St. Paul Advisory Council
The St. Paul Advisory Council reflects the diversity of the demographic that we serve: WSU alumni, community leaders, WSU faculty, Pastors of local parishes, staff & student representatives make up this advisory body. The complexity of being a personal Parish with no boarders led to the decision to establish an instrument to assist the Pastor in the responsibility of governance of the temporal and financial operations of St. Paul University Parish. Additionally, another unique layer is added to St. Paul, in that it is not a territorial parish like most every parish, but a personal parish. Canon Law denotes two kinds of parishes: territorial and personal. To be a personal parish means that St. Paul is a parish without borders, and technically a person (or family) can belong to both a territorial and personal parish. St. Paul is unique in that the majority of the operating budget is raised outside the parish community (nearly 65% or $330,000 each year).
The St. Paul Advisory Council assists the Pastor by committing to a three-year term of office, supporting the St. Paul Catholic Student Center through time, talent and treasure, and seeking opportunities to grow awareness to the importance of campus ministry within the local and universal Catholic community. Over the past five years, the St. Paul Advisory Council has assisted the Pastor with the administrative responsibility by creating subcommittees for special projects, such as: fundraising, physical operations development, and other advising to secure the temporal needs of St. Paul Catholic Student Center.
College ministry is assuming a new importance today, for the future of the Church, as many are beginning to see and understand that the battlefront of the New Evangelization is on the college campus. Many factors generate converging complexities, which make it important for the Pastor to have a gifted collaborative body to assist him in identifying and actualizing the goals and mission of St. Paul University Parish. The ideas generated and shared among this consultative leadership counsel has been a vital element to the programmatic success and development of a cohesive campus ministry program (both with our program at St. Paul's and our new outreach with FOCUS).
St. Paul Advisory Council Chairperson: Peg Tichacek
Peg Tichacek (Advisory Council Chair)
Peg Tichacek has worked as a health care administrator for many years leading strategic planning, marketing, communications and community health at BJC / Washington University in St Louis and at Via Christi in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg, Kansas. She is currently serving as Chief Mission Officer at Via Christi. This is a new step on a spiritual journey that started as a youth and was fueled by the Newman Center at the University of Tulsa. Peg is an Associate of the Congregation of St Joseph and has served the Wichita diocese and parishes for many years. Her father, now 95, is a deacon in St Louis who has served the church for over 25 years and is a faithful prayer partner. Peg has assisted St. Paul as the Chairperson for the five-year strategic plan called Go and Grow: Faith for the Future.
Mary Ann Lickteig, a native Wichitan, grew up in a family of seven girls, attended Cathedral grade & high schools and then WSU. She has worked as a secretary and in Commercial Real Estate Development. “As my girls found a ‘home away from home’ in campus ministries in other colleges, I became interested and involved and am so grateful for its extension of friends and opportunities.”
Peg Tichacek began her term as Chair of the St. Paul Advisory Council September 11, 2016.
Jerry & Jan Aaron
Jerry and Jan, a retired corporate attorney, are happy to be a part of the St. Paul’s Newman Center Board of Directors. Jerry also serves on several civic and Catholic Boards in Wichita. They are long-time active members ofBlessed Sacrament Catholic Church and are Charter members of the Wichita Chapter of Legatus, International--a group of Catholic executives and spouses whose intent is to live and spread the faith. They are blessed with five children and five grandchildren.
Mickey McCoy Armstrong (Mrs. Pete) attended Wichita University and graduated in 1945. She was very active in many and varied organizations and was a member of the new organization (1936) called the Newman Club which was an organization for Catholic students. She is still active—off campus. Pete and Mickey have four daughters and eight grandchildren, none living in Wichita.
Father Jim Billinger
Father Jim is the Pastor of Holy Savior Catholic Community in Wichita. He serves on the Presbyteral Council and the Diocesan Building Commission. Father played football at Wichita State University and attributes the discovery of his vocation to the Priesthood in large part to his involvement at the Wichita State Newman Center. He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Father has served at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church and as Vocations Director for the Diocese of Wichita.
Mike & Kathy Burrus
Mike Burrus was born and raised in Wichita, and attended Blessed Sacrament, Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Wichita State. He is a CPA by profession, and spent his early years in a career in public accounting. Then, after serving in various executive positions in the business world, he spent 12 years as president of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School and recently accepted the position of Executive Director of Catholic Charities. He and Kathy have four children and four grandchildren.
