About Us

David Ancell

Hi, my name is David Ancell. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I was born 33 years ago in a small town known as Sikeston, Missouri (home of Lambert's, the Home of Throwed Rolls). I lived there my entire life until I went to college. I have one younger sister. In 1999, I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree and am now licensed as a pharmacist in six states. After graduation and residency, I worked for seven and a half years in specialty/biotech and now work in a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Teaching, especially teaching the Faith, is one of my favorite things to do. I am really into technology and probably should be plugged into an electrical socket. Some people have a lot of pets; I have a lot of computers. Macintosh is my preference. It has always been fun for me to take a quick road trip, but, now that I'm with Yana, I've found that I love to travel and explore new places. We've even been to her home country of Indonesia together. Besides that, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and working out at the gym. Oh, it's fun for me to get a friend or two and eat and catch up with friends.

What's most important to me, of course, is my Catholic faith. Perhaps I'm an unusual convert in that I became Catholic as a teenager. Like a lot of Catholics during that time period, I never got a good understanding of what the Church actually teaches. In fact, it took eight years for me to finally get ahold of some resources to help me learn what the Catholic faith is really about. Once this happened, I realized that I was not the only one who didn't know his faith, and I felt a call to help others to know and live their faith. Currently, I work in an RCIA at my parish, and in the past I worked with a young adult group as their webmaster. I stive to seek Christ in everything I do.

Yana Permana

I was born 30 years ago in a beautiful city known as Paris de Java, Bandung - Indonesia. When I was 4 years old, my immediate family moved to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I grew up in a metropolitan - a city that never sleeps, with about 20 other million people.

I am the oldest in my family. I have 2 sisters, but no brothers. My dad is the most handsome man in my family. :) My dad is an Engineer, a Chemical Engineer to be exact. Since I was a little girl, I had always wanted to be an engineer just like my dad. Can you picture me with a hard hat? :).

Our Mother Mary showed me God's will and led me to University of Dayton after I graduated from High School in 1997. (I spent the summer before I came to UD at UC Berkeley and UCLA, California.) UD is a private Catholic university in Dayton, Ohio. I fell in love with UD (after I got over my culture shock) which its mission becomes my own "Learn, Lead, and Serve." I was definitely Mary-naded, during my years at UD.

I started my Engineering career pretty early as a co-op student during my second year in college. After getting my Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (just like my dad), I started working on getting my Master part time (my other goal in life). I received my Master in Engineering Management and System in 2005 from University of Dayton.

Dayton, Ohio was my home sweet home for 11 years, until I relocated for a job transfer last Fall. I am enjoying living in North Carolina, particularly since the beaches and mountains within driving distance and the mild winter weather down here.

I am a cradle Catholic. I was baptized a couple days before my second birthday. I am forever thankful to my parents to raise me in a wonderful Catholic home. I was very blessed to receive great Catholic education from kindergarten to college/grad school. My Catholic Faith has always been an important part of my life. It is my compass, my guide as I am going through life on this earth. With God's grace, I am striving to live my Catholic Faith to the fullest and being open to be God's instrument to others.

"Faith is the beginning, love is the end, and the union of the two together is God." - Ignatius of Antioch