Plenary Speaker

Monsignor John Kennedy

Head of vatican Disciplinary Action

Throughout mainstream and Catholic media, the topic of the clergy abuse crisis is front and center in our culture. 

In his role as the Head of Vatican Disciplinary Action, Monsignor Kennedy has a frontline view of what has been happening, as well as a keen perspective of what is ahead.

At the 2019 Catholic Media Conference, Monsignor Kennedy is slated to speak about media coverage during this crisis, the role of journalists and media in relationship with the Catholic Church throughout, and the overall impact these events have had on the Church.

Following his talk, those in attendance at this keynote address will have the opportunity to engage Monsignor Kennedy with questions directly.

"Clergy Accountability and the Media's Response"

Wednesday, June 19, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

master camp leaders



    Mary Ross Agosta is the Director of Communications and Safe Environment for the Archdiocese of Miami.  As communications director Mary is the official lay spokesperson for the ADOM and oversees public, media and community relations, English and Spanish monthly newspapers, website design and content, social media postings, television public service announcements and productions, strategic planning, and crisis communications.

    Mary began her career with Archdiocese of Miami over 31 years ago providing her the many opportunities to institute communications policies and procedures involving crisis communications, media contact/outreach and timely and positive public and media relations stories and events. Mary has assisted the USCCB Communications Office as a media escort for international and national press on four Papal Visits to the United States and Cuba.

    "How Communication Directors and Attorneys Work Together, Even During a Crisis" Communication Master Camp - St. Petersburg 2

  • Maura Fitzgerald Jennings

    j. Patrick Fitzgerald & associates, P.A.

    Maura F. Jennings is an associate with the law firm of J. Patrick Fitzgerald & Associates, P.A. located in Coral Gables, Florida. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While attending law school, Mrs. Jennings served as the Writing and Research Editor of the University of Miami Law Review and served as a Writing Deans Fellow for the University. She was also recognized as the recipient of the following scholarship programs: University of Miami School of Law Dean’s Merit Scholar, Louis Phillips Scholar, and the Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholar. Mrs. Jennings earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University and a Masters in Accounting from Florida International University. She is currently a member of the Florida Bar and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Florida.  

    Mrs. Jennings has represented national and statewide employers at the trial and appellate levels in various employment litigation matters. She provides human resource counseling and support for investigations related to compliance and employee relation issues. She has practiced with the law firm of J. Patrick Fitzgerald & Associates, P.A. since 2007. Previously, she worked for the international law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the U.S. Catholic Conference Diocesan Attorneys Association.

    Mrs. Jennings is married and has three children. 

    "How Communication Directors and Attorneys, Even During a Crisis"

    Communication Master Camp - St. Petersburg 2

  • ed Henninger

    Henninger consulting

    Ed Henninger has been an independent newspaper consultant since 1989 and is the Director of Henninger Consulting in Rock Hill, SC. He is universally recognized as the world’s leading design consultant for community newspapers.

    His column on newspaper design appears regularly in Publishers’ Auxiliary, the publication of the National Newspaper Assn. His column also appears in the bulletin of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Assn. as well as newsletters of press organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is also distributed free to subscribers worldwide.

    "From the Front; Becoming a Design Master; Top Ten Design Hints"

    Design Master Camp - Demens

  • JD Long-garcia


    J.D. Long-García is a senior editor at America Media. His responsibilities include overseeing coverage of Latinos in the United States, focusing on immigration, Catholic education and criminal justice reform.

    "Navigating the Digital Revolution - Editorial Master Camp"

    "Navigating the Digital Revolution- Business Master Camp"

    Master Camp - St. Petersburg 1

  • Fr. Matt Malone

    America media

    Matt Malone, S.J., is the President and Editor in Chief of America Media. Fr. Malone began his tenure on October 1, 2012. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest editor in chief in the history of America magazine. He served for two years as an associate editor, from 2007-2009, when he covered foreign policy and domestic politics. He was the recipient of the 2006 first place Catholic Press Association award for essay writing. From 1995-1997, Fr. Malone was special assistant and speechwriter to U.S. Representative Martin T. Meehan (D-MA). From 1997-2002, he served as the founding deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, its award-winning review of politics, ideas and civic life. His writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications and his work and ideas have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post among others. He is the author of Catholiques Sans Etiquette, a book concerning the church and the political, which was published in 2014 by Salvator Press in Paris.

    "Navigating the Digital Revolution - Editorial Master Camp"

    "Navigating the Digital Revolution - Business Master Camp"

    Master Camp - St. Petersburg 1

  • Joihn Morris

    WBVM Spirit FM 90.5

    John is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a concentration in Mass Communications. While studying at USF, he began working at WBVM 90.5 in Tampa in 1987. In 1997, he was named interim Station Manager and relaunched the brand of the station as Spirit FM. In 1998, the interim was dropped from the title and has been managing the station for the last 21 years. During this time he has helped grow the listenership to over 100,000 listeners each week. They were the first station in the Tampa Bay market to program three HD radio channels. He managed two tower antenna relocations, and in 2008 spearheaded a $1,000,000 capital campaign to build out new studios. They were the first radio station in state history to broadcast live from a state penitentiary. Over this time, Spirit FM has been awarded 9 Gabriel awards for special programs and Station of the Year. Over his career he has produced thousands of programs, including the program and podcast, “A View from the Top with Bishop Parkes.”

    "Building a Studio and Creating a Podcast"
    Mater Camp - St. Petersburg 3

  • David renshaw

    arcHdiocese of portland

    David Renshaw grew up in California watching too much TV and too many movies. Thankfully, it eventually paid off as he graduated with a BFA in Film and Television Production from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. David’s first job in Hollywood was working for the screenwriter who wrote such hits as Die Hard, 48 Hours and The Running Man. Gigs as a Visual Effects Coordinator on IMAX films and Operations Director for a home shopping network and a move to Oregon followed. 

    In 2012, the Renshaw family moved from Portland, Oregon to Mobile, Alabama for David’s first radio job. Three years later, the Renshaws moved back to the Pacific Northwest for David to assume the role of Executive of Director for Mater Dei Radio, the oldest lay-owned Catholic radio station in the country. While at Mater Dei, Archbishop Alexander Sample asked David to become his new Communications Director. It was an offer he could not refuse. David now lives in the outskirts of Portland with his wife, Heather (author of ‘Death by Minivan’), four Oregon kids and one Alabama boy. He longs for the return of ‘hair bands’ and still reads comic books. Please pray for him.

    "High Fidelity (to the Church) Radio: Adapting and Spreading the Gospel"

    Radio Master Camp - Grand Central/Edge

  • Kilian Schalk


    Kilian Schalk uses coaching, workshops, and interim management to help magazines and other content creators adapt to a changing world. He and his company, PurpleGray, enable clients’ existing staff to work across silos, identify and leverage opportunities within their own workflows, and introduce Continuous Improvement techniques to make change stick. Formerly Managing Editor for Editorial Development at Condé Nast and Technical Director of Digital Projects at The New Yorker, he was the youngest Production Manager in Rolling Stone history.

    In 2015-16, he spearheaded America Media’s ‘Moonshot’ effort to “Lead the Conversation about Faith and Culture” in the digital age. Results included a new website, a redesigned print magazine, transition from a subscription to a membership model, relocated offices, and a spike in audience across media.

    "Navigating the Digital Revolution - Editorial Master Camp"

    "Navigating the Digital Revolution - Business Master Camp"

    Master Camp - St. Petersburg 1

  • Tommy Shultz


    Tommy Shultz is a Solutions Evangelist for Diocesan. In that role, he is committed to coaching parishes and dioceses on authentic and effective Catholic communication. Tommy has a heart and a flair for inspiring people to live their faith every day. He has worked in various youth ministry, adult ministry, and diocesan roles. He has been a featured speaker at retreats and events across the country. His mission and drive have been especially inspired by St. John Paul II's teachings. Tommy is blessed to be able to learn from the numerous parishes he visits and pass that experience on in his presentations. Contact him at

    "Google and Social Media Analytics - Digital Master Camp"

    Master Camp - St. Petersburg 3

educational SESSION presenters

  • mary ross agosta

    archdiocese of miami

    Mary Ross Agosta is the Director of Communications and Safe Environment for the Archdiocese of Miami.  As communications director Mary is the official lay spokesperson for the ADOM and oversees public, media and community relations, English and Spanish monthly newspapers, website design and content, social media postings, television public service announcements and productions, strategic planning, and crisis communications.

