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Fraternal Outreach Team

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Katlyn Gerken

Katlyn Gerken, Editor and Fraternal Outreach Manager at Catholic Order of Foresters, joined the team in 2014. Katlyn oversees the production of Catholic Forester magazine; manages photography, videography and COF's social media accounts; supports the coordinators; and organizes and attends workshops and outreach events. Her favorite part of the job is working with members and agents to bring events to life, and she has enjoyed seeing the team evolve over the years.

Alma mater: Loras College
Enjoys volunteering at: Feed My Starving Children, local Catholic grade school and a local TV station
Contact: 630-983-3746 or kgerken@catholicforester.org

Alison Mink Assistant Editor

Alison Mink, Associate Editor at Catholic Order of Foresters, graduated with a degree in English and a minor in French. Her favorite book is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger and her favorite movie is “The Fall”, both of which she recommends to anyone who enjoys a deep narrative. Alison looks forward to using her writing skills at COF, as writing has always been a passion of hers—she has one self-published novel under her belt—and she can’t wait to tell more stories.

Alma mater: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Enjoys volunteering at: her parish with the music ministry
Contact: 331-229-5606 or amink@catholicforester.org

Michael Cesario Professional Headshot

Michael Cesario, Fraternal Outreach Coordinator at Catholic Order of Foresters, is an alternative break expert! He participated in various alternative breaks while in grad school and said because those experiences had such an impact on his life, he wants to bring that same experience to others. His third day on the job took him to Ohio where he met with members to plan a few Feeding God's Children events and to Kentucky where he met with several agents. Michael is excited to lead COF's Alternative Break program!

Alma mater: Illinois State University (undergrad) and Saint Xavier University (MBA)
Enjoys volunteering at: Jerusalem Farm in Kansas City
Contact: 331-229-5612 or mcesario@catholicforester.org

Kaitlynrose Bicek Professional Headshot

Kaitlynrose Bicek, Fraternal Outreach Coordinator at Catholic Order of Foresters, recently joined the team! She participated in campus ministry throughout high school and college during which she traveled throughout the country participating in formative service trips. Her favorite experiences were working to improve her local community, impacting lives at home. Kaitlynrose is looking forward to bringing small encounters to all Feeding God's Children and alternative break participants. 

Alma mater: University of Dayton
Enjoys volunteering at: Our Lady of the Angels Mission in Chicago
Contact: 630-527-4996 or kbicek@catholicforester.org

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