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Tom Price
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Two Bishops, Priest, Elected by the USCCB, Join Four New Lay Members

BALTIMORE, MD, November 19, 2015 – The Board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) welcomes seven new directors. Two bishops elected at the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) join four lay directors selected by the Board. Two current Board directors, Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn and Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, were chosen by the USCCB for a second three-year term. These Board directors will begin their three-year terms in January. Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield also joins the Board this November for a five-year term, courtesy of his election as general secretary of the USCCB.

The new directors elected by the USCCB:

  • Bishop James V. Johnston of Kansas City-St. Joseph – Bishop Johnston was recently installed as Bishop of Kansas City. In 2005, Bishop Johnston and two other priests were awarded the Citizens Award for Bravery by the U.S. Department of the Interior for helping save a family in danger of plunging over a waterfall in Glacier National Park. Bishop Johnston worked for three years as an electrical engineer before studying for the priesthood.

  • Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin – Bishop Vásquez was installed as Bishop of Austin in 2010, after serving 8 years as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Bishop Vásquez serves as the Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry and on the Steering Committee of Christian Churches Together.

  • Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield – a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was most recently associate general secretary at USCCB. Since his arrival at USCCB in 2007, he has held several positions, including Executive Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis.

The new lay directors:

  • Mr. Tom Arndorfer is Vice President & International General Manager of Nike Golf. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of NIKE Brand and Nike USA. Before his positions with Nike, he was with KPMG Peat Marwick for 7 years and Merrill Lynch for 2 years. He is a trustee of the Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon.

  • Mrs. Mary Jane Creamer previously served as a consultant at the Monitor Company, a management consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In recent years, she has devoted her time to her family’s philanthropic interests, community organizations, and raising her four children. She serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and has led multiple fundraising efforts, including those for Harvard Business School, the Diocese of Providence, and several elementary and secondary schools.

  • Judge Risë Jones Pichon has been a Superior Court Judge of the County of Santa Clara, State of California since 1998. Judge Pichon currently serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas More Society, where she was Chairperson from 2010 to 2012, and the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Advisory Board. She has been recognized with a number of awards, among them the 2011 Santa Clara Law School Social Justice and Human Rights Award, as well as the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award as a Gideon Civil Rights Warrior.

  • Mr. Mark Rauenhorst is president of Marren Properties, LLC, a private company in Minnesota that invests in commercial real estate. For approximately 28 years, he worked for a variety of Opus companies before retiring from the CEO and Chairman positions at Opus Corporation in November 2009. He serves on the boards of several organizations focusing on housing and Catholic education. 

In addition to Bishops Mansour and Serratelli, the new Directors join Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, the Board chair; Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau; Bishop William P. Callahan, OFM, of La Crosse; Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice; Dr. Patricia M. Dinneen of EMPEA in Washington, DC; Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine; Kevin Farrell of Farrell Mudd Development in St. Louis; Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha; Christopher J. Policinski of Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Jeri Eckhart Queenan of The Bridgespan Group; Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Ft. Wayne-South Bend; the Hon. Geraldine Rivera of Albuquerque; Charmaine Warmenhoven, a Catholic Foundation trustee; and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit or and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief@CRSnewsYouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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