Let’s just go together and see what God has in store for us.

~ Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, Founder of Maryknoll Sisters

MKLM Board of Directors at its October 2018 meeting (from left): Michael Hund, Greg Darr, Vicki Simon, Suzzy McLean, Rhonda Paver and Mark Wittenburg (whose terms expired with this meeting), Anita Klueg, Terry Miller (board chair), Marj Humphrey (director of missions), Father Charlie Dittmeier, Ian Bautista, Mike Cammarota, Heidi Cerneka, Ted Miles (executive director), and Bob Carlsen. Not pictured: Sarah Welch.

Board of Directors

Board members bring a variety of gifts and skills to the organization, for which the Board holds fiduciary and legal responsibility.

In consultation with others in the leadership of Maryknoll Lay Missioners, the Board sets the direction for MKLM and helps to ensure its future. Comprised of committed Catholics from across the United States, the Board connects Maryknoll Lay Missioners with the broader U.S. Church community.

Ian B. Bautista

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Ian B. Bautista resides with his wife, Elsa, and his daughter Iana, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin (Milwaukee Metropolitan Area). He serves as the President and Chief Community Development Officer for Comunidad, the community building consulting practice he runs in partnership with Elsa.

Through his winding professional journey, Bautista has become an accomplished executive leader and community building professional with experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. He has a passion for and personal commitment to asset based human and community development with a focus on social equity, justice and peacemaking.

For eight years, Bautista served as the President of United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), the national network of settlement houses, neighborhood/community centers and other community development organizations in the United States. Ian helped to facilitate the merger of UNCA with the Alliance for Children and Families (the Alliance) that was formalized at the end of 2013. As part of his responsibilities for UNCA, he served on the executive leadership team for the Alliance, which also includes the social enterprise FEI Workforce Resilience, and the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Ways to Work.

Prior to UNCA, Bautista served as President & CEO of El Centro, Inc., a nonprofit human and community development organization that creates and sustains educational, social and economic opportunities with and for families in the Kansas City area. Before leading El Centro, Ian served as a Management Consultant for NeighborWorks® America, the nonprofit community development intermediary. Prior to NeighborWorks®, Bautista worked for the State of Kansas at the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) and earlier still in the admissions office at Kansas State University. Ian worked part time throughout his undergraduate and graduate career at K-State in the fields of youth development, tutoring, program administration, instruction, and in student government as the elected chair of the Student Senate.

Bautista serves as Vice-Chair on the Select Milwaukee board of directors, chairs the Kansas State University Alumni Association’s Multicultural Alumni Council, serves on the executive committee of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and on the board of directors of Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Previously, he served as treasurer of the National Human Services Assembly board, and earlier still on the boards of the Sigma Lambda Beta Educational Foundation and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.

Ian holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows Program, a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from K-State. In 2001, he became a certified community planner credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

For balance, Bautista has volunteered as a youth debate coach, a marriage preparation trainer and second grade catechist for his church, a parent peer advisor at a children’s hospital, and as a volunteer in other capacities. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on issues of social justice, the arts (music and visual), following and playing team sports (especially Kansas State University and Kansas City teams), intercultural exploration, leadership development, and cooking.

Michael J. Cammarota

Michael Cammarota (Mike) is a Managing Director – Senior Director of Legal Services, Global Transactions at Accenture LLP, a global management consulting and professional services company.

Mike supervises a team of lawyers that facilitate ease of doing business in deal shaping and negotiations with clients in North America. Responsibilities include supervising and occasionally participating in the drafting and negotiating of technology and business process licensing, outsourcing, reseller, confidentiality and numerous other types of agreements with commercial and public sector entities; antitrust analysis; dealing with issues pertaining to employment and contract law, intellectual property, general corporate, mergers and acquisition, and tax; supervising outside counsel on contracting matters. Mike is also the legal department’s lead for diversity and inclusion in North America.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2005, Mike held various positions in IBM’s legal department. His responsibilities included antitrust analysis, contract drafting and negotiation of all types of customer and supplier contracts, dealing with issues pertaining to employment law, intellectual property, general corporate, mergers and acquisition and tax and supervising outside counsel on litigation.

