Board of Directors
CMA physician members are called to be servant-leaders—both in clinical practice and in governing the CMA. The Board members below all have committed to devote time, energy, and treasure to help the CMA to make the best use of its resources so that it can fulfill all the dimensions of its mission.
Paul Braaton, MD
Paul Joseph Braaton, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the care of the foot and ankle. He has over thirteen years of private practice experience.
Dr. Braaton's clinical interests and expertise include: foot & ankle reconstructive surgery, ankle arthroscopy, tendon problems, diabetic foot neuropathy, foot deformities, fallen arch, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and total ankle replacements.
Dr. Braaton received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the University of Texas and his residency at the University of Tennessee's Campbell Clinic. He also served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve in 1997.
Dr. Braaton attended the Legion of Christ Seminary from March 1993 to March 1995. He has also volunteered on numerous medical mission trips to Mexico. He is currently an orthopaedic surgical partner at the OrthoMed Center of Modesto, CA.
Peter T. Morrow, MD
St. Cloud, FL
Dr. Peter Morrow practices Internal Medicine at St. Cloud, Florida. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine. He also holds certification in bioethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is a consecrated Marian Catechist.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and earned a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Morrow completed his residency at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He returned to Florida following his residency to establish his practice and has been in private practice at St. Cloud for the past 28 years.
Dr. Morrow currently serves as the medical director of St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic in St. Cloud, a parish-sponsored clinic providing primary and secondary care to those who are medically needy. He and his wife, Chris, have been married for 32 years and have been blessed with two daughters and five grandchildren.
Lester A. Ruppersberger, DO, FACOOG
Washington Crossing, PA
Dr. Ruppersberger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (both located in Philadelphia, PA). He did his post graduate training at Allentown Osteopathic Hospital (Allentown, PA) and Parkview Hospital (Philadelphia, PA). He has been with the Center for Women’s Health, since its formation in 1995. Dr. Ruppersberger is an attending physician at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA and at Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. Dr. Ruppersberger is also a family life medical advisor and a certified instructor of natural family planning for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been married to his wife, Betty, for 38 years, and has two sons and six grandchildren.
Marie-Alberte Boursiquot, MD
Marie-Alberte Boursiquot, M.D. is a graduate of New York University and the Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital program in internal medicine. She was a member of the Patuxent Medical Group, Inc., a multi-specialty medical practice, prior to transitioning to her solo practice, Quality Medical Care LLC. She recently merged her practice with the Seton Medical Group, Inc a member of St. Agnes Hospital/Ascension Health Systems. She currently serves as President of the Baltimore Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and Regional Director of Region III. She is an active member of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, America’s First Cathedral and serves on its Trust Board.
Immediate Past President
John I. Lane, MD
Dr. John Lane currently practices neuroradiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology.
Dr. Lane received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in biology from the University of Scranton and earned a Doctor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Lane served 4 years in the U.S. Navy in Oakland, California. He joined the Mayo Clinic in 1999 after 4 years of private practice in Great Falls, Montana.
Dr. Lane and his wife, Mary Frances, have been married 26 years and have four children.
Maricela P. Moffitt, MD, MPH
Marci Moffitt graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1986. She completed training in Internal Medicine and served as a Chief Resident in Houston, Texas in 1990. She later obtained a master's degree in Public Health in 1994 from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Moffitt currently holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Doctoring Curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. She is a part-time Hospitalist at the VA in Phoenix.
Dr. Moffitt serves on the 1st Way (crisis pregnancy center) Board of Directors as Past President; as Secretary for the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women; and on the board of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix. She teaches with her husband, Dr. Robert A. Moffitt, in the RCIA program at Corpus Christi parish. Drs. Moffitt and Moffitt have three children.
Regional Director Representative
William P. Mueller, MD
Colonel (Dr.) Bill Mueller, M.D. is a board-certified Family Physician in the United States Air Force. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. He began his Air Force career as a pilot, and has been an aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the RF-4C, T-37, B-1B, and T-38 aircraft. Dr. Mueller earned his Medical Degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in 1998 and is currently the director of the Air Force’s Human Systems Integration directorate and Pilot-Physician Program at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
Dr. Mueller's conviction that "the family is the basic cell of society" led him to specialize in Family Medicine and pursue certification by the Pope Paul VI Institute of Human Reproduction as a FertilityCare Medical Consultant, Practitioner, and Educator. Dr. Mueller’s expertise in Natural Procreative Technology has resulted in several papers, presentations, faculty positions, and interviews in the Air Force and local community. Inspired by the recognition that the practice of authentic Catholic medicine leads to better patient care and greater job satisfaction, Dr. Mueller joined the CMA in 2007. He became the CMA’s military regional director in 2011 and one of the two Regional Director Representatives to the CMA board in 2013. Dr. Mueller believes that membership in the CMA helps Catholic physicians grow in their faith, strengthen their vocation, and contribute to an American culture of Life.
