2017 National Assembly - St. Vincent de Paul (Tampa)

Tampa, Florida
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Keynote Presentations


 Fr. Robert Maloney, C.M.    
 23 Superior General of the Congregation
 Congregation of the Mission  

 

 Born in Brooklyn, New York and attended St. John's Preparatory School.  Fr.  Maloney was ordained in May of 1966 and was Rector of Mary Immaculate  Seminary in Pennsylvania from 1970 - 1979.  Later he served as Superior at  Seminary in Niagara Falls, NY from 1979 - 1983.  And became Superior General  of Congregation of the Mission, Rome, Italy 1992 - 2004.  Author of eight books: The Way of Vincent de PaulHe Hears the Cry of the Poor,  Seasons in SpiritualityGo: On the Missionary Spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul,  Turn Everything to Love: A Rule of Life for Lay Members of the Vincentian Family,  Faces of Holiness, and ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple, and A New Century Dawns: Hopes for the Vincentian Family.  Co-author of Seeds of Hope: Stories of Systemic Change. Many of these books have been translated into various languages, principally Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.






 Ralph McCloud
 Director, Catholic Campaign
 for Human Development United States
 Conference of Catholic Bishops


 Ralph McCloud is the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development  in Washington DC. CCHD is an anti-poverty program of the United States  Conference of Catholic Bishops. The program seeks to address poverty by grass  roots organizing, economic development and transformational educational. The  program distributes around 11 million dollars for low income community  organizations around the country.


 He has been director for nearly for nine years and has become a sought after  speaker, presenter and facilitator on poverty, its effects and the Gospel call to  respond as Jesus did.











Spiritual Leadership :  “The Quest for Integrity”

Leonard Doohan

Dr. Leonard Doohan is Professor Emeritus at Gonzaga University where he was a professor of religious studies for 27 years and Dean of the Graduate School for 13 years.  Author of 24 books on the key topics of Spirituality and Spiritual Leadership and 160 articles and has given over 350 workshops throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East. Leonard's recent books include Spiritual Leadership: the Quest for Integrity, published by Paulist Press in 2007, Enjoying Retirement: Living Life to the Fullest, published by Paulist Press in 2010, Courageous Hope: The Call of Leadership, published by Paulist Press in 2011, and The One Thing Necessary: The Transforming Power of Christian Love, published by ACTA Publications in 2012.


Workshop Presenters


Accessing Governance-in-a-Box
Mike Syslo

Mike has been a member of St. Vincent de Paul since 1983.  Starting as a Conference member at Good Shepherd in Garland, TX, he served as Conference Treasurer and Conference President.  He also served as Vice-President of the Dallas District Council.  In 1984, he presented the first Ozanam School in Dallas (first in over 20 years).  Mike has been putting on Ozanam Schools and other training sessions for SVdP since.  Employed by the Society since 1990, he served as Special Projects Coordinator, Vincentian Life Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Dining Room Manager, Executive Director, Director of Vincentian Support Services, Director of Operations, and Associate National Executive Director.  Mike has written extensively on topics concerning the Society.  He has presented workshops at many National and Regional Meetings.  Mike has also served on multiple National Committees


Increasing Membership:  Sharing with Energy of the Heart

Jeanne Harper

National Board Vice President of the North Central Region 2011-20178, Secretary of St. Joseph Conference since 2000 as well as Youth Spiritual Advisor for three youth groups:  Mini-Vinnies, Youth and Young Vincentians.  She is also a member of Systemic Change Committee and serving as lead trainer for the National Getting Ahead Facilitator training.  Professionally trained Vincentian Spiritual Director since 2009, part of the Green Bay Diocesan Spiritual Direction Network.  Trained Region and Green Bay Diocese SVdP Formator for over 10 years. International presenter since 1976, England, Israel, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Toronto, and many of the States of USA.  Harper compassionately and effectively addresses issues of life in a participative, creative, and practical style for the public and professionals as a life coach, spiritual director, speaker, and consultant. Jeanne provided twenty-eight years of counseling and coaching.  She considers herself privileged to journey with others as they turn their “problems” into “creative opportunities for growth.” Her mission, as a psychotherapist 1982 to 2008 and since 2000 as a Vincentian, is to journey with and help others find the inspiration within themselves to move forward in life.  

  

Sanctification, Solidarity and Service
Ray Sickinger

A member of the Providence College ordinary faculty since September of 1974, Raymond Sickinger has served in a variety of administrative and teaching positions.  He is currently  Professor of History and Public and Community Service Studies, and serves as Chair of the Department of History and Classics. In recent years his research interests in History have revolved around the impact of faith and service in the case of Frederic Ozanam, the founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The University of Notre Dame Press has recently published Ray’s biography of Ozanam.  Simply entitled Antoine Frédéric Ozanam, the book is the first comprehensive biography of Ozanam in English in some time. Ray has been a member of the Society for over thirty years and has served as a conference president, district council president, National Council Member, Regional VP, and Vice President for Vincentian Services. Ray currently is a member of the National Board of Directors and serves as Goal Leader for Goal 1 Spirituality.

