TEAM LEADERS

Brianna Trifiletti
Brianna Trifiletti
Hello! My name is Brianna and though I grew-up in Ohio, I have called many places home! I now live in Wisconsin and I teach middle school religion, social studies, and math at a catholic school! This is my current mission from the Lord but over the past few years I done youth ministry at a parish, served on a full-time retreat team for two years, and coached and taught on a Native American reservation. I love Jesus, inspiring young people, and traveling! I am thrilled to be joining the CMT adventure this summer and helping lead others close to the heart of Christ! It is a privilege and honor. Please keep us all in your prayers! God bless!
Michael Snyman
Michael Snyman
Michael Snyman has served his country as a U.S. Air Force cargo jet mechanic for the past 6 years. His job has brought him to 10 countries and 12 states. He grew up in a military family, the oldest of 6 children. His dad served in the army for 26 years and moved the family all over the Midwest and to Germany. In 2008, the family settled in northeastern Oklahoma next to a Benedictine monastery where Michael helped build the monastery chapel, residence building and his families’ house. Michael claims this area as his home and intends to settle on his property here and study meteorology after his separation from the military in 2017. He has always loved serving the Church through youth ministry and has five years’ experience teaching catechism for the Military Archdiocese. He also loves to travel and has long waited for an opportunity to help on mission trips. Michael has a deep, heartfelt love for his country. He prayerfully hopes and longs for the day when America will turn back to God. He has faith that if the youth of this generation adopt a spirit of prayer and service, God will bless us as a nation and help us take back the Christian values that once made our country truly great.

SENIOR STAFFERS

Stephany Cabrera
Stephany CabreraSenior Staff
Hey y’all my name is Stephany Cabrera and I’m from a small town in Texas! I work full time at a restaurant and do photography on the weekends! This will be my second summer with CMT! Being a missionary last summer truly changed my life! The Lord taught me many lessons about myself and the journey he has me on. The biggest thing he showed me is that sometimes he speaks in a whisper, and we must quiet ourselves to know the will he has for us! I don’t believe God has finished speaking to me though mission or his people! So here goes to another summer, living for God and serving his people as he whispers to me to come closer! I ask that you please pray for me, all of CMT and the groups and people we will serve this summer!! God bless!
Dana Kennedy
Dana Kennedy
Hi! My name is Dana Kennedy. I am a lay consecrated woman in Regnum Christi. I was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska. When I was 10-years-old my family converted to Catholicism from the Lutheran Church. I have been working in youth ministry for the past 12 years in New England, Philadelphia, Detroit, Guadalajara, Mexico and am currently stationed in Monterrey, Mexico directing the middle school youth ministry program, in a Catholic school. I have been doing missions for many years with young people and love the excitement and adventure of sharing our faith with others and serving our brothers and sisters!
Joyce Ribeiro
Joyce Ribeiro
Hello, my name is Joyce Ribeiro. I was born and raised in Brazil but moved to the USA when a teenager. I am a Project Manager within the life sciences industry, and one of the founders of a charitable organization called Amor Beyond Borders. On my spare time, I enjoy taking care of my dog, Celtics, baking or reading a novel. Additionally, I love to involve myself in various charitable initiatives around my community and I strive to create opportunities and resources for people in need. Giving back has been a part of my life since I was very young. I feel my best when I am working towards helping others. My faith in Jesus Christ is the driving force behind my desire to give back. I am devoted to Mary of Grace and believe she has always watched over me and intervened with her son, Jesus, on my behalf in times of need.
Megan Yedkois
Megan Yedkois
Hello there! (you pronounce my last name like the color turquoise. 🙂 FSU Alumni! 25 years old. (Seems so old!!!) My favorite thing about Florida is the SUN! Watching countless unique and unrepeatable sunrises and sunsets. Life has handed me a share of darkness and difficulties, yet all the gloom has proved to be opportunities for the stars to come out, for Jesus to arise, to light up and illuminate the darkness with His Glory! After an awakening to the Powerful Love of God, at 13 years old, I became an intentional disciple: choosing to sit at the feet of our Lord every day. At 15 years old, I cooked for 300 homeless people everyday, and at 17, I went on my first mission trip with CMT. CMT helped me see a whole new perspective on mission. Over the years I have gone on several foreign mission trips to Honduras, Haiti, and Mexico. After a decade of mission, I still say, mission is JOY! Every day I choose to be a missionary disciple, even when I forget, the Father never ceases to go after me, and pursue me with His powerful love that overflows out – to share the joy of the Gospel. I currently work as an advocate, reaching out to women contemplating abortion. I’ve witnessed countless miracles of women canceling their appointment for an abortion and instead choosing life! For fun I do ministry at a women’s prison. Yes for FUN! Pope Francis said “Mission is to be in the heart of the people…There is no greater joy than coming home at the end of the day with your heart filled with names, faces, and stories.” He continues to show me something more glorious than a sunrise is within each person. Each person reveals a unique facet of Christ to this world. Let us give Him the chance He craves to fascinate our hearts during this mission! I’m excited to journey with y’all in Puerto Rico! Let us pray for one another that we each get to experience the Son “rise” in each one of us and encounter Christ in those whom we serve.

