Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and is the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte. Bishop Jugis was educated in Catholic and public schools in his hometown earning a degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1979.
After graduation he entered the seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1983, by Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Bishop Jugis earned additional degrees in canon law after his ordination. The Pontifical Gregorian University awarded him a licentiate in1984. In 1993, he received his doctorate in canon law (JCD) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
In addition to serving as the judicial vicar of the Diocese of Charlotte before being ordained as bishop, he carried out pastoral duties at numerous parishes within the diocese.Blessed John Paul II named Father Jugis a bishop in August 2003. His episcopal ordination took place at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte on Oct. 24, 2003. Bishop Jugis' episcopal motto is "Caritas Christi Urget Nos" (The Love of Christ Impels Us) from 2 Corinthians 5: 14.
Bishop Jugis first offered his blessing of the efforts of Be Not Afraid in the Diocese of Charlotte in 2010.His on-going personal encouragement particularly as it relates to the important work of serving families and welcoming vulnerable newborns has been meaningful in BNA’s primary focus providing comprehensive and direct support to parents carrying to term.He was both a sponsor and an attendee of BNA’s first service provider conference, and it was at his urging that BNA incorporated as a private nonprofit in December of 2011.Bishop Jugis serves as Episcopal Moderator on the BNA Board of Trustees.
In addition to his sacramental and official duties as shepherd of the Diocese of Charlotte, Bishop Jugis established the Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress in 2005. This annual event draws more than 10,000 people to the see city of Charlotte in celebration of our faith in the Eucharist as the source and summit of Catholic life.
Amy Daniels completed doctoral studies at Oblate School of Theology, TX, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Amy served seven years on active duty as a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada; Misawa, Japan; Aviano, Italy; San Antonio, Texas; and Andrews Air Force, Maryland. Prior to converting to Catholicism, she was an elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Amy became familiar with BNA while providing pastoral care for a parish family in need of support following a poor prenatal diagnosis in Raleigh, NC. She served then as the Director of Adult Formation & Pastoral Care at the largest parish (with over 6,200 families) in the Diocese of Raleigh. She was a featured speaker at BNA’s first service provider conference, and her insights regarding the important work of pastoral care as peer ministry have greatly informed the BNA service model.
She currently serves as the Director of the Office of Formation & Discipleship in the Archdiocese of Atlanta working in various areas of ministry to include religious education of all ages, youth and young adult ministry, pastoral care and professional development and certification.
Amy is married to Paul Burgess-Wise. They have five children: Andrew (16), Daniel (13), Timothy (10), Julia (7), and Rebecca (4.) Julia was diagnosed at birth with Trisomy 21 and a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.
Peggy Gallo graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Accounting. She is a Realtor with Helen Adams Realty in Charlotte, NC, and has had extensive board experience supporting community-based organizations in various positions of leadership.
Growing up in northern New Jersey, Peggy met BNA co-founder Sandy Buck in high school. They have remained life-long friends serving as Maids of Honor in each other’s weddings and as godparents to each other’s children. Ultimately, they shared the experience of prenatal diagnosis and perinatal loss when in 2001 and 2002, Peggy lost a son (John Cade) to an umbilical cord accident and a daughter with Trisomy 18 (Peyton) to miscarriage, and Sandy’s son (Casey) was born still following a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 18.
Peggy used her experience of loss to support others. She met Tracy Winsor when both were tapped as a special breavement ministry outreach to support another family who suffered a newborn loss following the prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 18. Shortly after, Peggy proposed that Sandy implement a similar ministry at her parish and the seeds for the development of a diocesan local service supporting parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis were sown.
Peggy is married to John and she has two grown step daughters, a 7th grade daughter (Carson Lee) and a 3rdgrade son (Cade.)
Susan Guilfolye graduated from Western Michigan University with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Originally from Detroit, she has taught at Reedy Creek Elementary in Charlotte, NC for 21 years in the 3rdand 4th grade and also as a Literacy Facilitator.
Susan is married to Tim and the two have three sons. Jackson is 16 y/o and Reilly is 11 y/o. Aidan, their youngest, was born still on August 1, 2010 having been diagnosed at 11 weeks gestation with Trisomy 18. Susan was referred to BNA by the genetics counselor who provided information regarding that diagnosis. Aidan was the fifth baby welcomed by BNA Charlotte and Susan’s belly bow picture has become one of the most recognizable BNA images gracing the front of the BNA service brochure since the year of Aidan’s birth. She is also quoted in the BNA Pastoral Care Manual.