 

Eyes to the Blind & Feet to the Lame
Tai Prohaska

Tai Prohaska has more than 25 years of health education, marketing, community and public relations experience in non-profit, government and corporate arenas.  As Allsup’s manager of Strategic Alliances, she develops and grows relationships with organizations that share the company’s commitment to empowering seniors and people with disabilities to live lives as financially secure and healthy as possible. Previously, Tai managed national public health campaigns for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She holds a master’s degree in public health from St. Louis University, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.  She has presented at national meetings for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Society on Aging and the Alliance on Information and Referral Systems.  She is a Stephen Ministry leader and minister at Shiloh United Methodist Church.
 

Communication Across Barriers:
If Not Me, Then Who? A Mythbusting Approach to Poverty Awareness

John Berry & Jayne Stewart

 

In the words of Dr. Donna Beegle, author of See Poverty… Be the Difference, “Poverty is a moving target… it’s complex… there’s lots of life experiences of poverty….” In If Not Me, Then Who?, a new poverty awareness training produced by Dr. Beegle for the Society, Vincentians participate in an interactive journey through the myths and realities of families struggling to survive, and develop the resources and shared understanding of poverty so that we can be the thought leaders in our communities. In this workshop, participants will experience this exciting and unique program from some of the Society’s most experienced trainers, and learn how to implement it in their own conferences!



The Grace of Inclusion - Encountering Jesus in the Other
Dr. Fidelis D’Cunha

Keynote speaker at 2016 National Assembly; Co-presented 2015 midyear retreat “Recognizing the Multicultural Face of God”; Co-presented “Recognizing the Multicultural Face of God” session to Spiritual Advisor & Formators at the 2015 Annual Assembly; Co-conducted a full day diversity retreat at Columbus, OH in August 2015; Co-conducted a two day diversity retreat at Upper Peninsula, MI in August 2016.  Dr. Fidelis D’Cunha is the District Provost at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, Michigan. She is the Mideast Regional Diversity Coordinator and was previously the District Council President for Downriver, one of the 10 districts in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Fidelis teaches Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and has been a Vincentian since she was a teenager in Bombay, India. Cajie D’Cunha, is the Program Director at SVDP, Archdiocese Council office in Detroit where he oversees a Dental Clinic and an Energy Assistance Program. Cajie is a member of the National Diversity Committee and claims that he was volunteered into becoming a Vincentian by Fidelis. Fidelis & Cajie are from India, of Portuguese heritage and are now US citizens.

  

Neighborhoods of Hope
Jack Murphy
Jack Murphy has more than 20 years of working for and with Fortune 500 companies in operations, human resources, training, and quality areas. Jack was a senior adjunct profession for Quality & Operations Management at Keller Graduate School for 14 years. Currently, he is in the Investor Relations area of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

He serves on both the National and Georgia Boards of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, responsible for Diversity, Advocacy, & Systemic Change. He chairs the North Fulton Poverty Task Force.Jack received a BA in psychology from Belmont Abbey College and a MEd. from the UNC-Greensboro.  Jack and his wife Nancy, a retired elementary school principal, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.  They live in Alpharetta, GA.

Past, Present and Future of Latinos
Guadalupe Sosa Valencia & Victor Vera

Guadalupe Sosa Valencia is a member of Phoenix Diocesan Council St. Vincent de Paul Society.  She is a Vincentian with St. Agnes Conference, then was hired to work with the Council where she stayed for 3 years.  She has been a conference treasurer, member of two Diocesan Council committees, and a formator.  The Phoenix Diocesan Council along with the Western Region sponsored the first Spanish Formators' Formation class in 2014.  Guadalupe helped coordinate and organize the 3-day class where 17 formators learned how to present the Ozanam Orientation class in Spanish.  Guadalupe was part of the 5-member team for the second Spanish Formation class in Contra Costa County. She is a native Arizonan, received a B.A. from Arizona State University and J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA.  Guadalupe teaches formation classes in English and Spanish.

Victor M. Vera has been a Vincentian since 2012 starting at SVdP Conference in St. Mary Catholic Church in Spokane Valley. Victor was VP of that conference. He is now 1st. V.P. of the Society of SVdP District Council in Spokane for the past year and a half.

