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Kim Pozniak
Catholic Relief Services
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Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Bishop Oscar Azarcón Solís join second-term member
Bishop James Johnston, Jr. and non-episcopal director Geraldine Carolan

BALTIMORE, MD, November 15, 2018 -- Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop of the Military Services, USA, and Bishop Oscar Azarcón Solís, Bishop of Salt Lake City, were elected new members of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Their three-year terms begin January 1, 2019. They join Bishop James Johnston, Jr., who was re-elected for a second term.

Archbishop Broglio was installed as Archbishop of the Military Services, USA, in 2008. In 2001, he was named Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; in the same role in Asuncion, Paraguay; and as Chief of Cabinet for Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to Pope John Paul II and desk officer for Central America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Boston College and an S.T.B. in Theology and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He previously served on CRS’ Board from 2009 to 2011. At USCCB, he chairs the Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Bishop Solis was installed as the Tenth Bishop of Salt Lake City in 2017. After being ordained as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2004, he became the first Filipino-American bishop ordained in the U.S. After studies at Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City and the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 in San Jose City, Philippines.

Bishop Johnston was first elected to the CRS Board for service beginning in 2016. Since then, he has served on the Overseas Operations committee and Budget and Finance Committee and traveled to India with CRS.

Also new to the CRS Board is Geraldine P. Carolan of Peachtree City, GA, who was elected by the board in September 2018. Carolan is the retired Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Labor, Employment and Benefits at The Coca-Cola Company. She previously served as the Vice President of Labor Relations at Delta Air Lines where she spent the majority of her career. She earned her law degree from Seattle University in 1984 and currently works as a pro bono immigration attorney in Atlanta. She is an active parishioner at Holy Trinity in Peachtree City, GA. In 1999, Carolan and her family hosted a family of 11 refugees from Kosovo and she has since continued to assist in refugee resettlements.

“I look forward to working with these distinguished Catholic leaders,” said Bishop Gregory J. Mansour, Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn and chairman of the CRS board. “I know all of them will bring an enormous amount of knowledge and wisdom to the CRS board and it’s a privilege to serve alongside the first Filipino-American bishop, bringing us closer to the Filipino community in the U.S. and the hundreds of thousands of people CRS serves in the Philippines.”

CRS extends its thanks for the service of Kevin Farrell, Charmaine Warmenhoven, Bishop Joe Vásquez, and Bishop Arthur Serratelli, who are leaving the CRS board at the end of the year.  Their recent travels with CRS have included Nepal (Farrell), Guatemala (Warmenhoven), and El Salvador (Vásquez). Farrell and Warmenhoven both served six years on the CRS Board, chairing the Budget and Finance Committee and Governance and Nominations Committee, respectively.

“I am very grateful to Bishop Joe Vásquez and the work he’s done on behalf of Migration and Refugee Services to support our brothers and sisters in need overseas. He, like Bishop Serratelli, was an active and engaged member of the board,” Mansour said.


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.  For more information, visit or and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media: Facebook, Twitter at @CatholicRelief, @CRSnews and @CRSnoticias, InstagramPinterest and YouTube.

Kim Pozniak

Director of Communications

Kim Pozniak
November 14, 2018

Based in Baltimore, MD

As the Director of Communications, Kim oversees the communications and social media teams working with journalists and the media to connect them with engaging stories about relief and development programs that are making a tangible difference in people’s lives around the world.

Her previous work at CRS includes handling emergency...More