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The Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron was named archbishop of the Detroit Archdiocese on January 5, 2009, succeeding Cardinal Adam Maida. In January of 2003, Archbishop Vigneron was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, California. He served in that capacity for nine months before becoming the local ordinary (resident bishop). While in California, he oversaw the design and construction of a new cathedral, chancery, conference center and healing garden dedicated to those abused by clergy.
In Detroit, he was named an auxiliary bishop under Cardinal Maida in 1996. He served as rector-president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1994 to 2003. He had studied for the priesthood there, returned in later years to teach philosophy and returned yet again as a dean. A native of Mt. Clemens, the archbishop was ordained as a priest of the Detroit Archdiocese in 1975. He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit in 1996, installed as Coadjutor Bishop of Oakland in 2003, and installed as Archbishop of Detroit in 2009.
A lifelong Catholic, Chris Liparoto was born and raised in Monroe, where he and his family were active members of St. John the Baptist Church. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Sociology from Michigan State University and has been with Merrill Lynch for 20 years. Currently, he is senior vice president of Wealth Management and manages the Auburn Hills office as its resident director. An active community volunteer, Liparoto is vice chair of the board of Lighthouse Emergency Services, secretary on the Development Council for Holy Family Regional School in Rochester and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife and four sons are members of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester.
A member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Monroe, Crysti Esper is a communications professional at the Monroe County Intermediate School District and serves on its board for continuous improvement. Specializing in visual communications, web development, and marketing, Crysti and her husband of 15 years, Tracy, own a home-based business, Creative Edge. She is a council member for the Child Advocacy Network of Monroe County, a chartered local coalition of the Michigan Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, and is an advocate for the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect. She has served on the Monroe Vicariate Pastoral Council executive committee and as the vicariate communications coordinator for eight years. Crysti is the vicariate representative and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) coordinator at St. John the Baptist Parish. Crysti has earned an Associates Degree in Chemistry from Monroe County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a concentration in Marketing Communication, majoring in English and minoring in French.
Dan has served as a Director for Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan since its inception in 2011. He also currently serves as a member of the CCSEM Board Finance Committee, as well as the Macomb County Advisory Board to CCSEM. Prior to his joining the CCSEM Board, Dan served Catholic Services of Macomb as a Director for 14 years leading up to its merger with CCSEM, including 5 years as its Chairman.
Dan is a partner with Deloitte Tax, LLP and currently serves as the Leader for their Business Tax Services Group in Detroit. Dan’s principal role with Deloitte has been to serve as Lead Tax Partner for a number of their most significant clients, including Chrysler, Penske, Crain Communications, Stryker, BorgWarner and Kelly Services.
Dan has been married to Marilyn for 30 years, and they have two children, Michael and Melissa. Both of their children were adopted through Catholic Services of Macomb. Dan attended St. Agatha and St. Eugene’s grade schools, and Catholic Central High School, all in Detroit. He then received his BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a member in good standing of the AICPA and the MACPA. He has previously served as a member of the United Way Allocation Committee from 1989 – 1991.
Born at the former Holy Cross Hospital in Detroit and growing up in Warren, David Nowaczewski attended the former St. Clement Parish school in Center Line for 12 years. He then attended Michigan State University, transferred to St. Mary’s (Orchard Lake), and then transferred to Franciscan University of Steubenville where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy. After graduation from college, David moved back to the Detroit area and worked for a time at a building supply house while discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life. Davis and his wife Shannon were married at Assumption Grotto Parish in Detroit. David attended The University of Chicago Law school from 2002 until 2005, clerking at Bodman PLC and eventually joining at Bodman full time in September 2005, working until March 2016. David and Shannon have four children and live in St. Clair Shores where they belong to St. Joan of Arc Parish and where their children attend school. David serves on the athletic board at St. Joan of Arc. David is now practicing law at Viviano, Pagano & Howlett, PLLC in Mt. Clemens, specializing in corporate law with a focus on representing financial institutions in connection with loan origination and workout matters.
Dr. Isaiah McKinnon rose through the ranks of the Detroit Police Department to become its Chief of Police. He retired after more than 30 years of service to become an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Detroit Mercy, and a motivational speaker and consultant. As of January 1, 2014, Dr. McKinnon joined the executive team of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as the city’s Deputy Mayor. Dr. McKinnon holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Detroit, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercy College of Detroit. In addition, he is a graduate of the FBI Academy in Virginia, and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School in Washington, D.C. He also is the author of three books (“Stand Tall,” “North Between the Houses,” and “In the Line of Duty”). McKinnon and his wife are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Detroit.
