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International Partners in Mission

Joe Cistone Speaks on Changing Lives Worldwide
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - McCormick Lecture Hall

Joe Cistone and friendJoe Cistone believes that people can make a difference wherever they live. His organization, International Partners in Mission, he says, can change lives around the world. He will be talking about these efforts to College of the Atlantic's Human Ecology Forum on Tuesday, January 31 at 4:10 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall.

Cistone's talk, "Changing Lives around the World from MDI" will be a sharing of personal stories and images from the community-based development work conducted by International Partners in Mission, or IPM. The organization works with marginalized communities around the world to promote socio-economic, political, and environmental justice. Cistone is also interested in exploring possible avenues of collaboration between COA, IPM, and the wider Mount Desert Island community.

IPM was founded in 1974. Cistone has served as executive director and chief executive officer since 2001. "IPM works across borders of faith and culture on behalf of children, women, and youth," he says.

The thrust of the organization is "to create partnerships that build justice, peace, and hope." Cistone is involved in the strategic vision, leadership, and supervision of all activities, programs and staff of this interfaith, international, non-governmental organization. IPM has offices in St. Louis, Missouri, El Salvador, India, Italy, Kenya, and Nepal, and international headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. It manages programs in twenty-five countries.

Before working for IPM, Cistone served as the founding vice president of capital, endowment, and philanthropic programs at The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation from 1997 to 2001. Previously, Cistone lived in Rome, Italy, studying for a PhD in social sciences at the Gregorian University where he also worked with a variety of service organizations, including Caritas Internationalis and Joined Hands Refugee Center.

Cistone holds degrees from the College of the Holy Cross, Yale University Divinity School, and Eden Theological Seminary. He also designed and completed an executive education program in non-profit management at Case Western Reserve University where is now serves as a student mentor. An active participant on a number of international and national boards, he received the Sanctae Crucis award from the College of the Holy Cross, the highest alumni non-degree recognition given by the college.

For more on IPM, visit For more on the free talk on Tuesday, January 31, 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. talk by Cistone, contact John Visvader at 207-288-5015, 207-801-5715, or

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