Create, Collaborate, Communicate: Contemporary Methodologies for the 21st Century Classroom – Ailis Travers, High School Advisor and Digital Specialist for Veritas. Sponsored by Veritas.

Ailís Travers is the high school advisor and digital specialist for Veritas. She is the conceptual designer of the Credo website, as well as a text consultant and contributing author for the Credo series. Ailis has previously worked as a religion teacher and catechist in Ireland. She has a degree in theology, a postgraduate diploma in spirituality and leadership and a master’s degree in religion and education.

Utilizing Wiki’s in Your Ministry – Ruth Manlandro, Professor of Computer Science at St. Johns River State College and RCIA catechist.

Ruth spent five and a half years in parochial education as a K-8 Computer teacher and Technology Coordinator at Cathedral Parish School, St Augustine, Fl. As the Diocese of St. Augustine began to develop their services to the schools, Ruth volunteered her service to the diocese as their Diocesan Technology Coordinator. She is currently an Instructor of Computer Science at St. Johns River State College. Ruth also serves in her home parish, Cathedral Parish, St Augustine, FL, as the Catechist for RCIA adapted for children. Ruth is a member of the Florida Leadership Council for the Discovery Educator Network which provides professional development in educational technology for teachers. Ruth has a Masters degree in Educational Technology (MAT) from Webster University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Instructional Design and Online Learning at Capella University.

Marketing Your Church Using the Web – Joe Luedtke, President, E-Giving Division for Liturgical Publications (LPi).

Joe is the Vice President of Interactive Media for Liturgical Publications (LPi),, an organization that provides ad-supported printed publications and online donation solutions to faith-based communities. At LPi, Joe serves as the organization’s technology evangelist responsible for the organization’s digital strategy and Internet products and services. Joe is also the editor of Catholic Tech Talk,, and serves on the Board of Advisors for 7Summits,, a social media consultancy. Joe can be found online at,

Creative Catholic Marketing from Messaging to Social Media – Maureen Wales, Founder and President, Catholic Marketing Initiatives LLC

Maureen Wales was first a teacher and a teacher trainer who then gained 30 years of marketing and sales expertise through the education publishing industry where she worked with Catholic schools, parishes, dioceses and small organizations. Recognized for extraordinary communication skills, she has achieved acclaim for television and radio appearances as well as a speaker at conferences and events. She founded Catholic Marketing Initiatives, LLC and continues to utilize her knowledge and skills to help dioceses, schools, parishes and organizations achieve their marketing goals.

How do you “Cast the .NET?” – Diane Lampitt, Consultant, UpWord Studios

Diane Lampitt, M.Ed. currently serves as a consultant for various organizations and businesses that serve Catholics. She is the Executive Director of UpWord Studios, a non-profit, new media development house creating resources for Catholics. She was the formerly president of Harcourt Religion Publishers, Catechetical Advisor, Diocesan Director, Parish DRE, and volunteer Catechist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Boston College, completed post graduate work at the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools, and has a certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Prepare Ye the Way: Creating and Implementing a Technology Plan for Your Parish – Marc Puechner, Owner, Arms Wide Open Solutions, Belgium, Wisconsin.

Marc is the sole proprietor of Arms Wide Open Solutions, a company dedicated to the formation and consultation of technology ministry teams within churches and other religious organizations. Marc earned his Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI in 2005. He has over 20 years of working and volunteering experience in Catholic youth ministry, liturgy planning, and music ministry. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University in 1992 which provides him a prospective into understanding ethics and safety in regards to technology. In addition, Marc has recently finished working on a certificate in Project Management at Cardinal Stritch University. He has also earned a certificate in Web Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed the Advanced courses in Internet Marketing from the eMarketing Association. .

Information Literacy: A Research Model – Rhonda Carrier, Information and Communication Technology Teacher, Incarnation Catholic School, Tampa, Florida.

