Current Members

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This is by no means a complete listing of our membership, but those who have stated they would like their information to be made public.

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Joanne Dobransky
Shelton, CT



Jason Muhlenkamp
St. Meinrad, IN

Ray Dombrowski
Crown Pt., IN

Julia Rose
Nashville, IN




John & Lynn Carroll
Wall, NJ



Fr. John Rausch, Glenmary
Stanton, KY
Glenmary, writer, columnist for diocesan papers

Sr. Robbie Pentecost, OSF –
Lancaster, KY
Fundraiser for Christian Appalachian Project

Sr. Ann Quinn, OSF
Campton, KY
CCA Board member, Pastoral Associate for Good Shepherd Parish

Sr. Mary Going, OSB
Martin, KY
Legal Aid, Community of Mt. Tabor


Sharon Colton & Bob Hampton
Evarts, KY
Family Physician, Clover Fork clinic
rural health, traditional music

Joan Braune
Lexington, KY
Doctoral candidate in philosophy at University of Kentucky
Working on organizing “Occupy, Catholics” movement in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street on economic justice issues, serve on board of Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, support anti-war and anti-MTR activism, parishioner at the UK Newman Center

Donna & Don Becher
Park Hills, KY

Fr. Bill Poole
Lexington, KY

Jerry Hardt
Louisville, KY

Srs. Sarah Neale & Maritia Smith, SSND
Sandy Hook, KY

Fr. Al Fritsch
Ravenna, KY

George Partridge
Nicholasville, KY

Cora LePorin
Mt. Vernon, KY

Nancy Ryan
Berea, KY

Joan Wilson, SCN
Nazareth, KY


William J. Collinge
Emmitsburg, MD
Knott Professor of Theology
Mount St. Mary’s University


John Guinn
Detroit, MI (born and raised in Charleston, WV)
Music Professor, Wayne State University, Music Minister, St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Strip top mining in Appalachia, financial and prayer support

Sr. Fran Bartos
Adrian, MI



Mary Morrison
Long Beach, MS


Mary Herr
Whittier, NC
Volunteer with Cherokee community groups and co-facilitator of Cherokee Spirituality Retreat, assisting community groups and non-profit organizations.
Cherokee and Native American spirituality and environmental issues

Rachael Bliss
Asheville, NC
VISTA volunteer with Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry
Circles program, working to eliminate poverty one family at a time by developing relationships across class lines.
Interests: Environment, social justice, economic justice

Sr. Terry Martin, CND
Hayesville, NC
Community outreach for Charlotte Diocese
Teacher for GED and ESL classes
Interests: peace and justice issues, especially for the marginalized and undocumented persons.

Julie McElmurry
Lexington, NC
Director and Presenter for Franciscan Passages
I create and lead retreats and presentations related to Francis of Assisi and focus on his writings and applying them to our lives today.
Interests: Grew up outside of Cherokee, NC and would like to find opportunities to offer my retreats and presentations in Appalachian communities.

Marie Martino
Hickory, NC
St. Aloysius Catholic Church
Community Life Commission member, Coordinator of Eucharistic Ministers to parish shut-ins. I also do mission trips that work with the poor and others in need with home repairs.  Once a year I serve at St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Philadelphia. I train and work with volunteers who take communion to others.
Interests: environment, cycle of poverty in Appalachia, outreach

Claudie Burchfield
Charlotte, NC
Director of OEO/CSS (Office of Economic Opportunity/Catholic Social Services)
Supporting sustainable development, family empowerment, and economic justice in far western North Carolina
Interests:I love the people – the strength, determination and humbleness.  I wish to see them draw closer to God and the plans that He has for their lives, utilizing their existing resources, talents and potential to change our area, the region and the world.

Jean Marie Luce
Asheville, NC
Member of FOCIS
I am interested in facilitating retreats for elders.
I have spent most of my adult living in Appalachia.  I love its mountains, culture, music and people.

Cathy & David Tilly
Almond, NC
Faith Formation at local parish

Barney & Jan Offerman
Charlotte, NC

Paul & Marie Martino
Hickory, NC

Phillip Bisesi
Black Mountain, NC

Scott Temple
Kings Mountain, NC

Quickbloom Productions, LLC – Fine Art Videography to help promote businesses, events, organizations and environmental movement.
Interests in Appalachia: The preservation of natural places and culture; to create a video narrative of passion and purpose for those people who have spiritual drive.

