Meet Our Board
Graziano Marcheschi,M.A., D.Min.
Serving as Board Chair, Graziano is an author, lecturer, and storyteller who speaks nationally on liturgy and the arts, scripture, and lay ministry. He is Senior Programming Consultant at Shalom World Television and Contributing Editor for Shalom Tidings magazine. He served as Vice President for University Mission and Ministry at Saint Xavier University, as Director of Lay Ministry Formation (Archdiocese of Chicago). He's authored books on Scripture and commentaries on the Pentateuch, Gospels, and Acts for the Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition (Oxford University Press). He and his wife Nancy founded the Anawim Players (international Christian performing arts company). Graziano hosted "The Church, the Cardinal and You" with Cardinal Francis George and the radio program Catholic Community of Faith. He and his wife have two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.
Phyllis Ann Solari-Twadell RN, PhD
Phyllis Ann Solari-Twadell is an Associate Professor and Director, Global Experiences and International Studies at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago. Before joining Loyola University, she was the Director of International Parish Nurse Resource Center, providing support and assistance to the nursing community. Ann collaborated with Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Marquette University School of Nursing Milwaukee to create a core curriculum for parish nurses, which set the standard for whole person care in the parish nurse setting. Ann recognizes caregivers are often not considered as the focal point, and by encouraging individuals to seek support and providing excellent resources can be a lifeline for the caregiver and the family members. Resources for the caregiver which address the needs of the whole person are extremely important.
Deacon Michael Fekete
Ordained as a Deacon in June 2016, he is Director of International and Global Scholar Services at Lewis University. Deacon Michael is involved with Catholic Relief Services as a Global Fellow and with Lewis in the University Ambassador Program – both focusing on social
justice issues around the world. He is also on the Chicago Southwest Regional Board of Catholic Charities linking both the local and global mission of the Church. He is passionate about interfaith and ecumenical initiatives. He presently resides on the southwest side of Chicago with his wife of 25 years and proud of his soon to be graduating college son.
Molly Lynch is a PR and social media expert with nearly 20 years in the industry. Molly founded Lynch Communications Group, a boutique agency, in 2007 after working at some of the world's largest PR firms including Ogilvy and MSL. LCG specializes in social media for B2C and B2B brands and PR for a variety of clients from Fortune 500 companies to tech startups to best-selling authors. One of Molly's favorite projects is placing thought leadership pieces for clients, which she has secured in every top tier media outlet. Molly also teaches as an adjunct professor at DePaul University and is an active volunteer for Big Shoulders Chicago. Molly lives in Chicago with her husband Jay, her two daughters and her sleepy Ridgeback. You can find Molly on Twitter at @mollylynch.
Karl Maurer is an investment advisor and First Vice President at Merrill Lynch in Chicago, where he's provided retirement planning and portfolio management services to families and non-profits since 2003. He volunteers at several local charities including the VanderCook College of Music, Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children's Hospital, and American Academy of Pediatrics. Karl and his wife Gayle are the parents of four boys. Their youngest, Dominic, was born in 2002 with several disabilities, the most challenging being a neurological disorder leaving him developmentally disabled and dependent on others for his basic living needs. The Maurer family knows the difficult journey of caregiving and appreciates the comfort and strength that faith in God's love can bring to those caught in the most impossible circumstances.
Reverend James Schwab
Rev. James Schwab has been pastor of St. Mary of Gostyn Parish, Downers Grove, IL since June 2015. Ordained in 1981 for the Diocese of Joliet, Fr. Jim has been pastor of 4 parishes and an associate pastor at 3 parishes. In his pastoral ministry, he has ministered to Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Senior Residences and Hospitals within his parish boundaries. He also served on the Board of the Upper Room Crisis Hotline for Priests and Religious. Fr. Jim has been a part of Nourish since its inception and is excited about the impact Nourish is making in the lives of Caregivers.