Leadership Team

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Greg Tobin

President and Publisher

Greg brings to RENEW extensive experience in executive nonprofit, mission-driven leadership, including some 10 years in Catholic media at The Catholic Advocate and in higher education at Seton Hall University (both in the Archdiocese of Newark). Most recently, for eight years, he led international publishing and services operations for Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Those assignments were preceded by a quarter century in creative and executive positions in New York-based trade book publishing, leading venerable brands such as Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. and Random House to new levels of performance.

Collaborating with boards and colleagues has been a hallmark of Greg’s professional experience. In his faith life, he has been an active parishioner at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, South Orange, N.J. for more than 35 years. His wife participated in the spectacular music ministry for more than two decades, and his two children attended grammar school there, K-8, and both also attended Seton Hall Prep in West Orange; one graduated from Seton Hall University. Greg graduated from Yale University, earned his master’s degree in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, and received the John Paul II Medal for Academic Excellence in 2006.

As president and publisher of RENEW International, Greg Tobin is committed to sustaining and building upon the mission and legacy of this renowned private association of the faithful and striving to ensure its future in vibrant service to our Church in this Archdiocese and globally.

Favorite Quote: “And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God ….” Ephesians 4:11-13

Charles Paolino

Charles Paolino

Managing Editor for Publications and Resources

A permanent deacon in the Diocese of Metuchen, Chuck edits and writes content for RENEW’s publications and communications. “Coming to work for RENEW after leaving the newspaper business was an opportunity to merge my editing/writing background and my religious background,” Chuck says.

Before joining RENEW, Chuck was an editor in the newspaper industry and journalism instructor for over forty years. He is also a theater critic and a columnist for The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper and website for the Diocese of Metuchen.

Chuck holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in communications from Seton Hall University and Master of Arts in journalism from Penn State University. He shares a passion for baseball through reading, blogging, social media, chatrooms, and listening to radio broadcasts. Chuck also enjoys telling stories, reading Peanuts collections, and listening to Garrison Keillor’s monologues for a laugh.

Favorite Quote: “ ‘Tis better to know nothin’ than to know what ain’t so.” - Ambrose Bierce

John Poitevent

John Poitevent

Parish Catalyst, Manager and Facilitator

John has a passion to see the local parish fulfilling all that it is called and created to be. For 25 years, he has worked in a variety of ministry roles including missionary, small-groups director, counselor, and consultant. His ministry outside of the Church includes extensive work with the homeless and with persons addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Before joining the Parish Catalyst team, John served as a director with Leadership Network, helping churches around the country plan strategically for their future.

In his free time, John enjoys being in the great outdoors. Whether it's snow skiing, jet skiing, hiking, kayaking, golfing, or cycling, he loves being out in nature and discovering new places.

John is a cum laude, Outstanding Graduate of the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Favorite quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Rev Dr John Watson

Denise Reece

Denise Reece

Controller

Denise manages all things accounting-, finance-, and payroll-related at RENEW International.

A CPA and a graduate of Rutgers University, Denise has many years of corporate accounting experience at companies including ITT Corporation, Morse Diesel International, and AMEC. After taking time off from her career to focus on family and raise her two daughters, she was grateful and excited to rejoin the workforce at RENEW where she can use her skills to put her faith into action.

Denise serves her parish as a member of both the Pastoral Council and Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Home and School Association Board at her daughter's school, and she is a Girl Scout Leader.Denise and her husband are passionate about nurturing in their daughters the Catholic faith and the value of service. Working at RENEW allows Denise to reinforce these values with her young daughters.

Favorite quote: "For it is in giving that we receive" - Francis of Assisi

Pastoral Services Team

Sr. Ruth Bolarte, IHM

Sr. Ruth Bolarte, IHM

Pastoral Consultant

Sr. Ruth coordinates initiatives in Spanish for RENEW International and is a member of the Sisters of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pennsylvania.

Before joining RENEW, Sr. Ruth worked in Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and was director of the Office of Multi-Cultural Ministry for the Diocese of Metuchen. In addition, Sr. Ruth has served on many local, diocesan, and national boards supporting the Hispanic community. Sr. Ruth enjoys “working for the mission of evangelization and the building of the Kingdom of God.”

Sr. Ruth holds the degrees of Master of Arts from St. Charles Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from the Catholic University of America. She expresses her passion for evangelization of cultures and Catholic social teaching by following Catholic Relief Services and joining various organizations.

Favorite Quote: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” - John 10:10

Rev. Jerry Browne

Rev. Jerry Browne

Director of the RENEW Africa National Office

Rev. Jerry Browne serves as the Director of the RENEW Africa National Office in South Africa. He conducts RENEW workshops and leadership training sessions, and promotes RENEW Africa to dioceses throughout South Africa. Fr. Jerry also heads the Pastoral Development Office for the Diocese of Port Elizabeth.

