Who We Are

Honorary Board Members

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Tree of Jesse window in Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok, Russia.

Most Rev. Cyril Klimovich, DD
Bishop Klimovich oversees the Diocese of St. Joseph in Irkutsk, Russia. Geographically the largest diocese in the world, it includes much of eastern Siberia and all of the Russian Far East, including Vladivostok.

Rev. Joseph Fessio, SJ
Fr. Fessio is a well-known teacher and theologian, and the founder and editor of Ignatius Press. He visited Vladivostok, Russia, in July 1992 and introduced the priests to email communications.

Rev. Joseph Illo
Fr. Illo serves as a priest for the Diocese of Stockton. Another longtime supporter of the mission, Fr. Illo has visited Vladivostok, Russia, and oversaw the development of a sister parish relationship between his former parish in Modesto and the Catholic parish in Second River, Russia.

V. Rev. Robert Stoeckig
Fr. Stoeckig is the Vicar General for the Diocese of Las Vegas. He has been a friend of the mission for many years and hosted one of the mission society conferences at his parish.

David & Sandra Sonnen
David and Sandra have been active in the mission society since 1992. For many years, David provided bookkeeping and operational assistance. He also served as the society’s board chairman for many years. Between 1999 and 2008, Sandra served as the society’s National Coordinator, overseeing all aspects of communication, newsletter production, marketing, donor development, and mission society growth in the United States.

Terrence & Debbie Kopp
Terry and Debbie have been mission supporters for many years. Early on, they stepped forward and provided for the creation of the beautiful Annunciation window in our church in Vladivostok—the first window to be installed and dedicated. Terry, who is a regional marketing manager for EWTN, also served on our Executive Board for years, providing invaluable development, marketing, and business advice.

Mary Jo Peyton
Mary Jo is a retired teacher who became involved with the mission through the sister parish program. She is an avid traveler and visited the parish in Vladivostok in 2006. She now volunteers by speaking to various groups on behalf of the mission and by attending conferences as our representative.


Executive Board Members

V. Rev. Myron Effing, CJD, Board Chairman & President
Fr. Myron is a native of Evansville, Indiana. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics and an M.S. for Teachers degree in Astronomy. He also had Theological training at Crosier House of Studies, and was ordained in 1972. Since then, he has served as a science educator, school administrator, vocations director, and junior seminary rector. In 1991, Fr. Myron accepted the invitation to become the pastor of Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok. Since then, he has opened or reopened 8 parishes in neighboring cities. Fr. Myron founded the Mary Mother of God Mission Society in 1992.
Fr. Myron can be reached at Myron@catholic.vladivostok.ru

The interior of our Vladivostok church, as seen from the choir loft.

The interior of our Vladivostok church, as seen from the choir loft.

Rev. James West, Vice President
Fr. West is a native Texan who currently pastors the Church of St. John the Baptist in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has visited our parishes in the Russian Far East on 3 separate occasions. He was instrumental in developing a strong sister parish relationship at his former parish, Immaculate Conception, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Fr. West also speaks on behalf of the mission and has appeared on radio talk shows, promoting the mission work.

Rev. Daniel Maurer, CJD, Chief Financial Officer
Fr. Daniel hails from western Michigan. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and a Masters of Divinity degree.  He also studied biblical theology and Church history at the Pontifical University of Santiago, Chile and at St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California.  He accompanied Fr. Myron to Vladivostok, Russia, in February 1992 and was ordained later that year in Novosibirsk. Fr. Daniel has been featured on EWTN in an hour-long interview with Raymond Arroyo. He has also been interviewed on Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, and EWTN Radio.
You can reach Fr. Dan at daniel@catholic.vladivostok.ru

Susan Gray, Secretary
Susan has been a volunteer with the mission since 1993 and began working part time in 2000. She has written a number of successful grant proposals to support mission activities and has visited Vladivostok 4 times, twice leading mission teams from her own parish. She has also written articles about the mission for various publications and websites.
Susan’s email address is susanhgray@centurytel.net

Rev. Douglas Grandon, PhD, Executive Board Member
Fr. Grandon is a Parochial Vicar serving St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, Colorado and a Professor of Homiletics at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver. He has visited Vladivostok twice and has served as a speaker and promoter for the mission for many years.
Fr. Grandon can be reached at grandon@bumail.bradley.edu

Lynn Grandon, Executive Board Member
Lynn is the wife of Fr. Douglas Grandon. She is the Director of the Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of Denver and also the Executive Director of Lighthouse Women’s Center.  Lynn has made a number of presentations to hospital and women’s center staff in Vladivostok on life issues. She has also assisted with various diocesan promotions of the mission.
Lynn’s email is lgrandon@ccdenver.org

Tyler Kolden, Executive Board Member
Tyler is the Manager of Technology Services for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). He served for 8 years as FOCUS missionary, working at the U.S. Naval Academy and serving as a “missionary to the missionaries” in Denver.
Tyler can be reached at his FOCUS email address tkolden@focusonline.org

Prof. Robert F. Moran, PhD, Executive Board Member
Dr. Moran is an associate professor in the Department of Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He serves the mission society by speaking and raising awareness through his affiliations with the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He has been instrumental in a number of fundraising efforts within these groups as well as with his own parish.

Mr. Jeffrey Lang, Executive Board Member
Jeff is another long-time supporter of the mission. From his home in Oregon, he not only speaks locally on our behalf, but has also been a driving force in the development of a sister parish relationship. In addition, Jeff travels for the mission society, attending conferences and speaking at parishes throughout the region.

Vicky Trevillyan, National Coordinator
After reading and responding to an article in the Vladivostok Sunrise in 2004, Vicky began volunteering in the sister parish committee at St. Joseph Parish in Modesto, CA.  In 2008, she accepted the invitation to serve as National Coordinator for the society. Vicky has visited Vladivostok 5 times, leading mission trips on several of those visits. Her husband, Craig, often volunteers in the mission office.  Vicky and Craig have 3 grown sons.
Vicky can be reached at the mission society’s office at usoffice@vladmission.org


Staff

Vicky Trevillyan, National Coordinator
In addition to her duties as board member and national coordinator, Vicky oversees the mission society’s office in Modesto, CA. She has seen the office space grow from a small home office to a large, spacious site that includes a religious goods retail store.

Jessica Hoke
Jessica began as a volunteer for the mission in 2011 and joined the staff part time the following year. She coordinates conferences, makes contacts for Fr. Myron’s and Fr. Dan’s US visits, and provides administrative support. Jessica is a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  She is also an outstanding artist with her favorite medium being prisma color pencil.

Mason Trevillyan
Mason began as a volunteer with the mission in 2008.  In 2010, he became a part time staff member supporting data entry needs.  Today, in addition to keeping the database current, he serves as the mission’s merchandising manager and facilitates all the mailing needs. He is an aspiring Emergency Medical Technician.