Catholic Charities USA's leaders are responsible for engaging and inspiring team members who are focused on supporting our national member network as we collectively help those in need.

Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD

President and CEO

Sister Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), is the first woman to hold this position in the organization’s more than 100-year history. An Adrian Dominican sister with a doctorate in clinical psychology, Sister Donna served on CCUSA’s Board of Trustees for eight years, two of which as Board Chair. In addition, she has served in leadership positions in behavioral healthcare both in Canada and the United States and is an internationally-recognized author and speaker in areas pertaining to transformational leadership, organizational change management and the effective treatment of the mentally ill.

Sister Donna received her doctorate from the University of Detroit and has been involved in executive leadership development, organizational transformation and community formation for the past 25 years. She serves on the adjunct faculty for the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Most recently she has been serving as president of the Behavioral Health Institute at Mercy Health where she has been leading the transformation of the continuum of the delivery of behavioral health services across the seven geographic regions of the health system. From 2004-2010, she served as Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation and previously spent 10 years as president of the Southdown Institute in Ontario, Canada.

Sister Donna was awarded the prestigious Harold S. Bernard Training Award from the American Group Psychotherapy Association in February 2014, is a Fellow in the American Association of Clinical Psychologists, and is engaged in global peace initiatives directed toward building bridges of understanding and collaboration among women leaders.

Keith Styles

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Keith Styles is CCUSA’s Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. In his role, he is responsible for all of the operations of the national office of one of the nation’s largest networks of faith-based social service providers, overseeing CCUSA’s efforts in a wide range of programs and services, as well as being responsible for all of the organization’s legal matters and oversight of all outside legal counsel.

Prior to joining CCUSA full-time, Styles led the team that served as outside general counsel for CCUSA for eight years. He helped develop the underlying principles and draft the National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act, legislation introduced during CCUSA’s centennial celebration.

Styles is a proven leader in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations with demonstrated ability to build an effective senior management team, set and achieve a vision for an organization, and transform corporate culture. Before joining CCUSA, Styles had a distinguished career in private law firms. He was a partner at Arent Fox LLP and was the practice group leader of the firm’s national real estate group. Keith’s diverse practice focused on complex debt and equity financings, joint ventures, regulatory issues, and general business counseling to senior management and boards of a wide range of for-profit and nonprofit clients. Prior to Arent Fox, Styles served as the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, as well as co-chair of the firm’s Business Department.

Styles received his juris doctor from Georgetown University and graduated cum laude from Yale University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science with distinction in the major.

Jean Beil

Senior Vice President, Programs and Services

As senior vice president for programs, Beil oversees CCUSA’s support to its member agencies in the provision of services to the poor and vulnerable.

A transplant from New Jersey, Beil worked for local Catholic Charities there for over 18 years, including serving as the director for housing and social concerns from 2000 to 2005. In that position, she oversaw a division that encompassed 130 shelter beds, more than 100 units of low-income rental and transitional housing, and 14 other programs for low-income individuals and families.

From 1996 to 2000, Beil was the agency’s program director of the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), which used a multi-disciplinary team to treat and to provide psycho-rehabilitation to persons with serious and persistent mental illness. And, for two years, she served as the agency’s 450 case management coordinator. The program helped people with serious mental illness reintegrate into the community.

Her other previous work experience includes serving as a clinician at the Mt. Carmel Guild Community Mental Health Center in Jersey City, NJ; a counselor with the Mt. Carmel Guild School in Kearny, NJ; family shelter coordinator for the St. Lucy’s Homeless Program of Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ; program administrator for Francis House of the Office of Social Ministry of Diocese of Metuchen in Perth Amboy, NJ; and resident program coordinator for Morehouse for New Hampshire Catholic Charities in Manchester, NH.

She has dual master’s degrees in Social Work from NYU and in Religion from LaSalle and spent her early career as a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity teaching middle school and doing parish ministry.

Brian Corbin

Executive Vice President, External Relations

For Brian, Catholic Charities is “a ministry of the Bishop that enables us to continue the work of the early Apostles in caring for the widows, orphans and strangers among us.”

