Domus Pacis Family Respite

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Marylouise White-Petteruti, CEO/Founder
Start Date: 2008

Marylouise White-Petteruti (aka Duck) leads the Domus Pacis Family Respite team as CEO/Founder. She has degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois and focused on marketing and quantitative analysis while earning an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Prior to "retiring", Marylouise honed her technical skill during short stints at Alberto-Culver and Motorola. A 25-year career at the Leo Burnett Company exposed Duck to the "best bar none" of professional colleagues and the constant challenge to reach higher and higher; culminating in achieving the position of Senior Vice President, with responsibility for Starcom's global strategic information management.

Steeled by exceptional parents and influenced by a strong Dominican education, Duck knew deep within her soul the expertise and financial stability gained from a formidable corporate career needed to be applied to a significant corporal endeavor - the family respite program inspiration. Hence, she developed Domus Pacis Family Respite from an idea in 2001 - through strategic planning, incorporation, network creation, launch and continued outreach. With the constant support of Vince, her husband of 40-plus years, Duck feels the journey has truly been a blessed one.

Duck is one of six siblings, proud mom to two thirty-something blessings and Nana to three energetic grandsons. When her joints allow, she and Vince seek to canoe on lakes and rivers, and hike through forests that renew the soul, rest the mind and bring smiles to their tired faces.

Maggie Butler, Program Manager
Start Date: 2016

Maggie Butler joined the Domus Pacis Family Respite team in 2016 as Program Manager. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Illinois State University, she joined the Washington, DC congressional office of Congressman Jerry Weller. She also served as Director of Press Relations for the national water conservation office of Trout Unlimited. In 2001, Maggie took a position with the Town of Silverthorne as Marketing and Pavilion Coordinator, leading the town's effort in creating community through cultural and events development. In the eight years prior to joining DPFR, she managed advertising sales.

Maggie was drawn to DPFR by her heart. Her service to others in need through purposeful work brings her a great deal of fulfillment. You can see it in Maggie's ready smile and respectful interactions with the entire Domus Pacis family. Her compassion, spirit and hard work has benefited a number of organizations. Maggie always has her hands in one volunteer effort or another, ranging from serving as a founding board member for Silvana's Community Gardens in Silverthorne, past board member of High Country Conservation Center - to current board member of the Women's Resource Center. She attends Dillon Community Church.

She and her husband, Bruce have been married for 18 years and enjoy a strong partnership in the raising of their teenage daughter, Bella. When not giving of herself to others, Maggie loves to garden, fly fish, cook and entertain, dance at outdoor performances and hike with their dogs.
Attended Illinois State University receiving B.A., Communication/Public Relations, August 1994

Past experience:
Summit Daily News Account Manager

Silverthorne Pavilion Coordinator

Cat Starnes, Associate Program Manager
Start Date: 2017

Cat Starnes serves as Associate Program Manager and is the newest member of the Domus Pacis Family Respite team. She moved to the high country over 20 years ago and began to seek out and engage in the joys of mountain living. Along this adventurous journey, Cat earned certification as a Wilderness First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician and a license in Yoga and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counseling. Within the last few years, Cat has nourished her desire for compassionate service working for another local non-profit and also serving on the board for the Bristlecone Montessori School. She currently serves in her church as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Having lost her father to cancer at the age of 17, Cat intimately understands the trials that come with a cancer diagnosis and always hoped to serve families experiencing the same. While working at the Children's Museum in Breckenridge, Colorado she would meet families on respite that were coming in to play. Upon learning about Domus Pacis Family Respite, Cat reached out to volunteer and now feels blessed to play a bigger part as a staff member, daily serving those families in need of respite.

Cat is a busy mom to four kids ages 5 to 17, two dogs and one needy cat! She and her husband, Lou, enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking … truly, anything outdoors. If there is a blizzard out, it is almost guaranteed Cat is skiing somewhere at the top of a mountain with a huge smile on her face.


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