Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has named Lisa Healy as executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee.
Ms. Healy has been serving as interim executive director since the previous director, Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, took a position in Washington, D.C., in December 2017. Ms. Healy previously served as the chief operating officer of CCETN.
“During the past two years, Lisa has demonstrated the necessary skills, community awareness, and compassion that convinced me that she is the right person to lead Catholic Charities of East Tennessee,” Bishop Stika said. “Lisa has helped us increase awareness and support of Catholic Charities and she brings a vision and perspective necessary to grow this vital ministry in our region.” he added.
“I am grateful to be able to continue my work for Catholic Charities as its new executive director,” Ms. Healy said. “Over the past two years, I have witnessed the powerful and positive impact this organization has had on all of our clients. Our staff and supporters are amazing, and I look forward to continuing my work with them in strengthening our mission to assist the vulnerable and those in need—both Catholic and non-Catholic alike,” she added.
Prior to joining Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Ms. Healy spent three decades with Sysco Corporation, the global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food products to the hospitality industry. She began her career in sales and marketing and spent twelve years in executive leadership positions as executive vice president and president.
Empowered by the grace of Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee fosters human dignity of the vulnerable in our region through shelter, counseling, education, advocacy, and reverence for life. Catholic Charities of East Tennessee operated 9 programs serving more than 3,600 clients in 2017-18.