Meet the Team

It's always good to put a face with a name.

Josh Simmons

Founder / CEO

Josh graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2000. While in college, he was formed and shaped by the outstanding ministry of St. Mary’s Catholic Center. After college, Josh served as a youth minister and music minister for 4 years at two different Catholic parishes.

While working in the Church, he started designing websites on the side in 2003 to generate extra income for his growing family. In 2004, he shifted his focus to website development (online software) and developed many custom applications, including the real-time scoring system for the NBA’s Vegas Summer League (which was eventually taken over by NBA.com).

In 2005, Josh left his position at the parish to pursue website development full-time. In Advent 2005, he released the original version of eCatholic and signed on a few “beta” parishes. In early 2006, eCatholic began to gain momentum and started to spread to parishes around the country. Twelve years later, eCatholic has become the leader and the largest provider of beautiful, dynamic Catholic websites in the country.

Josh is also one of the founders and speakers of the popular Digital Church Conference - A One-Day Guide to Catholic New Media and the New Evangelization. Together with Brandon Vogt and Matt Warner, Josh helps inspire and empower Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools to effectively use new media to communicate and evangelize.

Josh and his wife Elizabeth were married in 2002 and live in Austin, TX. They are proud parents of 6 beautiful children (one that is now interceding in Heaven). Josh is a basketball fanatic and still trains, plays, and coaches competitively. He is also an avid golfer and musician.

eCatholic Evangelists

Joe Garcia

Senior eCatholic Evangelist

Joe was born and raised in Stamford, Texas and moved to Amarillo to attend college at West Texas A&M University. He began working for the Catholic Diocese of Amarillo while still in college and served as the Director of Technology for the diocese for 7 years.

While living in Amarillo, Joe helped St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church create, coordinate and build a state-of-the art youth room controlled entirely from a tablet. He also helped organize Amarillo’s first active Catholic young adult group.

In August 2013, Joe transitioned from one Catholic organization to another by joining the eCatholic team as our Director of Sales & Marketing. With years of diocesan experience and expertise in technology, Joe understands the needs and struggles of Catholic parishes, schools, and dioceses and is passionate about helping them communicate, evangelize, and catechize more effectively through the use of new media.

Joe has a passion for photography and capturing God’s beautiful creation and his photos have been used by National Geographic and The Weather Channel. Joe also has an associate degree in Graphic Design and speaks four languages - English, Spanish, Italian, and German.

Joe was married in March 2014 and he and his wife Sara make their home in College Station, Texas.

Natalie Johnson

eCatholic Evangelist

Natalie grew up in a Catholic family with her younger brother and sister. She has been very close to her faith since childhood, and attended Catholic schools until high school. As an Air Force brat, she has lived in Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Georgia, but she considers Texas her true home. Natalie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Music. While in school, her faith was fostered by the wonderful culture at St. Mary's, where she was active in the Music ministry as a member of the Women's Chorus.

Natalie married her Aggie sweetheart, Austin, in 2011. After obtaining a Master's degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston - Victoria, Natalie moved with Austin back to Aggieland and joined the eCatholic team in August 2014. At eCatholic, Natalie knows that an attractive and informative website is an important part of modern evangelization, and loves to help our customers discover how easy it can be to create a beautiful website that furthers their mission.

Natalie enjoys playing the piano, reading, sewing, cooking, and casual bird watching. But as of February 2015 and the arrival of her daughter Olivia, Natalie spends most of her time outside the office as Mommy!

Luke Tristani

eCatholic Evangelist / Diocesan Specialist

Luke is a happy guy from Minnesota, who now lives in Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife Kelli and two children, Mark and Avelina. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012 with his Bachelors in Theology and minors in business and history. He has a special place in his heart for the country of Austria, where he studied abroad during his junior year of college. He took that opportunity to broaden his worldview and travel to different countries.

Luke is thankful for his childhood experiences with a big, loving Catholic family, a church parish filled with the Holy Spirit, and mission trips that all influenced who he is today. Luke enjoys spending time with his family and in his free time likes to play disc golf and catch up on sports news, especially his beloved Minnesota sports teams. He also enjoys testing out new recipes in the kitchen and chasing his 3 year old son around outside.

