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The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees To Board

Aileen Pratt Begins Two-year Term as Board Chair

Fernando Blanco, Dr. Mauricio Delgado, John Dziminski and Jeff Schiefelbein have been elected to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees and Aileen Pratt has been elected board chair, succeeding G. Marc Lyons who served as board chair the past two years. Pratt will serve a two-year term and the new trustees will serve a three-year term through 2023.

“The Catholic Foundation is honored to have Aileen as our new board chair given her strong leadership and service to The Catholic Foundation over the years. This past year demonstrated that goals can be accomplished, and dreams can be realized even in the most difficult circumstances,” said Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “With great confidence and gratitude, I welcome Aileen and our four new trustees to continue the outstanding legacy of The Catholic Foundation in the years ahead.”

Fernando Blanco, vice president and chief information security officer of CHRISTUS Health, has been committed to health and service through both his career and his faith. CHRISTUS Health embraces Catholic health principles and includes 60 hospitals and 350 clinics in the United States and Latin America. In addition to serving the homeless, Fernando is a Knight of the Order of Malta and the Hospitaller for the Dallas area. He also serves as a Knight commander of the Vatican Order of the Holy Sepulchre and a spiritual director, guiding retreatants in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fernando graduated cum laude from the University of the State of New York with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and he earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Fernando, his wife Angela, and his son Gabriel attend Prince of Peace Catholic Church and reside in Plano. Gabriel is a student at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

Blanco

Dr. Mauricio Delgado is a professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center and retired pediatric neurologist who spent much of his career caring for children at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Dr. Delgado earned his medical degree at the University of Monterrey in Mexico and continued post-graduate studies at the Mexican Institute of Social Security and the University of Ottawa in Canada. Along with his medical expertise, Dr. Delgado has a heart for education and the Latino community. He established The Jethsuby Scholarship Fund of The Catholic Foundation to provide financial assistance to Latino families so their children can attend Catholic schools.His leadership has included serving as a trustee to Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Notre Dame School of Dallas board member and president of the Mary Immaculate Catholic School board. Dr. Delgado has also been a member of the University of Dallas Board of Councilors, the Diocesan school board of Dallas and the advisory board for Special Camps for Special Kids.Dr. Delgado and his family are parishioners at St. Monica Catholic Church.

Delgado

John Dziminski is the president and CEO of The Rosewood Corporation, the holding company of the Caroline Hunt Trust Estate, which owns and operates Rosewood Resources, Inc., Rosewood Property Company and Rosewood Private Investments. He also serves as president of the Rosewood Trust Company, LTA, and the family office Rosewood Management Corporation. In addition, he is president of Rosewood Ranches and MultiCam, Inc. and currently serves on the boards of RF Installations and MultiCam, Inc. Along with his business expertise and financial leadership, John brings a strong commitment to community service, having served as a past trustee of Catholic Charities Dallas and past chairman of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas Foundation Board. He is currently on the board of The Fairhill School. A University of Notre Dame graduate, John grew up in upstate New York and has lived in Texas for 40 years. John and his wife Katie reside in Dallas and are members at St. Monica Catholic Church. They have four children – Emma, Alex, Alec and Anna.

Dziminski

Jeff Schiefelbein is the chief cultural officer for 5, an energy advisory firm that sets the standards in the industry. As an innovative leader, he has extensive experience in sales, company start-ups, technology development, personal coaching, motivational speaking and strategic management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University and has been nationally recognized for the creation and implementation of CARPOOL at his alma mater. He is the recipient of the national Daily Points of Light Award and the Texas Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. He serves as chairman of the board for In My Shoes and as vice chair of the national board for Young Catholic Professionals. Jeff is a parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Schiefelbein

With the addition of four new trustees, The Catholic Foundation Board is comprised of 19 trustees. The 2021 Board of Trustees are listed below.

  • Aileen Pratt, Board Chair
  • Victor Arias, Jr.
  • Fernando Blanco
  • Matthew Bowen
  • Most Rev. Edward J. Burns
  • Lois S. Cartwright
  • Javier Creixell
  • Dr. Mauricio Delgado
  • John Dziminski
  • Kara Gehan
  • Michael J. Marz
  • Dan Odom
  • Jeff Schiefelbein
  • Mary D. Terry
  • Michelle Vopni
  • Wm. Kim Wade
  • Ana Esteve Yoder
  • David A. Yost, CFP
  • Thomas G. Yoxall

The Catholic Foundation to Continue Sponsorship of Weekly Televised Masses Throughout 2021

Celebrate your faith during the Catholic Diocese of Dallas televised Mass in Spanish & English each week. 

With gratitude to donors past and present, we're pleased to continue as the financial broadcast sponsor of the televised Masses on Univision & KDFI-TV in the Dallas and Fort Worth market, and livestreamed globally on the Diocesan social channels.

Each week, the Spanish Mass starts at 8 a.m. on Univision, ch. 23. The English Mass starts at 11 a.m. on KDFI-TV, ch. 7 or 27, depending upon your video service provider, and is replayed at noon.

At the start of each Mass celebrated inside churches located throughout the Diocese of Dallas, you will see our public service announcement that contains a very special message about The Catholic Foundation, the legacy our donors make and our continued sponsorship of the televised Masses throughout the year.

LATEST NEWS

February 22, 2021

Change the World Like Our March 3 Guest Panelists

Our next free, quarterly Catholic Community Network on Wednesday, March, 3, features three highly talented professionals. With very different backgrounds, each are change agents who make our community and society as a whole better.
February 9, 2021

The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees To Board / Aileen Pratt Begins Two-year Term as Board Chair

Fernando Blanco, Dr. Mauricio Delgado, John Dziminski and Jeff Schiefelbein have been elected to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees and Aileen Pratt has been elected board chair, succeeding G. Marc Lyons who served as board chair the past two years. Pratt will serve a two-year term and the new trustees will serve a three-year term through 2023.
February 1, 2021

Alan Armenta Named 2021 Hal Tehan Scholar Award Recipient

For the past 24 years, The Catholic Foundation has conducted a scholarship competition among our Catholic high schools’ junior students. The award is named in honor of Hal Tehan, a man who played an integral role in the history of The Catholic Foundation as executive director and development director for many years.

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