Board of Directors

We are thankful to the following volunteers who share their wisdom and expertise to lead our organization.

Organizational affiliations are shown for identification purposes only; no endorsement by the organization is implied.

  • Pat Dougherty, Board President
    Retired Senior Director of Advocacy Catholic Charites; Retired Missouri Senator and Representative

  • Michelle Miller, Board Vice President
    CEO, Philanthropy Missouri

  • Meredith Rataj, Board Treasurer
    Senior Program Director, Family Forward

  • Tom Nolan, Board Secretary
    Retired Executive Director, Access Academies; Director, Loyola Academy -St. Louis; Executive Director, Human Rights Office, Archdiocese of St. Louis

  • Christina Baragana
    Retired PSR Coordinator, Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • Cathy Doherty, SSND
    Archdiocese Peace and Justice Commission

  • Christine Dragonette
    Director, Social Ministry, St. Francis Xavier - College Church

  • Michael W. Halterman
    Retired Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Kansas City

  • Margaret Mary Moore
    Director, Theology & Life Institute, Inc.

  • Laurie Phillips
    Adjunct Professor, Washington University

  • Bernie Sammons
    Founder and President, Social Justice 4 All (SJ4A); Co-leader, Peace and Justice Team, St. Clare of Assisi

  • Msgr. Jack Schuler
    Pastor, St. Cronan Catholic Church

  • Paul Woody
    Attorney, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, P.C.

  • Jeff Schulenberg
    Retired Director, Analytics Training, Customer Development Group, Nestle Purina

Join the board

We are always looking for new board members. If you are interested in working to support our mission and build our network, please review our Candidate Qualifications & Considerations below.

Candidate Qualifications & Considerations

Seeds of Justice Network benefits from the inclusion of leaders with diverse identities and lived experiences within its Board of Directors. Candidates requesting consideration to join the Board are asked to share how their personal identities and experiences shape their passion for social justice in a letter of interest. Further, candidates should consider these qualifications:

  • Prior Board experience is welcome and not required. We welcome emerging leaders.

  • Candidates must demonstrate strong commitment to social justice at all levels and willingness to champion our mission and vision.

  • Candidates do not need to be Catholic and should support Catholic Social Teaching.

  • Candidates do not need to reside in St. Louis and connection to the region is encouraged.

  • Candidates do not need to be previously involved with Seeds of Justice Network and are advised to review the website, sign up for the e-newsletter and engage with related social media sites (e.g., request to join the Facebook group).

  • Candidates should have available time to commit to six, two-hour Board meetings annually as well as to actively participate on at least one committee.

After reviewing the above Candidate Qualifications & Considerations, interested candidates may contact any Nominating Committee member with questions. To apply, email resume and letter of interest (address the Candidate Qualifications & Considerations) to the 2021 Nominating Committee Interim Co-Chairs, Pat Dougherty ( and Michelle Miller (