Catholic Marriage Prep Staff - Instructors

Deano and Karen helped start the organization.

They are full time online instructors for marriage prep.
They both graduated from Norther Arizona University.
Karen's BS was in Applied Sciences and she became a Registered Dietitian specializing in the renal field.
Deano graduated with BS in Accounting and is Exempt Organization Specialist with the IRS.
They have five children and 2 grand daughters.
They live in Colorado.


Gordon and Mary are both online marriage prep instructors.

They also teach the live course in their Colorado Springs parish.
Gordon recently retired from the Air Force so they specialize in preparing our military couples.
Gordon has a Master's Degree in Business and now works for the Department of Defense.
Mary studied at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and also works part time in the records section for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Mary's dad is a deacon of 30 years.
Gordon and Mary married in 1981.
They have five children and five grand children.
They live in Colorado.


Rudy and Carmen are from Peru where they met and got married in 1993.

In 2002, they moved to the USA for work and have dedicated more than 10 years to prepare couples to get married as well as form CMP instructors nationwide.
They have a vast experience working with the Hispanic community and have given presentations on the Sacrament of Matrimony in several communities, in Arizona, Washington, Ohio, California, Louisiana, and Colorado where they live.

In addition, they are online CMP instructors for engaged couples and Carmen is a teacher and helps with the spiritual formation of the girls who will celebrate their Quinceañera Mass as part of a Hispanic tradition.
They are both very active in their parish and lead the Natural Family Planning Ministry in Spanish for the Diocese of Colorado Springs.


Greg and Amber are online and live instructors, both for Marriage prep and for Baptism prep.

Greg is a deacon for the Archdiocese of Denver.
They teach live marriage prep classes in the archdiocese of Denver.
They have six children.
They live in Colorado.


Brian and Kimberly are online and live instructors for marriage prep.

Kimberly is also the Instructor Coordinator for Agapè Catholic Ministries
They are originally from California, having met each other in high school and continued their education until they married in 2001. They moved to Denver in 2005 to start a family and have four amazing children, two girls and two boys. Brian has a bachelor's in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona in southern California. He has been a licensed architect for over 15 years and currently runs an independent architecture firm. In addition, he works full-time as a leading 3-D Design Instructor and Consultant for a local CAD company in Colorado to architects, contractors, and others in the industry. Kimberly has a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with a background in progressive neurological disorders, concussion, and dizziness. She completed her schooling from CSU Northridge (California) and AT Still University - Arizona School of Medical Sciences. She is currently a stay at home mom, works as our Instructor Coordinator and periodically teaches as adjunct faculty at Regis University in the physical therapy doctorate programe. They have been live and online instructors with CMP since 2013.


Chris and Mary are online marriage prep instructors.

They have been working in pro-life, youth and marriage ministry for over a decade.
They lead Theology of the Body for Teens classes.
They married in1987, homeschooled their children and have been very active in parish life.
They have two children, a daughter-in-law and a grandchild.
They are both full time Realtors in Colorado, working with their adult children in a family business.
You can follow them on Facebook.


Jason and Audrey

are online and live instructors for marriage prep, living in Colorado with their six children.


Joe and Debbie are online marriage prep instructors.

They now make their home in Colorado, but have lived across the globe with the Navy and the defense industry.
They are both U.S. Naval Academy graduates, but didn’t meet until they were both stationed in Italy.
Joe served for 8 years as a nuclear submarine officer and Debbie served for 5 years as a communications and security officer ashore.
They specialize in preparing our military couples. 
Debbie and Joe have ten kids by birth and adoption whom they homeschooled for 24 years.
They are also the proud grandparents of five adorable grandchildren!


Mike and Lisa are online marriage prep instructors.

Mike is in the army. They also specialize with preparing military couples.

They have been married for 30 years.
They have two children and one grandchild.
They live in the New York/New Jersey area.


Andrew and Rebecca are live marriage prep classes instructors.

