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Laura Barker is passionate about inspiring the hearts and minds of young people. For more than 20 years she taught in private and public schools and earned two teaching credentials from Santa Clara University. She also helped found a successful school based on the Reggio Emilio approach.
Prior to her career in teaching, she consulted in public relations. Laura began her career in Washington, D.C. working for the U.S. Government in both the Legislative and Executive Branches. Laura graduated from Rutgers University with a major in Economics and a minor in Art History.
She is a graduate of the Diocese of San Jose Institute for Leaders in Ministry. Laura’s current focus is the care for all creation inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. In her spare time she can be found hiking, biking, paddle boarding, wakeboarding and skiing at Lake Tahoe. She is married to Ken Barker, a Notre Dame alum (’88), and the mom of two ND graduates: Cindy (ND ’22) and Hillary Frazer (ND MBA ’21).
Lisa Bevington is a Western Pennsylvania native and graduate of Seton Hill University. She began her undergraduate studies as a Fine Arts Metal Sculpture major and graduated with a degree in Medieval Literature. After working for her Alma Mater as an Admissions Counselor for two years, Lisa returned to the classroom to earn a degree in Secondary Education. Since that time, she worked as a Corporate Trainer, Secondary English Teacher, Creative Writing Instructor, and Dramatic Arts Teacher.
Following her retirement, Lisa has spent the past 6 years as a caregiver for her grandsons. She has had the honor of serving as the President of the Seton Hill Alumni Association, Chairperson of the Seton Hill Reunion Committee, Adult Literacy Instructor in Westmoreland County, and Instructor/ Curriculum Developer for the Diocese of Greensburg. Lisa believes that without exception, love wins. Love one another, the rest will follow!
Mary Clemency received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Northwestern University. She has practiced medicine for 40 years, first as an internist and then as an anesthesiologist—in private, academic, and managed care settings, in clinical as well as administrative roles. Dr. Clemency has participated in medical missions in Latin America, served as anesthesia lead for Operation Access in her community hospital. After serving as the clinical director and associate chief of anesthesia at a large inner-city hospital, she pursued theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.
In addition to her medical work, she has served as a retreat facilitator and spiritual director, and as member of a Medical Reserve Corp Unit, the Advisory Council for the College of Science at Notre Dame, and the Boards of Trustees for the School of Applied Theology and the Jesuit School of Theology.
Amos Fon’s career spans over 35 years in the social economy; credit unions management, non-profits and University teaching in Cameroon. His passion came into focus with the founding of African Dream in 2010. African Dream is a social business with the mission to develop potentials; empower youths, women and communities to assume responsibility for their livelihood challenges.
Amos holds Professional Diplomas in Accounting and Management from the UK and a Masters in Development Economics, specializing in Micro-enterprise Development from Southern New Hampshire University - USA. He is a Fellow of the Microfinance Association in London.
Born and raised in Bamenda, Cameroon, Amos challenged enormous setbacks to emerge as a mentor and a role model to thousands of young people through his inspirational works and talks. He is extremely passionate about the development challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa, with research interests in wealth creation and microfinance as a veritable development intervention. Amos is currently working on creating a network of Youth Economic Empowerment Groups in Cameroon.
Joe Girot served in the U.S. Army as an Engineer Officer for 10 years of active duty and with the U.S. Army Reserve for a combined total of 30 years of service. He retired in 2011 with the rank of Colonel. He has served in Bagram, Afghanistan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Saudi Arabia, supporting Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He also retired from the federal government in Aug 2020, after serving with numerous key federal agencies.
Joe is an active member of Living Word Pentecostal Church and serves as the Head Usher and Security Manager. In January 2016, he received the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a “Kentucky Colonel” by Governor Matthew G. Bevin. Joe served as a member of the Henry County, Georgia, Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer for nine years and as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for one year. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers. His education credentials include a Bachelor of Science, from the University of Turabo and Associate Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technological University of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He has an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
Timi Griffin's career has followed a unique trajectory across a diversity of industries. She began her professional journey as a talk radio reporter and producer before transitioning to a career concentrated on behavioral therapy and mental health programs administration. She shifted her focus to organizational development (OD) and talent management (TM), going on to enjoy a successful 20+ year career in the field.
Timi worked in multiple industries and various corporations--large and small, public and private-- where she focused on leading global teams in the OD and TM spaces. Her industry expertise has allowed her to make a significant impact as an executive and leadership coach to senior and emerging leaders. Timi earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an MSW and a BA from Louisiana State University. She is an avid reader who enjoys exploring and taking on new challenges..She enjoys performance and visual art, visiting museums and galleries, adding to her own art collection and spending time with family.
Gail Maguire was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area in a home with an emphasis on education. Her father, a product of the " Great Depression," was a Civil Engineer who worked for the U.S. Government for 40 years. Providing an education for his three daughters was his greatest accomplishment.
Gail earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Franciscan University and dedicated her career to that same value of education. During Gail’s years as an educator, she taught in various settings and to students of all ages with diverse backgrounds and needs. Most recently, she became a certified Mental Health Instructor and taught Mental Health First Aid to nurses, teachers, law enforcement, and other professionals raising awareness of mental health challenges and reducing the stigma associated with it.