Originally from Colombia, South America, Dr. Miguel Lis-Planells has been a Michigan resident since 1993. He is a recognized leader-expert in neurological surgery and a pioneer in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a partner at Michigan Head and Spine Institute, and is currently vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Lis-Planells and his wife Irene have been married for 23 years with three beautiful children. The family is registered at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion, where Dr. Lis-Planells has served as a eucharistic minister and lector.
Dr. Miguel’s commitment to the Church is reflected in his work and affiliation with several Catholic organizations, including as a Knight of the Order of Malta and Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He currently serves on several boards, including the President’s Council at Ave Maria University, board of directors of The Men of the Sacred Hearts, and on the board of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. He is also a member of the Detroit Chapter of Legatus.
Dr. Lis-Planells served on the Catholic Social Services of Oakland County board at the time of the merger with Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM). He later worked in the Oakland County advisory board to CCSEM to facilitate a smooth transition during the merger. He is committed to serving the poor and the sick of southeast Michigan, with a special emphasis on the well-being of metro Detroit’s Hispanic population.
Karen Mersino resides in Lapeer with Rod, her husband of 41 years. She is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish where she has taught CCD and has served as president of the Parish Council. Besides serving as Director and Treasurer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Karen is very involved in her community, serving as Chairman of the Board of Oxford Bank and Director and Secretary of McLaren Hospital Lapeer Region. Karen also serves on the board of Life Issues Institute. She is a member of Legatus and is a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Along with Rod, she is co-founder of Mersino Dewatering, Inc. She and Rod are also the parents of seven children (plus six wonderful children by marriage) and grandparents of 24 beautiful grandchildren.
Lory is the Director of Parish Life and Services for the Archdiocese of Detroit, a position she has held since 2009. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Communications and her Masters is in Resource Development and Urban Studies from Michigan State University. She is a convert to Catholicism having joined the Catholic Church in 1995. She lives in Grosse Point Farms with her husband of 20 years, Mike and 10 year old twins, Michael and Patrick. She is a member of St. Paul on the Lake Parish.
The newest member of the CCSEM Board of Directors is Mable Veneida Jones. She has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from LaSalle University, and focused on education during her graduate studies at Iowa State and Wayne State universities. Recently retired from AAA of Michigan, she held various positions there, most recently as Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Contributions. Earlier in her career, she worked for Ford Motor Corporation in Industrial Relations and for Wayne State University in training and recruitment. Mable was a member of the parish council for the former Church of the Madonna in Detroit, and serves, or has served, on the boards and committees of several organizations including the United Negro College Fund, St. Vincent de Paul, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Crime Stoppers, Spaulding for Children, Starr Midtown Academy, Traveler’s Aide, and others. Mable is a recognized community leader, with many awards to her name. She was a 2010 Woman of Excellence and the first recipient of the Marian McCleod Bethune Humanitarian Award for Distinguished Leadership and AAA Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. She is also an active lifetime member of the NAACP and a volunteer for Focus Hope.
After completing his license in canon (church) law, Mr. Trueman began his work with the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2000, initially working in the Metropolitan Tribunal assisting with the healing ministry of marriage annulments. In 2009, Archbishop Allen Vigneron asked Michael to serve as Chancellor for the Archdiocese and he has done so since that time. As part of his work as Chancellor, Michael finds it a rewarding task to advise and support emerging Catholic associations, as they respond to various needs of God’s people within the Archdiocese, such as Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.
Michael has had a number of pastoral work experiences before beginning his work with the Archdiocese, including full-time lay ecclesial parish ministry, working with a L’Arche community created to support those with mental disabilities, and music ministry. He and his wife, Cheryl, have four grade school-aged children that keep them both very busy. Michael is a member of the Knights of Columbus, an organization about which he is very proud for its charitable works and promotion of life.
Rev. Monsignor Dr. Charles Kosanke was born in northeast Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary in 1981, as well as a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Theological Studies from St. John Provincial Seminary in 1985.Upon completion of seminary studies Msgr. Kosanke was ordained a deacon on June 7, 1985. He served his internship at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Redford (1985-86). He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Edmund Szoka on December 14, 1985. His first assignment was at Shrine of the Little Flower Parish 1986-1988. Cardinal Szoka assigned Msgr. Kosanke to Rome from 1988-1992, where he earned a license and doctorate in Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Msgr. Kosanke published his dissertation under the topic of: The Encounters of the Risen Jesus in Luke-Acts. He has also published articles in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2nd ed.) and other journals. He has published a Bible study volume on the Book of Isaiah for the Come and See series.
