2021-2022 Board of Trustees of Serra International
Michael Bragg, President, [email protected]. Michael graduated from the College of Wooster , with honors, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, cum laude. Michael is a partner in the law firm Spengler Nathanson PLL in Toledo OH. In addition to serving as Secretary on the Serra International Board, Michael is the current President of the Serra International Foundation and the current Serra International District Governor for the Diocese of Toledo. Michael is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, current Past Grand Knight of St. Joan of Arc Council 15905, Past President of the St. Joan of Arc Athletic Board, sits on the Executive Committee of the Maumee Valley Historical Society and sits on the board of Friends of Russian Orphans. Michael has volunteered as a coach and scout leader and sung in the Parish Choir. Michael is a past President of the Toledo Bar Association Real Estate Committee and currently sits on the Bar Admissions Committee. He is a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish, has been married for 34 years, has four children and one grandchild.
Greg Schwietz, President-elect, [email protected], joined Serra in 1983 in his longtime home Omaha, Nebraska. He worked in numerous capacities at the club level for many years until 1999-2000 when he served as club president. His commitment to the Serra Club of Omaha continues at the club board level as trustee.
Subsequent Serra Leadership positions include: District governor, USA Council Region Director, USA Council Board Member, Trustee Serra International Board, and President of the United States Council. Greg currently serves as acting Southeast Region Director on the USA Council board, and Vice President for Communications of the Serra International board.
Greg and his wife, Mary Lynn, have been married for 45 years and have three grown children. They are currently members of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha. For many years Greg and Mary Lynn were in TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) retreats in Omaha, and served on its national leadership team for over 10 years. Greg retired as president of L&M Construction Chemicals in 2017, a family-owned company which produced and sold protective treatments for concrete, worldwide. Greg has worked in the concrete construction industry since graduating with a business degree from Creighton University in 1974.
Emanuele Costa, VP Vocations, [email protected], the 6th of 9 children grew up in Genoa, Italy. He graduated from the University of Genoa with a Degree in Economy and Commerce. After spending some 20 years between Genoa, New York and Miami managing the family-owned shipping business, he started his own private equity company, now based in Milan, Italy. He now resides in Lugano, Switzerland. Joining the Serra Club of Lugano in 1997, he has been Club President, District Governor and President of the Italian National Council.
Emanuele has three children and five grandchildren living in the States.
Moira McQueen, LLB, MDiv, PhD, VP Programs, [email protected]. Dr Moira McQueen was a lawyer before becoming Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute. She teaches moral theology at St Michael’s in the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission. Moira and husband Matthew have seven children and 11 grandchildren. She is the President of the Serra Council of Canada, the founding President of the Serra Club of Halton, and proud to serve on the Board of Serra International.
Kurt Metyko VP for Communications, [email protected], After St. Anne's Grade School and St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas, Kurt obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Notre Dame University, Class of 1964. Following graduation, he served on active duty in the Army for two years, including one year in Viet Nam, retiring as a Captain. After his service, Kurt joined his father's civil engineering firm and is still practicing today. Kurt became a member of the Houston Serra Club in 1968, joining his father Frank (1977 Serra International President). Kurt held all the Club, District and U.S. Council positions culminating with the 2011 Presidency of Serra's National Council for the United States. He has been a member and past Chairman of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston's St. Mary's Seminary Advisory Board, serving from 1978 until March, 2014. Kurt also serves, since 1997, on the Board of the Shalom Center in Splendora, Texas, a counseling center for Catholic priests and religious.
