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May 28, 2019,
Santa Rosa
Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa
Catholic Charities’ CEO Len Marabella has announced a new organizational structure and Senior Executive team for the mission-driven agency.


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SANTA ROSA, CA, May 28, 2018 - Under Marabella’s leadership Deirdre Sheerin, who recently joined Catholic Charities as Senior Director of Administration, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer. Rebecca Kendall, who has raised funds with the organization for the past 11 years, will become Chief Development Officer. Jennielynn Holmes, who has led the Shelter and Housing programs for Catholic Charities for many years, will continue to do that work and will now serve as Chief Program Officer, overseeing all program areas for the agency.

“We are excited to have such talent and experience to help drive sustainable growth, lead organizational transformation and accelerate our innovative programs,” said Marabella. “Adding Deirdre Sheerin to the Catholic Charities family and expanding the leadership scope and responsibilities of Jennielynn Holmes and Rebecca Kendall – who collectively hold more than 20 years of experience and success at Catholic Charities – give us the right leadership team to build upon the momentum of our agency.”

That momentum has been growing rapidly over the past four years, as the agency has seen significant growth in its services for immigrants and people seeking housing, in addition to its new disaster response and recovery programs. To support rapid growth in community needs, Catholic Charities has responded and expanded to more than 180 staff members. This year over 20,000 people of all beliefs and backgrounds will receive help from Catholic Charities throughout Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties.

Leading these life-changing programs is lifelong Santa Rosa resident Holmes, whose energy and enthusiasm are matched only by her focus on providing real results for those seeking help. As a result of her leadership, Catholic Charities has been nationally recognized for its success in housing difficult populations. Known for her public leadership and advocacy in the area of homelessness, her new position as Chief Program Officer will leverage her knowledge and integrate her expertise across all agency programs. “I am excited to work with our exceptional management team and staff to help the organization meet the challenges of the next decade,” says Holmes. “I’m looking forward to continuing the important work of caring for our homeless populations while also increasing the integration of all the wonderful services within Catholic Charities.” Holmes holds a BA from UC Davis and MA of Public Administration from University of San Francisco.

Helping to steer the agency’s strategy and infrastructure is Sheerin, who brings significant nonprofit leadership experience and an advanced degree in Organizational Development from Sonoma State. “My passion has been and continues to be working with and strengthening nonprofits,” said Sheerin. “I am devoted to helping nonprofits find excellent people to advance their important work and influence positive change in the community."

Building relationships with philanthropists who believe in Catholic Charities’ mission has been Kendall’s focus since she began working with the agency in 2008. With an undergraduate degree in Theology and an MBA from Sonoma State, Kendall says, “People are hungry for a tangible way to heal the suffering they see and hear about every day and that’s exactly what Catholic Charities offers.” Kendall’s main focus over the past several years has been leading the public approval and capital campaign for Caritas Village, a comprehensive shelter, services, and permanent housing campus in downtown Santa Rosa built in partnership with affordable housing developer Burbank Housing. “Ending homelessness has always been a passion of mine, and my work with Catholic Charities couldn’t be any more satisfying. I wake up every day grateful and amazed that I get to be a part of this incredible mission, team, and this community,” Kendall adds.

“We believe strongly in the direction Len has taken Catholic Charities, and have confidence that Rebecca, Jennielynn, and Deirdre have the management skills and experience to take their respective areas to the next level of excellence,” says Rick Abbott, President of Catholic Charities Board of Directors.

Catholic Charities is the North Bay’s leading nonprofit tackling, providing over 20 programs of service to nearly 80,000 people each year including access to affordable housing, immigration services, senior services, and more. Catholic Charities welcomes people of all faiths, races, gender, or sexual orientation, and serves the entire region the Diocese of Santa Rosa touches – Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties. Visit Catholic Charities’ website to learn more about the new upcoming projects like Caritas Village, and other ways to get help and give help:



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