Board of Directors

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Gerard Ryan, SJ

Board Chair

Gerard Ryan has been Assistant Professor in Political Theology at Regis College, Toronto, since 2020, after completing his doctoral studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford.

Prior to arriving at Regis, Gerard was a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. His current research explores recognition theories and vulnerability studies as resources for a theological understanding of mutual accompaniment.

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Laura-Lee Campbell

Board Vice-Chair

Laura-Lee is a mother of 2, known to her friends as 24/7. She has been employed for the last 15 years in Municipal Government, over the last decade as an Intake Worker for Social Services.

She is a Part-time facilitator for Kairos Southern Ontario National office working with subsidiary branches of the Mennonite Central Committee, Christian Reform, and local branches. She has studied the Kairos documents of Palestine (2016) through the National Presbyterian Church of Canada (PCC) and returned to Israel with Sabeel (2017), later pursued her Theology for Palestinian Liberation under founder Dr. Rev Naim Ateek (2018) at St. Michaels U of T.

Laura-Lee is an Ordained Elder (2012) and Lay Ministry (2019) covering pulpit supply currently in Mississauga. She is the PCC Convenor of the National Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee (2023), and the PCC Board Member on the Canadian Council of Churches.

Her various career positions have helped her support individuals, advocating for equality with a unique background mainly in the human science, along with knowledge from the healthcare industry. She supports families dealing with addictions, seniors with disabilities, palliative care- end of life support, and combines her previous past work in solid waste understanding various social determinants.

Her extensive work history gives insight in the many mental, and physical health issues that Indigenous and oppressed populations face, as her focus is on providing supports and guidance with those that experience homelessness, mental health and addiction.

Laura-Lee is Metis descent from her mother’s side, traced to Treaty 61 Penetanguishene Robinson-Huron traced from her grandmother Dandeneau. Proud of her family history being recognized nationally, both in the Metis Museum and currently as some of the most influential Indigenous musicians.

Rooted in her love for God and heart for reconciliation, she devotes a lot of her focuses on the TRC Calls to Action 58-61. Certifications in Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience and De-Escalating Potentially Violent Situations - C.T.R.I. (Crisis Trauma and Resource Institute) and trained in several conflict resolution techniques. Her certification and training vary from supporting families of homicide, ASIST, Mental Health First Aid, Hoarding, Harm Reduction, Blue Umbrella Dementia Alzheimer training, and Indigenous Cultural Resilience and Trauma from York University.

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Rob Allore, SJ

Board Member

Fr. Rob Allore is pastor of St. Mark's Parish, the Roman Catholic Chaplaincy of the University of British Columbia.

Rob holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of Toronto.

After several years of research activity Rob joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), where he was ordained to the priesthood in 2001.

After his theological studies Rob worked for several years at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, investigating the genetics of nervous system development.

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Daniel MacLeod

Board Member

Daniel MacLeod has been the Director of the Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies since 2017. He has been teaching and doing research in the centre since 2014 and is proud to work in Canada’s largest Catholic Studies program.

He completed an undergraduate degree in History and English Literature at the University of Windsor and earned a PhD in History from the University of Guelph where he studied in the Centre for Scottish Studies.

His research examines Christianity in early-modern Scotland with a particular focus on Catholicism, the Society of Jesus, and religious understandings and uses of time in the period. In 2014 he edited Keeping the Kirk: Scottish Religion at Home and in the Diaspora and has published on Scottish conceptions of time in the Reformation-era, Scottish Jesuit St. John Ogilvie, and lay religious experiences in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Glasgow.

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Donna Naughton

Board Member

Donna Naughton is Executive Director of Kateri Native Ministry in Ottawa, ON., since 2016.

Donna Naughton is an Ojibway and Cree from Biigtigong First Nation located in northern Ontario.

Donna holds both a BSW and a MSW.

With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Donna has been helping Indigenous communities for almost 30 years.

Kateri Native Ministry has been committed to the healing, reconciliation and spiritual growth of Indigenous people for over 20 years in communion with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa.

 

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Sarah Rudolph, IBVM

Board Member

Sr. Sarah Rudolph, ibvm is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Loretto Sisters.

With a background in international relations and policy analysis, she is the Social Justice Animator for the Mary Ward Centre, located in Toronto, ON., leading on faith-based advocacy for children and youth.  She has a deep love for Ignatian spirituality which she shares as a giver of the First Spiritual Exercises, through a monthly women's prayer group, and outreach to women in recovery through the STIR Retreats program.

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Luke Stocking

Board Member

Luke Stocking, based in Toronto, ON, is a member of the management team at Development and Peace–Caritas Canada, as Director of Public Engagement. D&P is the international solidarity movement of the Catholic Church in Canada.

Luke was first involved with the movement as a high school student at the age of 16, when D&P had a special campaign to end sweatshop labour. He joined the staff of D&P in November 2006 as the Central Ontario Animator and served in that role for 12 years, working to inspire, educate and organize Canadian Catholics and all people of good will to bring the Gospel Call to international solidarity to life. He has led trips for volunteer members to visit D&P partners in Zambia, the Philippines, Paraguay and Ethiopia.

Luke Stocking was born in Toronto but grew up on a 50 acre farm in a town called Uxbridge.

Luke has a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Michael’s at the University of Toronto with a focus on Catholic Social Teaching.

He is happily married with two children and lives in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto. He sees himself as blessed to be able to support his family while living his vocation, which is living and giving witness to the social justice message of the Catholic Faith.

Luke is also a contributing writer to the Catholic Register, the Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

 

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Kevin Wendling

Board Member

Kevin Wendling has been working as an educator for over 30 years both in Ontario and Overseas as well as in the public and private education systems.  He has worked most of these year as an administrator in both the elementary and secondary school systems.  He is a member of the Catholic Principal’s Council and has worked locally and provincially in providing a voice to his colleagues on various issues and in working on professional development activities.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Mathematics (Waterloo) [1993], Bachelor of Education (Western)[1993] and Maters of Religious Education (St. Michael’s)[2007].

Kevin currently works as Assistant Superintendent for Math with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, where he is Math Lead for the Board and supports the work of furthering student achievement in Math.

He is an active member of St. Jean de Brebeuf Church in Port Colborne, Ontario.

Kevin and his wife Rosanne are proud parents of 5 daughters and in his spare time likes to hike, read, listen to audio books and enjoy the outdoors.

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Susan Wood, SCL

Board Member

Sr. Susan K. Wood, SCL is professor of systematic theology at Regis College, Toronto, ON.

After earning a M.A. degree in French at Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in theology at Marquette University, where her dissertation was on the Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac, Prof. Wood taught at St. Mary College in Leavenworth Kansas; Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN; and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Her administrative experience includes five years as Associate Dean at Saint John’s, eight years as department chair at Marquette, and three years as Academic Dean at Regis College, Toronto, 2019-2022. She was President of the Catholic Theological Society of America 2014-2015. She received the John Courtney Murray Award from the Catholic Theological Association of America in 2021 in recognition of “outstanding and distinguished achievement in theology.”

Very active in ecumenical work, Prof. Wood serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue (1994-present), the North American Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation (2005-present), the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (2008-2019), and the conversation between the Baptist World Alliance and the Roman Catholic Church (2006-2010, 2017-2022). She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group. She serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. Most of her writing explores the connections between ecclesiology and sacramental theology.

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