Meet Our Staff

Therese A. Polakovic - President
Terry Polakovic is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Endow. She has spent nearly 25 years working in the non-profit arena in the areas of management, fundraising, and volunteer coordination.  Prior to founding Endow, Terry was the Chief Executive Officer of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust for the Archdiocese of Denver. In addition to leading Endow, Terry has served as a board member for numerous non-profit organizations. She is currently serving as a trustee for The Catholic Foundation for the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Colorado. She is also a member of the board of directors for St. Catherine of Siena Academy in Wixom, Michigan. In 2010, Terry was awarded the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (“For the Church and Pontiff”), a special award from our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI given for exceptional service to the Church. In 2011, the Catholic Leadership Institute honored Terry as an “Outstanding Catholic Leader.”

Terry and her husband, Mike, have two young adult children. Her daughter, Katie, graduated from Providence College in 2009 with a degree in Theology and shortly thereafter, she joined the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. Her religious name is Sister Maria Pacis, RSM. Her son, Joe, graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011 and is currently serving as an Officer in the United States Marines. Terry enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and exercising.

Kate Sweeney - Director of Programs
Kate Sweeney joined Endow in 2007 as the Director of Programs.   Kate attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  Upon graduation, she spent two years serving as a missionary with International Volunteers in Houston, TX, where she primarily served high school and college students on local, national, and international evangelization missions.  Post mission work, Kate spent several years as a client manager for Willis, an insurance consulting firm, before becoming the Director of Programs of Endow.  In addition to working for Endow, Kate volunteers in young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver, helping to organize young adult retreats and monthly Theology on Tap events.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Bishop Machebeuf High School.

Eileen Love - Teacher and Trainer
Eileen Love arrived at Endow in 2006 after many years in parish work. Eileen has worked as a Director of Religious Education and was a featured columnist in the Denver Catholic Register from 1994-2000. She holds certification as a master catechist, is a 1994 graduate of the Catholic Biblical School and has her Master’s Degree in Theological Studies.  Eileen now works as an editor on Endow study guides and travels the country speaking and training future Endow facilitators.  She and her husband, Mike are the blessed and proud parents of 4 young men.

Emily Sullivan – Program Manager
Emily joined Endow in the spring of 2014 as the Program Manager for the Northeast. After high school, Emily spent a year volunteering as a Catholic youth minister in Ireland before heading to California to study at Thomas Aquinas College. As a voracious reader, she was blessed to spend four years studying a“Great Books Curriculum” with a special emphasis on Thomistic Theology & Philosophy. After graduation she married her college sweetheart Joe and had the privilege of teaching Theology and Philosophy at a classical high school outside of Manhattan. She and her husband now reside in the suburbs of Philadelphia with their daughter Brigid and are expecting their 2nd child in September.

Gina Warner – Program Manager
Gina Warner formally joined Endow in 2013 as Program Manager after retiring her pen as a freelance writer.  Prior to that she had been an Endow participant and facilitator for some time, and worked as an editor on Endow youth studies. Active in her family’s parish, she and her husband Chad have a highschool aged son and middleschool aged twin daughters. Gina loves to share the message of Endow and is enthusiastically received whenever she speaks about the feminine genius to groups of women  in Denver and beyond. One of 8 children from Omaha, Nebraska, she is a graduate of Santa Clara University.

Katherine Straus – Director of Mission Advancement
Katherine Straus is Endow’s new Director for Mission Advancement based in Los Angeles, CA. Katherine attended DePauw University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Studies with a concentration in Public Health. Starting as a model, she left that line of work to pursue her faith while helping the economically and spiritually marginalized. Katherine has worked in women’s prisons in Peru, researched forced eugenic procedures in South Africa, worked with the Archdiocese of Chicago on the city’s south side and among indigenous populations in the United States. After moving to California for a job at TOMS Shoes in Santa Monica in 2011 she has spent the past three years as Director for People & Places for DIGDEEP Water, a global human rights non-profit based in Los Angeles. Through her background in non-profit development and international experience Katherine has witnessed the reality of women in many corners of the world bringing a unique perspective to our mission at Endow.  She and her fiancé, soon to be married, reside in Pasadena, California.

Operations Staff

Amy Nuanes – Director of Operations
Holly Turner – Operations & Program Coordinator
Jill Heringer – Administrative Assistant

Endow Spiritual Advisor
Most Rev. José H. Gomez, S.T.D.
Archbishop of Los Angeles

Endow Board of Directors
Mrs. Deb Smith
Chairman

Mrs. Marilyn Coors, Ph.D.
Chairman Emeritus

Mrs. Therese Polakovic
Executive Director

Mr. JD Flynn, J.C.L.
Mrs. Carie Freimuth
Mrs. Karleen Goerke, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.A.-B.C.
Mr. Jayd Hendricks
Mrs. Jeanette DeMelo
Mrs. Suann Maier
Mr. Craig Miller
Mrs. Mary Morroni J.D.
Mrs. Martha Reichert
Mr. Tim Reichert Ph. D.
Mr. Randy Wambsgasss

Advisory Committee
J. Francis Cardinal Stafford,  Retired President, Pontifical Council of the Laity (1996-2003), Major Penitentiary (2003-2010)
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
Sister Prudence Allen, R.S.M., Ph.D.
Helen Alvaré, J.D.
Cathy Cleaver-Ruse, J.D.
Mary DelPup
Mary Jane Fox
Mary Ann Glendon, J.D.
Mother Ann Marie Karlovic, O.P.
F. K. Marsh, Ph.D.
Judy Maten
Patricia McCarthy
Jeanne Monahan
Patty O’Connell
Anne Roat, Ph.D.
Robert Siemens
Janet Smith, Ph.D.
Gloria Zapiain, M.A.