Who we are

Franciscan Media’s Board of Directors

Jill Campbell is an experienced executive IT leader with a track record of advancing through roles while excelling in IT strategy, optimizing business systems, driving digital transformation, implementing, and managing robust IT infrastructure solutions that support organizational goals, and overseeing and technical service operations. She is skilled in managing acquisitions, integrating IT systems, and navigating complex transitions to ensure seamless business continuity. Possesses a Top Secret clearance, demonstrating eligibility for roles demanding the highest levels of security access.

Actively engaged with the IT Service Management Forum, showcasing a commitment to industry best practices and continuous learning. A results-driven and assertive professional with a proven history of strategically implementing and integrating technical solutions to enhance business value, profitability, and efficiency. Acknowledged for adeptly building and leading cross-functional teams, as well as fostering strategic IT improvements that enhance value and safeguard the bottom line.

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Margaret Carney is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. Her education in theology and Franciscan studies took place at Duquesne  University, the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University and the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome. She served on the commission responsible for the revisions of the Rule of the Third Order Regular in 1982 and completed her research on the Rule of St. Clare in 1988.

From 1999-2004 she was the Director of the Franciscan Institute and served as a founding member of the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. Her presidency of St. Bonaventure University began in 2004 and she retired from that post in 2016. She continues to serve as a lecturer and leader for Catholic higher education and Franciscan organizations of the United States.

Her most recent book is Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare.

Father Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, is Franciscan friar and a member of the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Father Greg has spent the majority of his time in ministry serving in higher education. He has taught at St. Bonaventure University and Hilbert College; was an administrator at the former Washington Theological Union; served as Vocation Director of Holy Name Province; and has ministered in campus ministry at Siena College, Hilbert College, St. Bonaventure University, and at SUNY University at Buffalo South Campus and Medical School where he is currently based at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo, New York. At St. Joseph University Parish, he serves as a weekend assistant presiding at the Masses. Father Greg also is on staff with the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program where he helps pilgrims learn more about St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi as they travel to Assisi.

Father Greg is a native of suburban Buffalo, New York.

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Father Dan Kroger, OFM, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Ordained in 1973, he taught at Roger Bacon High in Cincinnati until 1979 when he received his first assignment as a missionary in the Philippines. There he served as a rural pastor in the province of Biliran. Assigned again to teaching in 1987, he earned a doctorate at the University of Notre Dame in Christian Ethics.

He returned to the Philippines in 1992. He taught at De La Salle University, where he worked with college students and graduate students from all around Asia. He gained tenure and held the Estrada Chair of Catholic Theology. He taught at seminaries as well. He lived in Manila in an international Franciscan community of friars from the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Japan.

In June, 2007, he became the Publisher/CEO of Franciscan Media in Cincinnati. He lives in the friar community at St. Anthony Shrine.

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John O’Connor is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from Northwestern University. He began his career as an equity portfolio manager at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. He continued his career at Fort Washington Investment Advisors where he worked for 27 years. He retired from Fort Washington and currently serves on six non-profit Boards. John and his wife Heidi have four children and six grandchildren.

John is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.

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Mark Stepaniak is counsel to the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. As a partner, Mark represented employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including litigation for employers in the federal and state courts involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, race and age discrimination, retaliatory discharge, and wage and hour matters. He is experienced in trade secret and non-competition agreement litigation. He also represented religious organizations in alleged abuse cases across the country. Mark is an honoree of Best Lawyers in America since 1995, and was voted “Lawyer of the Year” for Management Labor Law in 2016.

Mark represented clients in the broadcast, music, automotive, soft drink beverage, plastics, logistics, distributing, dairy, and paper industries and for public sector employers, including hospitals, the Cincinnati Public Schools, and the University of Cincinnati. Mark has served as a director or trustee for various nonprofit entities including the Convalescent Hospital Fund for Children, St. Ursula Academy, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio.  In 2021, Mark received the Francis Medal for service to the Province of St. John the Baptist.

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Michael Vanderburgh is executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, Ohio. A native of Dayton, Michael’s career path included police officer and corrections officer positions, ownership of a life insurance agency in northern Ohio and northwestern Illinois, and since 1999 nonprofit leadership in financial development and executive positions in Iowa, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Michael is a graduate of The George Washington University (M.A.), Wright State University (B.A), and Sinclair Community College (A.A.S.), and attended law school at Ohio Northern University and the University of Dayton.

Over a decade of service for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Michael planned and led the historic One Faith, One Hope, One Love capital campaign, which raised over $165 million in pledges to benefit regional ministries of the Catholic Church in western and southwestern Ohio.