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.