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Steve Carter

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. He currently serves as Secretary on the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board of Directors.

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.

Yen Fasano

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 Chair of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Board of Directors, 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

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.

Victoria Iacarella

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.

Karen Rauenhorst

Karen and her husband Mark have lived in the western suburbs of Minneapolis for the past 44 years. They have been members of St. Bartholomew parish, and Holy Name of Jesus parish, both located in Wayzata. Karen is a graduate from the School of Nursing at Creighton University and received a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. For over 15 years, she has worked in various leadership roles in healthcare in Minnesota and Indiana.

Karen has served as a trustee for Holy Name parish and was a corporate board member of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. She chaired the following boards:  Benilde- St. Margaret’s High School; the Aim Higher Foundation; St. Catherine University; the Catholic Community Foundation (Vice-Chair); and Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In addition, Karen has served on the national boards of Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

She and Mark have been married for 46 years and have four married children and seven grandchildren.

Harold Parsons

Harold Parsons is a member of Holy Trinity Parish in South St. Paul where he currently serves on the finance committee.  Harold is a veteran of the US Air Force, a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a retired CPA.  As a CPA, Harold’s career focused on serving religious, social service and fundraising not-for-profit organizations, including many Catholic organizations within the  Archdiocese.  Harold joined the Finance Committee of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation in 2020 and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee in 2021.

Tim Wilkin

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.

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