Our Board of Directors


Sheila Hopkins (President)

For nearly 40 years, Sheila has participated in the various rings of Council and has worked for the Church for over 25 years. After more than a decade as the Director of Social Concerns/Respect Life for the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sheila recently retired. In 2014 she was awarded the “People of Life” Award by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for years of dedicated service to the Church and to upholding the dignity of life. Sheila and her husband, Maury, have been married 45 years and are parents of three children, two of whom are married, with three grandchildren. They are avid sports fans, cheering for their alma mater, Florida State University. 

Maribeth Stewart (President-elect)

Maribeth is the NCCW representative to the WUCWO Board (2010-2018) and serves as WUCWO Vice President General (2014-2018). She was NCCW’s Province Director for the Archdiocese of Hartford and served on the International Commission and the Finance Committee. She has served as the Hartford ACCW President and Treasurer. She has served as the New Haven CCW President, Treasurer, and publisher of quarterly newsletter for members. She is a catechist, sacristan, extraordinary minister for communion, and Caregiver coordinator for her parish and is a Dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
  Jean Kelly (Secretary)

Jean is married, with two grown sons. She began attending Council meetings as a child with her mother, selling donuts after Mass to aid the missions.  As an adult Jean helped found the St. Mary’s Christian Women’s group at the request of her pastor and served as President. Jean was Milwaukee Province Director and ACCW Treasurer. She serves on the Pastoral Council, organizes food and volunteers for the monthly parish Community Meal Program, is a small group facilitator for a weekly Bible Study and teaches confirmation classes. She loves to garden, play golf and travel. 
Rose Martinet (Treasurer)

Rose Martinet has been a member of the Council of Catholic Women for more than 35 years. She has served on CCW boards in many capacities, including as President, and has attended every national convention and assembly since 1998. She has been President of Friends of NCCW for WUCWO since 2011 and is currently a member of the NCCW Service Commission. Rose and her husband, Joe, have three grown children and three grandchildren. She also has a BA with a minor in Speech Communications. 
  Rebecca Woodhull, Ph.D. (Past President)

A native of Springfield, Illinois, Rebecca and her husband, Woody, have 6 children and 16 grandchildren spread all over the U.S. She has a PhD in educational research, curriculum development, and facilitator training. She consulted in more than 30 states and, in 2010, retired as the director of a $1.8 million research center at the University of Illinois/Southern Illinois University to devote more time to her Catholic faith and NCCW.  She is a Mass Lector, Eucharistic Minister at Mass and for the homebound, serves on her diocesan newspaper and Cathedral school board, provides homeless shelter meals, and hosts parish Bible study.

Province Directors:

Kerry Whitney (Province of Anchorage)

Kerry Whitney was born in Buffalo, New York, and is the youngest sibling of 14 children. She has been living in Anchorage, Alaska since 1980. She and her husband, Randy, have been married for over 32 years and they have 2 sons: Robert 29, in his 5th year of seminary in St. Paul, MN, studying for the Archdiocese of Anchorage and will be Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in June 2017. Richard is 22, attends the University of Alaska and works for the Alaska Railroad in the summer months. Kerry is an active parishioner at Holy Family Cathedral, an active member with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, is a Vincentian with the St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference, and recently was blessed and most honored to become a Lady with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.  She served as a Director on the Alaska Right to Life Board. She was very active with the Legion of Mary in her younger days.

Barbara Birds (Province of Atlanta)
Barbara grew up and still resides in Charleston, South Carolina, and has been a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in the Diocese of Charleston for over 40 years. She has held many leadership roles in the South Carolina CCW Charleston Deanery and St. Patrick Women’s Guild, including serving as the volunteer Chair for the NCCW Convention held in Myrtle Beach in 2012. She is active in her parish and is the District Deputy of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Catholic Organization, an affiliate of NCCW.  She has three adult children and six grandchildren. 
Liz Schiavone (Province of Baltimore)
Marilyn Audet (Province of Boston)
Marilyn is a member of the Marian Society, a Eucharistic Minister, and a Diocesan Pastoral Council member for St. Mary’s Parish. She has been a member of the New Hampshire DCCW for 14 years, is Past International Commission Chair and Past President. She is a retired RN and has been married for 55 years. She has 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She is looking forward to serving as a Province Director for NCCW.

