Community Led by Community
Individual volunteers drive this community – one unlike any other. An all-volunteer Board of Directors works closely with the Franciscan friars and lay staff to collectively discern and choose new directions for the organization. It is this model of shared ownership and shared authority that has allowed the Franciscan Renewal Center to truly work as community for the community for more than 60 years.
Board of Directors
The Franciscan Renewal Center is led by a 16-member Board of Directors comprising community lay volunteers, Casa leadership and friars. Board members are volunteers who — along with a passion for the Franciscan Renewal Center and for Franciscan spirituality — have a gift for looking at the “big picture” and deep experience in the areas of strategic guidance, financial management, human resources, health care, and more.
The primary work of the Board is to:
- Provide support and guidance that empowers the Franciscan Renewal Center to stay true to its mission, its values, and the broader mission of the Province.
- Ensure the Franciscan Renewal Center’s financial stability by providing financial oversight, inputting into the strategy, and assisting with the execution of fund-raising and endowment growth.
- Engendering interest from the community to actively participate in, and add greater value to, the Franciscan Renewal Center by becoming Board and Board committee members.
Steve Lyons (Chair, Board of Directors)
Steve was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and educated by the Dominican Sisters and Xaverian Brothers. He has a Bachelor of Engineering from the SUNY Maritime College at For Schuyler (Class of 1970) and later studied business at Eastern Michigan University.
After graduation, Steve served on active duty in the US Merchant Marine and was an Officer in the US Navy Reserve. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1972 and a design engineer, and retired after 34 years of service as President of the Ford Division and Group Vice-President for Marketing, Sales and Service. After retirement he continues to be very active in the automotive business and has worked as a consultant to Goldman, Sachs as well as building a Ford Dealership in Surprise, Arizona (sold his interest to his partner in 2012).
Steve and his family have lived in many cities across the US, as well as Madrid, Spain. He and his wife Donna are now settled in North Scottsdale. They share three children and four grandchildren and both enjoy traveling and golf.
They first came to the Casa in 2000 with many visits over the years, and became full time members in 2012 when they moved to the Valley. Steve and Donna have served on the Major Gifts Committee for the Capital Fund Raising Campaign.
Michele "Mike" C. Mencuccini (Vice Chair, Board of Directors)
She has served as the co-head of the Casa’s lector ministry, is a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, and will continue as a member of the Board Formation & Governance Committee. Most recently, Mike earned a MPS in Pastoral Theology from Loyola University New Orleans and is currently continuing her education in biblical studies at Loyola University Chicago. Her previous education includes undergraduate and post graduate degrees in architecture, accounting, and education.
Mike is the designated broker for Voyager Investment Properties as well as the owner of The Conforta Collection. Additionally, she is a facilitator for the Loyola Institute of Ministry’s graduate studies program. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards including: Catholic Charities of Central and Northern AZ, President and Finance Chair; Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Finance Chair; YWCA of Maricopa County, Finance Chair; and St. Francis Xavier Parish Council and School Board, President. Currently she is a member of UMOM New Day Center’s (homeless shelters for women and families) Board of Directors and chairs their Social Enterprise Committee.
She and her husband, Mark Voigt, have lived in Phoenix since 1974. In 1986, they were blessed with twin sons, Christopher and Michael.
Steve O’Neill (Treasurer and Finance Chair)
Steve is a new member of the Casa Board of Directors having previously served on four committees and subcommittees. He received an Undergraduate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute. Steve’s career began with 29 years at General Electric with multiple assignments in Engineering, Sales, Strategic Planning and General Management. After a 2 year stay at Rapistan as Senior Vice-President his team acquired Pinnacle Automation, a material handling software and hardware company. Steve sold the company in 2000 and retired to Scottsdale, AZ. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Honor Health Foundation. Steve and his wife have been attending the Casa for 2 years. He has “inherited” Jan’s 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Steve is on the Finance, Investment, Endowment and Gratitude committees.
