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Editorial Staff

Founder/ Owner
Tito Edwards 

Tito is happily married and manages Catholic websites for the New Evangelization that Pope John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has asked for in the third millennium. After a lifetime of living a nominal Catholic life, he reverted completely to his childhood faith that began on the eve of the funeral of Pope John Paul II. He manages and The American Catholic.

Executive Editor/ Founder
Dr. Stacy Trasancos, PhD

Stacy is the co-founder of Catholic Stand and former Editor in Chief. In 2011, she had the idea to start a group site for Catholic citizens who wanted to write about how they live the truths the Church teaches, and Tito Edwards gave her the platform. Stacy is a mother of seven and a former research scientist for DuPont. She earned a PhD in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and a MA in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2014. She is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki. Visit her website for more information on her writing, teaching, and life in the Adirondack Mountains.

Editor in Chief
Melanie Jean Juneau 

Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid’s university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. 

Senior Editor
JoAnna Wahlund 

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton’s birthday. She has five terrific kids here on earth, three saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 13 years who supports her in all things. By day, she is a content editor for a global information company; by night, she enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund). She blogs at Working Catholic Mother and more sporadically at A Star of Hope.

Managing Editor
Chelsea Zimmerman 

Chelsea is the Editor-in-Chief for Catholic Lane and a managing editor at Ignitum Today. She often writes and speaks about life issues and Catholic spirituality. She has been featured on EWTN’s Life on the Rock. Her website is Reflections of a Paralytic.

Managing Editor
Anthony S. Layne

Tony was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He served briefly in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a sociology major while holding a variety of jobs. Tony was a “C-and-E Catholic” until, while defending the Faith during the scandals of 2002, he discovered the beauty of Catholic orthodoxy. He currently lives in Denton, Texas, works in the home-mortgage industry in Dallas, participates in his parish’s Knights of Columbus council, and bowls poorly on Sunday nights. Along with Catholic Stand, he also contributes to New Evangelization Monthly and occasionally writes for his own blogs, Outside the Asylum and The Impractical Catholic

Managing Editor/ Book Reviewer
Anabelle Hazard

Annabelle is a practicing Catholic, non-practicing attorney, happy homeschooler, penniless novelist (of Catholic novels Sand and Water and Fireflies Dance), and long-winded blogger at Written By the Finger of God.

Managing Editor
Abigail C. Reimel

Abigail C. Reimel is a budding Catholic author in love with her faith. Though her more immediate dreams include successfully completing college and securing an editing position, she ultimately hopes to live in a little beach house with her future family while writing books that present “the good, the true, and the beautiful” to the young adult generation in an exciting way. She has been published in the St. Austin Review and hopes to be published many more times in the future. She adores living by the ocean, but traded salty winds for mountain air to attend Christendom College, where she is majoring in English.

Managing Editor
David Roney

David converted to Catholicism at the age of nine days, but finally immersed himself into his faith a few decades later.  He takes his vocation as a single dad seriously, despite having what he claims is a sense of humor. When he’s not parenting and driving his kids 5000 miles per day to & from school/soccer/football/other, he is selling Arizona real estate, volunteering at various Catholic charities, studying his faith, and writing.  David is a member of the Order of Malta Auxiliary, and a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. He attends Mass almost daily, loves the outdoors, and is a cancer survivor.

Managing Editor
Nicholas Senz

Nicholas Senz is a husband and father who tries every day to live Galatians 2:20: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” He is a managing editor at Catholic Stand, a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Sacramento, and the Faith Formation Coordinator for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rio Vista, CA. A native of Verboort, Oregon, Nicholas holds master’s degrees in philosophy and theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. His work has appeared at Crisis Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and his own blog, DomiNickan. Nicholas is a science fiction afficianado, Tolkien devotee, avid Anglophile, and consumer of both police procedurals and popcorn in large quantities, usually together.

Managing Editor
Pete Socks

Pete Socks is a converted Catholic still learning the faith after 19 years. He continues to learn the riches of our Faith through books. The passion to read has led to his ministry as a book reviewer for leading Catholic publishers. You can find his reviews, author interviews and weekly giveaways at The Catholic Book Blogger ( He hopes to take what he finds between the covers of books and share insightful topics with the audience here at Catholic Stand. When not reading and writing Pete is the happily married father of five working his way through life in rural PA.

Managing Editor
Scott Eric Alt

Scott Eric Alt is a Catholic convert and blogger. He has an M.A. in English literature (1998) from Southern Illinois University, and in a past life taught introductory college composition and literature. In 2011, after many years of Protestant church-hopping, he was received into the Catholic Church. He is a Third Degree Knight of Columbus and Benedictine oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey. He currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and blogs mainly about apologetics here.

Graphics Editor
Birgit Jones

Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the Church and the prolife movement. A graduate of Brescia University, she has employed her Bachelor of Art degree in pursuits ranging from Executive Director of Right to Life groups to Field Representative to Congressman Ron Lewis (R-KY). She has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 40 years. They have four children and eight living grandchildren (all age eleven and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Birgit can also be found on her personal blog Designs By Birgit and Facebook fan page Designs By Birgit, where she utilizes her advertising and public relations experience to promote Life through her pro-life memes.

Editor Emeritus
Diane McKelva 

Diane McKelva served in every position with this publication since its launch in 2013: Columnist, Managing Editor, Senior Editor, Editor in Chief and Executive Editor. She now writes for various Christian publications. Diane has three books in production – the first to be released April 2017. Read more about Diane here. Her ministry Writing in the Dirt can be found here.