The Catholic Peoples Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1998 by Bishop Donald E. Pelotte. The Foundation exists to assist individuals who wish to provide lasting financial support to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup, NM.


The Catholic Cause

We help support the Catholic institutions, schools and agencies that serve the poorest of the poor.


We provide scholarships to low income students who seek to attend Catholic schools where ninety-five percent of students graduate.

Diocesan Ministries

We supplement resources of the Diocese by funding staff costs, insurance, building repair, thrift shops, food banks, prison ministries, healthcare and other services provided to both Catholic and non-Catholic beneficiaries.

Board of Trustees


Bishop James S. Wall serves as Honorary Chair of The Catholic Peoples Foundation. Born in Ganado, Arizona, Bishop Wall attended Arizona State University and St. John Seminary. Ordained a priest in 1998, Bishop Wall served as Pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish and Vicar for Priests in the Diocese of Phoenix. On April 23, 2009, Bishop Wall was consecrated and installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup.

Most Rev. James S. Wall

Honorary Chair

As a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Mick is also a partner at Jet West Geophysical Services that provides engineering, exploration and testing services to the oil, gas, water and coal industries throughout the Southwest. Besides, he is a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Married to Monica, Mick is father of two and grandfather of five grandsons.

Mick Peterson


Monica Peterson is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. She is an Assistant Project Manager for CH2M, a global corporation that helps clients manage water and energy resources. In 2015, Monica was inducted as a Lady into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Married to Mick, Monica has two children and five grandchildren.

Monica Peterson


Pecola Chase serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.

Pecola Chase


Bob Horacek is a native of Grants and of the Diocese of Gallup. He received degrees in Accounting and Human Resources from New Mexico State University. After finishing work with the City of Grants and enjoying a brief retirement, Bob accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer with the Diocese.

Bob Horacek


Deacon Randy Copeland, MD originally came from Kansas and obtained his medical education at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He subsequently served as a military orthopedic surgeon, retiring as a Colonel in 2001. He then moved to Gallup, NM, to provide orthopedic care at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 2009 with duties at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup.

Deacon Randy Copeland, MD


Jim Nicholson is a pioneer in the medical device industry. He founded several successful companies including Cortek, Innovasive Devices and Mitek Surgical Products. Jim earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT. Jim holds 38 patents on devices ranging from the Mitek Surgical Anchor to the Venodyne Intermittent Compression device.

James Nicholson


Jennifer Dowling


John Dowling


Dr. Freeh directs the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Freeh has taught at Oxford University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Hillsdale College and Wyoming Catholic College. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Dr. Freeh is a former reporter and editor for the Associated Press and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Dr. John Freeh


John Fees is a nationally recognized leader in building affinity marketing businesses. As co-founder and CEO of Next Generation Insurance Group (NGI), John provides digital distribution programs for the insurance industry that target college students, auto insurance providers and the life insurance sector. John is active in the Catholic Leadership Circle in Phoenix and a Trustee of the University of Mary.

John Fees