JUNIOR STAFFERS

Nicole Banky
Nicole Banky
Hello, my name is Nicole Banky! I live in Michigan and I’m becoming a certified preschool teacher. I became interested in mission work a few years ago and have been doing my research and letting God lead it. I came across Catholic Missions and was thrilled to find out I could do it for a few months. I want to be a light and a wonderful example of the joy of Jesus Christ. I feel a burning desire in my heart to help. I believe these mission trips will help deepen my faith with the Lord and allow him to use me to reach others who may be struggling.  A passage I find very encouraging throughout my walk is 1 Corinthians 1:25 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” A very good passage to show that God is the very person we must trust even in moments we think we know best because that isn’t true. I am putting all my trust in the Lord for these mission trips! Please keep me in your prayers! God Bless!

MUSICIANS/WORSHIP LEADERS

John Fohey
John Fohey
Hi there! My name is John Fohey. I hail from the small town of Palmyra, MO but currently reside in Columbia, MO. I’m a delivery driver for a local grocery store and a frequent volunteer at my local Newman Center parish! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve with Catholic Mission Trips. I will be leading high schoolers in praising, worshipping, and connecting with the Lord through music on our South Texas and Puerto Rico mission trips this spring. I have always been deeply passionate about music and got to go on a mission trip last spring to Cap Haitien, Haiti that had a huge impact on me, so this feels like a wonderful blessing and opportunity. I pray that we can have a positive impact on the areas that we visit. Please pray for us! God Bless!
Benjamin Valle
Benjamin Valle
Growing up I wanted to be a circus clown, mainly because I already had red hair and can juggle. Thankfully, God had other plans. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, I have been fortunate to lead worship for people of all ages throughout the country and abroad. In addition to serving as a worship leader, I have also worked in youth ministry and church communications. I’ve been able to serve on multiple mission trips and am always moved by the community of people I meet each trip. I look forward to joining the CMT family and serving in the Dominican Republic!

SITE COORDINATORS / CONTRACTORS

Bangalore, India – Hello! My name is Martine Dollack. I am a wife, a mother of four, a teacher, a farmer and a passionate Catholic. I was born and raised in the Alsace region of France and moved to Canada after my marriage. We are currently living in Salmon Arm, British Columbia where we attend the church of St Joseph. I am passionate about my Catholic faith and have been involved in many ministries within my parish. I am also a proud member of the Catholic Women’s League. No matter the endeavor, I always look forward to grow in faith and service to others. I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the team of CMT this summer as site coordinator. As I embark on this incredible journey, please pray for me, my family and our mission. God bless.


New Orleans and Baton Rouge – Hello! My name is Mykelle Laws, wife of a great guy and mother of 4 active young adults. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990 with a BS in Biochemistry and SWOSU in 1996 with an assoc. in Physical Therapy. Our family has moved around the United States with the Navy and United Airlines and have since settled in Culpeper, VA. I have been active in my community (Travel Soccer) and my church (confirmation catechist, altar society, and office help) while homeschooling my children and now participate with several non-profit organizations like our diocesan WorkCamp annual mission trip, Rotary Youth Exchange and Souls in Harmony. I am excited to join the Catholic Mission Trips team in facilitating “experiences of a lifetime” through mission!

ADMINISTRATION

Steve Nasche, Director

Steve serves at the Director overseeing all Catholic Mission Trips operations from mission trips, new site development, clean water projects, fundraising, and more. Steve has 15 years of mission trip experience.

Michelle Perez, Executive Secretary

My name is Michelle Perez and I am grateful for the ability to walk with the mission groups and our staff on their spiritual journey. Every year we see the Holy Spirit working so powerfully in the hearts of the young people who serve and God pouring His graces into the missionaries who devote their summers to leading mission trips. God has blessed me and my husband with 3 beautiful children on earth (I know, I need an updated photo)! We are a mission family and strive to bring God’s love to everyone we meet.