PAB - Board


Cynthia Crim, Chairperson

Cynthia Curry CrimCynthia Crim was named Chairperson of the PAB in 2022 and currently works as the Grants Manager for the Norman J. Stupp Foundation (Commerce Bank Trustee). Cynthia has more than fourteen years of management experience in the Nonprofit Sector. She has a passion for developing new programs, serving as a connector, technical advisor and coach when she works with people and organizations. Before joining Commerce Bank, Cynthia was the Director of Sector Relations for the Nonprofit Services Consortium. Her first job in the field of grantmaking was in Chicago, Illinois with the Steans Family Foundation as their Associate Executive Director. 

Cynthia has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia. Cynthia currently serves on the boards of the Senior Fund St. Louis City, the Missouri History Museum Subdistrict and the St. Louis Community College Foundation. In addition, she serves as a steering committee member to several community initiatives such as St. Louis Graduates and the Missouri Child Development Account. Cynthia relocated to St. Louis in 2002 from Chicago, Illinois with her husband and their two children. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, and biking. 

Carmen Mora, Vice Chairperson

Carmen Mora Carmen Mora, Vice Chairperson, is Executive Director of Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity where she has worked since 2008.  She has also held pastoral ministry roles with various parishes in the Saginaw diocese. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University in 1995 and a Master’s Degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 2000.

Carmen’s life focus is to serve those at a disadvantage and give them a hand up. Her volunteer activities are consistent with her work life.  She serves as a scholarship grant reviewer for Saginaw Community Foundation, has been president of the Mustard Seed Homeless Shelter, and served as a missionary to the Dominican Republic through Amor en Acción. 

Joseph Barker II

Joseph BarkerJoseph Barker II was recently appointed Executive Director of the Sr. Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation. Prior to assuming this position, Joe held various teaching and administrative positions with Cristo Rey schools in Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC. He has also worked in private industry and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Florida A & M University.

Joe has a strong commitment to helping African-American youth succeed and volunteers his time with community organizations such as The Black Man Lab, Unbound International Outreach, and West Atlanta Charter School. He currently serves as chair of the board formation committee for Aquinas Center for Theology at Emory University. 

Sister Judy Byron, OP

Sister Judy Byron, OP Sister Judy Byron, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister, was on the staff of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center and coordinated the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment for twenty-five years. She was a member of the Portfolio Advisory Board from 2003-2010 and served as a consultant on corporate responsibility for the Adrian Dominican Sisters from 2010-2023. As a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, she focused on climate finance, gun safety, health equity, human rights and worker justice. From 1966-1998, her ministries included elementary education, parish religious education programs and community leadership. She is a founder of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (1991) and Mercy Housing Northwest (1992), and serves on its board of directors. She has a BA in Social Science and MA in Religious Education.

Carla Mannings

Carla ManningsCarla Mannings is Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager in the Commercial Banking Group for City First Bank. Prior to joining City First Bank, she held the position of Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Partners for the Common Good (PCG), where she served in an executive leadership capacity. During her career, Ms Mannings has also served as Relationship Manager for NeighborWorks America, Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer for Community Housing Capital, and Senior Commercial Loan Underwriter for Wells Fargo and Silverton Bank.

Ms. Mannings holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, exploring the arts, and volunteering in her community.

Sister Mary Priniski, OP

Mary Priniski, OPSister Mary Priniski, O.P., Ph.D., is a graduate of the University of Detroit; earned a Masters in Health Care Mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and received her doctorate in Missiology from the Union Institute based in Cincinnati. She has served in various social justice ministries including coordinator of Connective Ministries, director of the Commission on Justice of the Glenmary Home Missioners and executive secretary of the Labor Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Mary is Project Coordinator for Gathering for Mission, a project of the Catholic Committee of the South engaging church leadership on all levels in dialogue with the voice and vision of Pope Francis. Previously she served as MidAtlantic Chapter Prioress for the congregation. She has spent most of her ministerial life engaging in social justice issues, particularly the rights of workers.

Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams

Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams Jr., has more than 30+ years of experience in corporate and community development, which enables him to contribute a diverse set of experiences and expertise to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. His board expertise includes corporate social responsibility (ESG), diversity equity and inclusion (DEI), audits and investments. In addition to several nonprofit boards, he serves as an independent director of Valley National Bank. 

Dr. Williams is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and completed his undergraduate studies in finance at Howard University. After a brief, but successful, career on Wall Street, Dr. Williams earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary and subsequently a Doctorate in Ministry degree from Payne Theological Seminary. He has also written dozens of articles and two books - Morning Meditations:100 Days to Believing You’re Successful and Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace

Rev. Sidney serves as the lead pastor of Bethel Church in Morristown, NJ (a historic African Methodist Episcopal Church). Dr. Williams is also the founder and CEO and of Crossing Capital Group, a New Jersey Benefit Corporation that seeks to address the structural inequities in underfinanced communities by providing a proprietary approach toward reimagining physical assets.
 

