Workshops

Workshops

Scott F. Brown

EWTN Vice President of Mission Advancement

Fundraising

Scott is the Vice President of Mission Advancement at EWTN. He leads the department that is responsible for EWTN’s fundraising. His department implements direct mail campaigns, on-air appeals, digital fundraising, and major gift cultivation. They ensure that the Network has the resources needed to fulfill the vital mission started by Mother Angelica and continued today by more than 400 employees worldwide.

Scott has an outstanding record of leadership in several industries that include the nonprofit, educational and information technology sectors and the United States military. Throughout every facet of his career he has guided organizations to consistently surpass challenging performance objectives, institutional goals and stakeholder expectations.

For more than 30 years, Scott has helped organizations manage change and work collaboratively in order to achieve their goals. For the past 15 years, prior to joining EWTN, Scott led Catholic non-profit education organizations, implementing and executing successful fundraising strategies and campaigns, developing governance models that result in engaged boards of directors, and mentoring and educating leaders and board members in the art of fundraising.

Debbie Cowden

EWTN Social Media Coordinator

Social Media

Debbie Cowden joined the EWTN Family in 2013 and serves as the Social Media Coordinator for EWTN. She also co-hosts EWTN Religious Catalogue. Prior to spearheading social media, Debbie spent three years as a Television Series and Live Show Producer for EWTN, where she produced a variety of programs, such as At Home with Jim and Joy, Life on the Rock, The Catholic View for Women, and Blue Collar Apologetics. Her secular television and media experience includes PBS, HSN, Clear Channel, and MTV in New York City. She hails from Ohio but lives in Birmingham with her husband and their two children: two-year-old Gianna (“Gigi”), and Baby Cowden, who is due in January 2019. Debbie’s patron saints are St. Gianna Molla, St. Michael, and St. Clare, and her female media role model is Mother Angelica. You can reach her at dcowden@ewtn.com.

Len Marino

EWTN Vice President Creative Services

Branding

As Vice President-Creative Services Len Marino is responsible for the look, feel and branding of all of EWTN’s media assets. His career spans nearly 40 years beginning on Madison Avenue with stops at CNN Creative Services, Starz, Encore and Hallmark Entertainment Networks. He’s worked with the Muppets and helped launch a number of networks including Encore’s Multiplex, Kermit and The Hallmark Channel. Len is a devout Catholic and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Lorna have been married for over 34 years and are life long Red Sox fans.

John C. Peiffer II

President and General Counsel / Co-Founder, Napa Institute Legal Foundation

Operations

John is the President and General Counsel of NILF. John also is CEO and a shareholder of The Busch Firm, a California-based law firm.

John has extensive experience advising for-profit and nonprofit clients on business transactions, entity structures, and corporate formation and governance. John has advised several Catholic dioceses, religious orders, private religious schools, and other religious organizations on mission-focused corporate structuring and governance, tax exemption issues, and philanthropic structures.

Representative engagements include:

  • Corporate restructuring of a Catholic diocese operating in eight states
  • Succession planning for the ongoing administration of an all-female preparatory school founded by a Roman Catholic women’s religious order
  • Establishment of donor-advised funds and supporting organizations for a Roman Catholic public charity
  • Advising on the structure and preparing the governing instruments for restricted endowment funds within a religiously-affiliated community foundation
  • Formation of and obtaining tax exemption for an Evangelical Christian film company
  • Advising on corporate structure and governance for a start-up evangelical Quaker high school
  • Advising on and formation of a for-profit / nonprofit partnership for the development and production of film adaptations of literary works by Christian authors
  • Advising on the merger of a private foundation into a religiously-affiliated supporting organization

John worked closely with Tim Busch and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. on the founding of the Napa Institute (www.napa-institute.org) and early development of the content for its programs. Additionally, prior to his legal career, John taught English at an all-male Roman Catholic preparatory school in northern California.

John holds a J.D. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School, an A.M. (Religious Studies) from The University of Chicago Divinity School, and a B.A. (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Santa Clara University.

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