The American Association Founded in 1927 as the first association of the Order of Malta in the Americas, the association is headquartered in New York City with over 2,000 knights, dames and volunteers in 16 states working with the poor, sick and incarcerated and giving witness to the Catholic faith.
Spirituality Knights and Dames join the Order of Malta to pursue their spiritual growth over a path laid out by Blessed Gerard more than nine hundred years ago, seeking to nurture and witness the Faith and assist the sick and the poor.
Spirituality in Action Members are involved in hands-on work involving over one hundred organizations and ministries. Food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring at risk children are just some of the activities in which members engage.
The 24 members of the Board of Councillors are elected by the membership in a general election. They serve a 3-year term, after which, they can choose to run for a second term. The officers are board members who are elected by the board to serve for three years or until their term expires if not reelected to the Board by the general membership. The exception is the President who is elected directly by the general membership for three years as the 25th member of the board and is eligible for a second term.
Dr. Peter J. Kelly, MD, KM
Boston Area, Member since 1998
Dr. Peter Kelly is a semi-retired ophthalmologist who owns and operates two offices and a Surgical Center in western Massachusetts. Peter is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed his residency at Tufts New England Medical Center, where he became chief resident. Peter has held several leadership positions in his field, including President of the Medical Staff.
A member of the Order of Malta for almost 20 years, Peter was elected to the Board of Councillors in 2009. During two terms, he became Vice Hospitaller from 2012 to 2014, and then Hospitaller from 2014 to 2015, where he and Tom Reedy re-launched the Association Retreats. Peter has participated in 10 Lourdes Pilgrimages as a member of the medical committee. He has also served on the Spirituality, Grants, Membership and Nominating committees of the Board of Councillors.
Peter devotes a significant amount of time to International Medical Mission work. Since 1993, he has been traveling to Haiti, bringing an entire eye surgical team where he performs free care and surgery at Hôpital Sacré Coeur, a Catholic hospital operated by CRUDEM. Through this work, he was elected to be Vice President and President of the Board for a span of 9 years from 2003 to 2012. During that time, Peter demonstrated extraordinary leadership during the Haiti post-earthquake relief efforts of 2010. He worked with a Board of 20, comprised of members of the American, Federal and Western Associations to facilitate the many decisions required to deal with the challenges of patient care in a hospital that expanded from 64 to over 400 beds.
Peter is happily married to his wife, Linda, also a member of the Order and a hospice chaplain for 43 years. They have three grown children—two sons who are both physicians and a daughter who is a special-ed teacher. They are also the proud grandparents of 2 grandsons.
Richard D. Milone, MD, GCM
Westchester Area, Member since 1990
Dr. Richard D. Milone has served the Order as the long-time Chair of the Lourdes Medical Committee and the Lourdes Malade Selection Committee. Dr. Milone is a graduate of Georgetown University and Creighton University School of Medicine.
Before serving as the Chancellor, Dr. Milone has been a member of the Board of Councillors and a member on several other Board Committees including Membership, Defense of the Faith, Nominating and the Executive Committee.
He and his wife Dede, DM, have attended 23 Lourdes Pilgrimages, and they were Co-Chairs of the 2012 Lourdes Pilgrimage. Dr. Milone was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order, for his many years of service in a variety of roles, with a focus on his many years of service as Medical Director for the Lourdes Pilgrimage. He is a recipient of the Good Counsel Sursum Corda Award, the Saint Vincent de Paul Award of Saint Vincent’s Hospital, and with Dede, the Child of Peace Award given by the Catholic Home Bureau of the Archdiocese of New York.
Dr. Milone has been the Medical Director of Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, NY, the Co-Founder of the Clergy Consultation and Treatment Program at Saint Vincent’s, and he helped to establish Daystar, a Good Counsel Home for mentally ill pregnant women on the grounds of Saint Vincent’s Hospital. Dr. Milone serves on the Board of the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation which supports the Order of Malta’s hospital in the Holy Land. He also serves on the Board of the Malta Human Services Foundation.
Dr. Milone is a Board Member of the St. Luke Institute, Silver Spring, MD, a facility for the mental health treatment of men and women religious. Dr. Milone also serves on the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
James F. O’Connor, GCMOb
Massachusetts Area, Member since 1993
Jim entered into Obedience (Second Class of the Order) in 2004 and is a member of the Sub-Priory of Our Lady of Lourdes. From 2005 to 2011, he was a member of the Board of Councillors for two terms and during his second term, he was elected Treasurer, Chair of the Membership and Area Development Committees, Member of the Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Membership. In 2007, he was elected President of the Order of Malta Worldwide Relief-MI Americas. He served as a Board Member of the Worldwide Board of Malteser International. Jim is currently serving his third term as Treasurer of the Board of Councillors.
Jim received the Grand Officer- Pro Merito Melitensi Award in 2011 for his outstanding leadership coordinating medical and food/shelter relief after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. The Order of Malta, in 2014, awarded him the Grand Cross for his many works and contributions. In December 2016, Jim was awarded the Grand Cross – Pro Merito Melitensi for his work as President of Malteser International Americas.
