THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Josie Chrosniak, HM – National Council Chair Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM, who has served on the council since 2006, is a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. Sr. Josie is an educator by profession and has taught for over 20 years in both suburban and inner-city high schools as well as the local community college. Until recently, she was the director of Heartbeats, a non-profit organization that networks with, and markets the artwork for women, developing world and minority artists. Much of her work at Heartbeats focused on educating the public about the policies of fair trade and the impact of these policies on the people of developing world countries. Currently, Sr. Josie is involved with a number of organizations in the Cleveland area that advocate for justice. She assists the director of the Diocesan Commission on Catholic Community Action with projects such as immigration, poverty and fair trade. She is also a trustee on the board of directors for the Commission. She continues her involvement with fair trade by serving on the board of the local Fair Trade Store as well as working with the Fair Trade Planning Group that focuses on educating for fair trade choices in the Northeastern Ohio area. She serves on the HM Community Social Justice Committee and is a member of the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking. This group educates and advocates for the prevention and abolition of human trafficking while connecting services on behalf of trafficked persons. She serves on her community’s Haiti committee and has had the opportunity to visit Haiti a number of times. She is a member of the Cleveland Diocesan Global Solidarity Council and the Cleveland Diocesan Public Policy Council both of which work for change in a systemic way as well as providing services in response to local, national and international needs.
Cathy Woodson – Vice Chair
Cathy is an active member of an inner city parish in the Diocese of Richmond. At the parish level, she has served as youth minister, Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, Social Justice Coordinator, and on a local Catholic school board of directors. At the diocesan level, she served on the Commission for Black Catholics, Women Commission, and the Justice & Peace Commission. Currently, she is in her 3rd year of service on the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team. Cathy’s professional work has been with 501c3 organizations, providing direct services and advocacy, and for the past 15 years, working as a community organizer with a statewide grassroots organization in Virginia. Her community organizing work has been with communities whose voices are traditionally unheard, so her focus is working with those affected by injustices and moving them to advocate for themselves.
Cynthia Morris-Colbert – Treasurer
Cynthia Morris-Colbert holds holds a master’s degree in business administration (concentration on women in leadership) from Trinity University, with a bachelor’s degree in human relations and a minor in theology. Cynthia has served as the coordinator for the annual Catholic Social Minsitry Gathering in Washington, D.C. during her time as the education coordinator for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has spoken at national conferences on HIV and AIDS in the African American community and co-developed And the Children Shall Fly, an HIV and AIDS resource for educators, parents, and children in 3rd-6th grade.
Donald Levan is the Director of Campus Ministry and chair of the Religion Department at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California. He is an active member of the Los Angeles chapter of Pax Christi, serving on the parish council of the St. Camillus Center of which Pax Christi SoCal is an outreach. Donald has been working in Catholic Church ministry since 1984 in parish, diocesan, and school settings. He has a Master in Divinity from Christi the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York and a licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is an advocate of teaching social justice in schools and of the development of social justice programs for parishes. As the moderator of the Pax Christi group at Bishop Alemany High School, Donald works with the students on various programs concerned with social justice including a week long St. Francis Peace Festival every October.
Kimberly Mazyck was appointed to the Pax Christi USA council in 2010. She is currently the Church Relations Manager with Catholic Relief Services, where she conducts and supports a number of CRS’ partnerships with U.S. organizations. In 2008, she coordinated national speaking tours for CRS which highlighted CRS overseas programming including peacebuilding, food security and HIV while featuring staff and partners from various countries. Kimberly joined staff at CRS in February 2005 as a Campaign Project Officer coordinating Catholic Relief Services’ Africa Rising: Hope and Healing campaign. Before joining CRS, Kim spent five years in community development at a national children’s literacy organization. She also work at Human Rights Watch from 1993-1996 in the Africa division. She has over 10 years of experience in community outreach and advocacy with particular attention to education and human rights issues in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also worked with nonprofit organizations to improve direct service, community outreach, volunteer support and resource development. Kim has a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She also studied theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Chuck Michaels is an attorney and author. He has led Pax Christi Baltimore for many years and serves on the board of Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore.
Heather Brouillet Navarro
Heather Brouillet Navarro began her service on the council in 2012 after leading a campus chapter at Washington University in St. Louis and helping catalyze a St. Louis group. She is a private public interest attorney working in the area of civil rights, advocating for individuals and groups for the inclusion and equality of those at the margins of society. She also has a passion for environmental justice and serves on the board of The Green Center, an environmental education and arts center. Heather is active at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University, where she served as the social justice coordinator before entering law school, and is also engaged in her neighborhood community and a mother of two.
Bernadette is a MA student at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. She has served as a campus minister at the high school level and is active on a variety of issues. She is originally from North Carolina.
Sr. Esther Pineda, CSJ
Sr. Esther Pineda is a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas. She is bilingual and bicultural of Mexican ancestry. Currently, she is the coordinator of the justice and peace center for the Sisters of St. Joseph, located in Salinas, Kansas. She is the coordinator of Pax Christi Salina. This group began in 2008. She is an advocate for peace and non-violence activities; the elimination of nuclear weapons; and the abolition of the death penalty. She is further an avid advocate for undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
Rev. John Rausch, glmy
Fr. John S. Rausch, a Glenmary priest, writes and organizes in Appalachia where he has worked for over 35 years. He organized three worker-owned businesses in Central Appalachia, and taught with Coady International Institute, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center, Berea, Kentucky, plus organized the Mountain Management Institute to serve the business needs of Appalachian cooperatives. For 8 years he directed the Catholic Committee of Appalachia. A strong environmentalist, he speaks out against the devastation of mountaintop removal and advocates for the rights of labor and sustainable economic development. With a masters in economics he writes about various topics in light of the Catholic social teachings. He was recognized as a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace in 2007 for his work on ecology and economics. His hobby is cooking.
Olga holds a masters degree in Social Work from the Loyola University School of Social Work in Chicago. She is retired after a wonderful 34 year career that she considered a ministry that included community organizing work in a housing project in East Los Angeles, CA and Medical Social Work in Public Health as well as in County Hospitals. Since retiring she has continued her involvement on the Board of East Los Angeles Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled; National Board of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); Delegate Assembly of the NASW; Los Angeles County Commission of Older Adults and Eucharistic Ministry in her parish. As an Associate of the Sisters of Social Service, Olga participates in Committees of her Community. Olga is a Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team alumnus serving on the Leadership Team of the Southern CA PCUSA Region.