Mike graduated from Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Elmhurst, NY, in 1978, where he was the recipient of a full-tuition academic scholarship. Mike received a BA from St. John’s University in 1982 and graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1985, where he was the recipient of a full-tuition academic scholarship and an editor on the Law Review.

Mike has been involved in a number of Maryknoll-affiliated activities. In 2010, he attended a “Friends Across Borders” trip in El Salvador. In 2012, he worked at a school in Bangladesh run by Maryknoll sisters, and in 2014, he assisted at an NGO set up by Maryknoll in Katmandu, Nepal. Mike also has visited with Maryknoll lay missioners in Bolivia and Tanzania.

Currently, Mike works on two projects sponsored by Accenture: Hour Children, a group that facilitates the integration of formerly incarcerated women trying to get back into main stream life, and Upwardly Global, a group that works with foreign professionals who have immigrated to the U.S. and wish to obtain employment commensurate with the degrees they obtained in their home countries.  He is also on the Board of Directors for of Search for Change, (http://www.searchforchange.org/), a nonprofit organization that has been a pioneer in the mental health community for more than 35 years with a reputation for providing quality rehabilitative services to individuals with mental illness. Mike is also an elected official who sits on the Board of Finance for the town of New Fairfield CT.

Mike has been married to Giustina Cammarota since 1986. Giustina and Mike have two children.

Bob Carlsen

Bob Carlsen lives with his wife, Patti, and college-age son, Nick, in Danbury, Connecticut. As a corporate lawyer for over 25 years, Bob has traveled widely, and has lived and worked in Latin America and India with a focus on intellectual property issues and global transactions in the technology field. Mission experiences and a strong interest in languages and cultures came on early, when Bob checked the box – “YES” during Mass on Mission Sunday in 8th grade, where a Maryknoll priest handed out copies of the magazine and asked, “Who wants to know more about becoming a Maryknoll Missioner?” From there, Bob became involved in pro-bono political asylum cases, homelessness issues and volunteering, several Catholic Charities boards and shelters around the country, and more recently, MKLM’s Friends Across Borders mission trips and fundraising to MKLM mission locations. Outside of the law, Bob plays guitar and clarinet in the Danbury Orchestra, is fascinated with native cultures and language preservation, and enjoys traveling with his family to new places. He and his wife are both graduates of Georgetown University. Bob got his law degree from St. John’s University as a Thomas More Scholar in 1988.

Bob has this to say about his involvement with the board: “Working with the MKLM Board and helping to assist with legal and governance issues builds a strong foundation for MKLM’s future. I can’t wait to see the face of mission in the coming decades as we are called ever more to serve the Church as laity, and tap all of our creative backgrounds and experiences.”

Heidi Cerneka

Heidi Cerneka is a lay missioner who for over 20 years  has worked with incarcerated women. She offers accompaniment and advocacy right in the prisons with the women, as well as advocating for justice policies that contemplate women’s unique situations and advocating for a world where prison is not the answer for injustices.

Heidi claims both St. Louis, MO, and Chicago, IL, as home. She joined MKLM in 1996.  After serving 18 years in Brazil, she took three years off to study law, returned to MKLM to serve for one year in Kenya, and is now beginning a new ministry at the U.S./Mexico border.

She also has experience working with women in situations of substance abuse and domestic violence. In addition, Heidi spent two years in Belize working with the Jesuit Volunteers. Heidi received her degrees at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN (BA in Religious Studies [1987]), and Loyola University Chicago (M. A. degree in Pastoral Studies [1991] and J. D. [2017]).

Heidi reflects, “Prison is the place where I most feel the presence of God. When you strip a person of everything else “family, home, job, freedom, and more” sometimes all she has left is her faith and her God and she holds tenaciously to that. I often hear pastoral ministers say that they visit prisons because it is our call to bring Jesus to the prisons. I believe that Jesus is there long before we are, and our job is to meet him there in the people that we visit.”

