Elected in 2016
Current members of the SCL Community Council include seated, Sister Constance Phelps, Community Director; standing, left to right, Sisters Amy Willcott, Eileen Haynes and Phyllis Stowell, Councilors.
Sister Constance Phelps
Sister Constance spent most of her professional life in higher education at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth. Her experiences as an educator and college administrator prepared her for subsequent roles in consulting, facilitation and leadership. She is a founding and current member of Leaven Ministries, the sponsor of SCL Health. She is one of two U.S. delegates to the International Union of Superiors General. Sister Constance is a past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and a past member of the CHAUSA Board of Directors. She served a prior term as an SCL Councilor from 1998 to 2004.
Sister Eileen Haynes
Currently serving her second consecutive term on the Community Council, Sister Eileen joined the SCL leadership team in 2010. Her ministries have focused on education, spirituality, care of creation and social justice. She has taught in the U.S. and Peru and held administrative positions as a school principal and director of a diocesan house of prayer, a high school admissions department and a degree completion program. Sister Eileen is member of the Board of Directors of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vincentian Family Executive Committee and Vincentian Family Leaders. She is also the SCL NGO liaison to the Charity Federation.
Sister Amy Willcott
Prior to joining the SCL Community Council in 2016, Sister Amy served 12 years as executive director of Mount Saint Vincent (MSV), a residential and day treatment facility in Denver. MSV was the site of her first SCL mission in the role of a mental health worker. In her other ministry assignments, Sister Amy directed community health and foster grandparent programs in hospitals and served as executive director of two clinics for the uninsured. Sister Amy is a member of Leaven Ministries, the sponsor of SCL Health. She currently serves as treasurer of Region 13 of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Sister Phyllis Stowell
In her most recent ministries, Sister Phyllis served in parishes as a pastoral associate, spiritual director and director of adult faith formation. Her prior missions were as a teacher (18 years) and principal/administrator (28 years) of Catholic schools in Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico and Texas. In New Mexico, she oversaw the construction, opening and administration of the first regional Catholic school. In addition to certification in spiritual direction, she has training in continuous improvement and conflict resolution. She has served on several committees and boards of directors related to education, healthcare, pastoral counseling, affordable housing and spirituality. Sister Phyllis is co-chair of LCWR Region XIII.
Hermana Clorinda Timaná Martinez
Director of Latin American Missions
As a young girl, Hermana Clorinda met the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1963 when the SCLs first established a mission in Talara, Peru. Twenty-three years later, she joined the Hermanas de la Caridad. Hermana Clorinda has served as a parish worker and in pastoral ministry. For several years, she was coordinator/director of the vocation promotion program and assisted with the formation of women considering religious vocations in Peru. She has taught religion and catechism, done sacramental preparation, and trained and supervised adult catechists. Hermana Clorinda is in her second consecutive three-year term as Director of Latin American Missions.
Sister Jean Anne Panisko
Sister Jean Anne is serving her second term appointment as SCL Community Treasurer. In this role, she serves as an SCL Officer with members of the Community Council. Before assuming the Treasurer’s position in 2010, she spent 29 years as the principal at Annunciation School, Denver. Prior to that, she was an educator for several years. Sister Jean Anne has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Saint Mary and a master’s in administration from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. She is a board member for St. Mary’s Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colo.; the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth; and Advocates for Immigration Rights & Reconciliation.