They originally hail from Idaho but moved to Denver in 2005 shortly after they wed.
They have four amazing children, three girls and a boy.
Andrew has a bachelor's in Literature, Philosophy and Theology from Mount Angel Seminary, just outside Portland Oregon.
After moving to Denver he attended Regis University and received his masters in Education. He is currently a claims adjuster for Farmers Insurance.
Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of San Francisco.
She is currently a stay at home mom who runs a small bookkeeping/accounting business from home.


Olivia and Ryan are online marriage prep instructors.

Ryan and Olivia live in Edmond, OK with their three wonderful children, Edith and Camille, and Joseph.
Ryan works within the oil and gas industry and Olivia homeschools the children.
They met at Mass during their college years, married August 3, 2012 and, together, they fall more in love with each other and with the Catholic faith each day.


Kristin and Mark are online marriage prep instructors.

They live in New York, but have lived in several locations with the U.S. Army.
They met as cadets while attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
As cadets they fostered and encouraged each other’s Catholic faith. 
They married 6 months after graduation.
Married nearly three decades, they are the proud parents of ten children!


Lori and Chris are online marriage prep instructors.

They have recently relocated from the Denver area to the Kitsap Peninsula on the west coast of Washington State, near Olympic National Park.

They have been married for 17 years and have one child (from Lori’s previous marriage) who is now 24 and lives in Colorado Springs.
They have been active in their parish, and other Catholic ministries to include Knights of Columbus, Retrouvaille, FOCUS, and 40 Days for Life.


Marlene and Rob are both online marriage prep instructors.

Rob also serves as the company’s Director of Integration,
ensuring people, processes, and technology work together to fulfill the company’s mission. 
They are a retired Air Force family, who has spent an extensive amount of time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 
They now live part-time in Cape Coral, FL, and work hard to satisfy their wanderlust the remainder of the year. 
They have been married since 1981 and have two married sons.


Christina and Matthew are Baptism prep and Prepare online instructors.

They are both originally from the greater NYC area, but since Matthew is in the military, have called many places home. 
They met in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris during their college years and were soon married after Matthew's graduation from West Point.

Since 2006, Matthew has served as an Engineer Officer and holds degrees in Environmental Geography, BS, Engineering Management, MA, and Military Studies, MMAS, with a thesis on "just War Theory." Christina has a BA in International Relations with minor concentrations in French and Spanish. She also holds an MA in Theology/Religious Studies from St. Joseph Seminary and College (Archdiocese of NY). Christina and Matthew volunteer with their parish's religious education programs, such as RCIA and the Catholic Women of the Chapel. Matthew and Christina have four kids, three girls and a boy.


Tony and Lindy are onlinemarriage prep instructors.

They were married in 1995 and have seven children.
Tony has a Masters in Theology from Catholic Distance University and works at St. John’s Catholic School as Director of Maintenance.
Lindy is a Certified FertilityCare Practitioner and Certified Master Catechist.

Together Tony and Lindy are active in pro-life and family ministries throughout their diocese.
They also are the owners of Sacred Heart Books and Gifts, an online Catholic bookstore featuring both Catholic books and homeschool curriculum.


Jennifer and Scott are online marriage prep instructors.

They both graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where Jennifer received her bachelors in accounting and Scott received his bachelors in mathematics. Scott went on to earn his masters in computer science and currently works for a healthcare clearinghouse as a software developer.

They were married in 2006 and have six beautiful children. Their family resides in Texas.


Antonios and Sefanit are online marriage prep instructors living in Houston, Texas.

Originally from Eritrea, a small country in Northeast Africa, Antonios and Sefanit were married in 2017 and are proud parents to 9-month old Felix Joseph.
Antonios is the tech savvy one as a UX/UI designer and Sefanit’s job is to share the love of God as a director of Evangelization for a Catholic parish.
They were prepared by Agape Catholic Ministries and are excited to share their love of God and his plan for marriage with the world.


Jevan and Eliana are both online marriage prep instructors. For years, Jevan worked as a legal assistant for a U.S. Government agency. 

He also worked at USAA Insurance, and Focus on the Family.  Jevan has a Master of Arts degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (CA).