Luke joined the eCatholic team in early 2016 to provide dedicated service and support to diocesan initiatives. If you get a chance to speak with Luke, you'll find that he is easy to talk with and has a real gift for customer service.

Anne Pesek

eCatholic Payments Evangelist / Happiness Engineer

Anne is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas but came to Texas to attend Texas A&M University, where she graduated in 2001. She married Jeff at St. Mary's Catholic Church in College Station. After graduating, Jeff joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and they were stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and then in Fort Hood, Texas.

During Jeff's second deployment to Iraq, Anne moved down to Shiner, Texas with their two daughters to be closer to family. Anne began working at St. Joseph Catholic School in Yoakum as a junior high math and technology teacher. Once Jeff returned home from overseas, he joined the family in Shiner. Over the past 10 years, Anne has worked in various teaching, coaching, and administrative positions at Shiner Catholic School.

The entire family is very active at Saints Cyril and Methodius parish and the community of Shiner. Anne and Jeff have both served on the Pastoral Council, multiple ACTS Retreat teams, and as adult leaders for the Confirmation Retreat at the parish for the past 7 years. The family loves to travel to random Texas towns, attend as many Aggie football games as possible, and enjoy the country lifestyle with family and friends.

Anne joined the eCatholic team in 2015 to help launch, promote, and support eCatholic's new online donations and payments platform - eCatholic Payments.

Happiness Engineers

Doug Naaden

Senior Happiness Engineer

Doug grew up with his 12 siblings in the natural paradise of June Lake, California. He graduated Cum Laude and with Honors from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy. After spending a short time of discernment at St. Michael's Nobertine Abbey in California, he decided to pack up and move to Texas where he has lived ever since. He has been very active in parish life serving as part of the RCIA team, RE catechist, Ask A Catholic A Question volunteer, 40 Days for Life volunteer and various other ministries.

Doug joined up with eCatholic in 2008 as our Senior Happiness Engineer (customer support). He has guided many clients through the process of creating their websites and has spent countless hours giving webinars.

Doug was married on August 27, 2011 and he and his wife Molly make their home in Denison, Texas. They are expecting their first bouncing baby boy at the beginning of 2016.

Cindy Russell

Happiness Engineer / Custom Design Coordinator

Cindy was raised in the small town of Glenburn, ME and enjoyed a loving and happy childhood.  Coming from a large Catholic French-Canadian extended family with over 60 cousins between both sides of the family, Cindy particularly enjoyed the large Christmas gatherings growing up, especially when the entire family of 50+ people slept under one roof!  Cindy is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from a Sisters of Mercy college, Trinity College of Vermont, where she studied Business Administration, Psychology and French before moving to Boston for 8 years where she met her husband, Justin. After having two sons, Gabriel and Isaac, Cindy and her family moved back to Maine, settling in the vibrant city of Portland.

The entire family is very active in their parish. Cindy serves as Eucharistic Minister along with her altar-serving boys and Justin is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition, Cindy is the Chair of the Pastoral Council for Our Lady of Hope Parish and she and her husband participate in the Marriage Preparation Ministry as their busy schedules allow. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting her very active boys on the soccer field, basketball court, or at the track!

Cindy brings a wealth of experience from a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations which includes project management for Fortune 500 companies in sales and leadership training, sales and marketing for a Maine apple products company, operations and development for several non-profits in southern Maine, program coordination for a non-profit basketball organization, and most recently as the Donor Relations Coordinator at The Presence Radio Network. An avid volunteer in her community, Cindy has shared her professional talents with Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Brigid School, YES! Basketball, and PAYSA as the former Recreation and Travel Soccer Director.

Cindy, a former eCatholic client who saw the great value in the software and loved the team she worked with, joined the eCatholic team in April 2016 as a Happiness Engineer and Custom Design Coordinator.

Diane Kern

Diocesan Assistant / Quick Flip Specialist

Originally from Michigan, this Hoosier in Indiana graduated from Grand Valley State University and began her career as a public relations and donor program manager for a nationally recognized non-profit. It wasn't long when Diane decided to deepen her Indiana roots as a communications director for a local parish. There she realized how much well-integrated communication tools can have a tremendous impact on promoting stewardship. Of course, one of the easiest ways to help share about God's great work in action is with an effective website - and that's when she got to know eCatholic.

