Board of Directors

Meet Catholic Mobilizing Network’s Board of Directors. This dynamic group brings a wealth of experience and passion to the organization. Each member brings gifts to our ministry and furthers our mission of ending the use of the death penalty and promoting restorative justice.



Mary J. Novak, J.D., M.A.P.S., has as served across the U.S. and abroad as an attorney, educator, peacebuilder, spiritual and retreat director as well as chaplain.  Prior to moving into full-time ministry, Mary practiced and taught law for over ten years in California during which time she was part of a team of lawyers representing a man on the largest death row in the United States.  Mary has served organizations in their development for mission for decades and holds an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union, a J.D. from Santa Clara University Law School and a B.S. in Management from San Diego State University.  She has done advanced study in spirituality and peacebuilding/restorative justice.  Mary currently serves as Associate Director for Ignatian Formation at Georgetown University Law Center.




Marianne Race, CSJ is a member of CMN’s sponsor, the Congregation of St. Joseph. Her ministry has consistently been in education beginning with elementary and high school and currently in Adult Spiritual Education. She is the author of In This Place: Reflections on the Land of the Gospels for the Liturgical Cycle and is a contributor to liturgical and biblical publications. For the past 26 years she has led retreats in the Holy Land and continues her education ministry through Scripture Study in parishes.



Episcopal Advisor

Most Reverend Daniel Flores was ordained for the Diocese of Corpus Christi in January 1988. He served as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit before being installed as the Sixth Bishop of Brownsville in 2010. Bishop Flores serves the USCCB as Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. He also serves on the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Committee of Divine Worship, Sub-Committee on Pro-life Activities, and the Committee for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs. Bishop Flores is also a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Brownsville, TX



Kathleen Brown currently serves as the Senior Director for Mission and Catholic Identity at Catholic Charities USA and as the Regional Coordinator of Caritas North America for Caritas Internationalis.





Joan Knetemann received her Master’s Degree in Theology from the Washington Theological Union where she served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Washington Theological Union. Currently, she volunteers with Georgetown University’s RCIA program as a retreat facilitator and educator.  




Ralph McCloud is the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities through its mission of educating on poverty and its causes. Ralph has served as the national director for six years. Prior to working the USCCB, Ralph worked as Division Director of Pastoral and Community Services in the Diocese of Fort Worth Texas. Washington, DC



Dennis Harry Reeder is a Communications Executive & Development Consultant, producer and photographer. Mr. Reeder is also an accomplished video and documentary still photographer whose assignments have ranged across North America and Europe. His expertise is reflected in his client portfolios, including defense and international affairs, design, the arts, environmental, design, and historic preservation subjects, adult education and training, and social justice. Building on his career experience and personal networks, Dennis began a pro bono third career in communications and development for social justice organizations, actively supporting Catholic Mobilizing Network. Alexandria, VA



Brian W. Stolarz is the leader of LeClairRyan’s Compliance, Investigations and White Collar team. However, Brian has been an advocate on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations and a vocal proponent for the abolition of the death penalty, intensely committed to representing those unjustly on death row. Brian is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Felony Panel in the U.S. District Court in DC and MD. He has served as Counsel to the Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics and has represented individuals before congressional committees. Alexandria, VA


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