Trustees serve terms of three years, and may serve for two consecutive three-year terms. A total of 11 trustees may be appointed and elected.
Some seats are reserved for specific functions. Thus, the current President and immediate Past President of VOTF fill two positions.
Bylaws (as amended March 2010)
Mark Mullaney, Chair
|Philip W. Megna|
|Edward J. Greenan|
I have been happily married to my wife, Ellen, for over 21 years. We have three children, Kris (19), Carolyn (17), and Paul (14). I joined VOTF on
Although a CPA by training, my passion for the church led me to earn my Master’s degree in theology at my local seminary. I am also a graduate of the Pastoral Formation Institute, an intensive, two-year program that integrated theology, spirituality, human development and psychology. Additionally, I completed an optional third-year Pastoral Formation track in evangelization. Prior to becoming “unwelcome” due to my involvement with VOTF, my wife and I were very active in ministry on both a local and diocesan level. We helped design the diocesan training program for leaders of marriage preparation programs, and subsequently served as instructors for the program. We also facilitated groups and served on the coordinating team for marriage preparation in our parish. We helped to pilot a diocesan interfaith marriage preparation program. My wife and I also designed and presented workshops and retreats based on the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) for which we are both qualified administrators. The workshops have centered on various topics such as conflict resolution, communication and spirituality. I served on the Diocesan vocations committee and was my parish coordinator for RENEW 2000.
My focus on
I was a Maryknoll priest for 13 years, teaching in seminaries in this country and working as a missioner in
I have been involved with VOTF since the Convention in July of 2002. I am chair of the Paulist Center Affiliate in
I have over 20 years experience with non-profit Boards of Directors. I am currently President of two non-profit Boards and secretary of a third. I am familiar with the Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations and fully understand the duties of care and loyalty that are expected of Directors. As a Representative of VOTF’s national council, I participated in the revision of the by-laws. (back to top)
A resident of Saunderstown RI, Mary has been a member of VOTF since the 2002 convention. She co-founded the southern RI affiliate, was a charter member of the Structural Change working group, and has served as treasurer of the Indianapolis convention, as national treasurer from 2006 – 2008, and as chair of the 2008 convention in Providence RI. Presently Mary is a member of the committee Emily & Rosemary Fund for Women in the Church.
Mary is a member of Christ the King Parish in Kingston RI where she serves as a Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the parish council, and has served as chair of the council.
Mary is a former Sister of Saint Joseph and taught secondary math for 19 years. She has a master degree in computers and worked in the hi-tech industry before retiring. (back to top)
Ed and his wife, Margery, have four adult daughters and two adult sons, and eleven grandchildren. They have lived in Jamestown RI for the past twenty-nine years.
Ed joined VOTF in May 2002, and served as coordinator of new parish voices in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York in the beginning. He co-founded the VOTF of Southern RI in that year, and was later elected as a member of the first Representative Council. The regional RI organization was instrumental in moving the Bishop of Providence to begin to settle with the survivors of RI priest pedophiles.
Ed is a graduate of the Gregorian University, Rome Italy (STB), and he holds an MA and PhD from Catholic University, Washington DC, in Romance languages and literatures and Medieval Studies and medieval Romance languages. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Russian language studies.
A retired Captain of the United States Navy, Ed has taught French, Spanish, Russian and Latin in college and secondary education. He has served six years as a overnor of condominium board to rebuild the association destroyed by a hurricane.
During the past five years, Ed has been involved in adult education, especially in his home parish, Christ the King, Kingston, RI. He is especially interested in early Church history, the historical Jesus and the role of women in the early centuries.
This challenge to serve VOTF, especially in expanding education for the laity, will be an opportunity to renew commitment to VOTF goals and to building a healthier Catholic Church. (back to top)
Pat is a member of Holy Family Parish in Concord, MA. Originally from Wisconsin, she has lived in Colombia, S.A., New Orleans, and New Jersey, and in Massachusetts for the past 17 years. Pat has served many faith communities on parish councils and planning teams and has taught every level of religious education from pre-school to adult. At Holy Family, she currently teaches Baptism preparation classes, sings in the choir, and serves as Eucharistic minister. She also makes pastoral visits to patients at a local hospital.