Robert ("Bob") Rudman, VP Membership, [email protected], Married 59 years to Missy, 4 married children, 6 grandchildren; resides in Franklin, TN. Both an Economics major and hockey player graduating from Boston College. Marketing Management responsibilities with National Broadcasting Co. (Huntley-Brinkley, Jeopardy &The Macneil-Lehrer shows), American Brands and Johnson & Johnson before starting a manufacturer's representative company which developed, for 20 years, new markets of distribution and products for many blue chip companies. He is retired but involved in marketing- consulting for many non-profit organizations. Currently serving on the board of the Children's Kindness Network (teaching children to stop bullying before it starts). A volunteer with the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County which has honored him for volunteering. Received the Exemplary Community Volunteer Award for 2014 and 2015. Volunteer with the Dominican Sisters at Aquinas College, having served on their Board as well as the School Board of St. Matthews Church. A member of St. Philip Catholic Church serving on their Legacy Committee as well as the 150th Anniversary of the dedication of the Parish. Bob is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Bob is currently on the Advisory Committee of Mercy Community Healthcare.
Thomas Castellanos, CPA, Treasurer, [email protected]. Thomas has been a member of the East Valley Phoenix, Arizona club since 2002, and during this time has been instrumental in the formation of two new Serra clubs in the Diocese of Phoenix. Thomas has worked as a top financial officer for over 30 years, and currently serves as CFO of a Healthcare not-for-profit organization with services across the USA. Thomas has been active in real estate transactions for nonprofit organizations for over 20 years, which included board of director training and strategic planning. He emphasized bringing capital to nonprofit service programs requires compliance with 990 and fiscal audits for organizations across the USA. He volunteers his time in various Phoenix Diocese roles, lay associations, and related charitable and non-profit organizations. Thomas has been married to Rosemary for 40 years, and has 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
Margo Geddie, Secretary, received her B.A. in Economics from Skidmore College. She attended the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University with a double major in Accounting and Finance. She received her Certified Investment Management Analysit ([email protected])) designation from the Wharton School of Business, her Certified Financial Planner ([email protected]) designation and her Family Wealth Director designation. She started her career in wealth management with Morgan Stanley over 25 years ago where today she is a Senior Vice President-Wealth Management. Away from the office, Margo serves on the Advisory Board of St. Mary’s Catholic Seminary and is a member of the Board of Directors of Serra International and the Catholic Endowment Foundation of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She also is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. She has been a Serran for over 15 years and currently is President of The Serra Club of Houston. She is married to Bill LaFuze and enjoys spending time with her extended family including seven grandchildren.
Dr. Ruben Gallegos, Past President, [email protected]: At an early age Dr. Ruben Gallegos worked in the agricultural fields of Texas, California, and Colorado. For many years he served as altar boy in the Catholic Church. He joined the Serra Club of Brownsville, Texas, in 1993 and served as Club President, District Governor, Regional Director, Board Member of Serra's National Council for the United States and Serra International. In 1970 he graduated with Ph.D. from East Texas State University. He worked as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in Brownsville. Also he worked as assistant superintendent in Dallas and Superintendent in Edinburg. He worked 33 years in the field of education with the last nine years as university professor. In 2001, Brownsville named a school the Dr. Ruben Gallegos Elementary School for his contributions in the field of education for children in migrant, bilingual, and multicultural educational programs. After 30 years of serving as the CEO of an educational agency, Dr. Gallegos retired in 2018. He is now the owner/broker of a real estate investment company.
Cristhian Arce, Trustee, was born and raised in Villarrica, Paraguay. Currently, he is the President of the Serra Club of Villarrica, and has been a Serran for five years. Arce is his parish's youth coordinator and leads the Pastoral de Juventud ministry there. He considered entering the seminary at a young age but was discouraged by his parents; now he is a lawyer by profession.
Jeannette D'Souza, Trustee, [email protected], grew up in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal in India. She graduated in Commerce with St. John’s College in Agra, and worked with the Airlines until she got married in 1966 and went to live in Kuwait in the Middle East. After settling down with her two daughters, she began work with a local bank that was run by Chase Manhattan Bank. When Kuwait was invaded by Saddam Hussein in 1990, she returned to India. Rather than retire so early in life she preferred to do her bit for the Church, now that she had the time. She began with teaching spoken English to candidates to the Jesuit seminary and has continued doing so for over 17 years. But that was not enough. She felt she had a calling to be a Counsellor and took several courses in this area. She now runs two parish-based Pastoral Counselling centres with around 20 Counsellors in the city of Bangalore. She herself specializes in Marriage counselling and has taken class, in this area, for the Redemptorist Seminarians in Bangalore.
