Growing Our Team! Introducing New Members of the CANFP Executive Board

Fall 2023

Joining the Board in Fall 2023


Robert Chasuk, MD
Monterey Region
“I joined the Board of CANFP in hopes that I can contribute to the support and flourishing of fertility appreciation teachers in our state who persevere in this mission field, often as lone champions” reports Dr. Chasuk. Having only recently returned to his native California, Dr. Chasuk brings a long history of leadership and advocacy, including his current positions as President of the Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine of America (IRRMA) and Director of Women’s Health and Fertility and Abortion Pill Reversal for MYCatholicDoctor. He brings personal and professional NFP experience, having taught the symptothermal method with his wife Patti for 15 years through CCL, and certified as a medical consultant in NaProTECHNOLOGY since 2004. Reflecting on the two decades since. Dr. Chasuk relates: “I have provided restorative reproductive medicine for almost 20 years. It has been the most fulfilling part of my medical practice. So you can imagine how grateful I am to the teachers of fertility appreciation methods. Restorative reproductive medicine is based on a woman’s charting. I cannot serve women and couples without the dedication of our teachers.” Our CANFP community is enriched by his years of involvement in NFP/Pro-life nationally, in Louisiana, and now via telehealth through and serving on the Executive Board.


Maryah Nunez
Stockton Region

“I am filled with so much gratitude for being given this opportunity” was Maryah’s enthusiastic YES to the invitation to serve on the CANFP Executive Board. Previously employed as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Maryah currently serves full time in youth ministry at All Saints University Parish (a CANFP Church Member) in Turlock, in a dual role as Youth Minister for 8th-12th graders, and the Catholic Student Association /CSU Stanislaus Student Event Coordinator. Her interest in NFP, initially a gift from the example of her own parents, was nourished when CANFP presented a talk to the young adults of her parish on a Parish visit in 2022. Intrigued, she immediately signed up to learn more, and she shares that in learning to chart her own cycles “I’ve come to learn that God has blessed me with this body and my womanhood and it is my responsibility to learn about it and take care of it.” She is excited about this opportunity to contribute her gifts, experience, and passion to effective outreach to youth and college students, and in providing support and leadership in the areas of event planning, education, and resource development.


Joining the Board in January 2024

Josue Marin
San Bernardino Region

“It would be an honor to serve on the executive board as we all work to help couples understand their call to holiness and, in this manner, create holy families that can truly change the world” Josue responded, to the invitation to join the CANFP Executive Board. Josue brings his personal experience learning NFP in preparation for marriage, his academic preparation with a BS in Psychology and an MS in biomedical sciences, his professional training in his current position as Clinical Research Coordinator at Loma Linda University and as a previous Research and Development Assistant at Catholic-Psych Institute, and ministry experience teaching a semester-long course on Theology of the Body to young men, and serving with his bride Sarah as a marriage prep mentor couple. In his own words: I felt a deep call to get involved. I remember first reading Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae, as a twenty-year-old, and it completely changed my life and my perspective of the human person. From that point on, it has been a life goal of mine to bring even more awareness to the beautiful and divinely intended creation that is the human person to everyone I encounter. As I continue to grow spiritually and theologically in my own life, I have come to understand the importance of NFP as a practice in upholding the dignity of the human person, especially as a recently married young adult living in today’s world.”


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