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

Sister Mary Elizabeth Endee, FSE
Director of Vocations for the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Director of the Franciscan Life Center

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 (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

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
Chief Digital Officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Luanne Zurlo
Executive Director of Seton Education Partners, Founder, Educando by Worldfund

Meet our Advisory Council, individuals who lend their expertise and counsel to help guide GIVEN’s vision and development.

Montse Alvarado
VP and Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Helen Alvaré
Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V.
Superior General of the Sisters of Life

Most Reverend Jose H. Goméz
Archbishop of Los Angeles

Peggy Noonan
Columnist, The Wall Street Journal 

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Rachel Harkins Ullmann

Executive Director of
The GIVEN Institute

When Rachel was 16 years old, she took a risk and signed up to serve as a Young Apostle for a Steubenville Youth Conference. While in confession with Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, he had a vision which he shared with her. She was hiding behind a rose bush and Christ was asking her to come out from behind the bush and become the biggest, brightest rose on the front of the bush. This divine commission has led Rachel on a journey of discipleship and leadership in the Church for the service of others.

Prior to joining GIVEN, Rachel worked in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for over twelve years supporting parishes and schools with their advancement efforts. Rachel has also taught theology courses in Catholic schools and served as Campus Minister at Mount de Sales Academy under the leadership of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she majored in Theology and Catechetics and obtained her Masters in Education Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Rachel is a harpist and has traveled to Australia, Israel, and all over Europe (favorite cities being Rome, Lourdes, and Fatima). Her greatest source of joy is her husband Tony and her children, Evangeline and Cooper.

“My deepest desire is to see you in heaven. Every woman who encounters The GIVEN Institute is a chosen daughter of God. My prayer is that you will receive the gift that you are, realize the gifts you have been given, and respond with the gift that only YOU can give. I am honored to accompany you on this journey.” – Rachel Harkins Ullmann

Anne Marie Warner

Director of Operations for
The GIVEN Institute

Anne Marie is an alumnae of the 2016 GIVEN Forum, and is passionate about The GIVEN Institute’s mission of activating the gifts of young women for the Church and the world. Anne Marie spent time in formation with the Sisters of Life, a religious community dedicated to protecting and enhancing the sacredness of every human life, and was also involved in the planning of the 2016 Forum.

Prior to joining GIVEN, Anne Marie worked for the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, providing support for the accounting, fundraising, event planning, and administrative areas of the organization. She is a graduate of Bentley University in Massachusetts, where she majored in Corporate Finance and Accounting and obtained her Masters in Accounting. She worked at a public accounting firm in Boston for two years and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“I am so grateful for the women who have served as formal and informal mentors in my life – those who have seen me, loved me, and affirmed the gifts within me. I have experienced the transforming power of these relationships, and hope that, through GIVEN, many young women will be able receive the truth of their inestimable value, discover their gifts, and be empowered to live out their vocations and personal mission.” – Anne Marie Warner

History of The GIVEN Institute

The GIVEN Institute was established in February 2018 and has its origin in the 2016 GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum, organized by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. Sister Mary Gabriel, SV and Sister Bethany Madonna, SV, Co-Chairs of the 2016 GIVEN Forum, conceived of the idea to host a leadership forum for young women throughout the United States with the aim of helping them to “receive the gift they are, realize the gifts they’ve been given, and respond with the gift that only they can give.”

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, Superior General of the Sisters of Life and an organizer of the event, said “GIVEN was conceived in the hearts of women religious and remains a significant response on the part of the Church to encourage, inspire, and mentor young women at a crucial moment in their lives. We want each of them to know they are loved, noticed, and necessary.”

The 2016 GIVEN Forum brought together nearly 300 young adult women from every state in the country, and connected them with some of the leading women in the Church. The attendees were accompanied by over 70 religious sisters from more than 25 different religious communities. Each participant developed a post-forum action plan that they implemented in a community of their choice. The GIVEN Institute was formed to continue the inaugural forum’s mission of activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world. 

Sr. Mary Gabriel, SV
Co-Chair of the inaugural
2016 GIVEN Forum

Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV

Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV
Co-Chair of the inaugural
2016 GIVEN Forum


Elise Italiano served as GIVEN’s Founding Executive Director.