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Board of Trustees

CCUSA is governed by a Board of Trustees, many of whom are leaders in local Catholic Charities agencies across the country. Learn more.

Executive Leadership

Rev. Larry Snyder
President

Father Larry Snyder is President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the national office of more than 160 local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide that provide help and create hope to more than 10 million people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Since joining CCUSA in 2005, Snyder has been responsible for leading the overall direction of the Catholic Charities movement and the strategic leadership of CCUSA. He oversees CCUSA’s work to reduce poverty in America, encouraging government, business, and academia to raise the issue of poverty in the national conversation.

Snyder is the author of Think and Act Anew: How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It. The book calls on our nation to commit to supporting innovative approaches to combating poverty and spotlights effective and efficient programs being run by Catholic Charities agencies across the country.

Just six months after his arrival at CCUSA, Snyder led the network’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in which more than 110 Catholic Charities in the Gulf Coast and beyond provided immediate and long-term aid to more than one million hurricane victims. In 2007, he was named to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which oversees the Church’s charitable activities around the world. He was also president of Caritas North America from 2006-2011.

In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Snyder to the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In addition, he has been recognized three times by The Non Profit Times in its “Power and Influence Top 50” of non-profit leaders.

Prior to joining CCUSA, Snyder served as executive director of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the largest private provider of social services in the Twin Cities. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1988 and was a high school teacher for eight years prior to joining the seminary.

Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill. He also holds a master’s degree of divinity from the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and a master’s of public administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Snyder serves as the former chair for Leadership 18 and the board of the Independent Sector. He is also a trustee of America’s Promise Alliance.


Keith Styles
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

Keith Styles is CCUSA’s Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. In his role, he is responsible for the operations of one of the nation’s largest networks of faith-based social service providers, overseeing CCUSA’s efforts around finance, mission, programs and services, disaster operations, membership, communications, IT, human resources, business operations, and administration, 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, and personally took part in visits to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans as part of recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

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 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. He also has worked with the Navy and the Air Force on base closure and housing privatization matters.   Prior to Arent Fox, Styles served as the managing partner of the Washington 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, where he was an articles editor for Law and Policy in International Business, and graduated cum laude from Yale University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science with distinction in the major.

 


Senior Leadership

Samuel Chambers
Sr. Vice President, Disaster Response Operations

Samuel Chambers leads Catholic Charities USA’s Disaster Response Operations department, guiding efforts to respond to natural and man-made disasters, bolster emergency preparedness, and managing CCUSA’s disaster case management federal contract.

From 1998 to 2001, Chambers was the Administrator of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States Department of Agriculture, where he led programs such as food stamps and WIC. He was director of the Department of Social Services for Baltimore, Maryland, Director of Operations for Wayne County, Michigan, and was named Boss of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association.

Chambers holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Maureen Varnon

A senior communications professional with extensive experience developing integrated communications campaigns for leading national brands with particular focus on health and wellness, Maureen has demonstrated success in leading integrated traditional and digital teams to create communication programs with amplified impact.  A former Senior Vice President at the international public relations firm Porter Novelli, Maureen brings with her to CCUSA a strong track record of directing a variety of national, integrated campaigns, a passion for storytelling and extensive experience in reputation management and crisis preparedness and response.


Jean Beil
Sr. Vice President for Programs & 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.


Cynthia Dobrzynski
Sr. Vice President, Mission and Ministry

Cynthia (Cindy) Dobrzynski has more than 20 years of ministry experience at the parish, diocesan and national levels. She has worked in education, family life ministry, spirituality and Catholic health care. Cindy served as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on their National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage. Before coming to Catholic Charities USA she was Director of Mission and Values at D’Youville Life and Wellness Community, a Catholic continuum of senior care in Lowell, MA.

Cindy received her BA in Theology from Georgetown University and her MA in Pastoral Ministry (concentrations in Church leadership and liturgy and worship) from Boston College. She also completed the Post-master’s Certificate in the Practice of Spirituality from Boston College. She and her husband are the parents of three young adult daughters.


Bruce Pankey, Sr.
Senior Vice President for 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.


Brian R. Corbin
Senior Vice President of Social Policy

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 of 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.