Robert Seelig, CEO | Ron Gies, COO | Larry Dodd, CFO |
Randy Moore, Director of Mission Programs | Jim Peterson, Director of Mission Services | Anthony Crespo, Director of Funeral Programs

Experienced Team. Proven Track Record.

The Catholic Management Services staff has a proven track record of turning around cemetery operations, building and acquiring funeral centers and crematories, developing education and outreach programs, and implementing appropriate revenue generation programs. Because we are a Catholic Church ministry, our models are built on experience and success in dioceses across the nation.

Robert Seelig

Robert Seelig, CEO

Robert Seelig leads Catholic Management Services as CEO and Founder. He created the vision for CMS as “Church helping Church.” As such, he continues to look for ways to leverage our investment in resources by providing services to numerous organizations, rather than each organization building them on their own.

Robert served as Vice President of Smith Industrial Supply Company from 1989-1997 and then purchased the third-generation, family-owned wholesale distribution business. The business grew with offices across the West Coast and they acquired a manufacturing business to complement their strategy. Five years later US Filter, a publicly owned company, purchased the two businesses. Robert stayed with the company for five years, as a Vice President in charge of the Western United States.

In searching for more meaning to his work, he left US Filter in 2002 to work for the Diocese of Oakland as Director of Cemeteries. Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Oakland was at a cross roads requiring new leadership and strategic planning. After renovating the cemeteries, he saw the synergies developing in the industry and both developed and acquired funeral homes to provide the community with a complete set of services.

Upon completion of this strategic initiative in Oakland, there was a call for providing other dioceses with consulting and management services, which led to the launching of Catholic Management Services.

Robert graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He has been a frequent speaker at cemetery industry events and has become a sought-after collaborator on how the Church can create efficiencies, even as it delivers more effectively on this ministry.

He has been married to wife Annette for 25 years and they have three grown children, Matthew, Katie, and Chris.

Ron Gies

Ron Gies, COO

Ron Gies serves as Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Management Services. In this capacity, he is responsible for driving continuous improvement in our services to client-dioceses and for building our talented group of individuals.

The background Ron brings to CMS is focused on the intersection of operational capabilities and strategy. He has been involved in building new departments and capabilities in Fortune 200 companies, as well as creating small businesses. In this work he has been able to serve as both a consultant as well as an internal team member.

While working at the prestigious consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, Ron had the opportunity to serve many leading international companies on operational transformation. Additionally, he has served as a senior executive with one of the largest banks in the United States, developing their customer-facing strategy. These two types of experiences shape how Ron thinks about building capabilities within CMS’s clients.

Similarly, Ron has had many interesting opportunities within the Church. He was elected by fellow parishioners to represent them through the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s convocation process in the mid-1980s. He co-founded a large Young Adult Group in the Los Angeles archdiocese; and later answered the call with his wife to found another in the Oakland diocese. He has also served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and as a catechist at many age levels.

Ron holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with Departmental Highest Honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been quoted in numerous business publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Larry Dodd

Larry Dodd, CFO

Larry Dodd serves at CMS’ Chief Financial Officer. He brings many years of financial experience to the team, having worked in both large and small organizations. Larry has worked as the Assistant Controller for the Northern California division of Kaufman & Broad, as well as the Controller for the San Francisco Giants for a number of years.

Larry has spent the majority of his career as a CFO or a Regional Finance Chief for a number of land development and home building companies, including Meritage Homes and Signature Properties, often working with the same leadership team in different organizations. Between these assignments, he has worked on several occasions for Resources Global, which was a consulting arm of Deloitte & Touche.

Larry has been a faculty member of the American Management Association and was the Regional Financial Executive of the Year for the Institute of Management Accountants in 2006. He holds a degree in Accounting from Sonoma State University.

Randy Moore

Randy Moore, Director of Mission Programs

Randy Moore is the Director of Mission Programs at CMS. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the CMS program implementation and training programs for Cemetery Directors, General Managers and Family Service Counselors as it relates to best practices, process development and revenue generation. As an original member of the CMS team, Randy has personally developed much of the processes and training curriculum that has directly contributed to the success of our client-dioceses across the country.