Prior to joining Catholic Charities USA, Brian served as the Executive Director for Catholic Charities Services and Health Affairs; the Secretary/Treasurer for the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation; the Diocesan Director for Migration and Refugee Services (MRS); Diocesan Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD); the Diocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS); and the Diocesan Liaison for the Northeast Ohio Diocesan Council of St. Vincent de Paul. In these roles, he was responsible for providing leadership to and coordination for the health and social ministries of the Church and creating opportunities for Church and community leaders to understand and be formed in Catholic social doctrine, helping persons and institutions to live out the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from The Pontifical School of Philosophy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is completing his Ph.D. at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds a Certification in Health Care Ethics from The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brian has been with Catholic Charities for 27 years.

Brian Gavin

Senior Vice President, Advancement

As Senior Vice President of Advancement for Catholic Charities USA, Brian leads a team of professionals to support the organization’s mission of “reducing poverty in America” through fundraising and development.

Previously, as Director of Development and Communications for Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, Brian was responsible for all aspects of the agency’s public relations, advertising, marketing, media and fundraising, corporate relations, foundation support and special events.

Brian holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Communications from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from The University of Scranton. He recently received his certificate in fundraising from New York University.

Brian has completed the 2009 Catholic Charities USA Leadership Institute and the Leadership Caucus Series for Deputy Directors, Community Resource Exchange (supported by The Carnegie Corp. of New York). He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Catholic Development Conference, Board Member (2006) Young Non Profit Professionals of NYC.

Bruce Pankey, Sr.

Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

As the Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Bruce has fiduciary responsibility for overseeing all financial-related activities of the organization, including accounting and finance, budget management, financial operations, and information technology.

Bruce has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in the public, private, not-for-profit, and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining CCUSA in 2014, Bruce was Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the National Labor College, and prior to that he served as the Director for Finance at The George Washington University. Bruce holds a BS in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University, and an MBA in Finance from Averett University.

Maria Vorel

Senior Vice President, Disaster Operations

As Senior Vice President for Disaster Operations, Maria J. Vorel leads Catholic Charities USA’s disaster operations staff to further its mission and goals, providing strategic vision and planning to educate, recruit, mobilize, and reinforce disaster response activities. Central to this position is supporting member agencies to plan for and respond to disasters, including expanding member agencies’ knowledge of and participation in disaster response, risk reduction and preparedness. She is responsible for developing and supporting collaborative relationships with member agencies, coalition partners and other allies to further CCUSA initiatives to assist communities in need.

Prior to joining CCUSA, Maria’s career was in public service at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) where she was known for her strategic leadership in emergency management. In her most recent position, Ms. Vorel provided national program leadership and management to build capacity for disaster operations in risk reduction programs; designed mechanisms and maintained organizational cohesion between senior management in regions and Headquarters; provided leadership and direction to all FEMA regional offices in developing a vision, strategy and implementation for Joint Field Office organizational design, missions, functions, standard operating procedures and systems; and served as Agency subject matter expert in disaster cadre training and capacity building. Earlier significant positions in FEMA included serving as the National Program Director for Project Impact, a highly innovative program which fostered consensus based community actions to promote disaster resistant communities in every State.

Additionally, in the capacity of Deputy Director for FEMA’s Office of Legislative Affairs was responsible for overall coordination of liaison and legislative efforts between the U.S. Congress and the FEMA to include working as negotiator and strategist with Congress for controversial and sensitive national legislative and programmatic issues. Ms. Vorel has recently completed a 3 year term serving on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which provides advice and recommendations directly to the Secretary of Defense on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency, and effectiveness of the reserve components.
Actively engaged in her community, Ms. Vorel is an appointed Commissioner for the Fairfax County, VA Commission for Women, advising the Board of Supervisors on ways to promote the full equality of women and girls in Fairfax County, serves on her parish Social Justice Committee, and conducts weekly instruction for adults applying for US citizenship in the area of civics, geography and history. She is the proud parent of two wonderful people, Sara and Jeremy.

Maureen Varnon

Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing

As Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Maureen leads a multi-faceted, talented team to raise awareness for the Catholic Charities USA, its network, its amazing work and the people it serves. Central to success is crystalizing the organization’s brand-value proposition, streamlining the messaging and developing an integrated approach to internal and external communications in order to amplify impact.

Maureen brings 25 years of brand-building and marketing experience to CCUSA. Prior to joining CCUSA she led her own consultancy focused on bolstering the reputation and credibility of national brands. Previously she was a Senior Vice President for international public relations firm Porter Novelli, representing a number of global brands and large national associations. Her areas of expertise include brand development, marketing, public relations, communications, reputation management and issues preparedness. Maureen brings with her to CCUSA the skills for storytelling, a passion for team building and the desire to make a difference.