Leadership2018-09-26T18:35:03+00:00

Meet our Board of Directors, a group of men and women whose experience and leadership has helped to launch GIVEN for the Church and the wider culture.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Albers, SOLT

Aspirant and Vocations Servant, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

Thérèse Bermpohl

Executive Director for the Office of Marriage, Family, and Respect Life in the Diocese of Arlington, VA

Mary Devlin Capizzi

Partner, Drinker, Biddle, & Reath, LLP

Kim Daniels

Member, Vatican Secretariat for Communications and Associate Director, Georgetown University Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life

Ana Cecilia Fieler

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University

Very Rev. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P.

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., Senior Editor of Aleteia.org (English edition), prior of the Dominican House of Studies

Dr. John Grabowski

Professor of Moral Theology, The Catholic University of America and Theological Advisor to the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth

Monsignor Robert Panke

Rector, Pope Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, D.C. and Director of Clergy Formation for the Archdiocese of Washington.

Sister Mary Madeline Todd, O.P.

Assistant Professor of Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN

Sister Mary Elizabeth Wusinich, S.V.

Vicar General for the Sisters of Life, Assistant Chairperson, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

Sarah Yaklic

Director, Grotto Network, University of Notre Dame

Luanne Zurlo

Executive Director of Seton Education Partners, Founder, Educando by Worldfund.

Elise Italiano

Executive Director of The GIVEN Institute

Before joining GIVEN, Elise worked in public relations as the spokeswoman and Executive Director of University Communications at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and as the spokeswoman and Director of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, VA.

Prior to working in communications, Elise taught theology and bioethics at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., one of the oldest all-girls’ high schools in the nation. Elise earned her M.A. in Theology from Villanova University and her B.A. in Humanities from Providence College. She is a guest columnist for Catholic News Service and her writing on the intersection of faith and culture has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, America, National Review Online, Catholic News Agency, First Things, and National Catholic Register.

“The personal and professional opportunities I have been given can be traced directly to the mentorship I have received from female leaders in the Church. These women identified my gifts, took the time to mentor me, and provided me with opportunities for growth. This is why GIVEN’s mission is close to my heart.  I hope to give the next generation of female leaders that same opportunity to encounter credible, faithful mentors who will equip them to pursue the mission that is uniquely theirs.” – Elise Italiano