• FOR LIFE AND FAMILY

Our staff

ARLAND K. NICHOLS
President and Founder

Arland K. Nichols is President and founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. Early in his career, as an educator and non-profit executive, he became a popular speaker and successful writer while he established the groundwork for the initiatives that would become the St. John Paul II Foundation. Arland launched the St. John Paul II Foundation in 2014 and he is author of the 4th edition of the Handbook on Critical Life Issues published in 2024 by the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Arland earned a BA in philosophy from Texas A&M, an MDiv in Theology from University of St. Thomas, and pursued doctoral studies in bioethics at Regina Apostolorum in Rome. With the generous support of his wife, Cindy, and their ten children, Arland is blessed to lead the St. John Paul II Foundation as it serves, educates, and supports medical professionals, married couples, and clergy.

CHRISTOPHER J. STRAVITSCH, DMin
Co-founder

Dr. Chris Stravitsch is Co-founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. He earned an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s University, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America. He earned a BA in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Chris previously served as Director of College Formation at Assumption Seminary. He brings to the Foundation a wealth of experience in Church ministry and the unique ability to identify the most effective ways to evangelize spouses and families.

ROLAND MILLARE, STD
Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives

Dr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation (Houston, TX). Dr. Millare served as a member of the Theology Department at St. John XXIII College Preparatory (Katy, TX) for over 15 years. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College (Alexandria, VA) and a Licentiate (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL). Dr. Millare also serves as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates, seminarians, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of St. Thomas, St. Mary’s Seminary, the Diocese of Fort Worth and the University of Dallas. He has published various theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, and the Heythrop Journal. He has published the book, A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger (Emmaus Academic, 2022). Dr. Millare has also contributed an article to a forthcoming lexicon on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger (Ignatius Press). Dr. Millare is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Academy of Catholic Theology, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. Dr. Millare lives with his beautiful wife Veronica and their three children.

SUSIE SAENZ
Vice President of Operations

Susie Saenz is Vice President of Operations at the St. John Paul II Foundation where she oversees and supports the Conference team as they plan and execute Converging Roads and Together in Holiness conferences, along with the Together in Holiness Formation series team as they expand this initiative to parishes and schools across the country. Susie earned her BS in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University and, prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation in 2017, worked at Baylor College of Medicine in the philanthropy and alumni relations office. She and her husband, Victor, are parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston and enjoy gathering with friends over a meal, wine, and lively conversation. Susie is grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to use her gifts and talents to enrich the lives touched by the St. John Paul II Foundation across the country.

JOSHUA P. BITTING, PhD
Program Director

Dr. Joshua Bitting serves as Program Director for the Together in Holiness Formation series. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Joshua came into full communion with the Catholic Church on June 22nd, 2003, the Feast of Corpus Christi while completing his BA in philosophy at Southwestern College.  Joshua attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where he earned his MA in theology. Afterwards, he had the opportunity to study at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) in Rome, Italy. Since then, he has served the Church in various capacities at both the parish and diocesan levels. He earned his PhD from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, Australia, writing his dissertation on the formation of spouses and families as domestic churches.  Joshua and his beautiful wife, Amanda, have seven children and enjoy sharing the Gospel of life in their primary vocation as spouses and parents.

ELLEN SANTORO
Senior Conference Coordinator and Team Leader

Ellen Santoro is a Senior Conference Coordinator and Team Leader at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences. During her time at Louisiana Tech, she was involved in the Association of Catholic Tech Students. Prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation, she worked as a therapist for children with autism. Ellen and her husband, Joey, are parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Ellen is grateful to work with a team that is committed to sharing the Good News with spouses and medical professionals.

HEATHER GRIMES
Senior Conference Coordinator

Heather Grimes is a Senior Conference Coordinator at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Catechetics. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for several years at the Franciscan University Office of Outreach & Evangelization, managing the guest experience for Steubenville Conferences and served as the hospitality manager for SoulFest & New Sound Concerts. She is grateful for the opportunity to use her gifts and talents to share the good news of life and family through the work of the Foundation.

GABBY ANGLIN
Conference Coordinator

Gabby Anglin is a Conference Coordinator at the St. John Paul Foundation. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Sport Administration. For the past 5 years, Gabby worked at various Parks and Recreation Departments throughout Texas. After some serious discernment, she decided it was time to move on from public service and put her experience in operations, marketing, and programming to use at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She is looking forward to spreading the good news of life and family and being able to live out her true identity as a daughter of Christ.

