Glenn and Joan Wells of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, along with Hamp and Nikki Henning of Curé of Ars Catholic Parish, will receive the 2018 “Michael and Patty Morrisey Angels Among Us Award” from the Catholic Education Foundation on October 20 during Gaudeamus, an annual gathering of more than 1,300 Catholic education supporters.
"We are so grateful for the tireless commitment Glenn and Joan have shown in their efforts to help students with financial need access Catholic education in our Archdiocese," said Vincent Anch, Executive Director of CEF. "They are true servant leaders and their work will have an impact on our community for many years to come."
Joan was a long-time Board member for the Catholic Education Foundation, and served as Chair of the CEF Board from 2015 to 2017.
"We are passionate about the impact of Catholic schools and the critical mission of CEF," said Joan. "We believe that supporting Catholic schools and providing a Catholic education to at-risk youth will transform our world, our culture, and the spread of Catholicism."
Glenn and Joan married 31 years ago at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Overland Park after meeting at Kansas State University. Glenn is originally from Hutchinson, KS and is a graduate of Hutchinson High School. He went through an RCIA program while at Kansas State. Joan’s family moved to Overland Park when she was in eighth grade and she graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School.
Glenn and Joan have three children and a brand-new daughter-in-law. All three children attended St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School in Leawood. Sam, 24, is a graduate of Rockhurst High School and Creighton University. He married his high school sweetheart, Anna Hendrix, on September 15th. Anna is a graduate of Notre Dame De Sion and Creighton University. Sam and Anna reside in Chicago and work in healthcare strategy and healthcare IT sales. Grace, 22, is a graduate of St. Teresa’s Academy and Marquette University. She is a Surgical ICU nurse in Milwaukee, WI. Hannah, 20, is a graduate of St. Teresa’s Academy and is a student at Marquette University studying advertising.
Glenn is National Accounts Manager at Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA. Joan is CEO and founder of Wellington, a global event production and marketing agency based in Overland Park since 1994. Wellington’s clients are corporations and associations, but most notably, Joan has enjoyed the opportunity to work with Catholic organizations to engage Wellington’s event expertise to foster impactful causes. These include Lunch for Life, the Rally for Religious Freedom, Unbound, the Catholic Education Foundation, and currently, the Evangelization Convocation for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Joan is also a recipient of the Women Who Mean Business award presented by The Kansas City Business Journal and Wellington was recently recognized as a Top Ten business in Kansas City by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Glenn and Joan have been active at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic parish since its founding in 1999 and they have held numerous leadership roles including Capital Campaign Major Gifts Chair, School Advisory Committee, Defenders Ball Co-Chairs, and more. They are also active in St. Michael the Archangel’s faith formation. They have been part of the same couples’ Bible Study for 18 years and they credit roles in Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) and The Vine study leadership in igniting their enthusiasm for evangelization.
The Wellses are committed to creating a culture of serving others both at home and in the workplace. This has enabled them to experience the joy of missionary work in Peru, and the joy of service for non-profits in the Kansas City area such as Junior Achievement, Rotary, United Community Services and the American Heart Association.