Meet the New US National Leadership Team Members
Wisdom lights the pathway to enter the banquet of Love.”
Earlier this year, the National Leadership Team welcomed four wonderfully wise, intelligent, creative, and spiritual women on to this board. They are ready to light the pathway as all Theresians enter the banquet of Love.
Yvette Davis – Vessels of Light Community, Lafayette, Louisiana
I’ve been a member of Vessels of Light Community in the Roses of Acadiana District since its inception twenty years ago. I’ve served my community on all the positions on the local team except for Treasurer. I’ve served as a DLT Representative for my community twice and served on the DLT as a publicity leader and leader of the Lenten Day of Reflection 2012 in Lafayette. I am married and have two children in their early 20s who live out of state, and I work fulltime for a local hospital foundation that funds healthcare clinics for the needy. I serve as a Eucharistic Minister for the Homebound at St. Pius X Catholic Church and in marriage ministry there. I enjoy live music, playing tennis, art of all kinds and meeting new people.
I am new to serving on the National Leadership Team and will be working on the Education and Communication Team, as well as, the Evangelization and Outreach Team of Theresians USA. I hope that by serving on these committees with an open heart, I may determine where my gifts may best be used to serve immediate needs/objectives and contribute to this ministry’s future. I look forward to meeting new sisters in this new role and mentoring new groups when called to. I hope you, my Theresian sisters, feel comfortable contacting me with any questions, and I pray I am able to help you and your communities with any of your needs.
Janice LeMond – Companions of the Journey, Austin, Texas
I am not a native Texan. I have thrived as a wildflower in Houston and now Austin for 40 years. This transplant from Michigan has survived draught, raising three children, hurricanes, family illness and loss, heat and humidity, retirement, record freezing temperatures and the Covid Pandemic. This wildflower transplant was uncultivated by the mainstream thinking but flourished as an independent thinker. She has grown wild in the rich earth provided by Theresains since the early 1990’s.
Retirement from healthcare in 2013 meant I would search for a new identity. Retirement brought relocation; a new city meant leaving my long time Theresian Ebbtide sisters. These Ebbtide women gave me the nourishment to be rooted in my love of God. In Austin I found smaller communities, Theresians is different here, yet just as beautiful. Companions on the Journey, a group of eight wonderful women let me be their sister. I have served on the leadership teams of both Ebbtide and Companions of the Journey, as well as DLT roles. In retirement I have taken multiple Just Faith Classes, I became a docent at the Texas Wildflower Center and I joined the Ladies of Charity. The Ladies of Charity and their Thrift Shop offer multiple opportunities to volunteer. I have served on their board now since 2018. Currently, I am Vice President of Benevolence.
God has given me a full life. I am blessed to have my husband of fifty-two years still with me. I am caregiver for both my husband and our dog of 14 years. We have two children and five grandchildren. My love of gardening has evolved; today I am more patient with the weeds. Now the garden is more about the environment to reflect, pray and be thankful. Service on the NLT offers new opportunities to grow seeds of friendships and perhaps discover other perennial souls. I have been asked to join the Spirituality, as well as the Education and Communication committees. Please pray for us.
Gretchen Penny - Seekers Community, Houston, Texas
I am in the Seekers group in Houston, Texas, and we are a relatively new group. We were in formation for a couple of years under the extraordinary and inspiring mentorship of Claire Mueller, Stephanie Avioli and Janet Giannoni from the Espiritu group. We selected our first leadership team in 2017 and we were officially chartered on September 17, 2018. I was the first leader of the group and I have also served as the DLT representative for a couple of years. I am married and I have two sons—Leo, who is 25 and lives in Cambridge, MA, and Noah, who is 23 and will be living in New York City by the time this article is published. I work full-time as a project manager for an environmental consulting company.
In my local parish, St. Anne Catholic Community, I serve as a sacristan and eucharistic minister. I also belong to the St. Anne Guild, a service and fellowship ministry for women in the parish, where I serve as a wedding coordinator, helping brides and grooms with their “big day.”
I am excited to join the National Leadership Team for Theresians USA because I feel so fortunate to have found my own community of prayerful and supportive women, and I want to learn more about Theresian communities across the country. I will be serving the NLT on the Spirituality committee and the Resource & Technology committee, and both of these committees promise many opportunities to share our love and support for each other and for the broader Theresians International community.
Mary Schreiber – The Women at the Well, Dubuque, Iowa
Hello Theresian sisters! My name is Mary Schreiber. I’m a member of the Women at the Well community in Dubuque, Iowa. We’ve been together for over thirty years! I have served in all of our group leadership positions, and am currently the chair of our local DLT. Jim and I have been married for 44 years, and we have four children and three grandchildren. I taught in elementary schools for 33 years, and retired in 2008. My hobbies include reading (the book club I started over thirty years ago meets monthly), gardening (in retirement I became a Master Gardener), photography, traveling and teaching line dancing every week. We moved to a four-acre parcel five years ago, and we keep busy removing invasive species and planting native plants.
This is my first term on the National Leadership Team. I am a member of the Spirituality Committee, working to enhance and deepen the spiritual lives of my Theresian sisters. Another role I have is serving on the Resource and Technology Committee, making information about Theresians more accessible on our website and other social media sites, and publishing our Dimension Connections newsletter. My calling is to serve my Theresian sisters and the Theresian mission in my own unique way: while I consider myself a deeply spiritual person, I am not a member of any organized religion. I embrace the principles and espouse the wisdom of many spiritual and philosophical traditions.