Tom Chapman

Executive Director[email protected]
Tom became the Executive Director of the Iowa Catholic Conference in February of 2007 after 16 years working for the Diocese of Des Moines. While there, he served as director of communications and editor of The Catholic Mirror newspaper prior to his appointment as chancellor in 2002. As chancellor, Chapman assisted Bishop Joseph Charron with the administration of the diocesan staff and pastoral planning in the diocese.

Joan Thompson

Associate for Research and Outreach[email protected]
Joan joined the conference in 2008. She assists with advocacy projects and focuses on research in support of legislative priorities.

Brenda Parezo

Administrative Assistant, [email protected]
Brenda joined the conference in 2018 after twenty-five years in the medical industry. Brenda provides support for all activities of the Iowa Catholic Conference, including business affairs and administering the unemployment insurance program for Iowa’s Catholic schools.

Paul Jahnke

Unemployment Insurance Program Coordinator[email protected]
Paul has worked for the Iowa Catholic Conference since 2004. He manages the unemployment insurance program for the Catholic schools throughout the state.