Dan & Gayla Carney
Dan is a graduate of Wichita State University. Dan and Gayla are charter members of the Board of Directors. Dan Carney is a well-known community entrepreneur and founder of "Pizza Hut". In God's Providence, the original Pizza Hut building is located directly to the North of the St. Paul Catholic Student Center. Dan and Gayla have been married for 16 years and both, Dan and Gayla, are active in the various ministries of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and in the wider Wichita community. Gayla has been very instrumental in the success of the Lord's Diner in Wichita, and is very involved there. Dan is a board member and has worked with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in Wichita.
Janie and her husband Frank have been long-time Wichita State University supporters. Frank is a graduate of Wichita State. Janie is passionate about youth ministries in the Church, and has been particularly interested in the college ministry efforts at Wichita State through St. Paul Catholic Student Center. Both Janie and Frank are involved in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and in the greater Wichita community.
Marty and Jenae Cornejo
Marty and Jenae Cornejo joined the Board of Directors in October 2016.
Dr. Greg and Peggy Duick
Greg is the co-founder, President and Chairman of the Board at the Kansas Heart Hospital. He retired from the clinical practice of cardiology in 2010 after thirty-three years during which time he also served as the Director of the Cardiovascular program at Via Christi: St. Francis from 1979 - 1999.He received his undergraduate degree from Knox College, his medical degree from tLoyola University, Stritch School of Medicine and his residency and fellowship in cardiology at USC.
Peggy graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Evanston, Illinois and worked as a nurse in both the Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units at Northwestern University and Glendale Memorial Hospital in California. Upon moving to Wichita, she has worked in many community service related organizations including the Center of Hope Board, the Arts Partners Board and Victory in the Valley Board. She continues to actively volunteer at Meals on Wheels and the Cancer Center at Via Christi. Currently, Peggy is the Coordinator of the He Heals Advocates at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. In 2002, Peggy served as the Chairperson for the American Heart Association Heart Ball and founded the Sweetheart Program which promotes community service for sophomore girls in Wichita. She has also chaired the Arts Partners annual benefit event. Previously an active member of the Junior League of Wichita, she is now a Sustainer Member and works on health issues related to Junior League activities. She and her husband, Greg, have been married for 43 years. They have a son, Michael and a daughter, Carrie. Both are married and have one grandchild.
Bob & Maura Geist
Bob Geist was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from East High School in 1959 and from Wichita State University in 1964 with a degree in industrial psychology. He has been a Pizza Hut franchisee since 1964, and also involved in oil exploration and the aircraft industry. He married Maura Lynch in 1965 and has four children and 11 grandchildren. Maura Lynch Geist was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She attended Catholic schools in her youth. While attending Wichita State University she met and fell in love with Bob Geist. They married in 1965 and are blessed with four beautiful children and their spouses. They have been honored with 11 huggable grandchildren.
Fr. Adam Keiter
Fr. Adam is serving as the Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Fr. Keiter brings with him to the Board and extensive experience in college ministry. Before beginning his service at the Cathedral, Fr. Keiter served five years, as the Chaplain of the only other Catholic Student Center in the Diocese of Wichita, located at Pittsburg State University--St. Pius X Catholic Student Center. During those years, he became convinced of the importance of serving this age group in the Church, and St. Pius X saw much growth under his leadership.
Jim & Sarah Pirtle
Jim & Sarah Pirtle have been married almost 38 years and have six children. Jim has been in the printing business for 39 years, while Sarah raised all the kids, and kept tabs on Jim. Jim is currently the owner of Documents on Command Services, and he and Sarah are members of Blessed Sacrament Church, where Sarah served on School Board.
Bob and Anne Simpson
Anne and Bob Simpson have been married 31 years and our members of St Catherine of Siena parish. Both are graduates of Newman University and they have four adult children and three grandsons. Bob is president of Simpson Construction Services and Anne is owner of Carney Girl LLC a property company. They enjoy their Lake house in Eastern Kansas and like to travel and learn to golf.
Father Dan Spexarth
Father Dan is Pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Northwest Wichita. Father sits on the Presbyteral Council in the Diocese of Wichita. He has served at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, St. Peter's, Schulte, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Wichita. Father Spexarth grew up in Colwich, KS and attended seminary high school and finished at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Dale & Alice Wiggins
Dale Wiggins received his undergraduate degree from WSU in 1964 and his MBA in 1970. Alice Wiggins received her undergraduate degree in nursing in 1985 from Newman University. They have four children and thirteen grandchildren. They serve on various charitable organization boards and committees in Wichita.