Board of Directors
Michael D. Manhart, PhD
After receiving his doctorate in Microbiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Manhart embarked on a career in Research & Development with Procter & Gamble. While there he held numerous management roles of increasing responsibility in various global health care and pharmaceutical organizations; he retired in 2008 as a Director of R&D. Dr. Manhart also served on the CCL Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009, and with his wife, Karen, has been a Teaching Couple for more than 30 years. In July 2009, he was appointed executive director and led the organization until 2016. He has served as a Senior Scientific consultant for CCL and is a member of the FACTS Advisory Council. In 2019, Dr. Manhart was invited back onto the Board of Directors. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and is the proud father of four and grandfather of five.
Lester Ruppersberger, M.D.
Lester Ruppersberger, M.D., is a retired Ob/Gyn, who along with his wife, was an NFP instructor for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for nearly 20 years through the Harrisburg NFP program. The Ruppersbergers and other Philadelphia STM teachers formally transitioned to CCL’s program in 2017. Dr. Ruppersberger, an NFP-only physician, has been the past president of the Catholic Medical Association, works with Philadelphia-area crisis pregnancy centers, and has extensive experience on boards and in collaborating with national groups.
Zachary Clark, CFP®
Zack and his wife, Courtney, were high school sweethearts, have been married since 2013, and welcomed their first child in 2018. They learned the Sympto-Thermal Method through CCL teachers in their hometown of Louisville, where they now contribute to diocesan marriage preparation by presenting a module on intimacy, children and family planning. Zack received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Louisville and his CFP certification at Bellarmine University. He recently started his own financial planning firm, Clark Financial Planning, which takes a holistic approach to the financial element of life. He joined the CCL Board of Directors in 2018.
Véronique and her husband, Pablo, have been CCL teachers since 2002. They have three children and support couples in Southern California, where they have taught over 175 couples. Véronique earned her degree in education from California State University, Northridge. With over 20 years teaching experience and a wealth of active leadership in her local CCL team, Véronique brings consistent passion and a unique perspective to our Board of Directors.
Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan, S.Th.D.
Bishop Michael Sheridan, originally a native of St. Louis, Missouri, currently presides over the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He was ordained a priest in 1971 and went on to earn his master’s degree in historical theology, and both a license and doctorate in sacred theology. He served several St. Louis parishes as an associate and pastor before being named the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese in 1997. In 2002 Pope John Paul II appointed him coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, and he became the diocesan bishop a year later. Bishop Sheridan is a long-time supporter of NFP and CCL, and he played a large part in making the Diocese of Colorado Springs the second diocese in the country to mandate NFP as a normative part of marriage prep. He joined CCL’s Board of Directors in 2017 and offers excellent theological and pastoral advice, particularly on the topic of marriage and the family.
Thomas F. Strunck, Jr.
Tom Strunck and his wife Patty have been married for 27 years, have six children, and have been involved in marriage ministry and religious education for 25 years. They have been CCL members since 1987 and a Teaching Couple since 2002, serving alternatively for the dioceses of New York, Baltimore and Richmond, VA. Tom has a BS from James Madison University, JD from the George Mason University School of Law, and LLMs in both Military Law, from the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School, and in Environmental and Resources Law from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He is a retired Judge Advocate and currently serves as a civilian attorney for the Army.
Cecilia served as the diocesan NFP coordinator in the dioceses of Belleville, Illinois, and Camden, New Jersey, and as the marriage preparation coordinator in Camden. She has also served as a board member of the Philadelphia NFP Network. She and her husband, Mark, taught with CCL for 34 of their 40 years of marriage and have four grown children, and they all use NFP.
Carmen Santamaría and her husband, Alejandro, have been CCL teachers since 2009. They have four children and have been involved in marriage ministry since they were married in 2001. Carmen received a master’s degree in business administration and a juris doctor from the University of Miami and works as an attorney in Miami, FL. She is also the co-author of The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples.
Dr. Christopher Stroud, M.D.
Christopher Stroud, M.D., FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he is the founder of the Fertility & Midwifery Care Center. Dr. Stroud converted to the Catholic faith in 2007, but then experienced what he calls an "authentic conversion" on the Church's teachings on birth control after being challenged to read Humanae Vitae by a fellow Catholic physician in 2012. He immersed himself in learning more and embraced St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, which transformed his marriage, career, approach to parenting; it permeated every aspect of his life. Dr. Stroud, trained in NaproTechnology, has been active on many non-profit boards, is a member of the Catholic Medical Association, and is the co-host of the EWTN radio show "Doctor, Doctor." He and his wife, Marianne, are the parents of five children.