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Rhonda Gruenewald, Founding President of the Board

People often refer to me as the “Vocation Lady”! But how did a convert to Catholicism get into Vocations? In 2011, at my home parish Saint Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, our newly ordained parochial vicar Father Victor Perez asked me to come to a meeting about priests and such! He was tasked with reviving the parish vocation committee that had been dormant for 5 years. Being a convert, I did not know what he was talking about.

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Larry W. Massey Jr., Chairman of the Board

Larry is President of the Scanlan Foundation, a large religious charitable fund in Texas that supports hundreds of Catholic organizations yearly. He is currently a Knight of the Order of Malta, University of St. Thomas Board Member, and a member of various other Catholic organizations. He has a heart for vocations. As a Serran, he has held the position of former Governor for Serra International District 10 and led his own parish Vocation Ministry. Larry has two children and is married to Susan. They are members of Annunciation Church in Houston, Texas.

Will Cravens, Treasurer

Will Cravens is the Executive Vice President of the Scanlan Foundation (a non-profit corporation that awards grants to Catholic religious, charitable and educational institutions in Texas). He has been active in vocations for several years including the immediate Past President of the Serra Club of Houston and the immediate past Chair of the Vocations Committee at St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Will is married to Janet, and they have three Children, James, Mary, and Stephen. They are members of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Houston, Texas.

Natalie Fleming, Secretary of the Board

Natalie C. Fleming has been a practicing attorney in the Houston area for over twenty years and is currently a Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judge. As the daughter of Cuban immigrants, Mrs. Fleming is fluent in Spanish and English. She is a long-standing member of the St. Mary’s Seminary Board of Advisors. Natalie is married to Michael P. Fleming, and they have six children. A life-long Catholic, she and her family have been long-time parishioners of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston, Texas.

Reverand Victor Perez, Director & Spiritual Advisor

Fr. Victor Perez grew up in Katy, TX. He majored in the business at the University of Texas at Austin and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. After visiting both Fatima and Lourdes and experiencing the profound mercy of God in his life, he felt a strong call to discern the priesthood.  After discerning religious life and eight years of the diocesan seminary for Galveston-Houston, he was ordained in 2011. His first assignment was at St. Cecilia where he started a vocation ministry with Rhonda Gruenewald with much fruitful success for vocations. He served for three years as pastor of Most Holy Trinity in Angleton, TX and in June of 2019 he was made pastor of St. Joseph and St. Stephen Churches in Washington Heights/ Sixth Ward area of Houston.

Theodore J. Trumble II, MD CMD, Board Member

Joe Trumble is a medical doctor in Houston for almost 30 years, specializing in nursing home care and hospice. He is married to Sylvia and they have 4 grown children. Lately, Joe and his wife have been devoting more of their time to parish and community activities at St. Vincent de Paul. He has been involved with ACTS, That Man is You, St. Vincent de Paul’s Vocations Ministry and he is an Instituted Acolyte in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.

Laura Johnson, OFS, Board Member

Laura Johnson is a native of Houston, TX, and a faithful Catholic who attends St. Cecilia Catholic Church, where she was an active part of founding their vocation ministry. In addition, Laura served on the chaplaincy board of MD Anderson Hospital in Houston for seven years and has been a Third Order Franciscan for more than nine years. She is currently an auxiliary member of Legion of Mary. Laura has experienced first-hand the impact strong vocation ministries can have on both parishes and dioceses.