Earlier this week, the CCMA Executive Board had its December conference call. Joining us for the first time was Bishop Cheri, our new Episcopal Moderator and it was fantastic to hear his perspective and support for campus ministry.
Part of the bylaws and constitution that were approved in 2016 included a shift to a nominating committee (which we call the Board Affairs Committee). Gordy DeMarais and Lulu Santana co-chaired this committee and we received many nominations via a form that was posted on the CCMA website. Individuals were invited to either self-nominate or nominate another person. A "job description" was provided so that the qualities were clearly articulated. The Board Affairs Committee met several times with me and then the three of us met with the executive committee of the Board to discuss nominees. (By "met", I refer to conference calls as we are spread across the country.)
The Board sought to compliment its current roster with individuals who can help CCMA further its Catholic mission to campus ministry and campus ministers. Additionally, we sought individuals who can help CCMA grow and expand its reach.
The following individuals were chosen to serve on the CCMA Executive Board:
Fr. Michael Barth
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Fr. Mike currently serves as General Custodian for the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, a religious congregation of priests and brothers serving throughout the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Columbia. Before this appointment in 2015, he pastored missions in Stirling, NJ, Cleveland, Ohio, and Camden, Mississippi. Besides serving on many nonprofit boards, Fr. Mike served as Vicar General of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity for eight years.
Pat is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold nearly 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him "one of the most in demand speakers in America." He has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek. Prior to founding The Table Group, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase. Pat lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four boys. Pat has been a presenter at the Rebuilt Catholic conferences as well as the Amazing Parish conferences.
Austin is the Pastoral Associate for Campus Ministry at The Ohio State University, St. Thomas More Newman Center. Austin has a M.A. in Theology from the University of Dayton, an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and certificates in Pastoral Ministry, Catechesis and Youth Ministry. He has been in campus ministry for 10 years, 8 at Ohio State. Austin has presented at the CCMA National Convention, USCCB Frank J. Lewis Conference and for various ministry webinars.
Fr. J. Friedel
Fr. J is the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry (Missouri State University) and Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Fr. J. is a former CCMA Board Member and former Chair of Executive Board, a former Member of USCCB Standing Committee on Campus Ministry, a current Ambassador for Certification for CCMA, former Chair/Member of Higher Education Relations Committee, former Convention Chair.