Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Contact: S. Maxine Kollasch, IHM
A Nun’s Life Ministry appoints Julie Brown as Director of Philanthropy
January 19, 2016, Toledo, Ohio – A Nun’s Life Ministry, a pioneer in the use of
Internet technologies and social media for online ministry, has appointed Ms.
Julie Brown as Director of Philanthropy, effective March 14.
Ms. Brown will join the executive team as the principal philanthropy officer,
responsible for leading a variety of programs to foster relationships and
partnerships to advance the mission of A Nun’s Life Ministry.
“Ms. Brown brings great expertise across a variety of areas to support the
mission of A Nun’s Life—helping people discover and grow in their vocation,
wherever God is calling them,” said Sister Julie Vieira, IHM, co-founder of the
ministry. “We’re delighted not only by her professional knowledge in areas such as program
development, management, and fundraising, but also by her strong commitment to compassion,
relationships, and innovation for mission—values that are at the heart of A Nun’s Life Ministry.”
“A Nun’s Life Ministry was created on the Internet in 2006 and now engages with people in over 200
countries worldwide--and our presence and ministry are growing!” said Sister Maxine Kollasch, IHM, co-
founder. “Ms. Brown will play a key role in helping the ministry continue be a vital pastoral presence
online, helping people grow in their relationship with God and in serving others.”
Prior to joining A Nun’s Life Ministry, Ms. Brown served for seven years as Program Director at The
Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, which strives to improve quality of life in the region
with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. While there, she initiated the Schneider Circle, a
cohort approach to nonprofit capacity building, which received the Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award in
2013. She also played a key role in the Foundation’s social media storytelling campaign, recipient of the
2013 Gold Award for Fundraising Excellence. Ms. Brown previously served as Executive Director of the
food pantry CHOPIN Hall, and Director of Hancock Leadership, a community leadership initiative.
Ms. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University, is certified in nonprofit
management by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and is studying the consequences
of privilege and oppression in the graduate Native American Studies program at Montana State University.
A Nun’s Life Ministry (NL) is an Internet-based ministry at aNunsLife.org and on social media. The ministry
was founded in 2006 on the belief that each person is called by God to a vocation that enriches the individual
and the world. A Nun’s Life fosters a culture of vocation online by engaging with people from over 200
countries about spirituality, discernment, religious life, and many other topics. It does this in highly
interactive and pastoral ways, using blogs, livestreaming podcasts and chat, and social media events. A Nun’s
Life also works with religious institutes on using online presence for relationship building. A 501(c)(3)
organization with global outreach, A Nun’s Life Ministry is based in Toledo, Ohio.
Julie Brown, Director of Philanthropy