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Prioritizing Catholic Culture in HR: Hiring, Benefits, and More

To be "in the world but not of the world" is a paradigm especially poignant for those whose ministry is serving Christ from within His Church's HR departments. Please register below and join us as we draw from secular sources and Church teachings alike to explore the nuanced responsibilities and opportunities relevant to this vocation.

We will be raffling off one membership to NACPA. In addition, each attendee will have the opportunity to receive Helen Alvaré's book "Religious Freedom after the Sexual Revolution." To quote Bob Roper, Director of Human Resources for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas: "Today's leaders in Church HR should read this book."

Meet our Presenters

Giselle GillisExecutive Director of Human Resources, Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg

Giselle Gillis

Executive Director of Human Resources, Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg

Human Resources Director with over six years of experience in recruiting, interviewing, training and public speaking. Highly responsible, organized and self-motivated. Skilled in Government, Operational Planning, Team Building, Command, and Leadership. Strong administrative professional with a Master's degree focused in Human Resources Management and Services from Columbia Southern University.

Robert SmeagolCEO, Mathias Group

Robert Smedley

CEO, Mathias Group

Robert Smedley is the owner and president of the Matthias Group, the nation's only pharmaceutical benefit management consulting firm that exclusively serves Catholic dioceses, orders, and other religious institutions.  He has spent the last 20 years helping the Catholic Church maximize its employee/priest benefits, save revenue, comply with ever-changing regulations, and protect the Church’s Catholic identity in its employee benefit plans.  He is now considered one of the nation’s leading thought leaders on religious freedom and Catholic health plans.

Mr. Smedley is a member of the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI), the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance (CHCLA) ,and the Catholic Bar Association (CBA). He also supports, and as spoken at, the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference (DFMC), and the National  Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA) Convocation. He has written articles for Catholic publications such as the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s (NCBC) Ethics and Medics, Catholic Legal Update, and The DFMC Herald. He received his degree in Management and Organizational Leadership and resides in Florida with his wife  and daughter, and since converting to Catholicism in 2005, attends St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in the  Diocese of St. Petersburg.

KJ Smith, CFP®, ChFC®President, Ethos Logos Investments

KJ Smith, CFP®, ChFC®

President, Ethos Logos Investments

KJ Smith founded Ethos Logos Investments in response to an outcry from Catholic individuals and institutions for a faith-aligned employer-sponsored retirement plan that makes values based investing accessible to investors of all sophistication levels. He seeks to serve Christ by enabling Catholics to expand their spheres of influence via socially and environmentally responsible investing, while edifying those investors with competent, honest financial advice and service.

KJ has spent his career investing for Catholic institutions, Fortune 500 companies, business owners, independent contractors, and individual investors. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and a CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT®. He has a BBA from Loyola University Chicago where he majored in Finance and minored in Theology, including two summers studying abroad in Rome and Spain. He is a parishioner at the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Chattanooga, TN.

KJ and his wife, Amanda - a nurse and NFP instructor - are blessed with 5 children. KJ enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams and spending as much time outdoors as possible.