Susan has worked in various capacities with BNA supporting other families as they travel this difficult road. She is a prayer sponsor and the creator of many beautiful personalized gifts for BNA parents including scrap books, framed art work, and Christmas ornaments. She presented insights regarding the importance of memory-making items to parents experiencing perinatal loss at BNA’s service provider conference, and served as chair of BNA’s first fundraiser (the BNA Run for Life, Love and Hope 5K) in October of 2012.
She enjoys running and spending time with her family, and attends Back Creek Presbyterian ARP (associate reformed presbyterian) where she has led adult Bible study classes for almost two years.
Maggi Fitzpatrick Nadol has a Bachelor’s degree from Mercy College of Detroit, a nursing degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Master's in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In nursing, she worked in obstetric medicine, outpatient surgery and home health.
She currently serves as the Respect Life Director for the Diocese of Charlotte, and maintains licensure as a counselor in the State of NC. She coordinates and facilitates Rachel’s Vineyard retreats (a ministry for post-abortion healing) in the Diocese of Charlotte. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Catholic Voice NC, a nonpartisan website regarding political issues and legislation which is operated by the NC Bishops.
Maggi’s relationship with BNA began when she agreed to support the development of the local Charlotte ministry by way of funding, and secured the sponsorship of a 2008 BNA workshop and roundtable by Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Charlotte. Her support that first year was invaluable. In the years since, Maggi’s personal encouragement and mentoring have been instrumental in the continued growth and development of BNA.
Maggi is married to Noel and they have five grown children (Megan, Patrick, Erin, Sean-Thomas and Stanislav who was adopted from Russian) and five grandchildren.
Monica Rafie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and 5 children… Augustin (12), Celine (11), Genevieve (9), Camille (7), Damian (4).
She has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, and worked for several years in urban neighborhoods on a project directed by the Harvard School of Public Health. She also has professional experience in crisis pregnancy counseling having both volunteered and then worked as a staff member at Aid for Women, a Chicago area crisis pregnancy center. Monica completed training with Sister Paula Vandegaer at International Life Services.
Monica’s introduction to prenatal diagnosis was as a young mother when she discovered active, online groups of mothers who terminated for medical reasons. Her prolife counseling sensibilities recognized the need for parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis to find some life-affirming support, but she recognized that they needed something beyond what the traditional model offered.
It was in 2002, after her own personal experience of a prenatal diagnosis that she founded Benotafraid.net creating the first online outreach for parents. Parent stories, informative articles, message boards and phone and email consults drew an immediate following. On average, 35,000 visitors come to website every year.
Monica brings to our organization her ongoing perspective and experience with assisting parents online, personal dealings with prenatal diagnosis and NICU, and the ability to translate the issues we deal with into articles which have been widely published. She has written for several Catholic online publications, including Mercatornet and Catholic Exchange, and co-authoring pieces with Tracy, Winsor she has been published in Ethics & Medics and Public Discourse. Monica serves as the BNA Board of Trustees Chairperson.
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Shulena Curry is from Elkhart, Indiana. She studied early education and childhood development and operates a daycare business. She is the single parent of a son, Elijah, and twin daughters (Addison and Layla) who were diagnosed with TTTS (Twin to Twin Syndrome) prenatally. Shulena was referred to BNA in 2009 when she was pregnant with the twins. Her story is featured in an article published by the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Shulena has served as a BNA peer for several years and currently chairs the BNA bereavement team. She has also helped with numerous administrative efforts including fundraising, and serves as the BNA Board of Trustees Secretary.
Jamie Swanson grew up in southeastern NC, and graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 2000 with a BA in Therapeutic Recreation. She currently resides in
Wilmington, NC. with her husband, Jonathan. She is mother to two sons (Noah and Preston) and Caroline who was prenatally diagnosed with Trisomy 13 and born still in 2011. Jamie was referred to BNA when pregnant with Caroline.
Jamie is very involved with her Church and she leads a Women's/Mom's small group/bible study. She has been active in a local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group for over 5 years, and is an Advanced Director with Pampered Chef. It is in that capacity that she has coordinated annual Pampered Chef fundraisers for BNA in 2013 and 2014.
John Dickson was born and raised in Texas. He studied Telecommunications-Media Science at Texas A&M and currently lives in Lexington, KY with his wife, Kristina. John and Kristina, were thrilled when she became pregnant in 2013 with their first child. Their daughter, Gianna, was prenatally diagnosed with T18, and lived for twenty minutes following her birth in June of 2014. They were referred to BNA by a family member shortly after Gianna's diagnosis.
In addition to serving on the BNA Board of Trustees, John organized the first BNA Golf Scramble which was held in Lexington in 2015.