Communicators for Women Religious

"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

schafer_webNicholas 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

oxley_webSusan 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 serves on the board of the Williams Bay School and Community Association. She has also served on the boards of the 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.