Victor Carmona

During undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a professor introduced Victor Carmona to Catholic social teaching to help him think through the fundamental questions of power and justice that immigrants’ lives raise.

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Craig A. Ford, Jr.

Craig A. Ford, Jr., joined the faculty at St. Norbert College in August 2019.

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Melissa Pagán

Dr. Melissa Pagán is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Pagán is a lay Catholic decolonial feminist ethicist. She holds a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Emory University.

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Marsie Silvestro

Marsie Silvestro is an internationally known feminist recording artist, author, motivational speaker, and CEO of InspHERational Consulting. 

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Rev. Kori R. Pacyniak

The Rev. Kori R. Pacyniak (pronouns: they/them) is a non-binary Catholic priest who has served as pastor of Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community (MMACC) since January of 2017.

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Robert Gleason

Robert Gleason is the President and CEO of Evans Hotels, the co-founder and supervising attorney of the name and gender-marker change legal clinic sponsored by the University of San Diego School of Law, Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Rady Children’s

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Oliva M. Espín

Oliva M. Espín is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University and at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University. Dr. Espín was a pioneer in the practice and theory of feminist therapy with women from different cultural backgrounds.

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Miguel H. Díaz

Miguel H. Díaz is the John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Díaz served under President Barack Obama as the 9th U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

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Sam Albano

Sam Albano (he/him) is a writer, educator, and member of the LGBTQI Catholic community. He is a member of DignityUSA and currently serves as its national secretary. In 2015, Sam's writing was published in National Catholic Reporter and Huffington Post.

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Tiffany Gonzalez

Tiffany Gonzalez was born and raised in the Imperial Valley and has been a proud resident of San Diego county since 2007 and has dedicated herself to ongoing service to the greater community for the last 15 years.

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Karen J. Scheer

Karen J Scheer, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  In 2017, the Sisters of Mercy committed to education and engaged dialogue on gender identity and sexual orientation.  Karen serves on the workgroup that implements processes for this Chapter commitment.   

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Linehan

Elizabeth (Betsy) Linehan is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  She chairs the Mercy work group on sexual orientation and gender identity, formed in response to a Chapter mandate in 2017.  Prior to her retirement from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, in 2019 she co-chaired