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Dom is heard on many SQPN podcasts and is the chief executive officer of the network. He has worked with SQPN in a volunteer capacity since 2010, then came onboard in 2015 as executive director, and became CEO in 2018. He has experience in many varieties of Catholic media, including print magazines, online news, parish and diocesan new media, and radio where he produced and hosted.
Fr. Chip is a member of the SQPN Board of Directors and a contributor to several SQPN podcasts, including the Fathers Show, Let’s Talk, and Secrets of Movies and TV Shows. He is a pastor of two parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Jimmy Akin is a board member of SQPN and host and co-host on several SQPN shows, including Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Jimmy was born in Texas and now makes his home in southern California. He works as Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers.
Angela applies her passion for purpose as a full-time media coordinator for a Catholic evangelization ministry, deep in the heart of Texas. An SQPN friend since its inception, she has served as a conference speaker and podcast personality for SQPN, and even met her husband in-person for the first time at an SQPN event. Topping the list of her favorite things are Star Wars, stories, and design.
A teacher, youth minister, and radio/podcast/YouTube video evangelizer by background, Mike Creavey holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and he currently teaches 9th grade theology at Trinity High School in Camp Hill, PA. Through his personal site, thegraciousguest.org, Mike focuses on exploring truth, goodness, and beauty at the intersection of faith and culture. First and foremost, Mike is the blessed husband of Kristine and father of Noelle and Renata.
Mac Barron is a High School Librarian by trade. When not making trouble as a book-jockey, he and his wife Katherine host the Catholic in a Small Town podcast. He’s the author of Clueless in Galilee: a Fresh Take on the Gospels; and is trying not permanently damage his four sons.
He has not yet been elected pontiff
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of CatholicMom.com, a bestselling author and international speaker. Her recent work includes The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, I Am God’s Storyteller and the “Chime Travelers” children’s fiction series that dynamically combines time travel and the lives of the saints. Lisa hosts the “Lisa Hendey & Friends” podcast. Visit her at www.LisaHendey.com or on social media @lisahendey.
Lyn Francisco is an organist chemist by training and education. When she is not at the lab bench, she occupies an organ bench in churches around Durham, NC. She also serves as cantor at Immaculate Conception Church in Durham.
Linda Nielsen has been with SQPN as CFO since 2008.She holds a degree in Business Administration from Auburn University.She has extensive experience in public relations as a former Georgia Junior Miss and her work in radio and television commercials on both local and national levels. As an RCIA participant, Linda entered into the Catholic Church in the Jubilee Year 2000. From there, she went on to obtain her Advanced Catechist Certification. Linda is the proud mom of three adult children. In her free time, she enjoys costume-designing, sewing, and rosary-making.
Shelly Henley Kelly became a fan girl of SQPN in 2009 while listening to the “Secrets of Battlestar Galactica”, never imagining that she’d be invited one day to participate as a regular on the “Secrets of Once Upon A Time”. A former Catholic Mom blogger, Shelly and her sister, Lisa, started their blog, “Of Sound Mind and Spirit” in 2009 where Shelly writes about being a working mom and catechist to her three children.
Lindsay is the host of Catholics of Oz. He is married, has two boys and is also a high school teacher of English and Religious Education. After 11 years of part-time study, he completed a Bachelor of Theology at Catholic Theological College Melbourne in 2017 which helped him to explore and appreciate the beauty of his Catholic faith. Until the birth of his second son, he was involved in youth ministry at his local parish which included three youth group trips to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in different parts of Australia over the last six years. His interests include TV series such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Arrow, The Flash and The Expanse and he is a huge Star Wars fan. Lindsay also does karate with his older son and their goal is to one day reach black belt level together. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Fr. Michael Gossett is a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, where he serves as Vocations Director, high school chaplain, and parochial vicar. He loves reading and watching science fiction, playing music, and kayaking.