    Mary began her career with Archdiocese of Miami over 31 years ago providing her the many opportunities to institute communications policies and procedures involving crisis communications, media contact/outreach and timely and positive public and media relations stories and events. Mary has assisted the USCCB Communications Office as a media escort for international and national press on four Papal Visits to the United States and Cuba.

    "To PR Firm or Not"

    Education Session 1 - St. Petersburg 2

  • Curt Ankin

    Curt Ankin is the Director of Marketing at Diocesan. Curt has served the Catholic

    Church for 25 years in all areas of communication, design, and technology. In recent

    years, Curt oversaw the design, development, and branding of myParish App and He was also responsible for the recent consolidation and

    rebranding of Diocesan’s national identity. His experience with web, print, social and

    mobile platforms is the foundation for his efforts to better tell our story in a beatiful,

    energizing, professional and accessible way. Curt and his wife have one daughter and

    will be celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this year.

    'Achieving Shared Success When Building a New Website'

    Education Session 2 - St. Petersburg 3

  • jennifer Brinker

    st. louis review

    Jennifer Brinker is a reporter at the St. Louis Review newspaper and Catholic St. Louis magazine of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. For 20 years, she has covered topics as they relate to the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including issues such as abortion, human trafficking, homelessness, poverty and race. Her work has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. She is an alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism and a wife and mother of three. 

    "Print Plus Digital: How Do They Do That?"

    Education Session 4 - St. Petersburg 1

  • Valerie casko

    the florida catholic

    Valerie Casko is the Advertising Sales Manager for the Florida Catholic. She will be celebrating her fourth year with the paper in July 2019. She oversees the marketing, sales, and accounting aspects of the department which covers four dioceses. She will explain the tools used by the advertising team to sell in the different dioceses along with what works for both secular businesses and parishes and schools. She will also tap into the success of the Florida Catholic’s various publications that are known to drive sales and keep businesses informed and wiling to advertise.

    "Show Me The Money"

    Education Session 2 - Williams

  • CAroline j. cerveny, ssj - tosf, d. min.

    Digital disciple network

    Caroline J. Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min. is President-Founder of Digital Disciple Network. Lecturer, Catholic University of America. Leader in faith-based learning technology and social media. Cerveny’s ministry explores ways to evangelize effectively in an increasingly technological world. She assists ministers to examine Catholic identity in digital public space, to learn how to spread the Gospel using digital methods, to understand and use existing and emerging social media tools, and to create online community. Sister was recently recognized by Aboundant, as one of 15 national digital disciples who are using innovative, creative, and tech-savvy methods in their ministry. - 

    "Digital Discipleship"

    Education Session 3 - St. Petersburg 3

  • Elise Cronin - Hurley

    web and graphics designer

    More than thirty years ago, she worked her way through college designing advertisements, brochures, newsletters, and flyers and discovered her passion. Elise has been creating church communication materials since 1996 and designing for the needs of Dioceses since 2012. With decades of experience in marketing and design her branding knowledge of the importance of being recognizable and memorable has come from extensive work with numerous clients with various levels of awareness of their brand.  

    Elise enjoys working to educate, develop and maintain brands for clients across their print, digital and audio/visual communication needs. She also mentors high school students in graphics, writing, presenting and marketing, including assisting them in presenting a branding workshop for an international program.

    "Strategies to Boost Your Brand and Save Time"

    Education Session 3 - Demens

  • james davis

    freelance reporter

    florida catholic - miami

    Jim Davis has worked since December 2012 with The Florida Catholic, first as a writer, then a photographer and copy editor. He also writes for the Palm Beach edition and has occasionally contributed to Catholic News Service.

    Before his work with the Catholic press, Davis was the religion editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. In that capacity, he wrote about national as well as local religion news, including two papal tours. 

    Davis holds a journalism degree from the University of Florida. His work has won awards from the Templeton Foundation, the Florida Press Club and the Catholic Press Association.

