Meet the Staff
Fr. David P. Uribe, OMI
Oblate Chaplain Director
Director, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Father David Uribe is the Executive Director of the Oblate Missionary Society Inc., the primary fundraising organization of the Missionary Oblates which includes the Charitable and Planned Giving Office. In addition, Fr. David also serves as the Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
Father David was born in 1973 in Seminole, Texas and has two sisters. His parents, David and Mary Uribe, had been longtime friends of the Oblates. Father David’s Oblate journey began at the age of 14 when he entered the Oblates’ St. Anthony High School Seminary in San Antonio. At St. Anthony he discovered that, in addition to Mass and Sacraments, priests can positively affect people’s lives through many different ministries.
Father David entered the Oblate pre-novitiate program after high school, but then decided to explore career possibilities outside of religious life. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edwards’ University in Austin, Texas.
Despite a successful career, Fr. David felt a void in his life and returned to the Oblate formation program, eventually being ordained in 2014. His first assignment was as Pilgrimage Director at the Shrine and later he served as a Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Houston, Texas before taking on his current ministries.
Father David said he is honored to provide a link between the Oblates and their benefactors. He takes particular pride in making sure that all of the benefactors’ prayer intentions are being fulfilled in the local Oblate community, at the shrine, and at sites around the world. In his free time, which is limited, Fr. David enjoys reading, learning about new things, and socializing with friends.
Director of Charitable and Planned Giving
Kevin Miller was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, home of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. He and his family spent many times at the Shrine attending Mass, eating at the restaurant and visiting family at the retirement community.
Prior to joining the Oblate family, Kevin was the Chief Development Officer for 3½ years with Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, an organization that raised philanthropic support to enhance bike and walking paths throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Kevin also worked for more than nine years in fundraising for Shriners Hospitals for Children. At first Kevin was the Director of Development at the St. Louis hospital and then for seven years he was the Senior Director of Planned and Major Giving for the central United States, an area that covers 16 states and seven hospitals.
Kevin also worked for nearly 20 years in fundraising for higher education, at the University of Indianapolis and the University of Maryland.
Kevin and his wife, Diana, live in Kirkwood, Missouri and their daughter, Elizabeth, is currently in college.
Bill Magrath, Gift Advisor
Bill Magrath has been a part of the Oblate family for more than 40 years, currently working as a Gift Advisor. In his previous positions with the Oblates, Bill had the opportunity to travel to foreign missions, capturing the Oblates’ work through his photography. After seeing firsthand the effect the Oblates were having on the people of Brazil, Bill was “hooked,” as the Oblates truly were “serving the world’s poor.” He is proud to be a part of the Oblates’ life-changing work throughout the world.
Bill is married to Linda, and together the couple have four grown children and one grandchild. He enjoys spending time with his loved ones and friends, and never misses an opportunity to travel or go fishing.
Jamie Green, Gift Advisor
Jamie Green joined the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving team in 2014, but has been part of the Oblate family for more than 30 years. She previously served as Senior Graphic Designer/Art Coordinator for the Oblates’ fundraising program in the United States. Jamie enjoys working for the Oblates because she believes in their ministry of serving the poor – and it makes her feel good to know that her work helps the Oblates make a difference in the world.
Jamie is extremely close to her family – she’s known as “Super Aunt” to her five nephews and one niece. She and her mother, Kathleen, travel the world together and look forward to future adventures. Jamie is a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and enjoys golf, bingo and expressing her creative side through crafts and other arts.
Kali Essner, Gift Advisor
Kali Essner came to the Oblates in March of 2021 as a Gift Advisor in the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving. Kali grew up in Southeast Missouri and first encountered the Oblates in her teenage years as an attendee of various youth conferences held at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. After she completed her undergraduate studies, she worked for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) as a campus missionary in Texas. In her time with FOCUS she worked with many generous benefactors to fund a wide variety of ministries. Her heart for the materially and spiritually poor grew as a missionary and she looks forward to continuing helping those in need through her work with the Oblates.
Most of Kali’s family lives in Missouri. She enjoys hiking in the beautiful, rolling hills of the Midwest. Kali creates music with her three sisters and one brother, and likes listening to live music as well. Traveling is her most cherished hobby, as she takes any opportunity to visit her friends who live all across the United States.
Tony Estala, Gift Advisor
Tony Estala joined the Oblate family in March 2021 as a Gift Advisor in the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving. He joins the Oblate family with a background of having roles in hospitality, media, education and mentorship while completing his educational goal of a master’s degree.
Tony feels very fortunate that he has had the privilege of knowing many passionate, kind-spirited and caring individuals who have a huge impact on their communities and people in need. He is looking forward to his contribution in helping the countless lives through the work of the Oblates by supporting the poor, impoverished and dispossessed people of our world.
Tony grew-up in a small town in South Texas, with three sisters and three brothers and is now married to his wonderful and loving wife. He joins us with some great family values of a traditional small town and a warm and giving heart. In his free time Tony enjoys music, reading, mentoring, sports and traveling.
Diane Green, Office of Charitable and Planned Giving Supervisor
Diane Green has been a part of the Oblate family for more than 30 years. Diane respects the Oblates for the work they do; she finds their compassion admirable. Her work is extremely rewarding, as she has the opportunity to work directly with Oblates and donors.
Diane and her husband, Jerry, have two children: Maya and Max. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Dawn Sisco-Smith, Charitable and Planned Giving Coordinator
Dawn Sisco-Smith fills the role of the Charitable and Planned Giving Coordinator. In 2014 she began working for the Missionary Oblates as a donor service representative at the Missionary Association.
Dawn is passionate about family time – with her husband Steve, children and ten grandchildren. Dawn enjoys camping, road trips, hiking, volleyball and bowling. She also volunteers with the St. Clair County Humane Society.
Lori Kelly, Stewardship Specialist
Lori began working at the Missionary Association in 1995 after serving four years in the United States Air Force. She worked as a front desk receptionist and then became the Group Leader in the Donor Services call center. Lori joined the Charitable and Planned Giving Department in July, 2018. As a Stewardship Specialist, Lori calls donors to build a deeper relationship with the Oblates. She offers prayers and a listening ear, and finds out what the donors like about the Oblates.
Lori was born and raised in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Along with her husband and daughter, they have a small farm that includes horses, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, cats, dogs, pet rats and a hedgehog. Lori loves being with animals and understanding the circle of life.