MLC-NA Leadership Council

José Julián Matos-Auffant

Chair

José Julián Matos-Auffant

Chair

José Julián is originally from Puerto Rico. An alumnus from Colegio San José - Marianist College Preparatory, he taught there also, and worked with Juventud Marianista, the Summer Mission at the former Marianist Parish, and Marianist LIFE (Living In Faith Experiences) for over a decade. Being formed in the Marianist charism through education, religious life, work in apostolic institutions and lay community life, José Julián is an advocate of ongoing formation opportunities to put our faith in action. José Julián currently serves as the executive director of the Marianist’s Tecaboca Camp and Retreat Center in Mountain Home, TX.

LeeAnn Meyer

Head of Spirituality

LeeAnn Meyer

Head of Spirituality

LeeAnn felt called to become a Lay Marianist while a student at the University of Dayton. She now works in the Office for Mission and Rector at UD, helping to coordinate the lay formation program, as well as other Marianist programs for students. She lives in North Dayton with her husband, Brandon, their three young kids, and Siberian Husky. LeeAnn and Brandon, who works at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, are members of a lay community composed of staff and alumni from CJ and UD.

Paul Combest

Head of Temporalities

Paul Combest

Head of Temporalities

Paul Combest is the Director of Operations at Central Catholic High School. Paul has completed the Marianist Lay Formation Institute (MLFI), and currently serves on the Marianist Sisters Vocation Fund committee. Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University (1988), and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Oblate School of Theology (1996).

Marcela Yerena

Head of Education

Marcela Yerena

Head of Education

Marcela has been connected to the Marianist Family since 1999 when she became a student at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Later, she became a Marianist Affiliate in the middle of the pandemic and also became part of the Marianist Family of California (MFCA) Leadership Team. Marcela has taught theology at Chaminade College Preparatory and other Catholic schools for the last 15 years and been in professional ministry for nearly 20 years. Marcela says that being a Marianist reminds me to always say “Yes” to God’s call to serve and be a voice of justice in a world filled with the opposite.

Ellen Celaya

At-Large Member for Area Reps

Ellen Celaya

At-Large Member for Area Reps

Ellen Celaya was introduced to the Marianists when she began working at Chaminade College Preparatory in California in 1999. As the Executive Assistant to the President she was involved in almost every aspect of school life and worked closely with the Marianists living in the local community and those serving on the school’s Board of Directors. When she retired in 2016, she knew she didn’t want her Marianist involvement to end. Ellen and her husband are now Marianist Affiliates in Southern California. She is the editor for the Marianist Family Council of California and serves At Large (Area Reps) on the MLC-NA Leadership Team.

Matt Dunn

IO-MLC Reponsible

Matt Dunn

IO-MLC Reponsible

Matt Dunn is a member of the Micah Theotokos MLC and the Visitation Marianist State Community. He has served in various roles on the MLC-NA Leadership Council since 2010 and has also served on the MSJC Steering Committee. Matt has represented Marianist laity by serving on the Marianist Family Council of North America and as a delegate to international Marianist assemblies in Lima, Peru and Seoul, South Korea. Professionally, Matt serves as the Manager of Community Programs for the Montgomery County Department of Human Services Planning & Development.

Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI

Spiritual Advisor

Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI

Spiritual Advisor

Sr. Nicole is a native of Orange, Texas, is a member of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianists) and has served the Marianist Family as a member of the provincial leadership team, vocations director, and campus minister at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Recently, Sr. Nicole completed her doctorate in education at Gonzaga University on equity and inclusion of students of color in mixed-race Catholic schools. She has a passion for faith formation and leadership development, especially of young people. This passion is equally matched by her dedication to seeking justice.

Rob Brodrick

National Director

Rob Brodrick

National Director

Rob Brodrick is the first National Director for MLC-NA. He is a founding member and chair of the board of the Mission of Mary Cooperative in Dayton, OH. He has served as a delegate to the International Lay Assembly in Peru, on the national leadership team of the Adele Social Justice Project, and as the editor of the IO-MLC Newsletter, La Madeleine. Prior to joining MLC-NA, Rob worked with HUD’s National HMIS Data Lab at The Partnership Center to provide data-driven solutions to preventing and ending homelessness. Rob holds a BS and MA from the University of Dayton, and a PhD from Boston College.

Luke Horner

Treasurer

Luke Horner

Treasurer

Luke was first introduced to the Marianists by his father and learned more about the charism while earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Dayton. While there, he studied Economics, Finance, and Accounting, and he was actively a part of a Marianist Student Community and the Ephphatha lay community. Now working as an accountant for Reading Rock Inc in Cincinnati, Luke is excited to volunteer for MLC-NA as Treasurer.

About the Leadership Council

MLC-NA is the national division of the Marianist Lay Communities, an international association of the faithful in the Catholic Church. At the same time, MLC-NA is structured as a nonprofit organization in the United States. The Leadership Council incorporates both the responsibilities and best practices of its religious and civil natures in its ministry of governing the Marianist Lay Communities in the US and Canada.

Religious Structure of the Leadership Council

MLC-NA's Leadership Council is organized according to the Three Offices model of the Marianist tradition. In this model, there are three offices - Spirituality, Temporalities, and Education. The Chair and three Heads of Office are elected by MLC-NA's membership. At MLC-NA, the offices are not primarily a way to divide up tasks, but rather a point of view that each office brings to all the affairs of the association. Responsibilities for each member include:

In addition to the Chair and three Heads of Office, the Leadership Council is further supported by two At-Large representatives which are appointed by the Council. All terms are 3-years in length, renewable for a second term.

MLC-NA's Leadership Council is supported by several non-voting members, including: a Spiritual Advisor, the International Responsible for North America, Ireland, and Australia, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Civil Structure of the Leadership Council

As a nonprofit organization, MLC-NA's Leadership Council functions as the board of the corporation. Moreover, MLC-NA follows the best practices of traditional nonprofits in placing the Leadership Council with the board responsibilities of upholding the governance, strategic direction, and fiduciary responsibility of the organization while placing executive functions pertaining to managing the operations of the organization under the National Director.