Careers Through Faith

Integrating Your Career, Faith and Life

Job Coaching and Career Discernment from a Christian Perspective

Board of Directors

Marty Bodnar, JD, MBA

Marty is an attorney at the law firm of Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, PC focusing on estate and business planning. Marty served as Associate Athletic Director at the University of Michigan where for 12 years he directed the ticket sales and marketing for all of U-M’s Division I varsity sports programs.

Marty received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, where he was a scholarship athlete on the basketball team for four years. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron and his Masters of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Deacon Paul Ellis

Deacon Paul Ellis has been involved with CTF since 2002 and has been very instrumental in its evolution. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Lansing and currently serves St. Andrew the Apostle parish in Saline, Michigan. Following a thirty-five year career with executive positions in finance and human resources at a major manufacturing company, Ellis retired to devote more time to ministry. He attended Eastern Michigan University and the Church Ministries Institute of St. Mary’s College.



Paul Rzepka, CPA

Paul graduated from the University of Michigan with a BBA in Accounting. He served for nineteen years as the CFO of Servant Publications in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is currently CFO of a Harley Davidson franchise in Taylor,Michigan.




Cathy Synko

In 1992 Cathy co-founded Synko Associates, LLC, a career management firm where she acts as Managing Partner. Cathy is the co-author of 100+ Career Transition Tips and edited and published Future@Work, An Employee Survival Guide for the 21st Century. Cathy has been involved in the Careers Through Faith organization since 2004. She assists in the writing, editing and overall development of CTF materials and is currently the Director of Programs for the organization. Prior to Synko Associates, LLC, Cathy’s corporate experience was in training and organizational development in the electronics and healthcare industry. Cathy has a BA in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Business from Purdue University.

Nick Synko

Nick Synko is the Founder and Executive Director of the Careers Through Faith ministry as well as the Principal Partner of Synko Associates, LLC, an Ann Arbor, Michigan based career transition, executive coaching and organizational development firm. Nick is also the co-author of 100+ Career Transition Tips, a workbook that guides readers through all stages of the career transition cycle. As a nationally recognized career transition and workplace skills expert, Nick presents a variety of workshops, is a frequent keynote speaker and has been interviewed on national and local radio stations as well as being the author of a nationally syndicated column on workplace issues for FAITH magazine. Nick’s first book, Future@Work: An Employee Survival Guide for the 21st Century, received national recognition from several professional organizations including the National Association for Career and Technical Education and the University of Wisconsin Center for Education and Work.