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Board of Directors

Rhonda Gruenewald, Founding President of the Board

People often refer to me as the “Vocation Lady”! But how did a convert to Catholicism get into Vocations? In 2011, at my home parish Saint Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, our newly ordained parochial vicar Father Victor Perez asked me to come to a meeting about priests and such! He was tasked with reviving the parish vocation committee that had been dormant for 5 years. Being a convert, I did not know what he was talking about.

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Dr. Joe Trumble, II, Chairman

Dr. Trumble has been a medical doctor in Houston for over 30 years, specializing in nursing home care and hospice. He is married to Sylvia and they have four grown children. Lately, Joe and his wife have been devoting more of their time to parish and community activities at St. Vincent de Paul. He has been involved with ACTS, That Man is You, St. Vincent de Paul’s Vocations Ministry, and he is an Instituted Acolyte in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Will Cravens, Treasurer

Will Cravens is the Executive Vice President of the Scanlan Foundation (a non-profit corporation that awards grants to Catholic religious, charitable and educational institutions in Texas). He has been active in vocations for several years including the immediate Past President of the Serra Club of Houston and the immediate past Chair of the Vocations Committee at St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Will is married to Janet, and they have three children, James, Mary, and Stephen. They are members of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Houston, Texas.

Jeanmarie Stevenson, Secretary

Jeanmarie Stevenson and her husband Bob, met and married at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston Texas, and raised 3 children. Jeanmarie has served on two Pastoral Councils, and in various Pastoral Ministries. She and Bob have been members of St. Cecilia Catholic Church for 25+ years. Jeanmarie is currently the General Manager of a Packaging Manufacturer in Houston, working with two of her brothers.

Terry J. Foley, Director

Terry has been a hybrid corn breeder in Iowa for over 39 years. Terry and his wife, Dianne are members of St Mary’s in Williamsburg, Iowa, a rural parish. They have 4 children; the oldest son was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Davenport in 2019. During the 7 ½ years of his journey through formation, a remarkable transformation took place with each member of the family as his formation was shared. Terry is active in the Knights of Columbus and Music Ministry.

Laura Johnson, OFS, Director

Laura Johnson is a native of Houston, TX, and a faithful Catholic who attends St. Cecilia Catholic Church, where she was an active part of founding their vocation ministry. In addition, Laura served on the chaplaincy board of MD Anderson Hospital in Houston for seven years and has been a Third Order Franciscan for more than nine years. She is currently an auxiliary member of Legion of Mary. Laura has experienced first-hand the impact strong vocation ministries can have on both parishes and dioceses.

Deacon Tom Kramer, Director

Tom Kramer earned degrees in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly and San Diego State University. He founded Sirius Engineering in 2008 and is a co-founder of four medical device companies. He and his wife, Julie, raised three children in San Carlos, CA, where they have been members of St. Charles parish since 1992. Tom has been involved in many ministries at his parish and started their vocations ministry program in 2015. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on May 28, 2022.

Jean Michel “Mitch” Beique, Director

Mitch earned degrees in electrical and petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.  He worked extensively in the upstream oil and gas business, specializing in deepwater drilling, traveling throughout the world while based in the U.S.  He and his wife, Dana, raised three children in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Rockwall and Katy, Texas, and have been members of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church since 2017.  Over the past few years, Mitch has rediscovered the beauty of the Catholic faith by participating in bible studies and volunteering in his parish.

Andrea Clark, Director

Andrea Clark is an accountant who has lived in Texas for 18 years. She is the mother of two sons, and the younger is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She attends Mass at St. John Vianney in Houston, TX. Andrea has worked for Domino’s Pizza for 24 years as an accounting manager. She lived out her vocation to marriage for 29 years with her husband Paul and cared for him as he suffered with ALS. Andrea enjoys volunteering her time with various causes.

Jim Stevens, Director

Jim Stevens grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.  He practiced law for 36 years in the law department of a major energy company in Houston.  Jim and his wife Jennifer raised three children in Kingwood, Texas, where they have been longtime parishioners of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus Friends of Jesus Catholic Church.  Jim is active in the Serra Club Northeast of Houston.

Reverend Victor Perez, Director & Spiritual Advisor

Fr. Victor Perez grew up in Katy, TX. He majored in business at the University of Texas at Austin and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. After visiting both Fatima and Lourdes and experiencing the profound mercy of God in his life, he felt a strong call to discern the priesthood.  After discerning religious life and eight years of the diocesan seminary for Galveston-Houston, he was ordained in 2011. His first assignment was at St. Cecilia where he started a vocation ministry with Rhonda Gruenewald with much fruitful success for vocations. He served for three years as pastor of Most Holy Trinity in Angleton, TX, and in June of 2019, he was made pastor of St. Joseph and St. Stephen Churches in Washington Heights/ Sixth Ward area of Houston.

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