CARA Ecclesial Regions

In the interest of strengthening the CPA network within its membership, within those who support our mission, and to more closely collaborate with the US Catholic Bishops, the CPA has established a network of representatives organized by ecclesial (CARA) region. 

Following is a current list of the CPA Regional Representatives. Please note that we welcome multiple reps in a region as that will promote the networking and reps in different locations and/or with different backgrounds i.e. clinical, academic etc. bring different contacts to the network. Contact Valerie Conzett, CPA Interim Executive Director, for more info or to volunteer. .

Region I: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

  • Greg Bottaro (Greenwich, CT),; 347-705-0406 

Region II: New York

  • Stacy Salamone (Buffalo, NY),; 716-548-1202    

Region III: New Jersey and Pennsylvania

  • Deb Rojas (Thornhurst, PA) 617-633-6084

Region IV: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Military Archdiocese

  • Camille Karcher (Manassas, VA) 703-895-0868

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Region V: Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

  • Bridget Hannahan (Mobile, AL),; 251-421-4313 

Region VI: Michigan and Ohio

Region VII: Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin 

  • Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco (Oshkosh, WI),   920-233-2347 
  • Martha Sahyouni (Skokie, IL),; 847-302-1241

Region VIII: Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota  

  • Michael Gross (South St. Paul, MN),; 312-613-3113 
  • Jennifer Anderson (Fargo, ND),; 701-353-9979
  • Abby Johnson (St. Paul, MN), 608-217-4390

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Region IX: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

  • Beth Heidt (Grand Island, NE),; 308-382-6565

Region X: Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

  • Ken Buckle (Stafford, TX),; 713-818-8354  

Region XI: California, Hawaii and Nevada

  • Bryan Kelso (Sacramento, CA),; 916-899-4508  
  • Lyss de la Torre (Sand Diego, CA); 972-305-4101

Region XII: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington

  • Dcn. Ray Biersbach, PhD (Edmonds, WA),; 425-582-7801  

Region XIII: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

  • Anne Vargas-Leveriza (Phoenix, AZ),; 602-354-2396 
  • Lisa Fischer (Phoenix, AZ),; 602-448-9755 (text only)

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Region XIV: Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virgin Islands

  • Pam Demers (Gainesville, FL),; 352-359-9883 
  • Maryellen Ebert (Miami),; 786-301-7681  

Region XV: (International) Australia, Austria, Breuberg – Germany, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, United Kingdom 

  • John Vizza (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada),; 780-901-7238  

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