Board of Trustees

Members of the FAA Board of Trustees are elected by the alumni at the annual Chapter meeting.  The Board is limited to 17 members: 14 are elected by the Alumni, 2 are appointed by the President, and a Provincial Liaison appointed by the Province.  Board members serve for two years which commence and end on October 1.

The Officers of the Board include the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  The terms of the officers are 1 year, with the President and Vice-President being limited to two consecutive terms.

There are also several non-elected positions that are filled by Board appointment.  The include: Database Manager, Financial Advisor, Awards Committee and the Webmaster to name a few.

If you are interested in serving on the Board or in another capacity, please let us know.

Board Members click here.


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Rick Gardner

Class:1975
Position:President
Term Ends:2017
Email:rick_gardner@franciscan-alumni.org

After 3 years at the seminary, Rick returned to his hometown of Bloomington, Illinois. Rick went to work for the administrative IT department of Illinois State University in December, 1976. It was there that Rick met his wife, Kathryn. Rick and Kathryn have one son, 23 year old Anthony. Rick and Kathryn both retired from ISU in November, 2006. Rick was at ISU for 30 years, Kathryn for 33 years. Rick spends his time working around the house, bowling, hiking and camping and playing soccer and basketball. Besides being an avid reader, poor Kathryn spends a lot of her time doing Rick's dirty laundry and keeping track of Rick's schedule.


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Tom Shumate

Class:1977
Position:Treasurer, Awards
Term Ends:2017
Email:Tom_Shumate@franciscan-alumni.org

Following SFS Tom went off to college at Ohio State University to study animal science. Some seven years later Tom graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor™s in Accounting. Working as a CPA for a number of years Tom got into religious publishing and is now the Chief Operating Officer at St. Anthony Messenger Press. Tom loves working with the Franciscans, a true homecoming. He married his wife Carolyn in 1984 and they have six children ranging from a college graduate to a preschooler. They live in rural part of Butler County Ohio and have two horses and four cats.


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Butch Feldhaus

Class:1975
Position:Secretary, Webmaster
Term Ends:2018
Email:butch_feldhaus@franciscan-alumni.org

Since leaving the seminary at the end of his Junior year, Butch has pursued a career in Electrical Engineering. He has also been very active in the church, serving as a Music Minister, Youth Minister, and in the Cursillo, Search and Kairos retreat programs. In his spare time he enjoys cave exploring, hiking and serving as a volunteer EMT on the local cave and cliff rescue team. Butch retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2014 and on June 11, 2016, became a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Knoxville in Tennessee. He has been married to his wife Mary Beth since 1987 and resides in Ooltewah, Tennessee.


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G Phil Zepeda

Class:1966
Position:Financial Advisor for FAA Funds
Term Ends:NA - appointed by the Board
Email:phil_zepeda@franciscan-alumni.org
Entered SFS Fall 1962, left Order in 1972. Married to Claire. Kids: Renee; Andrea; Justin/ (Julie); Kevin. Phil is President of Ad Astra Tax/Financial, Inc & Ann Arbor Center for Financial Services, LLC. He & wife, Claire, are not only love-buds, but financial partners in numerous business ventures and co-conspirators in multiple avocations, including Rotary and American Sailing Institute, where Claire is a rated sailor and Phil is her able-bodied "First Mate," who invite ALL FAAers to crew with them on the Great Lakes.

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Fr. Ric Schneider

Class:1950
Position:Provincial Liaison
Term Ends:NA
Email:fr_ric@franciscan-alumni.org

After 10 years of teaching, 3 at Roger Bacon and 7 at the Seminary, I spent the next 10 years in vocation work, speaking in grade schools and high schools, CCD and Sunday homilies.  I estimate I gave 5000 vocation talks.  My most famous and infamous recruit was Tom Cruise.

When the High School Seminary closed in 1980, I went into parish work, serving as pastor in three parishes, St. Paul in Lafayette, La, 3 years: St. Louis in Batesville, In. 9 years, and St. Mary's Bloomington, Il. 23 years.

