GENERAL LEGAL COUNSEL
SENIOR MINISTRY ADVISOR
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT &
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
VP OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT &
SENIOR MINISTRY ADVISOR
DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
VP OF MISSION INTEGRATION &
SENIOR MINISTRY ADVISOR
IT NETWORK ENGINEER
VP OF MISSION INTEGRATION
Mary Lynn Owen
VP OF SPECIAL PROJECTS &
SENIOR MINISTRY ADVISOR
VP OF SPECIAL PROJECTS &
SENIOR MINISTRY ADVISOR
VP OF CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
SM Clarette Stryzewski, CSSF
SM Therese Szczepczynski, CSSF
SENIOR MINISTRY ADVISOR
MINISTRY FINANCIAL LIAISON
My name is Iris Bartraw. I’m the Director of Engagements at St. Felix Centre. 1991 was the first time I had the opportunity to walk past 25 Augusta Ave. At the time I had no knowledge of who lived in the beautiful Victorian house but each time I passed this beautiful house I had an overwhelming feeling of peace. I was shortly told the house was owned by Sisters no one knew what their order was. In 1996 a neighbor of mine invited me to join her for a meditation group at the Centre located behind the house. My twin boys were now two years of age and I was invited by Sister Dorothy and Joan to join them along with a few moms from my neighborhood. My children interacted with other children as the moms socialized. In 1998 I was invited to be part of the renovation committee for now St. Felix Centre. The renovations were completed in 1999. My children attended summer camp and the after school programs. I worked part time at another agency and would volunteer with the lunch program at St. Felix Centre once per week on my day off. December 2 2002 I was asked to be part of the St. Felix Centre team. Since 2002 to the present I have had the opportunity to not only see St. Felix Centre grow but have the opportunity to grow with it. I have worked in the following areas Kitchen Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Services and now Director of Engagements. My Journey at St Felix Centre has been a true blessing. At a young age I faced several difficult challenges not knowing what God had in store for me. I now know I had to face these challenges to take me to St. Felix Centre. A place where I have the opportunity to have God work through me to help those in need in a place I now call home.
As provincial minister of the Felician Sisters’ Our Lady of Hope Province, Sister Christopher is the leader of the more than 600 Felician Sisters in North America. Sister Christopher had previously served in a number of leadership roles at the former Felician province in Coraopolis, PA, including provincial minister, provincial secretary, and council member. Over the course of three decades, Sister Christopher served as teacher and administrator in a number of Catholic schools. Her classroom career began in elementary school classrooms as a teacher of science, religion, and language arts. Sister Christopher went on to become the English Department Chair at Quigley High School in Baden, PA, followed by an 18-year tenure as Principal of Felician-sponsored Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, PA. One of the pioneers of green building in the Pittsburgh area, Sister Christopher was a member of the six-person team that led the 155,000-square-foot green renovation of the Felician Sisters’ Coraopolis, PA provincial house which won the designation of the first Gold LEED-certified buildings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) within the Pittsburgh area. Sister Christopher holds a B.A. degree from La Roche College, and a M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jeremy Westrick joined Felician Services, Inc. in September 2013 and currently serves as Ministry Financial Liaison, a role in which he engages, advises, and supports the leadership of the Felician‐sponsored ministries in matters of finance and strategy. Prior to joining Felician Services, Jeremy worked as a financial and tax consultant in the investment management industry.
Jeremy has over thirteen years of experience in accounting and finance, previously working in public accounting at Deloitte and Touche LLP and as the Director of Tax Advisory and Control for UBS Global Asset Management. In these roles, Jeremy provided numerous consulting and professional services to investment managers, including and involving financial reporting, tax and regulatory compliance, and efficient structuring of investment fund vehicles, all within the complex landscape of US and international taxation.
Jeremy received his BBA in Accounting and Finance from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, his MS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois‐Champaign, and his Master of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
David Ward joined Felician Services, Inc. in 2010. He serves as Senior Ministry Advisor providing support and oversight for health care, hospice, older adult services, and related ministries.
Prior to Felician Services, Dave served as Principal for a consulting group that focused on advancing Hurricane Katrina recovery, electronic health records, and health system financing. His professional experience includes – President/CEO, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans; Senior Vice President for Integrated Services Delivery, St. Joseph Health System, Atlanta; Regional Senior Vice President/COO, Catholic Health Corporation, Omaha; Executive Director, Illinois Association of Homes for the Aging; Commissioned Officer, US Public Health Service, Baltimore. For eight years, he taught a MD/MPH course at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and collaborated on clinical research as an adjunct clinical faculty member of LSU Health Sciences Center.