Prior to joining CMS, Randy served as a Family Service Counselor for the Diocese of Oakland Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services. Randy also worked in the automotive industry for over 15 years in a variety of leadership positions for private and Fortune 500 companies, specializing in national sales training, leadership and business development. Prior to entering this industry, Randy worked in the emergency medical field in the Bay Area of California.

Randy’s specialized skill set in leadership development and training is a great asset to the Catholic cemetery and funeral industry. He is focused on the mission of teaching others how to educate and guide the families in our client-dioceses, while providing proven methodologies to growing this ministry through better processes and business practices that support the Catholic Church.

Randy grew up in the Bay Area of California, has been married to his wife Taunya for 16 years, and has three children.

Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson, Director of Mission Services

As the Director of Mission Services, Jim works directly with our Regional Directors and Regional Training Directors on implementing cultural and strategic priorities within our client-dioceses. Prior to joining the CMS team, Jim was a Chair for Vistage International, where he lead groups of CEOs who were committed to improving their company’s performance to higher annual revenue rates of nearly 15% greater than the D&B average. Jim’s background also includes positions in operations and merchandising at various retail outlets such as Ross Stores, Big Lots and Macy’s.

Anthony Crespo

Anthony Crespo, Director of Funeral Programs

Anthony, a third-generation funeral director, was most recently the Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Tucson before joining the CMS team. In this role, he was responsible for balancing the needs of more than 700 client families annually with the resources of a mission diocese that has averaged 65% cremation rate for the last 3 years. Anthony interfaced with the Bishop’s office, clergy, 13 member board of directors, cemetery operations, sales, and administration departments. Anthony is the Regional Director for the Mountain West region.

A graduate of Commonwealth College of Science, Anthony holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. In 1994, he was named a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

CMS’ Regional Directors provide the support our clients need in order to succeed. A direct liaison between the diocese and CMS, the Regional Directors ensure that needs are met and goals are exceeded.

Jack Drexel | Tom Farrell | Ed Koener | John Lobo | Kristin Rau

Jack Drexel

Jack Drexel

Jack is a Regional Director for clients in the Eastern portion of the United States. He has worked steadfastly within the cemetery industry for over 30 years, in which he has developed a well-established reputation for integrity, vision, passion and commitment. Jack’s sensitivity to the history and traditions of a Catholic cemetery, his strong knowledge of current practices and proven track record of developing innovative solutions makes him an invaluable asset to Catholic Management Services. The vast majority of his career was spent with the Catholic Cemeteries in the Diocese of Rochester, most recently in the role of Director of Cemetery Operations where he established policies, designed and implemented new initiatives and directed operational activities for up to 50 year-round and seasonal employees conducting approximately 1,700 burials each year. Throughout his tenure in the funeral and cemetery industry, Jack has managed various capital projects from inception to completion, including columbariums and mausoleums, as well as a new cemetery, from land acquisition through the development phase to completion.

Jack has been an active member of the Catholic Cemetery Conference for over 20 years, most recently serving on its Board as the Vice President. Jack has authored and/or contributed to multiple articles for the CCC and is a frequent lecturer, facilitator and presenter for various seminars, conferences and events within the Catholic community.

Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell

Tom, the Regional Director for our Central region, brings a 20-year proven track record of success in operational optimization, strategy management and client relations experience to CMS. He possesses a broad range of experience across real estate, wholesale produce, sporting, and financial service industries with a “roll up the sleeves and get in the weeds” kind of work ethic. Prior to joining CMS, Tom was a Senior Consultant for Farrell Consulting, where he developed company culture processes, consulted on product development and business expansion and performed operations systems analyses for his clients.


Tom has a dual degree in Sociology and Political Science from Rockford College and in his spare time worked with the Special Olympics on and off for about 15 years.

Ed Koener

Ed Koener

Ed, CMS’ Regional Director for the Midwest, has extensive experience in the customer service industry, where he served in various roles for various automotive and financial companies, such as Chevrolet and Advisors Capital, Inc. He is an active nonprofit volunteer, assisting with Kids Against Hunger and serving as Parish Council member at his Church.