Sister Bibiana "Bless" Colasito, OP - Co-Liaison

Sister Bibiana "Bless" Colasito, OPSister Bibiana "Bless" Colasito, OP, was born in the Leyte Province of the Philippines and joined the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of Remedies in Pampanga, the Philippines, in 2000. That congregation merged with the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 2011. Sister Bless has been involved in school administration and social action, most recently serving as Head of the Commission on Family and Life for the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

Sister Corinne Sanders, OP - Co-Liaison

Sister Corinne Sanders, OPSister Corinne Sanders, OP, most recently served as Director of the Office of Sustainability for the Adrian Dominican Sisters and assisted the Office of Immigration Services as a paralegal. Before her election to the General Council in 2010, she was the principal of Rosarian Academy, sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters and located in West Palm Beach, Florida. She also served as Director of Mission and Ministry at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and as Director of Formation for the Congregation.

PAB - Staff & Consultants


Kristine Cooper, Office Manager

Kristine CooperKristine Cooper started working with the Portfolio Advisory Board in October 2013 as Executive Assistant after serving six years as a receptionist at Weber Retreat and Conference Center. Prior to working on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Campus, she spent 17 years as a cashier at Adrian Public Schools. In 2018 Kristine assumed the title of PAB Office Manager and works in consultation with members of the Board and the Director to keep the day-to-day operations of the office running smoothly. 

Kristine feels blessed with three wonderful sons. She was born in Tecumseh, Michigan, and has lived her whole life right here in Adrian. Her hobbies include scrapbooking/card making and making beaded jewelry. She also has two dogs that keep her busy — Maggie, a yellow lab, and Hollie, a yorkie.

Sister Marilin Llanes, OP - Director and Portfolio Manager

Sister Marilin Llanes, OP Sr. Marilín Llanes, OP, has more than 20 years of experience in community development, which enables her to contribute a diverse set of experiences. Sister Marilín served on the Portfolio Advisory Board for the past six years, most recently as Chairperson for two years, and joined the staff in 2022. She currently serves as Director for the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ shareholder advocacy and community impact investing. Sister Marilín has a strong commitment to create opportunities for building financially resilient communities that support people on the margins.  

Sister Marilín is a native of Cuba and immigrated as a young child with her family settling in Miami, Florida. She identifies herself as Cuban American with diverse border influences from her varied lived experiences. 

While living in San Antonio, Texas, Sister Marilín managed legal clinics at St. Mary’s University Center for Legal and Social Justice. In addition, she founded the Urban Green Cleaning business for immigrants waiting for work permits. While working at St. Mary’s University, she obtained a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and continued graduate pursuits earning a degree in School Psychology from Trinity University. 

She practiced as a bilingual licensed school psychologist in San Antonio, Texas, Joliet, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan, from 2002 to 2022 with a particular focus on working with underserved populations. 

Sister Marilín is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Public Policy and obtained a Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice.  

A professed Dominican Sister of Adrian for 15 years, she resides in a community house located in Biscayne Park, Florida, with three other sisters. She is blessed to be back on the campus of her alma mater Barry University where the new Portfolio Advisory satellite office is located. Sister Marilín enjoys reading and spending time in natural spaces like gardening, hiking, and walking along rivers, lakes, and oceans. 

Mary Minette - Consultant

Mary MinnetteMary Minette joined Mercy Investment Services, the investment program for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, in 2016. She manages Mercy’s extensive shareholder engagement work on climate change and sustainability issues, including leading multiple company engagements for the Climate Action 100+ initiative, and serves on the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR).

Previously, Mary was director of environmental education and advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Prior to joining the ELCA, Mary worked for several environmental organizations, serving as vice president of Earth Day Network, legislative director for the League of Conservation Voters, and staff attorney with Audubon’s endangered species and trade and environment programs.

She holds a BA from Stanford University and a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She is a member of the bar in California and the District of Columbia.

2022 PAB Board and Staff

PAB Board Members and staff at their meeting in September 2023.
Members of the Portfolio Advisory Board are, from left, Kristine Cooper, Office Manager; Judy Byron, OP, Consultant; Joseph Baker II; Corinne Sanders, OP, General Council Liaison; Carla Mannings; Marilín Llanes, OP, Portfolio Manager; Mary Priniski, OP; Pat Zerega, Consultant; Cynthia Crim, Chair; Dee Ann Joyner, Director; and Carmen Mora, Vice Chair.

 

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