Franciscan Peacemakers Social Enterprise FRANCISCAN PEACEMAKERS


Our Team

Meet the people who make Franciscan Peacemakers such a special organization

Steve Przedpelski

Executive Director

Deacon Steve Przedpelski grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lives in West Bend, the city that Deacon Steve and his wife Debbie have called home for nearly 40 years. While working as a manufacturing manager, Deacon Steve entered diaconate formation at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee and was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1994.

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Mary Leach-Sumlin

Associate Director

Mary is a lifelong Milwaukee resident having attended and graduated from MPS schools to include a concentration in Chemistry at Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School, now Bradley Tech. Mary worked in various positions in the health insurance industry while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

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Shelly Roder

Director of Communications and Marketing

Shelly hails from the corn fields of Iowa but has found her home in Milwaukee since 2006, where she has served as the Director of Cap Corps Midwest and the Director of Outreach for the Cathedral of St. John prior to joining Franciscan Peacemakers. A graduate of Creighton University, where she studied Theology and Justice and Peace Studies, Shelly is passionate about community building and racial reconciliation.

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Carmen Fontanez, MSW, APSW

Social Enterprise Director

Carmen was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and resides in Milwaukee today. In 2002, Carmen joined the Franciscan Peacemakers and started doing street outreach with Deacon Steve Przedpelski. In 2006, she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at Mount Mary University and in 2011 earned her master’s degree in Social Work at UW-Milwaukee.

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Cynthia Perkins

Outreach and Recovery Assistance Specialist

Cynthia Perkins is originally from a small city in Pennsylvania.   After completing her high school studies, she joined the PA Army National Guard where she studied Missile Maintenance.  While serving in the National Guard, she  met her now former husband. They share three adult children and 2 beautiful granddaughters.

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Lori Dider

Director of Sales

Lori grew up in Whitefish Bay and currently lives in Mequon, WI with her husband Chris. After college, Lori started a career in sales and marketing with Pitney Bowes, Inc. and then decided to stay home and raise her family while also volunteering at several local non-profit service organizations.

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Shenise Davis

Sales Associate

Originally from Chicago IL, Shenise Davis came to Milwaukee in 2002 to pursue a better and positive lifestyle, leaving behind her family and acquaintances. In Milwaukee, she could be away from negative influences but should an emergency arise, travel time was minimal. In her effort to establish positive connections, she was introduced to the Franciscan Peacemakers and met Deacon Steve.

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