USML | Staff

Institute for Lay Formation


Linda Couri, ILF DirectorLinda Couri, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., D. Min. (cand.)
Linda holds a BA in English Literature from Drake University, a Master in Social Work from U of I, Urbana and is a Licensened Clinical Social Worker.  She is presently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.  Linda has been married to Robert for nine years and they have two young boys.  They live in Libertyville.               847-837-4555


Catherine SimsCatherine Sims, M.Ed., M.Div.
Associate Director
Catherine Sims holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee WI, Master of Education and Master of Divinity Degrees from Loyola University Chicago.  She is currently a student in the Doctor of Ministry degree program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.  Catherine has been married to her husband Howard for twenty years and lives in Mundelein.  They have an inter-faith marriage, Catholic-Jewish, which has brought both challenges and richness to their life together.


Brett SwearingenBrett Swearingen, M.A.P.M.
Associate Director

Brett holds a Bachelor degree in Theology (Manga Cum Laude) from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA and a Mater of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.  Brett has been married to his wife Lynda for thirty years and they have four grown sons.  Brett and Lynda live in Wauconda, IL.  



Michelle LundborgMichelle Lundborg
Administrative Assistant
Michelle and her husband Bill live in Arlington Heights and have attended St. James parish for thirty-three years.  They have seven children and twenty-eight grandchildren.  Michelle joined the Lay Formation program in September 1995.  After her graduation, she was offered a position with the program which she accepted.  Michelle has had the joy of meeting many wonderful people throughout the years through her work with the Institute.


Dorothy RentonDorothy Renton
Administrative Assistant
Dorothy has lived in Libertyville with her husband Pete since 1991 and have been married thirty-five years.  They have three children.  Peter is married to Stephanie and they have two sons; Lucas nad Sam.  Katie is married to Justin and they have two sons; Jerrell and Elijah.  Melanie is their youngest and she lives in Lake Bluff.   

Dorothy was a stay at home mom (CEO of the Renton household) for twenty-six years. She started working at St. Joseph parish in Libertyville as administrative assistant to three directors in 2006. After seven years, she transfered to the Institute for Lay Formation at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. She is an administrative assistant to Linda Couri and Brett Swearingen.



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