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Welcome our new board members

St. Cloud, MN. – Catholic Charities welcomes five new board members. Edith Hernandez-Fussy, Royalton; Darren Heying, St. Joseph; Tamara Huesers, St. Joseph; Fr. Glenn Krystosek, Paynesville; and Jill Smith, Sartell, have recently joined the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud.
Catholic Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Diocese of St. Cloud, a 16-county area across the heart of Central Minnesota.
Edith Hernandez-Fussy is an attorney at Hernandez Law Firm who plans to become an advocate for Catholic Charities in the business community. “I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those Catholic Charities seeks to serve.” She feels her collaborative, multicultural perspective will be an asset to the Board and help in continuing Catholic Charities’ mission.
“I am impressed by the number of programs offered by Catholic Charities and the breadth of the services provided to help those in need,” said Darren Heying. Heying is the President and CEO of Sentry Bank. “Through my attendance at Catholic Charities Benefit Breakfast and my wife’s experience as a social worker, I am aware of the great work being done by Catholic Charities.  By joining the Board of Directors, I feel that I can provide assistance to ensure that this great work continues.”
HeusersTamara Huesers’ work as an on-call social worker as well as her ongoing volunteerism in the community led her to join the Board, “I feel blessed to be asked to be part of the Catholic Charities’ Board.  The ability to hear, see, learn, participate and continue to inform our community of the multitude of resources that can be available to so many generations is humbling.”
Father Glenn Krystosek, pastor at the Church of St. Louis in Paynesville, is impressed with the immensity and vastness of Catholic Charities. “It is exciting to be part of an organization that has helped so many over the years.” He says that he looks forward to learning more about Catholic Charities’ outreach programs and fundraising efforts to support its work.
Jill Smith is the Practice Administrator for Sartell Pediatrics. She joined Catholic Charities’ Board of Directors in the fall of 2015 and says that she is also impressed with the size and depth of the services offered by Catholic Charities. “Catholic Charities programming is agile, and has a deep history of serving the community and its residents where it’s needed most.  I believe that agility is an extremely important, yet challenging, quality for organizations to maintain – especially while standing true to its mission.”