Order of Malta - American Association



Jack E. Pohrer, GCM
Missouri. Member since 1992

american_officers_jpohrerJack completed his first term on the Board of Councillors where he served as Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the Defense of the Faith Committee and Chair of the Auxiliary Committee.

He was Co-Chair of the Lourdes Pilgrimage in 2002 and has subsequently served in Lourdes as Captain of the Auxiliary in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and as President of the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Lourdes Pilgrimage. He has been a Lourdes Pilgrim every year since 2000.

He is a former Area Chair and former Hospitaller for St. Louis, Missouri. Served on the Board of St. Patricks Center, a Malta Project. Prepares dinner monthly for Rosati Center (mentally ill homeless residence), a Malta project. Chairman of Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation (provides scholarships for students at Catholic Schools). Chairman of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, former Budget Chairman for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Past Chairman of Catholic Charities, Past Chairman of the Catholic Commission on Housing. Serves on other Catholic, charitable and civic boards in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Business Executive and Principal with interests in the parking industry, real estate, hospitality.

Graduated from Holy Cross College and St. Louis University Law School.

Served in the Missouri State Legislature.


Richard D. Milone, MD, GCM
Westchester. Member since 1990

american_officers_rmiloneDick Milone has served the Order as the long-time Chair of the Lourdes Medical Committee and the Lourdes Malade Selection Committee.  He and his wife Dede, DM have attended twenty Lourdes Pilgrimages, and they were Co-Chairs of the 2012 Lourdes Pilgrimage.

Dick is a graduate of Georgetown University and Creighton University School of Medicine.  He is the Medical Director of Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, NY, and serves on the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.

A past member of the Board of Councillors, he has served on several Board Committees, including Membership, Defense of the Faith, Nominating and the Executive Committee.

Dick is 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.

For his Lourdes Pilgrimage work, Dick has received an Honor of the Order, Cross of the Order, “pro Merito Melitensi”.  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. 


Margaret M. Lyons, DM
american_officers_mlyonsVero Beach Area, Member since 1998

Meg, a CPA, holds a bachelors degree from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. She is a Senior Manager at a Fortune 100 company.

Meg was invested in the Order in 1998. She has participated in 20 Lourdes pilgrimages and has served in several leadership positions, including as the Co-Chair in 2007. She has volunteered for eleven additional weeks in Lourdes, mostly with the Hospitalité de Notre Dame of Lourdes.


Ellen S. Shafer, DMOb
New York City, Member since 1985

american_officers_eshaferIt is an honor and a mission to have been elected as Secretary of the Order of Malta, American Association. I intend to execute my office as a deepening of my role as a second term member of the Board of Councillors of the Order of Malta, American Association. I will build on what I have learned as a Board member and will emphasize strengthening bonds among members of the Board and diligent work on committees of the Board of Councillors.

Listening, learning and connecting are my goals. As Chairman of the Board of the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, a signature work of the Order, I have fostered relationships among members of the Western and Federal Associations as well as the American Association. My husband’s commitment as Permanent Observer of the Order of Malta to the United Nations has enriched my understanding of the global impact of the Order of Malta. As a member of the Sub-Priory of Our Lady of Lourdes, I am constantly reminded of the essential spirituality at the root of all we do for the Order of Malta and the American Association. I look forward to my new role as Secretary of the Order of Malta, American Association.


Peter J. Kelly, MD, KM
Massachusetts. Member since 1998

american_officers_pkellyPeter is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University Medical School. He trained in Ophthalmology at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. He has been practicing Ophthalmology in Western Massachusetts since 1981.

In 1993, Peter began to volunteer in Haiti at Hopital Sacre Coeur which is run by the Crudem Foundation. It was during his many volunteer trips to Haiti that he was introduced to the works of the Order of Malta. Impressed by the mission of the Order, he became a Knight in 1998. He joined the board of the Crudem Foundation in 1999 and has been President of the board since 2006.

Peter has participated in six Lourdes pilgrimages where he has served on the medical committee. He and his wife Linda, a hospital chaplain, are Eucharistic ministers in St. Cecilia's parish in Wilbraham, MA. They have been married for 35 years and have three children, 2 sons who are physicians and a daughter who is a special education teacher for visually impaired children.

Vice Hospitaller

Gail T. Berardino, DM
Connecticut - Southern, Western & Northern, Member since 2004

american_officers_gberardinoGail 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.

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