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Joe Bestgen
Joe Bestgen

President & CEO


Joe has over 30 years of professional experience, proving to be a successful executive sales and operational leader. He is the past CEO of Marygrove, a Catholic Charities agency, that provides residential treatment for children and young adults who have experienced trauma due to abuse, neglect and abandonment. He has served in executive leadership positions for several privately owned companies here in St Louis, including as President of a private equity national franchise operation.

Beyond his successful career, Joe has decades of experience serving the Church at the parish, ministry and archdiocesan levels. He served on the Missouri Catholic Conference’s Priority Planning Committee, the Archbishop-emeritus Carlson’s Pastoral Priority Planning Team and chaired the archdiocesan Catholic Men for Christ Conference for ten years. His faith is core to his identity, and he is known by many to be a man of integrity that is steady, passionate and committed to mission.

Joe and his wife, Julie, have five children and are parishioners of St. Clare of Assisi parish.  While at previous parishes he is a past member of the Parish Council, ACA and Capital Campaign volunteer, Confirmation catechist, PSR teacher and CYC coach.

University of Missouri – B.S., Business Administration and Marketing, 1989

John Modder
John Modder

Vice President & CFO


John has over 30 years of experience as a finance professional. Much of this experience was at Fortune 500 companies in various finance leadership roles throughout the country. He built and led finance & IT teams of varying sizes including those which were global in scope. He returned to St Louis to help lead a public company spin-off. His most recent experience was as a CFO for a privately held manufacturing company for the past four years.

He has applied his finance acumen to serve various non-profits including Ronald McDonald House Charities, The United Way, and St Patrick Center. He is the current chair of his Parish Finance committee, a role he has held in other parishes in various cities where he and his family have lived, including Raleigh, NC; Hopedale, MA; and Boulder, CO.

John has been an active participant within his church community and has served on several Men’s ACTS retreat teams. He is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council serving in various capacities.

John and his wife, Lynnette, have one adult son and are members of St Peter Parish in Kirkwood. They are active in many parish activities including prayer groups, the Lenten Fish Fry and St. Peter Fest. They love St. Peter Church and its community and enjoy living in Kirkwood.

Webster University MS 2021, DePaul University MBA 1991, Eastern Illinois University BS 1984, CPA (inactive), CMA & CFE

Michael W. Weisbrod

Senior Gift Planning Officer


Michael brings to the Roman Catholic Foundation 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 prior to that, he worked with U.S. Trust, UMB Trust and U.S. Bank.

Michael has enjoyed nearly 40 years of community involvement, having served as Board President for the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, the St. Louis Planned Giving Council and the Arts and Education Council. He is a board member of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, St. Louis Cathedral Concerts, St. Louis Planned Giving Council and currently serves as the Board Chair for the International Photography Hall of Fame. Michael lives in the Central West End and is a parishioner of the Cathedral Basilica, where he chairs the Parish Council and the Stewardship Committee.  He also sits on the Finance Committee.

Washington University in Saint Louis – B.A., Architecture, 1977

Cannon Trust School – Trust Certification, 1987

Andrea Sharp

Senior Donor Services Representative/Analyst


Andrea has been a St. Louis resident for 32 years and has spent the past 20 serving religious organizations. Most recently, Andrea worked for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund as a quality assurance specialist. She brings excellent customer service skills and a positive attitude to all that she does at the Foundation. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys volunteering, assisting for many years with a 5K in Cedar Hill, Missouri that raises money for veterans with cancer and visiting nursing homes to spend time with residents who do not have family nearby.

Andrea is a member of Seven Holy Founders in Affton, MO.

Jefferson College – A.A.S., Business Management, 1989

Christina K. Duepner
Christina K. Duepner

Senior Accountant


Christina has over 20 years of accounting experience in the nonprofit industry. Most recently, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Pony Bird, Inc.

Christina is currently Treasurer of the St. Pius X High School Alumni Association and Treasurer of the St. Rose of Lima Home and School Association.

Christina and her husband, Jason, have one son and are parishioners of St. Rose of Lima parish. They are very active in their parish and the local Knights of Columbus Council #1185.

Fontbonne University – M.S., Accounting, 2009
Fontbonne University – B.S., Business Administration, 2022

Erica Winter

Marketing Coordinator


Erica has lived across the river in St. Clair County her whole life. She attended a Lutheran grade school and high school before attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degree, where she was very involved and held leadership positions in several academic organizations.

She has conducted extensive research on communication phenomenon’s and worked in multiple marketing roles, with her prior role being at Catholic & Community Credit Union.

In her spare time, Erica enjoys trying new restaurants, reading, listening to live music, and traveling with her friends and family. Erica enjoys going on outings with her church group, such as to San Antonio, Texas and hosts a bi-weekly Bible study with a friend.

She is a member of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville- B.S., Public Relations and English Literature, 2018

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville- M.A., Interpersonal Communication, 2020


The Roman Catholic Foundation builds endowed funds that will support Catholic parishes, schools and ministries throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis for generations to come.

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Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri
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