I am now retired at 84, living at St. Clement Friary in Cincinnati, helping out in parishes around town every Sunday and often during the week. I am serving as the liaison person between the Franciscan Alumni and the Province.  I am also a member of the Board of Directors at Roger Bacon High School and of course I am still building and flying RC planes.


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Paul Landers

Class:1976
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2018
Email:paul_landers@franciscan-alumni.org

Paul earned degrees in Math and Computer Science from Thomas Moore College and has been a developer and integrator of business software since then.  He is currently employed by Edict Systems.  Paul lives just north of Cincinnati with wife Carolyn and daughter Carly, and has two older children, Stephen and Tricia.  Paul is active at St. Max Parish in the Knights of Columbus and several other ministries, as well as the marching band boosters at Lakota East High School.  Paul has served the Franciscan Alumni Association as its president, vice president and a member at large for many years.


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Joseph D. (JD) Moya

Class:1970
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2017
Email:JD_moya@franciscan-alumni.org

After graduating from DSC in 74 JD continued his second year of novitiate in Oldenburg. It was in August of that year that JD decided to take a leave of absence which he knew would only last at most a year. He took a job as an insurance agent 2 weeks later at the urging of Fr. Dennis Fountain cause; "those guys wear suits." JD took this job knowing it would only be for a month at best till he found a "real job." So much for "knowing" anything because 36 years, 6 months and 25 days later (but who is counting) JD now is the leader and founder of the Pegasus Group which is a national marketing insurance organization. Rumor has it he is still looking for the "real job." JD has been married to Gale for 32 years and still considers Gale the best sale he ever made! You will too once you meet her.


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Ted Gomez

Class:1972
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2017
Email:ted_gomez@franciscan-alumni.org

Ted Gomez attended St Francis Seminary his freshman and sophomore year...1968-69. Ted is currently working with a company called Process Solutions Integration selling industrial supplies to the Power and Oil and Gas industry. He has been active for the past 40 years with the Search for Christian Maturity Program where he currently serves as Diocesan Lay Director. He has been active in his local parish, Sacred Heart Parish, where he participates in music ministry, CCD Teacher, Parish Council and Knights of Columbus. Over the years he has played in a local dance band called the Royal Flush with his brothers and friends. Ted has been married to his wife Pearl for 34 years and they have two children Patrick and Rosie. Ted also spends many hours of his spare time on a ranch homesteaded by his wife's grandparents where he grows alfalfa hay to feed his small herd of cattle...22 at this time... and grows fresh vegetables that he shares with family and friends. He currently resides in Farmington, NM.


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Mike Niklas

Class:1975
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2018
Email:mike_niklas@franciscan-alumni.org

After graduating from St. Francis Seminary, Mike earned a math degree from Thomas More College and a Masters in operations research from the University of Dayton. He's been active in music ministry since 6th grade and currently serves as music director of a contemporary choir. Mike operated a recording studio for several years, worked for the Air Force for 34 years, retired in 2013, and now works part time for a non-profit think tank. He also dabbles in golf, volleyball, gardening, and songwriting. He and wife Mary and daughter Sheila live on a small "farm on Mill Road" near Troy, Ohio. His eldest daughter, Lisa, is a graphic design artist and photographer. Mike has served as president, webmaster, and newsletter editor for the Franciscan Alumni Association.


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Mike Thomas

Class:1974
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2018
Email:mike_thomas@franciscan-alumni.org

Mike attended Duns Scotus College through 1975, ultimately obtaining his B.S. degree from Ball State University.  He became involved in Youth Ministry work on returning to Indiana.
Mike was married in 1988 and is the father of one son, Dan.  He has spent most of his career in the building products business and is currently a Building Inspector for the City of St. Louis, Missouri.  Mike has been active in the Franciscan Alumni Association for many years.