Dave earned a B.S. in Biology & Sociology from Allegheny College, and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) from University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is a licensed nursing home administrator, Fellow in the American College of Health Care Administrators, and former Board member of Catholic Health Association USA and American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging/LeadingAge.
Sister Therese Szczepczynski CSSF joined Felician Services, Inc. in August 2011 as an Administrative Assistant.
Sister has taught at the elementary level in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. With an expertise in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, she ministered as a clinician at the Felician College (Montay College) Psychoeducational Center for ten years.
Sister Therese worked as Administrative Assistant to the Provincial Leadership Team of the Felician Sisters of Chicago for eighteen years. Prior to her arrival at FSI, Sister offered 18 months of clerical support to the new Provincial Leadership Team of the Our Lady of Hope Province of the North American Felician Sisters.
Sister Therese attended Felician College in Chicago, received her BA from Mundelein College (Chicago) and her MA in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch College (Milwaukee).
Sister M. Clarette Stryzewski has been a member of the Felician Sisters Congregation for over 50 years. She joined Felician Services, Inc. (FSI) in Chicago, Illinois in January, 1993, as its President and CEO, while also serving as the President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, Illinois. Her ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital began in 1983, a position which Sister held until 1995, when she became the full‐time President and CEO of Felician Services, Inc.
Sister Clarette has been engaged in congregational ministries including elementary education, secondary education, clinical social work, hospital administration, and President and CEO of Felician Services, Inc., the Corporate Member of Felician Sisters, Inc. Ministries.
Effective January 1, 2014, Sister Clarette made the decision to relinquish her role as President and CEO of FSI, a position she held for twenty years, to become a part‐time employee, assisting FSI as an Executive Liaison, particularly to the co‐sponsored healthcare ministries in Illinois. Sister Clarette presently serves on numerous Boards.
Jerome (Jerry) Serwa serves Felician Services as Vice President Corporate Responsibility and the Due Diligence Officer. In his role as VP of Corporate Responsibility Program, Jerry is responsible for the development and implementation of the Corporate Responsibility Program at Felician Services, as well as, monitoring the effectiveness of the Corporate Responsibility Programs at the Felician Sponsored Ministries. As Due Diligence Officer, Jerry is responsible for coordinating the evaluation of projects in the areas of program expansion and new program development.
Prior to these roles, Jerry served as Vice President Finance at Felician Services. Before joining Felician Services in 1997, Jerry worked in public accounting and consulting with engagements concentrated in the long term nursing care, retirement, education and other not for profit industries. These engagements included: feasibility analysis, operational overviews, workout planning, debt restructuring, transitional management, financial information systems, valuation, process improvement, and litigation support.
Jerry received his BS in Accounting from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.
Terry brings 27 years of corporate and ministry experience to the team.
Prior to being a Senior Ministry Advisor, Terry served as Executive Director of the REVEAL Project where he led a team of professionals in creating the world’s largest database on spiritual growth‐consisting of over 2,000 churches and half a million congregants. In this role, Terry was responsible for providing data, analysis and insights that formed the basis for five spiritual growth books.
During his 20 year tenure in the corporate sector, Terry successfully led and managed an office of 35 professionals for the world’s largest custom marketing research firm.
Terry has a BBA in Marketing and Human Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and an MBA from Marquette University.
Maria Parrillo joined Felician Services, Inc. in July 2004 as Staff Accountant. In 2015, Maria moved into her current role as Accounting Manager.
Prior to joining Felician Services, Maria worked for over six years in retail banking for both CIB Bank as a Customer Service Representative and Liberty Bank for Savings starting as a Teller succeeding to Teller Supervisor. In addition, Maria was employed as a Marketing Specialist/Tracking Analyst for Marsh Affinity Group Services. Her primary role was reporting on the performance of promotional mailings – analyzing revenues and expenses of marketing campaigns as well as preparation of annual budget projections.
Maria has also volunteered with the IRS Tax Assistance Program in Chicago, Illinois, preparing income tax returns for families in need.
Maria received her BA in the areas of International Business and Italian and her MBA with a concentration in Accounting from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and American Institute of CPAs.
Mary Lynn Owen joined Felician Services, Inc. in 2009 as Senior Project Manager. Prior to joining Felician Services, Mary Lynn worked as a business and information systems consultant. She has progressed in her career at Felician Services, Inc. and is now VP of Special Projects and Senior Ministry Advisor for Felician‐Sponsored ministries in Enfield, CT, Jackson, MI and Newark, DE.
