Pete WaldronPeter V. Waldron, President

Peter V. Waldron is President of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania. He has more than 30 years of community involvement, marketing communications and promotions, and advertising and sponsorship sales. His project management experience includes a variety of sectors in energy & petroleum, consumer products, newspapers, government/public service, economic development, and non-profit and charitable foundations. Prior to starting with the Catholic Foundation in September 2017, Pete headed up Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy for Cross America Partners. He has served as an appointed government official for the County of Lehigh, a national marketing consultant for The Hershey Company, and in editorial, public relations and advertising posts at The Morning Call newspapers.

Pete has held volunteer leadership positions on a variety of non-profit boards
and development committees and has assisted many Catholic organizations in their fundraising efforts including St. Thomas More School, Allentown Central Catholic High School, Mercy School, and Mary’s Shelter. He currently serves on the following board of directors: PBS39 Foundation (Secretary), IABC Lehigh Valley (Past President), Cultural Coalition in Downtown Allentown, and the Pennsylvania Lambda Educational Foundation (President). Pete was also involved in the creation of multiple 501 (c )3 charitable foundations including the Lehigh Gas Foundation and the Cross America Partners Foundation serving as Vice President and Executive Director for both.

He is a graduate of Penn State. Pete and his wife Terese are members of St. Thomas More Parish, Allentown.


JoEllen KrajsaJoEllen Krajsa, Finance & Operations Administrator

JoEllen Krajsa is the Finance & Operations Administrator for the Catholic Foundation. JoEllen handles financial reporting, accounts payable and accounting administration for the Foundation. 

Previously, JoEllen worked for Dunne Manning Inc. in the Accounts Payable Department and at PPL Electric as a Research Analyst. She also taught mathematics at the 5ththrough 8thgrade level for 13 years at St Thomas More School, Allentown.

JoEllen is a graduate of Cedar Crest College, and a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Allentown. She is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley.


Sister Janice Marie Johnson, R.S.M.

Sister Janice Marie Johnson, R.S.M., is a Major Gifts Officer for the Catholic Foundation. Her role is to build awareness and participation among individual donors about the benefits of supporting their favorite Catholic causes through the Catholic Foundation.

Sister is an experienced and trusted advancement professional who recently worked as a Major and Planned Gifts Officer in the Office of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Allentown. She was instrumental in the work of raising funds for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and other programs. Sister also served as Director of the Office for Ministry with Persons with Disabilities. Her work on behalf of persons with disabilities has had a profound impact on thousands of children, families, schools, and parishes.

She also has worked in a variety of ministries within the Diocese of Allentown including Assistant Director of Catholic Charities, Supervisor of Special Education and Principal of the Mercy School for Special Learning. She taught elementary education and special education in the Diocese of Allentown and in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Janice is a Sister of Mercy affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of her entrance into religious life.

A graduate of Villanova University and Cardinal Stritch College, Sister is a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Allentown.