Sister Gina Fleming, OP, is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, New York. Before entering, she used her bachelor degree in Physical Education and her masters in Special Physical Education for high school students before taking the roles of principal and assistant principal. As a member of the congregation, Sister Gina has held the position of Youth Promoter since 2000. Four years after attending the first Dominican High School Preaching conference, Sister Gina initiated the National Preaching in Action conference for college students. She then went on to found Dominican Young Adults USA and has participated in three of the International Dominican Youth Movement gatherings.
Sister Gina Fleming | Executive Director
Patrick Spedale | Board Chair
Patrick Spedale earned his BLA from the University of Saint Thomas, Houston, Texas in 1988 and an MRE in 1990. He has served in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Houston since 1996 as the Director of the Office for Campus Ministry at St. Pius X High School. He is the founding and artistic director, Senior Choirmaster, of the award-winning St. Pius X Concert Chorale and Campus Singers, Fine Arts Department Chair, and was awarded the 2005 Partner in Preaching by the Dominican Sisters of Houston for his work in promoting the mission and charism of the Dominican Sisters.
Patrick has served the Dominican High School Preaching Conference for over 15 years as liturgist and a presenter. He has presented at the National Preaching in Action Conference. Patrick has served in Catholic faith formation and education for over thirty years to all ages. He is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, Texas Choral Director’s Association and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Lianni Castro grew up in Vallejo, California and graduated from Dominican University of California with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music and a Minor in Religious Studies. Past experience includes work as a Music Director at a Dominican Parish and Leadership Coordinator with Caritas Creek Outdoor Environmental Education Program with CYO. In 2009, Lianni completed her Graduate studies at Villanova University with a Master of Arts in Theology where she was also the recipient of a full scholarship and internship in Campus Ministry. Following her graduate studies, she returned to her Alma Mater and has been ministering at Dominican University of California ever since. She served on the board of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) and has been a participant at both the Dominican College Preaching in Action Conference and the Fanjeaux Trip, walking the footsteps of St. Dominic.
Sister Mary Nolan, OP, | Board Treasurer
Sister Mary Nolan, OP, is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, New York. She attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York, where she earned her BS in Education and the Fordham University, Bronx, New York for her MST in Math. After ministering for many years in elementary and secondary school, Sister Mary taught computer science at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She currently ministers as the Testing Coordinator for The Opening Word, Wyandanch, New York and as a catechist at St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station, New York.
Sister Mary Soher, OP | Board Secretary
Sister Mary Soher, OP, is a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. She graduated from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas and worked in television and media before entering the congregation. She earned a Masters of Pastoral Studies from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois in 2004 and a Doctor of Management from Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2013. Sister Mary participated in the first Dominican High School preaching conference in 1999 and in 2009 became the current director of the conference. She is a presenter at the National Preaching in Action conference and has participated in four gatherings of the International Dominican Youth Movement. Currently, she is the Director of Campus Ministry for Dominican University of California.
While a student at Edgewood College in Madison, Kevin was introduced to the Dominican Charism through the National Preaching in Action Conference in 2006. The following years would lead to Kevin’s involvement in the founding of DYA USA and serving on the initial young adult board, local activities in his DYA Chapter, representing the USA at the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM) in Fatima, Portugal in 2009, his election to the IDYM International Commission for four years (2009-2013), and subsequent participation in IDYM World Meetings in Bogota, Colombia (2013), and Toulouse, France (2016). In 2013, Kevin completed his MA in Family Ministry and Faith Development from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Kevin currently works as the Director of Religious Education at a Diocesan Parish in Middleton, Wisconsin. He lives in Middleton with his wife, Leslie.
While a student at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, Sean was introduced to the Dominican Charism through the College Preaching in Action Conference in 2007. Sean participated in the foundation of DYA USA, attending the national gathering in Chicago in 2010, serving on the National Board as VP of Finance (2008-2009) communications chair (2009-2010), and then as National Coordinator from 2010-2012). Between 2011-2012,Sean served on the Dominican Mission Team, speaking about the Dominican Charism at various colleges, universities, and parishes. From 2011-2012, he served as a full-time volunteer for one year with Dominican Volunteers, USA. He continued to live in community with current and former DVs, as well as City Year Volunteers, at the DVUSA Carlos Morales Alumni House for the next few years. He was able to represent USA at the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM) in Bogota, Columbia in 2014, where he was elected to the IDYM International Commission as Promoter of Communications (2013-2014), and later would represent USA in the IDYM International Gathering in Toulouse, France (2016).