Hydrangea Plant

Board of Consultants

Maria Steinborn, Chair

After 35 years as a Catholic teacher in Alberta, Maria Steinborn enjoyed a varied range of jobs and experiences in the field of education. She worked with both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Edmonton Catholic School Board in a broad range of grade levels; communities; subject areas; and leadership positions in schools and at the district level. Born, raised and educated in Calgary, Maria came to understand the significance of community services and supports and the value that they bring to our city. As the Supervisor of English as a Second Languages, her last position in the Calgary Catholic School District, Maria was given the opportunity to connect with all levels of government and a wide range of community service providers focused on people who have chosen Calgary, Alberta, Canada for their new home.
Now retired, Maria is passionate about value of volunteerism and the important role we have in ensuring that the people that we care about—be they family, friends, neighbours, longtime residents of our city or newcomers to Calgary are welcome. Post-retirement involvement with the FCJ Retreat & Conference Centre has allowed Maria to share her experience, continuing to fuel her enthusiasm for keeping our community vibrant, service-centered and focused on our most important resource, the people of Calgary.

Denise DeNeve, Executive Director of the FCJ Centre

She has a Master’s Degree in Religious Education and has retired from the Calgary Catholic School District, where she was the Supervisor of Religious Education and Family Life for many years.

Fr. Julian Studden

Rev. Julian Studden is the Associated Pastor of the St. Mary's Cathedral in Calgary. He is also the Vicar for Permanent Diaconate at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.

Kamal Yalbir

Kamal Yalbir is an accomplished Designer / Architect, who has worked the last 12 years in almost every facet of the Design, Build and Facilities / Project Management fields. Using his great experience and keen senses to evaluate design opportunities, Kamal produces work that both meets the needs of the project and delivers a well-crafted solution that brings out the best in each project he engages.

Kamal moved to Calgary in 1999 and completed a Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Calgary. Currently, he manages the historic facilities that makeup Clear Water Academy in the historic Currie Barracks district of Calgary where he keeps the facilities functioning at their peak efficiency in the ever-changing demands of a busy school.

When he isn’t in the middle of a meeting or dealing with a crankie mechanical system, Kamal spends time working in the garden, practicing his French and Spanish, and trying to improve his billiards game!

Sr. Mary Rose Rawlinson, fcJ

Sr. Mary Rose Rawlinson, fcJ has a Ph.D. (Theoretical Chemistry, National University of Ireland), a B. Ed (University of Calgary) and an M.A. (Religious Education, Loyola University, Chicago). A lifetime of experience of the value of ‘retreat’ and ‘reflection’ and many years of leadership within the FCJ community has given Mary Rose a deep appreciation for each person’s unique journey through life. As the Provincial’s liaison to the Board, Sister Mary Rose brings analytical power combined with a long association with the FCJ Christian Life Centre. She is delighted to work with the Board in supporting the ministry and development of the Centre.

Rev. Bob Mutlow

The Rev. Bob Mutlow served as a United Church of Canada Minister on the prairies after being ordained in 1971. In 1979 Bob accepted a call to Silver Heights United in Winnipeg and in 1988, two weeks before the Olympics came to Calgary for an interview beginning July 1, 1988 at Woodcliff United where he served for twenty-one years. Following early retirement, Bob completed a four-year posting at Red Deer Lake United and then moved to do Pastoral Care part time at McDougall United, where he currently is the volunteer Honorary Associate, serving on the Leadership Council, chairing the Outreach Ministry, and leading occasional worship services. Bob has been involved in several Calgary Interfaith events and was pleased to join the FCJ Board of Consultants. It has been interesting to serve as an Interfaith Representative on the FCJ Board; it is a great way to meet a whole new group of people and to enjoy the hospitality and spirituality of the FCJ Centre.

Salem Kallas

Coming Soon

Dawna Richardson

Dawna Richardson is a member of the Outreach Team at the FCJ Centre. After earning a Bachelor of Theology degree from Newman Theological College, Dawna worked in various parishes and in school ministry.

She worked in parish youth ministry for several years before joining the Calgary Catholic School district as a High School Chaplain. During this time, Dawna’s focus was on leadership growth and faith development for the young people she worked with.

Dawna is working to expand the young adult presence at the FCJ Centre through actively seeking out collaborators to grow the FCJ Centre as a place of belonging for young people in our Diocese.

Michael Barbero

Michael retired after more than four decades of service with the Calgary Catholic School District. A long advocate for student success and community service, he served at the local, provincial and national level as a member of various educational organizations and associations. Currently serving as the Director of Leadership Learning for the College of Alberta School Superintendents and is a member of the University of Calgary Senate.

Sr. Gerardine (Ger) Curran, fcJ

Sr. Ger Curran, is a member of the Society of Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). She is from Ireland. She joined the FCJ Centre resource team in the fall of 2015. Ger has worked as a counsellor for the past 27 years in various settings. Before that, she served as a school administrator and teacher in a high school in Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Before qualifying as an accredited Counsellor, Ger completed a master’s degree in Family Counselling from the University of Iona, New York. Since coming to Canada, Ger is working in the areas of counselling, interfaith matters, and helping refugee families. She is a member of the Calgary Interfaith Council and the Calgary Council of Christian and Jews.