Mary Lynn was employed as a consultant for Ashton Hayes Group until founding her own company, M. L. Owen Solutions. Over the course of her 20 year career as a consultant, Mary Lynn has managed projects and developed system and process improvements for businesses across several industries, servicing small business owners as well as Fortune 100 companies. She has identified resources necessary to meet current and future business needs, implemented strategic business systems, developed project work plans, timelines and cost estimates and provided training and ongoing support for her clients.
Mary Lynn began her career as a marketing analyst for Walter E. Heller Financial Corporation and then for The Chicago Tribune, where she later managed a staff of marketing analysts.
May Lynn received her BS in Communications from The University of Illinois and her MBA from the University of Michigan.
Paul Lipowski joined Felician Services, Inc. in July of 2014 as Vice President of Mission Integration. Prior to joining Felician Services, Inc. he served in parish ministry at various parishes as Director of Religious Education, Pastoral Associate, and Liturgist. Paul, also, currently teaches at Dominican University, teaching in the core‐curriculum. He serves on various boards including the editorial board at Creighton University’s Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership.
Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Theology from Loyola University Chicago as well as a Master of Art degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola. He holds a Certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a Master of Letters degree in Bible and Contemporary World from St. Mary’s College (School of Divinity) at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is also currently finishing his doctorate at Creighton University.
Robb Kirchen joined Felician Services, Inc. in January of 2012 as an IT Network Engineer. Prior to joining Felician Services, Robb was employed by a Technical Services and Consulting firm and provided IT support for over 6 years to Felician Village in Manitowoc, WI and to St. Joseph Academy and Villa St. Francis in Milwaukee, WI. He continues to support the IT needs at the Milwaukee‐based Ministries today as an employee of Felician Services, Inc.
Robb has over 20 years of experience in the computer industry, with proven skills in Project Management, Network Engineering, and IT Management. He earned his Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MSCE) in 2001 and currently holds certification as a Microsoft Small Business Specialist.
William E. Hall serves Felician Services as Vice President of Mission Integration and as a Senior Ministry Advisor. In his role, he supports each ministry’s efforts to build a Felician/Franciscan and Catholic culture where the mission and core values infuse all aspects of the organization’s life: from recruitment and retention practices, HR policies, to board, leadership and staff formation. He also sits on a several boards as the Sole Member designee of the Felician Sisters of North America.
Prior to joining Felician Services, Bill served as the System Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care for the Benedictine Health System in Duluth, Minnesota. While there, he inaugurated a strategic plan for mission, implemented enhanced spiritual care initiatives, oversaw the development of ethics committees, and developed a unified approach to community benefit planning. He also was responsible for ongoing formation of senior leaders and staff in the System’s 40‐plus campuses. In addition, he implemented a unified approach to enhanced palliative care services for chronically and terminally ill residents and patients.
Bill’s life experiences include over twenty years with the De La Salle Christian Brothers where he served as a teacher/professor and administrator at the secondary and university levels, and also held leadership positions within the congregation.
Bill acts as a consultant to a number of non‐profit organizations and to several communities of men and women religious. He has also served on non‐profit and civic organization boards.
Bill holds a Master’s degree in Theology from La Salle University in Philadelphia and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in PA. He has done additional study at Duquesne, George Washington and Temple Universities.
In addition, he holds certificates in Health Care Administration; Spirituality and Health; and Palliative and End‐of‐life Care. He is also trained as a Malcom Baldridge Quality Award site evaluator. Finally, he is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC), an active member of numerous professional organizations, and has contributed to several publications.
Ivette Guarin joined Felician Services, Inc. in 2013 as Director of Instructional Design. She is responsible for supporting the knowledge and information management initiatives of the organization.
Prior to joining Felician Services, Ivette served as the ELearning Content Development Assistant for the School of New Learning (SNL) at DePaul University. Before joining SNL, Ivette served as a User Experience Analyst for GfK User Centric Inc. the world’s largest user experience research and design firm. Ivette began her career in education serving as an Instructional Technologist at John Hersey High School, and as a voluntary instructor at TiZmedia Foundation, a not‐for‐ profit Math and Science program for urban students.
Ivette holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University and an MS in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University. She is a graduate of Good Counsel High School, a Felician‐Sponsored ministry.
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Colleen Fulkerson joined Felician Services, Inc. in 2013 as a Senior Ministry Advisor and VP of Knowledge Management. Prior to joining Felician Services, Colleen served as the K‐12 Assessment Director for AUSL, a not‐for‐profit Educational Management Organization partnering with Chicago Public Schools.
