By Shannon Roh
For The Catholic Week
MOBILE – The Catholic Charities Appeal is blessed with many great volunteers throughout the Archdiocese of Mobile. The Appeal could not happen without the generosity of time and hard work given by our ministry speakers, parish chairs, district chairs, deanery chairs and archdiocesan chairs. These amazing volunteers give so generously of their time, talents and treasure to ensure a successful appeal. Leading our volunteers is Mrs. Barbara Liddon, archdiocesan chair.
Baldwin Deanery Chairs
Terri and Gary Cowles graciously agreed to serve a third year as the Baldwin/Escambia Deanery Co-Chairs for the Catholic Charities Appeal. Gary, a lifelong resident of Fairhope, attended Christ the King Catholic School and is a 1981 McGill-Toolen Catholic High School graduate. He attended Spring Hill College and Auburn University in a dual degree program. Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College and Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Auburn University. Terri graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Florida State University and a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama.
Gary worked with several engineering firms in Mobile and in 2000 established Cowles, Murphy, Glover and Associates, a full service engineering firm in downtown Mobile. Terri has been a RN Educator at Thomas Hospital for more than 19 years. They have a senior at McGill-Toolen (George), a sophomore at St. Michael Catholic High School (Edward), an eighth-grader at Christ the King (Marguerite) and a precious son in heaven (Rusty). Gary began his community involvement at Spring Hill College speaking to young people in Mobile as part of the Junior League Drug Education Program.
He serves on the Thomas Hospital Foundation board and the Archangel Radio board. Gary currently serves on the Spring Hill College National Alumni Association board and the Africatown Business & Community Panel. Terri and Gary were part of the capital campaign team for St. Michael Catholic High School. The Cowles family is active at St. Lawrence Parish, Christ the King Parish and School, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and St. Michael Catholic High School.
Dothan Deanery Chair
Robert Amuso kindly agreed to serve the Catholic Charities Appeal as the Dothan Deanery Chair for a second year. He is married to one of his greatest blessings in life for more than 34 years, his wife Janet. They are blessed with three wonderful children and seven grandchildren. Robert is most grateful that Janet guided him into the Catholic Faith. Honored to have served our country and retired from the US Army, he is now serving those children whose parents serve for our great country as a Media Specialist at Fort Rucker Schools. He is thankful that Mr. Sam Barranco, who has been helping with Catholic Charities for more than 40 years at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Ozark, came into his life to lead him down the same path of commitment to Catholic Charities. He only prays that he can beat Sam’s record of more than 40 years! Lastly, he wants to thank Sister Penny Smith for her great example in answering God’s call to give to those in need and share a quote from the late Rev. Patrick Maher: “God is madly in love with you!”
Mobile Deanery Chair
Russ Brandau graciously agreed to serve as the Mobile Deanery Chair for a third year. Russ Brandau, D.M.D., is a native of Mobile, graduate of Little Flower Catholic School, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Spring Hill College and University of Alabama School of Dentistry. After graduation Dr. Brandau served in the Army Dental Corps and has practiced dentistry in Mobile since 1993. He is a past president of the Mobile Area Dental Society. Dr. Brandau and his wife Julie were married in 1990. They have two children, Kathleen and Adam, both are graduates of Corpus Christi Catholic School and McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Dr. Brandau is a past Corpus Christi School Board member. The Brandau family have been active parishioners of Corpus Christi Parish since 1993.
Montgomery Deanery Chairs
Cary and Lynne Kuhlmann settled in Montgomery in 1997 following Cary’s career opportunity to become Executive Director of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Lynne and Cary are born-and-raised New Orleanians and were educated in its Catholic School System.
Lynne attended St. Francis Xavier grammar school and Holy Name of Jesus Mercy Academy (1967). Cary attended St. Catherine of Siena grammar school and Jesuit High School (1964).
Cary and Lynne were members of St. Bede and Queen of Mercy parishes while their children attended Montgomery Catholic High School (Lyndsey 1999/Grant 2002).
They have been members at St. Peter since 2002.
Lynne has been active in St. Peter’s St. Anne’s Guild, presently serving as its president. Currently, Cary and Lynne serve on St. Peter’s Building and Grounds Committee.
Active in the Montgomery community, Cary and Lynne have volunteered with the Capital City Master Gardeners, the American Cancer Society and the Samaritan Counseling Center where Cary serves as its executive director.