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I believe that to whom much is given, much is expected. Jesus spoke often in the Gospels compelling us to help those who are less fortunate, and Catholic Charities is at the forefront in the Denver community of offering a hand up to so many who come to our doors. I’m a Denver native with a strong background in investment management, development and philanthropy. I currently sit on non-profit boards that include FOCUS executive & PAC boards, the Augustine Institute board of regents and ACE board of trustees. My wife Shelly and I are blessed with five children (Courteney is awaiting us in Heaven) and seven grandchildren. I am honored to lead the Charities development team and be called to this opportunity to help give back to a Church I love. — Craig
Philanthropic Advisors – Denver
I believe that if we listen, God always directs our steps and tells us where He wants us to go next. Four years ago, I heard His voice lead me to join Marisol Health. My time at Marisol was very special and it reminds me always that God created us to love Him and serve others. It was an honor to walk side by side with women experiencing unexpected pregnancies and share the love of Christ with them every step of the way.
I was born in Little Rock Arkansas but have lived in Colorado for most of my life. My husband Patrick and I have three children and are members of Nativity of our Lord parish in Broomfield. I am blessed to be able to lead the praise and worship music every Sunday at the 5 p.m. Mass.
I am grateful to be a part of the Catholic Charities Development team and invite my brothers and sisters in Denver to serve those most vulnerable in our community. - Michelle
I joined Catholic Charities because my passion is to serve God by serving the people in our community. At Catholic Charities we are doing "Jesus 101" by practicing the corporal works of mercy by providing food, clothing, shelter and so much more for those who need a hand up.
I was raised in the Midwest and spent much of my life in St. Louis, Mo. I graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in Finance and Marketing, and most of my career was spent in the medical device industry. I married my college sweetheart Gigi and we have been blessed with four children and one adorable granddaughter named Grace. My family and I enjoy hiking, camping, rafting and snowboarding. We are very active parishioners at St. Thomas More parish.
Several years ago, I felt God calling me to serve him more directly by working in the non-profit sector. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to partner with the wonderful supporters we have at Catholic Charities of Denver to serve people in our community. - Tom
NOLAN D. O'KEEFE
Director of Donor Relations – Larimer
I am honored to serve on the Mission Advancement team in Northern Colorado. I am a proud Fort Collins resident and CSU Air Force ROTC alum. My beautiful wife Amber and I have been blessed with three children, and we care deeply for our community.
It is my privilege to invite my neighbors to participate with Catholic Charities as we extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.
I office out of Samaritan House Fort Collins in Old Town. Please reach out if you’d like to serve a meal together, take a tour or simply connect over a phone call. — Nolan
Director of Donor Relations – Weld County
I have been privileged to be guided by God though my life’s journey of service. For 40 years, I worked in the adoption field and, for the past 12 years, I’ve been the Catholic Charities Regional Director serving Weld County. I have seen pain, trauma, loss, deep sorrow and hopelessness. I’m inspired every day by the power of Christ’s love and by the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversities when shown compassion and support. I am excited to share what I have witnessed, and the remarkable life-changing services provided by our Catholic Charites team members and volunteers.
Transplanted from St Louis, Greeley has been my home for over 50 years. My husband Mark Hout is a contractor and Trustee of Aims Community College. Together, we have had the opportunity to give back to our community through service organizations, school, non-profit and parish committees and boards. We have been tremendously blessed with three children, one of whom is now in God’s hands, and six grandchildren.
Funding from public and private grant-making organizations plays a large and critical role in the operations of Catholic Charities. As part of Catholic Charities’ Mission Advancement, the Grant Writing team works closely with all the different ministries to manage nearly 200 grants annually, which includes writing letters of intent, proposals, evaluations and follow up reports. The Grant Writing team is also constantly seeking new grant opportunities to benefit the Catholic Charities mission. For any grant questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.