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Executives and Board

CAC Executives

Michael Poffenberger, Executive DirectorMichael Poffenberger, Executive Director

Before joining CAC in 2014, Michael served as founding Executive Director of The Resolve, a non-profit working to end violence perpetrated by armed groups in Africa. Michael serves on the Advisory Board of Invisible Children and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He guides CAC’s work of teaching contemplative spirituality and is passionate about helping people connect with their sacred vocation in service to the needs of the world.


Corinne Carmony, Director of Finance and OperationsCorinne Carmony, Director of Finance and Operations

Corinne is a native New Mexican with over 25 years of experience as a CPA. She is a long-time volunteer for United Way and several other non-profit agencies, and she serves as an advocate for New Mexico’s children in foster care. Corinne and her husband, Larry, have three grown children. Corinne leads CAC’s internal operations, including finance, accounting, systems, technology, human resources, and facilities.


Tom Eberle, Director of EducationTom Eberle, Director of Education

Tom received a PhD in Education with a focus on Institutional Analysis from North Dakota State. He has been involved in Catholic education for 33 years, most recently as teacher and principal at St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. He and his wife, Andrea, have two grown children. Tom is administrative director for CAC’s two-year Living School program, digital Living Library, and self-paced online courses.


CAC Board of Directors


Phil Robers, ChairPhil Robers, Chair
After receiving his PhD in Management Science, Phil spent virtually his entire career as a management consulting partner with Ernst & Young. In addition to directing client assignments, he also focused on practice management. His final position prior to retirement was to direct the Global Supply Chain consulting practice for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Phil recently graduated from the CAC Living School. He is an avid fisherman. Phil and his wife, Sandi, live in Pennsylvania; they spend their winters in Marco Island, Florida. Phil chairs the Executive and Strategic Planning committees and is a member of the Finance Committee.


Richard Rohr in Napa Valley, CARichard Rohr, Vice Chair
Fr. Richard is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexican Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. He is a globally recognized author and teacher and academic dean of CAC’s Living School. Learn more about Fr. Richard here. Richard serves on the following CAC committees: Executive, Human Resources, Finance, Strategic Planning, and Nominations.



Jack WillomeJohn (Jack) Willome, Treasurer
Jack graduated from the University of Kansas with a business degree and held a CPA certificate for several years. For over two decades he worked with a major homebuilding and real estate development company in San Antonio, TX, ultimately becoming CEO. Jack has served on the boards and committees of numerous business and faith-based organizations. He is a practitioner and retreat leader of “values based leadership.” Jack and his wife, Dee, reside in Boerne, TX. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. Jack serves on the Executive and Finance committees.



LaVera CrawleyLaVera Crawley, Secretary
LaVera Crawley has followed the path of “radical servanthood” as a physician on the Navajo Indian Reservation; an at-home mom; an empirical bioethicist at Stanford University focusing on health inequities at the end of life; and now as a hospital chaplain practicing the art of spiritual companionship. LaVera is an alumna of the Living School, a graduate of the first cohort. She is happily married and is the proud mother of an artist. LaVera also serves on CAC’s Human Resources committee.



Jeannette EspositoJeannette Esposito
Jean retired as VP, Corporate Human Resources, with Kendall International. During retirement, she is involved with church outreach ministries, spiritual formation groups, and research on religion and international affairs, focusing on Islam and Christianity, with her husband, John, a professor at Georgetown University. They live in Bethesda, Maryland, and Marco Island, Florida. Jean chairs CAC’s Human Resources committee.



Damien FaughnanDamien Faughnan
Damien is an executive coach who works with senior executives seeking to become more effective leaders. He is an initiated man and serves as Chair of the Board for Illuman, a non-profit that supports men who desire to deepen their spiritual lives. Damien is happily married and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Damien serves on the Executive and Nominations committees.



Christopher Ferebee, CAC Board MemberChristopher Ferebee
Christopher is a nonprofit and intellectual property attorney and a literary agent in both the secular and Christian markets. He intentionally cultivates a small number of gifted storytellers, working with them to develop their career and navigate the publishing landscape effectively. In addition to this work, Chris serves on a number of non-profit boards. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School and resides with his wife, Christy, in Southern California.



Phileena Heuertz, CAC Board SecretaryPhileena Heuertz
Phileena, with her husband, Chris, is founder of Gravity: A Center for Contemplative Activism. She is an author, speaker, spiritual director, retreat guide, and yoga instructor. Prior to launching Gravity, Phileena and Chris served with Word Made Flesh in more than 70 countries. They live in Omaha, Nebraska. Phileena serves on the Executive and Nominations committees.



Christian PeeleChristian Peele
Christian is Director of Stewardship and Development at Riverside Church in New York City. Before Riverside, Christian served on the staff of the Obama White House in various capacities, most recently as Deputy Director for White House Operations. She has also worked for the Harlem Children’s Zone and in the Church of the Saviour community in Washington, DC supporting those returning from incarceration. She received an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a B.A. from Mary Baldwin University’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.



Michelle ScheidtMichelle Scheidt
Michelle is a Program Officer at the Fetzer Institute and a doctoral student at Chicago Theological Seminary. Before joining Fetzer in 2011, Michelle served as a nonprofit administrator in Chicago with Metropolitan Family Services and with the Claretian Missionaries. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has lived in multicultural settings in the U.S. and Latin America. Michelle and her spouse, Barbara Crock, live in the woods in Kalamazoo, Michigan.



Alexie Torres-FlemingAlexie Torres-Fleming
Alexie founded Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) in 1994 with the mission to rebuild the Bronx River neighborhoods where she grew up. She is the co-founder of the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance and serves as Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund. In 2015, she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Alexie is a New Voices Fellow for Sojourners in Washington, DC and a 2014 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.