John Lobo

John Lobo

John serves as CMS’ Regional Director for the Southeast Region. He is a senior executive with over 30 years of business experience starting his career with Citicorp/Citibank in product development and training, operations, sales management and human resources in Citi’s Mortgage Banking Division. John has been an entrepreneur for the last 20 years starting companies in the fields of real estate investment and management, radio frequency technology (RFID) and data destruction and security.
For the past few years, John has worked as a business consultant for non-profits to create a positive compassionate and caring culture in the workplace helping companies become more efficient and effective. He has been active in his faith community being President of the church Pastoral Council, serving on Emmaus retreats around the country for almost twenty years, on Stewardship and Mission Teams in South Florida and Board Member for MorningStar Retreat Center in Miami, Florida.

Born in Calcutta, India John came to America as a student almost forty years ago. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Xavier’s, Calcutta, India.

Kristin Rau

Kristin Rau

Kristin is the Regional Director for the West Region of the U.S. and has over 20 years of experience as an accomplished leader and mission-driven executive. Prior to joining CMS, she was the Director of Mission Integration for Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver where she helped operationalize the integration of their Catholic identity and core values into their culture, programs, policies and decision-making. Kristin is a seasoned entrepreneur, corporate director, and non-profit executive with a proven track record as a leader in high-performing mission-driven organizations. Her talents, combined with a wide variety of experiences, depth of skills, and tenacity, have driven top-and-bottom line results in entities ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations.

Kristin has a B.S from Michigan State and a M.S from Cornell University, both in Agricultural and Applied Economics. In addition, she has a M.A. in Biblical Theology from The Augustine Institute.

Kristin’s greatest passion is serving faith-based organizations in a way that integrates the mission, vision, values, and core identity into all aspects of the organization.

The Board of Directors has oversight responsibilies for fiduciary and canonical matters of Catholic Management Services.

Robert Seelig | Very Reverened George Mockel | Paul Bongiovanni

Robert Seelig

Robert Seelig, CEO

Robert Seelig leads Catholic Management Services as CEO and Founder. He created the vision for CMS as “Church helping Church.” As such, he continues to look for ways to leverage our investment in resources by providing services to numerous organizations, rather than each organization building them on their own.

Robert served as Vice President of Smith Industrial Supply Company from 1989-1997 and then purchased the third-generation, family-owned wholesale distribution business. The business grew with offices across the West Coast and they acquired a manufacturing business to complement their strategy. Five years later US Filter, a publicly owned company, purchased the two businesses. Robert stayed with the company for five years, as a Vice President in charge of the Western United States.

In searching for more meaning to his work, he left US Filter in 2002 to work for the Diocese of Oakland as Director of Cemeteries. Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Oakland was at a cross roads requiring new leadership and strategic planning. After renovating the cemeteries, he saw the synergies developing in the industry and both developed and acquired funeral homes to provide the community with a complete set of services.

Upon completion of this strategic initiative in Oakland, there was a call for providing other dioceses with consulting and management services, which led to the launching of Catholic Management Services.

Robert graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He has been a frequent speaker at cemetery industry events and has become a sought-after collaborator on how the Church can create efficiencies, even as it delivers more effectively on this ministry.

He has been married to wife Annette for 25 years and they have three grown children, Matthew, Katie, and Chris.

Very Reverened George Mockel, Vicar General, Diocese of Oakland

Very Reverend George Mockel is the Vicar General of the Diocese of Oakland, as well as a Pastor at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, CA. As Vicar General, a position he’s held in Oakland since 2005, Father Mockel oversees all clergy services, pastoral planning and property management of the Cathedral. In addition to being a member of both CMS Boards, he serves on other Boards throughout the area, including the Diocesan Finance Council, the Diocesan Planning Board, the Priest Personnel Board and the College of Consultors.

A Bay Area native, Father Mockel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Patrick’s College in Mountain View, and attended St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. He has previously served as Judicial Vicar of the diocese and pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Concord. In addition, Father Mockel attended the Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice at Catholic University of America and the Institute on the Revised Code of Canon Law at the University of San Francisco.

Paul Bongiovanni, CFO, Diocese of Oakland

Paul Bongiovanni, who has over 30 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations, has been a valued employee of the Diocese of Oakland since 2008. He began his tenure as the Controller for the Diocese and was appointed to Chief Financial Officer in 2014. He currently serves as a trusted advisor to Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., in addition to directing and supervising day-to-day operations within the Diocese. A Bay Area native, Paul has been attending Mass within the Diocese since he was born.

