Frassati Award Past Recipients

2019 Recipient

Michael Chapuran embodies the mission of DVUSA and the spirit of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, giving himself in service no matter where he is. In his early years, Mike dedicated three years to full-time volunteer work, serving first as an environmental health volunteer in Panama through the Peace Corps, and then ministering at Highbridge Community Life Center in the Bronx as a Dominican Volunteer.

From 2010-2014, Mike served as the Executive Director of Dominican Volunteers USA. In this role, Mike deeply touched everyone he worked with; from the volunteers and ministry sites he assisted directly, to the DVUSA alumni and members of the sponsoring Dominican congregations and provinces. Among his many talents is his ability to make personal connections—even virtually—with people everywhere, making others feel connected to DVUSA and its mission in special and unique ways.

After moving on from DVUSA, Mike served as the director of community involvement at Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization in Cleveland and the manager of affinity groups for United Way of Central Indiana.

Mike is currently the executive director of Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, where he is dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless families and ensuring that children have a place to stay.

Mike holds a BA in Economics and Religious Studies and an MPA in Nonprofit/Public Management and Policy Analysis from Indiana University. He lives in Indianapolis with his lovely wife of 11 years, Angela, and their two children, Noah (8) and Autumn (5). In his free time, Mike enjoys following Indiana University basketball.