Mary Glosson (Province of Chicago)
Mary is married with five grown children and nine grandchildren. She is a member of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Aurora, IL., where she works as Business Manager/Secretary, is the Director of R.C.I.A. and is a catechist in the RE Program. She is also on the Finance Council, and serves as a liaison on the Liturgy and the Parish Life Committees. She is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at Mass and also for the homebound. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and enjoys reading and traveling. She has been involved in the Council for over 30 years, serving in many capacities, including two non-consecutive terms as diocesan president. She has been attending national conventions and assemblies since 2005.  
Veronica Way (Province of Cincinnati)
Veronica has been a Council member for 35 years and received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal for distinguished service to the Church. She has attended 6 national conventions and has held many offices, served on numerous committees and is active in her parish and community. She has been the DCCW Secretary, the President of Visitation and Assumption Deaneries and has chaired various NCCW committees. She served as the Chair of the Visitation Deanery Lay Pastoral Committee and has chaired the bishop’s and priests’ receptions. 
Rose Guerrero (Province of Denver)
Rose Guerrero was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. She has been involved with the Council of Catholic Women for approximately 40 years. Rose has served as President on the affiliate level numerous times:  Pueblo District President from 1994-1996; and as Pueblo Diocesan President from 2004-2006. She has also served as Diocesan Commission Chair at various times. Rose attends St. Joseph Parish in Pueblo, and she is actively involved in her affiliate Council. Rose has taught Religious Education for the last six years.  She sings in her church choir and has served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Janet Regan (Province of Detroit)
Janet is Province Director/Arch Diocese of Detroit. She serves as the President of Grand Rapids DCCW and the Immediate Past President of the Holy Family Parish CCW. Janet is a Registered Nurse working for the past 25yrs for Spectrum Health Urgent Care. She is an identical twin, wife,  mother of 6 and grandmother. She became active in HFCCW 7 years ago. When she saw the positive impact CCW had on her parish, she volunteered for the Grand Rapids President position in 2012 hoping to make a difference in her community. 

Mary Ann Ruether (Province of Dubuque)
 Mary Ann was born, raised, educated and has lived her entire life in Le Mars, Iowa. She grew up on a farm, attended Catholic schools and eventually became a para professional with a local CPA firm. She is actively involved in her parish as a lector, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, and is a team member for the Le Mars area CCD program. She is a proud aunt of 2 nieces, a grand nephew and 2 grand nieces. She is proud to be Catholic and her faith is a precious treasure. 

Rosie Castillo (Province of Galveston/Houston)