He is a convert to the Catholic Church, and is now working on serving the Church in a greater capacity Eliana has a Doctor of Music Arts degree in piano performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and she is Director of Sacred Music at a Catholic church in the Colorado Springs area.

As a life-long Catholic, Eliana has experienced much of the beauty and depth of the Church and its teachings, and she wishes to share that with others.  Eliana and Jevan both have family in Colorado, and Jevan is a native of Colorado Springs. 

We were married in 2014, and we have had a very amazing and loving marriage!


Joanna and Danny are online marriage prep instructors.

They were married October 1st, 2006, and have five children.
Danny and Joanna were both baptized Catholic, but their formation in the faith was non existent. Shortly after marrying, they were called back to the Catholic Church through prayer, reading, and studying Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Since then, they remain active in their parish in Spring, Texas and welcome opportunities to serve the Church, especially as a couple.

Following a calling from the Lord, Danny left behind his career in oil and gas to provide for their family through his passion of carpentry and handyman work.

Following her own calling from the Lord, Joanna left behind the world of Family Law to be a stay-at-home mother who homeschools their children and loves to fill their home with delicious baked goodies.


Ariel and John are online Baptism prep instructors.

They are High School sweethearts and have been married for 3 years.
They are hoping to grow their family soon through the gift of adoption.
They are originally from New Jersey, but are currently linig in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Before moving to Texas, they live in Maine working as Catholic college campus missionaries for 3 years.
John now works in youth ministry for a local Catholic parish and Ariel works as a tax preparer.
They are excited to serve families in this role as instructors!


Tara and Dan are online marriage prep instructors.

Dan is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Bismarck, ND. 
Dan also works as a manager at National Information Solutions Cooperative. 
Tara currently stays at home to tend to the Brooke family needs. 
They both love working in marriage preparation and are excited to be part of Catholic Marriage Prep. 
The couple lives in Bismarck, ND and they have 5 children.


Ana and Jacob are online Marriage Prep instructors.

Ana and Jacob are from the same small town in southwest Iowa and were married in 2014.
They enjoy traveling, biking, camping, and spending time with family.
While they now move occasionally around the country, they always find their home in the local Catholic Church.


Kelsey and Michael are online Marriage Prep instructors

They started dating in High School, and after they both graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, they married in 2011 and have four children.
Michael is a development director for a local Catholic campus ministry and Kelsey works part time at a pregnacy resource center and manages the home.
They live in Colorado.


Janice and Doug are online Marriage Prep instructors.

They were married in 1999. They met while working at McKinsey & Company, Inc, in Cleveland.
Both of them grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland.
Doug's career in international freight brought them to Colorado in 2005.
They have three children including two daughters and an son, ranging from college to middle-school.
 


Marisabel is an online Baptism prep instructor.

She is originally from Venezuela but currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son.
She has a degree in French that has inspired her to travel and spread the Gospel throughout different cultures.
Her passion is to serve God through her family life and through ministries like Agapè.
In her spare time she enjoys baking, taking her son to the park and creating new memories with her family.


Doug and Beth are online marriage prep instructors.

They are Illinois and Iowa natives but have lived in Wisconsin for 8 years.
Both serve the church professionally in the areas of youth ministry and marriage and family ministry.
Their interest in the family began in undergrad when they discovered Theology of the Body.
They have 5 children and a very active and joyful family life.


Melissa and Chip are online marriage prep instructors.

They have over 25 years of experience in marriage, family and youth ministry.
Chip has a background in agronomy, golf courses and school athletic fields.
Melissa is an artist and completed a 5-year lay ministry program in 2013 with her Diocese and has a master certificate in Church and Ministry. She currently is the Director of Fatih Formation at a large parish.
Both Melissa and Chip speak at high schools nationally and work in their New Jersey shore community with youth and parents. 
They are the parents of 8 children and have 2 grandchildren.


Michelle and Bill are online marriage prep instructors.

Bill is a senior administrator for Peak Vista Community Health Center.
Michelle has served the Church in a variety of ministerial capacities including Catechesis, Youth Ministry, and Evangelization for over 25 years
They have been married since 2012, have five grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and three beautiful little granddaughters. Bill and Michelle live in Colorado Springs.


