Our Leadership

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Our Leadership

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne

Archdiocese of Seattle

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne was born to a large Catholic family in Tell City, Indiana. He is one of six children and has two brothers who are Catholic priests, as well as a sister who is a Benedictine nun.

Archbishop Etienne studied at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky; the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology in 1995.

On June 27, 1992, he was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, where he served as pastor of several parishes, vocation director and vice-rector of the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary.

On October 19, 2009, Archbishop Etienne was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne by Pope Benedict XVI. He served there until October 4, 2016, when he was appointed Archbishop of Anchorage by Pope Francis. He was appointed Archbishop of Seattle on September 3, 2019 after serving as Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle from June 7, 2019.

You can read more from Archbishop Etienne on his blog: www.archbishopetienne.com.

Bishop Joseph J. Tyson

Diocese of Yakima

Bishop Joseph Tyson was born on October 16 in Moses Lake, Washington and at an early age moved to Seattle with his family. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies as well as Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Washington, a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic University of America, and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from St. Martin’s University in Lacey.

In 2005, he was consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and named Vicar General. From 2008-2011, he served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools. He was installed as Bishop of Yakima in 2011and currently serves as a member of the USCCB’s Committee for Cultural Diversity and Communications Committee, and Chair of the USCCB’s Catholic Communications Campaign and Pastoral Care for Migrants, Refugees and Travelers.

Bishop Thomas A. Daly

Diocese of Spokane

Bishop Thomas Daly was born on April 30, 1960, in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982; a master of divinity from St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, in 1987; and a master of education degree from Boston College in 1996. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1987.

Pope Benedict XVI named him auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Jose on March 16, 2011. He was ordained a bishop May 25, 2011.

Pope Francis named him the seventh Bishop of Spokane on March 12, 2015. Bishop Daly was installed on May 20, 2015 in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S.

Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S. is a native of Monterrey, Mexico.

He received a bachelor's degree in theology and a canon law degree from the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1984, he was ordained a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, a religious congregation of men consecrated to God for the service of the Church, who provide spiritual direction for priests and consecrated religious.

He was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell, Washington in the year 2000 to provide ministry to the growing Hispanic community in Western Washington upon the request of Archbishop Alex Brunett. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope Benedict XVI on May 12, 2005 and was ordained by Archbishop Brunett on June 6, 2005.

Bishop Elizondo is the first Hispanic bishop in Seattle. He is appointed Vicar General, Vicar for Hispanic Ministries and Vicar for Vocations of the Archdiocese.

Bishop Frank Schuster

Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

Bishop Frank Schuster was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, to John and Virginia Schuster. At age 6 he, along with his parents and two siblings, Carolyn and John, moved to Maple Valley, where they lived along the Cedar River. He enjoyed his family-focused, Catholic upbringing and admits to being a bit of a rascal as a child and while attending Kennedy Catholic High School, where his father was the principal for more than 20 years.

At the University of Washington, Bishop Schuster earned his B.A. in psychology, but spent most of his time at the Newman Center in peer ministry. After college he attended Mundelein Seminary where he received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and his Master of Divinity.

In addition to serving as auxiliary bishop, he will remain in parish life serving as a pastor at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Federal Way.

Board of Directors


Dcn. Scott Aikin
Holy Redeemer Parish, Vancouver

Ms. Mirya Muñoz-Roach
Executive Director 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Seattle/King County


Michael (Mike) Cox
Senior Vice President/Mission Integration & Chief Mission Officer
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health


Mrs. Katie Rieckers
Director of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Spokane

Mr. Paul Machtolf
Spiritual Advisor
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Spokane

Fr. Kyle Ratuiste
Parochial Vicar
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes

Director of Vocations
Diocese of Spokane


Mr. Ricardo Garcia
Community Advisory Board KDNA Radio, Yakima

Msgr. Robert Siler
Episcopal Vicar and Chancellor
Diocese of Yakima

Ms. Darlene Darnell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Charities Central Washington

Our Team

Jean Welch Hill

Executive Director

Jean leads advocacy efforts and represents the bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Diocese of Spokane, and the Diocese of Yakima on public policy matters. She has 25 years experience in state and federal advocacy, including 11 years representing the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Jean received her J.D. from the University of Utah.

To reach Jean, email jean.hill@wacatholics.org.

Tracey Wilson Yackley

Operations Manager

Tracey’s passion for pro-life and social justice issues, as well as Catholic education, enhances her ability to provide project and special events management expertise to the WSCC team. She earned her Master's degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Email Tracey at tracey.yackley@WACatholics.org.