Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas improves the quality of life for individuals and families through a spectrum of program and services provided by compassionate and skilled professionals. We value our employees, a diverse group of nearly 200 employees all sharing a common value: promoting the dignity and respect of all persons.

Catholic Charities Board of Directors

The Board consists of community leaders from the region who share their expertise and provide stewardship on strategic decision-making for Catholic Charities’ programs and services.

  • Chris Dierks, Chair
  • Chris Ruder, Vice-Chair
  • Donna Crosswhite, Secretary
  • Scott Kincaid, Treasurer
  • Father Barry Clayton
  • John S. Campbell
  • Larry Gates
  • Shannon Gomez
  • Garrett Harper
  • Craig W. Herre DDS
  • Jedida Kamau
  • Jon Schnieders
  • Carlos Torres
  • Deanna Victor
  • Joan Wells
  • Joshua Zacharias
  • Lauren Solidum, President/CEO

Catholic Charities Foundation Board of Trustees

The Board consists of community leaders from the region who share their expertise to establish the direction for development and stewardship activities.

  • Doug Ciocca, Chair
  • Mark Fendler, Vice-Chair
  • Nancy Jones, Secretary
  • Kathy Jantsch, Treasurer
  • John L. Brown
  • Dustin DeWitt
  • Bryan J. Didier
  • Brian Dunn
  • Alisa Ford
  • Michael Hoehn
  • John Sweeney
  • Melissa Valenciano
  • Lauren Solidum, President/CEO

Executive Staff

  • Lauren Solidum, President and CEO

  • Kevin Bentley, Chief Operating Officer

  • Anthony Funk, Chief Financial Officer

  • Kurtis Grothoff, Chief Development Officer

  • Denise Ogilvie, Chief Mission Officer

  • Kristina Rastorfer, Vice President of Human Resources

  • Carol Cowdrey, Senior Director of Marketing and Media Relations

  • Mary Florea, Executive Assistant to the CEO


Working with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is much more than a job. You’ll experience the satisfaction of expressing your professional capabilities serving people of all faiths – both those we serve and those we work with.