    "Better Reporting / Better Writing"

    Education Session 1 - St. Petersburg 1


    "Covering the Catholic Church: Catholic vs. Secular"

    Education Session 3 - St. Petersburg 1

  • Jean gonzalez

    Florida catholic

    Jean Gonzalez is a 25-year veteran of the Catholic press who has worked for the Catholic church since 1989. As a long-time staffer of the Florida Catholic newspaper, she has served as a writer, editor, layout artist and photographer, and has been awarded Catholic Press Association awards for each of those endeavors. Some of the issues she has covered include farmworkers, immigration, healthcare, education, religious life and prisoners in state prisons, including death row. In her spare time she writes fiction, and has also freelanced for and contributed to other Catholic and secular periodicals, including Newsweek.

    "Newspaper vs. Newsletter"

    Education Session 2 - St. Petersburg 1

  • chris gunty

    the catholic review

    A Chicago-area native, Chris Gunty has been associate publisher/editor of The Catholic Review and CEO of its parent publishing company, The Cathedral Foundation/CR Media since 2009.

    He has spent his whole professional career so far — 37 years — in Catholic journalism as a writer, photographer, editor, circulation manager and associate publisher. He spent four years with The Chicago Catholic; 19 years as founding editor and associate publisher of The Catholic Sun in Phoenix, Ariz.; and six years as associate publisher at The Florida Catholic, a group of six zoned newspapers serving most of the dioceses of Florida. 

    Chris served as president of the Catholic Press Association from 1996 to 1998. He received the CPA’s St. Francis de Sales award in 2000.

    Chris has three children and five granddaughters. His wife, Ann Augherton, is managing editor of the Arlington Catholic Herald newspaper in Virginia.

    "Print plus Digital: How Do They Do That?"

    Education Session 4 - St. Petersburg 1

  • todd habiger

    THE leaven

    Todd Habiger is a 28 year veteran of the Catholic Press. He has been the production manager for The Leaven, official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas since 1995. Under his direction The Leaven has won multiple design awards from the Catholic Press Association. Prior to working at The Leaven, Todd was reporter for The Catholic Key newspaper in Kansas City, Mo. Todd is married to Lori Wood Habiger an award winning freelance photographer in the Catholic press. They have two children — Paige and Connor, and one dog — Joli. 

    "Bringing Photos and Words to Life through Design"

    Education Session 1 - Demens

  • Malea Hargett

    arkansas catholic

    Malea Hargett will celebrate her 25th anniversary as the editor of Arkansas Catholic, the weekly newspaper for the Diocese of Little Rock, in October. In addition to publishing the newspaper, she also oversees the diocesan directory, websites for the newspaper and diocese, social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), Arkansas Catholic Asks podcast, videos and e-newsletter.

    "Graphic Design for Dummies"

    Education Session 4 - Demens

  • Lincoln Ho

    Grandin Media

    Lincoln Ho (@yegventures) is the digital media strategist for @GrandinMedia (Alberta Catholic news outlet), and @ArchEdmonton’s digital assets. He has helped the organization to create over 3 million impressions in only one year of operation, organically. On top of his day job, he is a mid-level influencer who has partnered to provide content for public and private sectors, festivals, non-profit, and news organizations. A few of these partnerships include Edmonton City Centre mall, Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, Flair Airlines, University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, Edmonton Tourism, and Travel Alberta.

    'Everyone Begins at Zero on Social Media'

    Education Session 2 - St. Petersburg 2

  • fr. francis hoffman

    executive director

    relevant radio

    Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, "Fr. Rocky", is the Executive Director of Relevant Radio which broadcasts on 130 stations in 39 states and around the world through the internet and mobile Apps. Relevant Radio helps "bridge the gap between faith and everyday life."

    Beginning in December 2003, Fr. Hoffman has been a regular on air contributor to Relevant Radio, and since 2010 he has led the organization. 

    Ordained in 1992 by Saint John Paul II for Opus Dei, Fr. Rocky has spent the majority of his time in youth and family ministry, through retreats and spiritual direction, as well as teaching and sacramental ministry.

    Previously Fr. Hoffman was the Chaplain of Northridge Preparatory School in Niles, IL. His background includes a B.A. Northwestern University, M.B.A. Notre Dame University, and J.C.D. Pontifical University of Holy Cross, Rome. He worked in sales for the Inland Steel Company, Chicago and later in tax and audit for Crowe, Chizek and Company, CPA’s, South Bend.

