María del Mar Muñoz-Visoso is executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Mar holds a B.A. in Communications with a major in Journalism from C.E.U. San Pablo in Valencia, Spain, and a master of theological studies (M.T.S) from the Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Before her appointment as executive director in 2012, she was assistant director of Media Relations since 2007. She also was a consultant to various USCCB committees, including on Communications, Women in Church and Society, and Divine Worship in Spanish. Her pastoral work specializes in Hispanic/Latino and intercultural ministries. Prior to her work at USCCB, Mar worked for the Archdiocese of Denver in various capacities for over a decade, including as director of Hispanic Ministry, and first executive director of Centro San Juan Diego, the archdiocesan pastoral institute and adult education center for Hispanics. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI awarded her the Benemerenti Medal for “sustained and exemplary service to the Catholic faith.”
Sister Donna is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey and she is the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark. She is the director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, faith formation, small Christian communities, consulting with parishes and dioceses, and in many other areas. She served as the international coordinator for Renew and the director of Pastoral Services of the National Pastoral Life Center and as parish consultant for the Jesuit Conference USA. Sister Donna also serves as the director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey, is an adjunct faculty member in Drew University’s Doctor of Ministry program and is a consultant for RCL Benziger Publishing Company.
Her articles have appeared in Today’s Parish, Ligourian, CHURCH Magazine, and in publications from Crossroads, Paulist Press, and St. Anthony Messenger Press. A recent book is “Open Our Hearts: A Small Group Guide for an Active Lent,” a faith sharing book (with Rev. Thomas Iwanowski) from Ave Maria Press. An article, “The Parish as a School of Discipleship,” appeared in Catechetical Leader. Her most recent Lent books are entitled “Conversations that Matter” and “Faith Sharing Resources for Advent and Lent.”
Sister Donna also serves with the Center for Ministry Development and is chairperson of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities. Sister Donna earned a B.A. in Fine Arts and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Caldwell University. She received her M.A. in Fine Arts from New York University and her Doctor of Ministry, cum laude, from Drew University. She also holds Teacher Certification in the states of New Jersey and New York.
Annemarie joined CRS in 1992 in El Salvador, primarily working in the health sector. She advanced to senior management positions in Haiti, Burundi and Liberia, managing challenging programs in complex emergency environments. She returned to CRS headquarters as the agency’s first emergency response advisor. In this position, Annemarie was instrumental in creating CRS’ first worldwide emergency response team in 1999. Subsequently, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya, to take on the role of first team leader. Under her leadership, the team responded to a variety of high-profile natural and man-made crises, providing strategic planning and technical expertise to CRS country programs. In addition to short-term assistance in the midst of disaster responses, the team provided leadership in the development of agency program quality standards, systems and training to build the agency’s overall emergency preparedness and response capacity. After 3 years of service as regional director for Southern Africa, leading CRS’ response to a regional drought compounded by the HIV and AIDS pandemic, Annemarie returned to CRS headquarters. She served as chief of staff to the president through 2009, which included guiding agency strategy implementation, organizational learning, and staff safety and security. This was followed by 3 years as vice president for Overseas Operations during which time Annemarie oversaw three headquarters-based departments that provided emergency operations, program quality and operations support for CRS country programs around the world. In 2012 she assumed a newly created role of EVP for Strategy and Organizational Development and led the development of CRS’ current agency strategy. In May 2017, Annemarie was named Chief of Staff to the President/CEO Sean Callahan. In this role she leads major agency initiatives among other support to the President/CEO. Annemarie holds a bachelor’s degree in government and French from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, with specializations in economic and political development, and Latin American studies.