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Bill and Tanis Merimee

Bill and Tanis Merimee were married in 1992 and have nine children, one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. They met at the Cleveland Institute of Music while pursuing their undergraduate degrees in music performance. Bill is a violinist, and Tanis is a cellist who freelances extensively throughout the Cleveland area and manages Sonata Strings through Cleveland Music Group. Bill is also a captain at the Fairview Park fire department and an acute care nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Fairview Hospital. Tanis manages the daily affairs of raising a large family while homeschooling their younger children. Bill and Tanis are certified Marriage Couple Ministers for the Diocese of Cleveland. They are the founders of Marriages of Grace and have been involved with pre-cana and marriage ministries since 2008.


Father Ryan Mann

Fr. Ryan Mann was ordained in 2014 for the Diocese of Cleveland. He currently serves at St. John Neumann in Strongsville, OH as a parochial vicar. Fr. Ryan has been reflecting on and presenting Pope St. John Paul II's vision for life and love for nearly 15 years. He has been a chaplain and spiritual director for the Theology of the Body Institute on several occasions. He is currently the spiritual director for the Cleveland chapter of Retrouvaille Ministries International. He also can be heard on the podcast Pints with Aquinas and has several articles published online with different Catholic publications. He counts his great blessings to be those in his life who have shown him "the wonders of His love."


Mark and Christi Tripodi
Mark Tripodi, MBA, CEO/Founder
Christi Tripodi, Founder

Mark and Christi Tripodi are the Founders of Cornerstone of Hope, a Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Adults founded in Cleveland in 2003 after the death of their 3 year old son, Bobby. This was the catalyst for their deep reversion back to the Catholic Church. The Tripodi's felt God's call to provide a "place" where those grieving could go for comprehensive support. The vision is simply stated by Mark, "We asked one question. What would have we wanted if our family ever had to go through an experience like this again?" The answer...Cornerstone of Hope. Cornerstone has served over 30,000 individuals and professionals seeking support or education in their 15 years of operation. Cornerstone of Hope expanded their bereavement support services to Columbus in 2011 and also opened a counseling center in Lima in 2014. They have been featured on EWTN's Life on the Rock and Women of Grace, yet their most rewarding and humbling job is being parents to their 9 children.


Bill and Tina Cerha

Bill and Tina Cerha reside in Northfield Center and are members of St. Barnabas Parish. They have been married 21 years and have four young adult children between the two of them, ranging in age from 27-33 and are excited to await the arrival of their first Grandchild in April 2019. Bill is a retired police officer who served 29 years with the Cuyahoga Hts. Police Department and now works part time as a security bailiff for Garfield Hts. Court. Tina's 34 year career has been as a dental professional and works at Rockside Family Dental Care in Independence. Bill and Tina over the years have been involved in various parish organizations and ministries, ranging from eucharistic ministers, confirmation ministers and youth group to working with the youth of our diocese to name a few. They have been a part of Marriage Ministry for over 12 years and this is their fifth Marriages of Grace retreat. They are excited to be part of this year's Marriages of Grace retreat day to share and reflect on their marriage and where God has led them, carried them and loved them over these years.


Tim and Mary Ellen Jakubisin

Tim and Mary Ellen have been active in St. Angela Merici parish in Fairview Park for 30 years. With a focus on marriage and adult formation they have been involved in couples' discussion groups, pre-cana ministry, and natural family planning instruction during that time. They have been teaching Natural Family Planning for 32 years; instructing engaged and married couples, helping them to build the church's teachings on self-gift and sexuality into their marriage. Tim and Mary Ellen have six children, the two oldest are married and have children of their own. Incorporating faith into the rhythm of daily family life from their children's baptism till adulthood, they strived to raise adults who would light their path of life with hope and love informed by the Catholic faith.


Mark and Lauren Loboda

Mark and Lauren have been married for 11 years and have 7 children. Early in their marriage they visited Central America where Lauren had served as a volunteer. Answering the call to adopt one of the children from a Honduran orphanage started their journey of being open to life. Through their visits and involvement with the orphanage they started a non profit and encouraged others to consider adopting. Mark works as a police officer and Lauren stays at home with the kids. They belong to St. Mary parish in Hudson. They look forward to sharing their testimiony at this year's Marriages of Grace event.


Mike and Debbie Dosen

Mike and Debbie Dosen are CPAs. They have been married since 1987 and have six children. Mike is a partner at McManus and Dosen and a graduate of Cleveland State University. Mike is an avid reader of philosophy, theology and history. He has given several talks that relate to religion and Catholicism. Mike is also the creator and founder of the Catholic Apologetic website http://www.buriedtreasure.us. Together, Mike and Debbie are a Natural Family Planning (NFP) presenting couple for the Pre-Cana program at the Jesuit Retreat House and both are certified as marriage couple ministers for the Diocese of Cleveland. Each helps facilitate a couple's faith group as well as individual bible study groups for moms and men.


Paul and Meredith Koopman

Paul and Meredith Koopman were married in 2005 and have five children. Paul is the co-founder of E5Leader LLC. http://www.e5leader.com, a leadership coaching and mentoring company which gives people and organizations success tools to maximize their potential and develop equilibrium. He has co-authored his first book, "E5 Leader: Success Tools to Maximize Your Potential & Develop Equilibrium, for Life." Paul is also the President of YouCan, Inc. http://www.youcanadvantage.com, a youth coaching company that is designed to help young people develop their potential through leadership. Additionally, he is a John Maxwell Team Certified Member. Paul has the unique ability to create value and instill belief in people's lives and organizations. Paul and Meredith work together to instill leadership principles into their daily relationships with God, each other, their children, and with others.


Tom and Maryanne Shaniuk

Tom and Maryanne have four children and several grandchildren. They have been giving presentations on communications and faithfulness in marriage for over twenty years. They are a presenting couple for Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), Coordinators for the Marriage Pre-Cana Program at the Jesuit Retreat House, promoting couple for the Couple to Couple League, and Certified Marriage Couple Ministers for the Diocese of Cleveland.