CAMERON KELLY
Conference Coordinator

Cameron Kelly is a Conference Coordinator at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries, and a Masters in Business. During her time in college, she was involved in music ministry and the youth retreat team at St. Mary’s Catholic Center, and worked in marketing and website management for the Texas Master Naturalist program. She is excited to join the Foundation and spread the love of Christ to families and medical professionals.

ALEXANDRA LANDRIGAN
Conference Coordinator

Alexandra Landrigan is a Conference Coordinator at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Catechetics. Before joining the St. John Paul II Foundation team, Alexandra served with NET Ministries Ireland, worked for the Steubenville Conference Office and was the High School Youth Minister and Director of Communications at her home parish back in New Hampshire. She is very excited to take her past experiences and serve families and medical professionals through the work of the Foundation. 

SYDNEY VACEK
Assistant Conference Coordinator

Sydney Vacek is a Conference Coordinator for the St. John Paul II Foundation. She graduated from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Educational Studies. Prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation, Sydney worked for several years within Catholic apostolates across the US and in Australia, and most recently, spent her time in Florida serving young adults with autism. Sydney and her husband, Christopher, attend the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Peter and Paul in Frelsburg, TX. She is grateful and excited for the opportunity to share the Gospel of Life alongside such a faithful, dynamic, and joyfilled team at the St. John Paul II Foundation.

RACHEL TOWNSEND
Senior Program Coordinator and Team Leader

Rachel Townsend is a Senior Program Coordinator and Team Leader for the Together in Holiness Formation series. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Honors in Psychology distinction. During her time in college, she was an active member of the sorority at St. Mary’s Catholic Center. Prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation, she worked as a Career Counselor at a real estate school helping students to achieve their career and licensing goals. Rachel is currently a parishioner of Presentation of the Lord Catholic Church and volunteers at her parish as a member of the altar guild. She is honored to use her gifts to grow the Together in Holiness initiative and to help strengthen married couples and families.

GENEVIE ALEJANDRO
Senior Business Development Coordinator

Genevie Alejandro is a Senior Business Development Coordinator for the Together in Holiness Formations Series. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Texas State University. During her time in college, Genevie was involved with Bobcat Awakening and L.I.G.H.T. Ministries- retreat coordinator. Prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation, she spent 10 years in the food industry, in sales working with food manufacturers. She is excited to work with and help provide tools and empower families to grow together in holiness through St. John Paul II's teachings.

ELISA MAZZAROLO
Program Coordinator

Elisa Mazzarolo is a Program Coordinator for the Together in Holiness Formation series. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Carleton University. Elisa spent five years actively involved with a Catholic ministry in Canada where her passion for sharing the gospel and journeying with others through life’s highs and lows was ignited. She also spent four years working in the healthcare sector in both Procurement and HR. Elisa is thrilled to be returning to a Catholic apostolate, and to be supporting couples and families here at the St. John Paul ll Foundation.

ERICA ROHDE
Program Coordinator

Erica is a Program Coordinator for the Together in Holiness Formation series at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She spent a year enjoying studying music with a concentration in vocal performance and has since returned to her career in Catholic apostolates at the Foundation. Her past experience as a missionary, teacher, and youth ministry coordinator has lent itself to her growth in understanding family life as a vital human experience. Erica, originally from Dallas, is excited to serve couples and families across the nation through the Formation series.

SHELBY DELEON
Program Coordinator – Marketing and Operations

Shelby DeLeon is a Program Coordinator - Marketing and Operations  for the Together in Holiness Formation series. She is a graduate from Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology. Prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation, she was an elementary school teacher in Houston ISD. Shelby and her husband, Allan, are parishioners of St. John the Evangelist in Baytown where they teach CCE and serve the Youth and Young Adult Ministries. After encountering the life and teachings of St. John Paul II on a pilgrimage to Poland for World Youth Day, Shelby is grateful to join the Foundation and their mission to proclaim the good news of life and family.

HELEN POLZER
Assistant Missions Coordinator

Helen Polzer is Assistant Missions Coordinator for the St. John Paul II Foundation where she supports the Formation series and conference teams. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Catechetics and from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Arts in Theology which she completed through the Echo Graduate Service Program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Helen worked as a Parish Catechetical Leader in New Jersey. She is a parishioner at St. Faustina Catholic Church where she serves on the core team for LifeTeen and teaches elementary Faith Formation. Helen is grateful to share in the work of one of her favorite saints in proclaiming the good news of life and family to the world.

