Leadership Council

Catholics for Peace and Justice

Leadership Council

Gerry Fischer- Gerry has been working in church ministry since 1979 currently works at Marquette University as a campus minister. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife, Kay, and two (of five) step-children. Gerry works with students in the area of social justice and community outreach. In his spare time, Gerry enjoys working on family ancestry in the winter and sailing in the summer.

Jim Banach - Jim Banach serves as Deacon at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Milwaukee. He is Past President of the Deacon Senate and served on the Clergy Continuing Formation Board. He is the Archdiocese representative to the World Council of Churches Unity and Relationships Commission and is a member of CADEIO. Jim has a BA from UW-Milwaukee in Social Work/Criminal Justice, and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He recently retired from an executive role with 3M Corporation - Quest Technologies Division where he worked for 28 years.

Joel Gaughan – Joel has been involved in Catholics for Peace and Justice since 2013 and presently serves as its Secretary. After serving as Vice President and President of the faith-based community organization SOPHIA, the Waukesha County affiliate of the statewide organization WISDOM , Joel now coordinates its TIP (Treatment Instead of Prison) task force. Joel and his wife Linda are very active in the Social Justice and Adult Formation committees (among other things) at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in New Berlin. Joel has worked at We Energies in financial, regulatory, and planning functions for over 25 years. He holds a BS degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Joel and Linda have two beautiful daughters who are nearing college graduation.

Mary Krolikowski - I’m committed to Catholics for Peace and Justice as an organization of people that help me to maintain a sensitive conscience in a cultural milieu that tends to numb us to injustice. I appreciate CPJ’s work to promote peace, respect, and connection without exclusions, in whatever way we find available in our daily lives. I am a pediatric nurse by profession, which is a very good niche for me. My hobbies are mostly artistic and outdoors-y. I love animals, flowers, gardening, camping, sailing, children, books, food, painting and sewing. I’m looking forward to more of the above when I retire from the work-a-day routine. Mary serves as President.

Jan Gurgul - Born Catholic, Jan found a renewed interest in her faith as she followed the faith formation curriculum for her two daughters while they were in grade school. As her children grew, so too did Jan’s enthusiasm. Both daughters went on to study at Catholic universities, and this was when Jan had her first introduction to Catholic Social Teaching. With this as her inspiration Jan went on to lead her parish Human Concerns Commission since 2009 and has been a member of Catholics for Peace and Justice since 2014.

Shannon Meagher - Shannon began her involvement in Social Justice when she became a member of Gesu Parish in 1999 serving 2 terms on the Social Ministry and Justice Committee. She worked for the Task Force on Family Violence [Sojourner Family Peace Center] and Catholic Charities at Cathedral Center as an Engagement Specialist and is a member of Micah and Common Ground. Shannon volunteers at Dominican Center for Women as a tutor and is the Women's Coordinator for the Ignatian Spirituality Project, organizing and facilitating retreats for women who are homeless and in recovery from addictions. She is so proud of her daughter, who is Senior Counsel, VP for BMO Harris Bank in Chicago. Catholics for Peace and Justice affords her the opportunity to work with a community who inform and educate people in the Milwaukee Archdiocese on important and timely social justice issues and challenges all of us to move towards action.

Toni Rick - Toni joined Catholics for Peace and Justice in 2009. For 22 years she was a member of the St. Catherine (76th St.) Human Concerns Committee which included service at the meal program for St. Vincent DePaul, Crop Walk, the Share Program, Sojourner Truth House and aiding other organizations asking for support. She served the church as an Eucharistic Minister and a Lay Minister to the Homebound and Bradley Nursing Home for 30 years. She believes that CPJ is a wonderful way to stay in touch with social justice concerns in the wider community and work to effect a difference.

Clare Peiffer - Clare is currently concentrating on her studies as part of the inaugural class of the Living School at Fr. Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation. She is a member of St. Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee where she created a program in service learning for families. Clare is involved in Catholics for Peace and Justice’s effort with the Greater Together Coalition to plan community prayer services to heal the legacy of segregation in our community. She is married to Jeff, has three children and enjoys cooking, cycling, travel and serving in the community. Clare has a BS in Accounting from Marquette University and a Certificate in Theology from Mount Mary University.

Robert Schuelke - Bob is currently the Director of Social Justice Ministries at Three Holy Women Parish in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He recently served on the Catholic Charities USA Parish Social Ministry Leadership Team and has presented here and abroad on developing social justice ministries in parishes. Bob has been on the Catholics for Peace and Justice Leadership Team since 2007. Married to Barbara Schuelke for 42years, Bob and his wife have 3 children and four grandchildren.

Debra Schneider - Debra has been involved with Catholics for Peace and Justice since 2005 and serves as Treasurer. She serves on human concerns focused on advocacy and justice education at St. James, is a member of the CPJ Education committee, teaches ecology and society at Carroll University and speaks locally on CST. Debra co-led the youth jobs campaign for Common Ground, is a member of SOPHIA and is on the boards of Waukesha County Green Team and the Center for New Creation. Her joy is family, community, permaculture/gardening and everything outdoors. She has a BBA in Marketing from UW Whitewater and a Masters in theology/ethics from Marquette University.