State Officers

2021-2022

State Deputy

Mark Janda (4034)

statedeputy@vakofc.org

A native of Chicago, Illinois Mark attended Ridgewood High School and continued further on to the University of Illinois – Chicago and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb IL 1982 Economics

Mark joined Archbishop Keough Council 5263, Odenton Maryland in 2000 and served there as Warden and joined Admiral William S. Benson Assembly 381 prior to moving to Virginia. He transferred to Fredericksburg Council 4034 serving two terms as Grand Knight in 2005-2006 and 2011-2012 and transferred to Rappahannock Assembly 1613 in 2002. Mark was appointed as District Deputy of District 11 serving from 2013 through the 2016 fraternal years and served as the State Programs Director in 2016-2017. Mark also served ten years as an Usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

Mark and his wife Ruth of 33 years are members of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, VA. They have a Daughter Diana and a son Eric and two grandchildren Jonah and Sawyer.

     

State Chaplain

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde

chaplain@vakofc.org

Bishop Loverde attended Catholic schools in Pawcatuck, CT, and then La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Saint Bernard Seminary College, Rochester, NY. His studies in Rome, Italy, resulted in earning a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1966. That was followed by his education at Catholic University in Washington, DC, receiving his Licentiate (JCL) in Canon Law.

Bishop Loverde was ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Norwich. CT on December 18, 1965, in the Basilica of Saint Peter, Rome, and then served in a variety of assignments both on the parochial and diocesan levels. On April 12, 1988, he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT. On January 17, 1994, he was installed as the Eleventh Bishop of Ogdensburg, N.Y. Later he then was installed as the Third Bishop of Arlington, VA on March 25, 1999.

Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees at Catholic Distance University (CDU), where he is also Chair, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland He also is a member of the Board of Directors of The Institute for Psychological Sciences/Divine Mercy University, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Board for the Commissariat of the Holy Land, the Religious Alliance Against Pornography, and the Board for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

     

Assoc. State Chaplain

Msgr. John C. Cregan

chaplaincregan@vakofc.org

Born Nov. 13, 1939 in Bronx, N.Y. He graduated from Fordham University and then served more than 20 years in the Marine Corps. In 1969, he felt the call to the priesthood while lying in a foxhole in Vietnam. Retiring early from the Marine Corps as Lieutenant Colonel, he attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., to be ordained by Bishop John R. Keating May 9, 1987.

Father Cregan’s assignments included being parochial vicar of St. Patrick Church in Chancellorsville and at the Church of the Nativity in Burke, VA before being assigned as pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in Colonial Beach. Before retiring, he served as pastor for 19 years at Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria.

He embraced the status of retired parish priest and begin residence at the St. Rose of Lima Priests Retirement Villa in Annandale. Father Cregan continued with his priestly duties by increasing his time as a spiritual director for the seminarians at Mount St. Mary’s. Bishop Loverde soon after appointed him as Deputy State Chaplain to the Virginia Knights of Columbus.

     

Assoc. State Chaplain

Very Rev.  Salvador Añonuevo.

chaplainanonuevo@vakofc.org

Fr. Sal was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Sorsogon, Philippines in 1986.  He came to the United States in 1997 and trained in radio and TV communications in New York while serving as chaplain of the Sparkill Dominicans and later as parochial vicar at St. Margaret Church in Pearl River, NY.  In 2001 Fr. Sal came to the Diocese of Richmond and has served in the parishes of Sacred Heart and St. Pius in Norfolk and in St. Luke’s and Holy Spirit in Virginia Beach in various roles before he was appointed Pastor at his current parishes, Holy Name of Mary in Bedford and Resurrection in Moneta in July of 2009.  In 2018 he was named Vicar Forane in the Western Vicariate.   Fr. Sal currently serves as a member of the College of Consultors, the Priest’s Council and the Priest’s Personnel. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 2003 with Kempsville Council #10515 in Virginia Beach. Fr. Sal is a chartered member and former Chaplain of Pope John Paul the Great Council #13784 of Virginia Beach. He went on to serve as Faithful Friar of Fr. Habets Assembly  (ASM 1505), also of  Virginia Beach.  He currently serves as Faithful Friar of Holy Cross Assembly (ASM 1315) in Forest . Fr. Sal provides pastoral leadership as Associate State Chaplain for the Virginia Knights of Columbus.