Lily and Jeremy are online marriage prep instructors in Ave maria FL.

They met in college and grew together in their faith and in their love for one another for 3 years prior to marriage.
A convert to the faith, Jeremy is currently completing his doctorate in Moral Theology.
Lily has worked with families for 12 years and holds a B.A. in Psychology.
By the grace of God, they were both called out of a secular lifestyle to give it all to God.
Lily grew up in the secular lifestyle in Miami and Jeremy grew up a rebellious teen in the south.

Together, they have come to realize the salvific power in their sufferings and hope to bring Christ to others- especially their 4 young children.
This is the most fun, yet, most challenging adventure they have both undertaken


Mary Kate and Dan are online marriage prep instructors.

They live in Steubenville, Ohio, with their two children and both work in higher education.
They have been married since 2014 and spent their early years of marriage in Florida.  
They met on a mission trip to Kolkata, India in 2010.
They both graduated from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA where Dan received a Bachelors in Theology and Mary Kate received a bachelors in English Education.
Dan is currently finishing a doctorate in Theology.


Gerard and Iris are online marriage prep instructors.

Married since 2004, they are blessed with three children.
Gerard and Iris are from Batangas.
They were both born, baptized and raised Catholic, but didn’t really practice the faith by heart.
The first five years of marriage was a struggle, almost leading to a separation. Turning to prayer for guidance, it was during this period, that they realized the Lord was calling them to serve Him.
It was through the community of Couples for Christ and their local archdiocese, that this became reality.
They are still happily serving and fulfilling their mission as a married couple.

Upon hearing God’s call in 2011, Gerard left behind his career in the BPO industry, becoming a full-time dad. He has been working from home, for different international business clients ever since.Following her own calling from the Lord, Iris left behind the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom. She now works from home with Gerard, in dealing with various international clients.


Phi and HongLan are online marriage prep instructors.

They were originally from Vietnam and moved to the U.S. in 1995.
They met each other in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and got married in 2013.
They have three beautiful children, two girls and one boy. They are now living in Austin, TX.
Phi went to Louisiana State University for his undergraduate studies and Loyola New Orleans for his Masters. He earned his doctorate degree in Ministry from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.Lan has a Masters in Nursing, but is now staying home with their three children.
They have taught marriage prep for several years.


Ian and Aness are online marriage prep instructors.

It is through the singles ministry of the Couples for Christ, a Catholic family-renewal organization, that they met each other serving in the poor communities in their area.
They were married in 2012 and have three children.
Aness is an accountant by profession but is currently a stay at home mom. She used to work as a bank employee and as a public accounting practitioner.
Ian has been a Values Education teacher in a public junior high school for 4 years. He also conducts recollections, values formations, leadership trainings and team building activities for students and employees. He used to work as a guidance counsellor at a university and HR practitioner in Batangas.
They are actively serving in Couples for Christ in their area.


Maine and Jules are online marriage prep instructors.

Maine and Jules married in 1998 and although involuntarily childless, treating as their own children they have two orphaned siblings, their nephews to Maine’s brother who passed on in the same year and whose wife later in 2010.
Maine, a registered nurse, is a trained NFP instructor.  She is also a volunteer Catechist and Psychological First Aider. 
Jules is a practicing architect and engaged in design-build services.  He is also a panelist of the Archdiocesan Building Committee of the Archdiocese of Lipa.
Maine and Jules are born and raised Catholic, educated in Catholic schools and remain active in their Parish as Ministry for Family and Life Coordinators. 
The couple gives pre-Cana (Marriage Prep equivalent) talks.
They live happily in Lipa City, Philippines, and are members of the Couples for Christ Archdiocese of Lipa.


Rea and Glenn are online marriage prep instructors.

We were married February 12, 2017 and are now blessed with our two-year old daughter, and our son who has passed on just this April 2020.
We met in high school but only became friends when we both became youth leaders for the youth ministry of Couples for Christ.
We were together for 6 years before getting married and are now blogging about relationship matters that aim to help couples make better choices that can lead them to a sacramental marriage.
Glenn now works as a full time missionary for Couples for Christ and Rea is working as a Medical Technologist for a private laboratory in Camarines Norte.


