Board of Directors

FDLC’s board is comprised of representatives from each of the USCCB’s 14 geographic regions, as well as two ex-officio members. The following directors are serving terms from October 2022 – October 2023.

Region 1

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Richard J. Clark
Archdiocese of Boston

Cathedral of the Holy Cross
1400 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

Region 2

New York

Rev. Sean Paul Fleming
Diocese of Buffalo
Saint Joseph Cathedral
50 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Region 3

New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Mr. Thomas Octave
Diocese of Greensburg
723 East Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

Region 4

District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the Military Archdiocese

Dr. James Starke
Diocese of Arlington

St. Mary’s University
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210

Region 5

Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee

Betty-Ann Hickey
Archdiocese of New Orleans
7887 Walmsley Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

Region 6

Ohio and Michigan

Msgr. Gary Smetanka
Archdiocese of Detroit

Our Lady Star of the Sea
467 Fairford Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Region 7

Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin

Todd Williamson, Vice Chair
Archdiocese of Chicago
3525 South Lake Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653

Region 8

Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Mr. Daniel Ewens
Diocese of Crookston
Sacred Heart Church
200 Third Street
East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Region 9

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Mrs. Kay Temple
Diocese of Davenport
3017 Provence Lane
Muscatine, IA 52761

Region 10

Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas

Rev. Marcus McFadin
Diocese of El Paso

St. Patrick Cathedral
1118 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX 79902

Region 11

California, Hawaii, and Nevada

Laura Bertone, Chair
Archdiocese of San Francisco

One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109

Region 12

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington

Tish Thornton, Treasurer
Diocese of Boise

1501 S. Federal Way, Suite 400
Boise, ID 83705

Region 13

Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Rev. Rob Spaulding
Diocese of Cheyenne
St. Paul Newman Center
1800 Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070

Region 14

Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

Lisa Weis
Diocese of Orlando

St. Margaret Mary Church
526 North Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789


Rev. Andrew Menke
Executive Director
Secretariat for Divine Worship
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194

Mrs. Rita Thiron
Executive Director

415 Michigan Avenue NE, Suite 70
Washington, DC 20017