MCC Staff

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Jason Adkins, Esq., Executive Director

Jason Adkins has served as the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference since March 2011. Prior to his advocacy work for the Church, Jason was an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm. Jason has clerked for both state and federal appellate judges, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor.

Jason has also worked as a high school teacher and journalist. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, and he is a frequent guest on the radio and TV. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with his family.

peter-nollPeter Noll, Ed. D., Education Director

Pete has served as education director of MCC since 1999. Before MCC, he was principal for five different Minnesota Catholic schools throughout Minnesota and as curriculum director for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis for nearly 25 years.

Pete has served on numerous education boards, councils, and advisory committees. He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota and resides in Minneapolis with his wife.

Jessica Zittlow, Communications Director

Jessica has worked in international and boutique public relation agencies in Chicago, Illinois and St. Paul, Minnesota. She has more than 12 years of experience helping execute and manage communications projects for clients in the consumer brand, B2B, and real estate industries.

Jessica holds degrees in Public Relations and French from Marquette University and a graduate degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas. She now resides in South St. Paul, Minnesota after working as a volunteer English tutor in Rwanda, Africa and studying in Rome, where she interned for the Holy See’s Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace.

Kathryn Mollen, Policy and Outreach Coordinator

Kathryn joined the Minnesota Catholic Conference in 2013 as the Policy and Outreach Coordinator after graduating from the University of St. Thomas Law School. She also holds a Master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas.

This past year, Kathryn interned at the Holy See Mission for the United Nations on the Legal Committee and traveled back to the United Nations to participate with the Holy See at the Commission on Population Development. Prior to law school, she worked in the nonprofit sector with at-risk youth both nationally and internationally.

Sue Evanoff, Business Manager

Sue has worked in public accounting for over 25 years. Working in a nonprofit setting is a new experience for her, and she is enjoying the opportunity to promote the Catholic faith through her work. Sue and her husband have five children, and they make their home in Roseville, Minnesota.

Mary Jane O’Brien, Resource Coordinator

Originally from Southern California, Mary Jane has worked for several Catholic organizations, including Catholic Answers and Thomas Aquinas College (California). She holds a Business degree from the University of California, Riverside, and a Liberal Arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College. Mary Jane currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is pursuing a graduate degree in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.