top of page

The LC Team

We strive to function in the way we desire to see the world - collaborative and interdependent. Through our varied backgrounds, we bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help foster programs relevant for the transformational leadership needed today and into the future.

We are passionate about helping you access your leadership capacity through personal growth, understanding and growing in consciousness about the systems in which we live, and dreaming for what is possible and boldly moving into an emergent, yet unknown future of religious life.

Read more about us and let us know how we can assist you continue to develop your leadership capacity.


Linda Buck, CSJ

Executive Director

Linda is a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange  (California). She is the Executive Director of the Leadership Collaborative, which focuses on leadership formation and fostering emergent systems. Linda is a licensed psychotherapist and spiritual director and has an academic background in clinical psychology, theological studies, and transformative leadership. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Transformative Social Change. She works with congregations and groups to foster change within their hearts and systems. Linda is passionate about the ability of individuals and systems to grow toward their fullest potential and uses her background to foster culture change within current and emergent systems.


Elia Cardenas, D.Min

Associate Director

Elia is the Associate Director with the major areas of responsibility being CLDP (Collaborative Leadership Development Program) and outreach to Latin America. Elia has a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry, a Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies, a Certification in Hispanic Ministry, and an ICF-accredited Ministerial/Life coaching certification from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. As a deacon's wife, she completed the diaconate formation program in the Diocese of El Paso, TX. Because she firmly believes that we are God's instruments to bring about inclusion, solidarity, and peace to the marginalized, she does ministry for migrants in a border shelter and leads preventive efforts in the highlands of Chiapas, supporting the indigenous people's formation and promoting community development, so that they can exercise their right to stay at their lands. Elia is a Dominican associate of the Santa Catalina de Siena province. 


Pat Murray, CSJ

Operations Manager

Pat Murray, CSJ is originally from Chicago, IL. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican University in Business Administration. She spent 15 years in the computer industry. She entered the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1998. During this time, she ministered as a Pastoral Associate, Campus Minister, and Director of Religious Education. In 2016 she entered the Congregation of St. Joseph where she has ministered as the Executive Director of ABLE Families, a social services agency in Mingo County WV; Director of Ministry of the Arts; and a Business Consultant. She currently lives in Charleston, WV with two other Sisters of St. Joseph.

bottom of page