MEET THE TEAM
Ave Maria Stewardship and Development Officer
Ave Maria Stewardship and Development Officer, Judy Tamisiea, brings 30 years of experience to her volunteer position at Ave Maria Parish. After raising her family, she began her career in Development for a Lutheran organization, Bethphage Mission/Mosaic, who also care for her developmentally disabled daughter.
After five years in that position, she started her eleven plus years as Executive Director of Stewardship, Planning and Development for the Archdiocese of Omaha, NE. Under her leadership, the Archdiocese began their first ever Archdiocesan Annual Appeal, as well as various fundraising events and appeals. She simultaneously served as the Executive Director of the newly inaugurated Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha - a partnership with the Children’s Scholarship Fund of New York. During her tenure over $14 million was raised for qualified students to attend private schools.
Next, Judy had the opportunity to serve as a Consultant during the construction and planning for The Cloisters on the Platte - an Ignatian Retreat Center in the Archdiocese of Omaha. This Retreat Center, completed in 2017, hosts Silent Retreats each weekend for eighty individuals.
After moving to Ave Maria, FL in 2014, Judy began as a volunteer for Ave Maria Parish. Judy has served on the Finance Council since its inauguration in 2017 and on the Board of the Ave Maria Parish School: The Donahue Academy since 2019. With the assistance of the Parish Finance Council, Judy restarted the current Ave Maria Parish Capital Campaign.
Judy’s husband Paul (of sixty years), six children and ten grandchildren have walked beside her during this tremendous journey of Faith as God led the way!
Ave Maria Parish Gift Planning Officer
Ave Maria Parish Gift Planning Officer, Beatrice T. Sanford, OFS, understands the importance of stewardship of the gifts she has received. That’s why she has included Ave Maria Catholic Church as a beneficiary of her IRA qualifying her as a charter member of the Ave Maria Legacy Society.
Bea began her career at Bank of America in Naples, Florida in 1986 working in trust administration, was a Vice President for Merrill Lynch Trust Company, where she assisted financial advisors and their clients with estate planning. In 2001 she moved to North Carolina to serve as the director of gift planning for Elon University, launching her career in the non-profit sector. Before moving to Ave Maria in 2020, she was the director of development for St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, VA.
Bea and her husband, David, are happy to be in Ave Maria where the Catholic Church is the focal point of the town. As a volunteer, Bea enjoys using her God-given gifts to help build the Kingdom of God by assisting the parishioners and friends of Ave Maria Catholic Church to make meaningful gifts to help reduce the debt incurred when Ave Maria University sold the Oratory to the Diocese of Venice in 2013. Recognizing the importance of creating a comprehensive estate plan to achieve their estate planning goals, Bea is available to work with individuals and their professional advisors to help structure gifts using IRA’s, cash, securities, and real estate. You can reach Bea by calling the Development Office: