Susie Tierney, Executive Director
Susie spent five years working as the Site Manager at Catholic Charities, St. Mary Family Center; one of the largest food pantries in the state of Iowa. Prior to working at St. Mary’s, Susie spent three years as a Pastoral Minister at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, followed by a year as a Social Justice Consultant for the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. She continues to work as an independent Social Justice Consultant; offering presentations and workshops on poverty, Catholic social teaching or Christian social principles. She is an Education for Ministry graduate; a four-year Certificate in Ministry program of Sewanee University School of Theology.
Susie has been the coordinator of efforts to promote and encourage participation in the JustFaith Ministries Programs in the Des Moines area since 2003. She is a former member of the Des Moines Area Religious Council Board of Directors, and is a former member of the JustFaith Ministries Board of Directors. In 2006, Susie was the recipient of a Leadership Award from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; an award given to individuals who model collaborative ministry, involvement in the interfaith community, and the ability to empower both youth and adults. Susie was also the first Catholic Diocese of Des Moines recipient of the Iowa Institute for Social Action, Msgr. Marvin A. Mottet Award.
Additionally, Susie is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, Iowa. In her free time, she loves playing with her children, enjoying family time and writing poetry. Her poems have been featured in a quarterly newsletter of Spiritual Director’s International and in a three books published by Spiritual Writers Network.
Daniel Schott, Office & Communications Coordinator
Dan grew up in northwest Iowa, near Fort Dodge. He received his calling to ministry in 2000 and attended St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, where he received his Masters in Theological Studies. After serving as a local church pastor for seven years, he joined Women at the Well as a part-time administrative assistant. He began working with Center for Social Ministry in July 2017. He lives with his wife, Lee, in her family’s farmhouse near Prairie City.