Our Directors

Archbishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
Chairman of the Board, Catholic Benefits Association and Catholic Insurance Company
Archbishop of Baltimore

Archbishop Lori serves as Archbishop of Baltimore, MD, the first See in the United States. A longtime defender of religious liberty, Archbishop Lori serves as Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. He is also the Supreme Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. Archbishop Lori formerly served as Bishop of Bridgeport, CT (2001-20012) and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. (1995-2001). He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, Kentucky; a Master’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD; and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology(S.T.D.) from The Catholic University of America. Archbishop Lori is a founder of Catholic Benefits Association.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, S.T.L., D.D.
Vice Chairman of the Board, Catholic Benefits Association and Catholic Insurance Company
Archbishop of Oklahoma City

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Paul S. Coakley as the fourth Archbishop of Oklahoma City, OK. He previously served as Bishop of Salina, KS (2004-2010). Archbishop Coakley is currently the Chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services, an international relief organization that serves more than 85 million people in 101 countries. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English and Classical Antiquities from the University of Kansas; his Masters and Masters of Divinity from Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg. MD; and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Archbishop Coakley is a founder of Catholic Benefits Association.
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, M.D.V.
Archbishop of New Orleans

Archbishop Gregory Aymond is the first New Orleans native to serve as its Archbishop in the 216 year old history of the Archdiocese. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1975 and is a graduate of St. Joseph Seminary College (1971) and of Notre Dame Seminary, from which he received his Master of Divinity degree (M.D.V.) in 1975. He was a professor and rector of St. John Vianney Preparatory School until 1981 after which he served as professor of pastoral theology and homiletics and director of pastoral education at Notre Dame Seminary where he served as president-rector for 14 years. Archbishop Aymond also served as Executive Director of the Archdiocesan Christian Formation and Director of the Archdiocesan Propagation of the Faith. He was ordained an auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans in 1997, appointed Bishop of Austin in 2000, and returned to the Archdiocese of New Orleans upon his appointment as its Archbishop in 2009. He has chaired the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the Committee on Divine Worship. From 2000-2004 he chaired the National Catholic Education Association. In addition to serving on several USCCB committees, Archbishop Aymond is Chairman of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He was elected to the Boards of the Catholic Benefit Association and the Catholic Insurance Company in 2016.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Archbishop Chaput serves as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province. Prior to his present service in Philadelphia, Archbishop Chaput served as the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota (1988-1997), and the Archdiocese of Denver (1997-2011). He is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe and was the second Native American to be ordained a Bishop in the United States and the first Native American Archbishop. Archbishop Chaput founded the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, an affiliate of the Pontifical Lateran University and was a co-founder of the National Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Fidelis College Seminary, a Master’s in Religious Education from Capuchin College, and a Master’s in Theology from the University of San Francisco. Archbishop Chaput is a founder of Catholic Benefits Association.

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, J.D., J.C.L.
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop Bernard Hebda is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1989, his route to the priesthood and episcopacy was different than most in that he was graduated from Harvard University (1980) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D. Degree 1983) before enrolling in St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh (1984). Archbishop Hebda completed his philosophy studies at Duquesne University before going to the North American College in Rome where he completed his theological studies, earning his S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1989) and his licentiate in canon law (1990). He returned to Pittsburgh to serve in the bishop’s office as Master of Ceremonies and as director of campus ministry at Slippery Rock University Newman Center before being called to Rome in 1996 to work for the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the council responsible for the interpretation of the Code of Canon Law. St. John Paul II named him Undersecretary of the Council in 2003. Archbishop Hebda was appointed Bishop of Gaylord, MI and ordained to the episcopacy in 2009. In 2013, he was named Coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Newark. In June 2015, Pope Francis named Archbishop Hebda Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis for which he was installed as Archbishop in 2016. He currently serves as Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance. Archbishop Hebda was elected to the Boards of the Catholic Benefits Association and the Catholic Insurce Company in 2016. 

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, D.D.
Archbishop of Kansas City, KS

Archbishop Joseph Naumann is the Archbishop of Kansas City, KS. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1975 after study at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South (1967), Cardinal Glennon College (1971) and theological studies at Kenrick Seminary (1975). He spent his early years as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO where he served as Vicar General (1994-2003) and an Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis (ordained 1997). He was then appointed Coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS (January 2004) and on January 15, 2005 assumed the responsibilities of as the 4th Archbishop and 11th Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS. He serves on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Committee on Marriage and Family, the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees and Chairs the Kansas Catholic Conference. Archbishop Naumann was elected to the Boards of the Catholic Benefits Association and the Catholic Insurance Company in 2016.
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, D.D., S.T.L.
Archbishop of Seattle

Archbishop Peter Sartain has served as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle since 2010. He was previously the Bishop of Little Rock Arkansas (2000-2006) and Joliet, Illinois (2006-2010); Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Archbishop Sartain earned Bachelor’s degrees in English at St. Meinrad College, Indiana, and in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome; and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical Athenaeum San Anselmo in Rome. Archbishop Sartain is a founder of Catholic Benefits Association.
Helen M. Alvaré, J.D.
Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law
Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion and Property Law and is a faculty advisor to the school’s Civil Rights Law Journal. Ms. Alvaré served as a consultor to the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City) for eight years, and is an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB). She is also the founder of Women Speak for Themselves, an organization of women who support the competing voice offered by religious organizations and individuals regarding sex, marriage, family life and religious freedom. Ms. Alvaré is a prolific writer on the issues of marriage and family and a committed advocate for the First Amendment rights of religious organizations and individuals. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University, her Master’s degree in Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America and her Juris Doctor from Cornell University School of Law.
Beth Elfrey, J.D.
Deputy General Counsel for the Knights of Columbus
Beth Elfrey serves as the Deputy General Counsel for the Knights of Columbus. Prior to joining the Knights, Ms. Elfrey served as the Director, Fraud/Bank Secrecy Act in the Internal Revenue Service’s Small Business/Self-Employed Operating Division; she also was an attorney in the Department of Justice Tax Division. She graduated with high honors from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting major) and received her Juris Doctor with honors from Georgetown University Law Center.
H. Edward Hanway
Former Chairman of Cigna
Edward Hanway is the former Chairman of Cigna and currently Independent Chairman of the Board of the Marsh and McLennan Companies, Inc. He is a former Director of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare. Mr. Hanway is passionate about Catholic education and is Chairman of the Faith in the Future Foundation that manages the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secondary and special needs education schools. He credits his Catholic school education as a big part of his success. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola College of Baltimore and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Widener University.
Douglas G. Wilson, Jr.
CEO
A Marine and Viet Nam veteran, Doug Wilson majored in English Literature at Georgia State University where he also completed his Master’s in Healthcare Administration. He went on to make a career of reviving struggling hospitals around the United States. More recently he led the start-up and growth of two new healthcare technology companies. Doug now serves as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Benefits Association and Catholic Insurance Company.