Meet Our Board

aceThe Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver is a 501c3 nonprofit. Their annual board meeting takes place in May. Nominations for board and committee positions are now open! Please contact us for details.

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Petrucelli, President (CEO)

Elizabeth has been married for 20 years and has three living children. She has been a parishioner at Our Lady of Loreto since 2005 and is a founding member of the Catholic Women’s Conference of Colorado. She serves on several ministries at Our Lady of Loreto to include the marriage ministry and grief ministry. Elizabeth has a diverse background from serving in the US Marine Corps, assisting women through childbirth,  and directing a hospital security program. Currently, she has authored three books and runs a bereavement ministry for pregnancy and infant loss while teaching childbirth education at a local hospital. Elizabeth’s desire for the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver is to bring Catholic women closer together through holy sisterhood by providing an outlet for learning and growing in their Catholic faith; especially those who have fallen away or like her, do not have a strong understanding of how to be authentically feminine. Elizabeth feels the Holy Spirit has truly called her to this role and she is serving as His vessel. Elizabeth most recently began attending the Denver Catholic Biblical School.

 

Barbara Breslin, 1st Vice President (Chief Logistics Officer)

Barbara has been married to her wonderful husband, Jack, for 32 years. Together, they have a daughter, Claire, who lives and works in Oklahoma and they are planning her wedding for later this year!

She is a Pediatric Physical Therapist specializing in working with children from birth to age 3. Her family has been parishioners of Our Lady of Loreto for the last 14 years.  Barbara is a founding member of the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver.  She is thrilled to be part of the Board this year. If you ask Barbara what she enjoys most about being a part of the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver, she would say, “It is very fulfilling to share our Catholic faith with fellow sisters in Christ.”

Wendy Rhodes, 2nd Vice President (Chief Procurement Officer)

Wendy Rhodes and her husband Bobby live in Parker, Colorado and are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton.  Wendy has served as an Americorps Volunteer for underprivileged youth in San Antonio, Texas, walked across America and parts of Canada for the pro-life cause, and is currently involved in local politics in promoting and defending the dignity of life at all stages.

She received her Bachelors degree in Religious Studies from Benedictine College and Masters degree in Counseling from Regis University. Wendy is a founding member of the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver. Her desire is to inspire Catholic women to embrace their call to authentic femininity and to recognize their important role in the Body of Christ and the mission of the Church.  She feels honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board and meet other incredible women who share the values and mission the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver represents.

 

Theresa Paul, Treasurer (Chief Financial Officer)

Theresa has been married to her husband, Steve, for 30 years. Together, they have three grown children and four living grandchildren who all bring the greatest of joy to her life.

She is a parishioner of Ave Maria Parish in Parker and is a strong advocate of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Theresa has been involved in the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver for two years as a volunteer and now serving on the board. If you ask Theresa what drew her to volunteer for the conference, she would say, “It is humbling to walk on this journey to Christ with other faithful women and to witness the Holy Spirit being active and present in our lives.”

 

Catherine Miller, Secretary (Chief Innovation Officer)

A parishioner at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, Catherine is a founding member of Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver. Married to her husband, B.J. since 2000, they have four children, two of whom are still at home attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. She’s active in the pro-life ministry at her parish and, with her family, volunteers with Christ in the City. Catherine has held various leadership roles in her career in Information Technology and currently is a project manager for a large technology company. Prior to her corporate career, she served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of the Denver Catholic Biblical School, Catherine believes that it’s essential for Catholic women to come together as sisters in Christ to understand what it means to be fully Catholic and to embrace the gift of their feminine genius as endowed by God.

Eileen Hierholz – Chief Customer Officer

A cradle Catholic and resident of Colorado for 39 years, Eileen and her husband are registered parishioners at St. Michael the Archangel Church for 33 years.  Married to Fred for 37 years, they have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.  Eileen has been an active member of several ministries within the communities of St. Michael’s and Our Lady of Loreto to include Life Closet, Marriage Prep, First Communion Prep, and continues to enjoy facilitating Endow groups since 2003.  Currently working as a Medical Language Specialist focusing in cardiology, she is a 2000 graduate of Catholic Biblical School and has attended Catechetical School as well.  In 2002 she helped launch Challenge Girls Clubs and continues to facilitate small groups, conferences and Ignatian retreats for women in the Regnum Christi family.  Eileen is a founding member of the Catholic Womens Conference of Denver.

Brittany Todd – Chief Communications Officer

Brittany has been blessed to be married to her husband, Shawn, for 9 years and together they have a beautiful daughter, Evelyn. Her and her family have been parishioners of Our Lady of Loreto since 2011 and they fully came into the Catholic Church in 2012. Since that time, her faith in Jesus Christ and His Church has grown exponentially.

She is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and works with men and women with a history of heart disease. She also teaches online courses to international pharmacy students at University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her newest adventure is teaching about contraception to Catholics and non-Catholics; promoting the dignity of life and the meaning of marriage. She is very honored to be on the board for the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver and her goal is to empower women with the truth of their faith and their significant role in the Church.

Advisory Council

Father Nick Larkin (Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Loreto) – Chief Advisor