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Staff and Board

Our Staff

Claire Anderson

Executive Director
(262) 898-2590


Claire Anderson holds an Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is the Executive Director of Siena Retreat Center.  She draws on global experiences, including living in Poland, in her exploration of cosmology, science, and faith.


Miriam Brown, OP

Program Leader and Spiritual Director
(262) 898-2585


Miriam Brown, OP, a Sinsinawa Dominican, is a spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, presenter on current spirituality themes, and team member of the Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program.  She has an eye for the Spirit’s movement in the world and the graced unfoldings of each person’s deep and precious life.


Dolores Catanach, OP

Arrangements Coordinator
(262) 898-2580


Sr. Dolores Catanach, OP, is a Racine Dominican; she has worked at Siena Retreat Center for years. She schedules groups that wish to use the facility and coordinates the retreat calendar. Dolores is bilingual; speaking English and Spanish.  In her free time, Dolores bakes and does cross-stitch.

Jane Czarnezki

Associate Director of Hospitality
(262) 898-2591


Jane Czarnezki oversees the hospitality and volunteer aspects of Siena Retreat Center.  

Jim Gill

Associate Director of Programming
(262) 898-2581

Jim earned an MA through the Institute in Creation Centered Spirituality at Mundelein College, Chicago.  He trained as a spiritual guide through Siena’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program and has a BS in Biology from St. Meinrad College.  He has ministered in parishes in adult formation, and as a free-lance speaker throughout the Milwaukee Archdiocese for 36 years.  Jim enjoys gardening, home improvement, iconography and genealogy - seeking the Holy in all things.  He is an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame – Central Pacific Province.

April MacDowell

Administrative Assistant
(262) 898-2590


As Administrative Assistant, April MacDowell provides a welcoming presence as people enter.  She also fields phone calls, registers people for retreats, and staffs the bookstore during regular business hours.

Diane Poplawski, OP

Associate Director of Administration
(262) 898-2586


Diane Poplawski, OP, a Racine Dominican, has been active in vocation ministry at national and community levels and has ministered with Native Americans.  She has a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program.  Diane currently works at Siena Retreat Center in the Development Office.  Diane resonates with Native American teachings and the prophet Micah’s   invitation to “act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly....”


Melissa Sharpe

(262) 898-2582

Melissa Sharpe
Serving the mission of Siena Retreat Center as Registrar is Melissa Sharpe.

Pat Shutts

Program Leader and Spiritual Director
(262) 898-2584


Pat Shutts has a BA in Theology and an MA in Pastoral Studies, and received certification in spiritual guidance from Creighton University. Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening and openness to the Spirit, and companions seekers as they acknowledge and discover God's presence in all of life's journey. She loves art, play, and prayer.