Our Leadership Team

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Meet our United States Provincial Team who are serving a first term together through June 2025.

Sister Jean Schafer, SDS, Provincial Leader (back, center)

Sister Sheila Novak, SDS, Provincial Councilor (back, left)

Sister Mary Evelyn Zimbauer, SDS, Provincial Councilor (back, right)

Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS, Provincial Councilor (front, left)

Sister Mary Lee Grady, SDS, Provincial Vicaress (front, right)


Sister Mary Lee Grady, SDS (Sr. Melanie) believes “formation of the whole person – mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally – is essential to grow in one’s personal relationship with God.” That belief guides Sr. Mary Lee in her work on the New Membership Team and as she mentors women who feel called to religious life. It also inspires her love for singing in choral groups, swimming, reading and walking in the quiet of the day.

Sister Sheila Novak, SDS helped guide the global mission of Salvatorian Sisters when she served as Provincial Leader in the early 2000s. When a door opened to address the plight of women around the world, she stepped right in. Sr. Sheila’s passion to improve the quality of life for women has inspired her ministries ever since, including her work with immigrants and survivors of human trafficking.