Regional Director Representative
Michael S. Parker, MD
Dr. Michael Parker is a native to the central Ohio area. He attended Kenyon College where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Biology. In the fall of 1985, he enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, graduating with his doctorate degree in 1989. Dr. Parker then completed his residency training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993.
Dr. Parker is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1995), a member of the Ohio State Medical Association and the Columbus Medical Association. He also has received additional training and certification as a Natural Family Planning medical consultant through The Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in affiliation with Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; and based on his Catholic and Pro-life beliefs, changed his practice to Natural Family Planning only, in 2004.
Dr. Parker and his wife Teresa live with their six children in New Albany. They are active in Pro-Life Causes and attend St. Matthew and St. Patrick Church. Dr. Parker is an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Most Rev. James D. Conley, DD
Diocese of Lincoln, NE
In his 28 years as a priest, Bishop James D. Conley has served the Catholic Church in a wide variety of ways—as pastor, college campus chaplain, director of Respect Life ministries, theology instructor, Vatican official and bishop. In all of these tasks, he has seen his life as a priest as a call to service and complete surrender to "God’s providential hand."
For his episcopal motto, Bishop Conley, a convert to the Catholic faith, chose the same motto as the great 19th-century English convert, John Henry Cardinal Newman, "cor ad cor loquitur," which means "heart speaks to heart." Bishop Conley became the Episcopal Advisor to the CMA in January 2014.
Rev. Matthew J. Gutowski, STL
Rev. Matthew J. Gutowski, S.T.L., was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1988. He received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in 1999. He has taught moral theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis (2000-2005), was director of the catechetical office for the Archdiocese of Omaha from 2005-2011, and is currently pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, Nebraska. He currently also serves as chaplain for the Omaha Guild of the CMA, as Director of Continuing Formation of Priests for the Archdiocese of Omaha, as Spiritual Director for the Holy Family Shrine near Gretna, Nebraska, as Spiritual Director for the Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate in Omaha, and is Episcopal Region IX priest-representative on the National Advisory Council for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Parliamentarian and Consultant to the President
Louis C. Breschi, MD
Dr. Louis Breschi is a Board-certified urologist in part-time practice at a large, single specialty group in Baltimore County, Maryland. He received a B.S. degree from Loyola College (Maryland) and completed a surgical and urology residency at the University of Maryland Hospital. He entered private practice following 6 years in the U.S. Air Force.
Once in private practice, Dr. Breschi became active in State Medical Society committees involving professional ethics. Subsequently organizing a separate Ethics Committee at the State Medical Society and at his primary hospital in the early 1980s, Dr. Breschi took basic and advanced bioethics courses at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Breschi has been a member of the Catholic Medical Association for 12 years.
Dr. Breschi and his wife Jackie, have been married for 48 years and are blessed with 5 children and 15 grandchildren.
Kevin Murrell, MD
Dr. Murrell is a member of the Psychiatry staff at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. Before joining the Augusta VAMC, he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia and Chairman of the MCG Hospital Ethics Committee. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and is board-certified in psychiatry. Prior to medical school, Dr. Murrell served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot. His time in Vietnam helped direct him towards the profession of medicine.
Dr. Murrell is a past-president of the Catholic Medical Association and is currently a North American delegate to FIAMC, the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.
Dr. Murrell has been married for 42 years, and he and his wife have 5 children and 9 grandchildren.
Consultant to the President
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD
Sister Dreger entered the Dominican sisters in 1989. She completed her medical degree and residency in internal medicine in 2004 at Vanderbilt University. She now practices medicine for the underserved at the St. Thomas Family Health Center South Clinic in Nashville, Tenn. When she is not at the clinic, Dreger participates in the daily activities at the Motherhouse, where she serves as the primary care physician for about 80 of the sisters, who range in age from 18 to 102.
Sister's days start at 5 a.m. when she rises for prayers, followed by Mass, chores, shared meals, an hour of recreation in the evening and a period of silence for reflection and study.
Sister Dreger is a frequent lecturer on varying medical, spiritual and practical topics.
Consultant to the President
Kathleen M. Raviele, M.D.
Dr. Kathleen Raviele is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist in the private practice of gynecology in the Atlanta area. A graduate of the six-year biomedical program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College of Union University, she completed a rotating internship and four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland. She served on the clinical faculty at Emory University School of Medicine where she also completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. A revert to the Catholic faith, she serves as volunteer medical director for a Catholic crisis pregnancy center, serves on the board of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns, is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a past president of the Catholic Medical Association. She teaches various methods of natural family planning and promotes the Church's teachings on marriage and family life in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Mario R. Dickerson