Jeanette and her husband Carlos were introduced to Serra in 2002 and ever since she has been working passionately towards fulfilling the Serra goals in India. She has been instrumental in introducing several innovative ideas to foster and promote vocations, in compliance with the local customs, with the help of a hard working and dedicated team. She is currently President of the Serra Club of Bangalore. She came on the Board of Serra International in 2016.
Jeanette has two daughters and three grandchildren. They all live in Canada. Her husband passed away in 2011 and since then she makes two trips a year to Canada to be with her family.
Charles (Chuck) Furr, Trustee, [email protected], is the 8th of 11 children and grew up as an active farm boy near Waseca, Minnesota, USA. After 12 years of Catholic education at Sacred Heart Grade and High School, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS Degree in Agricultural Education, intending to teach Vocational Agriculture However, he spent 33 years with the Agricultural Department of Dow Chemical Company in sales and marketing. Joining the Serra Club of Honolulu in 1993, he has been a President and District Governor within Serra before joining the SI Board. He is active in his parish, the Knights of Columbus, the Vocations Committee of LARC (Leadership Association of Religious Communities) and more, he stays busy, respecting the memory of his deceased wife, Marilyn, who too, made great contribution to Serra, especially in helping to make the Regional Convention of California, Nevada and Hawaii such a success in October, 2004. Chuck has two adult children and five grandchildren.
Fred Gorges, Trustee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Fred Gorges lives near Wichita, Kansas, and is a member of the Downtown Wichita Serra Club. He joined Serra in 1994. He has held positions in his Club as VP of Programs, VP Vocations, and President. He has also served as District 12-2S Governor for five years, and as Region 9 Director for two years.
Fred has been involved in the transportation business for almost 50 years. He owns and operates a transportation company, FCG Inc., that contracts solely to FedEx Ground .
Fred and his wife Chris have one daughter, Grace.
Affonso Iannone, Trustee, [email protected]. Affonso J Iannone was born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in electrical and mechanical engineering form the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo , and a master's degree in business administration for the FGV University of São Paulo, associated with Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He worked for Ansaldo Energia Co., his entire life. He was responsible for the erection of electrical power plants in Brazil and South America , and in 1980 he became managing director of this Italian Group in Brazil.
He joined the Serra Club of São Paulo in June of 1964.
In these 50 years of Serra life he was president of his club, governor of the Serra district 112, and Coordinator of the Brazilian Region South I. He became President of Serra International in 1998 and later became the President of the Brazilian Serra Council.
Adam R. Lara, Trustee, [email protected], is the President/Owner of National Utilities Discount for the past 18 years. Adam has been involved in the energy/electricity business since deregulation in the State of Texas in 2001. Adam attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Adam and his wife, Betty, joined Serra Club of McAllen in 2014. They immediately were selected to serve on the Board of Directors’ and work together on increasing membership by facilitating workshops throughout the Diocese of Brownsville. When they learned the objectives of Serra, to bring together informed Catholic lay leaders who understand and live their own Christian vocations to service, foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church. To assist members to recognize and respond in their own lives, to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit. Bishop Daniel Flores has asked Adam and Betty to serve on the Case Development Council for the Diocese of Brownsville. Adam is serving as V.P. Membership and has been named as District Governor-Elect for District 126. Adam has served on other Boards and Foundations mainly focusing in recent years on Rotary International.
Adam joined Rotary International on 2008 and has served in many capacities. Adam served as District Trainer serving over 2000 members in 52 Rotary clubs throughout South Texas. Adam has served as Assistant Governor Area 11, McAllen Rotary Club President, District Strategic Planning Committee. Adam has been recognized for his outstanding leadership service and was named “District Rotarian of the Year”. Adam and Betty have 4 boys and 2 grandchildren.
