Meet the Team – Brothers & Sisters in Christ
David Z. Abel
David Abel is married to his precious wife, Tierney, and together they have 17 children and six grandchildren. David is the owner (steward) of DAS Companies, Inc. which he founded in 1978. DAS is a manufacturer, importer, and distributor of branded travel center merchandise and consumer electronics which are distributed both domestically and internationally. The corporate office is located in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, and warehouse facilities are located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and Salt Lake City, Utah.
David is the co-founder of Brittany’s Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DAS Companies. Brittany’s Hope aids in adoption and humanitarian efforts worldwide (www.brittanyshope.org). David is the founder of Stewardship: A Mission of Faith (www.stewardshipmission.org). This foundation produces and distributes faith-based materials worldwide, and facilitates the formation of various Scripture reflection groups.
David serves on several boards, including: DAS Companies, Inc., Direction For Our Times (DFOT) – based in Ireland, Stewardship: A Mission of Faith, and Brittany’s Hope.
He has 38 years of experience in business with talents in marketing, sales, speaking, and writing which he uses to spread the Gospel message of stewardship.
David is a member of the Stewardship Advisory Team at the Diocese of Harrisburg, a member of Convene (a Christian businessmen’s group whose mission is Business Performance with an Eternal Perspective), and a member of the Board of Stewardship of Leadership: Leaders Building Leaders on the Foundation of Christ.
At the annual Convene CEO Summit in February, 2011, David received the “Infinitely Beyond Award,” Convene’s highest award, which acknowledges the God-honoring activity of a business leader. In 2012, he received the “Service to Humanity Alumni Citation Award” from Lancaster Catholic High School (Pennsylvania).
Assistant to David Abel
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Tom is the flag-bearer for the Catholic Schools Initiative at Stewardship: A Mission of Faith. A former Catholic school religion teacher and football coach, Tom served on the boards of his Catholic grade school, and currently serves on the board of two Catholic high schools. Tom has an MBA in finance, and has worked in finance, strategic planning and acquisitions, as well as plant management, human resources, and as lead consultant for major process transformations projects for Fortune 100 companies. Tom and his spouse, Maryann, together raised three beautiful and talented daughters, and serve as special ministers of the Eucharist and marriage mentors for their parish in Hershey, PA. Tom is also a Third Order Dominican, and serves on the Stewardship Commission and as an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) instructor at his parish. He enjoys reading, practicing a variety of Asian martial arts, and spending time with his family, and with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
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Chris is the Director of Ministry Partnerships. Her role is to oversee the operational aspects of the apostolates of Stewardship – Chastity Project, The Porn Effect, Spirit Power, and Integrity Restored. She brings more than years of operational and management experience to the team. She lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband, and enjoys reading, volunteer work, and spending time creating memories with family and friends.
Rob is Secretary to the Board and spends much of his time in the ministry on overall program development, content review and is the organizations youth/senior coordinator. He is one of the founding members of the organization. He and his wife have been blessed with five children. Faith and family are the greatest joys in Rob’s life. Rob enjoys coaching and playing soccer (or any other sport or game his kids ask him to play) and spending time with his wife. He also enjoys reading books and listening to talks that inspire him to live out his purpose…to know, love and serve God.
Leisel serves as the Accounting Director/Office Manager for Stewardship: A Mission of Faith. She brings ten years of experience in accounting and accounting systems to the foundation. She and her husband, Dave, have three teenagers: two sons and one daughter and they are all actively involved in their church. Spending time with family is first priority, in addition she enjoys cooking, reading, and gardening.
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Jim is our newest team member, is responsible development and advancement. Jim will be working to cultivate donors who share a passion for our Stewardship mission, and who are willing to help us build a strong and growing financial base for all our Stewardship ministries.
Christina is the booking agent for Matt Fradd of The Porn Effect and Sarah Swafford of Chastity Project. She has been working with them since April of 2014. After graduating from Benedictine College with a major in Theology and a minor in History, she moved back to Denver. She loves good chats with friends, ballroom and swing dancing and coffee shops.
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Don serves as a Regional Representative for Stewardship: A Mission of Faith. His territory is the south central Pennsylvania area and out-of state churches. Having founded and directed his own firm for more than forty years, Don’s fulfillment in recent years was found in the volunteer things he did such as prison ministry (for more than a quarter of a century) and Bible study and evangelical sharing groups in his church and ecumenically in various communities. In November, 2012, Don blended his vocation for building long-term relationships based upon service and his passion for assisting those who build up and serve “the body of Christ”. Don married Lucia (Palumbo) in the Italian colony in Eritrea, east Africa on the day man first walked on the moon: July 20, 1969. They have two children, Vania and Christian, and four grandchildren; and their family lives are closely intertwined as they all live close and share much of their lives together, from worship to vacations to family dinners. The family name, Gleichman, belies the fact that most everyone speaks Italian fluently; and all have an Italian palate. Don’s personal time includes vigorous physical exercise and eating Italian food. All other free time is spent with family or studying about and serving God in Christian activities.
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Michael L. Roberts
As Director of Multi-Media Marketing & IT, Michael wears two diverse hats at Stewardship: directing the organizations creative marketing efforts as well as directing all Information Technology services. Both functions have kept him in high demand since his arrival here at Stewardship in July of 2010. Michael is married and is the father of one son. When not in the office, Michael enjoys being the guitarist in his church’s worship band, music, audio recording and cooking.
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Gina is the Senior Booking Agent of Chastity Project. She brings 10 years experience in Catholic Media having worked as the Manager of Program Scheduling at EWTN and Radio Producer of Catholic Answers Live. Gina overseas the day-to-day scheduling of Chastity Project speakers and offers support to the event hosts in various capacities. In her spare time, she enjoys serving others through her gift of cooking and entertaining, interior design, and spending time with those who are near and dear to her.
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Ashley administers the Resource Partnership Program. She handles coordinating new display setups and processes display reorders. She also researches new materials and handles purchasing with our vendors. Ashley is our go-to person whenever there are questions about our diverse inventory of books, pamphlets, CD’s, etc. Ashley and “the love of her life” have two sons. She also has two pit-bull terriers. Ashley joined the Stewardship Team in March of 2011 and enjoys entertaining family and friends in her spare time. She and her entire family are AVID Philadelphia Eagle fans.
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Tom serves Stewardship as a customer service representative for Stewardship’s Resource Partnership Program. He travels through the Scranton, Allentown, and Harrisburg dioceses, assisting parish volunteers with the Resource Partnership Program displays and supporting the parish effort to promote the materials on the displays. Tom enjoys playing the guitar and watching documentaries.
In Memory of Todd Painton, 1970~2014
On December 11, 2014 our brother Todd returned to his heavenly home after a courageous battle with cancer. Todd handled Foundation and Grant initiatives for Stewardship. He also was very active in our program development since he joined Stewardship in October of 2010. Todd was very active in his children’s daily activities. When not working, he enjoyed reading and writing, coaching and volunteering for his children’s athletic events, hunting, pick-up games of basketball, golf and being beach-side at the ocean. Todd was a faithful servant leader, and will continue to be an inspiration to us all. Click Here to Read More.