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.
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 recently completed a graduate degree in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, and resides with her husband in Inver Grove Heights.
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 is currently working towards a master’s degree in Emerging Media.
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 is also the proud auntie of three nieces.
A nordeast-grown Minnesotan, Katie graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2018 with B.A.s in Catholic Studies, English, and Spanish. During her college years, she worked as an office assistant on campus and later led the middle school faith formation program at Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville.
When she is not in the office, Katie can often be found outside, whether she be walking through the city, skiing on snow or water, or canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Being fond of learning, she is also pursuing a graduate degree in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.
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Jack hails from the Land of Milk and Cheese – Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2019 with B.A.’s in Political Science and Public Administration and went west soon after to join the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
While in Wisconsin, Jack spent his summers working at Camp Tekakwitha (after Saint Kateri Tekakwitha) in the Diocese of Green Bay. At university, he led a series of voter registration efforts, conducted qualitative research within the Wisconsin State Legislature, and helped foster a statewide coalition to promote ethical leadership among elected officials. He enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and meeting new people. Jack is a parishioner of the Cathedral of Saint Paul; in Saint Paul, Minnesota.