Bob Crawford (Chair, Board Formation & Governance)
Bob first came to the Casa in 2005. He completed his catechist certification and has been a team member of the RCIA program since 2007. Bob will be retiring in November 2015 after 35 years working in healthcare, including Scripps Hospitals, Health Net and most recently at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Bob has held various positions including hospital and physician contracting, strategic planning, marketing, sales, business development and program implementation.
Bob’s family moved to Scottsdale in 1959. He received his BA in Education from the University of Arizona and moved to San Diego where he later completed his Masters of Public Health at San Diego State University. Returning to Scottsdale in 2001 Bob has been a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley. Bob lives in Scottsdale with his partner and enjoys traveling, cooking and golf.
Carol Sanger (Co-Chair of Sustainability Committee)
Carol grew up in New York, attended middle school in Mexico City, high school in the Bay Area and graduated with a B.A. Washington University in St. Louis. She was an international banker in New York (Manufacturers Hanover Trust) in the 70’s and 80’s prior to moving to Phoenix in 1992. She worked at both the Department of Commerce and the Department of Transportation in the administrations of Governors Symington, Hull and Napolitano, focusing on economic and rural development, finance, transportation and trade issues.
In 2002, Carol and her husband, Jay, moved to Cochise County where she was Executive Director for the Upper San Pedro Partnership before joining the Arizona Community Foundation in 2007 as their Regional Director for ACF’s 6 affiliates in SE Arizona. They returned to Phoenix in 2012. Carol continues with ACF as a consultant.
Carol and Jay began attending Mass at the Casa in 1994. Carol went through the Casa’s RCIA program 1997-1998. Carol joined the Sustainability Committee earlier this year, the Planned Giving (La Verna) sub-committee last year and attended Benevon training in March 2015.
Alanna M. Mack, CPA (Member)
Alanna Mack was born and raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, Calif., with a degree in economics. In 1980, she attained her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and moved to greater Phoenix. Alanna began her own accounting practice in 1989, which has grown to become Mack & Rohwedder, PC.
Over the years, Alanna has served on Boards of Directors for many organizations, including the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Southern Arizona, and Sojourner Center. Additionally, she has been an active member of the Franciscan Renewal Center's Finance Committee since 2006. Alanna's sustained commitment to public service was recognized with the Public Service Award from the Arizona Society of CPAs.
Alanna and her husband of 18 years, Don Murray, have been members of the Casa community since 2000. They have three children and five grandsons.
Dennis O’Neal (Member)
Dennis was born in Elyria, Ohio. He was educated K-12 by the Sisters of Notre Dame; received a Bachelors, Degree from the University of Dayton (Society of Mary) and a MBA from Miami of Ohio.
He began his professional career in banking in 1964 with theAmerican National Bank of Chicago in Chicago Illinois. In 1978 he joined the First National Bank of Omaha and was with them until 2013. First National is family owned (5th generation) and during his career grew from 600 million to 18 billion with banking operations in seven states and a major participant in the card business
Dennis was, as his career grew, President of the Omaha Bank and Chairman of of its banks in Ft. Collins, Greeley, and Boulder. From 2007-2013 he was Chairman of the Bank’s Community Foundation who’s goal, was to invest in the low and moderate income areas of Omaha
The Bank always believed that a successful community made for a successful Bank and thus Dennis was active in the community. Highlights included Chairman of Creighton Prep Jesuit High School. President of Boys and Girls Clubs; Chairman of St Joseph’s Hospital, the teaching hospital for Creighton University;; active in the Omaha Community Playhouse for 14 years where he served as President and then Chairman of the Playhouse’s Foundation. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary degree from Creighton University
Dennis joined our Finance Committee in 2014
He and his wife Of 52 years, Ginger, have two children and two grandchildren
Marry Warren (Member)
Mary Warren graduated from RCIA at the Casa in 2006 and has been an EM since 2007 and a bread baker until the move to the new church. She served on the Board Formation and Governance Committee (2012-2015) and currently serves on the Sustainability Committee and crochets for the Wrapped in Love ministry. She has a PhD (Sociology, ASU) and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor for Policy (IMH-E®(IV-P). She currently teaches Cross-Cultural Understanding and Law, Policy and Advocacy in the online Infant and Early Childhood Development PhD program of Fielding Graduate University (2013 to present). She is an active Baby CASA, an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) trainer, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Arizona ACE Consortium. She is the Secretary for the international Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and subcontracts with the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health to administer their Infant Mental Health Endorsement system. She was founding faculty for the Master of Applied Studies in Infant Family Practice at Arizona State University (2008-2011) and founding faculty for the Family Impact Seminars at ASU (2007-2008). The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth and Families named her the 2012 Commissioner’s Award recipient in Arizona for her work in prevention and treatment of child maltreatment.
