Deacon Steve Stemper

Deacon Steve Stemper

CEO & President

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Deacon Steve Stemper joined the Foundation November 1, 2012 as CEO and President. He has been a permanent Deacon since his ordination in June 2000 for the Archdiocese of Denver, currently assigned to Saint Thomas More parish.
He brought more than 30 years of CPA and corporate financial experience to the Foundation. Combined with his deep personal faith and servant role for the Church, his business background gives Deacon Steve a unique perspective and leadership that focuses on the necessity for wise stewardship. He desires parishioners take advantage of God’s promise to never be outdone in generosity, while also glorifying God and ultimately helping Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries in their mission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Deacon Steve is a graduate of Colorado State University where he majored in accounting. He and his wife, Cathy, have four married children (3 daughters and a son) and multiple grandchildren.

Favorite Saint: Blessed Virgin Mary
Go-To-Prayers: Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Lisa C. Kukura

Lisa C. Kukura

Senior Gift Planning Director

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Lisa is the Director of Planned Giving at The Catholic Foundation. Lisa is from West Virginia and moved to Denver in August 2018. She and her husband are now empty nesters. They have four children, three girls and one boy. The oldest three are graduates and are all engineers, the youngest attends college at West Virginia University. Lisa’s husband is a cradle Catholic and Lisa converted to Catholicism and had her first Communion at their wedding in 1995.
Lisa is an attorney and graduated from West Virginia University. She practiced law, raised the children and this is her second career- she gets to meet with other Catholics, share her faith and work for the benefit of God’s Kingdom. Lisa and Jeff attend Our Lady of Loreto.

Favorite Saints: St. Gabriel the Archangel and St. Therese of Lisieux
Go-To-Prayer: Hail Mary

Joshua Gideon

Joshua Gideon

Senior Director of Planned Giving

Joshua serves as the Senior Director of Planned Giving for the Foundation. Prior to The Catholic Foundation, Joshua was with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) in multiple roles, from being a missionary to later helping facilitate FOCUS’ first planned giving department. He is a graduate of Benedictine College and holds Masters in Business Administration and Charitable Financial Planning. Joshua and his wife, Elisabeth, live in Littleton and spend most of their time together with their gaggle of kids (eight so far). He enjoys golfing (poorly), reading, DIY (also poorly), and most anything outdoors.

Favorite Saints: St. Joseph, St. Gerard, St. Benedict
Go-To-Prayer: Rosary and “A Prayer before Work”

Michelle Fehn

Michelle Fehn

CFO

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Michelle Fehn has been with The Catholic Foundation for 11 years and currently acts as the Chief Financial Officer. She serves the team in multiple areas including accounting, financial reporting, IT, payroll, and human resources. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has 30 years of experience in all aspects of accounting and business processes. She began her career as a certified public accountant with KPMG in its Denver office. Michelle later worked with the Jones Companies for over 12 years, first as a tax senior for the cable subsidiary and later as a controller for a software development subsidiary.
Michelle and her husband of 30 years, Brad, are members of St. Vincent De Paul parish in Denver. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time in the beautiful Colorado mountains with their three daughters and three granddaughters.

Favorite Saint: St. Michael the Archangel
Go-To-Prayer: Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Mary McAtee

Mary McAtee

Gift Planning Assistant & Receptionist

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Mary has been with the Foundation for 6 years, supporting the Development team in Planned Giving, Parish Funds, and Donor Advised Funds. She also has the opportunity to greet our guests in person and on the phone each day. The Denver area has been her home for 32 years, and she belongs to St. Thomas More Parish. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University where she met her husband Mark, now deceased.  Mary has three children who live and work in the Denver area. When Mary isn’t holding down the fort in the office, you can find her cooking, walking, and reading. Mary has also graduated from the Denver Catholic Biblical School and is currently a student in the Catechetical School.

Favorite Saints: St. Therese and St. Faustina
Go-To-Prayers: Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Darlene Espinoza

Darlene Espinoza

Accountant

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Darlene is our accountant here at The Catholic Foundation and has been with us for 12 years. She enjoys interacting with our team, vendors and donors, while ensuring everyone gets paid and all donations accounted for. Darlene has spent most of her career in the accounting field. She grew up in Denver (a rare “native”) and is surrounded by lots of family.
When Darlene isn’t working, she enjoys volunteering for the church, gardening, camping with family and friends, taking long walks and spending time with her daughter Alexis. You can also find Darlene listening to music and pulling out a few dance moves. She is a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Denver.

Favorite Saint: Our Lady of Fatima
Go-To-Prayer: St. Michael the Archangel

Denise McCarthy

Denise McCarthy

Grants Manager & Executive Assistant

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Denise started with The Catholic Foundation back in 2012 and is Deacon Steve’s Executive Assistant and our Grants Manager. She is one of nine children, born and raised on a farm in northeast Nebraska. Denise worked in the telephone and cable business for over 20 years where she met her husband Tim. The late Tim and Denise were married for 28 years and have a daughter Erin, who lives in Glenwood Springs. Denise temporarily retired in 2008 to be home with her daughter Erin while she attended middle school. Denise currently lives in Parker and has been a parishioner at Ave Maria Catholic Church for over 25 years. When Denise isn’t working, she is playing golf, talking to one of her sisters, traveling and hanging with her 2 Westies.

Favorite Saint: St. Teresa of Calcutta
Go-To-Prayer: St. Michael the Archangel

Beth Chatterton

Beth Chatterton

Director, Marketing & Communications

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Beth is back for her second tour at The Catholic Foundation and is the Director of Marketing & Communications. Beth was raised in the area and has been a parishioner at St. Thomas More Catholic Church for over 35 years. Beth spent much of her 22+ year career in the for-profit world in the telecommunications industry with companies DIRECTV, DISH Network and On Command. Beth is married to Greg (a Canadian) and they have 8 children – 5 here and 3 in heaven. When Beth isn’t working you can find her hanging with her family, traveling, drinking her favorite Starbucks drink or attempting to take a nap.

Favorite Saints: Blessed Virgin Mary and St John Paul II
Go-To-Prayer: Hail Mary