Our Staff

Dr. Linda Couri, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., D. Min.



Linda holds a BA in English Literature from Drake University, a Master in Social Work from U of I, Urbana and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2018 she obtained her Doctor of Ministry Degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.



Bob Alexander, M.A.P.S.

Senior Associate Director

Bob holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, and an MA in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University.  He also serves in music ministry at Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove Village.



Michelle Shaffer, M.A.P.S.

Associate Director


Michelle holds a MA in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union, and a Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Mary’s of the Lake. A Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Archdiocese of Chicago and in the first graduating class of the Chicago Catholic Scripture School, 4 year program.



Dr. Catherine Sims, M.Ed., M.Div., D.Min.

Associate Director


Catherine Sims holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee WI, Master of Education, Master of Divinity Degrees, a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Loyola University Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein. Catherine has served the Church of Chicago as a high school theology teacher, a parish musician, liturgist, Pastoral Associate, Director of the RCIA process and Director of Faith Formation.   




Kathy Szamocki, B.M.

Program Coordinator

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her Professional Educator License at the Music Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.  She has 10 years of teaching experience in the public schools and teaches voice in her private studio to students grades 6-adult.




Diana Bernacki

Program Coordinator

Diana holds a BA from Columbia College and earned a Project Management Certificate from DePaul University.  She has over 20 years experience in business administration, management and development.  



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