Our dynamic, dedicated leadership team works together to ensure that our 77,000 plus clients are served with dignity and respect in the manner in which our mission guides us to serve our brothers and sisters. 

Executive Leadership Team

Robert J. McCann, PhD
President and CEO
  Email:  Rob

Rob joined Catholic Charities in 2000 and
has served as ED since 2005.  Prior experience
includes 4 years with Catholic Relief Services as
Project Mgr, Development Director, and Internal
Auditor; 2 years as a Jesuit Volunteer in Oregon
and Mexico; and one year in East LA as a Youth
Advocate in Gang Alternative Programming.
Rob is currently a Board Member and past
Chair of the USCCB - National Advisory Board.
He also serves on various community boards,
including Providence Health Care, SHMC
Foundation, Jesuit Volunteers Corps Northwest,,
Nazareth Guild, and Spokane County United Way.

Gene DiRe, LMHC
Executive Vice President    Advocacy Services & Programs
  Email:  Gene

Gene joined Catholic Charities in 1987 as the Director of Counseling Services.  He has served in his current role since 2006 and oversees St. Anne’s Children and Family Center, the Counseling program, the Childbirth and Parenting Assistance program, Immigration Legal Services, the Furniture Bank and Furnishings for Hope, and Catholic Charities Walla Walla. 

Gene received his BA and a Masters in Counseling from Gonzaga University. Prior to joining Catholic Charities he served in the juvenile and criminal justice fields, working with agencies in Spokane and Vancouver, WA.  He also served as a leadership and management instructor for the state criminal justice training commission. 

While studying for his undergraduate degree Gene was a seminarian for the Diocese of Spokane.  Although he was not eventually called to the priesthood Gene is blessed that the Lord called him to serve the poor and vulnerable through his work at Catholic Charities. 

When leaving work behind, Gene enjoys reading, hiking and driving throughout the continental US and Canada.

Monique Kolonko
Executive Vice President Stabilization Services and Housing
Email:  Monique

Monique joined Catholic Charities in 2002, became Associate Director in 2006 and has served as Executive Vice-President since 2016.  She has over thirty five years of experience in Social Services and Housing related positions on two continents.  Monique experienced her fifteen minutes of fame in 1998, when she appeared on CBS’s 48 hours in a positive feature about long term care in Spokane.  Monique supervises the Housing portfolio, Housing Social Services, Housing Development, Senior Services and Food for All for Catholic Charities.

Monique is a transplant from south of the Mason-Dixon Line and earned her BA at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and her MA from the University of Arkansas.  She is actively involved in community service as an Honorary Member of the Spokane Valley Rotary and Chapter EW of P.E.O.  Monique volunteers at a variety of community events and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Spokane Chess Club.

In the rest of her spare time, Monique prefers to travel and is a self-proclaimed National Park Geek.  Visiting all fifty-nine National Parks is one of the items on Monique’s Bucket List.

Jon Andrus, PhD
Senior Vice President Finance & CFO   
Email: Jon

Jon joined Catholic Charities in 2006 as the Director of Finance and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.  Jon earned his Certification as a Public Accountant in 1980 after graduating from the University of Montana. After working for a number of years in financial and information systems auditing, he returned to school and earned a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems and a Ph.D. in Business Administration and was employed as an assistant and associate professor of accounting and information systems at a number of universities in the west. 

Jon has served on the boards and on the finance committees of a number not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on the board and finance committee of NPIP, a Washington nonprofit corporation providing insurance and risk-management services for nearly 800 nonprofit organizations in the Northwest.

Susan Foster-Dow
Vice President
Mission & Strategy 
Email: Susan

Susan joined Catholic Charities in 2015, after working in and around the agency in a variety of volunteer and consulting capacities for 20 years. Prior to joining the leadership team, Susan worked in organizational development consulting and strategic planning for organizations in the U.S. and China, as well as many years in admissions and student success in higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a Certificate in Asian Studies. She was awarded Georgetown’s China Scholar Graduate Fellowship for graduate studies in international law and diplomacy at Taiwan’s National Cheng-chi University. She completed her master’s degree and beyond in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University. She studied and lived in Taiwan and China for several years and speaks Mandarin.

Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant in Spokane, as well as on the Diocesan Lay Review Board, which she chaired for ten years. She also serves as Chair of the Georgetown University Alumni Admission Program for eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Susan previously served in leadership roles on the St. Aloysius School Parent Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees for the Center for Organizational Reform, the Spokane-Jilin (China) Sister City Society, and the Spokane Sister City Association Board.