Armed with experience and passion, Diane continued using eCatholic products to transform how organizations connected with their communities. In 2017, she joined the eCatholic team and now helps dioceses transition from their former websites to the eCatholic experience.

Outside of work, Diane is busy keeping up with her two kids and spending time with her husband, family and friends. She enjoys traveling, biking, painting on canvas, and trying her skills (and patience) with new food recipes.

Karen Lackey

Happiness Engineer / Diocesan Assistant

Karen Lackey was born and raised in Dayton, OH, and is the youngest of nine children. Growing up in a large Catholic family, she learned the importance of her faith in daily life. Karen attended Catholic schools from grades K-12 including Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School, where 5 generations of her family have attended. She went on to attend the University of Oklahoma on an athletic scholarship and enjoyed the opportunity collegiate volleyball gave her to meet great people and travel all around the country. One of her favorite college road trips was playing in Anchorage, AK, where the whole team got sea sick halibut fishing.

After graduating from OU, Karen moved to Columbus, OH, where she has resided ever since. Karen got married in 2003 to Dennis and they enjoyed their honeymoon in New Zealand and Australia.

Karen worked in the IT industry for about 10 years - including roles in writing software, project management, and business development - until beginning a family. She and Dennis welcomed their first set of twins in 2005, their second set of twins in 2006, and finally a singleton in 2010. Karen went back to work in 2015 for her home parish, working on the parish website, Safe Environment, and Stewardship. She enjoys being able to help her parish and the school where her five kids attend.

Karen was excited to join the eCatholic team in October 2017. She attended a Digital Church Conference in 2014 and was impressed by the company's ability to combine two of her passions - the Church and technology. She loves helping other Catholic parishes benefit from eCatholic's technology and phenomenal service.

Abbey Nagel

Administrative Assistant / Quick Flip Specialist

Abbey was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota where she currently lives. She is grateful to have grown up surrounded by rich experiences of faith in her family and community. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Mary (Bismarck) in 2013 with Bachelors Degrees in English and Catholic Studies. Her time at the University of Mary included studying abroad in Rome, an experience she is grateful for and that has left her with a deeper love for traveling, beautiful churches, and her faith.

She married her husband, Derrick, in August of 2013 and began working as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop at the Diocese of Bismarck in June of that year. Abbey and Derrick have two sons, Dominic and William, and are excitedly expecting their next child in February of 2018!

Abbey enjoys keeping up with her active boys and being with family and friends. Her favorites include reading, coffee (former barista herself!), wine, leisurely walks, puzzles, and Jane Austen-type movies.

Abbey was first introduced to the eCatholic during her time at the Diocese of Bismarck, and she is excited to have joined the team in October 2017!

Sarah Rennie

Quick Flip Specialist

Sarah was born and raised in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she spent most of her youth attending as many concerts as she could with her two sisters. She is a Seton Home Study graduate and is currently a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Student working on her BA in English and a Minor in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In 2010, Sarah fell in love with a boy in a band - a musician she met at church. By 2013, Vincent and Sarah were married and have been welcoming children ever since, with one in Heaven and two in their arms.

Sarah manages the social media content for a Las Vegas young adult ministry called Cor Jesu Ministries. Serving on the Core Team, Sarah works alongside other team members to encourage young adults to connect to the faith of the Church through nourishing their relationship with God.

A self-described bookaholic, Sarah spends her free time collecting books to "one day read," scanning cooking blogs for new recipes to test, and sipping Matcha green tea. She is excited to have joined the eCatholic team in October 2017!

Stephen Kocmoud

Quick Flip Specialist

Stephen was born and raised in College Station, Texas with his 6 brothers and 2 sisters. In June of 2014 he joined his older brother in working for eCatholic. With interests in electronics, music, and arts, he hopes to graduate from A&M and start in a field of prototyping and consumer electronics. Thus, he is currently pursuing a degree in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University and is the loudest and the proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2019!

As a major Catholic fanatic, he loves apologetics and the study of God and the Catholic faith. He is excited to be a part of the amazing team at eCatholic and hopes that their websites can bring more unity and new evangelization to the modern world.