Before joining AUSL, Colleen served as Curriculum Director for Civitas Schools, a not‐for‐profit Educational Management Organization. Colleen began her career in education as an English teacher and was the Humanities Chair at Good Counsel High School in Chicago, a Felician‐Sponsored ministry. While at Good Counsel, Colleen collaborated on the implementation of the Felician Core Values for Ministry and co‐sponsored retreats for students.
Colleen holds a BA in Secondary Education – English from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign and an MA in Language, Literacy, and Specialized Instruction from DePaul University.
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Lorena Franch joined Felician Services, Inc. in 2016 as Executive Assistant to Andrea White and Senior Project Manager. Prior to joining Felician Services Lorena was a business creator and owner of a children’s play space and party venue in the city of Chicago. Prior to starting her own business Lorena grew through numerous positions over the course of ten years for a rapidly growing and successful infant product and children’s toy manufacturing company. Prior to that, Lorena was a ballet, tap and modern dance instructor.
Lorena is the current President of the Edge brook Glen Association Social Committee. She is a member of the Immaculate Conception school parents club and ladies bowling league. She has also been a committee chair for two years in a row for the Immaculate Conception School Spring Gala fundraiser.
Previously, Lorena served on the St. Wenceslaus Association board for 6 years. Lorena received her BA in Theatre and Dance from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.
Peggy Doering joined Felician Services, Inc. in March 2013 as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for the oversight, direction and planning of all Human Resource programs for Felician Services. She also acts as advisor and consultant to the Felician‐sponsored ministries in North America.
Peggy has over 25 years of experience in Human Resource Management. Throughout Peggy’s career, specific areas of focus have included HR Strategy Formulation and Execution, Corporate Strategic Planning, Legal Compliance, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, Coaching and Mentoring, Performance Management, Corporate Responsibility, Training and Development, and Compensation/Benefits Management.
Peggy has held positions of progressively greater responsibility at Parker Hannifin, Holy Family Health Center, Omron Electronics, Celtic Life Insurance, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), and Woodward, Inc. Immediately prior to joining FSI, Peggy worked as an HR Consultant for UBS.
Peggy holds a BA in Business Administration from Rosary College and an MS in Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago.
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Sr. Patricia (Pat) Cielinski, OSB joined Felician Services, Inc. (FSI) in 1996 as the Administration Assistant to the CEO and President, Sister Clarette Stryzewski, CSSF. Prior to FSI, Sr. Pat worked within her religious community – The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, St. Scholastica Monastery – as Assistant to the Sub‐prioress.
Additional ministerial experiences include employment at a social service agency in Chicago and a Benedictine‐sponsored boarding school in Colorado. Currently, Sister serves on a number of committees for the Benedictines and represents her community, as an elected delegate, at meetings of the Federation of St. Scholastica, a governance and support structure comprised of twenty‐one monasteries in the U.S. and Mexico.
In her business career preceding religious life, she held management positions with a national retailer.
Sr. Pat received her BS in Commerce from DePaul University (Chicago) and her MA in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University (Chicago).
Edward (Todd) Beadle joined Felician Services, Inc. in December 2014 as a Senior Ministry Advisor providing support and oversight for elementary education, childcare, and social services ministries.
Prior to joining Felician Services, Inc., Todd served as President/CEO of St. Joseph Academy/Child Development Center of St. Joseph, a Felician‐Sponsored Ministry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before joining St. Joseph Academy, Todd served as Principal for Hickman Academy Preparatory School, Director of Managed Care and Education Services for St. Charles Youth & Family Services, Director of Youth and Community Programs for the Social Development Commission, Director of Programs for V.E Carter Development Group, and Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Todd earned a BA in Political Science from Jackson State University, MS in Business from Cardinal Stritch University, M.Ed. in Education Administration from National Louis University, and has his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Todd is a licensed Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Special Education, and K‐8 Teacher.
Philip Azar joined Felician Services, Inc. in March 2011 as its General Legal Counsel.
Azar graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in June, 1967. He then graduated with a J.D. degree from Tulane University in 1971, followed by an LLM in Taxation from Washington University, St. Louis.
Azar served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Harlington Wood, Jr. Federal District Judge for the Central Illinois District Court, Springfield IL, for two years between his graduation from Tulane and entrance into the Washington University School of Law. Azar had represented the Felician Sisters, Chicago Province as outside legal counsel from 1978 until 2001.
Azar had been a small business owner and developer prior to joining Felician Services in 2011.