Leadership Team

Executive Leadership

The following professionals serve as the executive leadership team for Catholic Charities.
This team oversees the mission of Catholic Charities with support from the Board of Directors.

Denise Bartels
Executive Director

Dave Vankat
Chief Community Engagement Officer

Jacque LaPlant, MHA
Chief Advocacy Officer

Will Schwalb
Chief Financial Officer

Aaron Davis
Chief Operations Officer

Board of Directors

The Agency Board of Directors has the fiduciary responsibility for the affairs and policies of Catholic Charities of Omaha.

Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Chair
Archdiocese of Omaha

Annie Messersmith, President
Retired, Mutual of Omaha

Ryan Sevcik, Vice President
Koley Jessen, PC,  LLO

Denise Bartels
Catholic Charities of Omaha

Michael Goetz
Archdiocese of Omaha
Consortium Schools

Beth Eliason
Community Volunteer

Cesar Garcia
Canopy South

David Kramer
Baird Holm LLP

Susan Haddix
Community Volunteer

Michael Hoch
Renaissance Financial

Deb Kelly
Circle BK Farm and Ranch, LLC

Rev. Ralph O’Donnell
St. Margaret Mary Parish

Matt Meyer

Foundation Board

Foundation Board directors are responsible for building and managing an endowment in which earnings can be distributed to Catholic Charities of Omaha in support of its programs, administrative operations and capital expansion projects.

Most Reverend George J. Lucas,
Ex Officio, Archbishop of Omaha

Denise Bartels, President
Catholic Charities of Omaha

David Treinen, Chair
Community Volunteer

Will Schwalb, Treasurer
Catholic Charities of Omaha

Dave Vankat, Secretary
Catholic Charities of Omaha

Jim Boulay
Lutz Financial

Kevin J. Foral

Michael Moylan
Shamrock Development, Inc.

Tobin Schropp
Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc

Bruce C. Karsk
Community Volunteer

Lonnie Janecek
MarketSphere Consulting



Non-Discrimination Statement Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services prohibits discrimination in all its programs, services, and activities. Services will not be denied to victims of sexual, domestic, or dating violence based on race, sex, gender identity, or gender expression, perceived or actual sexual orientation, age, color, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, socio-economic status, health status, HIV status, employment status, immigration status, or geographic location.

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