Gail enjoys travel, reading, learning new things, and meeting new people. One of her most memorable travel experiences is walking the El Camino Santiago. She practices yoga and Tai Chi, and open-water swims in the Gulf of Mexico. Gail raised five children, has ten grandchildren, and has lived in Clearwater, Fl for 45 years.
Julia grew up in Mt. Vernon, IL in a family of five children. Her mother was a custom dressmaker, who worked from home, while her father worked in a garment factory. Julia served as a corporate officer in the financial savings and lending industry for several years. Volunteering introduced her to what would become a 20-year career in fundraising and executive management, initially at a college. Her career then transitioned to the healthcare sector, where she served on the senior leadership team of a regional healthcare system. Her most recent professional venture brought her into private practice as a leadership and executive coach.
She earned a BBA at Fontbonne University and coach accreditation at Georgetown University. In retirement, the music ministry of her parish and supporting women’s education have been her focus. She has now turned her attention to discovering what is next.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd McGregor has served as an Episcopal missionary for 30 years in Madagascar and Kenya. He was elected and consecrated Missionary Bishop in December, 2006, with the purpose of starting a new Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar. In 2013, he was elected as the first diocesan Bishop of Toliara. He oversaw the strategic plan, development, growth, and administrative needs throughout the diocese and was chief pastor for more than 10,000 Anglicans, 15 clergy, 20 evangelists and 110 widely-dispersed congregations. Prior to his election, McGregor served as Director of Evangelism and Mission in a remote mission area of Marsabit, Kenya. His responsibility was setting up and implementing growth in the northern part of the diocese.
Ordained as a Priest in the Anglican Diocese of Antananarivo in 1997, McGregor served in a variety of capacities, including starting a new international church, Director of Evangelism and Mission in the diocese, partnering with SAHASOA to start 10 medical clinics, and planning and implementing a school for evangelism in the country’s capital. Bishop McGregor has a DMIN from Gordon Conwell, a MDIV from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Roberts Wesleyan. Todd and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Patricia McGregor (Patsy), live in Hobe Sound, FL, and have two adult children.
Paul Morlock enjoyed a 40+ year career as a healthcare executive, most recently as the Vice President of Human Resources and Occupational Health at Children’s Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA. He previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Atrium Healthcare System - Stanly in Albemarle, N.C. He is passionate about strategic human resources leadership through the application of quality and systems practices, and is proud to have implemented these concepts in the organizations where he has had the privilege of working.
He is blessed with three children, one daughter and two sons, and two grandchildren. He enjoys reading, the theater, and engaging in physical fitness activities, including basketball, walking and running. Since converting to Catholicism, his faith has been strengthened and deepened by the traditions and those who have shared their faith life with him. Paul earned a B.S. in psychology and biology from Luther College and his Masters of Hospital Administration from the University of
Rev. Paul Novak, OSM, recently completed his 14th year as the President of De La Salle Institute, a Catholic and Lasallian co-educational secondary school in the city of Chicago. All together, Fr. Paul has served Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Chicago at De La Salle Institute for 23 years. Since 1999, Fr. Novak has been a weekend minister at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago performing countless liturgical celebrations and numerous weddings. He has served on the boards of Lewis University, Mercy Foundation, Old St. Mary's School, Near South Planning Board. As a Friar, Servant of Mary (Servite), he served as Parochial Vicar, the Director of Vocation Ministry, and the Vicar Provincial for the parish of St. Domitilla in Hillside, IL.
He has traveled extensively to Israel, England, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, France, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa. Fr. Novak graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.A. in Communication and Advertising. He received his M. Div. from Catholic Theological Union and has completed coursework for an M.Ed. from Dominican University.
His additional interests include: golf, skiing, biking, walking, reading, music, sports, travel. Fr. Novak is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Inspired Leadership Initiative and to be joining the Notre Dame community. As a kid from the steel mills of Chicago's south side, this is a dream come true.
Bonnie O’Connor has dedicated her career as a Physician Assistant to the treatment and surgical care of orthopedic spine patients. From initial diagnosis, patient education, and intra-operative surgical care, she was an integral part of a successful orthopedic spine surgery practice. Since 2004, while working as a surgical PA and raising her twin boys, Bonnie took on the additional role of Administrator of Spine Care Delaware, an ambulatory surgery center treating more than 7,000 patients per year. Bonnie’s career has incorporated all aspects of healthcare business management and government compliance, while continuing to provide excellent clinical care to her patients.
Bonnie earned her B.S. and Physician Assistant degrees from King’s College, completed a Physician Assistant surgical residency program through Yale University, and obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Leadership from George Washington University. A native of Pennsylvania, Bonnie has called Delaware home for the past thirty years.
David Tank grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, attended Colgate University (BA 1981) and the University of Iowa Law School (JD 1984). After graduation from law school, he was continuously engaged in a busy civil trial practice until his retirement from Dorsey & Whitney at the end of June 2021. Over the years, David handled cases involving diverse areas of law, concentrating on complex business litigation. Since his “retirement” from the full-time practice of law, he has devoted substantial time working, pro bono, for death penalty defendants in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.
