Our ChangeMaker this week is Sister Donna Markham, the President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. She is the first female president in the organization’s 110-year history, that is one of the largest nonprofit charitable organizations in the country. Sister Donna leads a network of agencies throughout the U.S. that advocate for social justice and provides services for people in need: from adoption and pregnancy care to housing, senior care, disaster relief, and more.
About Sister Donna:
Sister Donna Markham, OP is currently President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, one of the largest nonprofit charitable organizations in the country. Each year Catholic Charities provides over $5.1B in services to over 15 million people struggling with poverty in this country. Prior to coming to CCUSA in June 2015, Sister Donna served as President of the Behavioral Health Institute for Mercy Health System, Cincinnati, Ohio. In that capacity she was responsible for the transformation of the delivery of behavioral health services across the seven geographic regions of the health system. In addition to being a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist, she has been named a Fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychology and of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. For 10 years she led the Southdown Institute in Ontario, Canada, treating clergy and religious suffering from serious emotional illness. She has served as the Prioress General of the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Donna has dedicated the majority of her life as a Dominican sister and clinical psychologist to the ministry of personal and global healing, helping to foster both personal and organizational change. She is actively engaged in global peace initiatives and processes of reconciliation that have taken her throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She writes extensively and speaks both nationally and internationally on the interface between spirituality, group processes and strategies for organizational transformation and reconciliation, especially as this affects persons who marginalized or dispossessed.
She is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates and has been named one of the Top 50 nonprofit leaders in the US by the NonProfit Times.
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