Leader Spotlight

Leader Spotlight: Sr. Ann Elizabeth

By Katie Dubielak | July 18, 2013

Sr. Ann Elizabeth is a Springfield Dominican sister with the St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield, IL. Originally from Nashville, TN, Sr. Ann Elizabeth worked in Peru and she has continued being present in the Latino community in Springfield. Among other things this means that she attends bible studies in the Latino community and is…

Leader Spotlight: Wynell Butler

By Katie Dubielak | July 18, 2013

Wynell Butler is a member of Ascension-Saint Susanna Catholic Church in Harvey, IL and of Illinois Gamaliel affiliate, South Suburban Action Conference.  How did you get started working with Gamaliel?  Well I was at the South Suburban Action Conference and I got started working with them through the training and through my church. Some of…

Leader Spotlight: Denis Detzel

By Katie Dubielak | July 18, 2013

Denis Detzel is a member of the Gamaliel Board of Directors.   works in an organization consulting firm that he founded called Eastlake.  He also teaches in universities, usually regarding organization behavior and human resources.  Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio Denis attended St. Xavier High School.  He has been with Gamaliel since its beginning, as one…

Leader Spotlight: Paul Bossi

By Katie Dubielak | July 18, 2013

Fr. Paul Bossi is a member of Western New York affiliate, VOICE Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.  He is the Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church and was the first Vice President of VOICE Buffalo and past Vicar for Northwest Buffalo.  Fr. Paul has been engaged in community organizing for many years and has…

Leader Spotlight: Jesus Guzman

By Katie Dubielak | June 18, 2013

Jesus Guzman is a Catholic community organizer in Santa Rosa, CA. He is the lead organizer for the Graton Day Laborer Center, an affiliate of the North Bay Organizing Project. Jesus works with day laborers and domestic workers, making sure they are paid a living wage, as well as coordinates with various programs and institutions,…

Leader Spotlight: Susan Lithgow

By Katie Dubielak | June 18, 2013

Susan Lithgow is a staff member at Gamaliel Pittsburgh affiliate, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) in Pittsburgh, PA. She has lived in Pennsylvannia for 51 years and has worked for PIIN as office manager since July of 2010. Susan is a member of Saint James Roman Catholic Church in Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh. She has attended Gamaliel…

Leader Spotlight: Ginny Shrappen

By Katie Dubielak | June 18, 2013

Ginny Schrappen is a native of St. Louis and has been involved with the Catholic Church her entire life. She is a leader within Missouri Gamaliel affiliate, Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU). Ginny became active around social justice within the Church when she was in college during Vatican II. Ginny is a member of Mary Mother…

Leader Spotlight: Patti Staib

By Katie Dubielak | May 18, 2013

Patti Staib is the Executive Director of Charitable Union in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Charitable Union is a strategic partner of Gamaliel affiliate, JONAH.  Charitable Union provides bedding, clothing and small household items to people in need at no charge.  Charitable Union also works to connect individuals to community resources.  Patti has been partnering with JONAH…

Leader Spotlight: Freddie Byrd

By Katie Dubielak | May 18, 2013

Freddie Byrd has lived in Kansas City, Missouri since 1996 and began her involvement with Missouri Gamaliel affiliate, Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, MORE², in 2004.  Freddie converted to Catholicism in 1989 and joined Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City. Freddie has a background as a social worker and is passionate about advocating…

Leader Spotlight: Ema Flores

By Katie Dubielak | May 18, 2013

Ema Flores is a Mexican Catholic organizer from Vera Cruz, California. Ema is an organizer within Gamaliel affiliate Justice Overcoming Boundaries (JOB). She is a member of The Church of the Resurrection in Escondido, California, a city known for having a history of anti-immigrant measures. Ema has done extensive work on health care access, increased voter registration and education.  However,…