Catholic Relief Services Appoints Five Lay Members, Two Bishops, to Board of Directors

Catholic Relief Services
Wednesday, 24 March 2004

In an historic move for CRS, five lay individuals, as well as two new bishops, have been appointed as new members of the CRS Board of Directors. This is the first time in the agency's history that lay members have served on the Board of Directors. The decision to appoint lay members to the Board is part of the overall strategy of the agency to find ways of engaging the Catholic public in a deeper understanding of CRS and its mission.

"The five new lay members were chosen by the current Board of Directors because they are leaders both in their chosen industries, and in their communities," said Ken Hackett, president of CRS. "They will help to broaden the awareness of CRS so that a wider demographic will learn about the agency and the people we serve around the world."

This first group of five lay members were asked to serve on the Board of Directors for an initial term of three years, with the option to serve another three years once their first term is completed. The bishops, who will also serve a three-year term, were elected by the full body of Catholic bishops in November 2003. Over the next few years, it is planned that the Board will increase from its present level of 19 members to 25.

John H. Griffin, Jr. is President of the Magazine Group at Meredith Corporation. Based in New York City, he is responsible for the company's 17 subscription magazines and hundreds of newsstand-based special interest publications. He oversees several of the country's leading magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal and Traditional Home. Prior to assuming this position, Jack held various positions at Parade Publications, Inc. including President of Parade Publications and Publisher of Parade, the Sunday newspaper magazine. Jack is a 1988 graduate of the Yale School of Management and a 1982 graduate of Boston College. Jack and his wife, Kathleen, live in Fairfield, Connecticut with their two sons.

Richard S. Kearney is the President and CEO of Mainline Global Systems, a company he founded in Tallahassee, Florida in 1989. Mainline is Florida's number three High-Tech Company as rated by Florida Trend Magazine, and is IBM's largest worldwide solution provider. The company has been on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing privately held companies in the United States for five years in a row. Rick is the current chairperson of ITFlorida, an organization originally founded by the Florida legislature, designed to provide its members with access to lawmakers, businesses, capital, and domestic and foreign technology leaders. Rick, a graduate of the University of West Florida, lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Bernadette, and their five children.

The Honorable Diana Lewis is a judge in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida. Prior to this position, Diana was an attorney for Carlton Fields and the law firm of Gay, Ramsey & Lewis, P.A. in West Palm Beach. She also practiced law at Jones & Foster, P.A. and Metzger & Sonneborn, both located in West Palm Beach. Diana has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame and has been a Trustee of the Frank J. Lewis Foundation. Diana graduated from Notre Dame in 1974 and earned a master's degree in education from Florida Atlantic University in 1976. A law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1982 soon followed.

James N. Perry, Jr. is a Managing Director for the private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners based in Chicago. Prior to co-founding MDP, Jim was with First Chicago Venture Capital for eight years, and The First National Bank of Chicago. Jim concentrates on making investments in the communications industry and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nextel Partners, XM Satellite Radio, Madison River Telephone Company, Cbeyond Communications, all portfolio companies. Jim received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Molly, reside in Chicago with their three children.

Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D., has been the Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame since 1997. Prior to this position, Carolyn spent sixteen years at Purdue University where she held numerous positions, including Associate Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of the Professional Master's Programs at the Krannert School of Management. Her teaching and research interests include corporate and competitive strategy, entrepreneurship, management of innovation and change, and organizational systems. She received her Ph.D., M.S.I.A and her B.S. from Purdue University. Carolyn and her husband, David Bartkus, live in South Bend, Indiana with their two sons.

Bishop Patrick R. Cooney is the Bishop of Gaylord, Michigan, a position he has held since 1989. Prior to this appointment, he was the Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and served as Director of the Archdiocesan Department of Worship. He was also Rector for the Cathedral of Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit from 1977-1983. Bishop Cooney received his B.A. from Sacred Heart Seminary College, and his S.T.B. and S.T.L. degrees from Gregorian University in Rome. Bishop Cooney received his Master of Arts in Liturgical Research from the University of Notre Dame. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1959.

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin was installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio in 1996. Prior to this assignment, he was the Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh and Titular Bishop of Novica. Before this appointment, Bishop Tobin had a two-year appointment as Vicar General and General Secretary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He was also appointed as administrative secretary to former Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua and then Associate General Secretary of the Diocese. Bishop Tobin's seminary training began at Saint Mark Seminary High School in Erie, Pennsylvania and continued at Gannon College in Erie and Saint Francis College in Loretto from which he graduated in 1969. He also studied at the North American College in Rome and pursued his graduate degree at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of San Anselmo in Rome. Bishop Tobin was ordained a priest in 1973.

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. The agency provides assistance to people in 94 countries and territories on the basis of need, not race, creed or nationality.

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