Though he grew up Catholic, went to Catholic schools, and was even in seminary for three years, Tom Crowe didn’t discover just how amazing the history of Catholicism in this country is until he was hired to find the stories and do the research for the The American Catholic Almanac, a story-a-day reader authored by Emily Stimpson and Brian Burch. Since he already had a penchant for storytelling, he was only too happy to begin incorporating the amazing, humorous, inspiring, and heartwarming stories he had learned in that project into his rotation. After he and Noëlle got married in 2017, and Noëlle became the privileged recipient of so many stories (or was fortunate to be present when Tom was sharing the gems with someone else), Noëlle floated the idea of sharing them with the world via a podcast. So now they host American Catholic History together.
When not researching and writing the scripts for American Catholic History, Tom works in digital communications at Franciscan University of Steubenville, helps his wife run Hilltop Children’s House, a not-for-profit Montessori school they founded to help the kids in their inner city neighborhood in Steubenville, Ohio, and cooks delicious food.
Originally from Massachusetts, Noëlle Hiester Crowe now lives in Steubenville, Ohio with her husband, Tom, where she is a Montessori teacher at Hilltop Children’s House, a school they founded in their neighborhood, and coordinator of Pilgrimages at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Before moving to Steubenville she served in a variety of positions in the field of catechesis, including as a high school religion teacher, as both parish and diocesan director of religious education, and in curriculum development. She has also taught catechesis for Christendom College Graduate School and is trained in all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She received a BA in Humanities and Catholic Culture and an MBA from Franciscan University and an MA in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology from Christendom College Graduate School.
Steve Nelson is former executive director of SQPN and currently a board member. He frequently appears on Let’s Talk and Secrets of Movies and TV Shows.
Caroline is a co-host on Catholics of Oz and is married and a mother of two boys. She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry, a Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology, and Diploma of Environmental Science. She currently works part-time writing environmental emission reports. Her interests include drawing and painting, following the world of space science and star gazing with her telescope, as well as hiking and being with her family. Caroline is also an author under her brand of Frankie and Harry’s Bookshelf and has published two books “Topsy the Cat” and “What’s that Twinkle in the Sky?” with other titles in the pipeline. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Gerard (Gerry) is a husband and father of two children. Born and raised in a Catholic family, he is the eldest of four. After a business degree opened the doors for him into the accounting profession, he has further pursued education in financial planning and auditing. Outside of working as a Chartered Accountant, Gerry can usually be found involved in various activities with his young family, and spending time with friends. A casual sports fan, Gerry regularly plays table tennis at a social level, and is looking forward to being involved in his children’s sports in the future. Gerry likes to look at the lighter side of life and believes everyone’s lives would be improved by smiling and laughing more. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Andrew is a video producer at Catholic Answers and a lifelong lover of film, comics, and pop culture. Most notably he currently produces the popular program ‘Catholic Answers Live TV’ that airs weekly on EWTN.
Fr. Cory is a priest of the Diocese of Helena, Montana and is currently serving parishes in Fort Shaw, Montana.
Lino Saubolle lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his beautiful wife and two fur baby cats. He likes pop culture, technology, sport, and movies. Lino has been a Catholic all of his life and has had an interesting journey with his faith.
Pat Scott, otherwise known as “The Mama Nerd” is a computer tech in Austin Texas. Her after-retirement career is focused on helping seniors and other clients in their homes as a bridge between individuals and technology and as a translator of technology and its language in to real life examples that are easily understandable. In 1966 Pat started working with computers as a programmer/ analyst and spent nearly 30 years with the State of Texas Health Department. She knows Apple (Mac OS) as well as Windows PCs, Apple iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets. She is interested in practical approaches to Internet safety and security as well as enabling non-technical folks to be able to use current technology. She helps teach classes to senior citizens on Internet safety/security and on “Digital legacy” (passing on important digital information to family and heirs and suggestions for wrapping up social media accounts after you’re gone).
Catholic for life, married for more than half a century, blessed with 2 sons, 2 daughters, a son-in-law and a daughter in-law and 5 beautiful grandchildren.
