Nevada State 21st Biennial Convention

May 3-4, 2019, the Nevada State Court held its 21st biennial state convention with the theme “I am the handmaid of the Lord”, Luke 1:38. Father John McShane, Nevada State Chaplain and National Director Connie Dronette were in attendance in addition to 14 delegates and 8 alternates.

Election Results: State Regent, Leonie Frisbee, First Vice State Regent, Jina Couvrette, Second Vice State Regent, Mary Lopez, State Secretary, Kathy Burns and State Treasurer, Leslie Valpiani.

Also elected to serve as the Nominating Committee for the 22nd Biennial Convention in 2021 were Erin McAloon, Court Ave Maria #1420, Chair, Loy Jo Prado, Our Lady of the Valley, Court #2118, Dolores Compuzano, Our Lady of the Rosary, Court #2226 and Nicole Hermes, Our Lady of the Valley, Court #2118 as alternate.

New Nevada State Officers were installed by State Chaplain Father John McShane and National Director Connie Dronette, following the convention’s closing mass at Holy Family Catholic Church. From left to right: Leslie Valpiani, State Treasurer, Mary Lopez, Second Vice State Regent, Leonie Frisbee, State Regent, Father McShane, Connie Dronette, Jina Couvrette, First State Vice Regent and Kathy Burns-Balchunas, State Secretary
The 2021 nominating committee: Loy Jo Prado, Regent, Our Lady of the Vallley, Court #2118, Dolores Compuzano, member Our Lady of the Rosary, Court #2226, Erin McAloon, Regent, Ave Maria, Court # 1420 and alternate, Nicole Hermes, Financial Secretary, Our Lady of the Valley, Court #2118
Color Guard: Nicole Hermes, Financial Secretary, Our Lady of the Valley, Court #2118
and Dorothy Calabrese, Regent, Our Lady of the Rosary, Court #2226.

Scholarship Winner

Pam Petersen, Regent, Our Lady of Carson Valley attended the 8th grade graduation At St. Albert the Great to announce the winner of the 2019 Nevada Education Scholarship, Julianna Flores. Julianna was given a certificate and a check for $500.00. She will be attending Bishop Manogue HIgh School in the fall. Click on the Scholarship Program tab to learn more about scholarships available from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Nevada and nationally.

Julianna Flores, winner of the 2019 Nevada State Court scholarship, North, received her certificate and check for $500.00 from Court Our Lady of Carson Valley Regent, Pam Petersen(left) and Education Chair, Anita Stoelton.

State/Territorial Officers’ Training

The State/Territorial officer’s training conference was held from July 18-20, 2019 at the beautiful and peaceful Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Four of newly elected Nevada State Court officers were able to attend the conference. The weekend began with Adoration and Mass and many other opportunities for prayer were offered throughout the rest of the weekend. National Regent, Olga Samaniego and the rest of the National Board conducted the training with emphasis on the Circle of Love program and increasing membership.

Nevada State Chaplain

Nevada State Chaplain, Father John McShane has been reassigned to a home he knows so well after serving many years in Ely, Nevada. Father McShane celebrated 45 years as a priest last December. He continues to serve his beloved St. Benedict Labre Homeless Ministry, Sister Thea Bowman Ladies Day, Sunset Hospital Catholic patients, as well as a weekly Bible /Book study at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Since the beginning of July this year, Father McShane is celebrating Mass at St. Anne Catholic Church.

You’re Invited

Members of the Nevada state Court and officers of Our Lady of the Valley, Court #2118, will volunteer at the First Choice Pregnancy Services’ annual Gift of Life fundraising banquet on September 27, at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

The keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson, author of the bestselling book Unplanned, which was recently released as a movie with a record breaking box office in both the USA and Canada.

First Choice Pregnancy Services is a Christian ministry providing choices other than abortion to its clients. Their efforts have saved the lives of 2,300 babies from abortion in 2018. “Never Unplanned” is the theme of the banquet. Come and enjoy an evening with Abby and help kick off “40 Days for Life” which will be observed September 25th to November 3rd.

Court Development Update

The Nevada State Court has been busy visiting women of faith at St. Christopher Catholic Church for the last few months. Pastor Father Gene Kinney is the force behind the push to establish a new Catholic Daughters court in his North Las Vegas parish. The Membership Drive Recruitment Kit, CDA info flyers and activities established Nevada courts are engaged in are a few of the tools the officers present to the group of women interested in becoming Catholic Daughters. Q&A sessions were held in the last two months with great exchanges of advice and ideas from women active in their local courts. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 24th. For more details for starting a new court, please email Leonie Frisbee, Nevada State Regent, at or Eileen Quinn, Nevada State Membership Chair, at

Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA)

Both of the Nevada JCDA courts were officially instituted during prior Day of Recollection Lenten Retreats. Any Catholic girl between the ages of 6 and 17 who would love to meet new friends and enjoy fun activities related to the Catholic faith and to serve God can join the JCDA. The purpose of JCDA is to develop a stronger faith and spiritual growth, to encourage praying the rosary, to learn the compassion of our Blessed Mother, to promote personal growth through creative projects, to visit resident homes during the holiday and to participate in events benefiting local charities.

The Court under the guidance of Our Lady of the Rosary, Court #2226 at Holy Family Catholic Church, chose St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta as their name and patroness, has been active for over two years. Kathie Light is their adviser.

The Court under the guidance of Our Lady of the Valley, Court #2118 at St. Viator Catholic Community, chose St. Therese of the Child Jesus as their name and patroness, has been active for over 11 years. Lourdes Caeg is the adviser. Her assistant is Marie Slife.

For more information about joining the Junior Catholic Daughters or to start a new court under the guidance of a CDA local court, please contact Leonie Frisbee, Nevada State Regent at 702-204-5083.

Lourdes Caeg, Advisor , JCDA Court St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Our Lady of the Valley, Court #2118
Kathie Light, Advisor JCDA, Court St. Mother Theresa, Our Lady of the Rosary, Court #2226