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Mark Kling

Class:1975
Position:Member at Large - Appointed by the President
Term Ends:2018
Email:mark_kling@franciscan-alumni.org

Mark graduated from St. Francis Seminary in 1975 and then from Thomas More College in 1980, majoring in Business Administration. He currently holds the position of Vice President of Technology Services at US Bank. Mark has been married to his wife Sandy (nee Scherpenberg) for 36 years and they have 5 children, Chris, Greg, Regina, Matthew and Melissa.  Mark and Sandy have 3 grandkids with two more on the way. Mark has been a High School Basketball coach for the past 35 years, starting at St. Francis Seminary, Moeller, Roger Bacon, McAuley, and now currently assists at Mother of Mercy High School. He served as an assistant coach on Roger Bacon’s state championship team of 1995. Mark also has been officiating High School football for 36 years, as well as 6 years at the Division III and NAIA college level.   In 2001, he was selected to officiate the 2001 NAIA National Championship game.  Mark and Sandy currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio and regularly attend St. Anthony Friary for Sunday Mass.


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Rick Kasper

Class:1970
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2017
Email:rick_kasper@franciscan-alumni.org

Rick graduated from St. Michael’s, Southfield, MI, in 1966, and from St. Francis Seminary, Cincinnati, OH, in 1970.  He received his BA degree in Philosophy from Duns Scotus College, 1974, MDiv from St. Leonard College, 1979, and MA in Theology from the University of Dayton, 1980, the year he was also ordained to the Priesthood.

Rick enjoyed studies abroad at Oxford University, England, during junior year of college.  He served as a religion instructor at Roger Bacon H.S., Cincinnati, 1980-84.  He also did graduate studies in Ethics at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC in 1985.  1986 was a year of counseling/discernment and volunteering at Tender Mercies serving the homeless and mentally ill in Over-the-Rhine.  Upon deciding to leave the Franciscan Order and Priesthood, Rick worked in chemical dependency counseling 1987-92.

Rick married in 1990.  He and his wife, Mary, had a son, Ben, 1992, and daughter, Sarah, 1994, and adopted son Michael from Guatemala in 1998.  He earned his MSW degree in 1993.  Rick has done individual, couples, and family counseling for the past 25 years in both private and group practice.  He has presented numerous seminars in parish, provincial, clinical, and national conference settings and has served on many Boards.  He currently is counseling part-time and doing volunteer ministry in two parishes.  Rick’s passion has always been working with the poor and emotionally-wounded.


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Warren Hebert

Class:1975
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2017
Email:warren_hebert@franciscan-alumni.org

The community at St. Francis Seminary from 1971-1973 changed my life trajectory.  I returned home to Jeanerette, LA in May of ’73, completed x-ray tech school in ’76, nursing school in ’79, and married Ramona Launey of Ville Platte, LA in ’80. I have worked in home health nursing since ’85, run the state association for home health since ’98, and after completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2015, joined the nursing faculty at Loyola New Orleans in the fall of 2016. I’m lead faculty for health policy, ethics/legal issues, and serve on a few boards, national and state.

We have five children, soon to be eleven grandchildren, eight of whom live within ten minutes of our home in Lafayette, LA. Two daughters followed me into nursing, one son is a chiropractor, one an assistant district attorney, and our most accomplished daughter is 26 years old, a university student, and a sorority sister. Brooke has Down Syndrome, and has been our family’s most important teacher. My doctoral work is related to family caregivers, which is also the topic of a weekly radio program on I host on Radio Maria’s U.S. stations. Reconnecting with old friends from Farm in the ‘70’s has been a fabulous gift.  Pax et bonum.


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Mike Niehaus

Class:1981
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2018
Email:mike_niehaus@franciscan-alumni.org

Information pending.


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Bob Sandoval

Class:1969
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2018
Email:bob_sandoval@franciscan-alumni.org

After leaving the seminary during his senior year, Bob majored in Accounting and then becoming a CPA. He has worked in public accounting, but most of his career has been with the Internal Revenue Service as a revenue agent. He is still working at the IRS, but plans to retire in the next few years. He has been involved in his church as a member of the parish council, finance council and other duties. He has also been a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Franciscan Province. Bob and his wife Cindy have three children and three grandchildren.


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Henry Beck, OFM

Class:1970
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2018
Email:henry_beck@franciscan-alumni.org

Information pending.

 


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Paul LaRou

Class:1966
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2018
Email:bob_larou@franciscan-alumni.org

Information pending.


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Tom Baca

Class:1972
Position:Member at Large
Term Ends:2017
Email:tom_baca@franciscan-alumni.org

Information pending.