Jim graduated from the Boston Latin School, Boston College, BS (magna cum laude) and the Swiss School of Economics MLC (distinction). He has attended 18 Lourdes pilgrimages and served as the Boston Area Chair from 2000 to 2006. Jim also chaired the Membership Leadership Conference in Boston in 2001 and was instrumental in establishing annual Area Chair meetings in 2000.
Currently, Jim is Managing Director of The Chartwell Company (investment banking), CPA and operations executive, and a board member of several public/private companies. Before working closely with Sean Cardinal O’Malley, Jim served as the Co-Chair of the Operations and Financial Group of the Boston Archdiocese from 2005 to 2007, the Trustee and Member of the Finance Counsel of the Boston Archdiocese from 2006 to 2008, and a member of the Board of Governors, Caritas Christi Healthcare System-Boston from 2008 to 2011.
He is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul’s Parish in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jim and his wife, Anne O’Connor, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Karol Corbin Walker, Esq., DM
New Jersey Area, Member since 2005
Karol has served on the Board of Councillors since 2014, and was elected Secretary in 2016. Karol was spiritually transformed during her first Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2010 and since then, has committed to, and participated in, each annual Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Karol has served as a Eucharistic Minister since 1995, and a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) team member since 1994. She and her husband have been the Assumption Parish RCIA Program Directors since 2004.
Karol was the first African American woman to become partner at any major New Jersey law firm. She is a shareholder in the 325-attorney LeClairRyan firm. Karol is a highly skilled business litigator with an active practice in New Jersey and New York, and serves on her firm’s 14-member Board of Directors.
In 2003 Karol became the first African American President in the 105-year history of the New Jersey State Bar Association. In 2015 Karol also became the first African American President of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. Karol has consistently been recognized for her legal acumen in The Best Lawyers in America, Law & Politics and New Jersey Monthly magazines.
Karol graduated with honors from New Jersey City University, and received her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she served on its Board of Visitors for 15 years, and has served as an adjunct faculty member.
Karol resides in Morris Township with her supportive husband and best friend, Paul.
Gail T. Berardino, DM Connecticut – Southern, Western & Northern Area, Member since 2004
Gail Berardino was elected to the Board of Councillors in 2013. During that time, she served on the Executive Committee (2015), as Vice-Hospitaller (2015), as Membership Chair (2015) and on the Year of Preparation Committee/Formation Program (2015).
Gail has participated in ten Lourdes Pilgrimages serving as Co-Chair in 2010 during the 25th Anniversary of the American Association. She has participated as Co-captain other years. During the past four years Gail has sponsored two student nurses from Fairfield University.
Gail has served on the Board of Directors for the Malta Human Services Foundation (2013–2015).
Currently Gail represents the American Association serving on the Board for Malta Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem. She has served on the Audit, Nominating, and Development committees.
In Connecticut, Gail has served on the Area’s Board as Secretary (2006 -12).
She is a Eucharistic minister at nursing homes and her local parish. She has volunteered at St. Catherine’s Academy, served as a Malta Forum Facilitator, and led the Lourdes Pilgrimage Orientation Program hosting Area States.
Gail was appointed to the Fairfield University School of Nursing Advisory Board in 2010. She also served on the governing board of the National 4-H Council and the Georgetown University, School of Business, Parents Council. She and her husband have supported Catholic and Jesuit Missions.
Gail is a business executive, recently retired after a 30-year career in the publishing industry. She was VP / Publisher at The McCall Pattern Company, Vogue Patterns Magazine.
Gail and Joe have two daughters.
Camille M. Kelleher, DMOb
New York City Area, Member since 2004
Camille has served on the Board of Councillors since 2014 and was elected Vice Hospitaller in 2016. She also chairs the Membership Committee for the American Association. Prior to her election to the Board of Councillors, Camille served as Co-chair, with her husband Rory, of the New York City Area from 2008 through 2014, focusing on increasing membership, particularly younger candidates, and improving communications through the NYC Area website and regular email updates on Area activities. She continues to serve as Co-chair of the NYC Area Membership effort.
She has accompanied malades on six Lourdes Pilgrimages – every other year since investiture in 2004. She is involved in various Order of Malta activities at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center and is Co-chair of the Investiture Dinner Committee. In November 2016, Camille made her Promise of Obedience and became a member of the Second Class of the Order.
Camille is a member of the Board of Directors and volunteer with the New York Common Pantry. She is also a Trustee of Barnard College, of which she is an alumna. She earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Camille received an Award for Service to Barnard in 2010.
Camille has spent more than 30 years in institutional asset management with employers including Brown Brothers Harriman, the Archdiocese of New York and Allianz Global Investors where she was Senior Vice President and global director of training for sales and investment management professionals.
Camille and Rory have three grown children, one daughter and two sons.