Susan enjoys travel, reading, wine tasting adventures, and perpetual home improvement projects.

Nadine Van Stone
Vice President
Crisis Response & Shelters

Email: Nadine

After nearly 17 years as Director of St. Margaret’s Shelter, Nadine transitioned to a new role early in 2016 that includes oversight of St. Margaret's while helping develop Catholic Charities’ new Holy Names Rising Strong program, in partnership with the Empire Health Foundation.  Rising Strong is a family-centered therapeutic program to provide families alternatives to having their children removed while they begin recovery from substance abuse.  Nadine is also overseeing the dynamic changes at the House of Charity, providing an opportunity for both of the Catholic Charities’ shelters to increase collaboration and resource-sharing.

Prior to her association with St. Margaret’s Shelter, she was the Rehabilitation Manager at Goodwill Industries for seven years.  Her duties there included overseeing a variety of programs aimed at assisting people with disabilities in finding and keeping employment, with offices in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.

Nadine has an MS degree from Eastern Washington University in Counseling, with an emphasis on family counseling.  Her educational background also includes drug and alcohol and women’s studies.

She is currently the Chair of Spokane’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board.  Nadine is part of the Invest Health team, a project through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve community health through cross sector collaborations.

Leadership Team

 Ann Marie Byrd
  Email:  Ann Marie

Ann Marie joined the Catholic Charities team in 2008. Raised in Spokane, but with a family history steeped in Montana, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carroll College and her Master’s Degree from the University of Montana.

As Development Director, Ann Marie is responsible for overseeing all advancement activities including public relations, marketing, fundraising, and special events for the agency.  Her advanced educational degrees coupled with teaching, hospitality management and public relations experiences enhance her approach to sharing Catholic Charities' mission.

Ann Marie currently serves in the following capacities for Catholic Charities: Community Advocate on the Central Valley Truancy Board and Board member for the Gleason Classic and Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.

  Pam Brown
  Email:  Pam Brown



Pam joined Catholic Charities in 1986 as a counseling intern and began working as a counselor full-time in 1987.  In 2007, she was named Director of Counseling.  In 2013, she left to become Director of West End Outreach Services in Forks, WA, but recently has returned to Spokane and Catholic Charities to serve again as Director of Counseling.   Pam earned her MA in Counseling Psychology in 1986 from Gonzaga University.

   Tom Carroll, MSW
   Senior Services
    Email:  Tom

Tom joined the staff of Catholic Charities
as a Program Assistant in Senior Services in 1995,
but began as a Volunteer Chore Services volunteer
in 1993.  Named Director of Senior Services
in 2006, Tom holds a BA from Gonzaga University and MSW in Social Work from EWU.

Tom teaches Multidisciplinary Studies in Aging at EWU. Outside of work, Tom is involved with local
numismatic associations and enjoys football,
ice hockey, and bicycling.

   Scott Cooper
   Parish Social Ministry
   Email:  Scott

Scott joined Catholic Charities as Parish
Social Ministries Director in 2001.  Prior
experience includes Second Harvest Food Bank
and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Spokane
and two years as a Jesuit Volunteer in Nome,
Alaska, working at KNOM, the oldest Catholic
radio station in the United States.

Scott acts as consultant and support for parishes
and schools in the diocese for outreach and
advocacy efforts and Catholic Social Teaching. He also coordinates the agency's emergency financial assistance network throughout the diocese.  He
serves as Diocesan Director for national Church
programs such as Catholic Relief Services and
Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Scott holds a BA from Gonzaga University
and an MA from the University of Washington. He and his wife Mary have two sons.

Sam Dompier
House of Charity
Email: Sam

Sam joined the Catholic Charities leadership team in January 2016. Sam has her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from George Fox University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Palliative Care from Eastern Washington University. Prior to Catholic Charities, Sam worked as a case manager at SNAP’s Homeless Service office, then as a Homeless Program Specialist at the City of Spokane in the Community Housing and Human Services Department. 

As the Director of the House of Charity, Sam supports the operations of a 24/7 low-barrier shelter for adult men and women as well as a growing Permanent Supportive Housing program located at Donna Hanson Haven. She is very passionate about advocating for the most vulnerable and improving access to services so those experiencing homelessness in Spokane can be quickly connected to the resources they need to end their homelessness.

In her free time, Sam likes to do all things outdoorsy with her partner, Cody, and they can be found out running, hiking, swimming, backpacking or skiing.

