Fraternal Outreach Team
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; and drives member engagement by planning and attending outreach events, including Spirituality Tap-ins. Her favorite part of the job is working with members and agents to bring events to life. She also enjoys seeing her team's impact on the membership. Reach out to her if you want to be involved!
Alma mater: Loras College
Enjoys volunteering at: Feed My Starving Children and her local Catholic grade school
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 enjoys using her writing skills at COF, as writing has always been a passion of hers—she has one self-published novel under her belt. She can’t wait to tell more stories; contact her with your story idea today!
Alma mater: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Enjoys volunteering at: her parish with the music ministry
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! Let him know if you'd like to participate in one.
Alma mater: Illinois State University (undergrad) and Saint Xavier University (MBA)
Enjoys volunteering at: Jerusalem Farm in Kansas City
Kaitlynrose Bicek, Fraternal Outreach Coordinator at Catholic Order of Foresters, was involved in campus ministry throughout high school and college during which she traveled 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. If you have an event idea or want to participate in an alternative break, reach out to her!
Alma mater: University of Dayton
Enjoys volunteering at: Our Lady of the Angels Mission in Chicago