Joe Leisz

Development Director
515-291-4402 (M)

Joe answered the call to return to Ames from Fort Collins, CO in July, 2015 as the new Development Director for St. Thomas Aquinas. He works with parishioners, alumni and friends to support our parish mission, campus ministry and outreach programs with gifts to our annual fund and through estate planning and other gift opportunities. Joe also works closely with the Supple Endowment Board to help grow this important base of permanent support for campus ministry.


Originally from Cleveland, OH, Joe was active in the Newman Center at the University of Arizona and volunteered with youth ministry at Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson while raising money for scholarships at the UA's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. He served as Executive Director of the 4-H Foundations in Arizona and Iowa before moving to Colorado State University in 2012, where he led fundraising work for three departments. An Eagle Scout, Joe’s been an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for many years, conducting leadership training for youth and adults and serving on the board of the Philmont Staff Association.