The Theology of the Body staff, advisors, and board members are faithful Catholics dedicated to Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization. This dynamic group upholds and promotes the vibrant message of Theology of the Body to a culture that longs for real love and purpose. With professional integrity and personal spiritual renewal, the Theology of the Body Institute looks for fresh, creative, and effective ways to spread this teaching with joy.
Jen is currently serving as Managing Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. She has been part of TOBI since 2008 in various capacities, including Certification Course Manager and Director of Programs for the Internship, Certification, and Clergy Enrichment Programs. She has Bachelor and Master degrees in Theology and Parish Ministry from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Jen worked in religious education and adult faith formation for 15 years before joining the TOBI staff, teaching Theology of the Body throughout the country.
Bill completed the Theology of the Body Institute Speakers Training program in 2005, Head & Heart Immersion Course in 2006. He is a Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program instructor, international speaker, and curriculum specialist. Bill worked in mission, evangelization, and education, and has a background in visual arts, philosophy, and systematic theology. He can also juggle almost any three objects.
Fr. Tom is in his second year of a 3-year assignment as the first Theology of the Body Institute Spiritual Advisor and Director of Clergy Development. He a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, originally from Staten Island. Fr. Tom’s favorite hobby is fishing.
Theresa joined Theology of the Body Institute as an intern from Granger, Indiana in 2010, and became Theology of the Body Institute Program Assistant in 2011. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies, and taught Theology of the Body to youth and young adults since 2010. Tess has lived in seven states.
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Samantha spent 5 years with FOCUS, both as a missionary and in regional leadership before joining the TOBI Staff. She attended the University of Connecticut, where she completed degrees in Finance and Political Science, and was also a member of the Women’s Soccer Team. She is currently pursuing her masters in Catholic Psychology, and in her free time she loves working out, skateboarding, surfing, hanging with friends and mentoring others. A highlight from her time in FOCUS was bringing 12 college students to spend five weeks serving alongside Mother Teresa’s sisters in Kolkata, India.
Carrie joined Theology of the Body Institute as the Liturgical Coordinator in 2007, and became the Educational Program Assistant and On-Site Clergy Events Manager in 2011. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Spanish, has worked in youth ministry, and taught Theology of the Body to Catholic and Evangelical adults and teens. Carrie once shaved her head, and enjoys calligraphy.
Nora volunteered for Theology of the Body Institute in 2013, and became the Executive Assistant to Damon Owens and Office Manager in 2014. Formerly, she coordinated the St. Elizabeth School childcare program, and helped with high school youth group and bible study for St. Elizabeth Parish in Upper Uwchlan, PA. Nora enjoys roller coasters, and lived in Hawaii for three years.
David is a Theology of the Body Institute co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He led the way in incorporating the organization in April, 2004.
David is a principal in and the Chief Marketing Officer for Content Watch, makers of the Net Nanny product line of internet security solutions for computers, tablets and mobile devices, committed to providing web filtering and parental control solutions for families across the globe. Prior to Content Watch, David was a managing partner for one of the country’s leading direct response advertising agencies.
David served for 12 years on the board of directors of Catholic Leadership Institute, an apostolate dedicated to leadership training for clergy, currently working in more than 90 dioceses across the country. He is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was inducted into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s CYO Hall of Fame in 2008. David is also on the Advisory Committee for the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
David is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and he and his wife Kim have four boys.
Bob became a fan of Theology of the Body from the moment he heard a tape series by Christopher West in the late 1990’s. At that point, Bob bought copies of the tape series to give to all his priest friends in Archdiocese of Philadelphia, many of who incorporate Theology of the Body in their ministries.
Bob holds a B.S. in Business Management from Widener University, an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles, Borromeo Seminary, where he was a former seminarian, and a Graduate Catechetical diploma from the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy in Rome. As a Theology of the Body Institute board member, Bob provides insight and guidance gained from his extensive background as a corporate business development manager, and sales and marketing professional.
Bob also serves on several other non-profit boards, including the pastoral council of his home parish, St. Anastasia in Newtown Square, where he resides with his wife, Jean, and their four sons.
Matthew has been at the forefront of multiple Catholic initiatives since he began in ministry in the 1990’s. He started a staff member at Catholic Answers, and then worked at the parish level before he joined with author Patrick Madrid to launch Envoy Magazine in 1996.
