Dr. Jacqueline Bussie is an award-winning author, professor, theologian, public speaker, and executive director of the Collegeville Institute. Her most recent books are Love Without Limits (2019) and Outlaw Christian (2016). Prior to her work at the Collegeville Institute, Dr. Bussie taught religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also served as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life.
Director of Development
Amy Fistler is the Director of Development for the Collegeville Institute. Amy has worked on both sides of the charitable process, including 20 years of experience in fund development and administration at the University of St. Thomas, the University of North Florida’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and United Theological Seminary. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development from the University of St. Thomas. Amy and her husband Jack have been married for more than 46 years and they have two children and three grandchildren. They live in St. Paul and are members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis.
Director of Business Operations
Elisa Schneider is the Director of Business Operations for the Collegeville Institute. Elisa joined the Collegeville Institute in 2006 and has worked on the College of Saint Benedict’s and Saint John’s University campuses for over 27 years. Her work includes general business operations of finance, facilities, human resources, Board and development. She and Dennis, her husband of 39 years, raised four children and currently enjoy five grandsons in Rockville. Elisa is the past President of the Board of Directors for ELEVATE Pregnancy and Family Resource Center in St. Cloud, MN, and remains in an Advisory role.
Program Associate, Communities of Calling Initiative and Collegeville Institute Seminars
Jessie Bazan is the Program Associate for the Communities of Calling Initiative and the Collegeville Institute Seminars. Jessie Bazan earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University. In addition to her work with the Collegeville Institute, Jessie writes regularly for U.S. Catholic magazine. She is the editor and co-author of Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church (Twenty-Third Publications, 2019).
Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Kathleen A. Cahalan is Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and Senior Research Fellow at the Collegeville Institute. She co-edited two volumes while directing the Collegeville Institute Seminars project: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons (2017) and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives (2016). She has also authored books for a broad church audience, including Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All around Us (2017) and Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (2015). In addition, Dr. Cahalan directs the coordination of the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative, begun in 2018.
Director of Program Services
Carla Durand is Director of Program Services at the Collegeville Institute. She earned her Master of Science in Social Responsibility from Saint Cloud State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Moorhead State University. Immediately prior to her work at the Collegeville Institute, Carla served as Associate Campus Minister at the College of Saint Benedict in the areas of service, justice, and spirituality. In addition to her responsibilities on campus, she has worked as the volunteer and bereavement manager for a local hospice program. From 1990 – 1997, she lived and served in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky as a volunteer for an ecumenical non-profit agency.
Project Director, Communities of Calling Initiative
The Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson is Project Director for Communities of Calling Initiative at the Collegeville Institute. She is Associate Professor of New Testament at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she also serves as Director of Community Care. In addition to Biblical Studies, she teaches in the area of Christian formation, where her work focuses on vocation and Christian practice. She is a contributor to Calling All Years Good: Vocation Across the Lifespan (Eerdmans, 2017) and the author of Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians (SBL Press, 2015). With John Lewis, she is a Co-Director of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a ministry devoted to helping laity live their faith in daily life, and serves the Diocese of West Texas as a member of the Discernment Committee. She is active as a preacher, teacher, and parishioner at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Administrative and Program Assistant
Vivian Krueger is the Administrative and Program Assistant at the Collegeville Institute. Viv joined the Collegeville Institute in 2016 and has worked at Saint John’s University for 28 years in several different capacities. Her responsibilities include program and facility support, hospitality and event assistance. She has been married to her husband Randy for 40 years and they have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Director of Communications
Stina Kielsmeier-Cook works as Director of Communications at the Collegeville Institute. She is the author of Blessed Are The Nones: Mixed Faith Marriage and My Search for Spiritual Community (InterVarsity Press, 2020) and her writing has appeared in Image, The Englewood Review of Books, and Sojourners. She has a graduate diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo, and a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College. Previously, she worked as a housing advocate for refugees. Stina lives in Minneapolis, MN, and she and her husband Josh are the parents of two children.
Susan Sink is a writer, poet, presenter, and blogger living on 80 acres in St. Joseph, MN. She came to Minnesota as a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute in 2005 and stayed. She is the author of The Art of The Saint John’s Bible and three books of poems: The Way of All the Earth, Habits: 100-word stories, and H is for Harry. She publishes poetry and essays at Medium.com and blogs at susansinkblog.com.