ANA QUIREZA
Executive Assistant to the President

Ana Quireza is Executive Assistant to the President for the St. John Paul II Foundation where she assists the President in support of the overall mission. She graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a 4th grade teacher in Houston Independent School District. She is an active member of the Regnum Christi Federation and sings in the Spanish choir at Sts. Simon and Jude parish. Ana is excited to join the Foundation and help bring families and medical professionals closer to Christ.

AMY NORRIS
Administrative Coordinator

Amy Norris is Administrative Coordinator for the St. John Paul II Foundation where she assists the team in various areas to support the overall mission and work of the Foundation. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and minor in History. She brings experience from various roles in marketing and events, most recently from Houston Country Club. After a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day, she is grateful for the opportunity to join the Foundation and its mission of promoting the sanctity of life and family, characterized by the life and teachings of St. John Paul II.

CHRISTIE BOOTH
Accountant

Christie Booth is the Accountant at the St. John Paul II Foundation.  She grew up at St. Francis de Sales and graduated from St. Agnes Academy.  Christie went on to attend Texas A&M University where she received a bachelors in business administration and a master’s of science in accounting.  Her previous accounting experience includes both time in public accounting and also commercial real estate.  After eight years at home with her children, she is excited to now be part of the team at the St. John Paul II Foundation.  She and her husband Ryan have three daughters and are parishioners at St. Thomas More.

CHRISTINE HAMLIN
Project Coordinator

Christine Hamlin is Project Coordinator for the St. John Paul II Foundation where she works on a variety of projects to support its philanthropic and business development efforts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature with a minor in Theatrical Stage Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In her hometown of San Diego, she served within the diocese as a young adult ministry coordinator while working in marketing & communications at Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. Making a new home in Houston, Christine is a parishioner at Our Lady of Walsingham and is grateful to be serving the Church through the vibrant mission of the St. John Paul II Foundation.

TARYN LOCKWOOD
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Taryn Lockwood is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the St. John Paul II Foundation. A native Houstonian, Taryn graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She and her husband, Ryan, have three young daughters and recently moved to The Woodlands where they attend Sts. Simon and Jude. In 2017, through a Cana Family Institute Group at Christ the Redeemer, Taryn began studying the teachings of St. John Paul II about God's design for women in their vocation as wives and mothers in their domestic church. She is humbled and excited to answer the call to share her talents to magnify the Good News of life and family, and share the endless beauty and joy in the Catholic Church under the intercession of St. John Paul II.

KATHERINE DAIGLE
Operations Coordinator

Katherine Daigle is Operations Coordinator for the St. John Paul II Foundation where she works with our Vice Presidents in support of the overall mission and work of the Foundation. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and minor in Religious Studies. While there, Katherine helped found a chapter of the Thomistic Institute after discovering the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Prior to coming to the St. John Paul II Foundation, Katherine served as an apprentice teacher at Great Hearts Classical School in Irving, TX. She and her fiancé, Logan, are new residents to Houston and hope to be active parishioners at The Church of the Annunciation downtown. Katherine is grateful to serve on a team passionate about spreading the Good News about life and family.

Board of directors

The governing board is primarily responsible for governance of the foundation as well as giving financial support. Composed of highly successful men and women in their respective industries, the board ensures that the Foundation has the resources to accomplish our mission.
  •   ARLAND K. NICHOLS, PRESIDENT and FOUNDER

    Arland K. Nichols is president and founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. Early in his career, as an educator and non-profit executive, he became a popular speaker and successful writer while he established the groundwork for the initiatives that would become the St. John Paul II Foundation. Arland launched the St. John Paul II Foundation in 2014 and he is author of the 4th edition of the Handbook on Critical Life Issues published in 2024 by the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Arland earned a B.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M, an M.Div. in Theology from University of St. Thomas, and pursued doctoral studies in bioethics at Regina Apostolorum in Rome. With the generous support of his wife, Cindy, and their ten children, Arland is blessed to lead the St. John Paul II Foundation as it serves, educates, and supports medical professionals, married couples, and clergy.

  •   CHRISTOPHER J. STRAVITSCH, DMin
    Chairman of the Board

    Chris Stravitsch is Co-founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. He earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s University, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Chris previously served as Director of College Formation at Assumption Seminary. He brings to the Foundation a wealth of experience in Church ministry and the unique ability to identify the most effective ways to evangelize spouses and families.

