State Officers

2019-2020

State Deputy

Bob Szerszynski (7165)

statedeputy@vakofc.org

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bob attended Central Catholic High School.  Bob obtained his Bachelor of Science in Management, from Troy State University.  Bob also has two Masters Degrees, one a Master of Science in Management, also from Troy State University and the second Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  Bob served on active duty and as a civil servant in the Air Force and US Army for 38 years.

Bob joined Holy Family Council 6658, Copperas Cove, Texas in 1994 and served in numerous officer positions.  In Virginia, he has served as the State Membership Director, District Deputy and State Pro-Life/Culture of Life Chairman.  He is a Past Grand Knight and member of the John Paul I Council 7165 in Dale City.  Bob is also a Past Faithful Navigator and member of the Father Edward L. Richardson SMA Assembly 3174.  Bob was selected as the Virginia Knight of the Year for the 2012-2013 fraternal year.

Bob and his wife Eileen of 27 years attend Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City.  They have two daughters, Jessica and Jennifer.

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

Rev.  Salvador Añonuevo.

chaplainanonuevo@vakofc.org

Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Bedford, and Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, VA. Born in the Philippines,  Father Anonuevo provides pastoral leadership as Associate State Chaplain for the Virginia Knights of Columbus.

State Secretary

Brian M. Ripple (562)

statesecretary@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.

State Treasurer

Mark Janda (4034)

statetreasurer@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 Advocate

Pat Rowland (12378)

stateadvocate@vakofc.org

A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Pat retired from the United States Navy (23 years) in 2008 and is currently the Training Development Program Manager for Cape Henry Associates located in Virginia Beach.

He joined the Order in 2005, served as Grand Knight for St. Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117 during the 2010-2011 fraternal year and is now a member of San Lorenzo Council 12378.  He is currently serving as Pilot for Father Michael J. McGivney Assembly 2588.

Additional positions held within the order include District Deputy #4 (2014-2016), State Convention Chairman (2016-2017), and State Membership Director (2017-2018).

Pat became State Warden in July 2018.

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 Warden

Trey Hart (14034)

statewarden@vakofc.org

Immediate Past State Deputy

Edward R.Polich (395)

ipsd@vakofc.org

(Bio)A native of Portland, Oregon, Ed obtained his B.S. in Business at Oregon State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Richmond.  Ed is retired and works part-time as a Standardized Patient at the Medical College of Virginia where he trains medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy students on how to be better communicators and professionals.  Ed has two daughters, Julia Grace, and Emma Claire, both graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University.

He is a member of the Fr. Robert W. McDonald Council 395 and serves as the First Degree Team Warden and was recognized as a Two-time 1st Place State Degree Competition winner.  He also is on the District 9 Second Degree Team, playing the role of the Grand Knight and holds the title of 1st Place State Degree Competition winner. Ed is also one six Conferring Officers for the Knighthood Degree.  He is a PFN and was awarded the Assembly of the Year award for Virginia from the Master of the Calvert Province.  He serves as the Faithful Trustee for the Richmond Assembly 1165 in the 2018-2019 fraternal year.

Ed was appointed by four State Deputies to serve the State Council as Council Activities Chairman/State Bowling Tournament Director; District Deputy 9; State Youth Director; Chairman of the 2013 VA/TN Supreme Convention Hospitality Suite; and as the 2015 State Convention Chairman. He is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, in Glen Allen, where he serves as a Lector.

Executive Secretary

Richard G. 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.