• FOR LIFE AND FAMILY

ST. JOHN PAUL II
FOUNDATION TEAM

Our staff

ARLAND K. NICHOLS
President and Founder

Arland Nichols is president and founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. For nearly a decade Arland taught at a Catholic high school and worked at an international nonprofit. During those years he became a popular speaker, successful writer, and he established the groundwork for launching the St. John Paul II Foundation. Arland earned a B.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M, an M.DIV. in Theology from University of St. Thomas, and is completing a Ph.D. in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. With the generous support of his wife, Cindy, and six children, Arland is blessed to lead the St. John Paul II Foundation as it becomes the foremost Catholic non-profit proclaiming the Good News of life and family.

STEPHEN PHELAN
Vice President of Family Initiatives

Stephen Phelan joined the St. John Paul II Foundation team in July 2017. He comes to the Foundation from Human Life International, where he served as director of mission communications for over eight years. In this position, Stephen put into narrative form the struggle for life and family going on around the world, producing documentaries for international broadcast and writing for publications from First Things to Lay Witness Magazine. His work took him to nine different countries and several states, networking with other leaders and speaking about the Church's teaching on life and family. Before serving with HLI, Stephen worked with Maggie's Place, helping build homes and grow the wonderful apostolate for expectant moms and their babies. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Katy, Texas with their three young children.

CHRISTOPHER J. STRAVITSCH
Director of Legacy Circle and Co-Founder

Chris Stravitsch is Director of the Legacy Circle and co-founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. He earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s University, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Chris previously served as Director of College Formation at Assumption Seminary. He brings to the Foundation a wealth of experience in Church ministry and the unique ability to identify the most effective ways to evangelize spouses and families.

ROLAND MILLARE
Director of Shepherd’s Heart

Mr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as the Director of the Shepherd's Heart Program. Additionally, he serves as theTheology Department Chairperson at Saint John XXIII College Preparatory (Katy, TX). He has been teaching at the school since it opened in 2004. He went to St. Francis De Sales for K-8th and graduated in 1999 from St. Thomas High School. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. He is currently a candidate for a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Mr. Millare also as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates at St. Mary’s Seminary. Mr. Millare has published various theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars and the Heythrop Journal. Mr. Millare is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgyand the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Mr. Millare lives in Sugar Land with his wife Veronica and their two daughters, Gabriella and Karolina.

SUSIE LOPEZ
Conference Coordinator

Susie Lopez is a Conference Coordinator at the St. John Paul II Foundation where she coordinates both Converging Roads and Together in Holiness conferences. Susie earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. After graduation, she moved to Houston and worked as an Event Associate in the philanthropy and alumni relations office at Baylor College of Medicine. She is actively involved with the Houston chapter of Young Catholic Professionals and in her home parish of St. Theresa, Memorial Park. She is grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to use her gifts and talents to enrich the lives touched by the St. John Paul II Foundation.

AUBRIE MILLER
Conference Coordinator

Aubrie Miller is a Conference Coordinator at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Leadership and minors in Business and Communication. Upon graduation, she became a Sales Manager through the Executive Development Program at Macy's. Aubrie enjoys volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Young Catholic Professional Houston chapter. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the St. John Paul II Foundation and to make an impact for life and family.

AMY NORRIS
Administrative Coordinator

Amy is the Administrative Coordinator for the St. John Paul II Foundation where she assists the President and team in support of the overall mission and work of the Foundation. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and minor in History. She brings experience from various roles in marketing and events, most recently from Houston Country Club. After a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016, she is humbled by the opportunity to join the Foundation and dedicate her time to further the mission of the sanctity of life and family that was characterized by the life of St. John Paul II.

SHANNON MORGAN
Missions Intern

Shannon Morgan is the Missions Intern at the St. John Paul II Foundation where she works closely with Conference Coordinators, Aubrie Miller and Susie Lopez, on the Together in Holiness and Converging Roads conferences. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Shannon is a senior at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, pursuing a degree in Communications, along with a minor in Theology. After two years of participating as an active member in her university’s Pro-Life club, and one year of being the Public Relations officer, Shannon is now the Celts for Life Secretary officer. Her passionate faith for the Catholic Church and the involvement within Celts for Life have greatly impacted her desire to spend life continually seeking God’s goodness in all things. Shannon is excited to be working at the St. John Paul II Foundation and feels blessed to have this opportunity.