Greg Darr

Gregory Darr is a native of Chisago City, Minnesota, and a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Maryknoll, Greg served four years as a chaplain assistant in the U.S. Army and was assigned to posts in Oklahoma and Germany. Later, as a domestic lay missioner, Greg worked with programs serving rural low-income families in north Florida and the chronically homeless of inner-city Philadelphia. In 1993, Greg was sent to Kenya in East Africa, as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, where he served in a small justice and peace program helping communities broken by violent conflict to develop local efforts in peace and reconciliation. Greg has also worked with refugees and immigrants from other East African nations, as well as from Haiti and Vietnam. Greg is now on staff with the Mission Education and Promotion Department of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in the Midwest. He is married, has two daughters, and resides in Edina, Minnesota.

Charlie Dittmeier

Father Charles Dittmeier (Charlie) is a Diocesan priest from Louisville, KY. Before joining MKLM in 1987 he served at St. Aloysius parish in Louisville. He served in Hong Kong from 1987 until 2000, and since then has served in Cambodia. Throughout Charlie’s entire ministry he has always worked with the deaf, beginning with his time at a seminary in Baltimore.

Charlie lives and works in Cambodia, focusing on ministry with deaf people. He is the Project Director for one of the two organizations in Cambodia that serves the deaf, the Deaf Development Program. In addition to the project’s efforts to further the development of a national sign language, it has taken on a program to develop leadership skills within the deaf community. The intent is to find as many deaf people as possible, bring them together, let them get to know each other, and slowly establish deaf organizations such as a deaf club in each of the areas. Then there will be leadership training in those groups.

“We believe that God is already present wherever we go and our task is to find ways to help people discover that presence and come to know the love of God.”

Michael Hund

Anita Klueg

Anita Klueg served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner with her husband, Curt, in the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya, from 2003-2007 and from 2012-2015, working with young adults as a social worker and self-awareness teacher. During that time she facilitated student leadership development, created a school library and organized workshops and speakers for the school. Their two children, Rehema and Bethany, were born in Mombasa.

Suzzy MacLean

Terry Miller, Chair

Terence Miller is Marquette University’s Director of International Education. Terry is a graduate of Manhattan College and has a degree in law from St. John’s University. He and his wife, Joan Kelly, served in Chile from 1988 to 1991, where Terry worked in the Linares Diocese Office of Human Rights. He headed up the investigations of cases of disappearance in the diocese and gave legal counsel to the families of the detained and disappeared in the area during the dictatorship of Pinochet.

After returning to the states in 1991, Terry headed up the Maryknoll Justice and Peace Office, the forerunner of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns.  Terry received the 2017 Timothy J. Rutenber Award, which is given each year by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) in recognition of outstanding service to the Association.

Vicki Simon

Vicki Simon served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya from 1998-2002 and in the U.S. from 2002-2006.

Her professional life began as a high school and college Spanish teacher. She later moved into human resource management and recruitment in the corporate sector, with industry experience in banking, pharmaceuticals and marketing. Returning to academia and administration, she became the Associate Director of MBA career planning and placement with the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University.

In 1998, Vicki realized a life-long dream and joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners. For four years, she worked with two youth programs in Nairobi, Kenya. She then worked for three years for Maryknoll-U.S. in human resources and as Director of Mission Services. She holds degrees in Spanish (BA from Webster University and MA from Saint Louis University) and Human Resources Management (MA from Washington University).

Vicki is currently Director of Social Ministry at St. Louis University, and serves on the parish council of College Church, the Board of Catholic Charities Community Services, and the Catholic Charities Midtown Center Advisory Board.

Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is the co-founder and Chief Dreamer of Buttoned Up (www.GetButtonedUp.com), a company dedicated to helping busy people get sanely organized. Prior to co-founding Buttoned Up, Sarah was a New York advertising agency executive and entrepreneur. She managed client relationships and studied what makes people tick at J. Walter Thompson, Ammirati Puris Lintas, and M&C Saatchi, then struck out on her own as a marketing consultant in 2000. She has worked with a long list of big brand marketers, including Kellogg, Unilever, MSN, General Motors, Gap, and Bank of America. In addition to Buttoned Up, Inc., she co-founded Mindset Media, an Internet media company sold to Meebo in 2011. Sarah has a BS from Georgetown University. Sarah and her husband, Gardiner, also a successful entrepreneur, live in the New York Metro area with their sons William and Lachlan.