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.
Dennis Kempf, Director
Dennis Kempf has been with the Missionary Oblates since 2012. As Director of the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving, Dennis’ goal is to support the charitable gift advisors who visit donors. He is excited by the opportunity to work with Oblate donors because they, like the Oblates, share a love for Christ, Mary Immaculate and the poor people of the world.
Dennis was raised in St. Louis, Missouri by parents with great compassion for others – especially the poor. He and his four brothers attended the archdiocesan seminary in St. Louis. He is the proud father of two energetic daughters who are strong in faith. Dennis enjoys keeping company with friends and role models and staying up to date with philosophical and political news. He stays active by walking, yardwork, biking and in-line skating.
Matt Barnard, Gift Advisor
Northeast Region – CT, IN, KY, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, RI, SC, TN, VT
Matt Barnard joined our Oblate team as a Gift Advisor in September 2015. Matt previously worked at New York Life in financial services.
Matt enjoys working with the Oblates. He has a great respect for their work throughout the world. He looks forward to meeting with our treasured Oblate benefactors so he can have the opportunity to hear their stories and learn of their reasons for supporting the Oblates.
Matt is originally from Indiana but currently lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area. He has a lovely wife, Kristina, and they have six children: Adriana, Andrew, Joey, Charlie, Dominic and Eleanor. He loves spending time with his family, and also enjoys an active lifestyle through walking, biking, riding his motorcycle, woodworking, reading and doing home and yard projects.
Bill Magrath, Gift Advisor
Southeast Region – DE, FL, GA, MD, MI, PA, VI, VA, DC, WV – Canada – New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
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.
Claudia Garcia, CFRE, Gift Advisor
Southwest Region – AZ, NM, OK, PR, TX
As a member of the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving, Claudia spends much of her time visiting our Spanish-speaking donors. She has been with the Oblates for over 15 years and is happy to help donors make a difference in the lives of the poor people of Oblate missions. Claudia enjoys sharing her faith with the donors she meets.
Claudia and her husband John cherish time spent with family. She is involved in her church and enjoys helping with retreats.
Jamie Green, Gift Advisor
Midwest and Northwest Region – AL, AK, AR, ID, IL, IA, LA, MN, MS, MT, ND, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY
Canada – British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Yukon
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.
John Wagner, Gift Advisor
West Region – CA, CO, HI, KS, MO, NE, NV, UT – Canada – Alberta
Travel Blog: john.omsiusa.org
John Wagner joined the Oblate family in January 2014 as a Gift Advisor. He came to the Oblates with nine years’ experience as a planned gift advisor and director of planned giving. He is thankful that he has had the privilege of knowing many generous and caring individuals who have a huge impact on their communities and people in need. John recognizes the importance of bringing support and dignity to the poor, impoverished and dispossessed people of our world. Through his work with the Oblates, he is making a difference in the lives of many people who are in desperate need of physical and spiritual healing.
Most of John’s family lives in Louisiana, Missouri and Texas. He grew up in a small town near Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. John is married to Wendy, and together they have three grown children. John’s hobbies include music, art, photography, baseball (Go Cards!) and golf.
Diane Green, Marketing Coordinator
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.
Pat Schnyder, Administrative Assistant
Pat has been employed by the Missionary Oblates for more than 35 years. In that time she has been a receptionist, the Oblate Director’s Administrative Assistant and, currently, as Administrative Assistant in the Office and Charitable and Planned Giving. Pat takes pride knowing that her day-to-day work in the office is helping the Oblates raise the funds they need to continue their work. She loves hearing directly from the Oblates that her work truly impacts their ability to serve the poorest of the poor.
Pat and her husband Bill have been married for over 50 years. She currently works on a “seasonal” basis, taking time off when needed to travel and visit her out-of-town children and grandchildren.
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.