David Savage, Chairman of the Board
David Savage is a managing partner of one of the countryís leading direct response television advertising agencies. David has enjoyed a fourteen-year career in direct response television (DRTV), and is proud to have worked with many of the industryís pioneers, top marketers and leading entrepreneurs.
David serves on the executive committee and board of directors of Catholic Leadership Institute, a non-profit leadership training organization based in Malvern, PA.
David became passionate about Theology of the Body after listening to tapes of Christopher West presentations.
In 2004, he approached Matthew Pinto and Christopher West about forming a non-profit apostolate that would help spread the word about Theology of the Body. Theology of the Body Institute was incorporated in April, 2004, and presented its first week-long conference in the summer of 2005. David was an attendee.
David and his wife Kim Marshall Savage, of Generation Life, are parishioners at St. Isaac Jogues in
Wayne, PA, where David serves as an extraordinary minister. David is a founding member of the Young Adults of Sts. Katharine & Isaac (YASKI), a leading young adult ministry in the Philadelphia area. David and Kim are the proud parents of Connor, John, Gregory and Zachary.
Bob Blaisse, Member, Board of Directors
Bob Blaisse admits to becoming a big fan of Pope John Paul IIís Theology of the Body from the moment he first heard a tape series by Christopher West in the late 1990ís. So much so, that Bob immediately bought many copies of the tape series to give to all his priest friends in Archdiocese of Philadelphia, many of whom continue to incorporate the Theology of the Body in their daily ministries.
Bob holds a B.S. Degree in Business Management from Widener University, a Masters of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from St. Charles, Borromeo Seminary, and Graduate Catechetical diploma from the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy in Rome. As a board member of The Theology of the Body Foundation, Mr. Blaisse provides insight and guidance gained from his extensive background as a corporate business development manager and sales and marketing professional.
A former seminarian, Bob is a graduate of St. Charles Borremeo Seminary and holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies and is a certified Catechist. Bob also serves on several other non-profit board, including Pastoral Council of his home parish, St. Anastasia in Newtown Square, where he resides with his wife, Jean, and their four sons.
Matthew Pinto, Founding Board Member
Matthew Pinto has been at the forefront of multiple Catholic initiatives since he began in ministry back nearly fifteen years ago. He started out as a staff member of Catholic Answers in 1991 and then moved to work at the parish level until 1996. Mattís desire to broaden his apostolate of evangelization was realized when he joined forces with author Patrick Madrid to launch Envoy Magazine in November of that year.
From 1996 to the present, Matt has expanded his work to include the founding of several internationally known Catholic apostolates and projects, including Ascension Press in 1998; CatholicExchange.com, a premiere Internet portal for Catholics, in 2001; and the Theology of the Body Institute in 2005.
Over the few years, Matt has authored or co-authored several best-selling books, including the Amazing Grace Series, which is billed as a ďCatholic Chicken Soup for the SoulĒ series of books. He authored the best-selling Did Adam & Eve Have Belly Buttons?, a question-and-answer book for Catholic teenagers, and most recently conceived and co-authored A Guide to The Passion: 100 Questions About the Passion of the Christ, which went on to sell more than one million copies in just fourteen weeks. At the time, the book was the highest ranking Catholic book ever to hit the New York Times and Amazon.comís best-seller lists, and has been translated into six languages.
Matt is a 1987 graduate of Temple University with a bachelorís degree in communications and a minor in sociology. A native of Philadelphia, Matt and his wife Maryanne, live in West Chester and are the parents of five young boys.