Since becoming involved with VOTF in 2002, I have co-chaired with Pat Paone five Long Island-VOTF Conventions and one National VOTF Convention. In 2003, I also organized a survey to gauge the reaction of the people of Long Island to the abuse scandal and cover up. In 2006, I was elected co-chair of LI-VOTF, a position I held until 2009.
I believe that my degrees in Organizational Theory, Law, and Theology have prepared me to be an active participant in the reform movement in our Church and that my seven years of military service and 30-plus years as an attorney and businessman give me credibility.
Education: BBA – Manhattan College; MBA – Florida State University; J.D. – St. John’s University; MA, Theology – Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (back to top)
Mark and his wife Kathy have three adult sons and one granddaughter. After almost 25 years in Wellesley MA they now reside in Wayland MA. Both were founders and present at the first meeting of Voice of the Faithful in January 2002 at St John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley.
Mark has been active in the establishment and ongoing development of VOTF. He has served as Chairman of the Search Committee for all three Executive Directors of VOTF and also served as Interim Executive Director for eight months in 2005.
Mark is a graduate of Boston College and has served on its Alumni Board. He is the President of Resolve Associates, LLC, a business advisory service to small and mid-sized business owners and companies. He is an Accredited Associate of the Institute For Independent Business (AAInstB). He is a member of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and was awarded its Professional of the Year award in 2009.
Mark has been involved with developing the infrastructure and improving the administrative efficiency of the VOTF office since its inception. He served on the original VOTF Representative Board and has served on several regional and national committees. He has been and continues to be active in the VOTF Development Committee.
Mark remains active in VOTF because he simply wants to see and effect an inclusive, relevant and vibrant church for his children and their children. The church has its role as does the hierarchy. They each need to be clear to all that their major theme is service for those we know and for those in need.
The opportunity to serve VOTF on the Board of Trustees is an opportunity to continue his commitment to the goals of VOTF and a way to provide service to those in need now and in the future. (back to top)
Margaret Roylance was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived in Massachusetts for more than 40 years. She graduated from the University of Utah and received a Masters and PhD from the Massachusetts Institue of Technology.
Margaret is married and is the mother of five children: three sons and two daughters. She is a member of Our Lady Help of Christian’s Parish in Newton MA where she is currently a member of the Baptism Ministry, a member of the Parish Child Abuse Prevention Team and a Eucharistc Minister.
She has been a member of Voice of the Faithful since 2002 and served as a facilitator of the Structural Change Working Group, which was established by VOTF in July 2002. Their task was to define what VOTF meant by Structural Change and how we planned to approach our Goal Three: to shape structural change within the Church. At the end of a six month process VOTF declared that, while we respect the teaching authority of the Church and recognize the role the hierarchy should exercise in discernment, all the people of God should be involved in this process. VOTF would therefore devote ourselves to advancing meaningful and active engagement of the laity in the life of the Church.
Since that time, Margaret has worked to support all three goals of VOTF, with a particular focus on encouraging lay engagement at the parish level. (back to top)
Jesuit-educated at Regis HS, NYC and
Four Years VOTF:
On team that negotiated lifting ban on VOTF meetings using church property ’03;
Dialogue with diocese continues.
With wife Anne, Co-leader Brooklyn affiliate.
On national Governance Committee that proposed present NRC.
Member: National Structural Change Working Group.
Legislative Accountability Advisors.
Tri-State VOTF group that organized Fordham
Convocation, ‘03 and
National Representative Council since 2006.
Marketing & Communications (MarCom) Group
Member of the Oratory
Two adult daughters. Two small grandchildren