Board of Directors

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Michael D. Manhart, PhD
Chair

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.

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Lester Ruppersberger, M.D.
Vice-Chair

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.

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Zachary Clark, CFP®
Treasurer

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.

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Véronique Gaeta
Secretary

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.

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Rev. Robert R. Cannon, MA JCL, Col, USAF

Father Cannon is Chancellor of the Archdiocese for the Military Services and serves as the primary archdiocesan contact for Catholic U.S. Military chaplains based worldwide. The 30-year Air Force veteran brings a wealth of experience, education, and spirituality to the task.

Father Cannon was ordained on May 13, 1978 in his home diocese of Venice, Fla. He was commissioned as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1986 in Rome, Italy. At the request of the Air Force Chief of Chaplains, he began staffing assistance tours in 2003 and extended active duty in 2010. He has served in multiple roles as both a staff chaplain and a Wing Chaplain.

In civilian life, Father Cannon served as Parochial Vicar at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater, Fla., from 1978 to 1979; School Pastor at Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, Fla., from 1979 to 1984; Dean of Students and Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, Fla., from 1984 to 1986; Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Venice, Fla., from 1990 to 2002; and Rector of Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla., from 1999 to 2003.

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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.

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Richard Bulzacchelli

Richard Bulzacchelli currently serves as Lecturer in Theology at Catholic Studies Academy and as the Department Head and Theology Teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, Schertz, Texas. He holds degrees in Systematic Marian Studies, Systematic Theology, Masters in Religious Studies and Christian Theology with a B.A. in Philosophy. Richard is both a published writer and lecturer in these areas and looks forward to lending CCL the benefit of his expertise and experience in the challenge of teaching online. He also will be a tremendous resource in providing insight into how to speak truth in a secular age.

 

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Paul Sterett

I am the principal of White Hart Insight. We specialize in marketing for Georgia and the Carolinas.  We help clients with limited in-house marketing resources maximize existing marketing assets and make sure teams are performing their best (or at their highest level). We meet our clients where they are and accompany them through their marketing journey, shoring up what needs support and blazing new trails where none exist. We firmly believe that the consistency of our outcomes is rooted in the strength of our process.

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Victoria Quintana DeBayle

I am a Florida-licensed attorney and have practicing transactional law since 2011.  In addition to being an attorney, I have worked on committees to plan and implement many special events at our firm, from the summer program for law clerks, to an annual “Getting a Head Start on Pro Bono” program as well as other events throughout the years. Outside of my work as an attorney, I have also volunteered through various Church organizations to put on programming for marriage preparation and assisted in the planning and implementation of a Women’s Health and Fertility Seminar in 2018 for the Archdiocese of Miami.  My husband, Carlos and I have been a teaching couple since 2015. In 2020, I took on the role of office administrator at the Miami office of Hogan Lovells and my role includes recruiting, hiring and evaluation both attorneys and business services staff.

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Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan, S.Th.D. (Emeritus)

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.

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