MARY M. CAPRIO
Associate Fellow

Mary Caprio received a B.A. in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center and an M.A. in Nursing from Loyola University. She worked in clinical settings for over 20 years caring for persons with HIV/AIDS, disorders and trauma. She earned an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and M.T.S. from Pontifical John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family with an emphasis in bioethics. Mary is adjunct faculty at University of St. Thomas in both the theology and nursing programs and is a Certified Fertility Care Practitioner for the Creighton Model System. Mary is the Pastoral Associate in charge of evangelization and administration at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, and is a great asset to the team as an Associate Fellow.

CHRISTI QUINN
2017 Splendor of Truth Gala Chair

Christi Quinn is a volunteer with the St. John Paul II Foundation and serves as a special assistant to the President, Arland Nichols. Christi is retired from the practice of law after thirty years. She earned a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 and received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1985. In her thirty years of practice, Christi served both as senior counsel at major international oil and gas companies and as a lawyer in private practice with several Houston law firms.  Christi is married with two children and feels blessed to be retired, so she can spend time with her family and give her time to various causes that strengthen her Catholic faith. Christi and her husband, Dean, are committed supporters of the St. John Paul II Foundation and are honored and grateful to be a part of the mission.

SOFIA RICHES
2017 Heart of Texas Chair

Sofia Othon Riches is a volunteer and serves as Special Assistant to the President at the St. John Paul II Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Sofia recently joined the St. John Paul II Foundation from OTHON, INC., Consulting Engineers where she most recently served as Director of Administration. Prior to that role, Sofia served as the Director of Marketing. Most importantly, Sofia is passionate about her family life where she is a devoted wife and mother of three young sons. She is excited about this opportunity to use her gifts to further the mission of the family with the St. John Paul II Foundation.

BRITTANY HALEY
Event Specialist

Brittany Haley is an Event Specialist at the St. John Paul II Foundation. Brittany earned a B.A. in psychology from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City and worked as an Event Manager for the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square. After returning to Houston, she began working at the Hilton Americas Houston. She earned her CMP designation in 2010 and has a full resume of Event Management. She is married with three children and feels blessed to have the opportunity to work for the St. John Paul II Foundation and help spread our mission.

Board of directors

The governing board is primarily responsible for governance of the foundation as well as giving financial support. Composed of highly successful men and women in their respective industries, the board ensures that the Foundation has the resources to accomplish our mission.
  •   ARLAND K. NICHOLS, PRESIDENT and FOUNDER

    Arland Nichols is president and founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. For nearly a decade Arland taught at a Catholic high school and worked at an international nonprofit. During those years he became a popular speaker, successful writer, and he established the groundwork for launching the St. John Paul II Foundation. Arland earned a B.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M, an M.DIV. in Theology from University of St. Thomas, and is completing a Ph.D. in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. With the generous support of his wife, Cindy, and six children, Arland is blessed to lead the St. John Paul II Foundation as it becomes the foremost Catholic non-profit proclaiming the Good News of life and family.

  •   CHRISTOPHER J. STRAVITSCH
    Director of Legacy Circle and Co-Founder

    Chris Stravitsch is Director of the Legacy Circle and co-founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. He earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s University, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Chris previously served as Director of College Formation at Assumption Seminary. He brings to the Foundation a wealth of experience in Church ministry and the unique ability to identify the most effective ways to evangelize spouses and families.

  •   Preston H. Young, Chairman of the Board

    Preston H. Young is Regional Managing Partner at Stream Realty Partners, a full-service commercial real estate firm also focused in principal activities. Mr. Young also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Free Enterprise Institute and is on the Board of Directors for the Business Ethics Forum. He is involved in a number of other civic and charitable organizations including the 12th Man Foundation’s Champions Council, Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, and The Center for Cultural Renewal. He and his wife, Amber, have three children and are parishioners at St. John Vianney Parish in Houston.