In subsequent years, Matt founded several internationally known Catholic apostolates and projects, including Ascension Press in 1998; CatholicExchange.com, a premiere Internet portal for Catholics, in 2001; and the Theology of the Body Institute in 2005.
Matt authored or co-authored several best-selling books, including the Amazing Grace Series, billed as a “Catholic Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books. He wrote the best-selling Did Adam & Eve Have Belly Buttons?, a question-and-answer book for Catholic teenagers, and most recently conceived and co-authored A Guide to The Passion: 100 Questions About the Passion of the Christ, which sold more than one million copies in 14 weeks.
A native of Philadelphia, Matt earned a B.A. in communications and minor in sociology from Temple University. He and his wife Maryanne live in West Chester with their five boys.
Jeannine is a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford, PA. She leads Theology of the Body study groups for couples and women, and has facilitated various study programs in her parish and home. Jeannine also gives talks and retreats to women’s groups and organizes retreats for girls.
Jeannine holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, an M.A. in Religion and Religious Studies from Providence College, and an M.A. in Theology from The Catholic University of America. She is a Theology of the Body Institute certification student as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Jeannine previously worked as an educator at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Alexandria, VA, and in public policy and as a spokeswoman at The National Council for Adoption in the Washington DC area.
Jeannine resides in Devon, PA with her husband, Michael, and their two daughters. She and her family serve as a Foster Family through Chester County Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
Bill Donaghy speaks nationally and internationally on Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization. He founded missionmoment.org, a speaking ministry, and has a background in education and missionary work. Bill holds an Associate’s Degree in Visual Arts, a B.A in Philosophy, and M.A. in Systematic Theology.
Fr. Timothy Gallagher is an ordained a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, for which he spent two years as provincial. He taught at Saint John’s Seminary and Our Lady of Grace Seminary Residence, in Massachusetts, and did formation work for 12 years. Fr. Gallagher received his Ph.D. from the Gregorian University and has written six books on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
John Grabowski, Ph.D. teaches Moral Theology and is the Director of Moral Theology/Ethics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has served as Associate Dean for the Graduate Studies School of Theology and Religious Studies, and theological advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Marriage and Family. Dr. Grabowski and his wife were appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for the Family.
John M. Haas, Ph.D. is the President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, PA. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr. Haas to the governing council of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and as a Consulter to the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers. He also taught college and graduate level Theology.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King’s College, in New York City. He regularly contributes to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and wrote more than 67 books including: Handbook for Christian Apologetics, Fundamentals of the Faith, and Three Philosophies of Life.
Janet E. Smith, Ph.D. holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is an acclaimed author, regular columnist and blogger, and has appeared on various television shows. More than two million copies of her talk, “Contraception: Why Not” have been distributed.
Fr. Mark Toups is a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, where he serves the diocese as Director of Seminarians. He works with the Institute for Priestly Formation, specializing in communications, development, and spiritual direction.
Christopher West is a renowned educator, best-selling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian who specializes in making Theology of the Body accessible to a wide audience. He also founded The Cor Project, a non-profit global outreach devoted to cultural renewal through the New Evangelization.
Angela Franks, Ph.D., has a doctorate in theology and an M.A. in philosophy. She is a full-time professor at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John’s Seminary. Angela is in demand as a speaker, author, and teacher. She is the author of Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility (2005) and contributed a chapter to Women, Sex, and the Church (2010). Her latest book is Contraception and Catholicism (2013). She writes and speaks on abortion, eugenics, the theology of the body, marriage, contraception, and feminism, among other topics. She blogs at http://angelafranks.com. She lives with her family in Boston.
Peter J. Colosi, PhD is assistant professor of philosophy at Salve Regina University in Newport RI. From 2009 – 2015 he was assistant/associate professor of moral theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. From 1999 – 2007 he was instructor/assistant professor of philosophy for Franciscan University of Steubenville at their program in Gaming, Austria. He earned his BS in mathematics from Franciscan University, an MA in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University, and his MPhil and PhD from the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. His website is www.peterjcolosi.com. Since 2007 he has been organizing, with friends in Europe, a series of International Symposia on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. All of the Symposia talks can be viewed at www.tobinternationalsymposia.com.