Kyra LeJeune

Quick Flip Specialist

Kyra LeJeune has grown up most of her life in College Station, Texas as the oldest of 5 kids. She graduated from KOR Education School in May of 2017, and she is pursuing a degree in animal science at Texas A&M University where she is the loudest and the proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2021! Kyra enjoys sports (especially volleyball), international mission trips, deer hunting, being involved with her church, and petting every passing dog. She joined the eCatholic team in June of 2016 and loves being able to work for such an amazing Catholic company!

Software Developers

Patrick Williams

Senior Software Developer

Patrick was born and raised in Bryan, Texas, minutes away from Texas A&M University and the eCatholic headquarters. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2002 with a degree in Computer Science.

A few years after graduation, feeling called to do more for the Church, Patrick left his job and enrolled in the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family, and graduated with a Master of Theological Studies in 2007. During the summer break in 2006 and then again for a short time after graduation, Patrick worked with Josh in helping shape the development of eCatholic.

Patrick has a broad background in the software industry, working on projects in academic research, medical and military contracts, manufacturing consulting, fast food point of sale, and 40 Days for Life National. In February 2012, Patrick followed his passion and love for the Church and joined the eCatholic team as Senior Software Developer, driven to develop innovative software to help shape and transform the way the Catholic Church communicates and fulfills Her mission.

In December of 2009, Patrick was married to Sarah and they have four beautiful children. Patrick and Sarah love to teach others about the Church's teachings on marriage and family, as well as the role of Catholicism in culture and technology.

Geoff Tipley

Web Developer

Geoff grew up in Cypress, Texas where he was introduced to the beauty of the Catholic faith in high school and has wanted to serve the Church in his professional life ever since. Geoff is happy to combine this desire with his life-long enthusiasm for technology as part of the eCatholic team.

During his college years, Geoff was active in the campus ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University where he first encountered eCatholic's content management system as the coordinator of an Aggie Awakening retreat. Geoff began his career at eCatholic in 2014 as a Happiness Engineer and sometime-CSS Developer and now is a developer on the eCatholic CMS, a database specialist, and coordinates CSS implementation of design themes and the eCatholic interface. He has also been dubbed "Director of Special Projects" for his propensity for taking on challenging long-term projects.

Geoff comes from a family that enjoys cooking and baking and as such he enjoys cooking up new recipes with his wife. As a consummate Eagle Scout, Geoff enjoys the outdoors including camping, hiking, and mountain biking, as well as gaming and reading in his spare time.

Geoff married the love of his life Miriam shortly after joining the team and now have two children to keep them on their toes. They are currently enjoying family life and child-proofing everything.

Michael Atkinson

Software Developer

Michael came to College Station in 2005 to study Computer Science at Texas A&M University and he hasn't left since. He now lives south of town with his wife, Erin, and their two children, Gabriel and Mary Clare. He collects hobbies as a hobby, but his favorites are reading, guitar, board games, photography, camping, and hiking. He also travels throughout the Brazos Valley with a Gregorian chant choir, bringing the beauty of sacred music to God's church.

Before coming to eCatholic, Michael worked for the Texas Center for Applied Technology, an applied research center under the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. He supported simulation software for a first responder training course, and contributed to an information collection and aggregation software suite, which collects biosurveillance data, tracks animal disease progression and transmission, and helps to maintain business continuity for the agricultural industry. He also serves as a Signal Officer in the Texas Army National Guard with the 1st Squadron of the 124th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Waco, Texas. The regiment provides reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition capabilities to their higher headquarters and sister units.

Michael is passionate about using technology and new media to evangelize the world. He takes great joy in teaching and sharing knowledge, and even greater joy in watching people become life-long learners; he hopes to share this joy through his work with eCatholic.

Jonathan Kocmoud

Web Developer

Jonathan was born and raised in College Station, Texas and is the third oldest of nine children. He is a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2017 at Texas A&M University where he is pursuing a degree in Computer Science. His favorite hobbies include reading, programming, singing, and playing piano.

Jonathan joined the eCatholic team in the Fall of 2013 and is the primary “theme implementer” at eCatholic, which means that he is responsible for writing the CSS code that allows a design created in PhotoShop to be used as a theme within the eCatholic platform.