David has been married to his wife, Randi, since 1988. They have two adult children, Joe (31) and Katie (29).
A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Marcia has had many careers throughout her life, as a university professor, Ph.D. scientist, academic manager, and for the last many years, as a healthcare lawyer. Her key areas of interest were education, health sciences and policy, and law and social justice, with an emphasis on healthcare. She received her DDS and MS from the University of São Paulo and her Ph.D. in Oral Biology from Indiana University. After having worked as the academic and managing dean of a dental school that she helped co-found, and having lectured to and mentored countless graduate students at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, she pursued her JD and began practicing medical law. Her area of focus in this capacity centered around aiding underprivileged individuals whose medical care was denied by HMOs or the government health system. She is the proud mother of a son who studied at the Holy Cross School in São Paulo.
Born amidst the "Anti-Rightist Campaign" in the late 1950s in China and raised during the Cultural Revolution, Cheng's upbringing perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the Mao era. During those years, knowledge was considered poison to the soul. By heeding the highest call of the times, Cheng became an "Educated Youth," descending into a secluded Inner Mongolia village for "re-education."
More than one generation was devastated by the Cultural Revolution except for a handful of people who transcended the many socioeconomic barriers. Be it by fate or personality, Cheng was one of them. However, after college, he had more unanswered questions, which drove him to a new quest for Western ideas in America with two hundred dollars and a desire to understand the doubts that had grown within him.
Cheng became a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Cincinnati, Principal Member of Tech Staff at AT&T, and most recently, an author of From Tea to Coffee: The Journey of "an Educated Youth."
Tim Weber grew up in Holland, Michigan. After graduating from Notre Dame with a business degree, he served in the Navy for 33 years specializing in healthcare administration with duty stations located in Washington D.C., North Carolina, California, and Japan, where he served in positions that included legislative affairs, health plan policy and management for the Department of Defense, and commanded U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. He deployed to Afghanistan as the senior advisor to the Afghan National Police healthcare system and its Surgeon General. Prior to his military retirement in 2022, he commanded Naval Medical Forces Pacific. In this role, he had direct oversight of Naval hospitals and medical research and development laboratories located in 12 countries that focused on health care delivery and Navy Medicine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the Pacific Rim. He also was responsible for the professional development of 3,100 Navy officers in 31 different clinical, scientific, and administrative specialties. He earned his Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Ed White is a former career Foreign Service Officer (the U.S. Diplomatic Service.) From 2017-2019, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Beirut. More recently, he served in Washington as a State Department Advisor at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. Earlier assignments included Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Levant Affairs; the United States Mission to NATO in Brussels; and U.S. Embassies in Baghdad, Cairo, Damascus, and Caracas. Ed earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from Notre Dame, Ed served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He also is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and practiced public finance and construction law before joining the Foreign Service.
Mary Joan was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago and attended college at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where she earned a BFA in Art Education and a minor in Spanish. She also earned a Master’s in Spanish at Middlebury College. She and her husband raised their family in New Jersey, enjoying the myriad cultural and entertaining opportunities that New York City offered. Mary Joan taught Spanish at the high-school level for 23 years. To say that she loved her job is an understatement. She loved teaching, adored her students and treasured the relationships that she had with them. Fortunately, she was able to introduce her students to the beauty of various Spanish-speaking peoples and their cultures through organizing student trips to Spain, Perú and Ecuador. After completing their careers, Mary Joan and her husband moved to southwest Michigan, where they are looking forward to enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the “third coast” and hope to travel to other Spanish-speaking countries. Mary Joan enjoys bike riding and sewing in her free time.
Bill Wittland has enjoyed an exceptionally diverse and exceedingly rewarding career. He served as a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan for nearly ten years, doing parish ministry, criminal justice work, social justice advocacy, and speaking and publishing activity. He transitioned to a career in business marketing communications, beginning as an agency copywriter and becoming a senior leader and partner at a succession of agencies serving North American and global clients. For the past 15 years, Mr. Wittland has led Vox Strategic, a firm he launched as a brand communications and product development consultancy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Assistance Center, the Empowerment Institute, and is the Communications Officer for Design at Business, a global association promoting innovation through Design Thinking.
Luis Eduardo Zavala de Alba has dedicated his work, and research to international human rights and policy. He is the Founder and Executive Director of “Casa Monarca. Ayuda Humanitaria al Migrante A.B.P.” which is a migrant shelter based in Monterrey, Mexico. Its mission is to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people while defending their human rights. The shelter started as an initiative to address the migration crisis in the region by giving food and water in the train routes. The non-profit organization grew and has received support from international organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Catholic Relief Services, Ayuda en Accion from the Spanish Agency for Development and International Organization for Migration (IOM) to continue helping migrants, refugees and internally displaced people.
In 2007, Luis participated in the twelve editions of the Course on Diplomacy and International Procedures in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2019 he was invited as a guest speaker to the Ninth session of the United Nations Conference against Transnational Organized Crime defending human rights of migrants through the two protocols of the Convention. Luis Eduardo earned a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex, and a Ph.D. in International Law at the Gregorian University.