After several years in American-curriculum school overseas, Rhonda Carrier, is currently the infomaion and communication technology (ICT) teacher at Incarnation Catholic School in Tampa, FL. This year she is working with teachers to integrate ICT skills with core subjects. She has presented educational technology workshops at NESA and EARCOS, and last year at the Interactive Connections Conference in Orlando. She was presented the NESA Appreciation Award in 2002 and the Fred J. Vescolani Technology Leadership Award from EmTech Consulting in 2001.

Freeing the Inner Leader: How InterConnectivity Changes the World – Terry Modica, Executive Director and Founder of Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay (

Terry Modica via Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay ( has a global outreach through the internet. An entrepreneur in using technology for the mission of the Church, Terry uses 5 websites that reach over 8 million people/year, 3 blogs, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Her emailed reflections reach over 30,000 people/day. To get the work done, she has a growing staff and “virtual office” of volunteers. She has a theology Degree and certification in Lay Pastoral Ministry. She is also a Catholic book author and international speaker. she has served on the Advisory Committee for Paulist Evangelization Ministries and as webmaster for the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore ( Her specialty has been evangelization since becoming a Catholic in 1977. In 2007 she founded Catholic Digital Resources, LLC (, for downloadable RCIA and adult faith formation materials.

BYOD – The Challenges & The Rewards – Paul R. Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology for the Garnet Valley School District. Sponsored by Wm. H. Sadlier

Paul R. Sanfrancesco is Director of Technology for the Garnet Valley School District located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He teaches as Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Education Department at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, and Neumann University, Aston, PA. Mr. Sanfrancesco was named as one of the “20 to Watch” Educators for 2008 by the National School Boards Association for his work in Instructional Technology. Prior to his current position, he had been Director of Technology for the 200+ schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Mr. Sanfrancesco has served on Dell’s K-12 Platinum Council for the past seven years. He is a speaker for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE), and a technology consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., publishing company. Mr. Sanfrancesco has offered presentations to teachers, administrators, parents, and students in the (Arch)dioceses of Allentown, Atlanta, Monterey, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Francisco, Savannah, Trenton, and Wilmington. Mr. Sanfrancesco and his wife, Kristen, have three children in Catholic school (twins in Grade 2 and a daughter in Pre-Kindergarten) at their home parish of Saint Anastasia, Newtown Square, PA.

Talent, Time, and Treasure: Mobile Technologies, 1:1 computer initiatives, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs into the Parish Setting – Michael Ficara, Managing Partner, Classroom2day.

For over a decade, Michael has worked in Catholic education as a classroom teacher, technology specialist, campus minister, and director of curriculum. In addition, he has been a consultant and lead trainer for integrating technology and social media into schools and other private organizations. Michael spent the last several years as a leader in digital education. While working in this field he has helped to develop and launch virtual and blended learning programs for public, private, and charter schools across the United States. Due to Mr. Ficara’s experience he has been sought after to speak as an expert at several conventions including VSS, AISF, NCEA, Interactive Connections and schools’ and districts’ professional development days. Mr. Ficara is also involved in community and philanthropic ventures. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

Planning Effective Social Media Use At A Parish To Improve Communication & Evangelize – Brad West, Parish Web Ministry Volunteer

Brad lives in Florida and is a manager, blogger, and above all . . .a Catholic.  Brad became involved in technology applications and uses for parishes while serving on a Parish Council.  Over the last few years he has become a Catholic tech blogger of sorts, written a short e-guidebook for tech plans in Churches, and actively leads the web ministry as a volunteer at his parish.

Ten Web 2.0 Tools for Catechesis and Ministry– Kristine Neumayer Jenkins, Digital Discipleship Boot Camp Coach and Trainer

With a MA in Theology and 15+years experience teaching and leading, Kristine serves God’s people through writing and training on ministry and technology issues.  A Florida native, she now lives with her family in Central Pennsylvania.


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