Board Chair Transitions Thank You Denise!

Watch the Final Communication from former Board Chair, Denise Utter


A Message From Our Current Chair – Dr. Jodi Hunt

Dear Members of In Word and Witness:

September not only marked the end of the summer season but it also marked the end of a successful Board Chairmanship for Denise Utter. Over the past three years, Denise has done an outstanding job for In Word and Witness, shaping our organization into what it is today. As Denise’s season of Board Chairman comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Board, to thank her for her hard work and dedication in challenging In Word and Witness to re-imagine its organizational structure in a manner of ensuring that our member’s needs remained of the upmost importance. Over the last three years, Denise’s stewardship of In Word and Witness has not only been noted by strategic thinking and creative ideas, but by her unwavering commitment to the Catholic Church and her ministers. Efforts and support that have become an invaluable asset to In Word and Witness.

Specifically, we would like to express our gratitude to Denise for helping In Word and Witness complete a consultative re-branding of vision of the organization. Under her leadership, In Word and Witness has seen membership growth, expanded its relationship network and re-branded itself to be better attuned to the modern issues and concerns that are of importance to catechists and evangelists today. Most importantly, Denise’s leadership has exuberated service with, borrowing from the words of Pope Francis, “a personal love for the people.” And for that the Board is eternally grateful.

On a personal note, as I begin my season serving as the Chairperson of the Board, I would like to thank Denise for her encouragement and for always being available to help me transition into this new role. As we all know, despite seasonal changes often appearing to come on quickly, they do not come without the long tireless work at the hands of our Creator and his servants. Denise’s service to ensuring a smooth Board transition was nothing less than outstanding. She has prepared me well for this new season and for that I am truly blessed.

Thank you, Denise, for all that you have done for In Word and Witness. May this new season as general member of this organization be filled with great joy and happiness.


Dr. Jodi Hunt, PhD