MCC Staff

 JASON ADKINS, ESQ.
Executive Director

Jason Adkins has served as the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference since March 2011. Prior to his advocacy work for the Church, Jason was an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm. Jason has clerked for both state and federal appellate judges, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor.

Jason teaches at the St. Paul Seminary and writes a regular column that appears in diocesan newspapers around Minnesota. His writing has also appeared in numerous secular publications and journals, and he is a frequent guest on the radio and TV. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with his family.

Email: jadkins@mncatholic.org


SHAWN PETERSON
Associate Director for Public Policy

Shawn joined the Minnesota Catholic Conference in 2014 as Public Policy Director. Before coming to the MCC, he was president of his own government relations firm specializing in school choice and reform issues. Prior to client lobbying work, he spent seventeen years in state government serving in the administrations of Governors Tim Pawlenty and Mark Dayton, and as a senior staffer in the Minnesota Legislature.

Shawn holds a degree from Hamline University in International Relations and Russian Area Studies. He resides in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and three children.

Email: speterson@mncatholic.org


5MARY JANE O’BRIEN
Business Manager and Resource Coordinator

Originally from Southern California, Mary Jane has worked for several Catholic organizations, including Catholic Answers and Thomas Aquinas College (California). She holds a Business degree from the University of California, Riverside, and a Liberal Arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College. Mary Jane currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, and recently completed a graduate degree in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Email: mjobrien@mncatholic.org


JONATHAN LIEDL
Communications Manager

Jonathan joined the Minnesota Catholic Conference in 2016. Prior to coming on board, he was the communications coordinator for Catholic Rural Life. He has also worked in journalism for outlets such as EWTN, the National Catholic Register, and Ethika Politika.

A Minnesota native, Jonathan grew up in Pequot Lakes and currently resides in Minneapolis. He is a graduate fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and Arabic studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Email: jliedl@mncatholic.org


 

RACHEL HERBECK
OUTREACH AND POLICY COORDINATOR

A recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas, Rachel holds a B.A. in Catholic Studies. Prior to joining the MCC team, Rachel worked in real estate and also has experience with the Center for Family and Human Rights and The National Organization for Marriage.

Rachel’s true passion lies in evangelization and ministry. She has participated in a variety of Catholic endeavors, including Renewal Ministries, I.D. 916, and Be Love Revolution, an outreach to young women. Originally from Michigan, Rachel currently resides in St. Paul.

Email: rherbeck@mncatholic.org