Favorite Quote: "If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.” - W. H. Auden

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Pastoral Services Associate Director

Mare serves as the pastoral services associate director at RENEW International and brings to that role over 15 years of experience in Catholic non-profit and higher- education settings. In addition to her professional career, she has held volunteer leadership positions on various non-profit boards and has run a national conference on civic engagement.

Mare volunteers as a core team member with her parish’s middle school ministry program and works as a therapy team with her dog, Justice. She is passionate about connecting faith to action and looking for innovative ways to educate people of all ages about our faith-based call to serve.

In her free time, Mare loves to spend time outside, especially at the shore or exploring new places.

Mare holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and multicultural studies, and master of education and educational specialist degrees in community counseling from Rider University.

Favorite Quote: “If you want to make God laugh, tell God about your plans.” – Woody Allen

Soeurette Fougere

Dr. Sœurette Fougère

Pastoral Consultant

Dr. Fougère is a member of the pastoral-services team and brings to RENEW over three decades of experience in education administration and ministry.

Through her leadership in the New York City public school system, Dr. Fougère has improved instructional programs, empowered teachers and administrators, and written and reviewed grants. She is also a specialist in Multilingual/English Language Learners (MLL/ELLs)’ education. In addition to parish work, Dr. Fougère has attended liturgical and leadership training through dioceses and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Dr. Fougère is also a member of the National Haitian Charismatic Renewal Council.

Dr. Fougère holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in mathematics, science, and technology, Master of Science in education with a concentration in bilingual education, and Doctor of Philosophy in education. She has also earned professional certificates in school-administration supervision and school-district administration. She is “a devoted and humble servant of the Lord” in non-profit work. A keynote speaker at many religious conferences, Dr. Fougère founded the Haitian prayer group at the Shrine Church of St. Jude, Brooklyn, New York.

Favorite Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

Sr. Chela Gonzalez, OP

Sr. Chela Gonzalez, OP

Pastoral Consultant

Sr. Chela works with RENEW’s pastoral services team and leads workshops in English or Spanish. She is a member of the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sr. Chela has worked in various diocesan positions, leading in the formation of permanent deacons, catechists, and seminarians. She enjoyed serving food to the homeless through San Antonio Metro Ministry in Texas. Having “always wanted to do ministry,” Sr. Chela is passionate about non-profit work.

Sr. Chela holds a graduate degree in theological studies from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. Looking back on her visit to El Paso, Sr. Chela hopes to return and continue to support immigrants.

Favorite Quote: “Be who God meant you to be and you shall set the world on fire.” - St. Catherine of Siena

Sr. Honora Nicholson, RSM

Sr. Honora Nicholson, RSM

Pastoral Consultant

Sr. Honora, a Sister of Mercy of the Americas, is a member of the pastoral-services team. She enjoys working at RENEW because of her love of parish ministry and in the power of small groups.

Before joining RENEW, Sr. Honora was a pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City. In addition to certification in spiritual direction and leading retreats, she volunteers with various organizations such as The Innocence Project and alternative- education institutions.

Sr. Honora holds the degree of Master of Arts in theological studies from the University of Dayton. She has a passion for social justice, especially in the areas of racism and immigration. Sr. Honora “can often find humor in unusual circumstances” and feels comfortable meeting people with different backgrounds.

Favorite Quote: “What God does first and most faithfully is to trust us with our moment in history. This is our moment; this is our trust.” - Walter Bruggemann

John Poitevent

John Poitevent

Parish Catalyst, Manager and Facilitator

John has a passion to see the local parish fulfilling all that it is called and created to be. For 25 years, he has worked in a variety of ministry roles including missionary, small-groups director, counselor, and consultant. His ministry outside of the Church includes extensive work with the homeless and with persons addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Before joining the Parish Catalyst team, John served as a director with Leadership Network, helping churches around the country plan strategically for their future.

In his free time, John enjoys being in the great outdoors. Whether it's snow skiing, jet skiing, hiking, kayaking, golfing, or cycling, he loves being out in nature and discovering new places.

John is a cum laude, Outstanding Graduate of the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Favorite quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Rev Dr John Watson

Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP

Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP

Pastoral Consultant

Sr. Janet, an Adrian Dominican Sister in Adrian, Michigan, is a member of the pastoral-services team at RENEW International. She has directed workshops to help small-group members and leaders “discover and go deeper in their journey of faith and spirituality.”

Sr. Janet brings to RENEW experience from teaching in Catholic schools, serving as director of religious education and adult formation at several parishes, and director of adult faith formation for the archdiocese of Detroit. In addition to ministering with RENEW, Sr. Janet does retreats, parish missions and workshops throughout the US and Canada, facilitates online courses with two universities, and is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles.

Sr. Janet holds the degree of Master of Arts in theology and religious studies from the University of Detroit. Sr. Janet enjoys practicing a commitment to caring for the earth and working towards respect for all people. Sr. Janet also loves visiting her “great-nieces and great-nephews who live life so spontaneously — in the present moment, with such joy.”

