Sr. Marilín Llanes, OP, Chair, received a business degree from Barry University and worked in many positions in financial institutions. Having moved to San Antonio, Texas, she managed legal clinics at St. Mary’s University Center for Legal and Social Justice. Sister Marilin holds a master’s in mental health counseling from St. Mary’s University and a graduate degree in school psychology from Trinity University. Sister Marilín has served as a licensed school psychologist in school districts in San Antonio, Texas and Joliet, Illinois.
Cynthia Curry Crim was named Vice Chair of the PAB in 2020 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.
Joseph 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 Patricia Daly, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, NJ, and has worked in Corporate Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investing for over 40 years. After almost 24 years, Pat recently concluded her tenure as Executive Director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, an organization of 40 Roman Catholic Dioceses and Congregations of Women and Men primarily in the New York metropolitan area, a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Pat has invited companies to address issues of human rights, labor, ecological concerns, equality, and international debt and capital flows and played a role in positioning the agenda of global warming into the priorities of Corporate America.
In addition to representing her Congregation before corporations, Pat serves on the Advisory Boards of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, the climate science arm of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and Jana Partners, the first hedge fund to implement corporate engagement and socially responsible principles. Pat helped to launch the Dominican-initiated Climate Finance investment products that work to implement the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. She is the proud recipient of the 2014 Joan Bavaria Award presented by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management, the 2017 Legacy Award presented by ICCR, and holds honorary doctorates from William Paterson University and Duquesne University.
Carla 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.
Carmen Mora 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.
Sister 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.
Sister Elise García, OP, served as Director of Communications for the Adrian Dominican Sisters from 2011-2016, also overseeing Technology until 2014, before becoming a General Councilor for the Congregation in 2016. She previously served as co-director of Santuario Sisterfarm, an eco-spirituality center in the Texas Hill Country, and as founding editor of Sor Juana Press. Sister Elise had previously served as Director of Communications and Development for St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio; Vice President for Membership and Media Communications for Common Cause in Washington, DC; and as a communications, development and management consultant to numerous national and regional non-profit organizations.