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Board of Trustees

Dan O'Brien
Chair, Aquinas Institute Board of Trustees

Dan O'Brien is a retired Senior Vice-President of Ethics and Church Relations for Ascension Health (1991-2019) and is currently a member of the Ascension Sponsor. He received his PhD with honors in health care ethics from St. Louis University in 2000, his MA in Systematic Theology from Aquinas Institute in 1988, and his BA in Philosophy from Regis University in 1986. He also studied numerous specialties at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the “Angelicum”) in Rome, Italy, in 1988-89. He has has been a Trustee since 2020 and has served as Chair of the Aquinas board since August 2021.

Barb Thibodeau
Vice-Chair, Aquinas Institute Board of Trustees

The CFO and member of the Executive Team for the Congregation of the Mission Western Province, also known as the Vincentians, Barb collaborates with the priests, brothers, ministries, committee members and others in the western half of the United States, Kenya, Italy and elsewhere. She has served on the Aquinas board since 2017 and was elected Vice-Chair in August 2022.

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