The Foundation staff is dedicated to serving the donor’s needs in their philanthropic efforts for the benefit of God’s work in our local church.
Mark J. Guyol
President & CEO
Experience: Prior to joining to The Roman Catholic Foundation, Mr. Guyol gained 28 years of business and leadership experience at St. Louis-based Ronnoco Coffee Company, most recently serving as Vice President.
Community Activities: Mr. Guyol has been active in his parish and Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for over 20 years. He served as General Chair of the Annual Catholic Appeal in 2005. He currently serves on the board of Birthright Counseling. He is a past member of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Finance Council, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board, and the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation Board. He also is a former member of the Parish Council at Immacolata.
- Washington University in St. Louis – MBA in Finance, 1984
- University of Notre Dame – BBA in Finance, 1982
Suann P. Fields, CPA
Director of Finance & Operations
Experience: Ms. Fields has worked at Catholic organizations in the St. Louis area for more than 20 years, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Liguori Publications with the Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers. Prior to that position, Suann was Chief Financial Officer with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Community Activities: Her more than 20 years of volunteerism include serving several years as a board member and treasurer of the school board at All Saints Academy. In addition she served as bookkeeper for the school. Currently, she is active in a number of initiatives at St. Dominic Parish and Mater Dei Catholic High School.
Education & Certification:
- University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign – BS in Accountancy, 1990
- Certified Public Accountant – License, 1990
Michael W. Weisbrod
Gift Planning Officer
Experience: Mr. Weisbrod joins the Roman Catholic Foundation with more than 35 years of experience in Asset Management with a focus on Charitable and Wealth Planning. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing for First Bank Wealth Management Group, and was previously with U.S. Trust, UMB Trust and U. S. Bank.
Community Activities: Mr. Weisbrod has enjoyed nearly 30 years of community involvement, including holding the office of Board President for the Estate Planning Council of Saint Louis, the St. Louis Planned Giving Council, the Arts and Education Council, SSDN Early Education Center and Craft Alliance. He is currently serving as a board member of the Shakespeare Festival of Saint Louis, Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts, The Arts and Education Council, Craft Alliance and Jewish Family & Children’s Services. He is a parishioner of the Cathedral Basilica, where he Chair’s the Stewardship Committee and sits on the Finance Committee.
- Washington University in Saint Louis – BA in Architecture, 1977
- Cannon Trust School – Trust Certification, 1987
April Y. Esenwah
Experience: Ms. Esenwah worked in the Office of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal of the Archdiocese of St. Louis for 26 years. She served as an Associate for the Planned Giving Department and has extensive experience in administering planned gift options and cultivating donor relationships.
Community Activities: Ms. Esenwah currently serves on the Planned Giving and Endowment Council of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She is active in her parish serving on the Endowment and Stewardship Committees at St. James the Greater. April serves as a board member of the musicians mentoring program, Y’All of New York.
- Draughons Business College, St. Louis – Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems, 1990
Holly A. Finnegan
Database and Operations Manager
Experience: In her previous positions in the building, retail, medical and nonprofit industries, Ms. Finnegan gained a wide range of experience, from graphic design to volunteer program coordination. All of her experiences have led her to specializing in project coordination and process improvement.
Community Activities: Ms. Finnegan recently returned to the St. Louis area and plans to get involved with local organizations that assist abused women and homeless pets.
- American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL – AA in Graphic Design, 1994
Julia E. Babb
Experience: Ms. Babb recently returned to St. Louis from Minneapolis, MN where she gained valuable experience in database utilization and implementation in educational, medical and corporate settings.
Community Activities: Since returning to Missouri, Ms. Babb has begun volunteering at St. Louis arts organizations and events, such as the Laumeier Sculpture Garden’s Mother’s Day Art Festival.
- Southern Illinois University – BA English Literature, 1994
Kathryn A. Mayrose
Experience: Prior to joining the Roman Catholic Foundation, Ms. Mayrose was employed with the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County Government in a variety of community-oriented positions, most recently as a Community Development Specialist in the St. Louis County Planning Department. She also worked as a Peer Tutor in the Washington University Writing Center.
Community Activities: Ms. Mayrose has volunteered with various organizations benefitting both children and animals, and currently assists with the annual book fair at Trautwein Elementary School.
- Washington University in St. Louis – BS in English Literature, 2011
- Washington University in St. Louis – Creative Writing Certificate, 2009