Staff

Meet the CFJ team!

Stephanie J. Peddicord

President

A lifelong Catholic and advocate of service and justice, Stephanie was appointed President of the Center for FaithJustice in April 2015 after having served the organization in a consultative way since 2013.

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An executive in the non-profit sector with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of philanthropic management, Stephanie began her career and ultimately was promoted to Assistant Vice President at Community Counselling Service (CCS Fundraising), directing several major campaigns and other projects for a diverse client roster. During her time at CCS, she directed or worked on campaigns that raised hundreds of millions of dollars for clients, a selection of which included the Brooklyn College Foundation, Inc., Brooklyn, NY; Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA; Diocese of Allentown, PA; Elms College, Chicopee, MA; and St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, which is the largest Catholic parish in the United States.

Upon leaving that firm, Ms. Peddicord assumed senior leadership positions at two non-profit organizations, Covenant House (Philadelphia, PA) and Interfaith Youth Core (Chicago, IL), respectively, both of which drew upon not only her fundraising expertise but also broader skill set in administration and communications. In these roles she was responsible for all aspects of external affairs in addition to managing diverse staff teams and providing executive-level strategic direction.

In 2009, she founded Peddicord Consulting, LLC, a boutique firm that has allowed her to provide a scope of capacity-building services to non-profit clients across the Delaware Valley.  Her specialty is empowering small organizations to think and achieve results “like the big guys.” She brings to this work the unique experience of having helped steward numerous organizations at critical junctures, albeit start-up operations aspiring to grow or seasoned outfits in need of a reboot.

Stephanie resides in Pennington, NJ, with her husband, two children, and golden retriever.  They are long-time active parishioners at the Church of Saint Ann in Lawrenceville.  She graduated with Honors from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and earned her Master’s in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Fluent in Spanish, Stephanie is well-traveled throughout the United States and abroad. Domestically, she has colloquial knowledge of the eastern corridor, southeast, and the greater Chicago area; internationally, she has lived in Spain and completed coursework and/or volunteer service in Germany, Kenya, Mexico, and Peru.

Having had deeply transformative service experiences herself as a teen and young adult, Stephanie views her work with CFJ as a full circle moment of opportunity to impact the world around her and the future of the Catholic Church:  “Our programs are not just about community service.  Instead, we really challenge young people to embrace the call of the Gospel – that when you see something that isn’t right in our world, you not only have the power to change it, you have a mandate by your faith to do so.”  As our President, she spearheads visioning, development, external affairs, and strategic planning and partnerships.

Mare Ernesto

VP of Programs and Outreach

Mare comes to CFJ after working in student affairs in higher education for the last decade. She most recently worked as the Associate Director of Student Engagement for Community Service at Philadelphia University.

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Prior to her work at PhilaU, she served as the Assistant Dean of Students at Westminster Choir College in Princeton and in numerous other roles at Rider University.  She also serves on two national non-profit boards and is one of the co-coordinators for the IMPACT national conference on civic engagement. She received her M.A., Ed.S., and B.A. in psychology from Rider University. While most of her work has been secular, Mare is a lifelong Catholic and person of deep faith.  A local of Central New Jersey, she is an alumna of Holy Cross High School (now Academy) in Delran, NJ where her involvement in campus ministry and service to others began to thrive.  She continued to follow that passion in college by joining the New Jersey Bonner Leader program, serving at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and HomeFront.

Maggie Smith

Director of Special Projects & WorX Programs

A native of South Jersey, Maggie Smith joined CFJ as the Manager of Special Projects and WorX Programs in July 2017.  She is a JusticeworX ’11 and LeaderworX ’13 alumna , experiences she credits as the inspiration for the

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initial call she felt toward ministry work. Maggie completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and holds a Master’s degree in Theology with a certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Villanova University.

Maggie’s many roles at CFJ opened her eyes and heart to the call to work for justice and peace in her local communities and beyond:  “Jesus calls us to see our neighbors, to connect with them, and to show them love through our actions. My experiences with LeaderworX and JusticeworX in Philly, Trenton, and West Virginia gave me the opportunity to learn about and practice these things. I learned how to listen, to reach out, and to recognize the dignity of all of our sisters and brothers, especially the poor and marginalized.” CFJ’s programs taught her not only how to work for change on a large scale, but also the small things she can do each day to show love, fight for justice, and spread the gospel message.

In her role, Maggie oversees LeaderworX, NeXt Level, as well as WorX content and curriculum.

Susan Oldroyd-Miller

NeXt Level Project Coordinator

Susan Oldroyd-Miller joins our team after years of serving as a youth minister, activist, and director of several local and international non-profits and NGO’s.  She attended Salve Regina University and Columbia University, where she studied politics, social justice and non-profit administration.

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Susan strives for inner peace and surrounds herself with nature and her loving family and friends who bring out the best in her. She is a certified yoga instructor, meditation teacher, Wellness Coach and non-profit consultant. She has found her life’s work- to help others through their Journey.

“I’m excited to use my experiences as a Youth Minister and Academic Life Coach to add to the NeXt Level project and CFJ community. This is what I’m called to do.” 

Currently, Susan lives in Califon, NJ with her four children, husband, and fun assortment of animals.

Lauren Borowick

Manager of Finance and Mission Resourcing

Lauren will join the CFJ staff full time in June of 2020. She is a JusticeworX alum, participating from 2012 to 2015. After, she joined us as a WorX and NeXt Level Admin from 2017 to 2019. Lauren will be graduating in May 2020 from Seton Hall University where she studied Finance and Marketing.

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Martha Dudich

Soup & Psalms Coordinator

Martha has been privileged to minister within a variety of faith communities — parishes, diocesan agencies, retreat centers, retirement communities and now the Center for FaithJustice — for more than thirty years.

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The last decade included working as a Pastoral Associate for Worship at St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, NJ and Program Associate for the Vincentian Renewal Center of St Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, NJ. A passionate student, Martha has pursued advanced degrees in spirituality and fine arts and is currently writing her dissertation for a Doctor of Letters. There are a number of Divine imperatives that resonate with the work to which Martha has been called: feed, welcome, unite, bless, pray, listen, rest, rejoice, wash, eat, drink. At the heart of this role is its communal dynamic. No part can be achieved alone. The clearest, loudest part of any call Martha has heard with regard to her work is that it accompanies others. That work which has brought the greatest joy has connected her to faithful women and men asking, seeking, knocking (lamenting, cajoling, wondering, wandering, thanking, doubting, crying, dying) as together they find their way. From moment to moment they are, any one, shepherd and sheep, pardoner and pardoned, giver and gift. This is the good, important work in which Martha continues to be engaged.

CFJ has served more than 6,000 youth and young adults through our intensive retreat-style WorX immersion experiences. Read how our alumni have been impacted by our programs.