The five sisters elected to the Congregational Leadership Team serve with equally shared leadership and authority in order to assure collegiality, a diversity of gifts, and a variety of viewpoints in planning and decision making. Congregational government unites the members in keeping the life and ministry of the congregation contemporary as well as faithful to the spirit of the gospel and of our founder.
Danielle Bonetti, CSJ served as Vice President Mission Integration for St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, N.Y. before being elected to the Leadership Team. Prior to her healthcare administration ministry, she served in parish, campus and diocesan ministry, as well as province formation and leadership in Albany, N.Y. Danielle holds a B.A. in Sociology from Mount St. Mary’s in Newburgh, N.Y. and both an M.Ed in Religious Education and an M.A. in Theology from Boston College. She serves as liaison to the Los Angeles Province, Ascension Health, and our province archivists and justice coordinators. Her interests include social justice activities, swimming and a good movie.
Barbara Dreher, CSJ began her ministry in elementary education, then transitioned to become a director of religious education, a leader for the St. Louis Province, and Chancellor of Fontbonne University. Her most recent position was as Director of Mission Advancement for the St. Louis Province. Barbara holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Avila University, an M.A. in Religious Education from the University of San Francisco and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology. She serves as liaison to our Albany province and our communicators and development directors. She enjoys ironing, poetry, grilling and walking her dog, Zeke.
Mary Ann Leininger, CSJ spent 44 years in ministry in Peru, until moving back to the United States to serve on the Congregational Leadership Team. Mary Ann holds a degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College, and worked as a nurse for many years. Her most recent position was as Director of a home for at-risk Peruvian children. She has also served in leadership for our Peru Vice Province. She serves as liaison to the Peru Vice Province, our mission coordinator and our retirement coordinators. Sister Mary Ann enjoys seeing new places and action movies.
Mary McKay, CSJ served at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles on the religious studies faculty and as a trustee for a total of 21 years before joining the Leadership Team. She also served in leadership for the Los Angeles Province, as novice director for the province and as an elementary school teacher. Mary holds a B.A. in English from Mount St. Mary’s College, an M.A. in Spirituality from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She serves as liaison to the St. Paul Province, our associate directors, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the International Union of Superiors General. In her free time, Sister Mary loves cats and a good murder mystery.
Miriam D. Ukeritis, CSJ came to the Leadership Team from Southdown Institute (Aurora, Ontario) where, for the past 11 years, she served as Director of Research and Chief Executive Officer. Sister Miriam was collaborator on the Religious Life Futures Project and is widely known by religious congregations across the US and Canada. In 2010, she received the Louis J. Luzbetak Award for Exemplary Church Research from CARA (Georgetown University). In the midst of her ministry as a psychologist, Miriam also served on province leadership in Albany, N.Y. Miriam holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the College of St. Rose, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as liaison to the Hawaii Vice Province, the St. Louis Province, our province treasurers and our vocation/formation personnel. To relax, she looks for a swimming pool or a good novel.