Who We Are

Meet Our Team

Rector

Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D., x317

Executive/Finance Council

John R. Calfa

John has been a member of the Shrine’s Executive Committee since 2006.   John is the founder and president of several corporations owning commercial real estate in Oakbrook Terrace, IL and Boca Raton, FL.  John serves as a leader in the Italian American community and is an active member of the Calabresi Club and Casa Italia.  John and his wife, Bonnie have been married for over 57 years, have 6 children and 9 grandchildren.  John and Bonnie support the Shrine’s mission and endeavor to make others aware of the Shrine’s spiritual and cultural benefits.

Velda Davino

Velda Davino is a real estate broker in Chicago, and has been on the Shrine’s Executive Council since 2011.  Velda has a deep love for the Shrine as it is a place of renewal through prayer.  Velda’s commitment to the Shrine comes from a deep dedication to the Shrine and its mission of inspiration.

Tracey Tarantino DiBuono
Tracey is an active member in the Chicago-land philanthropic community.  As owner and Executive Producer of Zzazz Enterprises, Inc., she has been producing events with philanthropic ties and support for over 30 years.  Her tremendous passion for The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii’s historic legacy and its future stems from her involvement here through her DiBuono family.  The DiBuono Family has had a presence in the Italian community for over 87 years.  Her husband, Joseph, attended school as a child at Our Lady of Pompeii while his mother was a strong leader in the Mother’s Club.  Tracey and the DiBuono Family have been passionate in their continued support throughout the generations.  Tracey is honored to be a part of such a terrific group of dynamic women and men to support the work and the mission of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii for her dear friend, Father Richard Fragomeni.
Lissa Druss
Mario Leggero
Andrew Lisowski
Tomasina Perry

Tomasina is Vice President of Sales for a national company specializing in products for the blind and visually impaired, and has been on the Shrine’s Executive Council since 2006.  Tomasina’s grandparents were among the first parishioners of the former parish and her family has been deeply involved for over 100 years.  Tomasina is committed to the mission of the Shrine so that it continues to be vibrant for her children and grandchildren and all future generations.

Brian Roman

Brian is Director of Metabolic, Molecular and Physiological Imaging at the University of Chicago and has been on the Shrine’s Executive Council since 2004. The Holy Spirit called out to him during a ‘chance’ walk past the Shrine in 1998 and he and his family have been involved ever since.  He has been instrumental in the development of several of our pilgrimages and has served as our Festa di tutti I santi volunteer coordinator since 2006. Brian is motivated to be of service to others, especially the sick and elderly.

Dave Van Camp

Dave Van Camp is the President of Van’s Industries Inc., and has been on the Shrine’s Executive Council since 2009.  Dave’s commitment to the Shrine is to help insure that the Shrine will be able to continue its work well into the future, so that others who have not experienced the Shrine’s programs, events and liturgies will be able to do so one day.

Staff

Marcia Piemonte

Director of Development / Special Events

Marcia joined the staff in 1999 as business manager and became the Shrine’s  Director of Development and Special Events in September 2004. By chance, Marcia and her husband had attended a Christmas Eve mass at the Shrine which she felt was a wonderful experience. She and her husband have been coming back ever since.  She can be reached via email or at 312.421.3757 x310.

Mary Beth Howard

Business Manager

Mary Beth became Business Manager in 2004.  As Business Manager, she oversees the ongoing operation of the Shrine.  “My work at the Shrine allows me to use the management skills I developed from previous careers, which blends well with the Shrine’s mission and, in particular with the expertise and devotion of my co-workers and friends.”  She is an alumnus of the former Our Lady of Pompeii School and lifelong resident of the neighborhood.  “From time to time, at our work, we all need a quiet place to reflect.  God has blessed me, for my place is a pew in the church of the Shrine”.  She can be reached via email or at 312.421.3757 x319

Colleen Grant

Communications Coordinator

Collen has been a Shrine member since 2003, and has been part of the Shrine’s Auxiliary since 2007.  She is the treasurer of the auxiliary.  At Old St. Pat’s, Colleen was co-chair of the giving tree for 18 years, and program coordinator with the Little Brother’s Friends of the Elderly.  She can be reached via email or at 312.421.3757 x306

J. Carl Wachsmann, M.A.

Pastoral Associate

Mr. Wachsmann was Called and Commissioned as a Lay Ecclesial Minister by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., on 7 May 2006 at St. Monica Catholic Church, Chicago. “Lay Ecclesial Ministers are experienced pastoral ministers who have been spiritually formed and theologically educated for collaboration with a supervising [shrine rector] parish pastor… (cf. The Archdiocese of Chicago Directory 2015, pg. G2)”. Mr. Wachsmann currently serves as a Pastoral Associate at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. As of 2015, he is only one of several men whom have been Called and Commissioned as Lay Ecclesial Ministers within The Archdiocese of Chicago.  He can be reached via email or at 312.421.3757 x315.

Angela Rinaldi

Financial Assistant

She can be reached via email or at 312.421.3757 x306.

Laura Medina

Receptionist/Archivist

Laura Medina started as a volunteer archivist when Carl recruited her after seeing her attend the Wednesday evening mass in 2001.  In 2006, she became the Shrine’s Receptionist/Archivist. If you have any questions about The Shrine, want to register for an event, or you need a mass card, or a membership in our Perpetual Light Society, Laura can help you. As archivist, Laura can provide you with a copy of your baptismal, wedding, or first communion certificate.  She can be reached via email or at 312.421.3757.

Scott Tafelski

Office Assistant

Scott joined the Shrine staff in 2016.  He has been working in a support role, helping with the weekly count, processing credit cards, and building out our new Shrine web site.  Scott first encountered Our Lady of Pompeii in 1977, while a student at UIC and in search for a church to attend mass.  Forty years later, he returned and now loves the energy and warmth of the Shrine community.   He can be reached via email or at 312.421.3757.

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