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 BigPulp.it and The American Catholic.


Editor in Chief
Melanie Jean Juneau 

Melanie Jean Juneau is a Canadian 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 Catholic Stand, Catholic 365 , Catholic Mom, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. 

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

Bob Drury

Bob Drury is retired. He has been fascinated with the reasonableness of the Faith since his junior year in high school in the mid-20th century for which the religion text was entitled, “Faith and Reason”. That fascination has continued throughout his education in philosophy, math, and science. In his essays, he hopes to share that fascination with others. Read more at his website, <a href=”http://theyhavenowine.wordpress.com/”>They Have No Wine</a>.

Managing Editor

Bob Kurland

Retired, cranky, old physicist. Convert to Catholicism in 1995. Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith. Intermittent blogs at <a href=”http://rationalcatholic.blogspot.com/”>Rational Catholic</a> and adult education classes <a href=”http://home.ptd.net/~rkurland”>here</a> to achieve this end.

Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.
Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.

And, finally, my motivation:
“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking.
Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.” St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.

Managing Editor
David Roney

David is a cradle Catholic, 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, he is selling Arizona residential real estate, volunteering for various Catholic charities/boards, studying his faith, catechizing, writing, or spending time outdoors. He is a 2018 graduate of the Kino Catechetical Institute, in Phoenix. David is Executive Director of Catholic Voice Arizona, has helped teach catechism at his parish, is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus, and a member of a few other Catholic organizations and men’s groups. He attends Mass almost daily, Adoration at least weekly, and Confession at least monthly.

Managing Editor

Gene Van Son

Gene M. Van Son is retired after spending 35 years in the automobile business working for two of the Big 3 Automakers as a writer and editor, and then as a project manager in the areas of satellite communications and wireless technology. Originally from the Chicago area he has now resided in the Detroit area for more than half his life. He is a cradle Catholic who attended a Catholic grade school, high school, and university. He has been married for 42 years to the love of his life, who is a certified Catechist, and they have three sons. He is now putting his BA in Journalism to use researching and writing about topics and issues that interest him. In addition to writing for Catholic Stand, he has also had articles and essays published at www.AmericanThinker.com and at www.crisesmagazine.com .

Managing 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

Karen Reep

Karen Reep is a Catholic wife and mother to seven children. She lives in a small town in southern Kansas. She has a degree in health science but prefers to be a stay-at-home mom. She teaches catechism to the tenth-grade girls of her local parish. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading and running.

Managing Editor

Matt Chicoine

Matthew Chicoine is a free-lance writer, a faithful Catholic, and an avid truth seeker. Matthew has written book reviews for Homiletic and Pastoral Review and published works for Catholic Insight Magazine as well. He earned an M.A. in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2014. Please feel free to visit his blog at https://thesimplecatholic.blog/ to learn more about his pilgrim pursuit of a joyous life following the truth of the Gospel.

Managing Editor

Nada Mazzei

Nada Mazzei is a freelance writer from Toronto, Ontario. She has an MA in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College and a ThM from the University of Toronto, with a focus on New Testament Studies. She is fluent in Italian and French. Born and raised a Catholic, she is interested in the lives and writings of St. Therese of Lisieux and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Managing Editor

Peter Darcy

Peter Darcy is a freelance writer who has held leadership positions in the business and non-profit worlds and has traveled the globe several times as a missionary, teacher and pilgrim. He holds a degree in Philosophy from Notre Dame. Enjoy his personal site at www.peterdarcywriting.com.

Managing Editor

Sarah Greydanus

Sarah Greydanus graduated in May 2016 from the amazing Christendom College, receiving a B.A. in literature. Now living with her family in New Jersey, Sarah seeks to produce and share well-crafted Catholic writing for God’s glory and readers’ benefit. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces may be viewed on her site, gildedweavings.com. May the grace and peace of Christ be with you!

Graphics Editor
Birgit Jones

Birgit is a cradle Catholic in her sixties who is passionate about the Church and the pro-life movement. A graduate of Brescia University, she has employed her Bachelor of Arts degree in pursuits ranging from Executive Director of Right to Life groups to Field Representative to Congressman Ron Lewis (R-KY). 

Birgit has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 44 years. They have four children and nine living grandchildren (all age thirteen and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of having to live in an empty nest.

Birgit can also be found on her personal blog Catholic Life in Our Times 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 is the Editor Emeritus after serving in every position with Catholic Stand since its launch in 2013: Columnist, Managing Editor, Senior Editor, Editor in Chief and Executive Editor. She is retired from Catholic apologetics, devoting her time to the spiritual healing of her family. Read more about Diane’s journey here. She is grateful for all the prayers and support shown by Catholic Stand staff and her readers.

4 thoughts on “Editorial Staff”

  1. Hello
    I am trying to make Donald R McCleary aware that his article (Edelweiss) in The American Catholic link leads to an error message that the site is not safe.

  2. Creighton Anderson

    I am a retired teacher and author. I am writing a book on the science that came out of WWII. I would like to use some of the information in the article “Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates” by Mary Pesarchick on Aug 31, 2017. I will cite the material correctly. Thank you for your time.

    1. Mary is thrilled you found her article applicable and on behalf of Catholic Stand, I give approval for you to use the information in your book with a citation.

      Melanie, Editor-in-Chief

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