Our Team

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Jason Shanks
President

Jason Shanks is President of the OSV Institute. Prior to OSV, Jason served as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM). Here he successfully combined and reorganized five separate county-based Catholic social service agencies into one regional service agency that assists more than 20,000 people annually for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Prior to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Jason was Secretariat Leader of Evangelization and Parish for the Diocese of Toledo. Earlier in his career, his involvement in Youth Ministry and Business and Pastoral Administration provided him with strong parish experience.

Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Miami University, Oxford, OH; a Master's degree in Theology from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from Mendoza College of Business of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN.

Listen to an interview with Jason about the Institute from EWTN's Encounter show.

Jerome Kearns
Executive Director

Jerome Kearns is the executive director at OSV Institute, where he reviews each grant application for compliance with the institute’s strategic goals and required information. Since joining in 2009, he has worked to advance the organization’s mission of “serving the Church” by representing the institute in a meaningful and constructive way that recognizes the hard work of all OSV employees.

Prior to joining OSVI, Jerome was president of two banks in South Bend, IN and director of development for the Brothers of Holy Cross in Notre Dame IN.

Jerome is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves on the Diocesan Finance Committee for the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend and is a member of the South Bend-Elkhart Legatus Chapter.

Michelle Hogan
Executive Assistant and Administrator

Michelle Hogan is the executive assistant and administrator at OSV Institute, where she has been responsible for supporting the staff, committee, applicants and grantees in the grant process since 1997. In her role, Michelle aids grant recipients as they guide their projects from start to finish and gets to see the impact they bring to parishioners, parishes, schools and dioceses around the country.

Michelle also has experience working for a medical malpractice insurance company and bank prior to joining OSVI.


The Institute Committee

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Bishop Kevin Rhoades

Bishop Rhoades was appointed Bishop of Fort Wayne – South Bend in 2009. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and Bachelor (STB) and License (STL) degrees in Sacred Theology and a License degree in Canon Law (JCL) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1983. He directed the Spanish apostolate in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. He served on the faculty of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and as rector until his 2004 ordination as Bishop of Harrisburg. While serving as Bishop of Harrisburg, Bishop Rhoades was president of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and served on the boards of Saint Charles Seminary, Saint Vincent Seminary, and Mount Saint Mary's University. Bishop Rhoades serves as Chair-Elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine and as a member of the USCCB Committee on Religious Liberty. Previously, he served as Chair of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Chair of the USCCB Task Force on Health Care. Since 2010, Bishop Rhoades has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Our Sunday Visitor. Bishop Rhoades has been a member of the Board of Catholic Relief Services since 2015.

Monsignor Michael Heintz

Msgr. Michael Heintz, PhD, is Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Mount St Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD, where he also serves as spiritual director. A priest of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend, he had previously served for over a decade at the University of Notre Dame, where for six years he directed the Master of Divinity Program. He was rector and pastor of St Matthew Cathedral, South Bend, from 2003-2016. He is a member of the North American Patristic Society, the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and the Academy of Catholic Theology.

Father Val Peter

Father Valentine J. Peter expanded Father Flanagan’s dream of changing the way America cares for her children and families. He led the growth of Boys Town from the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska, eventually to 19 sites in 14 states and Washington D.C.

An Omaha native, Father Peter was the fourth executive director of Boys Town. He assumed the post June 15, 1985. Under his direction, Boys Town grew to provide direct care, including hospital treatment, to more than 43,000 children each year. A million more were helped each year through outreach and training programs.

Father Peter is on the boards or committees of more than 20 national and local organizations. He has published numerous books and popular and scholarly articles. Father Peter holds doctorate degrees in both Canon Law and Theology.

His service to children as a youth advocate, educator, and friend has spanned more than four decades. Father Peter retired as Executive Director of Boys Town on July 1, 2005. He presently serves as Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Associate Pastor at the Immaculate Conception Dowd Memorial Chapel.

Peter Casarella

Peter Casarella received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the department of Religious Studies at Yale University. In 2008 he was named the founding Director of DePaul’s Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. In 2005-2006 he served as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the U.S. (ACHTUS) and was from 2009-2014 the fourth President of the American Cusanus Society. He served in 2016-2017 as the President of the Academy of Catholic Theologians.

In 2013 he joined the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame as an Associate Professor to teach systematic theology and later was asked to serve as Area Coordinator for the doctoral program in World Religions and World Church. In Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Affairs, he directs the Latin American North American Church Affairs project.