  •   Ray Frierson, Treasurer of the Board

    Ray Frierson is managing partner of Frierson, Sola, Simonton, Kutac, PLLC, a full service CPA firm in Houston and is president of Greenbriar Financial, a branch office of LPL Financial. He is a graduate of the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. Ray is married to Theresa and they have three grown children. They are parishioners of St. Anne's Parish in Houston, Texas.

  •   Will Cravens, Director

    Will Cravens is President of Jerdon Enterprise, LP a civil engineering general contractor and privately held company in Houston. He is active in the Serra Club of Houston where he is immediate past president and he is a trustee of the Scanlan Foundation. Will is married to Janet, and they have three children, James, Mary and Stephen. They are members of St. Michael’s Parish in Houston, Texas.

  •   Patrick J. McCarthy, Director

    Patrick J. McCarthy is President of Magna Operating, an independent oil and gas exploration company in Houston. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Houston Chapter of Legatus and is a Trustee of Western Academy, an independent liberal arts grade school for boys on the west side of Houston. He and his wife, Vickie, have five children.

  •   Nancy Gold, Director

    Nancy Gold is a Reserves Coordinator at EP Energy, an independent oil and natural gas producer. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, both from Texas A&M University. She coordinates the Women's Programs at Holy Cross Chapel, serves on the Board for Murray Hill Institute-Texas, facilitates ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) Catholic Women Studies, and works as a Commissioner for the Houston Women's Soccer Association. Nancy is a parishioner of All Saints Catholic Community in Houston, Texas.

  •   Patrick Draughon, Director

    Patrick Draughon is an Associate Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University, where he teaches undergraduate engineering. Previously, Patrick had a long and distinguished career in the oil and gas industry and worked at many locations both globally and domestically. Patrick has been an active Catholic layperson as Pastoral Council Chair in two foreign parishes and with his wife, Valerie, was a founding family of St. John XXIII Catholic High School in Katy, Texas. Patrick and Valerie have four children and live in College Station, Texas.

  •   Angelica Hernandez, Director

    Angelica Hernandez is a partner at Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa. In addition to being on the Board of Directors for the Foundation, Angelica is also the Minority Director for the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, St. Thomas More Society Director, and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow in addition to other committee leadership roles. She has been honored with numerous awards including the “Consejos Legales Award” from the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, the Houston Bar Association’s Presidents Award, and the State Bar of Texas’ President’s Certificate of Merit. Angelica is also the Co-Chair of the Pastoral Council of St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is composed of friends,
collaborators, and strategic partners who support
and advise Foundation leadership.
  • Most Reverend José H. Gomez, S.T.D.

    Archbishop of Los Angeles

  • Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S.

    Archbishop of San Antonio

  • Reverend Anthony E. Giampietro, C.S.B., Ph.D.

    Director of Development, Archdiocese of San Francisco

  • John Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L.

    Director of Institutional Relations and Ethicist, The National Catholic Bioethics Center

  • John Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L.

    President, The National Catholic Bioethics Center

  • Dr. William P. Mueller, M.D., CFCMC, FCP, FCE

    United States Air Force

  • Deacon James Keating, Ph.D.

    Director of Theological Formation, The Institute for Priestly Formation

  • Deacon Harold
    Burke-Sivers, M.T.S.

    President and CEO, Servant Enterprises

  • Reverend Victor Perez

    Spiritual Advisor, Pastor of Most Holy Trinity in Angleton, TX

  • Reverend Charles Hough IV

    Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham

our volunteers

We are blessed with many volunteers who serve the Foundation and who make our conferences and special events possible. Their generous gifts of time and talent are essential for our success and they are truly invaluable to this organization. Thank you to all of those who give selflessly to further our mission!

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CONTACT US

  • PHONE

    832.779.1070

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS

    7730 Westview
    Houston, TX 77055

  • MAILING ADDRESS

    P.O. Box 5927
    Katy, TX 77491

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