Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. - Diocese of St. Augustine

Leadership Team

Anita A. Hassell, MBA - Chief Executive Officer / Diocesan Director

It seems as I have been involved in non- profit work even before I completed my formal education; coming to USA as a refugee, then working as a case manager, program director, regional director, executive director and now associate diocesan director gave me a true spectrum of what it means to help and to be helped. I feel as though I have been blessed with a deep understanding of what compassion, service to others and respect for human dignity mean. Every day I come to work I feel a great desire to do my best so for each good decision I make, for each piece of advice I give, there will be someone’s problem solved, someone’s future brighter, someone’s hope not lost and dream that may one day come true. While I had an opportunity to directly touch lives when providing case management assistance I came to understand that in my management and leadership capacity I can continue influencing services by assuring its quality and show support to our staff who touches lives every day. As I look back at my work history I see life filled with meaning and satisfaction.

MaryEdda Day, CPA, CITP, MBA - Chief Financial Officer

Working at Catholic Charities, where people’s lives are positively affected by what we do, engages not only my head, but also my heart.

Danah Gammage, MPA, - Director of Operations

I am a Jacksonville native and have a deep love for our community.  I have over sixteen years of experience working in non-profits in a variety of capacities.  It is a joy to come to work every day and play a small part in an organization that impacts the lives of so many individuals.

Lauren Weedon Hopkins, CFRE - Regional Director, Jacksonville Regional Office
Joining the Catholic Charities family in August 2015 has felt like coming home. I have volunteered as a Buddy at Camp I Am Special, our disabilities ministry, and I have served in our emergency assistance food pantry. As a Jacksonville native, I am passionate about helping our neighbors in need. I am extremely proud to lead a staff team that reflects the compassion of God in Christ by providing individualized care to the most vulnerable, while advocating for justice, human dignity and quality of life. Together with our board members, volunteers, donors and community partners, we are making a positive, lasting impact in so many people's lives.


Suzanne Edwards, MA - Regional Director, Lake City Regional Office
Born and raised in Florida and moving to rural North Florida has allowed me to create part of my life-mission. My professional career was in banking and management and I did so for over 19 years. However, becoming an instrument and directly involved with helping those that are in need has always been one of the most rewarding life choices. I have been at Catholic Charities Lake City Regional office nearly ten years and nurturing others to share their time, talents and treasures. Within our 5 rural counties, over 2943 square miles, there are many hurting families, homeless and children; they look to the Catholic Charities team to address their needs. The team at Catholic Charities is respectful to those who pass through our doors daily. On a daily basis we assess and try to fulfill the short & long term needs, by doing so we Put Compassion Into Action. I am often reminded to be thankful for what I have, as tomorrow is never promised.

John Barli - Regional Director, Gainesville Regional Office

As one who came to Catholic Charities from the "For Profit" retail world, I am constantly amazed by the huge hearts of the staff here. The biggest hurdle I will have to overcome, is being able to balance the Mission of Catholic Charities with the realities of running a business. With the help of so many dedicated people both in our staff and on our board, we will succeed.

Mary Kelley Kryzwick - Regional Director, St. Augustine Regional Office

My journey began with Catholic Charities 10 years ago as a volunteer, then as a Board Member and now as Director. I feel so incredibly blessed to be in a position as Director for the St. Augustine Regional Office for so many reasons. The daily contact with the clients is something more than I could have ever imagined. The opportunities are limitless as we work towards building our programs and strengthening our relationships with the agencies, clergy, donors, individuals and families within Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns County. With the help and grace of God we will continue to help monetarily and emotionally those that we serve.


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134 East Church Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202


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