]Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR!) announced four new board members joined the board of directors: John McCauley, Mary Lynn Shanahan, Lucas Swanepoel and retired Vice Adm. Mat Winter.
Support Our Aging Religious is a nonprofit dedicated to helping congregations of Catholic sisters, brothers and priests care for their aging members.
Mr. McCauley, of Washington, D.C., is an associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and a research associate in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management.
Ms. Shanahan, of Potomac, Maryland, worked for the IBM Corporation for 30 years and retired as a senior manager in 2011. As part of her volunteer efforts, she also volunteers at the Washington School for Girls and serves on the board of the Christ Child Society.
Mr. Swanepoel, of Washington, D.C., is the director of government relations for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Prior to joining CHA he has worked as the vice president for Social Policy at Catholic Charities USA, associate director for governmental relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is a founding board member for the Waterfront Legal Clinic in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Vice Adm. Winter, also of Alexandria, is the president of Winter Strategic Solutions. Prior to this, his 35-year military career included operational tours of duty as a naval aviator flying the A-6 Intruder carrier-based attack jet; numerous navy systems acquisition tours as chief engineer, chief tester and major program manager; and seven executive-level command positions in large acquisition organizations. His final two flag-level command positions were as the 24th Chief of Naval Research and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Director, where he ran the Defense Department’s largest acquisition enterprise in history.
“I welcome these board members as they begin their terms of providing oversight and governance of SOAR!” said SOAR! president Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM. “I am impressed with their sense of integrity for the SOAR! mission and their compassionate concern for our aging religious.”