MOST REVEREND FRANK J. CAGGIANO,
ACTING CHAIR

Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport

BIO

The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.

On February 22, 2014, he formally convoked the 4th Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the first in 32 years, as an opportunity for renewal and pastoral planning.

More than 8,000 faithful turned out for the Synod Closing Mass Celebration at Webster Bank Arena on September 19, 2015. Under his leadership the diocese has launched the Catholic Service Corps, the Diocesan Leadership Institute, ongoing Strategic and Pastoral Planning, Foundations in Education to support Catholic schools, the Face of Prayer social media campaign, and other initiatives to renew the liturgical and pastoral life of the diocese.

Born and raised in the Gravesend section Brooklyn, he was admitted to Yale University in 1977, and transferred to Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, where he graduated summa cum laude. After briefly working in the publishing industry, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1987, in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens.

A noted catechist, Bishop Caggiano was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to deliver World Youth Day talks in Sydney in 2008, Madrid in 2011, and by Pope Francis to serve as a catechist at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, 2013. In 2016, he led a delegation of almost 300 young people to World Youth Day in Krakow, where he served as a catechist. More recently he delivered a major talk at World Youth Day REUNITE held in Washington, D.C.

He presently serves on four committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; Subcommittee on the Catechism; Orthodox Union Catholic Dialogue; Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

On July 28, 2018 he was one of five American bishops elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to represent the United States at the XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment held in October at the Vatican.

ALICIA CARPENTER-CUMMINGS
Finance Manager at Travelers

BIO

Alicia is a Finance Manager for Travelers Insurance Companies with a demonstrated history of working for nearly 15 years in the insurance industry. She holds an undergraduate degree in finance from Florida A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Additionally, Alicia is an entrepreneur having recently launched a small business as an independent sales consultant for Paparazzi Accessories.

Alicia and her family reside in Bridgeport and are active in the community.

LORRAINE CARRANO
Former Hospital Executive

BIO

Lorraine Carrano, RN, BSN, MBA is a graduate of St. Vincent’s School of Nursing and Sacred Heart University. Lorraine has enjoyed a diversified nursing career in the both hospital inpatient, critical care and outpatient settings as well as in the community as a school nurse before moving into hospital senior leadership as Corporate Vice President of Mission and Ethics at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Health Services. She was responsible for integrating the mission into all aspects of hospital and system operations and overseeing Pastoral Care, indigent clinics, human subject research and leadership development.

Lorraine is an affiliate of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and serves on the Seton Heritage Ministry (SHM) Board in Emmitsburg, MD and the board subcommittee for mission and heritage promoting the life, legacy and charism of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Locally, Lorraine serves on the Advisory Board of Kolbe Cathedral High School. She is the former Chairperson of the Advisory Board of St. Joseph School in Shelton and received the St. Augustine Medal in 2016 for service and dedication.
Lorraine and her husband Tom have been married 50 years and have 2 married daughters and 3 beautiful grandchildren, 2 girls and a boy. Lorraine and Tom reside in Trumbull and are members of St. Margaret Shrine. Lorraine is very active in the Shrine community serving as an Extraordinary Minister, a member and officer of the Altar Guild and a volunteer for the St. Anthony Feast annual fundraiser.

Lorraine enjoys traveling, spending time with family especially her grandchildren, reading, entertaining friends and helping those in need.

PAUL CRONIN
National Director, KeyBank Dealer Finance Commercial Services
National Director, KeyBank Business Capital

BIO

Paul Cronin is National Director of KeyBank Dealer Finance Commercial Services and National Director of KeyBank Business Capital. As head of Key’s dealer commercial business, Paul leads a dedicated team of auto dealer industry experts that provides industry-specific financial counsel and customized loan solutions to auto dealers. In his Business Capital leadership role, Paul and his team provide asset based lending services to help middle market companies with a wide variety of needs, including acquisition, recapitalization, growth, and ownership succession.

Paul previously served as Senior Vice President, Senior Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets for First Niagara Financial Group, as well as Head of Asset Based Lending and President, First Niagara Commercial Finance, Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience in banking, capital markets, corporate finance, and accounting. Prior to joining First Niagara, he was with HSBC Bank USA, where he served as regional head of corporate banking for the Northeast, as well as certain national specialized industries. Previous to HSBC, he held various senior positions at RBS Citizens, LaSalle Bank, and ABN AMRO Bank, and previously was with Emo Oil Ireland and KPMG.

