Phone: (800) 395-5565 / (517) 372-9310

Fax: (517) 372-3940



Michigan Catholic Conference
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933


Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Staff Directory

To reach someone by phone, please call the Michigan Catholic Conference at (800) 395-5565 or (517) 372-9310 and ask to speak with the appropriate person.


Paul A. Long

President and CEO

Karah May

Executive Assistant

Robin Nealy


Building Management

George Van Buren

Facilities Manager

Communications and Information Technology

The Michigan Catholic Conference Information Systems and Services department provides technology resources that support the mission of the organization through the following goals:

David Maluchnik

Vice President, Communications

Ryan Bunce

Information Technology Manager

Blair Miller

Director of Creative Services

Nicole Balser

Creative Design Specialist

Linda Crenshaw

Benefit Worksheet Coordinator

Marlo Heniser

Senior System Administrator

Ryan Huska

Network and Data Operations Assistant

Jacob Kanclerz

Communications Associate

Heather Wright

Assistant System Administrator

Employee Benefits

The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) Employee Benefits Department (EBD) administers various benefit programs for participating parishes and schools. These parishes and schools are associated with or under the control of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit. Individuals who may be covered include lay employees and diocesan clergy, as well as certain religious community members.

The programs offered by the MCC EBD include:

Mary Beth Morgan

Director of Pension and Benefits

Tiffany Gallegos

Benefits Manager

Rachel Campbell

Retirement Plan Coordinator

Jack Carey

Benefits Coordinator

Linda Forester

Benefits Coordinator

Angelica Gamez

Benefits Coordinator

Ruth Garrett

Senior Benefits Coordinator

Shelley Gratton-Cooper

Benefits Coordinator

Ginny Harrison

Benefits Coordinator

Isabel Hershey

Customer Success Specialist

Martha Sabourin

Benefits Coordinator


The MCC Finance Division is responsible for the control and oversight of the finances of the Michigan Catholic Conference. This includes among other things financial reporting, budgeting, investment monitoring, billings, cash receipts and cash disbursements.

Brian Buckingham

Vice President, Finance/CFO

Teresa Sumpter

Accounting Manager

Rachel Cameron

General Accountant

Cim Robbins

Executive Assistant

Tim Schab

Chief Investment Officer

Stephanie Semrau

Accounts Payable Coordinator

Stephanie Semrau

Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Public Policy

The Michigan Catholic Conference was founded in 1963 as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan. The MCC serves in this capacity so that the Catholic Church’s position on public policy matters may be presented with one voice to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.

Michigan Catholic Conference public policy staff assists the bishops of the seven Roman Catholic Dioceses in the State of Michigan by giving witness to Gospel values in public affairs. Under the direction of the MCC Board of Directors, the MCC will:

The Church has a unique role in the political life of society. While confusion and controversy often surround the participation of religious groups in public life, it is clear that major issues have moral dimensions and religious values have significant public consequences. Spirituality and politics are distinct, but they are not separable. The Catholic community brings to the public debate its rich tradition of service to the poor, education of the young, and care for the sick in its pursuit of a just society.

Tom Hickson

Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy

Issues: Health Policy, Tax Policy and Church/State Issues

Catherine Anton


Rebecca Mastee, J.D.

Policy Advocate

Issues: Pro-Life, Marriage, and Health Policy Issues

Paul Stankewitz

Policy Advocate

Issues: Education, Criminal Justice, and Regulatory Issues

Risk Management and Claims Services

The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) Risk Management and Claims Services Department administers the Protected Loss Fund Program. Through the Program, (Arch)diocesan parishes, schools and institutions within the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit obtain protection from loss of property, workers’ compensation, automobile and third party liability exposures. In addition, the Risk Management and Claims Services Department administers the many programs listed below.

John Greenburg

Risk Management and Claims Services Manager

Programs: Protected Loss Fund Program (PLFP); Boiler and Machine; Appraisals, Additions or Deletion of Property; Coverage Questions; New Construction; Priest Personal Protection Program; Workers Compensation

Karen Halas

Risk Control and Loss Prevention Analyst

Programs: Certificates of Insurance; Loss Prevention Services; Clergy Automobile Insurance; Special Events Insurance; Student Accident Insurance

Phil Janness

Loss Prevention Representative

Programs: Loss Prevention Services

Justin Mattson

Risk Control and Loss Prevention Specialist

Programs: Loss Prevention Services

Shawn Smith

Loss Prevention Representative

Programs: Loss Prevention Services