Anne Larkins, Trustee, [email protected]. Anne Larkins has been a member of the Serra Club of Melbourne (Australia) for over 15 years. She joined her father, an uncle and a cousin in the Club after coming to meetings as a guest for many years. She served as VP Membership and was the Club President from 2012-2015. She joined the Serra Council of Australia New Zealand and the South Pacific as a trustee, then VP Membership and has served as President since 2016.She has attended a number of Serra International Conventions and USA Serra Rallies over the past 10 years and values the connections with an international community of Catholics. Anne has a 25+ year career as a management consultant. She has a strong practice in probity and in public administration governance and program review. Anne serves on the Bayside Mission Pastoral Council – a Council representing 6 churches in the Melbourne bayside region.
Richard (Dick) Petersen, Trustee, and his wife are charter members of the Serra Club of Tri-Cities, Washington (Washington State, USA). They have been married 53 years, have 4 married sons and 10 grandchildren. Dick graduated from the University of Washington and moved to Kennewick, Washington where he has lived ever since. He is a convert, having gone thorough RCIA in 1982. He has been District Governor and Regional Director for the US Council, and has served 2 years on the USA Council Nominating Committee, 2 years on the US Long Range Planning Committee, and chair of USA Membership Committee for 2 years. In addition to Serra, Dick is a 40-year member of Kiwanis International, where several years ago he and another Kiwanian started a Foundation that is still going strong, which grants scholarships to high school seniors. He has been on the board of the Benton Franklin Humane Society for 27 years, is a 35-year member of the Knights of Columbus. He is an avid gardener and fisherman.
Malena Salas-Dosal, Trustee, comes from a large Catholic family of eight kids. Malena and her husband Fernando have been married for 35 years, and are parents of two single sons, who continue to live as a family. She graduated in commerce and worked in a major bank in Mexico City, at the International Division, until she became mother. Malena and Fernando were invited to join Serra in 2009, and ever since she has been working hard in her Club, later in the National Council, and now as a Trustee. They have been active in their parishes, and enjoy volunteering their community together. She is a “Minister of the Word”, after studying the Bible for five years. Malena and Fernando are currently coaches of the “Family Support Foundation”, Love and Life Programs Mexico (marriage programs), by Fr. Jaroslaw Szymczak. She is still in charge of her family and the direction of her home.
Roberto Sebben, Trustee, [email protected], has been a member of the Serra Club of Vale do Iguaçu in Brazil since 1990. He has served his club as president and has also been a district governor. Serves as speaker at the ECC-Meeting for couples with Christ. Assists in the liturgy of the Catholic Church as a musician. He is graduated in civil engineering at the Federal University of Parana. Serves on the engineering board as an advisor. Works as a physics teacher and is an expert in civil law. In the field of civil construction develop projects and construction of residential and commercial buildings. Roberto and his wife, economist Sandra Mara, have two sons, the oldest being a spinal surgeon and the other a plastic surgeon.
John Liston, Executive Director, [email protected] - After graduating from Archbishop Quigley High School Seminary, John earned a Bachelor of Science from the Darla Moore School of Businessmen at the University of South Carolina, receiving degrees in international business, human resources management, and entrepreneurship. He obtained a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a certificate in advocacy.
Before becoming Executive Director of Serra, John worked for the law firm of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, LLP, as a civil defense attorney. In addition to his work for Serra, John is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he teaches courses in negotiation, mediation, and client counseling. John also serves as the treasurer for Innovation Experts, a non-profit that provides support services for public libraries.
Barbara Prieto Luster, Membership Coordinator, [email protected] - Barbara's background includes working in the music and programming departments in broadcasting. Currently, her favorite hobbies are music, which she builds and manages internet music channels in her spare time, and spending as much free time with her close-knit family. Barbara enjoys long conversations and jokes with her 93 year-old father, her teenage son, seven siblings, and several nieces and nephews. Being from a large family, spending time with them is a priority. We are all very different, but this makes gatherings more interesting!