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VP of Development and Production, ODB Films
T.J. is VP of Development and Production for ODB Films, dedicated to artfully made, spiritually rich films. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, T.J. moved to Hollywood working on the marketing campaigns for speciality films such as Expelled, The Stoning of Soraya M., Waiting for ‘Superman’ and The Tree of Life. In 2014, alongside President/CEO of ODB Films Eric Groth and Writer/Director Andrew Hyatt, T.J. produced Full of Grace, an award-winning film distributed via Cinedigm. In 2018, he produced Paul, Apostle of Christ that was released by Sony Pictures, earning 22m+ world-wide.
Sr. Faustina Bianchi
Assistant Vocation Director, Sisters of Life
Originally from CT, Sr. Faustina is the youngest of eight children and has a twin sister. She studied psychology and nursing prior to entering the Sisters of Life in 2009. She currently serves as the assistant Vocation Director. She loves life, all things rustic, but Jesus most of all! And yes, Jesus I trust in You, is her motto.
Associate Director, Georgetown University
Kim Daniels is the Associate Director of Georgetown University‚Äôs Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life. Kim is a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication and has been an advisor to the U.S. bishops and Catholic organizations on issues such as immigration, human life and dignity, religious liberty, and care for creation. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, and she and her husband have six children.
Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.
Director, Catholic Apostolate Center
Fr. Frank is Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. He also teaches and does pastoral ministry at The Catholic University of America.
Msgr. Ray East
Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila Parish
Msgr. Ray East is a nationally recognized speaker and Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Washington, D.C.
President/CEO, ODB Films
Eric Groth is President/CEO of ODB Films. He has served as directory of high school campus ministries at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, IL and coordinator of evangelization programs for Cultivation Ministries. ODB Films is an award-winning not-for-profit Catholic video production ministry. Over the past 13 years, ODB has produced 250 short films, including the 60-film Video Catechism series for teens. In January 2016, ODB released its first feature film, Full of Grace. The film received a Gabriel Award for “Best Family Feature” in June 2016. Partnering with Sony AFFIRM Films, ODB launched its first theatrical release, Paul, Apostle of Christ.
Associate Director of Alpha Catholic
Sarah is the Associate Director of Alpha Catholic, co-founder of the Millennial Church Conference, and the Director of Pastoral Care with Encounter Ministry School. She holds a BA in English Literature from John Carroll University and an MA in Counseling from Oakland University. She believes and prays passionately for the evangelization of this generation.
Assistant Secretary, USCCB
Dr. Jonathan Reyes is the Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Executive Director for Justice Peace and Human Development. Before going to Washington DC, he helped co-found Christ in the City and the Augustine Institute, served as President and CEO of Catholic Charities in Denver, served as Vice President for FOCUS and was a professor and the Academic Vice President for Christendom College. He was a Rackham Graduate Fellow at the University of Michigan and completed his doctoral studies in intellectual History from the University of Notre Dame.
Gerald D Smith Jr
Principal, St. Thomas More
Gerald Smith is a Native Washingtonian that has worked as an educator within the ADW for seven years. After teaching science at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy and Bishop McNamara High School, Gerald has taken a leadership role as principal at St. Thomas More.
Lecturer, Georgetown Law School
Amy Uelmen is a Lecturer at Georgetown Law School where her scholarship and teaching focus on the intersection between legal theory, religious values and professional life. She hold a B.A. in American Studies, a J.D. and an S.J.D. research doctorate from Georgetown, and an M.A. in Theology from Fordham. A longtime member of the Focolare Movement, she currently lives in the Silver Spring community house. Recent books include "Five Steps to Positive Political Dialogue," and "Five Steps to Healing Polarization in the Classroom" (with Michael Kessler), both published with New City Press.