Meet the Team


Arthur A. Pingolt, Jr

Executive Director


Artie’s background has been split almost equally between non-profit education and fundraising and the for-profit world of investment banking. His previous professional experience has included Jesuit and Christian Brother schools and capital campaign consulting. Currently Artie serves as the President of the Missionary Oblate Partnership, an organization with US and international membership that includes Oblates, lay men and women, other mission congregations and US Church leadership. Prior to becoming president of the Partnership, Artie was Managing Director of Institutional Equities for US Bank Piper Jaffray and Senior Vice President of Investments, Vector-Prudential Securities.


His educational background includes an AB, Political Science & Philosophy, Creighton University, graduate studies in Theology, Creighton University, and a Law Degree, William Mitchell College of Law.


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Father Lord Winner, CMF

Strategic Consultant and Workshop Instructor


Father Lord Winner, CMF, a Claretian missionary and Assistant Mission Procurator for his congregation, has joined the Mission Project Service leadership team. Father Winner currently lives at the Claretian General House in Rome and will help guide MPS from that location. Father Winner currently serves as a strategic consultant for MPS, while he is completing his doctoral studies. He will become more actively engaged with MPS from mid-2018.

Many missionaries and grant-making organizations already know Fr. Winner for his extensive experience in grant research, writing and training in the overall process of “project cycle management.” He has provided more than fifty ‘project management and fundraising trainings’ to missionaries in Asia and Africa. Now he shares his knowledge as resource person for the Congregations in Rome. Welcome to Father Winner and congratulations to MPS for having access to such a great resource for its future!

Brother Marcel Sylvestre, FIC

Director Emeritus and Workshop Instructor


Brother Marcel Sylvestre, (M.A. in Catholic Social Thought, from the Catholic University of America and Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University), has been involved in mission programs and projects since 1982. As Director of Mission Project Service since 2005, he produced the 7th and 8th editions of Agencies for Development Assistance.


Marcel has given workshops on sustainable development in English or French a dozen emerging nations. Now 87 years old, he remains available for 3-5-day workshops especially in francophone countries.

Jennifer Pingolt

Consultant:  Social Media and Communications


Jennifer has spent the greater part of her career in the “human relations” arena. She’s held management and executive positions within fortune 500 companies, as well as start-up businesses, in sectors such as investment banking, mobile payments and healthcare.


Over the last several years Jennifer has provided consulting services increasingly focused on strategy, social media and communications in the non-profit arena, servicing national and international organizations. Jennifer obtained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Minnesota State and
received a Masters in Vocational Education from the University of Minnesota.


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Patricio M. Alvelo

Workshop Instructor


Patricio M. Alvelo has worked for the Catholic Church for more than 30 years. He holds a degree in Organization and Management of Civil Societies from UNSAM, Argentina. He also holds a Diploma in Resource Management from Procura A.C (Mexico) – Indiana University. He currently works as President at La Obra, a diocesan institution comprised of an elementary, a secondary and a vocational school. He is a member of the Diocesan Stewardship Council and the Board of Catholic Schools Office Directors in the dioceses. He is a teaching faculty in Resource Management and Fund Raising at UNSAM. He is a member of the CELAM’s team of experts in self-sustaining issues for the evangelizing work in Latin America. He has been content-writer of more than 200 workshops that he delivered solo or together with priests and lay people in different dioceses in Argentina and in many Latin American countries.

He was part of the leading team at Plan Compartir (National Bishop Conference in Argentina from 1999-2012). Plan Compartir was the first national Catholic Program training in Finance, Resource Management through Pastoral lenses. At Compartir, Patricio took care of fundraising and resource management to sustain the Plan’s day to day work and the many projects it carried out at national and international level. He fostered the creation, and later coordinated the Stewardship Network in the Catholic Church in Argentina.

Graciela Etchart, PhD.

Workshop Instructor


Graciela has a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from the University of Washington and a MBA-CPA from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. She has acted as a researcher in sustainable development and organizational management, as a professor of management, and as an auditor of development projects. Graciela is interested in organizational models that promote the sustainability of local development. Currently, Dr. Etchart is the director of the Office of Oblate Mission Sustainability of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Rome. She joined the Oblates as an Associate in 2001, and worked as the Partnership’s grantwriter from 2008 until 2013.

Tom Drexler

Workshop Instructor


Currently the Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, Tom has worked in Catholic ministry for the past 30 years. 20 of those years were spent in secondary and higher education and 10 as Executive Director of two separate Non-Profit Organizations. The latter drew on Tom’s abilities in non-profit organization and fundraising. One of the organizations, though based in Washington, DC, worked in 9 countries worldwide. In addition, Tom spent five years living and working in the Dominican Republic where he was part of a team that focused on a variety of community development projects, including construction of water systems, school houses, and basic sanitation projects.

MPS Advisory Board

Pierre Aubin, MSC, Director Emeritus


Mary Mencarini Campbell, Director of National Collections, US Conference of Catholic Bishops


Seamus Finn, OMI, US Province Representative, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate


Brad Myers, Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Arthur A. Pingolt, Jr., Executive Director


Sr. Gina Marie Blunk, SND, Conrad N. Hilton Fund For Sisters

Ron Rolheiser, OMI, President, Oblate School of Theology


Charlie Rotunno, Executive Vice President, The Raskob Foundation


Alicia von Stamwitz, Author & Founder, VIA Editorial


Marcel Sylvestre, FIC, Director Emeritus


Fernando Velasquez, OMI, Director of Missiology, Oblate School of Theology


Sr. Marcia Sichol, SHCJ, Executive Director, Conrad N. Hilton Fund For Sisters