Meet The Staff
All the staff at the Mission Office are excited to help you engage more fully in your Baptismal call to mission. Please contact us or stop in to meet us! Together we can find the right way for you to be involved and provide you with the help and guidance you need to connect with and make a difference in our world!
Elizabeth Neville Brown
Elizabeth is in her 13th year as Director of the St. Cloud Mission Office. Her role as Director includes the overseeing of all funds and contributions for the ministry of mission. These include but are not limited to: Mass Stipends shared with our global connections and relationships all over the world; writing, educating and promoting the appeals for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (St. Peter the Apostle Appeal, Advent/Christmas Appeal, and World Mission Sunday); scheduling and promoting the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) which brings into the diocese 30+ Mission Organizations, dioceses and religious orders into our parish communities each year; promoting and educating Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the diocese (Rice Bowl, Local Rice Bowl and CRS Bishop’s Appeal); maintaining our Global Solidarity partnerships with Homa Bay Kenya and Maracay Venezuela as well as all of our mission connections and relationships throughout the world; communicating with and offering support for our Diocesan Missioners as well as promoting mission vocations; sales as well as promoting and educating in Fair Trade crafts, foods and goods; working with the many parish Mission Groups throughout the diocese; and teaching Mission Education in the parish and schools throughout our diocese.
Elizabeth has previously served as Youth Ministry/Confirmation Coordinator for the parishes of St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Cloud. She attended Peter & Paul Primary and Middle schools and Cathedral High School before obtaining double degrees in Biology and Art from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. She recently completed a two-year undergraduate program with a certificate in youth ministry leadership from the Center for Ministry Development in Gig Harbor, WA, in collaboration with St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville. Before working in parish ministry, Elizabeth worked with the US Forest Service in Timber and Wildlife Management, as well as serving as a Forest Fire Fighter.
Elizabeth spent her senior year in college studying in Kenya, during which time she began giving her heart to mission. True to her passion, years later she traveled to Kenya again, this time to our partner diocese of Homa Bay with a diocesan delegation in 2009. She has been to Kenya 11 times since then, leading 7 delegations as well as trips made with her mother and children. Elizabeth has also traveled to 14 countries including Haiti, Nicaragua and Indonesia and loves becoming immersed in the daily lives of people due to her deep love for all cultures and peoples. Elizabeth recently married Travis Brown, and the two have between them 6 young adult children and two grandchildren. Elizabeth and Travis live in Big Lake. Elizabeth enjoys hiking, canning, gardening, berry-picking, reading, singing, traveling, and meeting new people.
Carolina Walz is the Office Manager of the St Cloud Mission Office. Her role extends beyond the typical office duties and includes welcoming guests and community members, accepting donations, assisting with sales of Fair Trade items, and connecting those to the global church.
Carolina was born and raised in Maracay-Aragua-Venezuela. As a teenager she was active in the Parish of San Bartolomé, one of the parishes founded through the partnership between the Saint Cloud Diocese and Maracay Diocese. Carolina participated in RCIA as a candidate, later she was a teen leader in the parish youth activities. She helped with the Saint Francis of Assisi youth group, Vengan a mi “Come to ME” children retreats, the community kitchen that ran in the parish for the homeless and needy of the community, and many other activities. Carolina also lived in a Catholic Community called “Fuente Real” Royal Fountain for about a year. During this time, she was part of the logistics for retreats, evangelizing the rural areas, etc. Carolina studied accounting at “Centro Tecnico Contable” Accounting Technical Center in Maracay and graduated in 1998. Carolina moved to the U.S. in 2004 with her husband and two oldest children.
Carolina is the mother of six; five boys and one girl. She has participated in different parishes throughout the diocese working with the Hispanic community, including Pelican Rapids, Long Prairie, Cold Spring, and Waite Park. She studied accounting at the St. Cloud Technical College and graduated in the Spring of 2021. Carolina and her family are active members of Holy Spirit Church in St. Cloud.
Carolina enjoys baking and cooking for family and friends, going for bike rides, reading, traveling, and wood working with her husband. She also loves crafts, jigsaw puzzles, and many other things that include being able to spend time with her family.
Fr. Bill Vos
Diocesan Director of CRS
In addition to the three full-time staff members at the Mission Office, Fr. Bill Vos, priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, also serves in the office as the Diocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
CRS, the global outreach of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is one aspect of our Mission Office efforts. In our global outreach CRS is a vital link between the people and leadership of the Diocese in responding to natural disasters, supporting development projects in over 100 countries and in advocacy work with civic and government offices and representatives. CRS as one of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGO) from the USA, holds a very strong reputation for prompt and effect responses to emergency situations such earthquakes, typhoons, or tsunami disasters. CRS also receives high marks for low operational costs, efficiently getting our contributions where most needed.
Fr. Vos represents our Diocese in CRS engagements, locally (such as the Rice Bowl Program), within our mid-west region and nationally. Fr. Vos served for 19 years in mission with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Eastern Africa and for many years held leadership positions and as Board chair of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (a separate branch of Maryknoll). As a former Director of our Mission Office he continues to collaborate with our current staff, particularly in promoting and maintaining our many global connections and in particular our Global Solidarity Partnerships.
Mission Education Coordinator
Samantha is the new Mission Education Coordinator for the St. Cloud Mission Office. She is responsible for helping with communications on our social media accounts and website, sending out newsletters and school bulletins, and anything related to mission education and animation. She also does work with World Mission Sunday to help build awareness and support of mission here in the St. Cloud diocese and beyond. Another one of her responsibilities is sending out World Mission Rosaries, if you are in need of those reach out. Lastly, if you are looking to have someone come and speak about mission or the St. Cloud Mission Office in general, she is your go to.
Samantha grew up on her family's dairy farm in rural Minnesota, right outside of the very small town of St. Rosa. She was raised with her seven older siblings and is no stranger to chaos. Upon finishing high school, she attended college at University of Mary, in Bismarck, ND. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Psychology. She later returned to Bismarck in the fall of 2021 and worked for the University in their admissions department while pursuing a MA in Catholic Studies, which she will complete in the spring of 2024.
Samantha has always been intrigued by people of different cultures and backgrounds. After feeling called to attend college in Bismarck, she experienced how different yet similar their community was to her home community even though it wasn't that far away. She was also able to go on a mission trip to Peru back in 2018, while there she was struck by the joy of the people and wanted to continue learning from those of different backgrounds. While interacting with people of different backgrounds and views can have its growing pains, she feels that everyone has something to share. We can always learn something new from someone else.
Samantha enjoys spending time with family and friends doing really anything and is always down for an adventure. She also loves playing board games, learning to cook new foods, reading, and eating fried rice.
Our Board Members
Bishop Patrick Neary, C.S.C.
Fr. Scott Pogatchnik, Vicar General
Joe Towalski, Chancellor
Elizabeth Neville Brown, Director, St. Cloud Mission Office
Fr. Bill Vos, Diocesan Director of CRS and Board Chair for Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Fr. Zawadi Sambaya, OSC, missioner from the Congo
Elizabeth Schwartz, at large member
Tina Scheierl, Catholic School Teacher and returned Missioner
Fr. Edward Vebulen, OSB, returned Missioner
Sister Mary Obowa, OSF, representative of the Franciscan Sisters
Katie Graham-Walton, at large member
Jerry Hansen, returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner
Mike Scharfbillig, at large member