Board Standing Committees

Board Standing Committees


Much of the work of the Board takes place in committees. A Standing Committee is a permanent committee that serves NRVC on an ongoing basis. An Ad Hoc committee is a temporary committee that addresses a particular interest or need in a designated time frame.

Committees serve as catalysts and advocates for relevant issues making recommendations to the National Board regarding appropriate procedures, research, and development of particular projects.

Any Board member may request to form a new committee. This request must include: the purpose, composition of membership, time commitment, terms of service, anticipated financial needs and resources, and the responsibilities of the committee. The decision to form the new committee will be approved by the Board through formal vote. 

African American Vocation Committee

The African American Vocation Committee is a standing committee whose purpose is to assist the NRVC members in their work with Black/African American candidates who are discerning religious life. The committee ordinarily meets two times a year, once in person the other via electronic means; in the interim, Committee members will weigh in electronically on an as-needed basis.

Members of the African American Religious Committee include: Sister Nicole Trahan, F.M.I. (Chair), Sister Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M. (liaison), Sister Gayle Lwanga Crumbley, R.G.S. (Chair), Sister Josita Colbert, S.N.D.deN., Sister Patricia Dual, O.P., Sister Magdala Marie Gilbert, O.S.P., Sister Chala Marie Hill, F.H.M., Friar Douglas McMillan, O.F.M. Conv., and Sister Laura Mercier, S.S.F. and Deacon Mel Tardy.

Development Committee

The NRVC Development Committee is a standing committee responsible for assisting the NRVC in its effort to maintain a sustainable financial structure for both the near and long term. The Development Committee will assist and advise the NRVC Director of Development in fundraising initiatives and provide consultation for marketing of these efforts. The Committee advances the mission of the NRVC through the active pursuit of donors, grants, planned giving, and endowment monies. 

Members of the Development Committee include: Mr. Len Uhal (Chair), Ms. Katherine Barth, Mrs. Nancy Costello, Mr. Phil Loftus (liaison), Fr. Adam MacDonald, S.V.D., and Mr. Guy Vaccaro.

Finance Advisory Committee

The Finance Advisory Committee is a standing committee whose purpose is to assist and to advise the Director of Finance and Operations and the National Board in managing and overseeing the financial affairs of the National Religious Vocation Conference. 

Members of the Finance Advisory Committee include: Br. Brian Poulin, F.M.S. (Chair), Mr. Mark Alaimo, Mr. Dan Brown, Mrs. Maureen Cetera (liaison), and Mr. Len Uhal. 

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is a standing committee whose purpose is to assist and advise the National Board and National Office, particularly the Executive Committee, in overseeing and maintaining accountability structures so that the operations of the organization are undertaken in the best interests of the National Religious Vocation Conference.

Members of the Governance Committee include: Sr. Belinda Monahan O.S.B.  (Chair), Ms. Marge Argyelan (liaison), Bro. David Caretti, F.S.C., Sr. Lisa Laguna, D.C., Sr. Mindy Welding, I.H.M., and Sr. Mary Yun, O.P.

Incorporating Cultural Diversity in Religious Life Committee

The Incorporating Cultural Diversity in Religious Life Committee is a standing committee whose purpose is to assist the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) members in their ministry with culturally diverse candidates who are discerning Religious Life and to provide resources for our members as they work with their own religious congregations to understand and implement cultural diversity.

Members of the committee include Sr. Maria De Jesus Bringas Aguirre, CCVI, (Chair), Br Joseph Bach, O.S.F., Mr. Phil Loftus (liaison), Sr. Joni Luna, S.P., and Sr. Miriam Mitchell, S.H.Sp.



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