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 June 2020)
- Mary Pat Fox, Chair
- Joseph Finn
- Patricia T. Gomez
- Elia Marnik
- Michael Marnik
- Margaret Roylance
- Michael W. Ryan
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)
Michael is a retired federal law enforcement official experienced in the conduct of financial audits and security investigations. Following his retirement, he became interested in Church security and developed comprehensive procedures which, when properly implemented and monitored, virtually guarantee that every dollar placed in the collection basket on Saturday evening or Sunday morning is, in fact, deposited in the parish bank account. (Those procedures and more can be downloaded free of charge at his website.)
Michael has published several articles on the subject of church security and Sunday collection embezzlement, and he is the author of Nonfeasance (2011), which addresses the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ failure to protect financial collections conference-wide. (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, New Jersey, and in Massachusetts for the past 17 years. Pat has served many faith communities on parish councils and planning teams and by teaching 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.
Pat was co-founder of the Concord MA Area VOTF affiliate and served as affiliate leader for five years. The Concord MA group was the first affiliate to formally gather after the founding of VOTF in March of 2002. Passionately believing that raising awareness and education are key components to abuse prevention, Pat joined the Protecting Our Children working group in 2004. She continues to promote parish safe environment programs to ensure the protection of all vulnerable populations in our communities.
Pat holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Boston University and a masters in counseling psychology from Boston College, where she has also completed coursework in pastoral ministry. Strongly supporting the mission and goals of VOTF, Pat continues working to energize VOTF membership through local and diocesan actions.