CEO of Catholic Charities to retire

Staff report


The Rev. David J. Bergner, Diocese of Youngstown vicar for social concerns, has announced the retirement of Mary Ellen “Meg” Andersen, diocesan director of social services and president/chief executive officer of the diocesan Catholic Charities Corp., effective Feb. 1.

The Diocese announced that Rachel Hrbolich will replace Andersen. In this position, Hrbolich will provide administrative oversight to the Catholic Charities affiliate agencies serving the Diocese of Youngstown, which include Catholic Regional Agency, serving Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties; Catholic Charities of Portage and Stark Counties, serving its two counties; Catholic Charities of Ashtabula which serves its area countywide; and Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities which serves the entire six-county diocese.

After spending five years in Catholic and public school education, Andersen began her career with Catholic Charities, serving as executive director of Catholic Service League of Ashtabula County (1986-1990) and Family and Community Services of Catholic Charities of Portage County (1990-1993). In 1993, she was hired as diocesan director of social services, responsible for coordinating the delivery of Catholic social services throughout the six-county diocese.

After a restructuring of Catholic Charities in 1999, Andersen assumed the role of president/CEO of Catholic Charities Corp. in addition to director of social services.

Both positions promote the mission of Catholic Charities by providing leadership and oversight for three Catholic Charities social service agencies, one housing corporation and Catholic Charities Legal Immigration Services.

Andersen has a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s in clinical counseling from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. She attended Mandel School for Non-Profit Administration at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and has a master’s certificate in religious education.

She served with Catholic Conference of Ohio’s Department of Social Concerns, former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft’s Task Force on Faith-Based Initiatives and Villa Maria Residential Services Board.

In addition to her service on the state and local level, Andersen has been involved with Catholic Charities USA, serving as chairperson of CCUSA’s Committee on Economic Justice for Women, and currently as vice-chairperson of CCUSA’s Executive Council of Diocesan Directors.

Andersen and her husband, Michael, reside in Warren and are members of Blessed Sacrament Parish. They have two children, Michael Andersen (Patti) of Ashtabula, and Dr. Laura Musser (Tom Lipka) of Canfield and six grandchildren.

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