Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler is thrilled to announce new leadership! Starting with our new Executive Director, Nancy Koons. Ms. Koons comes to us from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she was the Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma.  Prior to that she served as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle; overseeing programs which focused on refugee resettlement, immigration services, emergency shelters, hunger initiatives, and affordable housing, to name a few.  Ms. Koons also has direct experience and responsibility in overseeing stewardship and development, as well as having been a fundraising consultant.

Ms. Koons is excited to be in our area to be closer to family, is looking forward to our four seasons and is proud to once again be a part of the Catholic Charities network.  She started in her new role on May 18th. “I am looking forward to working with the incredible Catholic Charities’ staff, as well as meeting all those who support this critical work in the community,” states Ms. Koons. “Having worked for the Catholic Church for over 30 years, I am delighted to be back in a Catholic Charities agency – working with staff, donors and volunteers to further the mission of providing help and creating hope in Chemung and Schuyler Counties.”

Greg Stewart, Board Chairperson, “We are excited to welcome Nancy to the Southern Tier to lead our organization.  She is a vibrant, passionate individual bringing lots of enthusiasm and experience in leading and serving others.”

In addition, Catholic Charities is also excited to announce the appointment of Ashley Kerrick as the Director of Schuyler County Services. Ms. Kerrick has been in Human Services for 14 years, in a range of capacities from schools to inpatient psychiatric care. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services from Corning Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Kerrick has been with Catholic Charities for seven years and held several positions during that time, including a Housing Case Manager, Street Outreach Worker, Shelter Supervisor and now the Director of Schuyler County Services.

“After a widespread search to find the most qualified person, we are excited to welcome Ashley to lead our services in Schuyler County,” responds Bruce Boughton, Schuyler County Advisory Board Chairperson. “Her fresh perspective and extensive experience in housing and mental health makes her an excellent fit for the position.”

Ms. Kerrick adds, “To have the opportunity to lead in an organization that is so instrumental in meeting the needs of the community is an honor. I am eager to bring a fresh perspective to a place where I’ve felt such a strong sense of community already. I look forward to continuing the mission of Catholic Charities while collaborating with valuable community partners to improve the lives of those who need us most in Schuyler County.”