Fr. Andrew Kinstetter is a native of Wyoming and currently serves as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Cheyenne, WY. He grew up on a cattle ranch and with his two brothers. After studying computer science in college for 3 years, he felt the Lord calling him into ministry as a Catholic priest and was ordained for the Diocese of Cheyenne in May of 2016. He enjoys keeping up on all things technology, considers himself a geek, particularly enjoying Star Wars and Doctor Who and attending Comic-Cons, loves to travel, and is a triathlete as well, having participated in one triathlon and run over 5 half-marathons.
Jack Baruzzini has a background in I.T. He is interested in the intersection of faith, technology, and science. He lives in the southern U.S. with his wife and son.
Danielle Bean is a writer and speaker who helps struggling moms to know their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. She’s a wife and mother to 9 children, helps lead CatholicMom.com, co-hosts the TV talk show The Gist on CatholicTV, and hosts the podcast Girlfriends.
She has been a board member for SQPN since January 2021.
Maria Morera Johnson is the award-winning and best-selling author of Super Girls and Halos and My Badass Book of Saints. She also contributed to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary. Her latest book, Our Lady of Charity: How a Cuban Devotion to Mary Helped Me Grow in Faith and Love, is a spiritual memoir honoring the Blessed Mother under this title.
Melanie Bettinelli is a stay-at-home mother of 5 homeschooled children who lives outside of Boston. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, she attended the University of Dallas, studying English. She later received at Master of Arts in Irish literature at Boston College and has taught at BC, Salem State University, and Montserrat College of Art. She is married to Starquest CEO Dom Bettinelli and blogs at The Wine-Dark Sea.
Thomas Sanjurjo is a maker, an educator, and a constant learner. When not focused on technology integration at his parochial school in Florida, he’s tinkering with some electronic component or piece of code with one of his seven children at home. He brings his enthusiasm for tech and geekiness to all new projects, along with a love for simplifying ideas by understanding them better.
Lisa Henley Jones is a wife, mom, native Texan, and parish communications director. She enjoys reading, walking, going on date nights, and cheering on her teens in their activities. As a social media consultant, Lisa teaches Catholic parishes to engage, inspire, and evangelize on social media. Find her blog, with her sister Shelly Kelly, at Of Sound Mind & Spirit and her social media course at Parish Social Media. Lisa has also appeared on the SQPN podcast The Secrets of Once Upon a Time.
Corporate governance and fountain pen aficionado by day, and musician, maker and Little Mac man by slightly later in the day, Victor Lams has been editing select StarQuest podcasts for years, but now steps in front of and a little to the side of the microphone as a panelist on The Secrets of Stargate, and, in so doing, tries his best to not embarrass himself too badly in the eyes of the most hardcore Stargate fans he knows: his wife and four sons.
Deborah Schaben is the host of the The Pilgrim Life podcast along with Sandy Garayzar and The Secrets of Disney with Shari Tamamoto. She started the ipilgrimpodcast after she completed her first trip on the Camino de Santiago in 2009. Since that first pilgrimage, she has walked the Camino three times, but also has walked several other pilgrim routes in North America. She has also appeared on other SQPN podcasts including The Secrets of Once Upon a Time, The Secrets of Farmville, and others. Her expertise is in sacred travel. She currently works for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and also previously worked at Walt Disney World. She also helps people plan both pilgrimages and Disney trips on the side.
Born in 1971, Mike Denz is a native of Western NY (Buffalo area). He grew up Catholic, the youngest of 6 and a huge Star Wars fan; having seen episodes IV, V & VI all in theaters).
A 1998 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, with an MA in theology and Catechesis, Mike has been teaching the Catholic Faith ever since.
A big fan of movies and TV, Mike’s favorite genres are mystery & action thrillers, science fiction and comedy. When not watching movies with his wife Sue and daughter Maria, Mike works as the Faith Formation Director of All Saints Parish in Corning, NY and plans pilgrimages for Catholic groups to Italy through his website: www.TakeaPilgrimage.com.