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The National Catholic Youth Ministry Awards, sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, recognize the significant and outstanding contributions made by women and men to the field of Catholic youth ministry. Awards are given in multiple categories, and are presented biennially at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry. Not all categories are awarded each year. Use the official form to nominate individuals. Nomination forms are kept on-file and active for four years.


This year’s award winners are:

Tauno Latvala:              Athletics

Diane Flanagan:           Catholic Scouting

Mike Hall:                      Diocesan Leadership

Paul Mach:                    Diocesan Leadership

Patrick Rinker:              Diocesan Leadership

Marcos Martinez:          Gospel Values of Justice and Peace

Dr. Timone Davis:         Multicultural Gifts

Kathryn Mach:              National Leadership

Brigitte Burke:              Regional Leadership

Patricia Kane:               Regional Leadership

John Smestad Jr.:         Regional Leadership

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A person who has made a significant contribution to youth ministry in the particular areas of athletics, camping, or special populations.

Tauno has worked in parish, non-profit, and archdiocesan Catholic youth and young adult ministry for more than twenty years while also coaching varsity high school baseball for eighteen years, fourteen years as the head coach. At the archdiocesan level, he presented workshops on faith and sports for hundreds of junior high and high school youth and trained thousands of coaches in prevention of sexual abuse, program philosophy, character development, and discipleship through sports. At the national level, he provided leadership and supported peers by sharing best practices and developing standards and resources with colleagues for sports as ministry while serving on the Leadership Team for the National CYO Sports/National Center for Catholic Youth Sports and as a partner with the Play Like A Champion Today© program beginning in 2007. His 39


A person who has shown exemplary leadership in their work and ministry with Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA, or the Boy Scouts of America and has made a significant contribution to the vision, goals, and programs in Catholic scouting.

Diane Flanagan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. She joined the organization after serving as the first CEO of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest in El Paso, Texas were she managed the consolidation of three former Girl Scout councils into one council covering 33 counties and 94,000 square miles in west Texas and southern New Mexico. During this time, she reduced overall expenses by 33% while increasing girl membership by 49%. In 2014, Diane was appointed as the Region 10 (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas) representative to the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Campfire, a member of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. In this role, she met with Pope Francis in June 2015. This past July, Diane was appointed to the NFCYM Board of Directors. Diane’s extensive community involvement includes service to the Junior League of El Paso, University of Texas at El Paso President’s Athletic Advisory Board, El Paso Women’s Executive Forum, Corondo High School PTSA, and St. Clements School Parent Council. For her civic leadership, Diane was inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Diane earned a master of business administration from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. Diane has two sons.


A person who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry on a diocesan level and who has served as an outstanding model of service to others in youth ministry. A person who has served as a “keeper of the vision” for comprehensive youth ministry.

For more than three decades, Mike Hall has been a quiet and humble model of servant leadership. He has faithfully served the Diocese of Columbus for almost ten years as director of youth, young adult, and campus ministry. This following twenty-one years in diocesan ministry in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. He is an unabashed advocate for comprehensive youth ministry at every level in every setting. Mike works with parish and campus ministry coordinators, coaches, scout leaders, pastors, parents, and other volunteers to bring to life the goals, themes, and components of Renewing the Vision. He personally walks people through the document to focus and inform their ministry to and with young people. He empowers young people to be leaders in their communities through service opportunities, ongoing leadership formation, and participation in the Diocesan Youth Council. Mike helps parishes to integrate young people in the life and mission of the church to animate the whole parish in ministry to youth and in the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of young people. Though he has folder upon folder of programs and initiatives he has developed and implemented with the youth and adults, Mike never seeks recognition or accolades. His attention is on others. He listens. He prays. He serves. He mentors. He supports. He relates to those around him with dignity and respect. This are just some of the reasons why those around him admire and respect him and seek to emulate him in their ministry. Mike holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in community health education in addition to a certificate of youth ministry studies and certificate of advanced studies in youth ministry from the Center for Ministry Development back when it was the Center for Youth Ministry Development. He and Linda, his wife of forty-six years, are the proud parents of three and grandparents of four.


A person who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry on a diocesan level and who has served as an outstanding model of service to others in youth ministry. A person who has served as a “keeper of the vision” for comprehensive youth ministry.