A native of Ireland, Cronin earned a Masters in Business (Finance) and a Advanced Accounting Diploma from the Graduate School of Business at the University College Dublin and a bachelor’s in commerce from the University College Dublin. He also qualified as an Illinois CPA (Gold Medal) and as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Cronin is active in his local community. He was a founding chapter member of the Lumen Institute in Chicago and remains active in the organization’s New York/Connecticut chapter. He is currently a board member of Virtual Enterprises International, a not-for-profit focused on bringing business management skills and entrepreneurship into the classroom. He is also a board member of Mass Mentoring Partnership, a non-profit focused on serving mentoring and youth development programs empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. He also serves as a volunteer for Regnum Christi/3TGM, St Aloysius Church Religious Education and as a volunteer mentor at iMentor.

He resides with his wife and three children in Darien, Connecticut.

MICHAEL HANLON
CFO, Diocese of Bridgeport

BIO

Michael Hanlon, CPA of North Haven, is the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese of Bridgeport, responsible for the overall financial management of the Diocese of Bridgeport and the stewardship of fiscal resources in support of the mission and goals of the Diocese. He oversees financial and related functions including budgeting, accounting, investments, real estate, and Diocesan entities including parishes, schools and fundraising.

Hanlon came to the Diocese as a principal of BlumShapiro in Shelton. While at BlumShapiro, Hanlon managed the Shelton office not-for-profit practice providing professional services to entities including human service agencies, community and private foundations, voluntary health, welfare and religious organizations, arts and cultural organizations and membership organizations. Prior to joining BlumShapiro he also served on the City of New Haven Police Department from 1977 to 2000. His extensive professional and volunteer associations included board leadership positions on North Haven Youth Soccer Club, and the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, South Central District and Christian Community Action, New Haven. He is an adjunct professor of Accounting at Post University.

DIANE KREMHELLER
CPA, Assurance Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Co-founder of Catholic Adventures Stamford

BIO

Diane is an Assurance Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a graduate of Fairfield University and recipient of the Bellarmine Medal for highest four-year academic average.

Diane is also a co-founder of Catholic Adventures Stamford which is a young adult Catholic group started to foster fellowship amongst young adults in the Catholic community. Past events have included bowling, rock-climbing, kayaking, hiking, karaoke, scavenger hunt, trivia, pizza-making, apple-picking, adoration, and mass. Catholic Adventures also strives to evangelize within the community by hosting events such as Night Vigil at St. John’s & to provide faith formation in the form of bible studies and book clubs. (This past year we studied The Bible Timeline – The Story of Salvation by Ascension Press & Finding God’s Will For You by St. Francis de Sales).

LIGIA MASILAMANI
Director of the FCA Home Care program

BIO

Ligia Masilamani has a Master’s degree in Public Health and has worked at Family & Children’s Agency in Norwalk for nearly 20 years. During her years at FCA, Ligia has grown from a direct service worker in the Nurturing Connections program to a supervisor, manager and most recently, the Director of the FCA Home Care program. In her current role, she leads a team that provides critical in-home services to fragile seniors. She takes pride in the staff development the program provides to support its caregivers serving the senior population throughout Fairfield County. Ligia is active in the community as an Advisory Council Member for Southwestern CT Agency on Aging. Her work there includes reviewing and recommending programs for grant allocations and utilizing evaluation tools in the grant process. Ligia is a former Board Member at Malta House and she and her family are active member at St. James Catholic Church.

Ligia is seen as a strong role model for other leaders in Fairfield County and is highly respected by all those she works with in the community.

ANNE MCCRORY
Chief Legal & Real Estate Officer, Diocese of Bridgeport

BIO

Anne McCrory is the Chief Legal and Real Estate Officer and Corporate Secretary for the Diocese of Bridgeport, supervising litigation, real estate, contracts, immigration, and various compliance and corporate governance matters. Anne served as Diocesan Chancellor from 2012-2014.

