Program Advisory Board

Bishop David J. Walkowiak, Episcopal Moderator
Bishop Walkowiak was appointed the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids by Pope Francis on April 18, 2013. Born in East Cleveland, Ohio, Bishop Walkowiak attended the University of Notre Dame, where in 1975, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and international studies. He studied at Saint Mary Seminary in Cleveland and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1979.  He was ordained to the priesthood June 9, 1979 by the late James Cardinal Hickey at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Cleveland.  Bishop Walkowiak later studied canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received the Licentiate degree in 1984 and the Doctorate degree in 1987.

Thomas Levergood
Thomas Levergood is Executive Director and a co-founder of the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago.  He received his B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in General Studies in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He taught American Literature at a high school in Paris and has done political work and research. After studies in languages and literature in Munich, Paris, and New York, he returned to the University of Chicago to pursue graduate studies in theology, politics, and literature in the Committee on Social Thought.

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J.
Fr. Meconi, D.Phil. (Oxon.) teaches in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He holds the pontifical license in Patrology from the University of Innsbruck and the D.Phil. in Ecclesiastical History from Oxford University.  Most recently he published the Annotated Confessions of Saint Augustine (Ignatius Press, 2012), The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America Press, 2013), as well as co-edited (along with Eleonore Stump) the Cambridge Companion to Augustine(2014). He is a former president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, as well as a Fellow at the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University.  Fr. Meconi is a proud alumnus of Hope College, Class of 1987.

Michael Page, MD
Michael Page is a Board Certified Specialist in Emergency Medicine. He received his MD at the University of Minnesota and did his Residency at Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids, MI. He received his BA in Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Prior to Medical School he was a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace and directed Minnesota’s first AIDS Hospice, Samaritan House. He has been involved in relation based development work in Haiti over the past 6 years. He is a father of five children with his wife Emery.

Carrie Olesh
Carrie is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Hope College.  She began her work at Hope in 2011 recruiting High School students from Michigan and Indiana.  Prior to her work at Hope, Carrie lived in Düsseldorf Germany from 2008-2011.  There she sat on the board of Youth Compass, a Christian organization that supports fellowship, spiritual growth, and mission work with Third Culture Kids.  She attended St. Albertus Magnus where she assisted in leading Rosary and Bible studies.  Carrie is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications. She has an established background in Sales and Marketing while working for companies in Miami FL, Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, and Holland, MI.  On Hope’s campus, Carrie enjoys her involvement with the Union of Catholic Students, advising the Hope Men’s Rugby team, and sitting on the Health Professions Advisory committee. Carrie is the mother to three children (two at Hope College) with her husband, Paul.  Carrie and her family are members of St. Francis de Sales in Holland, MI.

Conor Dugan
Conor Dugan is an attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids, where he serves as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.  Before joining Warner Norcross & Judd, Conor clerked for then-Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, worked as an appellate litigator in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for nearly seven years, and served as counsel at an appellate and Supreme Court boutique in Washington, D.C.  In his career he has successfully represented clients in the U. S. Supreme Court, the Michigan Supreme Court, numerous federal courts of appeals, and the Michigan Court of Appeals.   He received an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.  Conor lives with his wife and four children in East Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a member of Sacred Heart Parish.

Michael P. Jones
Since 2001, Michael Jones has been the Vice President and General Manager at Ave Maria Radio.  Previously Mike was the Sr. Manager of Advertising Sales for AT&T and Media One Cable in Southern California, before that he spent 10 years as the National Manager of Local Advertising Sales for The Family Channel.  During his tenure, Ave Maria Radio has grown into the nation’s leading provider of Faithful Catholic Radio Programming. Distributed via the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, Ave Maria Radio programming reaches nearly 1.5 million Catholic families each week.  Michael and his lovely wife Donna have four children ages 18 to 25.  The youngest one, Anna, attends Hope College.