ABOUT US

We are a St. Louis-based, 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Internet radio station (EIN: 83-4447144) developed as an en-air branch of En Route Books & Media for the purpose of promoting the Catholic spiritual journey through quality Catholic programming. We are located at Cardinal Rigali Center, Archdiocese of St. Louis, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119.

STAFF

Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Ph.D. (mahfood@wcatradio.com) – Chairman of the Board, President, Treasurer, and Secretary

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is a Lay Dominican of the Province of St. Albert the Great and serves as Vice-President of External Affairs and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT. He earned his doctorate in post-colonial literature at Saint Louis University and has master’s degrees in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Arlington, philosophy and theology from Holy Apostles, and educational technology from Webster University in St. Louis. Dr. Mahfood lives in St. Louis with his wife, Dr. Stephanie Mahfood, and children, Alexander and Eva.
Michael Emile Mahfood (michael@mahfood.com) – Board Chair, Emeritus
Michael Emile Mahfood is the founder of Group M7 (est. 1995), a web service company in the United States that currently manages in excess of 1,000 websites. In support of the Church in East Texas, he is the sponsor of the Michael and Suzann Mahfood Scholarship, which assists in the advancement of Catholic education. From November 2012 through July 2017, Michael served as the chairman of the Finance Board of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, Texas, under Bishop Joseph Strickland. He also served from 1986–1991 as a personal secretary to Bishop Charles Herzig, the first bishop of the Diocese of Tyler. From September, 2017, to September, 2018, he was served on the Holy Apostles College and Seminary Board of Directors, and has served on the board of Christus Trinity Mother Frances Foundation since July 2017. 
Carlos Bersabe (bersabe@wcatradio.com) – Board of Directors, Executive Director

Carlos Bersabe is a Catholic “re-vert,” husband, father, and currently serves in the United States Air Force. He holds a graduate degree from Holy Apostles in Catholic Moral Theology. ​When not engaged in overtly faith-filled activities, Carlos and his family enjoy God’s creation through hunting, fishing, camping, and anything outdoors.

Pat Flynn (flynn@wcatradio.com) – Board of Directors, Director of Social Media and Promotions

Writer, philosopher, and “re-converted” Catholic, Pat Flynn focuses on presenting the Christian faith with reason and confidence through the use of apologetics and leading with example, some of it his.

Pat is the author of four books (mostly on fitness) and, beyond WCAT, host of the podcast The Pat Flynn Show and the website ChroniclesOfStrength.com, where he teaches his followers about Generalism, that is, the skill of being good to great at many things, rather than the best at just one, and combining those talents in a unique stack to better themselves and the world.

Luca Stucchi – Board of Directors, Director of Distributed Broadcasting

Luca Stucchi is a Digital Entrepreneur focusing in Software Development, Software Architecture, Data Analytics and New Technologies Adoption. In the last 15 years he collaborated with a dozen of companies in Banking, Telecom, Tourism, Messaging industries all around the world. He’s an active startupper and since 2016 is part of the Italian Engineering Society. He graduated with honors in Computer Science from University of Milano Bicocca with a research thesis in Applied Cryptography focusing on the definition of Secret Data Structures to implement highly secure decentralized information networks.

Ronda Chervin, Ph.D. – Board of Directors, Vice-President of Program Acquisitions

Dr. Ronda Chervin, who may be reached at chervinronda@gmail.com, received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. She is a widow, mother, and grandmother. Ronda converted to the Catholic Faith from a Jewish, though atheistic, background and has been a Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola Marymount University, St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is an international speaker and author of some sixty books about Catholic thought, practice and spirituality (click here for a selection of free books available on her website). Dr. Ronda recently retired from teaching philosophy at Holy Apostles in Cromwell, Connecticut. She can be found online at http://www.rondachervin.com/​ and also a host and moderator on our station where you’ll be able to hear her often. 

Mark Staudinger Board of Directors

Mark Staudinger is the Vice President of Systems Architecture for New York Internet in Manhattan. He has honed his skills through many years of designing, building, securing, and improving internet-connected systems. He enjoys creating simple solutions to complex technological problems, and building that space where the arts and technology meet. He is a devoted husband and father and loves spending time in nature, especially organic gardening with his children from seed to harvest.

Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson Board of Directors

Cynthia Toolin-Wilson is a life-long New Englander who divides her time between her work as a professor in a small Connecticut college, and the home she shares with her husband and his 24 pound cat, Lightning, in Vermont.  Cynthia earned an M.F.A. in Writing (Creative Nonfiction: Memoir) from Albertus Magnus College in 2015. Her more than 60 nonfiction journal publications and conference presentations include several memoir pieces. Her book, The Story of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, co-authored with Prof. Robert Hubbard of Albertus Magnus College, was published in 2019. Her first book length memoir, Survivor, A Memoir of Forgiveness, is currently under contract with En Route Books and Media.

Dr. Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco – Special Ministry Director

Dr. Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco reflects the goals of her spiritual mentor, Archbishop Tomas Clavel, former vicar for the Hispanics in Orange Diocese and also a psychologist.  Clavel asked Chiara to push forward and create a school for “domestic evangelization,” once her doctoral degree was complete.  Now 35 years later, Dr. Chiara brings her passion for Biblical-Based evangelization & witnessing to the sensitive practice of healing hearts & marriages.  She joins WCAT staff with Jesus-Centered Institute to align the healing of marriages, evangelization, and Biblical Lectio Divina with her author husband, Romuald Simeone, host of WCAT’s “Bible—Gospel of John, Love Letters From Your Father.” Using high tech radio and television podcasts to facilitate the training and formation of Christian psychotherapists and evangelizers, Dr. Chiara heads this production. She takes the cutting edge empirically validated Schema Therapy, sharpens and refines it with a Christian anthropology, and joins the WCAT team to package and produce it to experienced therapists aimed at bringing Christ in the front door of hearts through Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy.  To volunteer in film editing, subtitling, sound and production as a member of Chiara’s team, contact her at chiara@wcatradio.com. To support this special ministry, click on the button below:

 

WCAT is currently on the look out for radio show ideas. To propose one, send an email to Dr. Ronda Chervin, Program Acquisitions Director, at chervinronda@gmail.com with the subject line – WCAT Radio Show Idea.

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“After knowing the will of God in regard to a work which we undertake, we should continue courageously, however difficult it may be. We should follow it to the end with as much constancy as the obstacles we encounter are great.” – Saint Vincent de Paul

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