Damascus leaders impacting families, schools, and parishes.


Aaron Richards

Executive Director of Operations and Finances

Aaron Richards brings a diverse leadership skill set to his work as Executive Director of Operations and Finance which has facilitated the fast-paced growth of Damascus. Aaron has training and experience in fields ranging from business finance, construction, management, first aid, computer and graphic design, and education. Through his 12 years of work in professional ministry, Aaron developed a number of youth ministry programs and missions, as well as co-founding a youth conference that ministered to thousands.  Aaron is a gifted worship leader, musician, teacher, and evangelist. He holds a BS in Theology and Chemistry from Ohio Dominican University, and has fifteen years of experience in professional ministry. He and his wife Monica have worked in leadership with CYSC since 2001 and are raising a mission family with their four beautiful children.

Dan DeMatte

Executive Director of Missions and Advancement

Dan DeMatte, Executive Director of Missions and Advancement has been a national catholic evangelist for over 12 years, bringing the Gospel to thousands through missions, retreats, and conferences across 40 states and 3 countries. The author of best-selling book Holiness Revolution  with Dynamic  Catholic Institute, co-host of radio program Encounter, and star of A&E’s reality TV series, God or the Girl, he is an expert in youth and adult ministry, developing innovative and effective programs used to train ministry teams from all over the world. Dan has witnessed to his Catholic faith on Larry King Live, The View, the Today Show, and other national programs. Holding a Masters Degree in Evangelization from Pontifical College Josephinum, Dan’s innovative ministry and training techniques facilitate a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Dan is happily married and raising 4 children.

Board of Directors


Matt Schlater

Board Chairman | Business Entrepreneur Jones-Schlater Flooring
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Dr. Vince Pompili

Board Vice-Chair | SVP Novant Health
Diocese of Winston-Salem, NC

Jim Stucko

Board Secretary | Attorney Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Jon Yerian

Board Treasurer | Certified Public Accountant John Gerlach & Company LLP
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Byrnes Lambert

Business Entrepreneur Villicus Management
Diocese of San Diego, CA

Chris Meyers

Business Entrepreneur Principal Architect and Founding Owner Meyers + Associates Architecture
Diocese of Columbus, OH

David Bianconi

Business Entrepreneur Former CEO Progressive Medical
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Cole Ellis

Business Entrepreneur Ellis Companies
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Ben Hartings

Commercial Banker First Merchant Bank
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Lori Hamrock

Community Leader
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Fr David Sizemore

Pastor St Francis DeSales Newark
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Mike D’Andrea

Business Entrepreneur Miracle Motor Mart
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Bishop Thomas

Diocese of Toledo, OH

National Advisory Board

Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Bishop David O’Connell

Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA

Bishop Michael Sheridan

Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO


Pontifical Commission for Biblical Studies
Diocese of Ann Arbor, MI

David Karam

S’Barro, CEO, St. Jude Foundation, Trustee
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Sr. John Paul, O.P.

Dominican Sisters Mary Mother of the Eucharist
Diocese of Columbus, OH

Curtis Martin

Founder of FOCUS
Diocese of Denver, CO

Philip Rivers

Los Angeles Chargers, Father of Campers
Diocese of San Diego, CA

Chris Stefanick

Founder of Real Life Catholic National Youth Evangelist
Diocese of Denver, CO

Craig Stammen

Professional Baseball Player, Pitcher San Diego Padres
Diocese of San Diego, CA

Michael Hernon

Founder of Messy Family Project
Diocese of Steubenville, OH

Paul Green

Partner, Central Sector Leader, Industrial Products Ernst & Young
Diocese of Chicago, IL

Adam Johnson

Chairman and CEO of Netjets
Diocese of Columbus, OH

John O’Leary

Author and Speaker
Diocese of St Louis, MO