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Board of Directors

Under the direction of our Board, Committees, and Tennessee's three bishops, the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission will:​

  • Review and analyze the content and implications of all proposed legislation,

  • Take positions on public policies and programs affecting the common good of all Tennessee citizens,

  • Speak for the Roman Catholic Church before all branches of our state government and before groups concerned with social policy,

  • Identify needs in areas of morality, health, welfare, education, religious freedom, human and civil rights, and determine ways to meet those needs, and

  • Foster public understanding of the Church's teaching on social issues.

The TNCPPC board and committees are made up of clergy and lay persons selected from through out the state

Chairmen and Director

Bishop David P. Talley, M.S.W., J.C.D.
Diocese of Memphis


Bishop Richard Stika

Diocese of Knoxville


Bishop Mark Spalding
Diocese of Nashville


Jennifer Murphy

TNCPPC Executive Director


Board Members

Diocese of Memphis


Alma Abuelouf 
Director of Community Health


June 30 , 2022

Janet Donato 
Superintendent of Memphis Diocesan Schools

Therese Gustaitis 
Peace and Justice Parish Ministry-Director

June 30 , 2022

Diocese of Knoxville


Father David Boettner 

Vicar General


June 30, 2021

Edward Phillips 

Attorney for Knoxville Diocese


Paul Simoneau 
Vice Chancellor of Knoxville Diocese

June 30, 2022

Deacon Sean K. Smith 

Chancellor of Knoxville Diocese


June 30, 2022

Very Reverend Douglas Owens, VG 

Moderator of the Curia  
June 30 2022 


Diocese of Nashville 

Brian L. Cooper 
Chief Administrative Officer and Vice Chancellor of Nashville Diocese

June 30, 2022 


Rebecca Hammel 

Superintendent of Nashville Catholic Diocese Schools


Gino Marchetti 

Attorney for Nashville Diocese


Rick Musacchio 
Director of Communications and Editor in Chief of Tennessee Register


Judy Orr

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of TN


May 1, 2019


Greg Pope
Chief Mission Integration Officer for St.Thomas Health | Ascension
June 30, 2022

Deacon Hans Toecker
Chancellor of Nashville Diocese


June 30,2022