  •   SANDI LEMMING, MD, Secretary

    Sandi Lemming has been a family practice medical doctor in Houston since 1999. She retired in 2020 after 18 years as a partner in Village Family Practice.  Sandi holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Health Science Center, an MBA - finance from University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the University of St. Thomas and various committees for both Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and Memorial Park Conservancy. It is her hope to help steer and spread the good works of the JP II Foundation, most especially with the Foundation’s Converging Roads initiative. She has been married to Jim Lemming since 1981 and has 3 sons with growing families of their own. Leisure time is spent enjoying family, golfing, reading, and trying new recipes.

  •   SCOTT LIVINGSTON, Director

  •   VICTOR QUINONES, Treasurer

    Victor J. Quiñones, Jr., Technology Entrepreneur, has over 32 years of experience in executive leadership. He is a pioneer in The Cloud. He is the creator of The Q Fabric, a technology that allows workloads to scale accross many physical hosts. Mr. Quiñones co-founded Virtual-Q and has been its leader since 2009. He leads a network of highly skilled professionals and has the technical expertise to accomplish the goals set forth by the company. In addition, Mr. Quiñones has helped start, fund, and manage several other companies. Mr. Quiñones has a passion for helping clients achieve their goals utilizing the latest innovations in technology. Mr. Quiñones can help lead any company to success.

  •   LISA STEWART, Director

    Lisa Stewart holds a BA in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University. She and her husband, Mark, have raised seven children and welcomed eight grandchildren, thus far. Lisa and Mark are one of the principal owners of Stewart Holdings, Inc., a family business consisting of several construction related entities, Keystone Concrete Placement and Stewart Builders being the most notable. Parishioners at Prince of Peace, Lisa and Mark are proud supporters of Catholic education, St. Mary’s seminary, and St. Mary’s Catholic Center in College Station, where their company recently constructed the beautiful new church. Additionally, they are active citizens and patriots, supporting numerous conservative causes and wounded military organizations. Lisa’s greatest joy is her faith and her family.

ADVISORY BOARD

Advisory Board members assist and support the mission of the St. John Paul II Foundation,
offer strategic advice, and serve as ambassadors of the Foundation
to the broader Catholic community.
  • William R. “Trey” Cashion III, MTS

    Senior Vice President, Professional & Executive Private Banking at Commerce National Bank

  • George Close

    Director of Landfill Accounting at Waste Management, Inc.

  • Christopher J. Colville

    Partner, EDGE Engineering & Science

  • Sean Dollahon

    Marine Manager at AIG

  • Larry Freeney, Jr.

    Parish Counselor at Rejoice Counseling

  • Kristen Hoffman

    Former Talent and Human Resource Manager

  • Paul Laudadio, Jr.

    President at Laudadio Polymers, Inc.

  • Doug Lionberger

    Partner at Holland & Knight, LLP

  • Matthew Pesek, MD

    Medical Director at Texas Children’s Hospital

  • Cody Schluens

    Chief Executive Officer at Main Line Contractors, LLC & Co-Owner of Mercy Creek Homes

  • John Varkey

    VP Enterprise Digital Services (CIO) at Waste Management, Inc.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is composed of friends, collaborators, and strategic partners
who support and advise Foundation leadership.
  • Most Reverend José H. Gomez, STD

    Archbishop of Los Angeles

  • Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

    Archbishop of San Antonio

  • Reverend Anthony E. Giampietro, CSB, PhD

    President, St. Anselm’s Abbey School

  • John Brehany, PhD, STL

    Director of Institutional Relations and Ethicist, The National Catholic Bioethics Center

  • John Haas, PhD, STL

    President Emeritus, The National Catholic Bioethics Center

  • William P. Mueller, MD, CFCMC, FCP, FCE

    United States Air Force

  • Deacon James Keating, PhD

    Director of Theological Formation, The Institute for Priestly Formation

  • Deacon Harold
    Burke-Sivers, MTS

    President and CEO, Servant Enterprises

  • Reverend Clark Sample

    Spiritual Advisor, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

  • Reverend Nicolas Ramirez

    Spiritual Advisor, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Houston, TX

  • Reverend Charles Hough IV

    Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham

CONTACT US

  • PHONE

    832.779.1070

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS

    1177 W Loop South, Ste. 940
    Houston, TX 77027

  • MAILING ADDRESS

    P.O. Box 5927
    Katy, TX 77491

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