TEC board of directors

Welcoming 3 Newbies to the TEC Board

We welcome Mary Mondloch, Joan Koehne and Amanda Gerrits to TEC Board for 2023-25 and thank outgoing board members Jody Engebos and Ashley Prokash. The 3 newbies join Bruce McEwing, Katie Wanek, Carol McEwing, Brittany Dulak, and Kevin Smits. Rev. Kevin Ripley is Anchor of TEC’s spiritual director. Thank you all for your service and God bless you!

Meet the New TEC Board Members

Mary Mondloch at a mission trip to Puerto Rico in summer 2023.
Mary Mondloch at a mission trip to Puerto Rico in summer 2023.

Mary Mondloch

Parish: Our Lady of Lourdes, De Pere

Parish involvement: I am a young adult ministry coordinator at my church. I’ve chaperoned multiple mission trips through my parish. I also help out with Faith Formation on Wednesdays.

TEC involvement: I’ve been involved with TEC since I made my first one a few years ago. I’ve worked every TEC since and am now happy to help by being on the board.

Favorite scripture passage: Psalm 46:10; Be still and know that I am God.

For fun: I like to hang out with friends and family, spend time at church, go hiking, and just relaxing!


Amanda Gerrits with her husband and two daughters.
Amanda Gerrits with her husband and two daughters.

Amanda Gerrits

Parish: Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Green Bay

Current parish involvement: working on starting a busy bag ministry
TEC involvement: TEC board and secretary, working TEC 282

Favorite scripture: passage: Phil 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

For fun: crafts (tie rosaries, crocheting, hand knitting, etc), hiking, camping, traveling, playing with my kids and attempting to beat my husband at any game I can!


Joan Koehne with her family.
Joan Koehne with her family.

Joan Koehne

Joan Koehne
Parish: St. Pius, Little Suamico
Current parish involvement: Music ministry, church cleaning, fundraising and decorating
TEC involvement: After 20-year hiatus, I worked Main team for TEC 281 and had such an amazing experience, I’m joined the board and will work TEC 282 in February.
Favorite Scripture Passage: Proverbs 31 – When one finds a worthy wife her value is far beyond pearls
For fun: Hiking, gardening, biking, playing piano, family time, cheering for the Brewers


About the TEC Board of Directors

According to the Anchor of Hope TEC Constitution, TEC Board members are elected in August and start serving in September. Board members serve two-year terms and are eligible to serve 2 consecutive terms before a one-year absence. The board meets at 6:30pm on the first Thursday of the month at St. Joseph School of the Quad Parishes, Green Bay. Up to 12 people can serve on the TEC board.

Unveiling a Vibrant Redesign of This Nonprofit’s Website

TEC is a dynamic Catholic retreat experience, and now Anchor of Hope TEC has a website to show just that! Green Bay-based TEC (Together Encountering Christ) took a giant leap forward in technology and vibrancy with a redesigned website.

Anchor of Hope website home page before redesign
Anchor of Hope Home webpage after redesign

Why Redesign the TEC Website?

Anchor of Hope TEC’s first website launched in 2015, so it was overdue for a website update. TEC representatives wanted to add more color and vibrancy to the website. Instead of old website’s bland- wheat fields, fish, and sand images, the new website features bright colors and communities of young people. TEC is about building relationships with Christ and journeying together in faith, and the new website depicts TEC’s community focus.

What Changed in the Website Home Page?

  • On the Home page of the redesigned websites, headings and subheadings capture the essence of Together Encountering Christ. The titles also connect the nautical themes of an anchor and ship with faith: Searching for a Rock-Solid Anchor in Your Life? Center Yourself on Christ. Anchor of Hope TEC will help you steady your ship.
  • Brightly colored buttons near the top of website’s Home page make it easy for visitors to register for a weekend retreat. They click a separate button to register as a retreatant or a volunteer worker.
  • Text on the Home webpage slides into place as a visitor scrolls, adding energy, movement, and interest to the page. The headlines and paragraph blocks are short and easy-to-read, yet they contain helpful information and searchable keywords.
  • In the footer (bottom section) of the webpage, visitors can quickly navigate to inside webpages via the Quick Links list or click a colorful button to register for a retreat. The website is mobile-friendly and resizes for cellphones, tablets, and other devices.
  • To engage with its audience, TEC redesigned its newsletter to mimic the website and began publishing a monthly newsletter. The newsletter is formatted with the same brand colors, images, links, and messaging as the website. Visitors can quickly sign up for the TEC newsletter at the Home page. The sign-up form integrates with the email marketing platform Constant Contact.

What Changed on the Redesigned Inside Pages?

About

The two tabs under About go to Testimonials and About Anchor of Hope TEC. Visitors can read authentic first-hand accounts on the Testimonials page, whereas the About page contains TEC history and background information. Catholic teens (and their parents) and young adults interested in making a retreat can learn about the weekend before registering.

Applications

The four tabs under Applications explain how to apply and provide online registration forms and payment portals for retreatants and worker volunteers.

News and Events

The two tabs under News and Events show the upcoming retreat weekend dates and stories about the TEC community.

Location

The location page shows an image of St. Joseph Catholic School where the TEC retreats are held, along with a Google map to show the exact location.

FAQs

The FAQs page provides answers to common questions. Visitors click or tap the question to reveal the answer. Not only do the FAQs provide helpful information to human visitors, the FAQ pages also are rich in keywords. Keywords enhance Google searchability and ranking on search engine result pages. So, Google will suggest Anchor of Hope TEC to people searching for a Catholic retreat for teens or young adults in Green Bay.

Contact Page

The Contact page offers a quick way to ask a question or make a comment. A website visitor fills in their contact information and a message, then clicks Submit. The message goes directly to the TEC email. Spam blockers on the page prohibit junk emails from getting through.

Payments

The e-commerce payments page is a welcome alternative to collecting cash or checks at meetings or retreats. Retreatants and volunteer workers pay their retreat fee or donation at a secure e-commerce portal. Administrators can easily track payments and not worry about handling money. Additionally, TEC can add more merchandise or donation portals to the page.

Members Only

Members of the TEC organization have password-protected, members-only access to outlines, lists, and other information. This easy-access resource saves the organization money on paper and printing. Members have digital information available 24/7 wherever they are, as long as they have WIFI.

Redesigned Website Launched for Nonprofit

Thanks to Bill Koehne and Alexa Haverkorn, of Packerland Websites, and Joan Koehne, of Writer to the Rescue, for giving their time and professional talents to rebuild the TEC website. Also, thanks to Bruce McEwing, president of the TEC board, and Amanda Gerrits, secretary, for their input and guidance. The redesigned website truly represents how Together Encountering Christ can awaken spiritual growth and create disciples who strengthen the Catholic church.

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