Katie Babb joined the CSAF Board of Directors in 2017. She is a practicing attorney in the area of insurance defense litigation. She graduated in 2015 from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (f/k/a William Mitchell College of Law), where she served as Editor of the Law Review. She is currently admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Katie obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in sociology in 2012. During college, she was awarded membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a quasi-secret national leadership honor society for students at the top of their class holding a leadership role; Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national scholastic honor society for highly ranked Catholic university students; and Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.
Growing up in Maple Grove, Minnesota, Katie attended St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Now she lives in Plymouth, Minnesota and belongs to the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. In addition to the above, Katie enjoys participating in the November Project and frequenting her family’s restaurant, Latuff’s Pizzeria.
Luke Cahill is Managing Principal at REAL Insight, Inc., a NE Minneapolis-based marketing research company where he gets to integrate his loves of marketing strategy and psychology.
Luke received his MBA with a Marketing Management emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in 2007. His BA in Financial Management is from the University of Minnesota- Morris. Growing up in South Minneapolis, he was grateful to receive his elementary education from Visitation Catholic School.
Luke, his wife Angela, and their 4 boys live in Eagan and are active members at St. John the Baptist in Savage.
Steve is currently the Business Administrator at the Church of St. Francis de Sales in St. Paul.
Previously he worked in the technology field as VP and GM of businesses at several companies, including Imation, QLogic, and IBM. He was also President and CEO of a technology start-up.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Steve is a graduate of Marquette University High School in Milwaukee and the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Steve has been a member of his parish council, chaired the personnel committee on the Rochester Catholic School Board, taught confirmation, and is a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and church organist.
Steve and his wife Joanne have been married for 29 years and have three grown children, one of whom teaches theology and is the Director of Faith Formation and Campus Ministry at Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Gracia is Vice President of Advisory Consulting Services at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. Before that, she was President of Cavanaugh Financial Group, guiding families through their financial life decisions.
Gracia graduated from the University St. Thomas in 1999, with a degree in Accounting. She earned her Certified Financial Planner® in 2005, and her Master’s degree in Personal Financial Planning in 2010. She holds her Series 7, 24, 53, 63, and is Insurance-licensed.
Although she was baptized at St. Anne’s in Hamel, she got her start at Holy Name, beginning with kindergarten. Although she is no longer part of the family business, she loves coming from a large family of 5 brothers & sisters, and has seven sweet nieces and nephews.
Outside of work, she is a Certified Yoga Teacher, and lives with her dog, Louie.
Bob Conroy is a communications consultant. He began his communications and graphic arts career with Photo Tech Products, a company he cofounded in 1982. Bob supplied the then emerging industry of on-site photo processing labs with supplies and support equipment unique to the industry. He served Kmart, Sears and Proex. Recognizing a shift in technology, Conroy established Create-A-Video Picture Maker, a hybrid photo lab, studio and video production center which focused on new photographic technologies and video communications.
Bob has led national printing sales specializing in the reproduction of first quality retail printed products, corporate communications and direct mail products, including limited edition art reprints, fine art posters, greeting cards and coffee table quality case-bound books. Bob has also developed programming, advertising and community service products for Relevant Radio. He was peripherally involved in arguably the finest printing project of the modern era – The St John’s Bible Heritage Edition.
Conroy currently assists companies committed to developing various products and new markets. He uses writing, photography, art, direct mail, radio, television and social media to promote his clients’ projects to precisely targeted market segments.
He lives near downtown Minneapolis with his wife Dana.
Denny has been the Parish Administrator at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale for the past eight years. Previously he worked in the corporate world managing businesses, the last being a large dental lab as President and CEO.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, a DeLaSalle and University of St. Thomas graduate. Past non-profit board and development experience: DeLaSalle Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board, Families Moving Forward Board and Board President, St. Paul’s Outreach Board.
Denny and Mary, have been married for 50 years and they have four grown children and seven grandchildren
Yen Fasano is a proud alumna of the College of St. Benedict and received her Master’s in Educational Leadership at Christian Brothers University. She has dedicated her teaching career to Catholic Schools, from the inner cities of Memphis and Chicago to the suburbs of Cleveland and Minneapolis. She is actively involved in the Vietnamese community and her local parish at St. John Neumann in Eagan. Together with her husband, Frank, they are raising three children while she is navigating the ropes of SAHM-hood.
Mike Frederick is president of Frederick Sales and Engineering Inc. He and his son Michael have been partners for 15 years in the business. Mike moved from Michigan to Minnesota in 1993 to run the Thermal Products Division of the Bergquist Company, and soon after became a charter member of the Twin Cities chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders. He and his wife, Mary, are members of Assumption Parish in St. Paul. They have two grown children and six grandchildren who all attend catholic schools, three in Michigan and three in Minnesota.
President and Owner of Gaughan Companies, a commercial, construction, development and real estate management firm founded in 1969, Mr. Gaughan received his BA for Business and Finance from Saint Mary’s University, attended Hill-Murray and graduated from Totino-Grace High School. In 1993, he was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Since 2011, has been a member of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta (a/ka/a Knights of Malta) where he serves the sick and the poor and for the defense of the faith. He was a former Vice President and member of the local Legatus Chapter. He is a Member of the board of directors of Chesterton Academy. He is also a former Trustee of St. Agnes Parish and School. Patrick is a dedicated husband and father of six children.