     

State Secretary

Pat Rowland (12378)

statesecretary@vakofc.org

A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Pat retired from the United States Navy (23 years) in 2008 and is currently the PMF Training Program Manager for CACI Inc 

He joined the Order in 2005 and served as Grand Knight (2010-2011) for St. Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117 and is now a member of San Lorenzo Council 12378.  He is a member of Father Michael J. McGivney Assembly 2588 and served as Faithful Navigator during the 2020-2021 fraternal year. 

Additional positions held within the jurisdiction include District Deputy 4 (2014-2016), State Convention Chairman (2016-2017), State Membership Director (2017-2018), State Council Officer (2018 – present).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale specializing in Workforce Education and Development.  He and his wife, Arlene, are parents to daughter Kori and son John.  He is a member of Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach where he supports multiple ministries such as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Liturgy Coordinator and Choir (instrumental). 

   
     
     

State Treasurer

Trey Hart (14034)

statetreasurer@vakofc.org

A native of Fort Lewis, Washington, Trey graduated from Purdue University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, double specializing in Organizational Behavior & Human Resources and World History.  He currently resides in Richmond VA where he works as senior analyst for Dominion Energy.

 Trey joined the Order in 2003 as a member of St. Edward’s Council 06546.  Serving in multiple councils and assemblies as there have been needs, he served as Grand Knight of St. Martin of Tours Council 15794 during FY 2018-19.  He is currently a member of Joseph M Johnson Council 07538 and a member of Fr. John P Washington Assembly 2184 where he is currently the Faithful Scribe.

 Additional positions held within the Order includes Faithful Navigator #3066 (2009-10), District Warden #10 (2010-11), District Deputy #10 (2011-15), Deputy Membership Director (2015-16), District Deputy Trainer (2016-17), General Program Director (2017-18), and State Family Activity Chair (2018-19). 

 Trey is a member of the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Community on US Army Post Fort Lee.  He is currently the liturgical coordinator and master of ceremonies.

     

State Advocate

Bob Jones (12434)

stateadvocate@vakofc.org

A native of Fairfax, Virginia Bob attended Fairfax High School. He then obtained a degree from Old Dominion University in Industrial Engineering and a degree from North Carolina State University in Facilities Engineering Management. In 1989 Bob joined St. Timothy Council 7369, Chantilly Virginia and served there as Warden and Treasurer. He also joined St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton Assembly number 1781 in 1991. In 2011 he transferred to Bishop Keating Council 12434 and served as Program Director 2012-2013, Deputy Grand Knight 2013-2014 and two terms as Grand Night 2014-2016, earning Star Council both years. He started a new assembly “The Fathers Cilinski Assembly 3568” with 38 members and served as Charter Faithful Navigator 2015-2016.

Bob was State Family Activities Chairman 2016-2017, appointed as District Deputy of District 11 serving 2017-2018, served as State Culture of Life Chairman 2018-2019, ran the Supreme Hospitality Room 2019-2020 (received a letter of commendation from John Barret t, PSD – Best Supreme Hospitality Room Ever!), served as the State Membership Director in 2019-2020 and was elected State Warden 2020 -2021. He is currently the State Advocate.

Bob and his wife Lisa are members of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania, VA. They live at Lake Anna and enjoy spending time with their family.

     

State Warden

Carl Kregiel (418)

statewarden@vakofc.org

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carl attended Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. Carl also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Carl worked in the Finance area for many years, culminating as the Chief Financial Officer for the North America Division at Swisslog Logistics. He is currently retired.

Carl joined St. Paul’s Council 418 in Portsmouth, Virginia in 2008, where he served in several officer positions including two years as Grand Knight. He is a member of St. Paul’s Assembly 1166.