He continues his membership as a Vincentian with the SVdP Conference in St. Mary Catholic Church in Spokane Valley.  He is also a member of the Voice of the Poor and  Hispanic Latino Task Force.


How and Why we Must Tell Our Story
Joe Griffin

Member of the SVdP Society for seven years.  During that time I have served as a Conference President and a District President.  I am a founding member of my conference and I chaired the development committee at the Boston Council.  I was a “Voice in the Wilderness”  to push for telling our story.  I firmly believe we can do so much more with very little effort.

  

Breaking the Cycle of Debt – Payday Loan Program
Jerry Mitchell & Matt Pogor

Beginning in October of 2013, Jerry and Matt joined the Council group developing the PLCP program.  Matt Pogor is the Treasurer for the Austin Council and as Program Administrator for the PLCP program has overseen and been involved with 83 loan issued by RBFCU.  Prior to retirement, Matt worked at IBM as a Project Manager and at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as Director of Bond Finance.  Jerry Mitchell is a Vincentian, who has been involved in advocacy to limit predatory loans at the local and state level since 2011.  He has testified to both Texas House and Senate Committees on behalf of limits on payday and auto title loans in Texas.  Jerry helped draft grants to fund the PLCP program.  Jerry has initiated a dozen loans on behalf of his parish conference and taught other parish conference members the intricacies of the program.  He has also been involved in each additional planning stage as the program has evolved. 

Youth Workshop "Circle the World"
Sr. Teresa Daly, D.C.

Sister Teresa has been a Daughter of Charity for many years. She is from a family of 4 siblings and was born and raised in Washington, D, C, She has had the privilege of working with young people at the Parish youth group level. She has also ministered as the Coordinator of the Vincentian Service Corps, a group of young adults who give a year of Service, live in community and live a simple lifestyle. She has also been the Vocation Directress for the Daughters of Charity. She is looking forward very much to facilitating the youth workshop at the National SVDP Meeting.

Governance - "Dealing with Our Stakeholders - There's a Lot at Stake"
Tom Fahl & Joe Riley

The presenters will be Joe Riley, past president of the Phoenix Diocesan Council and presently a member of the National Governance Committee, and Tom Fahl, Chair of the National Governance Committee, past president of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Council and a member of the National Board of Directors.


Developing an Action Plan to Attract New Conferences

Patrick Hanafee

Heading new conference development for Denver Metro Council.  Patrick is a current member and former president of St. Michael the Archangel Parish Conference, Aurora, CO.  Led submission  of systemic change proposal in 2014 for which St. Vincent de Paul was awarded a $5,000 grant.  Made systemic change presentation at Midwest Regional Conference in 2016. 

 

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World
Philip DeVol, Aha! Process

Philip DeVol of Marengo, Ohio, has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997. He is co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty:Strategies for Professionals with Ruby K. Payne and Terie Dreussi-Smith. In 2012, he updated the popular Getting Ahead in a JustGettin'-By World:Building Your Resources for a Better Life (2004) to help people in poverty investigate the impact of poverty on their communities and themselves. He also wrote Getting Ahead while Getting Out: A Prisoner Reentry Model (2015).

DeVol's 2010 work Investigations into Economic Class in America, co-authored with Karla M. Krodel, applies the Getting Ahead concepts to college life for under-resourced postsecondary students. Investigations received the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Curriculum—Adult Life Skills category and was recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Golden Lamp Award and as a finalist for the 2011 Innovation Award by the Association of Educational Publishers, leading to an invitation to showcase the work at a Capitol Hill briefing. A collection of DeVol’s essays and articles was also published in 2010 under the title Bridges to Sustainable Communities.

  

How National Partnerships Can Work for You
Karen Lanter

Karen Lanter, national manager of corporate and donor relationships with SVdPUSA, has almost 30 years experience as a professional communicator, both verbally and written. Karen holds a masters in public administration from Southern IL University and has an undergraduate degree in English from Washington University, St. Louis. She manages the partnership program and can share how it works most effectively with members. 

  

The Hula & Systemic Change
Arnold Simonse

President, District Council of West Virginia, active member of St. Louise de Marillac Conference.  Retired Chair of the Social Work Program at the University of Charleston-Beckley, WV.

Bridging the Divides
Philip DeVol, Aha! Process

Philip DeVol of Marengo, Ohio, has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997. He is co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty:Strategies for Professionals with Ruby K. Payne and Terie Dreussi-Smith. In 2012, he updated the popular Getting Ahead in a JustGettin'-By World:Building Your Resources for a Better Life (2004) to help people in poverty investigate the impact of poverty on their communities and themselves. He also wrote Getting Ahead while Getting Out: A Prisoner Reentry Model (2015). DeVol's 2010 work Investigations into Economic Class in America, co-authored with Karla M. Krodel, applies the Getting Ahead concepts to college life for under-resourced postsecondary students. Investigations received the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Curriculum—Adult Life Skills category and was recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Golden Lamp Award and as a finalist for the 2011 Innovation Award by the Association of Educational Publishers, leading to an invitation to showcase the work at a Capitol Hill briefing. A collection of DeVol’s essays and articles was also published in 2010 under the title Bridges to Sustainable Communities.

