Leadership

Executive Director, Lauren Weedon Hopkins, CFRE

Lauren Weedon Hopkins Lauren Weedon Hopkins joined the Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office in August 2015. She is a Jacksonville native with more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience, including 10 years as a nonprofit leader focused on development and program management. Most recently, Mrs. Hopkins worked as the director of development at the YMCA of Florida's First Coast. She is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Florida First Coast Chapter and holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential. A graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders sponsored by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Mrs. Hopkins is a sustainer in the Junior League of Jacksonville and past president of the Rotaract Club of Florida's First Coast. A lifelong parishioner of Assumption Catholic Church, she is also a member of the St. Gianna Circle. During every summer as a Bishop Kenny High School student, Mrs. Hopkins served as a buddy at Camp I Am Special. She has participated with the Catholic Charities Women's Guild as a Food Pantry volunteer. Mrs. Hopkins holds a B.A. in Print Journalism and English from Washington and Lee University.

Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office Leadership Team:

Lauren Weedon Hopkins
Executive Director
Matt Schmitt
Associate Director
Emily Moody
Director of Finance
Nicola Barnack
Director of Development
Rebecca Aleman
Director of Camp I Am Special/Ministry For Persons With Disabilities
Iraida Martinez
Director of Immigration and Legalization Services
Ida Gropper
Workforce Development Program Manager
Lili High
Director of Emergency Assistance
Michelle Karolak
Director Refugee Resettlement

Board of Directors 2017-2018

Officers
Lisa Hayes, Chair
Matt Welch, Chair Elect
Veronica Garcia Brown, Secretary
Richardson Cole, Treasurer
Paola Parra Harris, Chair Emeritus
Anita A. Hassell, Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities Bureau
Lauren Weedon Hopkins, CFRE Regional Director of Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. Jacksonville Office

Members
Jan Bebeau
Veronica Garcia Brown
Chris Butler
Ivan Colao
Richardson C. Cole
Roberto Costa
Kelly DeGance
Deacon George Good
Lisa Hayes
Rob Kowkabany
Rev. Rafael S. Lavilla, Jr.
Robert Lee
Tracie Loftis
Gregory Montana
Michelle Owens
Paola Parra Harris
Patrick Patangan
Brian Peters
Jason Spencer
Matthew Welch
Kim Wilmoth