Prior to her work for the Diocese, Anne served as Managing Attorney for UIL Holdings Corporation, and as an associate with Hunton & Williams in New York and Washington, D.C. Anne is a Trustee, Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Finance Committee of Albertus Magnus College in Hamden, CT and is the Treasurer and former Chair of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. She serves on the Diocesan Finance Council, Real Estate Committee, Review Board, Annual Red Mass Committee and the Assumption School Advisory Board. She is a Trustee and Chair of the Communications Committee for Foundations in Education. She received her B.A., cum laude, and J.D. from Boston College. She and her husband, Hugh, reside in Fairfield and are parents of four children.

ANTHONY MINOPOLI
President & Chief Investment Officer, Knights of Columbus

BIO

Tony joined the Knights of Columbus in 2005 and is responsible for the day to day management of the Knight’s General Account investment portfolio and mutual fund strategies. Tony is also responsible for overseeing the internal investment staff and the fixed income and preferred stock investment strategy. In his role as CIO, Tony provides oversight for the investment managers in the Knights’ defined benefit pension plan, defined contribution plan and charitable assets, all of which are externally managed.

Prior to joining the Knights of Columbus, Tony spent 18 years at Evaluation Associates with the last 10 years in the role of Senior Consultant. Tony worked with a wide array of pension and foundation clients including Colgate-Palmolive, Bristol-Myers, Albertson’s, Con Edison, M&T Bank, Teagle Foundation, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and the National Football League. Tony’s community leadership includes board positions with the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order, multiple Catholic schools, and other community foundations. Tony received both his B.S. in Finance and his MBA from the University of Bridgeport and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for collegiate schools of business.

DANIEL MUDD
Executive & Operating Partner

BIO

Daniel H. Mudd is an executive with over thirty years experience leading businesses; advising boards, investors, and governments; and serving in the military. His assignments have often involved complex special situations and distressed businesses. He currently serves as an operating partner or board executive to privately-held companies in technology, energy, military security and finance.

From 2009-2012, Mr. Mudd was the CEO of Fortress Investment Group, a $50 billion global alternative asset manager. Under his leadership, the corporation expanded to Asia and the Middle East, acquired new businesses, eliminated debt, restored dividends, and operated market-leading credit funds.

He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fannie Mae from 2005-2008 (and COO 2001-2005). During his tenure, the company completed a major accounting restatement, and repositioned itself in the marketplace, but was placed in federal conservatorship as a result of the 2007 housing crisis. He led the company through the overhaul of the management and the Board of Directors, and appeared numerous times before government and the media. He obtained a landmark settlement with the SEC in 2016.

From 1991-2000, he was a senior officer at General Electric. In Mexico, he restructured GE’s operating portfolio. In Europe, he doubled the transportation leasing business in two years. In Asia, he led operations through the 1998 economic crises by investing in distressed situations.

Daniel Mudd graduated from the University of Virginia. In 1980, he was a finalist in the Olympic Rowing Trials. He joined the U.S. Marines, and graduated first in his class at the Infantry Officer’s Course, Reconnaissance School, SCUBA School, and SERE School. Mudd was decorated for combat service in Beirut, Lebanon. After a tour in the Pentagon, he obtained his Masters in Public Administration at Harvard. In 1989, Mudd was awarded a Bosch Fellowship to work with the German government during reunification. While in Germany, he completed the restructuring and sale of a major venture capital fund.

Mr. Mudd served on the boards of Ryder System, Inc., Hampton University, the University of Virginia Board of Managers, the Marine Corps University Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Sidwell Friends School and GEMS Asia Advisors. He served on the Asia-Pacific Economic Council and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lectures frequently at US universities, and attempts to remain an avid athlete and outdoorsman. He is a member of the Order of Malta and is active in his local parish.

Dan resides in Connecticut, with his wife, Maura. They have four grown children.

MSGR. THOMAS POWERS
Vicar General, Diocese of Bridgeport

BIO

Monsignor Powers has influenced many seminarians and parishioners in their faith with his priestly ministry in the Bridgeport Diocese. In 1992, he entered St. John Fisher Seminary in Trumbull, and, in 1993, was sent to the Pontifical North American College.

There he earned a Bachelor in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Licentiate from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Monsignor Powers was ordained on May 24, 1997 at St. Augustine Cathedral.

After serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull and as the Spiritual Director of St. John Fisher Seminary and Chaplain of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, Monsignor Powers was assigned as an Official in the Congregation for Bishops in Vatican City from 2005 – 2015.

In 2015, Bishop Caggiano called Monsignor Powers back to the Diocese to serve as Vicar General and to reside at St. John Fisher Seminary so that he could continue to play a role in the formation of seminarians.

JOE SINDELAR
Founding Partner Crossbay Capital

BIO

Mr. Sindelar is a Founding Partner at CrossBay Capital Partners, a boutique private equity placement firm in New Canaan, CT. Prior to forming CrossBay in 2005, Mr. Sindelar was a Managing Director at New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM) and Chief Investment Officer of New York Life Trust Company. His accomplishments at NYLIM include establishing Madison Square Advisors, creating the multi-asset CDO program, managing fixed income portfolios and developing investment strategies. Before joining New York Life, he was responsible for the Fixed Income Department at USF&G Insurance.

Joe is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Fairfield County Chapter of Legatus, a Knight in the Order of Malta and is a Eucharistic minister at St. Aloysius in New Canaan, CT. He serves on the boards of St. Catherine’s Center for Special Needs, the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Foundations in Faith, and Friends of Golf. When Joe’s children were younger, he was active in youth sports and coaching, and continues to work with young adults through career mentoring. Joe earned his BBA from Roanoke College and his MSF from Loyola University, Maryland.

SUSAN STONE
Member of the Strategic Planning Commission, Diocese of Bridgeport

BIO

Sue Stone grew up on Long Island and in New York City. She attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated cum-laude with a BA in International Relations.
Sue worked for the United Nations Environment Program and was then recruited to work for IBM in New York City. She worked for IBM from 1977 to 1993. Early on, she held various sales and management positions. In 1988, she became the Senior Sales Executive for Long Island, responsible for sales and services revenue growth. In 1990, she took the position of Director of Marketing & Sales and Chief Operating Officer for IBM North Eastern Region located in New York City. In April of 1993, after having her second son, she decided to leave IBM and stay home with her family.

In 1994, Sue began her involvement at Greenwich Catholic School in Greenwich CT, where her children attended grammar school. She became the Chairman of the Development Committee and then a member of the Board of Education for the school. Sue later became Chairman of the Board in 1999, serving 3 consecutive terms and retiring from that position in 2007. During her time at Greenwich Catholic School, she worked closely with the administration, teachers and clergy on budgets, financial and fund-raising strategies, operations and facilities, as well as strategic planning and the accreditation process.

From 2009 to 2013 Sue was the Business Manager for Indian Harbor, LLC, a private placement firm focused on the hedge fund and private equity industry.
Sue served on the Board of Governors of Fairfield College Preparatory School and as member and former Chairman of The Parent Leadership Council at Fordham University. She is more recently a member of the Strategic Planning Commission for the Diocese of Bridgeport and is currently enrolled in the Spiritual Direction formation program at the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University.

Sue lives in New Canaan with her husband Bob. She is a member of St. Michael Parish in Greenwich and involved in various ministries.

NICHOLAS YANICELLI
President of Malta Justice Initiative

BIO

Nick Yanicelli, President of Malta Justice Initiative, is a retired corporate sales and marketing executive, having worked for investment banks in NYC and Houston for 30 years, following seven years with the Pennwalt Engineering Corporation in New Jersey and Texas.

Nick and his wife Carroll have been New Canaan residents for 28 years, having moved here from Houston in 1990 and raising three sons that graduated from NCHS. He is a graduate of Clarkson University and he and his wife have been very active in local church and community affairs.

He currently serves on the boards of the Norwalk Hospital, Whittington Cancer Center Institutional Review Board; the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society; Diocese of Bridgeport Foundation in Faith; Chairman of the St. Aloysius Parish Finance Council; and is former president and an active board member of the Men's Club of New Canaan. Mr. Yanicelli is retired from the Boards of the Home Builders Association of CT and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County. He spends most of his volunteer time working in the field of criminal justice reform working with Connecticut legislators, advocate groups, businesses, and academic and faith communities to improve the criminal justice system in Connecticut.