Lisa Gott graduated from St. Catherine University and worked in the financial services industry. She has since spent her time working with various nonprofits in the Twin Cites area. Lisa served on the steering committee for the formation of Faithful Shepherd Catholic School in Eagan, was President of her parish’s Catholic School Advisory Committee and was a Confirmation leader for four years. Lisa and her husband were the chair couple for the 2009 and 2010 Catholic Services Appeal Campaigns and believe in the purpose and mission of the Foundation. She currently serves on the board for Gott To Lax Initiative, a non-profit established in memory of her son. Most recently she has become a Master Gardener for Washington County and enjoys sharing her gardening experience with the Habitat For Humanity landscape projects.
Lisa and her husband Steve have raised four children all of who attended Catholic Schools. She currently resides in Stillwater and attends St. Michael’s Church.
Reverend Patrick Hipwell
Fr. Patrick Hipwell came to Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church following his service to Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in Minnetonka and Church of Saint Anne in Medina, Minnesota. His professional career includes teaching at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas. He has applied his combination of practical and academic experience to a variety of leadership roles.
Outside of professional interests, he travels, reads, sings and enjoys bridge.
Reverend Kevin Kenney
Fr. Kevin Kenney is currently serving as Pastor at Divine Mercy in Faribault. He has also served as Vicar of Latino Ministry for the Archdiocese for the past 6 years. Fr. Kenney grew up in south Minneapolis, attending Annunciation Grade School, De La Salle High School, and the University of St. Thomas. He has his Masters of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and was ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis in 1994.
Fr. Kenney has previously served at St. Olaf Catholic Church as an Associate and was Pastor at Our Lady of Peace in South Minneapolis and Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul. When not serving in the parish, he enjoys traveling and learning more about the world around us.
Karl Kornowski has been a Parish Business Administrator and Director of Liturgical Music at St. Bridget of Sweden Church since 2007 and has melded his formal education in business administration as well as music (as a classically and jazz trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist) into a busy role serving the church. Karl is the Past Chair of the APBA (Association of Parish Business Administrators for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis 2014-2015) where under his Chairmanship he drafted and adopted the new APBA Constitution and Bylaws to better focus on the professional development and advocacy for Administrators in this Archdiocese.
He currently sits as the APBA representative for the CMA (The Coalition of Ministry Associations), is a lay Trustee for the AMBP (the Archdiocese Medical/Dental Benefits Plan) and is also a member of NACBA (National Association of Church Business Administrators). He has a strong passion for marketing and bringing the message of the CSAF to the pews. When he is not swimming the alphabet soup of Church service he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife, four kids and two dogs.
Bill Mohrman is a founding member of Mohrman & Kaardal, a law firm representing individuals and businesses. He grew up in northern New Jersey and graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1985. He and his wife, Joanne, have two children and attend St. Anne in Hamel, where they serve as lectors.
John Norris is president and CEO of Atscott Manufacturing Inc. in Pine City, and an owner in Tower Solutions LLC in Bloomington. He is a member of the Twin Cities chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders. He and his wife, Nancy, are members of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony. At St. Peter in Forest Lake, John chaired parish committees, a parish capital campaign, served as parish trustee, and was active in most lay liturgical ministries. He previously served on the board for St. John Vianney College Seminary. John and Nancy have three grown children and 13 grandchildren.
Greg is a retired attorney. In addition to the CSAF, he serves on the Board of Friends of Ascension Catholic School. He and his wife Michelle live in Plymouth, Minnesota. They attend Holy Name of Jesus in Medina and St. Anne’s in Hamel.
Kathy has volunteered with the Catholic Services Appeal for thirteen years. She and her husband, Eric, were the chair couple for the 2003 Appeal and are members of the Church of Saint Joseph in West St. Paul. After graduating with an education degree from UST, Kathy taught at Nativity of Our Lord until their oldest of nine children was born. She is a part-time writer which includes blogging for The Catholic Spirit.
Chad Trochlil is a member of St. Peter’s Church in Mendota. Born and raised in Minnesota, Chad graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Accounting. Today he is the Payroll Manager for Bremer Bank headquartered in St. Paul, MN.
Tim Wilkin is the president of Capitol Strategies, Inc., an association management and government relations firm. Tim also spent 17 years in banking and insurance. He grew up in Freeport, IL where he attended the Freeport Catholic Schools. He went on to earn a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Eileen, have five children and belong to the Church of St. Joseph in West St. Paul.
Marie Ziesmer has been the client coordinator at Southwest Options for Women (formerly Minnetonka Life-Care Center) in Hopkins, MN for 7 years. She and her husband, Todd, live in Orono and have raised 4 children (whom she homeschooled for 9 years) and have 2 young grandsons. Together they coordinated the Legatus of the Twin Cities chapter for several years. They are members of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Loretto and Holy Family in St. Louis Park. Marie is a secular order Carmelite and is currently the formation director of her chapter. Her love for teaching led her to become a certified instructor for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and she teaches that to first graders at St. George Catholic Church in Long Lake. She is a scheduled adorer in a perpetual adoration chapel and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.