CMN Announces Two Senior Executive Appointments

Paola Ciskanik and Karen Saum have recently been named VP of Operations and VP Sales and Marketing for the Catholic Marketing Network. “The CMN has been blessed with the talents of these two extraordinary women,” said Alan Napleton, President and Founder of the organization. “Both are seasoned professionals with unique and different talents, and they share a mature love of the Catholic faith and a desire to apply their substantial skills for the good of the Church.”

Paola Ciskanik, who was named Director of Operations brings nearly two decades of experience in the Catholic marketplace through her work with Emmanuel Books, a company she founded with her husband that specialized in providing materials for homeschooling families all over the country. Prior to starting Emmanuel Books, Paola was employed by Dupont as a Senior Project Chemical Engineer.

“I’ve been attending CMN events for a number of years and on numerous occasions have helped stage their annual events,” said Paola, “so I’m very familiar with mission of the organization, and extremely excited about the work of the CMN. Today, the role of the laity is more important than ever in the life of the Church, so I see an enormous potential for the Catholic Marketing Network to play a significant role in the work of the New Evangelization.”

CMN’s new VP of Sales and Marketing, Karen Saum also brings years of experience in both the Catholic marketplace and the general market to her new position. Prior to starting with the CMN Karen held various senior level positions with Trinity Road, the largest online Catholic commerce site in the country. Previous to her work with Trinity Road, Karen worked for a number of years in the general market telecommunication sector with both Executone and AT&T.

“This is an exciting time to be a lay person working within the Catholic marketplace,” said Saum. “There is quite virtually an explosion of laity wanting to put their God-given talents to work for the faith, and I see the Catholic Marketing Network in the middle of this movement. We have the unique opportunity to help bring these activities and individuals together, while supporting the important work they are doing.”