Kathleen Nolan, OP Chair of the Board of Directors
Kathleen Nolan, OP, is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. Kathleen received her Master of Social Work degree from the National Catholic School of Social Work at Catholic University of American. She is licensed as clinical social worker and has worked in the field of clinical social work for over thirty years in a variety of settings including, mental health clinics, schools (high school and university) as well as working with ex-offenders in a residential program. Most recently she ministered in the Diocese of Prince George, British Columbia providing counseling services to the people of the diocese. In July of 2014, Kathleen became the coordinator of the Office of Global Mission, Justice and Peace for the Adrian Dominicans. Kathleen has also served on the General Council of the Adrian Dominicans from 2004-2010. In that capacity, she oversaw the congregation’s work in the area of social justice.
Stephen Rivet Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
Stephen Rivet is currently Corporate Director of Business Development at Chain-Sys Corporation in Grand Ledge, Michigan. He has over 30 years of international business experience in the areas of engineering, sales and marketing as well as executive management. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Europe. Mr. Rivet has a BSME (Wayne State University) and a MPS (Loyola University of New Orleans). He is a member of St Michael Catholic Community where he lives and serves on the Pastoral Council and in other ministries having completed the Just Faith Peace & Social Justice Programs.
Dr. Barbara Ellen Black
Barbara Ellen Black has served as the Executive Director of the Lower Hudson Valley Catholic College and University Consortium where she managed a collaboration of ten institutions created to preserve and strengthen the member institutions in their Catholic identity, broaden and enrich their environments, promote student leadership and assist in their fiscal stewardship. Dr. Black has spent much of her career in academia, having worked in the business, finance and administration areas of Fordham University, Hunter College, Georgian Court University, and her alma mater, Molloy College.
She has been active on various Boards committed to improving education and the quality of life for all, including her professional associations and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Dr. Black currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Technical Career Institute. She has served as an accreditation evaluator, Board member and finally a Commissioner of the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education. She also has been a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education’ Board and Executive Committee. In addition to her commitment to the Partnership and its mission, she is an alternate representative for the Georgian Association “Women in Business”, an NGO of the Republic of Georgia. Her service to the Long Island community and the Church continues as she is a member of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island Board of Directors.
Cheryl Golden Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Cheryl Golden is a teacher-scholar, having earned her doctorate in ancient history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.She is published in the fields of Greek and Roman history.Her research areas include Roman Law, Ancient Medical History and Social History.In 2005 she was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award at Newman University, where she has served since 1998.Golden leads the University’s Learning Community efforts for both Freshman and Transfer Students. In addition to her classroom work, Golden supports students in their international studies.In this capacity she has taught in the Netherlands, in England, and has led student programs in Greece and Italy.
Mary Ellen Loch, CSJ
Sister Mary Ellen Loch is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Sister Mary Ellen received her masters in counseling from St. Louis University and in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed social worker and a certified Domestic Violence counselor. She has a certificate in spiritual direction and spiritual formation from the Institute in Religious Formation from St. Louis University. She has served in the ministries of spiritual formation and leadership for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and as a counselor for children through adults on the college level and in a shelter for abused women. She also serves on the Peace and Justice committee for the Congregation of St. Joseph. Sister Mary Ellen is on the staff of the Magnificat Center for Unity and Reconciliation, and does spiritual direction and retreat work.
Susan McCarthy, RDC
Susan McCarthy, RDC is a member of the Religious of the Divine Compassion. She has an MA in history from St. Bonaventure University and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Fordham University. Susan has taught in elementary and high school, has served as an associate pastor in several parishes in New York City and was on the staff of Little Rock Scripture Study (promoting LRSS around the country). Susan has done volunteer work in Appalachia and the South Bronx. She speaks Spanish and has studied in Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. In 1974, she assisted in the establishment of the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace in New York City. She is currently Chairperson of the Board of SHORE (Sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility).
Rosemary Russell, CPPS
Sister Rosemary Russell is a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Missouri. Sister Rosemary received her masters in elementary administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri. She is certified as an elementary school principal and teacher and as a special education teacher. She has completed the Basic Language and Review courses at the Instituto de Idiomas de Maryknoll, Cochabamba, Bolivia. She has completed courses in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). She has served as an Archdiocesan Director of Elementary Schools and as a teacher and principal for Catholic elementary schools in St. Louis, Missouri. She served as a missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia for the Amanecer Program for Street Children and Women where she ministered as a director/co-director of a home for street boys and as a teacher in the Escuela de San Vicente. She was the administrator and a teacher for the English Tutoring Project: Teaching English to Immigrant and Refugee Children in St. Louis. She has also served on the Leadership Team for her congregation, and is presently the chair of the Gospel Justice Committee for her congregation.
Steven Rufe, M.A. Secretary of the Board of Directors
Steven Rufe earned his M.A. in International Educational Development with a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture at Columbia University's Teachers College in October of 2014. Currently, Mr. Rufe is employed as a 5th grade teacher on the San Carlos Apache Native American Reservation in Arizona. In May of 2012, Mr. Rufe graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy College located in Gwynedd Valley, PA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education with a certification in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Psychology. After attending a Mercy Meets the UN Conference, organized by the Partnership for Global Justice and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE) in the summer of 2009, his vision for his future changed. Nearly two years of serving as an intern for the Partnership for Global Justice led him to become determined to achieve a lofty goal: education for all. Soon after creating community partnerships with local organizations to engage college students in service during his undergraduate career, Steven began student teaching at a special education school in New York City, as well as St. Charles Apache School in San Carlos, Arizona. Just before beginning the pursuit of his M.A. from Columbia University in September of 2012, Steven was named to the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Global Justice, the organization he spent two years interning with during his undergraduate career. These experiences, and many others, catapulted him into his current studies and future dreams of securing work for an organization which supports education for all.
Ex-Officio Members: Executive Director of PGJ Sr. JoAnn Mark
Youth Representatives Ashlee Yearwood and Megan Scali