He has edited or co-edited the following volumes of essays: with Raúl Gómez, S.D.S., Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (Crossroads, 2003); with George Schner, S.J., Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (Eerdmans, 1998); with Will Storrar and Paul Metzger, A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (Eerdmans, 2011); Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (Catholic Univ. Press, 2006), and Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress (Eerdmans, 2015). Word as Bread on the fifteenth century humanist Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa appeared with Aschendorff Verlag in 2017. He is currently working on a book that will address the doctrine of God from a Latino/a perspective: The God of the People.

He lives in South Bend, Indiana with his wife Maria Consuelo and their five children.

Mary Lou Gorno

Mary Lou Gorno is the Managing Director of Ingenuity International and leads the CEO and Board search practice for Fortune 500, mid-cap, and privately owned companies. As a board and CEO advisor, she specializes in organizational governance, succession planning and leadership issues. Gorno joined the executive search profession with more than two decades in media, marketing, and strategic planning. Previously Gorno was a senior executive at Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising agency and part of Publicis Groupe. Mary Lou assumed global business-building responsibility for Reebok Inc., Walt Disney Company, and the Procter & Gamble Company.Gorno earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College, an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Capital Campaign at Saint Mary’s and received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities. Gorno was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago in 2004 and currently serves as Vice Chair and member of its Executive Committee. Her philanthropic work also includes being Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Kevin Lowry

Kevin Lowry is an enthusiastic convert to the Catholic faith. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and Franklin University, Kevin has spent over twenty-five years in financial and executive management roles. Kevin currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for RevLocal, a rapidly growing digital marketing company.

Kevin is a member of the Board of Directors of Our Sunday Visitor (OSV), The Coming Home Network International, St. Gabriel Catholic Radio, and is past President of the Columbus chapter of Legatus. Kevin is a frequent speaker and has written numerous articles in the Catholic press. He is the author of two books published by OSV, Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck and How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church.

Kevin and his beloved wife live in Columbus, Ohio and have eight children and two grandchildren – so far!

Jason Shanks

Jason Shanks is President of the OSV Institute. Prior to OSV, Jason served as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM). Here he successfully combined and reorganized five separate county-based Catholic social service agencies into one regional service agency that assists more than 20,000 people annually for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Prior to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Jason was Secretariat Leader of Evangelization and Parish for the Diocese of Toledo. Earlier in his career, his involvement in Youth Ministry and Business and Pastoral Administration provided him with strong parish experience.

Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Miami University, Oxford, OH; a Master's degree in Theology from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from Mendoza College of Business of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN.

Listen to an interview with Jason about the Institute from EWTN's Encounter show.

Carolyn Woo

From 2012 to 2016, Carolyn served as President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. In 2017, she is named the Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University. From 1997 to 2011, Dr. Woo served as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. During her tenure, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized for its leadership in ethics education and research. The college was ranked the top undergraduate business program for multiple years by Bloomberg magazine. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Carolyn served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University.

Dr. Woo’s teaching, research and administrative leadership have been recognized through Best Paper Awards by the Academy of Management; selection as one of 40 Young Leaders of American Academe by Change Magazine, the journal of the American Association for Higher Education; and thirty honorary doctorates from universities including the University of Notre Dame and Wake Forest. Dr. Woo was the first female dean to chair the accreditation body for business schools—AACSB: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—and directed its Peace Through Commerce initiative. She helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact.

Dr. Woo was one of five presenters in Rome at the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment in June 2015. She also formulated the first two Vatican Impact Investing conferences in 2014 and 2016. Her faith journey and work at CRS are recounted in her book, Working for a Better World, published in 2015 by Our SundayVisitor. She was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Foreign Policy as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of “a force for good.” Carolyn’s Catholic News Service monthly column took first place in the 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards in the category of Best Regular Column—Spiritual Life. She current serves on three corporate and six Catholic organizational boards.

Carolyn is married to Dr. David E. Bartkus. They have two sons, Ryan and Justin.

Non-Voting Members
Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton is the Chief Executive Officer of Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. Since 1986, he has served the company in various positions including President of Offertory Solutions. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University at Fort Wayne. Kyle has been actively involved in the community through his service with the Huntington County Community Foundation, Junior Achievement, YMCA, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, the Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation, and the President’s Advisory Council on Excellence at Huntington University.

Jerome Kearns

Jerome Kearns is the executive director at OSV Institute, where he reviews each grant application for compliance with the institute’s strategic goals and required information. Since joining in 2009, he has worked to advance the organization’s mission of “serving the Church” by representing the institute in a meaningful and constructive way that recognizes the hard work of all OSV employees.

Prior to joining OSVI, Jerome was president of two banks in South Bend, IN and director of development for the Brothers of Holy Cross in Notre Dame IN.

Jerome is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves on the Diocesan Finance Committee for the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend and is a member of the South Bend-Elkhart Legatus Chapter.