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

Program Coordinator

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.

Fr. Gabriel von Wendt

Curriculum Coordinator

Fr. 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, and Italy. In 2006, he joined the Legionaries of Christ Novitiate in Germany, where he later served as a faculty member, offering accompaniment and personal coaching to younger seminarians. He has obtained academic degrees at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum where he graduated with bachelor’s and licentiate degrees in philosophy in 2010 and 2015, and with a bachelor’s degree in theology in 2018. He is currently working on his Ph.D. with a specific focus on the Catholic Weltanschauung (Worldview) based on the philosophical and theological thought of Romano Guardini. This was also the topic of his first book, which was published in 2014.

Addie Lovejoy

Student Life Coordinator

Addie Lovejoy was born and raised in Texas where she received her bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Development from Texas A&M University. She is currently working as a management and change consultant for Firm Foundations, Inc. (FFI) where she assists companies in strategic planning, leadership strengthening, and team building. She is a recent convert to the Catholic faith and currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska.

Katie Lundstrom

Leadership Development

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Katie Lundstrom, MBA, PCC, is the founder and President of Firm Foundations Inc (FFI), an executive leadership coaching and strategy and change consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area.  She has almost 30 years of experience serving hundreds of clients across all types of industries in the areas of strategic planning, organizational change, individual and business transformation, performance management, strategic and tactical alignment, and changing corporate culture.  She is most passionate about partnering with leaders who really want to see change for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.  She uses coaching, strategic planning, appreciative inquiry and facilitation as core techniques to make change happen.  Currently, Katie is working with teams from two to 18 to strengthen their performance as well as individually coaching on average 15 leaders.

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.

Tammy Grady

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.

Julian Dewald

Student Life Coordinator

Julian Dewald grew up in southern Germany for the first twelve years of his life. Afterward, he moved to France to see if he had a vocation to religious life. After finishing his high school in France, he did a year of service in Wisconsin where he worked as the dean of a boarding school. Since then, he has moved back and forth between Germany and other countries to do his studies in international business. He is currently working as a project manager for FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands.

Caroline Beecher

Logistics Coordinator

Caroline Beecher is from Chicago, IL and graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She is currently working as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lurie Children’s Hospital. While her focus is now directed toward program logistics, Caroline is an alumna of the Catholic Worldview Fellowship (‘17) and subsequently worked for the fellowship in a student staff position.

Jono Taccolini

Curriculum Assistant

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.