his role over all of North America in 2005. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Technology. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas and enjoys spending time with his wife, eight children, and three grandchildren. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Aidmatrix and as a Member of the Board of Directors for the San Jose Tech Museum's Innovation Awards.
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