Brian has been a Catholic since 1997 and a member of St. Mary since 2007. He has a degree in accounting and an MBA in business and has 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance industries. Brian has a strong desire to do the best for our parish by sharing his experience in finance.
Mary and her husband are new to St. John XXIII Parish. She is the treasurer of the Peace and Justice Committee and has been looking for additional ways to get involved. Mary served on the Finance Council for St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette before joining St. John XXIII. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in both finance and statistics and has worked in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. She is currently a member of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners Foundation Board. Mary also volunteers for the Booth Alumni Nonprofit Consultants (BANC). This spring Mary will lead a project with Catholic Charities. Mary and her husband believe that it is important to support organizations by sharing their time, talent, and treasure.
Mary is a long-time parishioner at St. Nicholas and has served in many parish ministries and activities, including the Mardi Gras Party, the Rummage Sale, the Stephen Ministry, and the St. John XXIII Evangelization Committee. Mary has an MBA from Northwestern University and has passed the CPA exam. (She was a certified Registered Agent with the IRS.) Her professional experience includes financial management in both the private and nonprofit sectors and work as an accountant and in professional tax preparation.
Len has lived in Evanston since 2021 and has been attending Mass at St. Nicholas for the past few months. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he attended Catholic grade school and high school. Len has an undergraduate degree from Rockford University in Kansas City and a doctoral degree in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. He resides in a 24-unit condominium building and has been serving as the association treasurer since shortly after he moved in.
Jay has been a parishioner of St. Mary Parish since 1988. He and his wife, Marcia, have raised three children who have received their sacraments at St. Mary’s. Over the years Jay has been active in many parish ministries, including Parish Council, Soup Kitchen, Knights of Columbus, and as an usher. Jay served on the St. Mary’s Finance Council for several years until the unification of St. John XXIII Parish.
Originally from Southern California, Suzanne has been living with her husband, Tom Lenz, in Evanston since 1989. They joined St. Nicholas soon after moving here and raised three sons, who are now young adults, in the parish. During these years she has served on the baptism ministry team and was a religious education catechist, a Eucharistic minister, and a St. Nick’s Fest volunteer. From 2007 to 2014, she was on the parish staff as the Business Manager. Her professional career includes positions in finance and accounting in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She continues to work part time doing accounting work for small nonprofits in the Chicago area.
Thomas Meany and his wife, Paula, have been members of St. Mary for more than 50 years. Paula is a former teacher at St. Mary School, and Thomas has served on the St. Mary Pastoral Council, in Christ Renews His Parish, and as assistant coach of St. Mary sports teams. Tom’s background is in finance, and he is currently employed by a LaSalle Street firm.
Karen Miller, her husband Chris, and son Joseph are parishioners at St. Mary. Karen is currently with Rotary International as a Senior Financial Accountant/Analyst. Prior to Rotary, Karen worked as a Staff Accountant at L & W Supply. She has extensive accounting experience with foreign, domestic, for-profit, and nonprofit entities. She knows and works with Microsoft Excel. For nearly 10 years, she has been a member of the board and the treasurer of her local alumni chapter for the College of William and Mary.
Karen has been a member of St. Nicholas for more than 22 years. Her son attended Pope John XXIII School, graduating in 2015. While he was a student at the school, Karen was involved in the school board and headed the finance committee, which created the annual budgets for the school. As her background is in community development finance, she understands the balance sheets for nonprofit organizations. Karen is a lector at St. Nicholas and for three years served on the Winter Parish Party committee. She believes that the Parish Finance Council is a good opportunity to contribute and use her finance skills.