    "Catholic Radio: Just What Does It Mean To Be Catholic?"

    Education Session 1 - Grand Central/Edge

  • michael jimenez

    florida Catholic Newspaper

    Michael Jimenez is the layout editor and graphic designer for the Florida Catholic Newspaper. He has been with the Florida Catholic since 2008, celebrating his 10th year this past December. His primary duties at the paper include ad development, working on special design projects, color correcting photos, creating special section covers and designing the in-house subscription campaigns and media kits. He has won many of CPA awards over the years ranging from Best Single Ad Originating with Publication to 3rd Place for Graphic Artist of the Year. 

    "Tips For Better Ad Design"

    Education Session 2 - Demens

  • Amy Kawula

    The Compass

    Amy Kawula has served the Diocese of Green Bay the past 33 years and is currently the advertising and marketing manager at The Compass. During this time, she has served nearly every department of the diocese. This has allowed her to develop the relationships with staff, parishes, schools and the community that have contributed to successful marketing strategies and increased revenue for The Compass. In addition to being the only advertising sales person, she manages circulation, annual pilgrimages and several annual diocesan events. She also serves as the National Chair for the Catholic Media Conference and on the Catholic Press Association Board. She has been instrumental in implementing and launching two new websites for The Compass by creating the advertising rate card, implementing online ad sizes and following through with sales. Revenue from print/online advertising sales and pilgrimages has increased annually over the 14 years she has served in her current position. She believes in honesty, integrity and genuine care for the unique needs of each person is critical to leading a successful team.

    "Business Round Table"

    Education Session 4 - Williams

  • Allen kinzly

    Archdiocese of atlanta

    Allen Kinzly was born in Douglasville, Georgia and has lived his whole life except one year in the Peach State.  After graduating from high school in Peachtree City, GA, he attended one year of college in Birmingham, AL but ended up transferring to and graduating from the University of Georgia.  While at UGA he spent 3 years as the mascot for the Bulldogs, donning the outfits of Spike and Hairy Dawg.  With a degree in Sports Communications in hand and a year of interning at the Atlanta FOX affiliate under his belt, his first ‘real job’ after school was as the weekend sports anchor/reporter at the ABC and FOX duopoly in Savannah, GA.  As a ‘one man band,’ he shot, edited, produced, wrote and presented local sportscasts for 5 years in the Coastal Empire and South Carolina Lowcountry.  After returning to Atlanta, Kinzly held many jobs as a producer, photographer and editor at both The Weather Channel and at the #1 ABC affiliate in the country, Atlanta’s WSB-TV.  In the summer of 2014, the Archdiocese of Atlanta created a ‘multi-media specialist’ position in the Communications department that would have a heavy emphasis on videography.  He was offered the job and has been building the position, video library and communications within the Archdiocese ever since.  He is a CPA award winner for a variety of categories and enjoys the “better hours and less stress than a TV newsroom.”  In his free time, Kinzly plays and refs soccer, competes in triathlons (half Ironman finisher!) and attends sporting events of his beloved Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta sports teams.

    "Riding the Wave of Video"

    Education Session 4 - St. Petersburg 3

  • Susan laielli

    diocese of venice

    As Director of Communications for the Diocese of Venice in Florida, Susan oversees the Florida Catholic newspaper, all social media and crisis management, and co-hosts "Witnessing Faith with Bishop Dewane" which airs monthly on Relevant Radio. Prior to joining the Diocese in 2015, Susan spent 25 years working as a news anchor and talk host for radio and TV stations in New Jersey, Boston, MA, Illinois, Iowa and Sarasota, FL. Susan and her husband Tim will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in 2019. They have two sons, and two granddaughters.

    "Achieving Shared Success When Building a New Website "

    Education Session 2 - St. Petersburg 3

  • Jon miosky

    Voicebox media

    Jon Miosky was a successful radio disc jockey and Program Director in

    Boston and New York from 1982 through 1996. In 1996, Jon transitioned

    to sales, working for Dow Jones newspaper division in New York where

    he facilitated record earnings for the company. Following newspaper, Jon

    accepted the General Sales Manager position overseeing sales for eight

    radio stations in New York, and managing a staff of twenty. Using the

    success of that position as a springboard, Jon moved to Orlando, Florida

    to accept a senior sales position with CBS Radio, where he worked seven

    years generating over five million dollars in revenue for the Orlando cluster.