  

The Spiritual Advisor’s Role in Helping to Keep Spirituality Front & Center
Rita St. Pierre

Rita was a founding member of a conference in RI and its Spiritual Advisor for 15 years. She was the RI Council president for one term.  She currently is the NE regional co-spiritual advisor and is an assistant lead formator for the NE region.  She was named to the National spirituality committee in 2016. 

Managing Conflict in Meetings
Gayle Westfahl with Roger Playwin & Ned Delmore

Gayle Westfahl is the Member Services Coordinator for the District Council of Madison. Gayle focuses on
member development through the offering of trainings, retreats and book groups; coordination of large-scale member events; support for district initiatives and the engagement of youth and young adults within the Society.

Roger Playwin is a professional who specializes in Non-Profit Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Governance, Government Relations, Fund Development and Advocacy. Roger has worked with the non-profit sector for over 45 years.  A graduate of Wayne State University and trained in small group theory and practice at the Communications Center of St. Louis, Missouri, Community Organization and Development at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.  In 1998 Roger was appointed Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Archdiocese of Detroit. In 2003, Roger was appointed CEO for the Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States. A trained process consultant and facilitator in change management and leadership development. He has assisted for profit, non-profit, and Catholic parishes in developing strategic plans. He has presented workshops in strategic planning and organizational governance. 

Ned Delmore
 is blessed to be the Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County, one of our area’s most stable and respected community service organizations.   Ned brings over 35 years of practitioner experience in working to turn lives around in juvenile departments in both King and Kitsap Counties and has managed at every level within the juvenile court system. He has a MA from Seattle University in Rehabilitation Counseling. He is married to Janet, a skilled and loving former teacher at St. Benedict Parish and has three adult children. 


Recruiting and Retaining Members
Sunnie Lain

I have been a Vincentian for ten years.  I served two terms as a Conference President before joining the staff of the Dayton District Council.  In my position as Manager of Vincentian Support and Training, I have created and presented a comprehensive curriculum of training and formation to the members of our 35 Conferences.  I have trained over 500 Vincentians in the Dayton District Council, as well as providing training to members of Councils who do not have their own training resources.  I am an Ozanam Orientation Formator and a member of the Mideast Regional Formation team.

  

Systemic Change in Action:  Homework Help in a Hotel Setting
Lynn Coppola

My background as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in a large teaching hospital in Tampa provided me with the opportunity to give many lectors at the local and National level.  As a founding member of our conference, a 14 year Vincentian, current President of our conference and coordinator of the tutoring center, I am excited to share our journey and empower others to embrace systemic change, to reach out and try new ideas.  I have shared this program at our district meetings as well as other outreach projects such as our Microloan program.                                                                      

Executing the Mission that No One Should Go Hungry
Jayci Peters

Jayci Peters moved to Tampa, Florida in 2009 from a small town in Kansas. Previously, Jayci studied Recreation and Sports Management at Fort Hays State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Business Administration. After moving to Tampa, she began her career at the University of South Florida with a dual role in the Donor Relations and Communications departments. As her passion grew for marketing and communications, Jayci was eager to apply her creative thinking skills to an organization in need of building a marketing program. Jayci came to Feeding Tampa Bay in 2014 where her work began as the Marketing & Communications Manager. She has helped the organization build its presence in the community by creating effective publications, web marketing, social media engagement, and media outreach. Now the Director of Marketing & Communications, Jayci continues to elevate Feeding Tampa Bay by strengthening its communications strategies and aligning its messages and tactics with business objectives.




Who is Our Neighbor?  Reflections on the Parable of the Good Samaritan
James Davis

James is a registered nurse working in a Vincentian Healthcare Organization (Seton Healthcare Family) in Austin, Texas for the last 36 years.   He has worked in many roles including staff nurse, nurse educator, Nursing Director and VP for Operations, and SVP for Diagnostics and Therapeutics.  He attended the Aquinas Institute in St Louis, and in 2011 received the Masters in Health Care Mission and was the SVP for Mission and Ethics from 2008-2011.  He is currently an improvement advisor in Seton’s Center for Experience and Effectiveness.  James is a Spiritual Advisor for his SVDP conference at St. Austin’s Catholic Church, the Spiritual Advisor for the Diocesan Council in Austin and for the South Central Region. 

 

 



 

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