Favorite Quote: “If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and how ugly it is, then it is yourself that needs repair.” - Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Development Team

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CYNTHIA CHOVAN-DALTON

Director of Development

Cynthia oversees all fundraising initiatives for RENEW. She has over 20 years of experience fundraising for Catholic schools and human-service organizations. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Loyola University Maryland, she served for two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She holds a master of science degree in nonprofit management from the New School University.

Cynthia serves as secretary of the Rutherford Green Team and is a troop leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, both in Rutherford, N.J. She has also volunteered as an RCIA catechist. She enjoys cooking with produce from her farm share from Community Supported Agriculture.

Favorite Quote: “We are prophets of a future not our own.” – Bishop Ken Untener

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Mary Beth Howath

Development Associate

Mary Beth performs administrative and fundraising tasks with RENEW’s development team. “RENEW gives me the opportunity to strengthen and practice my faith with work. I am also blessed to be surrounded by colleagues who feel the same empowerment,” Mary Beth says.

Before starting a family, Mary Beth worked in New York City in finance departments in commercial insurance, publishing, and retail. Mary Beth brings volunteer experience to RENEW from many fundraising roles in her daughters’ school. She supported the local Catholic school in many ways: the principal search committee; the track team, as a coach; the drama club, and a peer-tutoring program. Mary Beth sees “the value of colleagues working together for a strong mission” in non-profits.

Mary Beth holds the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. She loves spending time with family during holidays, New York City trips, beach vacations, and impromptu dance parties. Mary Beth says she uses humor to stay positive.

Favorite Quote: “Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look harder.” - Anonymous

Sr Honora Nolty, OP

Sr. Honora Nolty, OP

Associate for Special Projects

Sr. Honora assists multiple RENEW teams including development and pastoral services. “I love what I do,” says Sr. Honora, “I am challenged and affirmed daily while using familiar skills and learning new ones.”

A Dominican Sister of Amityville, New York, Sr. Honora feels called to work at a non-profit that “provides various and creative ways to preach.” Before joining RENEW, she had many roles in Brooklyn, Seattle, Southampton, New York, and her Dominican community. She brings many insights from her roles as an elementary school principal, diocesan superintendent, pastoral associate, and founder of various spiritual programs. She continues volunteering at a soup kitchen at St. Anne’s in Newark, New Jersey.

Sr. Honora holds the degrees of Post Masters in spiritual direction from Seattle University, Master of Arts in moral theology from St. John’s University, and Master’s in administration and supervision from Pace University. In her free time, you can find Sr. Honora reading and visiting her family or gardening. Because she enjoys learning about various cultures and religious beliefs, Sr. Honora loves taking on new experiences and meeting people through travel.

Favorite Quote: “Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by her God would be fulfilled.” - Luke 1:45

Sales and Marketing Team

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Jennifer Bober

Manager of Marketing

Jennifer is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford with a BA in English. An experienced marketing & communications professional, she comes to RENEW with both non-profit and publishing experience. In addition to her marketing career, she is a professional liturgical musician and had the privilege to sing for St. Pope John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta.

Favorite Quote: “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Customer Service / Shared Services Team

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Joseph Baricelli

Manager of Operations and Customer Service

Joseph is passionate about his role supporting RENEW’s mission through implementation of internal activities and supervision of interactions with our clients. He is “very pleased to be a part of an organization that places Christ at the heart of its mission and strives to strengthen people’s relationships to the Lord by forming communities of intentional disciples.”

Joseph graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Arts and Sciences and a major in journalism and media studies from the School of Communication and Information. In his college years, he served as the secretary, vice president, and president of the Rutgers Catholic Student Association and participated in mission trips to Tanzania, Africa, and West Virginia. After graduation, he volunteered for a year as a mission leader for the Catholic Student Union at Florida State University with the Brotherhood of Hope.

As a professional, Joseph worked in promotions, sales, as a senior campaign director for a Catholic development firm, and as a licensed insurance agent. He has always enjoyed making personal, faith connections with his colleagues and clients.

Outside of work, Joseph finds great joy in family, parish life, music, and cultural events.

Favorite Quote: “He who wants something other than Christ, does not know what he wants; he who seeks something other than Christ, does not know what he wishes; he who works and not for Christ, does not know what he is doing.”- St. Philip Neri

Dawn Tomei

Dawn Tomei

Shared Services Associate

A member of the shared-services team, Dawn helps each department to fulfill the needs of the office and mission of RENEW International. “It is a wonderful feeling knowing that the work you do helps to enrich the spiritual lives of people sharing their love for God,” Dawn says.

Dawn brings many years of volunteering to RENEW. An active member of the Church, Dawn is a Eucharistic minister, former chair of a parish fundraiser, CCD teacher, and president of a parish council. In addition, Dawn has coached sports teams and continues leading a Girl Scout troop for her children.

Dawn and her children stay involved in the community by working with local food banks, participating in town clean-up days and collections for the military.

Favorite Quote: “Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.” - Robin S. Sharma