The St. Thomas More Center Advisory Board recommended, and Bishop Richard Pates approved, the hiring Paul Tauke as the center’s new executive director. He began on Sept. 11.
Tauke replaces interim director Joe Connolly.
According to Advisory Board Chair Brian Tingleff, “Paul takes over leadership at St. Thomas More following a great summer at Catholic Youth Camp, with an eye to working more closely with parish leaders to meet the spiritual development of youth and young adults throughout our diocese.”
Tauke served for 17 years in leadership positions within the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, where he most recently served as Forestry Bureau Chief, supervising more than 50 employees and an operating budget of $6 million. He and his family are members of St. John Parish in Adel, and he has served the parish in various ministries. Currently, he is the Grand Knight of Columbus Council #9574.
“Paul came along at the right time to lead the St. Thomas More Center and Catholic Youth Camp,” said Bishop Pates. “He brings extensive management experience to the role and a history of successfully winning grants to fund various projects. He is active in his faith and I am confident he will share his enthusiasm with our youth each summer at camp.”
Connolly and his wife, Cindy, delayed retirement to spend more than a year providing leadership for the camp. During his tenure, the facility added a high-ropes course in summer 2017.
STMC is the home of Catholic Youth Camp, with a mission “to serve youth and young adults, as they become joy-filled missionary disciples of Christ.” The Diocese of Des Moines has owned the facility since 1983 and operated Catholic Youth Camp at the site for more than 30 years.