I am currently serving as the Spirituality Commission Chair for the Austin Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. For the past four years I have served two year terms each as the Legislative and Leadership Commission Chair. From 2007-2009 I served as-President; prior to that I served two terms as Deanery President for the Austin CCW. I am also currently serving as the secretary for the Province of Galveston-Houston. As a member of the San Jose Catholic Church in Austin., Texas, I have served in the Religious Education Program as teacher and as a certified youth minister and as a lector, as a member of the Catholic Campaign of Human Development (CCHD); and together with the Council of Catholic Women of San Jose and Cheryl Maxwell implemented the now ten year old annual Lenten Women's Conference.
Geralyn (Geri) Kogut (Province of Hartford)
Gerilynn and her husband are the proud parents of five adopted children now in their 20s and grandparents of three. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education. Geri advocates for those with disabilities, foster and adopted children, and social justice issues. She is Director of Religious Education at her parish and enjoys time with her husband and family, as well as with her CCW, NCCW and WUCWO sisters.
Joyce Schmitt (Province of Indianapolis)
Joyce Schmitt is the Province Director of Indiana. She is a widow, mother of six, grandmother and great grandmother. She had a catering business for 30 years. Joyce served as parish CCW president at St. Malachy Church, Indianapolis Deanery President, Indianapolis Archdiocesan President and Province Director for Indiana. She is a member of and served as treasurer and on the board of Friends of NCCW for WUCWO . She is also in the Associates and was on the board for two years. She is very active in many ministries at her parish, Mary Queen of Peace. She sees the Province Director as the link to NCCW for local women. 
Helen Davis (Province of Louisville)
Helen Davis has been a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Knoxville, TN, for 25 years and has been involved with the Council of Catholic Women for 24 years. She has been Church Commission Chair for Knoxville DCCW; a member of the Knoxville DCCW Board of Directors; President and Vice President of Cumberland Mountain Deanery CCW; and President (two terms), Vice-President and Treasurer of St. Alphonsus CCW. She also served as National President of the Navy Wives as well as numerous other charitable endeavors and parish ministries. 
Diane Tugander (Province of Miami)
Diane Tugander is widowed, with 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. She has served the Council of Catholic Women for over 30 years at the affiliate level as president, vice president, treasurer and commission chair and currently Events Director; on the district level as Commission Chairmen for Family (Respite & Youth), Church, Newsletter editor, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President; on the Archdiocesan level, as Family Commission Chairmen, Organization Chairmen, Treasurer, Vice-President, President, and currently the Scholarship Committee, Parliamentarian and ACCW Training Team. Diane has served on the Florida CCW Board as Chairmen for Migrant Farm Workers, Membership, Website, Treasurer, and Province Director-Elect. She is a life member of The Associates and a member of the Friends of NCCW for WUWCO. “If it hadn’t been for my CCW sisters I would have been lost after my husband died,” she says.
Lucille Brandner (Province of Milwaukee)
Lucille was born and raised in the Medford area. She has been married to husband Leon for 35 years, with 3 children, 5 grandchildren, one step-grandchild; 2 great grandsons, and 3 step great granddaughters. She retired after 44 years in banking. She is a Eucharistic Minister and Lector, serves at First Saturday and Nursing Home Mass, manages the Greeter Schedules, and assists with hospitality for funerals.  She was co-director of 33 Days to Morning Glory and coordinator for the N.E.W. Koinonia retreat. She has served the Council of Catholic Women for 15 years in various offices in parish, deanery, and diocesan levels. CCW involvement has brought growth in her spiritual and personal life.
Mary Bisett  (Province of Oklahoma City)
Mary Bisett, a native Tulsan, is married with three grown children and eight grandchildren. After retirement, she began volunteering at Church of the Madalene, serving on the board of the Women of the Madalene for the past 16 years. She served as President in 2005-2006 and continues to be an active member of the board today. Mary is a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Social Concerns committee. She is currently the coordinator for the monthly meals served at the Day Center for the Homeless in Tulsa and is active in the Serra Club of Tulsa, helping form young men and women of the Tulsa Diocese. Mary has been an active member of the Tulsa Diocese CCW for the past 15 years, just finishing two terms as President and having served as Family Concerns Co-Chair for 8 years and President-elect for 2 years.
JoAnn M. Messing (Province of Omaha)
JoAnn has served as the President and Work Group Chairman of St. Anne’s Guild (PCCW) of Sacred Heart Parish in Shelby, NE; the President and Director of the Church /Spirituality Commission Chairman and parish rep to the David City Deanery CCW; the Family and Church Commission Chair, Secretary, Vice President and President of the Lincoln Diocese CCW; the Secretary-treasurer , Vice President and President of the “Past President’s Club” of the Lincoln Diocese CCW. She is active in her parish as Lector, Choir member and Religious Education. JoAnne has been married for 45 years  and has 6 children and 13 grandchildren.
Joyce Scott (Province of Philadelphia)

Joyce Scott and her husband Bob have been married 52 years, with two sons. After retiring from the military, they moved to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where she works as a Fiscal Officer for the Cumberland County Office of Aging. They are active members of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church and Joyce has served as Secretary, Treasurer and President of St. Katharine Drexel CCW. She served on the Harrisburg Diocesan Board as District President in 1994 and on the Children and a Safe Environment Committee as Community Concerns Chair, Shaping the Future. She served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the HDCCW in 2006-08. She is currently serving on all levels of Council, and continues to be active in her parish ministries. She chairs the Harrisburg DCCW’s Scholarship Fund for young women in the diocese.

Delphine (Del) Keller (Province of Portland, OR)
Delphine Keller received her BS in Secondary Education from the University of Portland, has been married for 38 years and raised six children. She has been a parishioner of St. Therese Catholic Church for 34 years. She served the ACCW as President, Vice President and Chair of the Conference Committee and is a Lady of Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.  At St. Therese, she is a Eucharistic minister and a leader for sacramental preparation. She volunteers for St Therese School and has served the St. Therese Women’s Association as President, Vice President, Treasurer and other positions. 

Mary Rowley (Province of St. Louis)
Mary Rowley is a life-long Catholic from the Province of St. Louis and the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. She writes, “My faith is very important to me and I think that is why I have always enjoyed being part of the Council of Catholic Women.” Mary has been married to her husband, Shawn, for 28 years and they have two children, Zach - 26 and Emily - 18. She has worked at her parish as office manager for over 21 years. “When I was asked about being Province Director, I was thrilled, nervous and a little anxious all rolled into one. Now I'm just excited about the position and am ready to start. I look forward to meeting everyone at the board meeting in September and seeing what God has in store for me.”

