Catholic Charities Staff Leadership

Tim Marx, Chief Executive Officer
Tim MarxTim works with the dedicated board of directors, talented executive leadership, and hard working staff to establish the strategic direction of Catholic Charities and to oversee its implementation. Tim works extensively with faith, civic, and public policy leaders, community partners, donors and volunteers to advance the vision of a community were there is poverty for no one and opportunity for everyone.

The values of Catholic Social Teaching— including human dignity, a preference for the poor and vulnerable, promotion of the community and the common good—provide the foundation for the work of Catholic Charities and Tim’s leadership. Tim brings to Catholic Charities his experience as a practicing lawyer, public official (city attorney then deputy mayor of Saint Paul and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency commissioner), nonprofit leadership (executive director of Common Ground in New York City), and significant civic involvement (currently Board Vice Chair of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Heading Home Minnesota Leadership Council, and the United Way Systems Change and Innovations Committee).

Tim is a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, the University of Minnesota Law School and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Contact Tim at

Richard Johnson, Senior Director of Finance
Dick leads the Finance and Accounting team at Catholic Charities, ensuring that we are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission. He is responsible for all financial transaction processing, preparation of accurate and timely financial reports, financial planning and budgeting, procurement and food services. Under Dick’s leadership, Catholic Charities maintains the highest standards of financial accountability, with top ratings from Charity Navigator and other rating agencies. Dick has over 25 years of professional experience in non-profits, is an inactive CPA, and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from St. Cloud State University. You can reach Dick at

Laurie Ohmann, Vice President of Community Partnerships
Laurie leads Community Partnership initiatives at Catholic Charities where the focus is on forging new as well as building stronger, strategic relationships with other partners who collectively prevent crises related to poverty, support individuals and families on their path out of poverty, and call the community to provide opportunity for all. Laurie brings a wealth of strategy development and service redesign experience from her two decades of work across the country with the St. Paul-based Public Strategies Group (PSG), where she also served as the company's most recent CEO. Through PSG, Laurie worked with numerous federal, state and local governments and non-profits to focus their work on improving results, including the Minneapolis Public Schools, the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, several Minnesota foundations on early childhood and education issues, and numerous county and state governments' performance and budgeting challenges. Laurie also brings direct experience in the human service sector, including work with the Salvation Army, housing development and the Minnesota Center for Crime Victim Services. Laurie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. You can contact Laurie at

Tina Palmer, Senior Director of Development
Tina leads the Catholic Charities Development team where she directly oversees all engagement, solicitation and stewardship of individual donors, corporate and foundation funders, churches, civic organizations and planned giving donors. These generous donors provide more than 30% of the funding needed for Catholic Charities to serve those most in need throughout the Twin Cities. Tina brings 15 years of non-profit development experience to Catholic Charities as well as leadership experience with the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato and has a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. You can contact Tina at

Jessie Sorensen, Vice President of Development and External Affairs
Jessie leads the Catholic Charities teams responsible for private fundraising and resource development, communications, media relations, marketing and events. In her role, Jessie works with individuals and organizations throughout the Twin Cities region to build awareness, support and partnerships to advance our vision of a community where there is poverty for no one and opportunity for everyone. She has been actively involved in community and civic affairs, starting her career in public service for the State of Minnesota and working alongside business, civic and nonprofit leaders as a public affairs and communications executive.  Jessie is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is an alumna of the MN Chamber of Commerce Leadership Minnesota program. Jessie also is a former member of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors. Contact Jessie at

Mary Ann Sullivan, Vice President of Client Services
Mary Ann leads the Catholic Charities staff and programs that provide direct services to those most in need, including people experiencing homelessness, children in need, older adults, immigrants and refugees. Under Mary Ann’s leadership, Catholic Charities works to provide the highest quality of professional social services to our clients while making the most responsible, efficient use of our financial and human resources. Mary Ann brings more than 30 years of experience to her role, including a variety of positions at Catholic Charities. She began her career as a psychiatric social worker at Middlesex State Hospital in Middletown, Conn. Mary Ann holds a B.A. in Social Work from the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville, MN and a M.S. W. from St. Louis University School of Social work. You can contact Mary Ann at

Kathleen Tomlin, Vice President for Social Justice Advocacy
Kathy leads the Catholic Charities team responsible for social justice advocacy, external research, policy analysis, issue education, parish leadership development and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. She is responsible for identifying public policies and solutions that integrate the needs of the clients we serve, the issues faced by residents of the Twin Cities region and the program work of the agency. Working with Catholic Charities’ direct client service staff, board of directors and community partners, Catholic Charities prioritizes advocacy efforts that will have the greatest impact on those most in need and on the greater community. Kathy brings years of experience in public policy and community education. She has served on a number of national and local boards and coalitions working to improve the lives of people in need. Kathy holds degrees from Fontbonne University and the University of Notre Dame. You can contact Kathy at

Diana Vance-Bryan, Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Diana leads the human resource, information technology, legal/compliance, facilities management, procurement, finance and accounting teams at Catholic Charities. Under Diana’s leadership, Catholic Charities utilizes a strategy management system and best practices to support our commitment to deliver high quality services and outcomes that improve the lives of those we serve and strengthen the entire community. Diana brings more than 25 years of experience in service, manufacturing and healthcare industries, working in leadership roles with for profit and non-profit organizations. She is a lifelong volunteer and currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, Hudson Hospital & Clinics and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation. Diana is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, and the University of Iowa Colleges of Law and Nursing. You can contact Diana at

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