Mr. David Munn, Treasurer
David Munn the President of Munn Consulting, LLC. David has served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Casting Nets Ministries since its inception. He is a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Schulte, Kansas and is a graduate of Newman University. David has been married to his wife Lisa for 13 years, they have 5 children.
Mr. Bob Brandt, Secretary
Currently retired Bob Brandt is the former President and CEO of Children's Home Society of America. Prior to serving as CEO he spent 12 years as CEO of the Nebraska Children's Home Society. With experience as a Principal, teacher and coach Bob has more than thirty years of experience in education. Bob and his wife Peg are the parents of 12 children, nine of whom were adopted. In addition, they opened their home to over 30 other children that needed assistance over the years.
Mr. Brent Depperschmidt, Director
Brent Depperschmidt is the President of Tallgrass Capital Investments, a private investment firm focused on real estate, healthcare, manufacturing and venture capital investments. Brent's career has primarily been spent working in private equity with a focus on investment strategy and operational turnarounds and currently serves on the board of directors for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Brent also gives guest lectures on business ethics at several university business schools. Brent is a Kansas native and Kansas State University alum currently residing with his family in Dallas, Texas and is a member of St. Rita's parish.
Rev. Joseph Irwin, Director
Fr. Irwin is the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Enid, Oklahoma. He began his work in Enid in the summer of 2011, also serving the mission churches of St. Gregory the Great and St. Michael. Ordained in 2005, Fr. Irwin has served in a variety of assignments from St. Charles Borromeo parish in Oklahoma City, Bishop McGuiness High School in Oklahoma City and pastor for three years at Assumption B.V.M. in Duncan, Oklahoma. As of the spring of 2014, Fr. Irwin became the Director of Seminarians for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City while continuing to serve as pastor in Enid. He also serves on a number of committees for the Archdiocese from the Vocations Board to the Personnel Board and also the Priest’s Council.
Growing up in Norman, Oklahoma, after graduating from Norman High School, Fr. Irwin went to Benedictine College before entering the seminary. He has close connection to the Totus Tuus program which started in the Diocese of Wichita. He is currently serving as Chaplain for Totus Tuus Oklahoma. He has been a faithful supporter of Casting Nets Ministries since it’s beginning and member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Jaron Bromm, Director
Jaron Bromm is environmental corporate counsel for Caterpillar Inc.’s Legal Services Division in Peoria, IL. Jaron joined Caterpillar in 2010 as an attorney in the legal department. His work focuses on environmental compliance, policy issues, and complex remediation projects across the globe. Jaron has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Benedictine College and a law degree from Creighton University. Jaron and his wife Michelle live in central Illinois with their four children. They are members of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria, IL, the home parish of Fulton J. Sheen.
Mr. Jim Beckman
A more than 20-year veteran of youth ministry, Jim has served in various roles of leadership in youth ministry on local, regional, and national levels. Jim has developed Catechetical and youth ministry training resources for years, and has served as a trainer for many national organizations, including Franciscan University, Life Teen, and the National Service Committee. Jim is a nationally-known speaker and trainer. He serves on the editorial board and is a frequent contributor for Formed Magazine, and has contributed articles to other publications: St. Anthony Messenger Press, New Covenant Magazine, and Our Sunday Visitor. Jim is also the author and founder of YDisciple, a series of teen discipleship and leadership formation resources. Jim and his wife, Meg, live in Highlands Ranch, CO, with their five children: Aaron, Claire, Daniel, Jonathan and Brian. www.YDisciple.com
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has called Chris Stefanick “one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” Chris speaks to over 50,000 teens, young adults, and parents every year.
Venues he has spoken at include hundreds of high school chastity assemblies and parish events, colleges (including Annapolis, Penn State and the US Air Force Academy) and both national and international events including the Steubenville Youth Conferences, National Catholic Youth Convention, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) National Conference, the Knock, Ireland Youth Festival, and to 15,000 people at Manila’s Real Love Revolution. Chris was also invited to keynote at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
Mr. Steve Minnis, J.D. Director
A native of St. Joseph, MO, Mr. Minnis received his Bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College in 1982. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University in 1985 and Master’s of Business Administration degree in 1993 from Baker University. Mr. Minnis began his legal career in the county prosecutor’s office for Johnson County, Kansas. At Sprint Corporation, he held the position of director, state regulatory and general attorney for 14 years.
He served as president of the Benedictine College Alumni Association from 1991 to 1995 and joined the Benedictine College Board of Directors in 1992, serving until October 2004 when he became president of the college. Steve’s wife, Amy (Kohake), graduated from BC in 1984 and currently teaches in the Education Department at Benedictine College. The couple has three children, Matthew, Michael, and Molly.
Mrs. Kristi Biddle, Director
Mrs. Biddle is the owner and business manager of Kline Motors Inc. Following her conversion to the Catholic Church in 2000 Kristi served as a committee member for the Diocese of Wichita “Together” campaign and the annual Totus Tuus fund raiser. Kristi serves on the parish council of Holy Name Parish in Wichita where she is also a religious education teacher and prayer team member. Kristi has been married to her husband Patrick for forty-one years, she is the proud mother of two children and grandmother of nine.
Mr. Adam Riopel, Director
Adam Riopel, FICF, is a Knights of Columbus Field Agent. He became an agent to help fellow Knights to better understand their financial situation and to make sure their families were well cared for by someone they could trust with their family. Adam lives in Wichita with his wife Carla and their five children. He and his family are parishioners at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Schulte, KS.
Mr. Clark Schafer, Director
Clark Schafer is the Director of University Relations at Newman University in Wichita, KS. Clark has 34 years of experience in media relations, communication content creation, and innovative marketing strategies. To many who grew up in the Wichita area Clark will fondly be remembered as the Channel 3 "sports guy" as we was an anchor that brought professionalism, knowledge and humor. Clark and his family are members of St. Thomas Aquinas in Wichita.
Mr. Chris Stewart, President
Mr. Tony Brandt, Vice President