    Jon then spent several years as a senior seller for NPR (National Public

    Radio) and iHeart Radio. Following this successful media sales career,

    Jon accepted a position with Nielsen TV Ratings to assist with

    management of their panel recruitment efforts on the east coast. Jon is

    also founder and CEO of VoiceBox Media; a production company whose

    efforts are concentrated in recording audio books for Audible. His voice

    may be heard on several audio books. Jon is happily married, has six

    children, nine grandchildren and is an accomplished percussionist.

    "Prospecting to Drive New Sales"

    Education Session 1 - Williams

  • Roger Navarro

    DIRECTOR OF IT, Diocese of Venice

    Roger Navarro's experience spans the commercial, education, and non-profit sectors. Before joining the Diocese of Venice in Florida, Roger directed global IT infrastructure for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he worked closely with non-IT business partners to design and build high-impact websites and numerous enterprise platforms. Technology is nothing without business vision and partnership. Roger has assembled a set of tools and processes to facilitate strategic interaction between IT, non-IT business leaders, and 3rd party providers to achieve shared success. Roger has a Business Administration degree for the University of Phoenix and lives in Venice, FL with his wife Cherie and their four children.

    "Achieving Shared Success When Building a New Website "

    Education Session 2 - St. Petersburg 3

  • denise o'toole kelly

    Former managing editor, the florida catholic

    Denise O'Toole Kelly received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, writing for Pennsylvania newspapers before moving to Florida and The Daytona Beach News-Journal. She worked her way up from general assignment reporter to editor of the Sunday paper, then became managing editor of the Florida Catholic, overseeing content for six diocesan newspapers. Denise finished her journalism career back at The News-Journal, on its food, family and faith pages. She earned a master's degree in nonprofit management along the way, and is development director for Family Renew Community, a Daytona Beach area interfaith agency serving homeless families.

    "Covering the Catholic Church: Catholic vs. Secular"

    Education Session 3 - St. Petersburg 1

  • teresa Peterson

    Diocese of St. Petersburg

    Teresa Peterson, Executive Director of Communications for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, has created promotional tool kits for various initiatives, including the recent diocesan Family Faith Fest attended by over 10,000 people in Tampa Bay. She will explain what’s important to include, how to create the materials for low or no cost and how to distribute the kit and track its usage.

    "Create a PromotionalToolkit for Marketing"

    Education Session 3 - Williams

  • Gabriel Pantojas

    Coordinator of communications - Freelance videographer

    Gabriel Pantojas is the Coordinator of Communications at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, FL and a Freelance Videographer who's ultimate passion is to tell stories that not only engage but also inspire the audiences. His professional career has taken him into many different aspects of film and video production. He have been a key player in the production of numerous videos for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, including the promotional video for the 2019 Catholic Media Conference.

    "Riding the Wave of Video"

    Education Session 4 - St. Petersburg 3

  • Tim Reidy

    Maurice Timothy Reidy joined America's staff in October 2006 and served as online editor and executive editor before being name deputy editor in chief in 2018. Tim helps direct America’s daily news coverage and currently edits the magazines Ideas section. He is also an occasional on-air host of “America This Week” on SiriusXM. Before joining America he worked at the Hartford Courant, a newspaper in Connecticut, and Commonweal magazine. In addition to writing for America, he has contributed to The New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. He has been interviewed about the Catholic Church on WNYC in New York, ABC, Bloomberg TV and other media outlets. Tim also serves on the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Service USA.

    "Print Plus Digital: How Do They Do That?"

    Education Session 4 - St. Petersburg 1

  • Ann rodgers

    Ann Rodgers has been the communications director for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and general manager of The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper since late 2013. Prior to that she covered religion for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Pittsburgh Press for a total of 25 years. She has a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master of theological studies degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Among other award during her career in secular journalism, she received the Religion News Association’s Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association’s award for best specialized beat reporting, the Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council for coverage of religious values and the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Angel Award from the Diocese of St. Petersburg for contributing to the public understanding of human dignity from the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

    "Covering the Catholic Church: Catholic vs. Secular"

    Education Session 3 - St. Petersburg 1

  • Blake Stapleton


    Blake is the lead designer on the web team at Diocesan. He has been working with

    Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools for 15 years. As a practicing Catholic, Blake’s

    faith fuels his passion to help the Catholic Church bring people closer to God through

    thoughtful and intentional design. Blake and his fiancee, Kelsey, are looking forward to

    having a Tridentine wedding in the fall and raising their 5-year-old Goldendoodle,

    Rustin, together.

