Board of Directors
In The United States
The headquarters of the Franciscan Family Apostolate is located in Madison, Connecticut. Alan J. Ouimet, O.F.S. is the founder – president and is assisted by a small staff of volunteers. All the transactions of the Apostolate including assignments and funding of families are done at this location.
Trips to India are made regularly by Mr. Ouimet or other board members, often accompanied by sponsors, to personally visit the poor there and to coordinate with the staff in India.
Franciscan Family Apostolate
93 Country Way
Madison, CT 06443
Board of Directors
The FFA is governed by a board of directors that meets annually.
- Alan J. Ouimet, O.F.S. – Founding President
Alan joined the Secular Franciscan Order in 1967 and consequently founded, four years later, the Franciscan Family Apostolate (FFA) to assist the destitute poor in India in 1971. A native of New York City he graduated from Saint John’s University with a BA; he later earned his MA from the University of Connecticut. When Alan started his work helping the poor he was employed as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) He retired, after 31 years in 1988, to give full attention to the FFA. Since his retirement Alan was a founding director of the Connecticut Urban Education Foundation which assists educating at-risk children in New Haven’s inner city; he was a founding director and chairman of the Heart 2 Heart Foundation, USA founded to care for HIV/AIDS children in Kenya; and was a trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Society of Former Agents of the F.B.I. Foundation assisting members of the F.B.I. family with financial and educational needs. Alan has been honored with several awards for his work among the poor in India. In 1987 he was awarded the Bene Merenti (Well-Merited) Award by Pope John Paul II; in 2003, the Humanitarian Award of the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I.; he was a nominee, in 2010, for the Saint Francis Peace Award of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Alan is married and has four children and seven grand-children. He joined the Secular Franciscans and became involved with the poor to fulfill a promise he made upon hearing his wife, Mary, while carrying their second child had a tumor. His favorite aphorism of Saint Francis is “Come, let us always preach the gospel and use words if necessary.”
- Judy Warner – Director
Judith Warner became involved with the Franciscan Family Apostolate through her aunt, Mary Catherine Storms, who was one of the first sponsors in the FFA. She has visited India a number of times. Judy worked in the field of conflict resolution and relationship for twenty-five years. She lives in upstate New York with her husband.
- Mary Ouimet – Director
Mary was the reason the FFA began. She became ill. Alan prayed that her illness pass and joined the Secular Franciscan Order resulting in his involvement in India. She has been with Alan from the start, is a member of the Board and the principle bookkeeper for the Apostolate. For many years, they ran the FFA from their kitchen table, under the auspices of the Secular Franciscan Order. Because of the growth of the Apostolate and the need to insure its future, it was incorporated and determined to be a federally tax exempt 501 c(3) charity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1989.
Mary graduated with a BA from St. John’s University and was awarded Masters Degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a retired Social Studies teacher and actively involved with various community organizations.
- Patricia A. Nealon – Director
Patricia moved from the New York City metropolitan area to Connecticut in 2005 with her husband, Bob, and two sons. Raised in the Bronx, she earned a BS degree in Family and Consumer Studies from Lehman College in New York City and an MBA and Post Master’s Certificate in Accounting and Finance from Iona College. For over twenty-two years, she was employed primarily, in the operations area, as a financial manager at JP Morgan Chase. Subsequent to her employment with JP Morgan Chase she worked for a money management company in the tax area; and she was the controller for a nursery school. Currently, she is the Business Manager at the Clelian Adult Day Center, a ministry of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart. A favorite saying is “Every act of love is like wood placed on the fire.”
- Mark Ouimet – Director
Mark was raised in Madison, Connecticut and graduated with a BS from the Southern Connecticut State University. Mark has led a successful career in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. Presently, Mark is the Director of National Sales for ProShares, Inc., a leading provider of ETFs (exchange traded funds).Mark is married and resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his wife Anna, and their two daughters. Mark is an avid fitness enthusiast who, in his spare time, enjoys quality time with his family, mountain biking, and motorcycling.
- Matthew Ouimet – Director
Matthew, like his brother Mark, was raised in Madison, Connecticut. He graduated with a BA from Indiana University and and MA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Brezhnev Doctrine in Soviet Foreign Policy (UNC Press, 2003) and works as a Senior Analyst at the U.S. Department of State. Matthew, his wife Julie and their three daughters reside in Virginia. He is an Oblate of St. Benedict and has served for several years as the Prior of Oblates at the monastery to which he is attached. Matthew has enjoyed the world of entertainment all his life. He is a performing conjuror specializing in historical and international magic. In his spare time he enjoys running and playing the Irish whistle.
- Florence Thibodeau – Treasurer
Florence was born and raised in Maine moving to Connecticut when she was 16 years old. After graduating from the Nancy Taylor Business School in New Haven she entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She continued her education at Central Connecticut State University and was awarded a BS in Accounting. Retiring in 2011, after forty-one years of service, she rose to the level of Financial Manager of the New Haven Division. While in the FBI, Florence pursued a singing ad vocation, taking voice lessons, and joined Chorale Connecticut. However, the Chorale noted not only her vocal talents but also her financial and accordingly was appointed to the Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer. Florence is a member of the Kiwanis, serves as a cantor at Saint Joseph’s Church, and is a Tax Assistant in an AARP sponsored program offering senior citizens pro bono tax services. Further, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis, a battered woman’s shelter in central Connecticut. Florence remains in contact with her friends in the FBI as a member and Treasurer of the Society of FBI Alumni
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