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.
President Lester A. Ruppersberger, DO, FACOOG
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
Dr. Marie-Alberte Boursiquot is a board certified Internist. She is a graduate of New York University and the Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the
Johns Hopkins/Sinai Hospital program in Internal medicine. She was awarded fellowship status in the American College of Physicians in 2007. She currently works as a full time Internist in Ellicott City, Maryland.
She is an active member of her parish, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; America’s First Cathedral. She is a past president and an original member of her local Baltimore Guild-Catholic Medical Association (BGCMA). She has served on a number of medical and church related boards and committees. She is the proud aunt of three nephews and godmother of four.
William P. Mueller, MD
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 where he received 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 he is currently the director of the USAF Pilot-Physician Program at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
Dr. Mueller’s conviction that “the family is the basic cell of society” led him to become a board-certified Family Physician.He is a graduate of the FertilityCare Practitioner and Educator programs from the Pope Paul VI Institute of Human Reproduction, and a Certified FertilityCare Medical Consultant.Dr. Mueller’s expertise in Natural Procreative Technology has resulted in several speaking engagements on local radio and television stations.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 before being elected as Secretary to the Board in 2014. 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.
John A. Schirger, MD
Dr. John A. Schirger practices cardiology with a specialization in advanced heart failure at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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.
Immediate Past President
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.
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.
Regional Director Representative
Thomas W. McGovern, MD
Fort Wayne, IN
Thomas W. McGovern, MD is a private practice dermatologist specializing in Mohs Surgery and Facial Reconstruction in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A native of Escanaba, MI, he graduated from Michigan Technological University and proceeded to Mayo Medical School. After graduation, he entered the US Army where he served eight years while completing his internship at Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Fort Gordon, GA) and Residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (Aurora, CO). After his Honorable Discharge, he completed a Fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at Yale University School of Medicine. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and over 10 medical book chapters.
He has served as founding Guild President of the Dr. Jerome Lejeune Guild of Northeast Indiana and has recently taken on the role of Regional Director for Region IV (IN, KY, MI, OH). He has served on the national Membership Committee and currently serves on the FIRE Committee, Mid-Year Meeting Committee, Outstanding Guild Award Committee, and the National CMA Board as an Advisor to the President. He is currently working as Liaison between Catholic Distance University and the Catholic Medical Association as they develop a formation program for CMA members. He is currently writing a course for the CDU on the history, theology, and medical aspects of Christ’s Passion. He has earned a Catechetical Diploma from Catholic Home Study Institute (previous name of CDU). He lives with his wife of 24 years, Sally, and his seven children in Fort Wayne. He became a grandfather in March.
Regional Director Representative
David J. Hilger, MD
Dr. David J. Hilger is a diagnostic radiologist practicing in Omaha Nebraska, with an expertise in women’s imaging and breast cancer detection. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska for medical school and radiology residency. He is a board certified radiologist and in addition he is a Fellow in the American College of Radiology. Dr. Hilger has served on numerous medical and Catholic committees and boards. Dr. Hilger is the immediate past president of the Omaha Chapter of Legatus. He and his wife Mary are active in the Omaha Catholic community. They also both have a personal interest in disease prevention and health promotion, along with incorporating their Catholic faith into health promotion. They are members of the St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Omaha, and they have 3 adult children and 1 grandchild.
Regional Director Representative
Craig L. Treptow, MD
Great Falls, MT
Dr. Craig Treptow, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, sees patients from newborns to geriatrics in Great Falls, MT. Inspired by his physician father in rural Nebraska, Dr. Treptow pursued chemistry and mathematics premed study at University of Nebraska-Kearney; his Bachelor of Science degree was magna cum laude. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine in 1992 from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis and completed his residency in Lincoln, NE.
Dr. Treptow became interested in the CMA in 2006, and after attending the National CMA Conference in 2009, became convinced of the importance of Catholic Bioethics in the day-to-day practice of medicine. He helped start the Montana Guild in response to that need. He is well informed about the dynamics of physician assisted suicide and its dangers in his state and elsewhere.
Dr. Treptow and his psychologist wife, Robin, homeschool their young sons with an emphasis on Latin. He is a classical pianist and plays for his parish; he likes to hike and camp in Glacier National Park and read philosophy in his spare time.
Regional Director Representative
Michelle K. Stanford, MD
Dr. Stanford is a board certified Pediatrician. She graduated from Colorado State University with honors in Biology. Michelle then attended the University of Colorado Medical School before completing her Pediatric Residency at The Children’s Hospital, Denver. While at The Children’s Hospital she served as Chief Resident. She worked for Children’s Hospital for 4 years after completing her residency until she opened a private practice. She lives in Colorado with husband and three children.
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.
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.
Consultant to the President
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, M.D. is a physician who practices internal medicine since 2007 with The Holy Family Health Center, an entity of Saint Thomas Medical Partners.In addition to caring for her patients who are predominantly uninsured immigrants, as the only physician on-site she supervises nurse practitioners and participates actively in the management of the clinic and formation of the staff.She graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School in 2001 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2004.She holds a faculty appointment with Vanderbilt as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health. In this role she is a preceptor for medical students for rotations in primary care and is supervising an internal medicine resident in his continuity clinic at Holy Family.Sister Mary Diana has become proficient in Spanish in order to serve the largely Hispanic population of the clinic, where the staff, providers, and students are all bilingual.The Holy Family Health Center is part of Saint Thomas Health, a ministry of Ascension Health.Sister is board-certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
As a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee for over 25 years, Sister has taught at the high school and college levels, was in administration at Saint Cecilia Academy, and was a member of the Aquinas College Board of Directors. She was a high school educator before entering the community, having begun a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Cornell University, completing it at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a concentration in secondary education. She completed a Master of Arts in mathematics at Stony Brook in 1987. She is currently working toward completion of a Master of Arts in moral theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Sister became an active participant in the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) in 2006. She was a founding member of the Nashville Guild of the CMA in 2008 and has served as an officer for the local guild for six years. She became an advisor to the president and member of the board of directors of the CMA at the national level in 2014, and serves as chair of the Linacre Quarterly Committee, providing strategic oversight for the official journal of the CMA. She is a member of the national CMA speakers bureau, and has presented over 100 talks across the country and in Canada on topics related to education, medicine, faith, and ethics to high school, college, parish, clergy, and medical audiences. She has presented twice at the Annual Educational Conference of the CMA on topics related to the faithful practice of the Catholic physician, was invited to speak twice to the Christian Community Health Fellowship national meeting, and has spoken at several secular medical meetings including for the Program in Professionalism and Ethics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center certification program with distinction in 2011, and her paper “Autonomy Trumps All” was published in 2012 by the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.
Consultant to the President
Kathleen M. Raviele, MD
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, MTS
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.
Deacon William V. Williams, M.D.
Married to Lorraine with children; Ron, Christina and Jon and granddaughter Emma.
Editor in Chief of The Linacre Quarterly
Deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia