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6 February 10, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH www.upcatholic.org Catholic Press Month, celebrated in February, focuses on the contribution of Catholic media in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. The work is a team effort that's more than the com- munications staff, it's a collaboration with the bishop, pastors and other clergy, consecrated religious and lay faithful. A key component of the team is The U.P. Catholic Advisory Board. Communications professionals, cler- gy, advertisers, parish personnel and more join diocesan staff in helping shape the future of communications efforts. We appreciate our advisory board and present a snapshot of the people who bring you The U.P. Catho- lic. - John Fee, editor A founding and 30-plus year veter- an advisory board member, Gerry Waite plans to take off the green eye- shades following the May meeting and ind out what retirement is all about. Waite and his wife, Su- san, have five children and 13 grandchildren - all blessings. With a bachelor's in English from Notre Dame, Waite got his start in journalism at the Mish- awaka (Indiana) Times in 1965. A year later he was a journalist at the old Milwaukee Sentinel. He earned a Ph.D. in literature from the Univer- sity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee while working at the Sentinel. In 1976 Waite came to Northern Michigan Universi- ty in Marquette. During his 25 years there Waite helped the university start its journalism program and the college newspaper to get on its feet. The Waites, members of St. Michael Parish in Marquette, are daily walkers or bikers. Always a gardener, Waite has slowed down since the couple have fewer mouths to feed. With an interest in design, content and all kinds of details, Waite has enjoyed being on the board and working with the editors including the late Chuck Gabel and Joe Zyble. Jennifer Cretens , president of The U.P. Catholic's advisory board has an even better title, Driveway Grandma. She and her husband of 36 years, Matt, live on a farm within walking distance of their two adult children's fami- lies, including a drive- way's walk for their five grandchildren. Along with tending just about every animal you can imagine, gardens and orchards, the Cretens operate Cretens Furniture near their home in Perkins. The couple attend All Saints Parish in Gladstone, where she is on the parish council and is a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Cretens has always had a fascina- tion for journalism and dabbled with her high school's newspaper, The Escanaban. She studied computer programming at Northern Michigan University; however, her love was Matt and she moved back to Escanaba and began a career in banking and mortgage lending. When they moved to Perkins, she retired from banking to work in the family business. Father Brad Sjoquist was or- dained a priest in 2015 and currently serves as associate pastor at Holy Spirit and Resurrection parishes in Menominee. He enjoys reading and running in his spare time. He is originally from Kingsford and is an alumnus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Referring to his time on the advisory board, Father Sjoquist said, This has been a great opportunity to develop strategies about how the diocesan Church can commu- nicate the Gospel via print and digital media. I'm hopeful that we will accom- plish some great things that will serve our parishes well. Mickey Hodges worked for 25 years at the Upper Pen- insula Power Company before coming to Lake Linden's Saint Joseph Parish in September of 1999. In addition to the everyday activities of a parish secretary/book- keeper, she assists in the planning and pro- duction of the parish's famous annual pork pie fundraiser held in November. Hodges has been married to Jim for almost 42 years, and has two grown children and four grandchildren. Her favorite past time is Zumba! Erin Noha manages social media and writes blogs in her role as Digital Media Coordinator at ibeauthentic in Menominee. She leads the worship music at Resurrection Parish's youth Mass, where she and her husband, Steven, are members. With a bachelor's de- gree in journalism and political science from Western Michigan Uni- versity, you can often find her watch- ing documentaries on Netflix, reading historical fiction, singing Taylor Swift songs or speaking in hashtags. Social media has forever changed the way people communicate, both online and face-to-face. I'm excited to explore how The U.P. Catholic can connect with parishes to reach and engage with their parishioners online. Married to Tim, mother to three married children and blessed with six grandkids with another to arrive in July, Carol Beauchamp , is the faith formation coordina- tor and thoroughly enjoys teaching high school youth at St. Joseph in Perkins where she and her husband are mem- bers. She is also the office manager for the family general contracting business, Tim Beauchamp Builders, Inc. The couple live in St. Nicholas. Beauchamp said, I love the people, talent and enthusiasm of the advisory board - and the laughs. I enjoy being part of evangelizing and informing the U.P. in various forms of media, the love of Jesus Christ and his Good News. Tim Thomas , husband to Michele and father to three children, wears many hats at the diocese. As executive director of inance and adminis- tration he sits on many boards, with the most comfortable being The U.P. Catholic's advi- sory board. When he's not engaged in family activities after hours, he plays bass in Trailer Hitch, a country music band, and has a nearly-authentic southern accent when singing. He and Michele are members of St. Michael Parish in Marquette. After 16 years as advertising manag- er for The U.P. Catholic, Deacon Ste- phen Gretzinger thinks he's about to catch on to the job. His responsibil- ities include selling and constructing the ads you see in the newspaper along with helping plan special sections. Deacon Gretzinger lives in Menominee with his wife, Jackie. They share six children and seven grandchildren. He loves his Green Bay Packers, camping and all those he ministers with and to, having been ordained to the diaconate eight and one-half years ago. When asked what inspires his long service at the diocese, he quoted Bishop John Doerfler who recently reminded the staff We are here to bring people to Jesus Christ. Sheila Wickenheiser is a mother to two college students, two dogs and 12 chickens. She and her husband, Eu- gene, are members of St. Paul Parish in Negaunee. As the Administrative Assistant and Ecclesiastical Notary at the Diocese of Marquette, Wick- enheiser is grateful for the guidance of The U.P. Catholic Advisory Board members. She said, They are the core to our newspaper and bring us helpful information, ideas and knowledge. Wickenheiser publishes the Diocesan Communicator monthly and does other administrative duties in the communications office. In her role in the Tribunal office, she oversees and facilitates marriage annulments. Wick- enheiser also serves as a member of the Friends of Holy Cross Cemetery. A native Yooper, Jamie Gualdoni and her penguin obsessed husband, Daniel, are newlyweds. They are both members of St. Louis the King Parish in Harvey, where together they teach middle school faith formation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and will soon have a new hobby of packing and unpacking as she and Daniel prepare to move into their first home. As the assistant editor of The U.P. Catholic, Gualdoni shared, It is truly a blessing to be able to witness many of the great things clergy, religious and lay people are doing throughout the diocese, and share the stories with our readers. John Fee is husband to Vickie, an uncle, apartment dweller who no longer shovels snow, and a transplant to the U.P. (eighth winter). He and his wife are members of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. As editor of The U.P. Catholic and communications director for the diocese, Fee said, I'm thankful for the members of The U.P. Catholic's Advisory Board. With a long history in journalism, it's easy to see things from the same old perspective. The diverse backgrounds of the board members brings a fresh insight into our work of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the Diocese of Marquette. Newspaper advisory board offers diversity of experience Gerry Waite Jennifer Cretens Father Brad Sjoquist Mickey Hodges Erin Noha Carol Beauchamp Tim Thomas COURTESY OF ED HENNINGER The U.P. Catholic's staffis (left to right) Shei- la Wickenheiser, John Fee, Deacon Stephen Gretzinger and Jamie Gualdoni.

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