Catholic Worldview Fellowship Leadership Team
Fr. Ryan Richardson
Director & Chaplain
Father Ryan Richardson is an associate chaplain at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and a spiritual director for college-aged students and young adults in the Diocese of Dallas, Texas. He graduated summa cum laude in 2003 from Loyola University New Orleans where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and received the John X Wegman Award for Most Outstanding Business Undergraduate. After graduation, he volunteered one year as Director of Chapter Development for COMPASS, a national network of Catholic college students. He was named the program’s Executive Director in 2004 and in 2005 joined the Legionaries of Christ. During his years of priestly formation, he has served as an Assistant to the Instructor of Novices in Cheshire, CT, and co-founder of Upper Room Rome, an apostolate that networks English speaking Catholic college students in the Eternal City. In 2016, he graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. He was ordained a priest on December 10, 2016, in Rome.
Christina McShane received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA and her bachelor’s degrees in Communication Arts and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Her training has included special emphasis on the integration of psychology and theology. She currently provides therapy and assessment to adolescents, families, and adults at a private group practice in Tempe, Arizona. In addition to her clinical work, she offers assessment, coaching, consultation, and workshops for leaders and organizations to help in achieving healthier cultures and stronger teams. In the past, she has worked with a variety of clients providing project management, event coordination, and customer service.
Deacon Gabriel von Wendt
Dcn. Gabriel von Wendt, LC is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He was born and raised in Göttingen, Germany and has had educational experiences in Germany, Mexico,
Student Life Coordinator
Fr. Michael Baggot
Cultural Formation Coordinator
Fr. Michael Baggot, LC Ph.D. cand. is Assistant Professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and Research Scholar for its UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights. He is also Adjunct Professor of Theology at the Christendom College Rome Program. Baggot graduated summa cum laude from Christendom College with a B.A. in Philosophy while serving as Head Resident Assistant before working in Rome as a Resident Director for the school’s study abroad program. In 2013, he obtained a Licentiate in Philosophy summa cum laude and in 2017 a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He spent his initial period of religious formation near Cologne, Germany. He later worked as an assistant for the Curso de Hispanidad in Mexico City and as a teacher at Pinecrest Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also worked as an Art and Faith tour guide in the Vatican Museums. His writing has appeared in First Things, LifeSiteNews, and Studia Bioethica.
Spiritual Director & Human Formation Coordinator
Originally, from Nova Scotia, Canada, Tammy Grady has been a consecrated woman of the Regnum Christi Movement for over twenty years. After university, she volunteered years of ministry to both NET Ministries & SPO Ministries which led in finding her vocation. Tammy has worked with young people the world over through missionary trips, pilgrimages, 5 World Youth Days, spiritual direction, and retreats in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Rome, the Holy Land, Mexico, Chile, Poland, and the USA. She is currently the Associate Director for Vocations for the Diocese of Dallas and spends much of her time giving spiritual direction to college students and young professionals. She has a heart for the new evangelization especially among young adults trying to find their way, their place, and their mission in the world.
Student Life Coordinator
Jono Taccolini grew up in a large Catholic family in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He studied music and French at Grand Valley State University where he graduated magna cum laude in 2016. Since graduating, he has been working in hospitality at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, teaching voice lessons at Grand Valley State, serving as a Choral Scholar at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, performing around West Michigan, and working for the Catholic Worldview Fellowship. Jono is an alumnus of the Fellowship class of 2017 and currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.