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.
Rev. John M. Bauer
John M. Bauer was ordained in 1979 and currently serves as Pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Prior to becoming pastor of the Basilica, he served as pastor of Lumen Christi Catholic Community in St. Paul, and St. Therese parish in Deephaven. In addition to his parish ministry, throughout the years he has also served on several committees/boards in the Archdiocese. As a piece of trivia, it is interesting to note that he always uses his middle initial because he had an uncle, John T. Bauer, who prior to his death was a priest of the Archdiocese, and a cousin, John J. Bauer, who is also a priest of the Archdiocese.
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 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 has been the Parish Administrator at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale for the past 10 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, Families Moving Forward Board and Board President, and St. Paul’s Outreach Board.
Denny and Mary have been married for over 50 years and 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 over 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.
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 St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis, and as parochial administrator of the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis. He has also served as Vicar of Latino Ministry for the Archdiocese for the past 7 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 Saint Paul and 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, Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul, St. Michael in Kenyon, and Divine Mercy in Faribault. When not serving in the parishes, he enjoys traveling and learning more about the world around us.
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. 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 sixteen 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.
Reverend Michael Tix
Father 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.
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.