Paul began his connection to youth ministry as a junior in high school starting his own youth ministry program with a friend at his home parish of St. Therese in Appleton, Wisconsin. He began his ministry career as a confirmation coordinator and peer minister at the college parish at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. During his eight years as a youth minister in the Diocese of Green Bay, two years he led a Diocesan Confirmation Retreat team and then spent the next four years as a youth minister in the Archdiocese of Seattle. At that time, the Archdiocese did not have an Office of Youth Ministry, but instead, a committee of youth ministers which Paul served on for his first three years in Seattle. As chair of the committee Paul attended his first two Annual Membership Meetings (‘97 in Newport and ‘98 in Santa Rosa). In 2001, Paul became the Youth Ministry Consultant for the Diocese of Spokane, Washington. In 2005 Paul was hired as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Joliet, where he continues to serve today. Paul has been in ministry for more than 30 years with almost twenty of those years connected to diocesan work, with four dioceses. Nationally, he has also served eight years on the Board of Directors for NFCYM (2002-2005 & 2006-2011), the last four of those as First Vice Chair. He was on NFCYM staff as program coordinator of National CYO Sports for four years (2011-2015). He and Kay were married in August of 2016, they have four children: Stephen (Tori) Scoville, Nicolas Scoville, Melissa Mach, and Lyndsay Mach.


A person who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry on a diocesan level and who has served as an outstanding model of service to others in youth ministry. A person who has served as a “keeper of the vision” for comprehensive youth ministry.

Pat has been married to his lovely wife Karen since 1976. They have three amazing children and five beautiful grandchildren. He loves scripture, playing the guitar, and ballroom dancing with Karen. He has been in full-time lay ministry since 1976. His years in ministry include sixteen years in parish ministry, two years teaching religion at a Catholic high school, and twenty-four years in full time diocesan ministry, directing youth, young adult, and campus ministry. Pat was active with NFCYM throughout his twenty-four years in diocesan ministry. He is currently in his third year of part-time parish ministry at St. Gerard Catholic Church, as director of adult faith formation. Currently, Karen and Pat attend SS. Peter and Paul Parish, in Ionia, Michigan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he majored in theology and English, and minored in Greek and secondary education. He received his masters in arts degree in pastoral ministry from Regis University in Denver; and is a certified Lay Ecclesial Minister in Youth Ministry, Catechesis, and Pastoral Ministry.


A person who provides models and programs to educate the church community in fulfilling its responsibility to educate youth for justice and to call young people to action on behalf of others. A person whose life models the Gospel values of justice and peace.

Marcos Guerrero Martínez has spent a lifetime serving youth according to their needs. Marcos worked in the Diocese of Lubbock, for Catholic Charities and parish-based youth ministry for three years. He broke ground in nearby Hobbes, New Mexico where he served as their first-ever full-time youth minister and was nominated for recognition of his outreach to Hispanic youth in particular. As their family grew, Marcos and his family moved to the Diocese of El Paso where he served as diocesan director of youth ministry. As diocesan director he continued to include mission trips, service opportunities, and engagement with local realities as part of youth ministry. The outreach opportunities he provided included gang intervention, nursing home visits, food distribution, youth detention 43 centers, aid to immigrants, and border-crossing service experiences for youth. Music ministry was often a part of these events. Marcos introduced Young Neighbors in Action in the Diocese of El Paso and aided that program in using the twin cities of El Paso & Juarez as one of its sites of service for Catholic youth from throughout the United States. During this time Marcos was an active member of NFCYM. Marcos moved to San Antonio to work with the Mexican American Cultural Center, where he wove his expertise with youth into his work as a faculty member, including the RESPETO program of youth leadership, the Hispanic Leadership in the 21st Century program, and the cultural competency program Heart of Multi-culturalism. He also served as adjunct faculty with CMD’s Certificate for Youth Ministry program. As he began working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Marcos was invited to a 4-year term on the NFCYM Board of Directors and was a liaison with the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, (La RED). CRS has provided opportunities to again combine his longstanding commitment to youth and justice work. As relationship manager, Marcos is responsible for outreach and relationship development to seven dioceses where he educates and informs Catholics and others on global issues via workshops, trainings, and retreats, and provides opportunities for active engagement in CRS’ various programming. Marcos has travelled with CRS to Mexico, Ecuador, Senegal, Haiti, Lebanon and Jordan. He is married to Cyndi and they have five blessings from God: Marcos Roel, Mikaela, Amelia, Jesse, and Mia Graciela. They are active in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Selma TX, a suburb of San Antonio.


A person who has made a significant contribution to youth ministry by recognizing the gifts and charisms we share as a multicultural church and has enabled others to share their gifts in the larger church. A person who has helped the church understand and call forth the giftedness of all, especially the young church.

