55.1 F
Fort Worth
Sunday, October 25, 2020
News CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth accepts position at the University of...

CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth accepts position at the University of Notre Dame

Other News

United Family of supermarkets raises money for March of Dimes

LUBBOCK – The United Family and its customers raised $103,407 for March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit dedicated...

Lena Pope urges support of Tarrant County restaurants during DFW Restaurant Week

Lena Pope, the Tarrant County beneficiary of DFW Restaurant Week for the past 22 years, is urging local...

Mayfest Inc. changes name to Trinity Collaborative Inc.

Mayfest Inc., the nonprofit organization responsible for producing the Mayfest festival, has announced a new name – Trinity...

Origin Bank commits $700,000 to local charitable organizations, educational institutions

Origin Bank announced July 28 that it has donated $700,000 to be distributed to a variety of charitable...

Heather Reynolds, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW), is leaving the organization effective at the end of the year to become managing director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth said in a news release.

For the last 17 years, Reynolds has overseen the strategic direction for the Fort Worth-based,

$45 million non-profit.

With nearly 400 employees and four locations throughout the 28 counties that make up the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, CCFW serves tens of thousands of people each year through its diverse services, poverty solutions, and income-generating social enterprises, the news release said.

“Serving with the incredible team at CCFW over the last almost 17 years has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” Reynolds said in the release. “To be a part of something that matters and matters to so many – to investors who give, to staff and volunteers who serve, to community members who support, and to clients who allow us to walk this journey with them – has been a privilege.

Reynolds will be with CCFW through Dec. 14. Current Chief Operating Officer Paul Boyd will serve as interim CEO until a new CEO is named.

Reynolds began her professional career at 22 as an intern in the clinical counseling department at CCFW, then progressed to full-time employment in fundraising. Reynolds took the helm as CEO at only 25 years old, following the passing of the previous executive director, Karen Spicer.

Bishop Michael F. Olson of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth thanked Reynolds for her 17 years of service.

“Heather Reynolds’ servant leadership at CCFW has helped to foster an authentically Catholic vision among the people of our diocese and within the broader community who live in the 28 counties that comprise the Diocese of Fort Worth,” he said. “She has helped us to address intelligently and compassionately the evil of oppressive poverty at its roots with the priority of placing the poor first. I thank her, and I will miss her and her family.”

LEO was founded in 2012 to identify innovative, effective, and scalable programs to help people move out of poverty, the news release said.

LEO’s research is conducted by faculty from the University of Notre Dame as well as scholars from across the country with expertise in designing and evaluating the impact of domestic anti-poverty programs. This has included evaluations of CCFW’s Padua and Stay the Course programs over the past five years.

“LEO would not be where it is as an organization without our wonderful partnership with Catholic Charities Fort Worth,” Bill Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics and co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, said in the news release.

“Our partnership has been championed from the start by Heather. We feel blessed that Heather will be leading our lab as we move forward. She is a passionate, inventive and effective leader in the fight against poverty. She is the perfect person to help us advance our mission of improving lives through evidenced-based policy and research,” Evans said.

Reynolds acts as the national advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and serves on the Catholic Charities USA Executive Council of Diocesan Directors.

In 2012, she was honored as the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Nonprofit CEO of the Year. In 2011, Reynolds was awarded the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Benedict XVI, the highest honor a layperson can receive in the Catholic Church.

¬– FWBP Staff

Latest News

Europe, U.S. watch case totals grow, debate new restrictions

CHICAGO (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections continued to soar Saturday in many parts of the U.S. and Europe. In some cases, so...

Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats’ blockade

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised for a rare...

Texas’ massive early voting numbers have persisted, leading to predictions of overall turnout unseen in years

By Alex Samuels and Mandi Cai, The Texas Tribune Oct. 23, 2020 "Texas’ massive early voting numbers have persisted,...

Conflict raging over ‘The Eyes of Texas’ school song

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Losing football games is one thing at the University...

Donald Trump and Joe Biden sparred over Texas’ energy industry and global warming during final presidential debate

By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune Oct. 22, 2020 "Donald Trump and Joe Biden...