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.

  • Stephen Penn, Chair
  • Maria Jenks, Vice-Chair
  • David Staker, Secretary
  • Chris Dierks, Treasurer
  • Ann Connor
  • Gerry Euston
  • Nancy Grasse
  • Mark Lacy
  • Denise Martinek
  • Theresa McDermed
  • Ken Mellard
  • Patrick Regan
  • Chris Ruder
  • Daniel Silva
  • 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.

  • Debbie Wilkerson, Chair
  • Pat McAnany, Vice-Chair
  • John Southard, Secretary
  • Doug Ciocca, Treasurer
  • Frances Douthat
  • Ed Elder
  • Laura Foley
  • Michael Hoehn
  • Kathleen Teahan Jantsch
  • Greg Kindle
  • Lauren Solidum, President/CEO

Executive Staff

  • Lauren Solidum, President/CEO
  • Anthony Funk, Chief Financial Officer
  • Denise Ogilvie, Vice President of Community Engagement
  • Kelly Kearney, Chief Development Officer
  • Keith Kennedy, Vice President of Supply Chain
  • Kevin Bentley, Chief Operating Officer
  • Kim Brabits, Vice President of Mission Operations
  • Vince Teglia, Executive Director, Catholic Community Hospice
  • Carol Cowdrey, Director of Marketing and Media Relations


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.