Board of Directors
Senator Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum is the author of the 2005 New York Times bestseller It Takes a Family, American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom, and Blue-Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America that Works. Rick and his wife Karen are also the co-authors of Bella’s Gift that chronicles the inspiring story of life with the Santorums’ special-needs youngest child. Bella was born with a condition called Trisomy 18, and she wasn’t expected to survive her first birthday. Beating all the odds, Bella will turn 11 in May of 2019.
Rick is currently a CNN Senior Political Contributor.
Board Member, Former Director, United States Mint
Montse has a Masters from the George Washington University and a B.A. from Florida International University. She served on the Montgomery County Commission for Women in Maryland with a platform advocating for paid sick leave and preventing teen dating violence. She currently serves on the board of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund, the leading advocate against the legalization of assisted suicide; is a lay consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Religious Liberty Committee; a member of the President’s Advisory Counsel of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students; on the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board for the Philos Project; and serves on the GIVEN Institute’s Advisory Council. Although not an attorney, she “plays one on TV” advocating for Becket clients on major television and radio networks including Univision, CNN en Español, Telemundo, Fox Business, and EWTN. Born in Mexico City, she is fluent in Spanish and French and is a competitive jazz and classical vocalist.
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The Cathio Team
Matt Marcolini is the Chief Executive Officer at Cathio, Inc. an international secure online and app based donation and remittance blockchain platform built for the Catholic Church and directionally aligned organizations. The Cathio platform provides Catholic organizations with the tools to fundraise online and connect with both local parishioners and the global Catholic community.
Prior to joining Cathio, Matt was an Executive Director with Corsica Partners, a global executive search and organizational staffing firm providing comprehensive talent acquisition services to f500 and high growth technology companies. Previously, Matt served as a principal with GreenSpring Strategies, a D.C. based search firm that he co-founded, serving both public and private sector clients. Mr. Marcolini has been responsible for business development, strategic account management, strategic planning, and search fulfillment for key roles.
Operating with a high sense of urgency to support business priorities and objectives, Matt’s customers and the teams he works with value his affable, thoughtful, and effective approach to serve as a trusted leader and partner.
Ryan M. Thomas
Board Member, Interim Chairman, Co-Founder
Ryan M. Thomas is responsible for product development and is Vice President of the Board of Directors. Prior to co-founding Cathio, Ryan was the Global Director of News Operations for EWTN News, Catholic News Agency (CNA), ACI Prensa, ACI Digital, ACI Stampa and ChurchPop which he helped grow to be the largest religious news service in the world. He oversaw news operations in 8 countries and 5 languages while living in Lima, Peru, Santiago, Chile, Rome, Italy, Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. He’s also the co-founder of Epiphany Ventures which leverages immersive technology to produce cultural, historical and educational exhibitions.
He has appeared on television and radio in English and Spanish as an expert in social media and digital strategy. In addition, he has written pieces that have appeared in the Washington Post, National Catholic Register, Catholic News Agency, ACI Prensa, and Harvard Business School. In 2013, he was the lead translator on Pope Francis’ New York Times Bestseller: On Heaven and Earth and is currently finishing his first book.
Before joining CNA, Ryan worked at the Vanguard Group where he was recruited for their Leadership Development Program and resigned in 2009 as a High Net Worth Sales Manager.
Fluent in Spanish and studying Italian, Ryan also studied Economics and Finance at Regis University, attended Georgetown University’s Fund for American Studies and is a graduate of IESE Business School’s Advanced Management Program (AMP) in Media and Entertainment.
Board Member, Co-Founder, Management Infrastructure
Cameron Chell has been an advisor on two ICOs. Cameron is also a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in the energy, technology and finance sectors.
Cameron is the founder and co-founder of several successful ventures including Business Instincts Group, Draganfly, Raptor Rig, ColdBore, and Urthecast (TSX: UR).
Enrique Elias Dupuy
Director of Ecclesial Relations
Enrique Elias Dupuy has been dedicated to the Catholic Association’s pastoral and cultural initiatives for more than 30 years. He worked in Latin American Church institutions, and has been active in the Church in Rome since 1997. He was a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 2008-2013, which is the Vatican Office for the Catholic Lay Associations and Movements.
He helped organize and participated in many international Catholic events, and has extensive knowledge of religious and Christian realities around the world. This includes decades-long working relationships with the center and peripheries of the Catholic Church. Enrique is dedicated to developing new creative, technological, and cultural solutions for Faith-based people and organizations.
Chief Technology Officer, Product Implementation Director
Andy is a technology visionary with extensive experience leading software builds to tackle business problems.
He’s led dozens of development projects across his three decades in tech, working alongside leading partners like Microsoft and within a diverse industry set including healthcare, fintech, SaaS, AI and e-learning.
As Director of Technology, Andy pulls on his experience to build and deploy technologies using business-driven, agile processes. In his spare time, Andy sits on the Board of NAFI CT, a multi-service agency that provides programming and support for families and children with developmental needs.
Chief Blockchain Architect, Product Implementation Director
Michael Arbach is a business-oriented software engineer with over fifteen years of experience in backend development and distributed architecture.
His knowledge is spread over multiple industries including energy, finance, and healthcare. He is an early blockchain enthusiast, developer and investor.
Michael holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia and speaks four languages.
Shane Giblin is a fund-raising executive whose experience has primarily been with the Catholic Church. He currently serves as the Chief Advancement Officer at St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, California, where he successfully completed a $120 M capital campaign and was instrumental in organically increasing the organization’s email list by 554%. Prior to arriving at St. Michael’s Shane spent seven years creating and growing a national donor base as the Director of Development at the Dynamic Catholic Institute (DCI). While at DCI he increased annual donation revenue by 2,204% from 2009 to 2015. In 2014, Shane was recognized for his vision and success when he was named to the FOCUS 30 Under 30 list. Shane holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Governance
Swapan has over 25 years of senior finance and operations experience and has served at senior executive management levels, both in public and private companies in high growth technology, manufacturing, trading and oil field services industries.
He has held senior roles as President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and served on the Board of some of these Companies.
He has extensive experience in public company reporting, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, internal controls and general overall financial and operational management.
He is a results driven and efficiency focused individual providing strategic advice to his clients.