Msgr. Kosanke served for ten years (1992-2002) on the faculty and administration of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the following capacities: Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture, Director of Undergraduate Seminarians, Moderator of the Latin American Program, and Dean of Administration and Advancement. During that time he served as pastor for St. Benedict Parish in Highland Park and as temporary administrator of Church of Madonna and St. Cecilia Parishes in Detroit. He has served on the Archdiocesan Assignment Board, as the Vicar of North Central Vicariate, and two terms as a member of the Presbyteral Council. Msgr. Kosanke served as pastor of Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson and President of Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights from 2002-2005. Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Kosanke as a Monsignor on May 22, 2005. In August of 2005 Cardinal Adam Maida appointed Msgr. Kosanke as Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (The National Polish Seminary) in Orchard Lake where he served for six years (2005-2011). During this period he led the process to have the seminary reaccredited for ten years with the Association of Theological Schools. He also served the Orchard Lake Schools as treasurer.
Msgr. Kosanke was appointed Pastor of St. Regis Parish in Bloomfield Hills and as Chairman of Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan (Archdiocese of Detroit) by Archbishop Allen Vigneron in 2011. Msgr. Kosanke has served on several archdiocesan committees and community boards for many years. His current involvement includes: archdiocesan spiritual advisor to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, board member of the Foundation for St. Vincent de Paul Society, board member of the Association of Theological Schools, president of the American Friends of the Vatican Library, chaplain to the Detroit Legatus Chapter, member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, where he serves on the Finance Committee, and member of the Clergy Formation Committee for Synod on the New Evangelization. He is a Knight Commander of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He has also served in local, regional, national, and international leadership roles for Worldwide Marriage Encounter and continues to present the program locally. Msgr. Kosanke also serves on accreditation teams for seminaries in the United States. He has traveled to more than 40 countries, most frequently to Italy and Israel, and all seven continents.
Monsignor Robert J. McClory is currently the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In that capacity, he serves as the “Chief of Staff” for Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in coordinating the central offices of the Archdiocese. He also serves as the parish priest of Presentation Our Lady of Victory Parish in Detroit and is a part-time faculty member at Sacred Heart Major Seminary graduate school of theology.
Monsignor McClory studied philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He was then sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology in 1998 from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Monsignor McClory completed his license in canon law at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2000.
Monsignor McClory was ordained a deacon by Cardinal Edmund Szoka in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, in 1998. He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Adam Maida at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit, 1999. He was given the title of “Monsignor” and made a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
Prior to entering the seminary, Monsignor McClory earned a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science and Communications from Oakland University, a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
He serves on the Boards of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Loyola High School, Detroit, and Saint Catherine of Siena Academy, Wixom. He is the spiritual advisor for the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit. He is the chaplain to the Detroit Northeast Chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders and their spouses. He serves as the spiritual advisor to Detroit Team Eight for Teams of Our Lady, a marriage enrichment apostolate. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, and served formerly as a member of the Committee on Civil and Canon Law. He is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a third degree Knight of Columbus.
Hailing from Port Huron, Michigan from birth, Patrick was educated at St. Joseph Elementary School and Port Huron Catholic High School. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and in 1971 earned an officer’s commission from the U.S. Naval Academy. His ship assignments were on the West Coast and several of his shore duty assignments were in Europe. After resigning his commission in 1993, Patrick and his family moved back to Port Huron where he pursued a career in manufacturing, concentrating on plastics and injection molding. In 2011 Patrick was appointed to the governing board of Catholic Charities of St. Clair County, where he was an active participant in the 2012-13 formation of and transition to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Patrick is a member of St. Mary Parish in Port Huron where he is active with the Knights of Columbus council, while also serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister.
Rita C. Rinner is the Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Finance Committee, in addition to the CCSEM governing board. Rita was born and raised in Omaha Nebraska, where she attended Holy Name Grade and High School. She holds a Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations with a Human Resources emphasis from the University of Illinois. Rita is a former educator and current retiree from Chrysler, where she held various positions in human resources. Rita enjoys life as a volunteer and currently serves as a Life coach at Hispanic Outreach Services, in addition to assisting in the Pontiac Schools and the Catholic Community Response Team. She has two adult daughters and is an active member of St. John Fisher Chapel in Auburn Hills.
President of the 534-bed St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital with locations in Madison Heights and Warren, Terry Hamilton previously served for four years as Senior Vice President of Operations for the St. John Providence Health System in Warren. He joined St. John Providence from Ascension Health’s Indianapolis ministry, where he led financial operations for St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, and the St. Vincent Stress Center. Terry is no stranger to Detroit, having spent fourteen years with the health care consulting practice at Deloitte, and earning his MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Terry earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Active in the community, Terry has participating in various governance roles with the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, Advancing Macomb, World Medical Relief, and the Madison Heights / Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan finance committee, and on the Archdiocese of Detroit’s finance council. He is married to Debbie, and has two children, Emily (18) and Will (14). The Hamilton’s reside in Troy and are parishioners at St. Thomas More Parish.