Carl has also served as District Deputy, and on the State Membership Committee in various positions including Membership Director. He also helped develop the Council Health Initiative (now Council Development) for the state.

Carl and his wife Diana have been married for 38 years. Carl is the father of four children, Wayne, Ben, Amanda and Elizabeth. He attends St. Olaf Patron of Norway Catholic Church in Norge, VA. where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and works at the church pantry. He also stays busy with his three grandchildren, Joey, Maggie Mae, Jack.

     

Immediate Past State Deputy

Brian M. Ripple (562)

ipsd@vakofc.org

A native of Hagerstown, MD, Brian attended the College of William and Mary where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He currently resides in Roanoke where he works for Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking division as a technical writer.

Brian joined the Order in 1993 and is a member of Roanoke Council #562 where he served as Grand Knight in 2005-2006. He is also a member of Roanoke Assembly #1167 where he served as Faithful Navigator from 2010 – 2012.

Additional positions held within the order include District Deputy #25 (2006-2008), District Deputy #23 (2009-2010), State Convention Chairman (2012-2013), State General Programs Director (2015-2016), and State Advocate (2017-2018).

Brian and his wife, Stacey, have been married for over 26 years and have two children, Ben and Allison.  The Ripple family attends St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke.

     

Executive Secretary

Richie Head (11172)

execsecretary@vakofc.org

(Bio)
     

District Master

 Stephen Paul Raschke, Sr.(5480)

master@vakofc.org

Stephen Paul Raschke Sr. was born in Baraboo Wisconsin April 29, 1953 and lived in Marshfield Wisconsin for most of his youth being the oldest of a brother and three sisters.  Enjoying 12 years of Catholic School education he graduated in 1971 from Columbus High School. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland.

He entered into the United States Army in 1972, in which he served 30 years retiring with the rank of Command Sergeant Major.  Steve and his family have had numerous overseas and state side assignments.  In his last assignment he was the Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Transportation Corps and Regiment.  In 2007, CSM Raschke was inducted into the Transportation Corps Hall of Fame.  On 8 May 2015 Steve retired with 13 years in government civilian service as Operations Officer for the 733rd Force Support Division, Joint Base Langley AFB/Fort Eustis at Fort Eustis Virginia.

Joining the Knights of Columbus in 1999 with Walter Pollard Council 5480 in Newport News Virginia he served in the numerous council officer positions and Grand Knight of Council 5480 from 2006 -2007.  He also serves on Council 5480’s 1st degree team, District 5’s, 2nd Degree team and on the State’s 3rd Degree Ceremonial Team.

In 2001 Steve and his wife Donna decided that Virginia was the right place to retire and bought a home in Gloucester and became members of the Church of St. Therese the Little Flower, in Gloucester Virginia, were he also is a Lecturer and Donna sings and plays guitar in the Choir.

In 2007-2008 he was the District Deputy for District Five followed by being the Regional Assistant for the VA South East Region from 2008 – 2009.  Served as the State Council Chairman from 2009 – 2010.  As Council Chairman he was the Sweepstakes Chairman and the State Bowling Tournament Co-Chairman, he has also served four times as the State Annual Meeting Golf Tournament Co-Chairman.  From 2010 – 2012 he was the Virginia State Membership Director.  He was elected in 2012 to be the State Warden in 2013 to be the State Advocate, in 2014 to be the State Secretary and in May 2015 was elected to be the Fraternal year 2015-2016 Virginia State Deputy.  During his year as State Deputy, Virginia achieved the Pinnacle Award. Steve has been the Ceremonials Chairman and Chairman of the Past State Deputies Committee for the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year. Presently is the Master of the Virginia District, Fourth Degree.

Steve and Donna have been married for 42 years and have three children Summer (Kevin Barnes), Sean (deceased), Stephen Jr. (Kristi), and five grandchildren, Teagan, Cassidy, Stephanie, and Samantha and Sean.