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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.

 

Nikki Madisen

Arrangements Coordinator

Nikki schedules groups and private retreats. She is a Racine native whose connection with the Siena Center began while attending retreats through St. Catherine’s High School and continued as she volunteered in the dining room. Nikki draws administrative coordinating experience from many years working with a local Montessori School. In her free time, Nikki enjoys participating in local craft fairs and spending time outdoors.

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.

 

Jane Czarnezki

Associate Director of Hospitality
(262) 898-2591

 

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

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

Registrar
(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.