Marla Johnston (Province of San Antonio)
Marla converted to the Catholic faith in 2001 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and became a member of the Women of St. Francis at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in 2002. She served as Hospitality Chair, Rosary Committee Chair, Membership Chair, Silent Auction Chair, Fashion Show Chair, Vice President and President. She has also served as the Vice President and Community Concerns Chair of the North Texas Deanery CCW and as President, Treasurer, Delegate at Large, Silent Auction Co-Chairman, Bishop Farrell’s Come Home for Christmas Initiative Committee and Community Concerns Chair for the Dallas Diocesan CCW. Also, she was a Board member serving on the Auditing Committee for the Province of San Antonio CCW.  She married her husband, Noël, in 2001. They have two grandchildren who live in McKinney, Texas.
Patricia Voorhes (Province of San Francisco)
For 33 years Pat has participated in the various rings of Council: affiliate president twice, deanery president, DCCW commission chairs, DCCW secretary, 2nd VP, 1st VP, and DCCW President as well as NCCW Church Commission, NCCW Family Commission Chair, NCCW Leadership Trainer, and NCCW Secretary. Pat has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker at the University of Utah Hospital where she is employed as a Transplant Social Worker. Pat was awarded the 2015 Judy Middlefort Memorial Award for the Society of Transplant Social Workers (STSW) for outstanding work in the field of transplant social work.  She is currently serving her 4th year as treasurer for STSW.  Pat and her husband, Wayne, have been married for 45 years and are the parents of 2 daughters and grandparents of 6.
Bev McCarvel (Province of St. Paul & Minneapolis)
Bev McCarvel and her husband, Mike, farm in southwestern Minnesota--“the best crop we ever raised was our three children and now we have six grandchildren,” she says. Bev converted to Catholicism the day her second son was baptized. She is the Choir Director, Eucharistic Minister, and Liturgist for over 30 years at their parish. She ran a home sewing business until she purchased two Curves for Women; she was a Curves owner for 11 ½ years. Bev has been active at all rings of Council for over 30 years, serving as President of her parish CCW, Area, and Diocese; Secretary of Area and Diocese; Leadership Commission chair; and served on the Membership Committee for the Diocese. She writes for the Diocesan newspaper and for the Diocesan CCW newsletter. 
Sharon O'Brien (Province of Washington, DC & Virgin Islands)
Sharon O’Brien is a native of St. Mary's County, MD, and lives in Silver Spring with her husband; they have two children, one who is married. They belong to the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, where Sharon volunteers and serves on the Parish Council. She is a Family Violence Research Consultant specializing in assisting various faith communities to promote family peace and prevent family violence and is working with a group of fellow Catholics to create a coordinated Catholic response to domestic abuse - Catholics for Family Peace.

Ex-officio Board Members:

Rev. Richard E. Dawson, Chair of NCCW Spiritual Advisors
Father Rick Dawson is a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola and is pastor at Saint Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Defuniak Springs as well as Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Bonifay, Florida. He has served as the DCCW Moderator for the Diocese of Pensacola since...


Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes (Episcopal Liaison)
The Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes was installed January 4, 2017 as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg in Florida. Bishop Parkes spent the last four and one-half years as the Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee and serves as the Episcopal Liaison to the National Council of Catholic Women from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Parkes was born in Mineola, NY. He attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Massapequa, NY, Massapequa High School and Daytona Beach Community College before earning a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. Prior to entering the seminary he worked in the banking industry in Tampa. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach from 1993-1996, and the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1996-2000. He holds a Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1998) and a Canon Law (J.C.L.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (2000). He was ordained a priest of the Orlando diocese by Bishop Norbert Dorsey on June 26, 1999. Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando from 2000-2004 and parochial administrator and founding pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration, Florida, from 2005-2012. Bishop Parkes served the Orlando diocese as Vicar General and Chancellor for Canonical Affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, and St. John Vianney Seminary in Miami. Bishop Parkes has two brothers, Christopher, and Father Stephen Parkes, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando. The Parkes’ parents are deceased. His motto in Latin is Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam which means “To Your Name Give the Glory.”  It is taken from Psalm 115:1.


Commission/Committee Chairs:

Beth Mahoney (Spirituality Commission)
Lindamarie Richardson Kelly (Leadership Commission)
Chris Heiderscheidt (Service Commission)

National Organization Representatives:

Betty Koch (Friends of NCCW for WUCWO)
Judith K. Pappagallo (Associates for NCCW)
Karen Painter (Representative to Religious Alliance Against Pornography)

NGO Representative to the United Nations:

Theresa Boscia

Representative to the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO):

Maribeth Stewart