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Meet the Team


Introducing our Digital Disciple Network (DDN) Associates.  Many of our Associates serve Digital Discipleship Boot Camp (DDBC) as webinar presenters, producers, and coaches. You will meet others through a variety of  online workshops offered throughout the year.  Some write articles to share their technology wisdom with the ministry community. Overall, our DDN Associates provide behind-the-scenes creativity, serve on our Board, develop mini-webinars, and much more.  They are Digital Disciples eager to engage you in learning more about how to use technology in your various ministries. If you are interested in being a DDN Associate, please click HERE.

To learn more about the Digital Disciple Network, please visit our FACEBOOK PAGE.

(R) Cerveny Sister Caroline Cerveny has taught at Catholic high school and college levels, served parish religious education as a diocesan director and consultant, the parish as a pastoral associate, and involved in educational technology in the publishing industry and university academic technology. She currently is founder and president of Digital Disciple Network, a faith-based educational technology ministry. The common thread that runs through her ministry is her mission to help ministers keep up with the latest technology.  Whether she is writing, speaking, blogging, or tweeting, her goal is to engage ministers in learning and using new media that will engage their students and parishioners in sharing and learning their faith.
LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinecerveny
(R) McIvor Claudia McIvor is a commissioned lay minister in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL, a Director of Faith Formation in a downtown parish, and has been actively engaged in parish ministry for twenty-seven years, including faith formation, RCIA, Bible Study, outreach to inactive Catholics, pastoral council, music ministry, ministry for the Other-Abled (adults with special needs) and Digital Discipleship ministry. Claudia has advanced training in educational technology and is a contributing founder of Digital Discipleship Boot Camp. She manages social media for various Catholic organizations and manages web content for the DDBC website and at her parish.
LinkedIn –  www.linkedin.com/in/claudiamcivor
 (R) Jenkins  

Kristine Neumayer Jenkins is a Florida native who has worked in faith formation and education for over 15 years.  She earned degrees in Theology from DeSales University (BA) and Villanova University (MA), and spent two years serving with the Catholic Volunteers in Florida.  Kristi’s gainful employment has included freelance writing and reporting; teaching at the preschool, elementary and high school levels; and managing volunteers and leading faith formation for all ages. She loves reading historical fiction and writing on everyday faith matters.  She is currently a Director of Adult Formation in a Catholic Church, while her young sons continue to teach her how to play and pray.
LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/neumayerjenkins

 (R) Manlandro  

Ruth Manlandro 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, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-manlandro/7/683/899/

 (R) DeLeo  

Kellie De Leo lives in Sunny Southern California.  She is a Director of Faith Formation for St. Bartholomew  Catholic Church in Long Beach.  She has worked in faith formation for over twenty years, as both a volunteer and professional.  Kellie also holds Master Certification with Orange Diocese in Catechesis.  She is continuously exploring ways to meet Adults, children and families where they are at in their religious education journey and to a have a deeper relationship with Christ. . . and one of those ways is technology.
(R) Bartalini

 

 

Deanna Bartalini is a New Yorker firmly transplanted in South Florida.  She has worked in faith formation since it was called CCD as both a volunteer and professional.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education and Applied Linguistics, an M.Ed.in  Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and an M.P.S. in Pastoral Administration from Loyola University.  Deanna works as a Faith Formation Director and serves her parish in Youth Ministry. She became interested in social media to keep up with her daughter’s travels in Australia and has been hooked ever since.  Sharing our faith using all the tools of this digital age is her passion.  Deanna blogs at Notlukewarm and contributes to Catholic MomNew Evangelizers, andAmazing Catechists.  She can also be found on FacebookTwitterPinterest andGoodreads!LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/pub/deanna-bartalini/26/1a9/20a/

 (R) Choudhary Katie Choudhary is a married mom of three (Anthony, 7; Maria 4; Joey, 1). She taught in the Catholic and public schools and briefly served as an interim principal for a total of 6 years. Upon Anthony’s arrival into the world, she hung up her teacher hat to be home to raise their children. While home, she began and successfully ran an online fitness business, coaching others along their individual paths as they reached their health and fitness goals. During that time, God spoke clearly to her that she needed to serve His people through Parish Life. Presently, she enjoys her vocation of motherhood as Anthony’s “room mom” in school, homeschools Maria and is the assistant to the Director of Faith Formation at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond in Joliet, Illinois.

 

 (R) Slaven Andrea Slaven is the Regional Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Syracuse, New York. She is responsible for training volunteer teachers, assisting catechetical leaders, and providing continuing adult faith formation throughout the eastern region of the diocese. She is an experienced classroom teacher, ministry leader and technology coach, and is dedicated to catechizing and evangelizing in today’s digital world.

LinkdIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/aslaven/

(R) Dandaraw Christine Dandaraw began working in the non-profit environment as a parish manager in Atlanta in 1999.  In 2004 her operational and technical training background led to the position of Training Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  As a member of the archdiocesan planning and implementation team Christine worked to develop a set of data standards, create standard operating procedures, and define policies for the church management system.  In early 2008 Christine relocated to the Diocese of St. Petersburg to continue her work as training coordinator.  Christine works closely with diocesan and parish staff to enhance technical skills through User Groups, hands-on training, Webinars and tele-training.

Christine is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), a member of the Association for Talent Developers (ATD formerly ASTD) and has been an active member of DISC since 2005, serving in 2013 and 2016 as a board member. Christine is also an executive board member of Digital Discipleship Network. In addition Christine sits on several advisory boards, including ParishSOFT,.  In her spare time Christine teaches Microsoft Office as Adjunct Faculty at St. Petersburg College, enjoys baking and travel

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-dandaraw-27b0032

 (R) Fitzsimmons

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Linda Fitzsimmons After serving as a catechist and DRE in two parishes for a number of years, Linda is currently the Regional Catechetical Director of Dutchess & Ulster counties of the Archdiocese of New York.  She teaches both online and on-site catechist formation classes, courses the Diaconate Formation program and is an instructor with the New York Catholic Bible School.  She’s always looking for new and interesting ways to integrate technology with catechesis.  As regional director she encourages parish leaders to incorporate technology in their ministry, both in the classroom and in the administration of their programs.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-fitzsimmons-baa06834

 (R) Kearns

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Kathleen Kerns , or Kathy by her friends, has been in diocesan and local church ministries on and off since 1978. In Rhode Island, she began in youth ministries, transitioned to parish catechetical ministry, and is currently Pastoral Assistant in her parish in West Virginia. During this time, she married and raised 2 daughters, and now enjoys her 4 grandchildren in nearby Virginia. Digital discipleship allows her to combine her 2 passions: proclaiming the Gospel and all things computer.

 

 jengstrom

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Johan Engström is a professional lay minister in the Diocese of Rochester, NY. Johan started his involvement in parish ministry in Sweden before he moved to the US in 1985. He is a Director of Faith Formation Ministries, with a strong background in Youth Ministry, Sacramental Preparation, ministry with families with special needs, young adult ministry and Digital Discipleship ministry. Johan is an experienced trainer of ministry staff, he is recognized as a strong team builder with the ability to empower and motivate individuals to recognize and fulfill potential for development. Johan also supports diocesan initiatives to assist the people of God to deepen their relationship with God through life-long faith formation. Johan has training in educational technology and utilizes social media and digital technology in parish faith formation ministry.
Linked-In – https://www.linkedin.com/in/johan-engström-142b211 

 

 

 

 


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