Presenters Committee Everyone

Father Patrick Schultz

Fr. Patrick R. Schultz is a recently-ordained priest for Diocese of Cleveland, OH. Fr. Patrick began his assignment as parochial vicar at Communion of Saints Parish in Cleveland Heights in June 2016. Fr. Patrick grew up at St. Mary's Church in Hudson, and it was there that he first encountered the Lord and fell in love with the Church. After graduating Hudson High School in 2007, Fr. Patrick attended the University of Dayton for one year, then entered Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University in the Fall of 2008 where he earned a degree in philosophy and Catholic studies in 2011. He earned his M.A. and M.Div. from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in 2016 where he wrote and defended his master's thesis: "Viri Dignitatem: On the Vocation and Dignity of Men." He speaks regularly at youth and young adult retreats and events, with a special interest in promoting Pope St. John Paul II's teaching on the theology of the body, as well as themes in apologetics and spirituality. As a parochial vicar, one of his greatest joys is journeying with couples as they prepare for marriage.

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.

Tommy and Cara Dome

After discerning out of the seminary, Tommy met Cara when they were tasked with creating a young adult program at a Catholic parish. Cara did all the planning and paperwork and Tommy ate all of the nachos. They married in 2008 and have welcomed into the world their beautiful daughters, Cecilia and Lucy. The Dome family belongs to St. Barnabas parish where their daughters also attend the school. Tommy served as Youth Minister for a decade at St. Basil the Great parish and now serves as Director of Evangelization, while Cara works in the marketing field. Tommy has a Master's degree in Theology and the Domes have presented at several marriage ministries and retreats where they are always happy to meet new faithful families to befriend.

Bishop Nelson Perez

Bishop Nelson J. Perez was installed as the 11th Bishop of Cleveland on September 5, 2017.

Nelson J. Perez was born in Miami, Florida, on June 16, 1961 to David and Emma Perez and is the brother of the late Dr. David Perez and Louis Martin Perez. He was raised in West New York, NJ. Bishop Perez earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in 1983. He taught at Colegio la Piedad, a Catholic elementary school in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degrees in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

Jen and Frank Ricard

Frank and Jen Ricard have been married for 25 years and have 6 children. Jen completed her Masters in Theology and Certification at the Theology of the Body Institute in 2014. Together they teach Natural Family Planning and speak to couples preparing for marriage.