Anne S. Li

Anne’s extensive experience encompasses both community-based, nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. As executive director for ten years of New Jersey Community Loan Fund, now New Jersey Community Capital, she was responsible for attracting and managing capital and deploying it into sustainable community-based housing, childcare, small business and other community-based projects. She led resource development efforts for Catholic Legal Immigration Network and Prosperity Now, formerly CFED. Previously she was a risk manager for a multinational corporation and an employee benefits consultant. Now retired from professional employment, she continues to be active in a variety of social justice, parish and interfaith efforts.

What calls you to NETWORK? Where do you find inspiration in this work?
NETWORK embodies God’s call for us to love one another in a most concrete and positive manner. It is a privilege and a joy to be a part of NETWORK’s community: building anew our shared body and letting the Spirit shine forth to all.

What do you like to do outside of NETWORK?
Anne and her husband, Ed Muldoon, enjoy the outdoors by walking the golf course and spending time with grandchildren and other family. Anne volunteers at the Naples Botanical Garden to learn about the precious flora and fauna of the Everglades region of southwest Florida.

Location: Naples, FL

Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Esq.

Patty was a co-founder and since 1991 has been executive director of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, a non-profit legal services and advocacy organization that promotes access to justice and housing justice in the nation’s capital. She helped to forge the Fair Budget Coalition and the DC Access to Justice Commission and has served on the boards or advisory committees of a number of organizations and initiatives dedicated to building a more just and inclusive DC.

What calls you to NETWORK? Where do you find inspiration in this work?
Patty comes to her work through her faith, and she comes to her faith through her work. Her service on the NETWORK board has provided her the opportunity to more explicitly ground her work for justice in Catholic Social Teaching than working in a secular organization can afford. Patty draws inspiration from the clients and community advocates with whom the Legal Clinic partners, who overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges on their journeys to a safe and stable place to call home.

What do you like to do outside of NETWORK?
Patty enjoys knitting, sewing and travel, but spending time with her children and grandchildren gives her the greatest joy.

Hometown: Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Moorestown, New Jersey.
Current Location: Hyattsville, Maryland

Catherine Ferguson, SNJM

Catherine Ferguson has been a Holy Names Sister for more than 50 years. During that time she has been a high school teacher and administrator, worked for justice and peace in her congregation, in Pax Christi International, Brussels, Inner City Law Center, Los Angeles, and founded UNANIMA international, an NGO that does advocacy at the United Nations on behalf of women and children, immigrants and refugees and the environment. She also served in leadership in her congregation as a Provincial Superior in Washington State and as congregational leader. In her work for justice Catherine has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. Her experience in Latin America was researching the reality of Christian base communities for her doctoral dissertation. Other travels provided the base for the advocacy work she did and the United Nations and with her religious congregation. She has also served as a consultant for other NGOs doing advocacy work at the United Nations.

What calls you to NETWORK? Where do you find inspiration in this work?

  • Its commitment to work for systems in the United States government that are just and equitable for all.
  • Its visibility in lobbying on Capitol Hill.
  • Its deep roots in Catholic social teaching.

What do you like to do outside of NETWORK?

  • Birding Training my dog in agility, rally and truffle hunting
  • Volunteering with organizations working for justice for immigrants and refugees

Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Current Location: Spokane, Washington

Leslye Colvin

Leslye Colvin is a writer, contemplative activist and social commentator whose service on NETWORK’s Boards began in 2018. Leslye serves as Chair of the NETWORK Advocates Board. She has extensive experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach of a variety of sectors including faith-based non profit, archdiocesan, government, corporate, and academia. Inspired by the Catholic social justice tradition, she is passionate about encouraging diversity of thought especially as it relates to those often marginalized within the community. Leslye has been interviewed by America Magazine, U.S. Catholic Magazine, Vatican Radio and South Africa’s Radio Veritas on the construct of race. Leslye is a graduate of the Living School for Action and Contemplation and a student of the Haden Institute. She holds a M.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.

What calls you to NETWORK? Where do you find inspiration in this work?

  • Catholic Social Justice tradition
  • The shared commitment of the Board and staff

What do you like to do outside of NETWORK?

  • Writing for my blog

Location: Dothan, Alabama