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Kathy McNeely

Kathy McNeely, director of the MOGC starting January 13, 2012, served as a Maryknoll lay missioner for 13 years in various ministries. She was associate for Africa issues at the MOGC from 1998-2004. From 2005-2008 she served as a policy analyst/advocate for Church World Service (CWS) with specific focus on food security, agriculture, HIV and AIDS, and debt. Just prior to CWS, Kathy was the associate director for the Center of Concern’s Agribusiness Accountability Initiative. She was co-coordinator of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ orientation program from 1996-98 and coordinated a catechetical program for indigenous women in rural Guatemala from 1992-96. Kathy also worked as a long term volunteer for Witness for Peace in the mid-1980s. She earned her M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She and her husband live in Mt. Rainier, MD.

Sr. Ann Braudis, MM is associate for the integrity of creation and works at the New York office as Maryknoll NGO representative at the United Nations (where the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and the Maryknoll Sisters have NGO status). From 1990 until 2007, Ann served in the Philippines as director of the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary in Baguio, and as professor at the Asian Social Institute in Manila, where she earned a doctoral degree in applied cosmic anthropology. She is a native of Quincy, MA and, before joining the Maryknoll Sisters, served in Bolivia, South America for 15 years. Her interests follow the A’s – art, architecture and anthropology. Other than that, she has a passion for Tai Chi and the Dances of Universal Peace.


Judy CoodeJudy Coode, communications manager, has worked with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns since 1995. She spent six years on the national council of Pax Christi USA (after several years on the local board), and served on the Global Solidarity Committee for the Archdiocese of Washington. A contributing writer to Sojourners magazine, she lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. As a former Jesuit Volunteer (Anchorage, AK), she was a local support person for one of the D.C. JVC communities.


Sr. Rose Bernadette (Meg) Gallagher, MM has served abroad in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and most recently in Sudan. While abroad, she directed activities related to women’s empowerment, leadership training, youth formation, and safe shelter for troubled girls. She joined the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns’ staff in October 2006, with a focus on women and children’s issues. She is one of several Maryknoll representatives at the United Nations (where the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and the Maryknoll Sisters have NGO status), and serves on committees with UNICEF, UNIFEM, and networks with many other groups promoting peace, justice, and equal opportunities for all.


David Kane, associate for Latin America, served for nine and a half years as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Joao Pessoa, Brazil where he worked with recyclers in city dumps helping them to form workers' associations and cooperatives. He also worked with the Jubilee Brazil campaign, a coalition of numerous social organizations that mobilizes Brazilian society around the issues of debt, free trade and militarization through popular education campaigns and citizens' referendums. In addition to Latin America, Dave’s work in the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns focuses on trade and economic issues. He, his wife Luciana and their son are members of the Assisi Community in Washington, D.C.


Ronni_SchweyenSr. Veronica (Roni) Schweyen, originally from North Dakota, joined the Maryknoll Sisters almost 50 years ago. Her first assignment was Hawaii, but soon after she was sent to Tanzania where she taught in secondary schools, directed religious education programs, and served as a pastoral minister. In the early 1990s, she began her ministry with people living with HIV and AIDS, an area in which she worked until returning to the U.S. to work with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in 2011.

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