   Lisa Green
     Email:  Lisa

Lisa started working at the Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) program in 2001 as a Doula/Mentor Coordinator.  Prior to working at CAPA, she had been a Doula/Mentor volunteer for five years.  Her role as a Doula/Mentor Coordinator was to provide case management and support to the volunteers mentoring new young mothers.  In 2014, she took the position of Statewide Coordinator for the PREPARES program which is a statewide program, supported by the Washington State Catholic Conference, offering pregnancy and parenting support services from pregnancy to the child’s 5th birthday. 

Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and is very passionate about providing families a successful start in their parenting journey.

  Glori Houston

  Email: Glori

Glori joined the Catholic Charities team in 2004 with more than 25 years in the property management industry and began serving as Housing Director in 2006. In 2007 Glori was instrumental in transitioning our housing portfolio to a self-management entity. Under her leadership the portfolio grew from 700 to almost 1200 units. She is directly responsible for all property management services delivered from Catholic Housing Communities in Eastern Washington.

Glori is recipient of the Supervisor of the Year award from Catholic Charities and the Management Agent of the year from Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington. She has certifications in both HUD & LIHTC programs and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington.

   Tim Meliah
   Catholic Charities
       Walla Walla
    Email:  Tim

Tim was born and raised in Walla Walla, graduated from DeSales High School, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Eastern Washington University. He taught in the communities of Cheney WA, Thompson Falls MT, and Poulsbo WA before working as a Youth Development Director for the YMCA of Greater Seattle in Sammamish.

Tim earned a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 2007 and returned to Walla Walla and began working for Catholic Charities in 2008. Tim believes in fostering relationships and enabling opportunities for collaboration. He is an active member of several community coalitions and boards. Tim is inspired and invigorated by the intelligence, compassion, and dedication of his colleagues and co-workers.

    Deitra Miller
    St. Anne's Children &
          Family Center
   Email:  Deitra


Deitra joined St. Anne's Children and Family Center in 2006 and has been the Director since the summer of 2014. Prior to that she held the position of Assistant Director. She has worked in the field of early childhood education since 1998. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She owned and operated a licensed family childcare home for approximately 6 years. She has experiences as an early childhood educator in childcare centers, as a parent educator, and as a program supervisor.

  Jim Nicks
   CC Furniture Bank
   &Furnishings for Hope
   Retail Store
    Email:  Jim

Jim joined Catholic Charities in February 2012 and is the Director of the Furniture Bank and the Furnishings for Hope retail store.  Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Jim spent 30 years with the Spokane Police Department serving in a variety of positions from patrol officer to Interim Chief of Police before retiring as the Assistant Police Chief.

Jim is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School, the Senior Management Institute Program at Boston University, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the Executive Management Program at Northwestern University, and holds a bachelor degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University.

Throughout his career, Jim has been involved with numerous community and regional boards and task forces and is a Leadership Spokane Alumni.  He was appointed in 2012 by the Spokane Board of County Commissioners to serve as a Spokane County Civil Service Commissioner and continues to serve in this capacity as chairman.

Jim, born and raised in Ephrata, met his wife while sharing a common dining hall when he was in the police academy and she in nursing school.  They have three grown children.


Valerie Shayman
Rising Strong
   Email: Valerie

Valerie joined Catholic Charities in 2016 and is proud to serve as the Director of Rising Strong. As a graduate student, Valerie was involved in the recovery efforts of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings,
and has since dedicated her career to serving  individuals and families in crisis in a variety of roles in higher education and the non-profit sector. Valerie has expertise in the areas of trauma, threat assessment and mass violence intervention, suicide
prevention, intervention, and postvention, sexual assault recovery, and leadership. Valerie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication (Electronic Media) from the University of North Florida, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration
from Virginia Tech, and she is currently completing her dissertation as the capstone to her Ph.D. program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Valerie is honored to walk alongside Rising Strong families as they seek to change their stories and write brave new endings.

   Sharon Stadelman
  St. Margaret's Shelter
    Email:  Sharon

Sharon joined Catholic Charities in 2000.  Originally hired as “on-call” staff for St. Margaret’s Shelter, she became a full-time case manager in the Fall of 2000 and moved into the role of Program Coordinator in 2005.  In 2011 she became Assistant Director of St. Margaret’s and transitioned into the Director position in the Spring of 2016. 

Sharon’s formal educational background is in Social Work with an emphasis on Psychology. Outside of her role at St. Margaret’s, she has 15+ years’ experience working with both children and adults with both developmental and intellectual disabilities.