Timone Davis is a cradle Catholic who was a “pewster” until she discovered that the uselessness of the Church was because she wasn’t giving anything of herself. After committing to do something, her life changed. 44 Her first ministry was with the RCIA, where she not only welcomed others into the Church, but also revitalized her own spirituality. After working for the Archdiocese of Chicago as the coordinator of ReCiL – Reclaiming Christ in Life Young Adult Ministry, Timone launched PEACE centered WHOLENESS with her husband Orlando, where they are blending clinical counseling and spiritual companioning. In addition to running a business, Timone is an assistant professor in the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she serves as the treasurer of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Timone’s dynamic energy and deep spirituality enhance her brand of teaching that engages one’s spirit through the use of storytelling. No matter the occasion, Timone’s mission is to help others open their hearts and minds to the soul-saving power of God’s grace, love, and mercy.


A person who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry on a national level impacting the field of youth ministry and/or the NFCYM. A person who has influenced the national church on behalf of the young church and/or those who serve in youth ministry.

Kay (Scoville) Mach is originally from South Bend, Indiana and attended Ball State University (Muncie, IN) where she achieved a bachelor’s in nursing and a minor in Spanish. After a 15-year career in Oncology Nursing, she felt a call to minister in the Catholic Church. Her first ministry position was as a parish youth minister for St. Simon Catholic Church in Indianapolis. She then went on to work for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as the program coordinator for youth ministry. She became director of youth ministry for the Archdiocese in 2009. She served on the planning teams and chaired the local steering committee when the Archdiocese of Indianapolis hosted the National Catholic Youth Conferences in 2011, 2013 and 2015. She served on the NFCYM Board of Directors from 2011-2015 including a term as 1st Vice Chair from 2013-2015. She is married to Paul Mach, has two sons, Stephen (Tori) and Nicholas and two daughters, Melissa and Lyndsay. Kay completed her master’s in pastoral theology from Saint 45 Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in 2016 and then worked for Catholic Relief Services in which she served on the Youth & Education Cross Divisional Team and co-led a group of youth ministers to Ethiopia in 2016. Currently, Kay is working as the director of pastoral and spiritual care with the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Notre Dame, Indiana.


A person who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry on a regional level impacting the regional structure of the NFCYM and/or serving as a model of collaboration with her/his neighboring dioceses.

Brigitte Burke felt called to Catholic youth ministry the first time she experienced the National Catholic Youth Conference as a high school student. Since then, she has been involved in Catholic youth ministry in various capacities. She has served as a volunteer, a parish youth minister, and diocesan youth ministry leader in both the Diocese of Baton Rouge and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In all of her ministry settings, she was also committed to serving the larger Church. Region 5 discerned Brigitte as their representative on the NFCYM Board of Directors where she served for five years, including multiple leadership positions. As the regional rep, Brigitte continued the traditions in Region 5 of collaboration, support, and innovation among the diocesan directors. She worked to keep them connected to each other and to the national youth ministry community. In February 2018, Brigitte left her position in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to fully devote her time to her family. She now lives in New Orleans with her husband of fifteen years, Donovan Burke, and their four children.


A person who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry on a regional level impacting the regional structure of the NFCYM and/or serving as a model of collaboration with her/his neighboring dioceses.

Pat has been employed by the Diocese of 46 Providence since 1982. She is presently the associate director of youth ministry, director of the Rejoice In Hope Youth Center in Cranston, Rhode Island, and facilitator of the ACTS 29 Youth Ministry Service Program. She is an active member of the New England Diocesan Directors of Youth Ministry group, Region 1. She has been active with NFCYM as a former board member, and served on a variety of project teams and management committees. She formerly served as coordinator of youth ministry at St. Charles Parish, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and as a Member of ACTS 29 in the Diocese of Providence. Pat graduated from Providence College with a B.A. liberal arts concentration in youth ministry and Rhode Island College with a M.A. in agency counseling. She is involved in Windwalker Humane Coalition, an organization of professional pet assisted therapy teams. She is a credentialed Pet Assisted Therapy Team member with her dog,Abbey, providing services to a variety of schools. She enjoys walking, gardening, baking, the beach, singing in her parish choir, and spending time with family, good friends, and Abbey.


A person who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry on a regional level impacting the regional structure of the NFCYM and/or serving as a model of collaboration with her/his neighboring dioceses.

John Smestad Jr. serves as the executive director of pastoral planning and ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, overseeing a variety of ministry training, staff supervision, and implementation of the goals of a recent archdiocesan synod. Prior to that he spent twelve years as director of the Archdiocesan CYO/ Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office, including seven years as chair of the leadership team for Region 5 catholic youth ministry, and serving as host for the 2010 NCCYM in New Orleans. Before full-time work in diocesan ministry he spent seven years teaching theology and directing campus ministry at Catholic high schools in New Orleans. He has also been involved in the Teens Encounter Christ retreats both locally and nationally as youth minister at his home parish, St. Dominic in New Orleans, for over twenty-two years, with upwards of two hundred teenagers involved in a vibrant parish youth ministry.