Meet the Team

OUR STAFF INCLUDES A TALENTED AND DEDICATED GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS WITH EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN GRANT-WRITING, COMMUNICATIONS, TRAINING, LEADERSHIP AND FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

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.

 

Contact Artie at:

APingolt@missionprojectservice.org

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.

 

Contact Jennifer at:

JPingolt@missionprojectservice.org

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