Speaking in October

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Diane Zbasnik

Director of Social Action for the Catholic Commission


  • Encounters: Meeting My Global Neighbors


October 14, 2016 - doors open at 11:15 AM    **


Tangier Restaurant
532 W. Market St. Akron 44303

Due to a change in the Bishop Lennon's schedule, Diane Zbasnik, Director of Social Action of the Catholic Commission will speak in his place. Recently Diane traveled to Kenya with Kelly Davis, the Diocesan Catholic Relief Services Director to learn about the communities being supported through CRS programming. Her talk will reflect on her encounters with those communities and how the people she met will stay in her heart.

Diane Zbasnik

Diane Zbasnik is the Director of Social Action for the Catholic Commission of Summit County under Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland. Additionally, she volunteers as a Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Ambassador and works with the Ohio Fair Trade Network to promote fair trade in NE Ohio.
Diane and her husband, Dave, currently live in Brooklyn Heights and are members of St. Augustine parish in the Tremont neighborhood and love sailing on Lake Erie in the summer.
Diane has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the University of Portland (a Holy Cross University) in Portland, OR. She has worked in the church in a variety of positions over the years including campus ministry, adult formation, RCIA and adult Confirmation.  She spent 3 years in China with her husband's job and spent time travelling around Asia, and learning about different cultures. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Safety Engineering from Texas A&M University and prior to being in ministry, worked as a safety engineer for Boeing Aerospace, Dell Computer, and as a consultant over a 12 year period. 

In 2013, she moved to Cleveland from Austin, Texas where she worked as the Community Ministries Director for St. Catherine of Siena Parish. While there she oversaw the social justice, pro-life and community development ministries. She worked to provide volunteer opportunities for parishioners that included making and delivering meals for homeless, facilities assistance at a housing project for single mothers and the local Catholic Worker house and support for an immigration shelter. She also began bi-annual service days that organized 300 people working at 15 different service sites. The service day included working with the Catholic Relief Services Helping Hands programs where the community bagged 25,000 meals to be sent to Burkina Faso. She also started a Faith and Light community in the parish for people with developmental disabilities. It is the first recognized community in Texas. She also participated in a city wide ecumenical network to improve outreach in faith communities to people with disabilities.

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TOPIC: Values Matter