Steve Carter has served as Business Administrator at the Church of St. Francis de Sales in St. Paul, as well as working 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 30 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.
Bob Conroy is a communications consultant. He began his communications and graphic arts career with Photo Tech Products, a company he co-founded 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, he 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.
Bob 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 Farrell has been the Parish Administrator at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale for the past 13 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, Denny is a DeLaSalle and University of St. Thomas graduate. Past non-profit board and development experience include the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board and Board President, Families Moving Forward Board and Board President, and St. Paul’s Outreach Board. Denny currently serves as Treasurer for the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board of Directors.
Denny and Mary have been married for over 55 years and have four grown children, nine grandchildren, and two great-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. Yen and her husband Frank are raising three children while Yen navigates the ropes of SAHM-hood.
Yen is actively involved in the Vietnamese community and her local parish at St. John Neumann in Eagan. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation, as well as on the Board of the Aim Higher Foundation, as a Catholic speaker, and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Archdiocesan Synod.
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 is a member of her parish’s Council of Catholic Women (CCW), and 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. In memory of her son, she helped to establish a non-profit that, for three years, held high school lacrosse tournaments. The Gott To Lax Initiative raised money for college lacrosse scholarships and taught lacrosse skills to underserved children in the metro area. Lisa is also a University of MN Master Gardener Volunteer for Washington County and enjoys sharing her gardening experience with Habitat For Humanity’s landscape projects.
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 Executive Committee of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board of Directors.
Lisa and her husband Steve have raised four children all of whom 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 the Church of Saint Anne in Hamel, 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.
Victoria Iacarella has a poster in her office that reads: “Work hard and be kind to people.” She tries to live by that simple motto in her work as creative director at Target Corp. in Minneapolis, where she has worked for the past 13 years.
A 2019 graduate of the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute, Victoria holds degrees from both the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and Augsburg, and a certificate from Saint Catherine’s University in St. Paul. She is a community and parish volunteer including leading a book club for deaf and hearing parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Minneapolis. She and her husband Michael also helped start the eMentor program between Target and Edison High School in Minneapolis.
Vicky is a former past President and Board Member of Bellis (formerly Adoption Option Council of Minnesota) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board of Directors. She attends daily Mass, prays for others at work, meets weekly with fellow Catholics at work to discuss Scripture, and was one of the Catholic Spirit’s 2019 Leading with Faith honorees. She is a parishioner of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Minneapolis and also attends the Church of Saint Olaf in Minneapolis.
Karl Kornowski currently serves as Parish Administrator at the Church of St. Gerard in Brooklyn Park. He has been in Professional Lay Church Ministry for the past 10 years. Karl 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. He 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, and currently serves as Secretary of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board of Directors. When he is not swimming the alphabet soup of Church service, he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife, four kids and two dogs.
Reverend Michael Tix
Fr. Michael Tix graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1988, and received a Masters of Divinity of Degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1991 before ordination to the priesthood in 1992 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. In 2017, after serving in various parishes, Father Tix was appointed by Archbishop Bernard Hebda to serve on his staff as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Parish Services. Since 2001, Father Tix has also served as chaplain at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield where he also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2015, Father Tix received the Distinguished Pastor Award from the National Catholic Education Association. Father Tix joined the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board in 2019.
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. Chad joined the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board in 2015 and currently serves as Board President.
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.