The Leadership Team of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters began its term Aug. 4, 2016, following Installation Ceremonies at Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel at Victory Noll. Election of the team was held in March, 2016, at Victory Noll during General Chapter proceedings, which occur every four years. The term of the leadership team runs through 2020.

The leadership team for OLVM includes (from left): Sr. Ginger Downey, general secretary; Sr. Lucile Martinez, vice-president; Sr. Mary Jo Nelson, president.

Team members:

Sister Mary Jo Nelson, President

Sr. Mary Jo Nelson, from Portland, Ore., previously served on the OLVM Leadership Team from 2000-08. She has also served as general treasurer, vocation and formation minister, and mission integration coordinator at Victory Noll. A graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Ore., Sr. Mary Jo earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdivisional Studies from Regis University in Denver. She has a Master’s degree in Religious Education from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s degree in Organization Development from Loyola University in Chicago.
Among her ministries, she has previously served in the Diocese of San Bernardino (Calif.) as director of catechetical ministry, vicar for religious, director of pastoral planning, vice-chancellor, and chancellor. Sr. Mary Jo has also served as Consultant and Process Facilitator for Religious Congregations in the U.S. and for the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR) from 2002-16.

Sister Lucille Martinez, Vice President

Sr. Lucille Martinez is a native of Chimayo, N.M., and previously has served in OLVM leadership with two terms from 1980-88 and also two terms from 2004-12. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Service from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.
She has worked in several states (California, Arizona and New Mexico) on the parish level as director of religious education and  as a pastoral associate. For 10 years she was a pastoral coordinator of several parishes without a priest in the San Bernardino (Calif.) Diocese. She currently serves as Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Hope Parish in San Bernardino.

Sister Ginger Downey, General Secretary

Sr. Ginger Downey, a native of Shoshoni, Wyo., Sr. Ginger Downey is in her second consecutive term on the Leadership Team, serving as general secretary from 2012-16. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Theology degree in Liturgical Studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.
She has worked as a community vocation director in dioceses in Fort Wayne, Chicago, San Bernardino (Calif.), Cheyenne (Wyo.), and Phoenix. Her ministry work has also included Director of Religious Education, Director of Liturgy, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Religious Education and Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Phoenix.
Prior to her first term on the leadership team, Sr. Ginger was a partner with Faith on Fire in, Phoenix, AZ. She has also had articles published and presented workshops on liturgy and liturgical spirituality.