    "Achieving Shared Success When Building a New Website "

    Education Session 2 - St. Petersburg 3

  • jonathan Stern

    burson cohn & wolfe

    Jonathan is a trusted senior communications advisor who has counseled CEO and executive leadership teams for some of the world’s largest companies, brands and professional sports leagues on both the client and agency side. Before joining Burson-Marsteller, he was President and CEO of Platinum Marketing Communications, an integrated marketing consultancy he founded serving consumer, corporate and sports brands. Previously, he spent 11 years with MillerCoors in Chicago, most recently as Director of Media Relations and Investor Relations, serving as a strategic business partner to the CEO and senior leadership team charged with advancing key commercial, corporate, industry, government affairs and employee story narratives to drive business results. In this role, he led the company’s thought leadership and executive media training program. Stern spent four years with Cramer Krasselt as a senior vice president running the Milwaukee public relations operation of the agency. He was the sole lead originator for the group’s new business efforts and senior counselor for the agency’s top integrated marketing accounts. Earlier in his career, he served in a marketing communications role with the National Basketball Association, led marketing and communications for NYC2012, New York City’s Olympic bid, and worked in the New York offices of Weber Shandwick and Dan Klores Communications. He also previously worked in Burson -Marsteller’s New York office and led Miami and Chicago-based accounts.

    "To PR Firm or Not"

    Education Session 1 - St. Petersburg 2

  • Dave Sullivan


    Dave Sullivan is RRC's Manager of PPM Client Services, assisting non-commercial radio stations with the acquisition and analysis of Nielsen's PPM data for the last twelve years.  Dave served as Senior Training Specialist and Account Manager at Arbitron from 2000 to 2007 and his background in radio also includes sales experience with WWMX-FM and WBAL-AM in Baltimore, MD, as well as underwriting experience with WTMD-FM in Towson, MD.  He has also worked as an audio engineer and play-by-play announcer for several stations and teams in Baltimore.  Dave graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and did Graduate studies at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

    "Using Ratings and Research to Grow"

    Education Session 4 - Grand Central/Edge

  • Joe towalski

    diocese of saint cloud

    Joe Towalski is the director of communications for the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minn., and editor of its monthly magazine, The Central Minnesota Catholic. Joe has won individual Catholic press awards for editorial, news and feature writing. He began working in his current position in St. Cloud in 2014 and is focused on strategic projects to bolster the diocese’s communications outreach via its print, web and social media resources. 

    Joe has served on the Catholic Press Association board of directors as the Midwest regional representative since 2012 and is finishing a two-year term as the association’s president.

    "Newspaper vs. Newsletter"

    Education Session 2 - St. Petersburg 1

  • jennifer trefelner

    diocese of palm beach

    Jennifer Melville Trefelner, APR, CPRC, is the Director of Communications, Marketing & Social Media for the Diocese of Palm Beach. She has earned an Accreditation in Public Relations and is a Certified Public Relations Counselor through the Florida Public Relations Association. Jennifer serves as the designated spokesperson for the Diocese in addition to managing media inquiries, public relations, and new marketing initiatives. The Communications Office also keeps the community informed of Diocesan initiatives, as well as initiatives from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In addition, the Office of Communications oversees the production of the weekly televised celebration of the Mass, the Florida Catholic newspaper (Palm Beach edition), Diocesan digital and printed materials, and will initiate a comprehensive plan to coordinate information disseminated on the Diocesan website and social media sites.

    Jennifer is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Counselors Network and has earned numerous awards for her accomplishments, including several FPRA Image Awards and Awards of Distinction. She is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association Advisory Council and has been selected as presenter for several years at the NCEA Annual Convention, at the Institute for Catholic School Leaders, for Council of Catholic Academies, the CCA Mobile Carriers Show, and others.