Barbara Kingston
Hendersonville, NC

Kathy Johnson
Raleigh, NC

Frank Busteed
Maggie Valley, NC

Caryl M. Richardson
Asheville, NC

John & Terry Hash
Black Mountain, NC



John M. Lee
New York, NY
Retreat Director, Bishop Molloy Retreat House, Jamaica, NY (NYC); Keeping alive my memory of Appalachia and WV especially; Administering a major retreat house and leading the retreat team

Sr. Mary Keane, Sr. Loretta Scully
Brentwood, NY

Bob Waters & Susan Dicarlo
Batavia, NY


Greg Kremer
Athens, OH
Ohio University Mechanical Engineering Professor, energy and the environment, persons with disabilities, homelessness, health care, poverty, Director of the “Designing to Make A Difference” Program that partners engineering students with individuals in Appalachia with physical, mental or economic challenges.  Student teams design and deliver assist/adaptive/appropriate technology solutions.

Sr. Jane Omlor, OSF
Tiffin, OH

Frank Hare
Amesville, OH

Marie Dietrich
Westlake, OH


Roy Sarver
Executive Director
Mission is to provide help and hope to those in need
Serve the poor of Fayette County PA

Arlene Seeber
Wyomissing, PA

Br. Michael Lonsway
Laverock, PA


Marcus Keyes & Glenda Struss-Keyes
former CCA Board member, former Director of the Glenmary Home Missioners Commission on Justice, Member of Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center


Jeri Whitely
Bristol, VA
Committee member on HFFF:
President of St. Anne Council of Catholic Women:

Sr. Jackie Hanrahan, CND
Director of Center for Ecology & Faith,

Susan Hedges – Co-Director of Center for Ecology & Faith

Sr. Beth Davies, CSJ –
St. Charles, VA

Kathy Schmidt
National Catholic Educational Association, Religious Ed, Catholic social teaching, scripture, Making connections between folks in Appalachia and those outside the region.

Catherine Rumschlag
Abingdon, VA

Kristen Schenk
Charlottesville, VA
Company/Ministry: Church of the Incarnation
I work as the Coordinator of Justice & Charity at our parish–a job that encompasses a number of justice, charity, and formation/education ministries/programs ranging from immigration reform, direct outreach, and environmental justice to Habitat for Humanity, consistent pro-life efforts, and interfaith community organizing.  It’s a varied role but one that tries to encompass as much of the church’s social mission and the life and message of Jesus as possible and to convey this to our parish community.

Being from Louisville, KY, I learned a bit about Appalachia from a young age.  With our parish, my family visited Prestonsburg, KY, at least once a year and worked with the Piarist Fathers there.  Over the years, I’ve developed a great interest in eastern KY and the Appalachian region–a place with splendid beauty yet crushing poverty and environmental degradation.  I would love to spend an extended period of time working in this region in the future.

I’m also involved with Social Action Summer Institute, CCUSA Parish Social Ministry, Haiti twinning, a number of local groups and organizations

Greg & Mary Jan Pudhorodsky
Charlottesville, VA

Joan Wages
Floyd, VA

Dene Peterson
Abingdon, VA



Jeannie Kirkhope
Spencer, WV
CCA Co-Coordinator
Director of Appalachian Catholic

Arnie & Kathy Simonse
Pineville, WV

Brian & Kathleen DeRouen
Alderson, WV
Directors of Alderson Hospitality House

Moira Reilly
Talcott, WV
caretaker at Bethlehem Farm

Bethlehem FarmEric & Collen Fitts, Directors
Pence Springs, WV

Brian O’Donnell, S.J..
Wheeling, WV
Executive Secretary of Catholic Conference of WV, health issues, poverty issues, environmental issues, representing interests of Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to WV legislature and agencies

Michael Vincent
Cool Ridge, WV

Sr. Patricia Taube, OSF
Huntington, WV

Carl & Louise Long
Parkersburg, WV

Sr. Monica Schieber
Wayne, WV

Sr. Gretchen Shaffer, Sr. Kathy O’Hagen
Kermit, WV

Richard Stonestreet
Charleston, WV

Rose Hart
Glen Dale, WV

Dan & Jeannette Van Belleghem
Harpers Ferry, WV

Frank & Josie Cuda
Elkins, WV

Cindy Rank
Rock Cave, WV

Michael Iafrate
Wheeling, WV
CCA Co-Coordinator
Doctoral student in theology

Mary Pat Peck
Charleston, WV



Leann Herda, sssf
Milwaukee, WI


Marya Grathwohl, OSF
Dayton, WY




















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