Natalie Criscione

Web Developer

Natalie was born in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in California before moving to College Station. She is the second oldest of nine children and feels very blessed to have grown up in a large, Catholic family. Natalie is an active parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Center, where she is primarily involved with the radio station and the music ministry.

Her interests include ballet and modern styles of dance, country dancing, playing guitar, singing, quilting, programming, and studying. She graduated high school as a commended national merit scholar. She is currently studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University as the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2018!

Natalie joined the eCatholic team in June of 2014.

Seton Raynor

CSS Web Developer

Seton was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she attended her parish school, St. Thomas More, from prekindergarten through middle school and then Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School in Raleigh. She credits these years of outstanding Catholic education with helping to cultivate her love of the Catholic faith and Church history, literature and the English language, music, and dramatic arts.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Seton was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, graduating in 2012 with a major in English and minors in history and dramaturgy. After earning a Master’s in Teaching at UNC, she taught high school English for four years before exploring ways in which her love of language, syntax, and linguistics might translate to a career in technology. She soon decided to make the leap from teaching to web development and feels very blessed to have joined an organization that so perfectly embodies her personal, spiritual, and professional ideals.

Seton and her husband, Aaron, met when they were both high school volunteers at their parish Vacation Bible School, leading the drama team and performing daily skits for the young campers. After college, they were married at St. Thomas More and continue to call Chapel Hill home. Aaron was also a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and is currently a high school history teacher.

Seton enjoys reading, watching and discussing films, hiking and camping, and rooting for the Tar Heels. She joined the eCatholic team in October 2017.

Creative & Administration

Amy Leung

Graphic Designer

Amy was born in Hong Kong and together with her family, immigrated to the serene beauty that is Vancouver, Canada at a young age. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Chemistry, Amy decided to pursue her love of design and completed a New Media program at the Vancouver Film School. Her first design job involved assisting her campus chaplain at St. Mark's College to create engaging brochures and a website.

In her home parish of St. Francis Xavier, Amy has faithfully served as a leader for youth ministry Edge and Life Teen programs since 2005. She married her ever-supportive husband Albert in 2006 and they are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Alison and Ashley. Amy loves to draw and craft with her children whenever possible and created SaintlyTees.com to tie her faith and her love of illustrating together.

Amy had been searching for a way to serve the Catholic Church more directly with her design skills and was excited to join the eCatholic team in April 2015. She looks forward to modernizing the design scape of Catholic diocese, parish and school websites.

Matthew Kurtz

Creative Content Director

Matthew operates his eCatholic office from Bismarck, ND, where he was born and raised. He graduated summa cum laude from North Dakota State University (home of the Bison!) in 2011 with a degree in communications and an emphasis in television broadcasting. He has worked as interim sports director at a local television station, as an audio/video editor for a private advertising agency, and as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Bismarck, where he also served as editor of the diocesan newspaper.

While in this role, he inherited an outdated, expensive, and frustrating diocesan website. Fortunately, he found eCatholic, which helped him launch a new site...and the rest is history. The diocese's eCatholic website became the launching pad for all of its successful digital media endeavors, and Matthew is poised to help more Catholic organizations do the same.

Matthew is a passionate videographer and writer who seeks to inspire others and evangelize with his work. In his spare time he enjoys making videos, running (he has one full marathon and two half marathons under his belt), and watching the Minnesota Vikings. He married his beautiful wife, Stephanie, in 2012, and the couple has been blessed with three children: Elijah, Lucy, and Joseph.

Lisa Garner

Executive Assistant

Lisa was born in Laredo, Texas and grew up in the beautiful hill country of Boerne, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a degree in Speech Communication. Lisa went to work for The Association of Former Students planning class reunions and working with A&M Clubs for 3 years. She then left to become the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President of the Texas A&M Foundation.

In 1998, Lisa married Porter Garner and has been a dedicated full-time mother and wife for the past 15 years. She is passionate about her faith, her family, Texas A&M, and serving others. She is also a life-long animal lover.

Lisa joined the eCatholic team in January 2014 and she lives in College Station, Texas with her husband Porter and their three children.