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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Ann Marie Byrd named Development Director for Catholic Charities

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 5, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Ann Marie Byrd (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)

Ann Marie Byrd is Catholic Charities’ new Development Director.

Since her start date on Nov. 1, Byrd has been engaging the community, informing its members about the work of Catholic Charities and the people the agency serves through its 15 programs.

“This position is really a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to the community and the surrounding areas,” said Byrd. “It’s good for my soul.”

In early 2008, Development Director Loreen McFaul requested a shift of her work focus to continue managing the public relations and marketing efforts for Catholic Charities, while allowing the addition of a full-time Development Director.

Dr. Rob McCann, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director, said the organization is “truly blessed to have the ability to keep Loreen in the agency. She has been a key leader in building the development department into the modern, effective group that it is today and we are all excited that she can still be an essential part of the work of telling the story of Catholic Charities.”

Byrd’s tasks as Development Director will include introducing the new Catholic Charities Gala, a spring “friend-raiser” dinner and dance that will combine the Spirit of St. Patrick party and the Bishop’s Dinner into one event. She will also reach out to the corporate world, making companies aware of the good work of Catholic Charities.

Byrd said that her job is made easier by the fact that she is surrounded by Catholic Charities program directors who believe in the mission and work to fulfill it.

“We were lucky to get somebody of Ann Marie’s caliber for our Development Director position,” said Dr. McCann. “It is one of the most important jobs in the agency and Ann Marie has already hit the ground running and made a noticeable positive impact.”

Growing Catholic Charities’ foundations, grants, and donor levels is another goal Byrd will work to achieve. She also intends to continue to make the annual Christmas Collection a meaningful tool, and to continue the valuable work of the Christmas Bureau and of all Catholic Charities’ essential volunteers.

“It’s fulfilling something I’ve always felt I was meant to do,” said Byrd.

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