MCC Staff

JASON ADKINS, ESQ.
Executive Director

Jason Adkins has served as the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference since March 2011. Prior to his advocacy work for the Church, Jason was an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm. Jason has clerked for both state and federal appellate judges, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor.

Jason is a regular presenter at parishes and at organizations around Minnesota, and continues to serve as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas. He writes a regular column that appears in diocesan newspapers, and his work has also appeared in numerous secular publications and journals. He frequently appears in the media, and serves on many corporate boards and advisory councils.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), and resides in Saint Paul with his family.

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Email: jadkins@mncatholic.org


5MARY JANE STREIFF
Business Manager

Originally from Southern California, Mary Jane has worked for several Catholic organizations, including Catholic Answers and Thomas Aquinas College (California). She holds a Business degree from the University of California, Riverside, and a Liberal Arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College. Mary Jane completed a graduate degree in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, and resides with her husband in Afton.

Email: mjstreiff@mncatholic.org


KATHERINE CROSS
Communications Manager

Katherine returned home to Minnesota to join our staff in October 2017. Previously she lived in the Washington, D.C. area where she worked for EWTN News Nightly as a segment producer and St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Hyattsville, MD as the Communications Specialist. She has her master’s degree in Emerging Media from Loyola University Maryland.

Before living on the East Coast she lived in Trujillo, Honduras as a missionary with Farm of the Child, a Catholic children’s home. After earning her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead, she worked as the morning newscast producer for KAAL-TV in Austin, MN.

She and her husband reside in Hastings. She is also the proud auntie of three nieces.

Email: kcross@mncatholic.org

MAGGEE BECKER
Project Manager & Executive Assistant

Maggee graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A.s in Catholic Studies and English in 2019. Her involvement in St. Paul’s Outreach propelled her zeal to live a life of discipleship and mission. Throughout college and after graduating, she spent time working in the youth ministry world at Partnership for Youth and at her home parish of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague. In order to deepen her understanding of the Church, Maggee is currently working towards a master’s degree in Theology at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

When she is not in the office or studying, you can usually find Maggee hanging out with family, going on runs, or beating people in a competitive game of cards.

Email: mbecker@mncatholic.org