Prior to working for the Diocese of Oakland, Paul worked for various nonprofit entities, including the Family Stress Center in Concord, CA, The Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward.

The CMS National Advisory Board is comprised of a group of experienced individuals within the industry who provide guidance and support on all of CMS’ business and mission-based endeavors.

Very Reverened George Mockel | Leslie T. Maiman | Paul Bongiovanni
Peter Persuitti | Tom Gordon

Very Reverened George Mockel, Vicar General, Diocese of Oakland

Very Reverend George Mockel is the Vicar General of the Diocese of Oakland, as well as a Pastor at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, CA. As Vicar General, a position he’s held in Oakland since 2005, Father Mockel oversees all clergy services, pastoral planning and property management of the Cathedral. In addition to being a member of both CMS Boards, he serves on other Boards throughout the area, including the Diocesan Finance Council, the Diocesan Planning Board, the Priest Personnel Board and the College of Consultors.

A Bay Area native, Father Mockel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Patrick’s College in Mountain View, and attended St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. He has previously served as Judicial Vicar of the diocese and pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Concord. In addition, Father Mockel attended the Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice at Catholic University of America and the Institute on the Revised Code of Canon Law at the University of San Francisco.

Leslie T. Maiman, CEO, COO and Chancellor, Archdiocese of Anchorage

Leslie T. Maiman, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. Dr. Maiman’s twenty-four years of ecclesial service include five years as the Executive Director of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference and seventeen years with the Diocese of San Angelo (Texas) including appointments as Chancellor, Diocesan Finance Officer and Retreat Center Administrator. Immediately out of college, his initial fifteen-year professional career was spent in the financial securities industry as a manager for Merrill Lynch and E.F. Hutton.

Dr. Maiman holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Catholic University of America, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, and a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Saint Louis University. He co-authored, “Long-Range Planning For A West Texas Catholic Diocese” (Interfaces, March-April 2009, ref: National Catholic Reporter, June 23, 2009) in addition to having published his dissertation topic, Pastoral Finance Workshop: Money Tools for Presbyters, which he presents as a two-day workshop to diocesan priests throughout the United States.

Les and his wife, Brenda, have two adult children and reside in Anchorage, Alaska.

Paul Bongiovanni, CFO, Diocese of Oakland

Paul Bongiovanni, who has over 30 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations, has been a valued employee of the Diocese of Oakland since 2008. He began his tenure as the Controller for the Diocese and was appointed to Chief Financial Officer in 2014. He currently serves as a trusted advisor to Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., in addition to directing and supervising day-to-day operations within the Diocese. A Bay Area native, Paul has been attending Mass within the Diocese since he was born.

Prior to working for the Diocese of Oakland, Paul worked for various nonprofit entities, including the Family Stress Center in Concord, CA, The Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward.

Peter Persuitti, Managing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Peter Persuitti is the Managing Director for Global Religious and Nonprofit Practice at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co, a US-based global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. Peter, a seasoned executive and passionate leader, has over 30 years of experience in a variety of roles within academic, faith-based and nonprofit institutions. He leads Gallagher’s strategy for bringing resources to bear for the benefit of the religious and nonprofit sector and is heavily involved in the ongoing implementation of “Virtus ,” a national initiative that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “right doing” within religious organizations.

Peter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies from the Jesuit University of Scranton and a Master of Arts degree in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) from The Ohio State University. He is a Founding Trustee for the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart and was the recipient of the “Daniel P. Wachs Memorial Award” for outstanding marketing achievement by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Group of Companies in 2003.

Tom Gordon, COO, Catholic Extension

Tom Gordon is the Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Extension, a national fundraising organization committed to strengthening poor mission dioceses across the United States. In this role, he is responsible for internal organization processes and infrastructure that allows Catholic Extension to fulfill its mission. Tom’s passion for excellence allows him to oversee both strategic and operational programs with the utmost effectiveness and creativity.

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, sales and finance, having served in various leadership roles in large American corporations, entrepreneurial firms and small start-ups.