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Our Team
Carmelite Development Center Director

Fr. Mark Zittle, O.Carm


Father Mark is Carmelite Friar of the North American Province of St. Elias. Before entering religious life he worked in sales and management, including a formative experience in the field of international relief and development. Ordained May 19, 2012, Fr. Mark has enjoyed a variety of life giving assignments including parish ministry, development, campus ministry, and provincial administration. 

As a Carmelite Priest, Fr. Mark has come to understand that we  often experience the love of God in how we care for each other. When we experience this – when we become Christ for others, peoples’ hearts acquire an attitude of openness to God’s presence in both the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life. This is the gift of contemplation in action. The Carmelite Ratio puts it this way:


The inner process which leads to the development of the contemplative dimension helps us to acquire an attitude of openness to God's presence in life, teaches us to see the world with God's eyes, and inspires us to seek, recognize, love and serve God in those around us. (Ratio, 24)

A native of Pittsburgh, he is an impassioned Steelers fan. If you are planning a visit to the National Shrine of Mount Carmel, please contact him to schedule a tour. #Jesus #Mary #Joseph and #GoSteelers

Martha O'Brien

Martha O’Brien

Assistant Director and Office Manager

Martha has been a member of the Development Team since 2008.  Martha manages our entire Direct Mail Program which includes all donor mailings, print media design and concept design.  Martha also handles the department’s bill processing, financial and staff operations.  She is a proud mother of 4 children and married to a New York City Fire Captain.

Stephanie Wiesbeck

Stephanie Wiesbeck

Mailroom Manager/Data Processing

Stephanie has been working for the Carmelites for the past 21 years. She is responsible for processing donations and manages our mailing and order fulfillment department. Stephanie enjoys reading and she’s our resident history and trivia expert.


Lorraine Witkowski

Data Processing/Fulfillment

Lorraine has worked for the Carmelites for 30 years. She handles data processing, fulfilling mail or phone requests, answering phone calls and whatever else is needed. Lorraine has a degree in music therapy and spent 27 years as music director in the church. Also, she participated in Kairos Prison Ministry. Lorraine is a mother of 4, Nana of 10 and great Nana of 4 and enjoys jigsaw puzzles and games.

Kathleen Hoffman

Kathleen Hoffman

Social Media and Events Coordinator

Kathleen is a new hire for the Carmelite Development Center.  She handles all aspects of social media outreach, website, special events and assists in mailings. She is a Mother of 2 young active children. Kathleen has a degree in Environmental Physics with a Minor in Meteorology. She is a member of the Planning Board for a nearby town, a Catechist for Holy Cross Catholic Parish and starting a non-profit to benefit families of Orange County, NY. Kathleen has a passion for Community Service, event planning and weather.

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Jane is the newest member of our Carmelite Development team.  She is a former catechist with one of our parishes, St. Paul’s Church, and is a freelance writer for a number of regional magazines.  Jane handles all of the Center’s phone requests and coordinates our Annual Appeal Program and Special Events.  She and her husband, Jim are proud of their three young-adult children, and are active in the local Elks Lodge. She loves reading: photographing nature; gardening; listening to good music; and being outdoors with family and friends.

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