The RFC is delighted to announce three new members of the Board of Directors who began terms in January: Fr. Carlos Medina, OSA, Sr. Michelle Stachowiak, CSSF, and Sr. Barbara Staley, MSC. The RFC is grateful that these leaders have stepped forward and agreed to serve the Conference at this important time.
Sister Barbara Staley, MSC served as the General Superior of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cabrini Sisters) from 2014 until July 2022. During her tenure a major focus was strengthening formation for formators and establishing international coordination programs for intial formation. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from NYU and her undergraduate degree is in Special Education. She also has extensive studies in theology and administration.
Prior to Sr. Barbara’s term as General Superior her apostolic ministries include founding Cabrini Ministries Swaziland. This organization was established to serve persons infected and affected by the HIV pandemic. Her primary responsibilities included establishing a comprehensive holistic orphan care program and a family service unit. Sr. Barbara also worked for ten years in Chicago, delivering care to undocumented immigrants helping them to access healthcare and social services as well as providing direct mental healthcare. Sr. Barbara worked for three years in Barcenas, Guatemala providing programs of Human Protection and Christian Formation.
Before entering the MSCs in 1988 Sr. Barbara was the administrator of a residential care facility for adults with developmental disabilities. She also was a member of the Covenant House Faith community and served as a childcare worker with homeless street children in New York City, and later served as a paraprofessional in Covenant House’s legal department.