Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

IPS Parish Consultants

Tony Colantoni is a principal in the SGC Consulting Group, a Chicago-based organization development consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations through the growth and change process. Tony concentrates his efforts in the areas of strategic planning, team development, leadership development and organizational change. In addition, he coaches executives and managers to achieve higher levels of performance. Tony has experience in many settings, such as manufacturing, technology, transportation, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, food, health care, higher education, human services, community based organizations, and church ministries. His client list includes Mercury Marine, the Kellogg Foundation, Kraft, Motorola, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Diagnostics, CTA, Unilever, UOP, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Loyola University Chicago, and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Tony received his Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, his Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law Center, and his M.S. in Organizational Development from Loyola University Chicago. He has engaged in additional professional development through the Center for Creative Leadership, the Organization Development Network, the American Society for Training and Development, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Type. He is visiting or adjunct faculty at DePaul University and Elmhurst College, teaching leadership, group dynamics, team development, and organizational theory and development to graduate and undergraduate students.

Carol Holden, DMin, is a freelance Pastoral Consultant and Spiritual Director. She is also an adjunct faculty member who teaches on-line graduate courses on pastoral planning a leadership development at Loyola University’s Institute for Ministry in New Orleans. She has been a consultant with the Chicago Archdiocesan/Loyola University Chicago INSPIRE Project for parishes. Dr. Holden is presently working with Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies in the Leadership and Management Program for Parishes. She was the co-director of the acclaimed Parish Evaluation Project (PEP) for 15 years and ministered as a Pastoral Associate in a parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, IL, concentrating her ministry on Adult Formation. Dr. Holden holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary of the Lake University (Mundelein, IL) and a M.A. in theology from Loyola University Chicago. Her publishing credits include two books that she co-authored: Leadership in a Successful Parish and Recreating the Parish.

Dominic Perri is a facilitator and organizational development consultant who has worked with Catholic dioceses, presbyterates, religious communities, parishes and national Church organizations throughout the United States. Dominic provides facilitation, strategic planning, board development and executive coaching to his clients. He has facilitated priest convocations for six dioceses. Some of the other groups with whom he has worked are: Georgetown University, Loyola University (Chicago), Paulist Fathers, Irish Christian Brothers of the US and Canada, Jesuits of the New England province, National Catholic Development Conference and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Dominic has worked as INSPIRE consultant since Spring 2005. He leads INSPIRE’s learning history development and is an INSPIRE parish consultant. Dominic holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Catholic University of America and Master’s degrees in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Lois Prebil, OSF consults with religious congregations, churches, schools and various non-profit groups. She is a native of Chicago and member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, known as Joliet Franciscans.

Lois has a master’s degree in organization development from Loyola University in addition to a master’s in mathematics from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

In addition to her consulting ministry, Lois has served with the Office for Racial Justice in the Archdiocese of Chicago, as a parish consultant for the INSPIRE project, as staff member for St. James Parish in Chicago, as a member of her congregation’s Governing Board, and as a high school teacher and principal.

Lois currently serves on the Anti-Racism Committee of her congregation. Of recognitions she has received, her most prized is the Thea Bowman Humanitarian Award given while she served at St. James.

Her mission statement is: Continuing the mission of Francis of Assisi, who answered God’s call to “rebuild my church,” I consult with leaders and organizations who want to renew themselves, thereby sharing in the rebuilding of our church and our world. TO LIFE!

Matthew J. Thibeau is currently a management consultant with extensive expertise and experience in publishing, strategic planning, and operations working with corporate, associations and non profit organizations. Additionally Matt is also a senior adjunct lecturer at Loyola University Chicago School of Continuing and Professional Studies in organizational development, conflict management and communications.

As a management consultant, he has worked across various industries advising C-Suite executives on organizational development, strategic planning and change management. Clients include the UFPA/PMA, AM&AA, UNITE HERE HEALTH, Archdiocese of Chicago, Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary and multiple faith based and nonprofit organizations.

Thibeau joined Baxter International in 2008. He served as the Director of Change Management and Transformation for their global ERP implementation project. In that role he developed a comprehensive strategic plan to include communications, training, leadership alignment and organizational readiness.

Prior to Baxter Thibeau was with the Wicks Group, a private equity firm, in June 2006 to establish CFM Religion Publishing Group, LLC (CFM) as its President & CEO. In this role he directed the operations of current assets and strategically identifies future companies for acquisition. CFM is the premier publisher of religious materials, programs and resources for individuals and churches in the Christian market.

Before creating CFM, Thibeau, from 2003, was the senior vice president, strategy and organizational effectiveness for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA).  He held a leadership role in the formulation and execution of CHA’s board-directed strategic plan.  Prior to joining CHA, Thibeau was the senior vice president at World Book, Inc. As a member of the Executive Committee, he focused on the Sales and Marketing Divisions for the preeminent publisher of reference and literacy materials.

Since 1988, Thibeau had an extensive career in publishing. He began with McGraw-Hill as an educational consultant and after its merger in 1989 with Macmillan, he was promoted to director of private/parochial marketing for the School Division. In 1990, he was named California district manager for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.  Additionally, he continued to serve as the School Division’s corporate representative to the National Catholic Education Association and Council on American Private Education. With Harcourt, Inc.’s acquisition of Harcourt Religion Publishers (formerly known as BROWN-ROA) in 1994, he was appointed president of this K-12 religious education publisher based in Dubuque, IA.

Matt’s most recent publication, Plan the Work, then Work the Plan on Catholic parish based strategic planning appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Human Development Magazine. He also authored the McGraw-Hill’s Reading Teachers Supplement for Faith and Values, and coordinated the development of the Integrating Catholic Heritage, a supplement to The World Around Us social studies program. He was the contributing author to the National Catholic Education Association’s book Character Development in the Catholic School and the Today’s Catholic Teacher article Reviewing and Selecting the Most Appropriate Religious Education Program.

Thibeau, a former high school teacher and football coach, served as Treasurer and Board member of Ministering Together, a non profit organization seeking to enhance and facilitate collaboration among Church ministries. Previously he has served on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Book Publishers Association and the National Catholic Educational Exhibitors.  He also served as a founding board member of the Kucera Center at Loras College. He was the founder and director of the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Education Foundation, an organization that seeks to identify, acknowledge, and empower the work of classroom teachers.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University of Chicago and a master’s of divinity degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.

Matthew J. Thibeau

Carole Veronesi is a principal with the SGC Consulting Group and holds an M.S. from George Williams College/Aurora University in Organization Development. She also attended Regis College for a Masters in Adult Christian Community. She has taught in the Graduate Program at Loyola University Chicago (CORD) and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Elmhurst College. She is published in the 2001 Annual for Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, leaders in human resource development, as well as the October 2008 issue of “Clinical & Surgical Ophthalmology” on Emotional Intelligence and its Relevance to Ophthalmology. Carole is certified in several 360 degree feedback tools, as well as the MBTI and Thomas Kilman Conflict Mode. For more than twenty-five years, Carole has practiced in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, technology, professional services, health care, higher education and human services. She participated as a parish consultant for the project INSPIRE, a partnership with Loyola University Chicago, the Chicago Archdiocese and the Lilly Endowment and is currently a member of the Parish Transformation Initiative. She is a facilitator and member of Catholics for Non Violence in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Carole has served as consultant and coach with a number of parish staffs and schools, focusing on conflict management, team development and strategic planning. In addition, she is the author of a parish staff workshop to develop Communio among parish staffs.