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Purpose - Why Do We Exist?

We serve Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools, providing the highest quality in:
Assessment and Modeling

We provide systemic and detailed assessment of your current conditions, strengths and challenges, and create scenario models of your future vision conditions.

Planning and Measurement

We co-develop pastoral plans at the diocesan and parish levels with key measures of success and sustainability.

Leadership Development

We provide coaching in partnership leadership at the diocesan and parish levels for the ordained and lay leaders.


What drives our words and actions?

  • Partnership

    We engage and equip in partnership grounded in trust, competence, and humility

  • Performance

    We engage and equip in performance clarity, accountability, and transparency

  • Abundance

    We engage and equip in the strengths and assets which exist, and the practical hope of what is possible

Our Team

Our key principals
Alan J. Erickson
Founder and Principal
With over 40 years of financial and operational management experience, Al serves as Managing Director, overseeing the process of providing quality services and counsel to each CFC client. Prior to joining CFC, Al was the Executive Vice President of a major financial advisory firm for 10 years and was the Director of Finance and Administrative Services for a large Twin Cities suburb for almost 15 years. He has also served as Chair of a parish finance council and has served as President of his parish’s pastoral council. Al is a graduate of St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Dennis Cheesebrow
Founder and Senior Consultant
With more than 20 years of experience serving the education, faith, government, business and human service marketplaces, Dennis Cheesebrow brings a broad array of experience in coaching, consulting, leadership and systems development to each client and audience. His direct style is sprinkled with humor, abundance and a deep appreciation for the human dynamics and potential in organizations and communities. In the Catholic Church, Dennis Cheesebrow has served the local parish and Catholic School in its Parish Finance Councils, Parish Pastoral Councils, liturgical music ministries, Catholic School Advisory Councils, Faith Formation Committees, Communication Committees, Capital Campaign Committees and Pastoral Staff Search Committees. He has developed and facilitated diocesan-wide pastoral planning initiatives, Catholic Schools planning initiatives, assessment and redesign of Diocesan Offices and consultative structures as well as operational performance assessment, improvement and transition management services. He has provided individualized coaching and support to pastors, principals and ministry directors. Dennis has authored a book released in 2012 titled Partnership; Redefined: Leadership through the Power of & as well as the Educational Leadership System Guidebook (2009) and the FrameWorks Guidebook (2009). He was a contributing author to the book, Voices From The Field: An Introduction to Human Systems Dynamics in 2003. He also holds three U.S. Patents from his 17 years at 3M as an engineer, research laboratory manager and marketing/business manager prior to founding TeamWorks International, Inc.
Michael Laughery
Financial Consultant
Mike has over 25 years of financial management, sales, and technology experience. He has served CFC clients since 2012 as a financial consultant specializing in pastoral planning, church financial management, capital project consulting, and technology utilization. Before his role as the business administrator at St. Michael Catholic Church in Prior Lake, Mike spent 20 years starting and growing agricultural and technological organizations. A graduate of Iowa State University, Mike lives in Prior Lake with his wife, Renee, where they form and serve their five children and the foster children who come through their door.
Judy M. Logan
Financial Consultant
Judy joined CFC in 2011. She assists clients with financial planning as well as financial reporting issues. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of accounting, tax and nonprofits, working for a variety of firms including KPMG, Deluxe Corporation and St. Jude of the Lake Parish in Mahtomedi. She competed her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University in 2016. Judy’s focus is in the areas of parish accounting and financial reporting, school finance and leadership transition. Judy lives with her family in Stillwater and enjoys camping, hiking and backpacking.
Dorfha Vang
Analytical Staff Supervisor
Dorfha joined CFC in 2007. Her primary responsibilities include providing analytical support to the Financial Consultants, creating and maintaining our computerized financial models, assisting with client needs, and monitoring CFC's loan portfolio. Dorfha comes to us from a major financial advisory firm where she was a project manager and financial analyst for six years. Prior to that, Dorfha spent seven years in customer service for a large insurance firm. Dorfha holds a BA in Business Management from Bethel University.
Mary Vang
Financial Analyst
Mary joined CFC in 2013. Her primary responsibilities include assisting and support the analytical staff supervisor and financial consultants, and creating and maintaining necessary financial models that allow CFC to effectively serve its clients. Prior to joining CFC, Mary worked for CenturyLink for 11 years, where her most recent role was as an analyst. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts degree in management and a Master's degree in business administration from Concordia University. In her free time, Mary enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Phillip Boelter
Financial Consultant
Phil brings an understanding of both finance and ministry to clients seeking financial advice and assistance with building projects and operational planning. Prior to joining CFC, Phil served as Director of the Archbishop's Annual Catholic Appeal for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Before that, he worked for seven years as a business banker in the Twin Cities, assisting closely-held businesses with lending and other finance needs. Phil has a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Seminary and began his career as a Lutheran pastor before pursuing post graduate study in Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Karen Cronin
Financial Consultant
Financial Consultant Karen Cronin brings a wealth of experience and a heart for our mission after 25 plus years’ experience in accounting and financial management. Karen worked with CFC in her role as parish administrator at the Church of St. Bernard in St. Paul, as well as during her service with the Parish Accounting Services Center, and in her role as a committee member charged with updating the Archdiocesan Financial Policy Manual. In Karen’s words, “Finding ways to implement best practices to achieve financial stability for parishes is very satisfying.” In addition to many hobbies and time with family, Karen is passionate about her work with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based faith formation program for children.
Amanda Braith
Manager of Office Operations
Amanda has been a part of the CFC team since its formation and for nearly her entire career. As the third employee hired in 2002, she helped bring CFC’s mission to fruition by creating structure and procedures in those first five years of growth. She took a three-year hiatus using her expertise in the management of another nonprofit. She is an operations professional, well-versed in the nonprofit and financial consulting industries. Her duties range from bookkeeping to leveraging technology to ensure quality control. Amanda is a core player, ensuring that CFC runs effectively and proficiently.
Rich Swanson
Insight Services Manager, Research Analyst
Rich joined TeamWorks International in the fall of 2009 as the manager of our Insight Research Department. He holds a B.S. in geology from Winona State University and a Masters in geography from Hunter College of the City University in New York. Rich’s extensive background and experience in private business, military, government, k-12 public education, post-secondary education, faith-based organizations and various non-profit industries has allowed him to develop unique insight and a system approach to serving a wide range of client needs. Rich also serves as faculty at Southeast Technical College where he teaches courses on Physical and World Regional Geography.
Matt Pohl
Geospatial Technology Manager
Matt began working with TeamWorks International in March of 2010. He has a B.S. in geography from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and a Masters in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Before joining TeamWorks, Matt was the GIS coordinator for Buffalo County, WI. Matt works hand-in-hand with TeamWorks’ clients in helping them discover relationships within their data and ensuring efficacy in future planning. Matt is responsible for the development, deployment and administration of Insight Online, TeamWorks’ web-based mapping and analytical tool.


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