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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, Nov. 17, 2020 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) welcomes nine new board members to its Board of Directors.

The following were elected during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) annual meeting Monday to serve three-year terms beginning in January: Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R, of Newark; Bishop Brendan Cahill of Victoria, Texas; Bishop Octavio Cisneros of Brooklyn; Bishop Daniel Garcia of Monterey; and Bishop Luis Zamara of Raleigh. In addition, Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill, who was elected General Secretary of the USCCB for a five-year term, will automatically serve on CRS’ board as its secretary, effective at the conclusion of USCCB’s meeting.

These new episcopal board members join Christina Lamas, executive director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry; John Scheid, CEO of Scheid Investment Group; and Dr. Richard Win Tun Kyi, executive director of the Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (Caritas Myanmar), the newest lay members of the CRS board elected in September to three-year terms beginning in January. Kyi is also CRS’ first overseas board member.

“We are thrilled by the commitment and dedication of our board members who support our Catholic identity, advocate for critical priorities, and fundraise on behalf of those most in need globally,” said Sean Callahan, CRS’ CEO and president. “The newly appointed episcopal board members represent this tradition as well as the diversity of the Catholic Church in United States.  I am confident CRS we will be a better humanitarian and development organization of the Catholic Church through their leadership.”

The latest additions bring the total number of CRS board members to 25, with Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport continuing to serve as board chair and Geraldine Carolan serving as vice chair. Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma–Thibodaux, have been reelected to second terms.

CRS extends its thanks for the service of Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami; Bishop Edward Burns of Dallas; Bishop Felipe Estévez of St. Augustine; Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Ft. Wayne-South Bend; Dr. Patricia Dinneen; and Chris Policinski, who are leaving the CRS board at the end of the year. In addition, CRS thanks Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, whose service ends this week.

“CRS, and I personally, recognize the substantial contributions these board members have made to the governance of the agency, its Catholic identity and its mission of service,” Callahan said. “These leaders have traveled, advocated and ensured the compassion and solidarity of the U.S. Catholic Church is ever-present to local churches and communities, especially during critical moments of need.  We are a better agency for their contributions, and their legacies will live on.”


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 in English at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube; and in Spanish at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Nikki Gamer

Media Relations Manager

Nikki Gamer
November 16, 2020

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Media Relations Manager for CRS and connects journalists to regional stories and sources related to the agency’s life-saving development work. Previously, Nikki worked as the Communications Officer for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. She has covered CRS’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass displacement of...More