Office of Finance - Staff


Office of Finance Staff by Function:

Chief Financial Officer -- Kathy Tomasik, Ext. 247. Direct phone line: 219-796-2080
Finance Administrator -- Monica Ference, Ext. 255
Diocesan Internal Auditor --Jess Isla, Ext. 244
Accounts Receivable -- Accounting Clerk --Renee Ellis, Ext. 243
Accounts Payable -- Accounting Clerk II- Kathleen Strazzabosco, Ext. 245
Payroll-Accounting Clerk--Thomas Mihalik, Ext. 241


Kathy Tomasik, CPA

Chief Financial Officer - Ext. 247, Direct phone line: 219-795-8020

Reports to the Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Bishop of the Diocese of Gary

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the administration of the fiscal functions of the diocese including financial management, financial reporting and analysis, treasury management, budgeting, forecasting, fund accounting, and managing the internal and external audits that are preformed, diocesan insurance coverage and property management. The scope of the position extends to the Pastoral Center, 3 Diocesan High Schools, Diocesan Cemeteries, and the various Parishes throughout the 4 counties of Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Starke.

Kathy Tomasik also serves on various Diocesan committees and boards, including but not limited to: the Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Office Coordinator, Priests' Pension Board, Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana, Diocesan Cemetery Board, and the Program and Budget Review Committee.

Return to Top


Monica Ference
Finance Administrator - EXT 255
E-Mail

Main Accountabilities

  • Reports to & Assists the Chief Financial Officer in the supervision of Finance Office Staff
  • Responsible for budget development and review at both diocesan and department levels
  • Prepares and posts general ledger journal entries
  • Directs transfers between cash accounts and performs bank account reconciliations on a monthly basis
  • Assists the Chief Financial Officer in the preparation of Diocesan financial statements and analytical reports
  • Tracks national collections and remits funds, as required
  • Co-ordinates the submission of parish financial statements
  • Oversees data processing systems and acts as liaison with data processing support services

Return to Top


Jess Q. Isla
Diocesan Internal Auditor - EXT 244
E-Mail 

Reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer.

Responsible under minimal supervision for examination/audit of financial records and practices of Departments, Ministries, Parishes, Schools and institutions, as assigned, to ensure compliance with diocesan policy and procedure and governmental reporting requirements. Provides technical assistance and support for Diocesan Finance Office and to staff of other diocesan institutions, as assigned, in areas of budget and financial administration.

Return to Top


Renee Ellis
Accounts Receivable - Accounting Clerk - EXT 243
E-Mail

Reports to the Chief Financial Officer and, as appropriate, to the Finance Administrator.

Primary Functions: Under general supervision, is responsible primarily for coordinating the accounts receivable billing cycle and the application of payments received.  Will perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties on an "as needed" basis; to include accounts payable, payroll, general ledger maintenance and analysis and budgeting.  Performs moderately complex clerical and accounting work requiring a knowledge of standard bookkeeping procedures.

Return to Top


Kathleen Strazzabosco
Accounts Payable - Accounting Clerk II - EXT 245
E-Mail

Reports to the Chief Financial Officer and, as appropriate, to the Finance Administrator

Under general supervision, is responsible for contribution to a range of accounting and bookkeeping functions; to include, Accounts Receivable,/Accounts Payable, General Ledger maintenance and analysis. Performs moderately complex clerical and accounting work requiring knowledge of standard bookkeeping procedures. Duties may involve posting data to accounts (cash receipts, bank transfers, journal entries, property claims, etc.) reconciling accounts and producing accounting reports. Will perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties on an "as needed" basis.

Return to Top


Thomas Mihalik
Payroll-Accounting Clerk - EXT 241
E-Mail

Reports to the Chief Financial Officer and, as appropriate, to the Finance Administrator

Under general supervision, is responsible for the co-ordination of payroll processing, distribution and related funding and reporting activities, Performs moderately complex clerical and accounting work requiring a knowledge of standard bookkeeping procedures. Duties may involve posting data to accounts (cash receipts, bank transfers, journal entries, property claims etc.) reconciling accounts and producing simple accounting reports. Will perform a variety of simple clerical and administrative duties on an "as needed" basis.

Return to Top