"Our mission is to be a network of professional support and education for members who promote understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission."
Nicholas T. Schafer, CFRE
Nicholas T. Schafer, CFRE was named executive director of CWR in June 2016. Nick most recently served as the chief communication and development officer for the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, Indiana. His prior work includes communication and fundraising roles as the college fund director for Saint Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Indiana) and environmental programs supervisor for the City of Elkhart, Indiana.
Nick also served as an AmeriCorps member and team leader supporting projects with Habitat for Humanity, Disaster Relief Services, The Nature Conservancy, and various educational institutions throughout the Southeast and Midwest.
Nick earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and English literature from Saint Joseph’s College as well as a certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. In 2015, Nick earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. He lives in northwest Indiana with his wife and daughters.
Susan Oxley began serving as coordinator of CWR in June 2004. The majority of her 20-plus years of communications experience has been with nonprofit religious organizations. She previously served as editor of Dominican Life | USA and was communications coordinator for the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also was marketing communications associate at Provena Saint Therese Medical Center in Waukegan, Illinois. For 10 years, she provided web site and graphic design services as a consultant to nonprofit clients, including the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, Vocation Ministers of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Brooklyn, New York.
Susan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has served on the boards of the Williams Bay School and Community Association (2011–2018); Burlington (Wisconsin) Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), the National Communicators Network for Women Religious (now CWR), and the Association for Women in Communications, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. She lives in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, Brett, and son, Graham.
Michelle Izguerra joined the CWR team as office administrator in July 2018. Michelle was previously employed with Chicago Public Schools, serving for more than 20 years at various levels of administrative support. For eight of those years, she served as office manager and administrative assistant to the director of the Confucius Institute, a nonprofit program run by CPS that focuses on K-12 Chinese language and cultural education. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix. She is also a certified event planner and a Google Certified Administrative Trainer. Michelle is an advocate of public service, and has worked and volunteered for community-based organizations in Chicago. In 2005, Michelle was one of eight professional women honored by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County during Women’s History Month “for succeeding as parents, professionals and community leaders.”