BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Matt Loboda, Chairman of the Board
Matt is a Catholic married man who strives to live his faith empowered by the Holy Spirit. He speaks to thousands of people of all ages every year. His faith walk is unique in the sense that God had called him to discern life as a Franciscan monk for four years and then He called him out of the monastery to married life. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Theology. Before defending his Master’s thesis in Philosophy, he joined a religious order in New York. For four years he was a professed member of the CFR’s, a Franciscan renewal order, where he served the poor and underprivileged in the Bronx and Manhattan, giving retreats and parish missions throughout the United States. Matt studied under and worked closely with Fr. Benedict Groeschel, a well-known author and founder of the CFR’s. These years were emotionally, spiritually, and professionally formative as he tested his vocation and ultimately felt the prompting of God’s will to pursue family life. Before entering into final vows and the seminary Matt discerned his call to marriage. In 2003 he left the friary with Fr. Benedict’s blessing and met his future wife a year later. In 2005 he married his lovely wife Kristin, they are blessed to have five beautiful children and live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. Bob Brandt, Director
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.
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. 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.
Mr. Chris Stewart, COO
Mr. Tony Brandt, President
Mr. Hector Molina, CEO