Ron Stoll (Member)
Ron and his wife Elizabeth have resided in the Moon Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona since 1979. Ron and Elizabeth were born in Toledo, Ohio in 1945 and 1946, respectively; and were married there in 1967 following their respective graduations from Annapolis and St. the Vincent School of Nursing. Due to Ron’s jobs (including service in the Marine Corps) and legal education at the University of Toledo, Ron and Elizabeth have resided as a married couple in Alexandria, Virginia; Toledo, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; and (for 39 years now) Phoenix, Arizona.
Ron is retired as an attorney, both as a partner from the Quarles & Brady law firm and in June 2018 as a member of the Arizona State Bar; and Elizabeth no longer works as a nurse. However, their schedules stay full as the parents of 6 married children and the beneficiaries of 6 children-in-law and 18 grandchildren and also as community volunteers. Ron’s community service recently included 9 years on the board of Catholic Charities Community Services, serving 3 of those years as board chair.
Ron and Elizabeth were members of St. Paul parish in Moon Valley following their arrival in Phoenix until the fall of 2016 when they began attending the Casa regularly. They were always active in the St. Paul faith community and are committed to engage just as actively in the Casa faith community now that they are members. Currently, Ron meets with the Casa Men in Spirit group regularly and participates in the Casa ESL Ministry; Elizabeth is active in the Casa Hunger Action Ministry; and they also try to put their faith into action through engagement in other Casa ministries.
Fr. Garrett Galvin, OFM
Information coming soon.
Fr. Sebastian Sandoval, OFM
Information coming soon.
Ex-Officio Directors: Fr. Joe Schwab, OFM (Executive Director, Franciscan Renewal Center)
Fr. Joe came to the Casa in June 1997 and became Executive Director in 1998. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1978 and served as Superior or Administrator in several communities, including Oakland and Santa Barbara, Calif. He received his Bachelor with honors from Arizona State University and is a lifetime member of Golden Key National Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He received his graduate degree in theology from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. He holds certifications in Contemporary Spirituality from the Kino Institute, Franciscan Theology from the International Study Centre at Canterbury and Pastoral Ministry, University of Notre Dame.
He has been a member of the Provincial Board (Definitorium) for two terms and has served on numerous committees and as a hospital chaplain. He has directed many pilgrimages to Italy and the Holy Land and travels frequently through Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Fr. Joe keeps active in sacramental ministry, preaching, retreats, education, local and provincial administration.
Ex-Officio Director: Charlie Brown (General Manager)
Charlie was hired in 1998 as General Manager of the Franciscan Renewal Center, forming a collaborative leadership model with Executive Director Fr. Joseph Schwab, OFM.
He graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., in 1984 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Business Administration. He immediately began his management career with Kmart Corporation and was promoted to General Manager in 1988. He was continually promoted to larger-volume stores in a variety of locations throughout California. After a 15-year successful retail management career, he chose to transition his skills to better align with his family needs, faith and spirituality.
Charlie has continued his education by attending Harvard University on scholarship and the Arizona State University non-profit extension. He is a member of the Organization of Non-Profit Executives. He has served as Chair of the Retreat Directors Committee for the Province of St. Barbara for four years. Charlie also completed the two-year certification training process as a spiritual director.
He is a father of two lovely and faithful daughters, Amber and Bridget, and enjoys spending quality time with them. Charlie enjoys triathlons, outdoors and continuing his education and religious/spirituality studies.