Katie and Jeff are online marriage prep instructors and were married in 2016.

They reside in South Carolina where Jeff is an English and Latin Teacher, and Katie, a former in-classroom teacher, is a stay-at-home mom to their young children.
They enjoy watching Downton Abbey, swimming in their pool, going for long walks, and anything that involves bieng outside.
They wish not only to live as a holy family and couple, but to encourage other couples to seek holiness too.


Sam and Emily are online Marriage Prep instructors and have been married since 2015.

They live in Louisiana with their three children. They enjoy spending intentional time with family and friends and sharing a meal together.
Sam has worked in ministry professionally in different capacities over the past six years. Emily is now a stay at home mom and is homeschooling after four years teaching elementary students in the local public school.
They are Eucharistic Ministers and the Marriage Prep Coordinators at their parish. They advocate that every couple can be a witness to others and bring glory to God, no matter how long they’ve been married or experience they have. They are convinced that the Domestic Church is what will bring healing and change in our culture. 


Michelle and Benny are Marriage Prep Instructors and they have been married since 2007.

They live in Virginia with their four kids.
Benny is a high school teacher and Michelle is a stay-at-home mom, director of a nonprofit, and VIRTUS instructor.
Benny sings in the choir and is active in the Knights of Columbus.
The whole family serves as missionaries, leading high school youth groups on mission trips.
Michelle and Benny love going for walks, having game nights with friends, and just spending time together as a family.
They value the domestic church and love to help couples realize the call God has given them in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.


Dan and Christy are online Marriage Prep instructors.

They met through the Teens Encounter Christ retreat program which played an important role in their faith journeys.  After six years of working retreats, they began their vocation to marriage with each other in 1993 and reside in central Wisconsin.  They have been blessed with six children.
Christy is a primary school educator and has used her skills and gifts as a homeschool mother, in the catholic school, directing various parish efforts such as VBS and Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and as the Diocesan Coordinator for Natural Family Planning.
Dan spent a year with the National Evangelization Teams after college and served full-time in parish youth, young adult and family ministry since 1993.  In 2003, he earned his Master’s Degree in Theological Studies.
They enjoy being active in the outdoors hiking, tent camping, biking, road tripping to National Parks and most recently: whitewater rafting.  They have been working with marriage preparation and enrichment for more than 20 years, and find this continually renews and strengthens their own marriage.


Phil and Colleen are both online marriage prep instructors.  

Phil has a Master's Degree in Theology and a Master's in Education.  Colleen has her Master's in Business Administration.  
They live in Massachusetts and both work at a Catholic high school.  
Phil is a Theology teacher and Colleen is the business manager.  
Phil and Colleen were married in 2002 and have been blessed with 7 children, 6 boys and 1 girl.


Lynn and John are Marriage Prep instructors. 

They live in Wisconsin and they have been married since 1980. John is a parts manager for an agricultural company and Lynn is a teacher. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren. 
Some of their favorite activities include spending time with their children and grandchildren, road biking and watching and playing sports. These pastimes have filled their years together with fun and laughter. 
John and Lynn are actively involved in their church, as well. They volunteer for fundraising events, serve on the grounds crew team and Lynn is a religious education instructor. 
John and Lynn are extremely grateful for all of God’s blessings and feel very fortunate to share God’s plan for marriage with others.


Filbert and Shairelle are Marriage Prep Instructors residing in the Philippines.

They have been happily married for almost 5 years and blest with a daughter.
Filbert is an ex-seminarian of a Religious Congregation and continuing his mission of service as Christian Living Educator and Theology Instructor in the University, and Shairelle is in the field of Electronics and Communications Engineering.
They are both active in various religious organizations and Parish activities giving catechism classes and talks.
They are food buddies, love to do poetry, and enjoy each other’s presence chatting about politics, science, philosophy and spiritual enlightenment. They believe that Catholic Marriage Prep is their way of sharing the beauty of Christian Marriage and extending God’s love to His people. 


 

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