    "Social Media for Effective Communication"

    Education Session 1 - St. Petersburg 3

  • dave vacharesse

    catholic radio network

    Dave began working with EWTN’s Radio division in 1993. He became the Station Manager for EWTN’s first full-time AM/FM affiliate station in Reno, Nevada in January of 1997.

    That single station grew into a Catholic radio group that had over 30 stations throughout California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii.

    Dave has served as the General Manager of Immaculate Heart Radio; the President of Relevant Radio and the General Manager of EWTN Radio. He has traveled the country for nearly over 20 years assisting numerous Catholic radio apostolates launch new stations from coast to coast.

    Dave serves as the Vice President and General Manager of the Catholic Radio Network which has 17 AM/FM stations is Kansas, Missouri and Colorado.  He and his wife Eileen live in Kansas City, Missouri and are blessed with 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

    "Radio Round Table"

    Friday, June 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. - Grand Central/Edge

  • DAVis watts

    musiC director at spirit fm 90.5

    Davis began his adventure in Christian radio as a listener. In 1997 he was a newly single dad with a dead end job in desperate need of hope. That’s when Davis found Spirit FM 90.5. Hooked by the stations message of love, he soon made his way back into church. Within 4 years he was confirmed in the Catholic faith and earned a degree in religious studies at Saint Leo University while working as full-time youth minister at his parish. In 2008 Davis took a position on staff running the evening program geared toward teens. By 2010 he took over as music director and host of the mid-day program. Since then Davis has worked directly with artists, record labels, and other radio professionals programming Spirit FM’s 100,000 watt signal.

    "Programming Alternative: Music for the Masses"

    Education Session 2 - Grand Central/Edge

  • penny weigert

    diocese of rockford

    Penny Wiegert is the Director of Communications and Publications for the Diocese of Rockford. She has been with the diocese since 1986 when she began working three days a week. In 1989 she was named associate editor of The Observer Catholic Newspaper and in 2002 was appointed editor. In 2006 she became Director of Communications responsible for The Observer, El Observador, The Diocesan Directory, all TV, radio, web and social media efforts  of the diocese as well as media relations. During her tenure with the Diocese of Rockford she has served the Catholic Press Association in several capacities including Midwest Regional representative, Past President and is currently a member of the National CMC Planning Committee. Penny is also a board member and Past President of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association


    "So How You Doin'? How to keep it together personally and professionally"

    Education Session 4 - St. Petersburg 2

  • Danielle wright - landry

    director of development - spirit Fm 90.5

    Convert. Lifelong talk radio addict.  Development nerd.  Danielle’s whole life has been leading up to working at a Catholic radio station! 

    Danielle has a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, holds the credentials of Certified Fund Raising Executive and has served as both a development officer and a fundraising consultant for over twenty-years. Danielle has been with Spirit FM 90.5 since 2010 and is the co-founder of the Spirit FM Catholic Women’s Conference; which is one of the largest Catholic women’s conferences in the South.  Besides world peace, Danielle’s other goal is to host the LARGEST Catholic conference and music event in the country.  

    Danielle can be found most nights, weekends and holidays cheering on her daughter at Irish dance competitions.   

    "Mission and Fundraising for Catholic Radio Today"

    Education Session 3 - Grand Central/Edge

  • Daniella Zsupan - Jerome, Ph.d

    Daniella Zsupan-Jerome Ph.D is a national speaker, educator and consultant.  

    She holds a Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College, a masters degree in liturgy from St John’s University in Collegeville, a masters degree in religion and the arts from Yale Divinity School, and a bachelor degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame.  She has consulted with a number of Catholic organizations, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Communication Committee, the Catholic Press Association and the Archdiocese of New Orleans.


    She is the author of Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age (Liturgical Press, 2014) and Evangelization and Catechesis: Echoing the Good News Through the Documents of the Church (Twenty-Third Publications, 2017) as well as several articles and essays on the relationship between faith and digital culture, along with a number of pastoral and devotional resources. She is also co-editor of Authority and Leadership: Values, Religion Media (Blanquerna Observatory, Barcelona, 2017).

    "Fundamentals of the Catholic Church"

    Education Session 3 - St. Petersburg 2