Mary Ellen Andersen to retire from Diocese of Youngstown
Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:00

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FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT  Novemver 3, 2016
SUBJECT         Mary Ellen Andersen to Retire from Diocese of Youngstown
MORE INFO     Rev. David J. Bergner SDS, Vicar for Social Concerns
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Mary Ellen Andersen to retire from Diocese of Youngstown after more than thirty years of service.

Rev. David J. Bergner, SDS, Vicar for Social Concerns, Diocese of Youngstown, announces the retirement of Mary Ellen (Meg) Andersen, Diocesan Director of Social Services and President/CEO of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation, effective February 1, 2017.

After spending five years in Catholic and public school education, Mrs. Andersen began her career with Catholic Charities, serving as the Executive Director of the Catholic Service League of Ashtabula County (1986-1990) and Family and Community Services of Catholic Charities of Portage County (1990-1993).  In 1993, Mrs. Andersen was hired as the Diocesan Director of Social Services, responsible for coordinating the delivery of Catholic social services throughout the six-county Diocese of Youngstown.

Following a restructuring of Catholic Charities in 1999, Mrs. Andersen assumed the role of President/CEO of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation in addition to her role as Director of Social Services.  Both positions simultaneously promote the mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown by providing leadership and oversight for three Catholic Charities social service agencies, one housing corporation, and Catholic Charities Legal Immigration Services.

 Having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Gannon University in Erie, PA, Mrs. Andersen also attended the Mandel School for Non-Profit Administration at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.  In addition, she holds a Master’s Certificate in Religious Education.

Over the course of her tenure with Catholic Charities, Mrs. Andersen served on various committees and boards, including the Catholic Conference of Ohio’s Department of Social Concerns, assisting as the chairperson from 1997-1999; Ohio Governor Bob Taft’s Task Force on Faith-Based Initiatives; and Villa Maria Residential Services Board.

 In addition to her service on the state and local level, Mrs. Andersen has been extensively involved with Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA).  She participated in Catholic Charities USA’s Advanced Leadership Institute, as well as CCUSA’s collaborative program with the University of Notre Dame, From Mission to Service, where she completed a curriculum on mission-based leadership and organizational development.  This past year, she assisted the CCUSA national staff with new diocesan director orientation.  She has served as chairperson of CCUSA’s Committee on Economic Justice for Women, and currently acts as vice-chairperson of CCUSA’s Executive Council of Diocesan Directors. 

 “I have been blessed with a rich and rewarding career with Catholic Charities.  Not only have I had the opportunity to live out my faith on a daily basis promoting the Church’s work of charity and justice, I have seen first-hand the impact Catholic Charities has had on the lives of children and families in poverty,” Mrs. Andersen states.

 “Although the responsibility of serving the poor can be overwhelming and challenging at times, I am confident that with the commitment and dedication of current leadership, Catholic Charities will continue to provide help and create hope for the thousands of people it serves each year throughout the in the Youngstown Diocese.”

 Mrs. Andersen and her husband, Michael, reside in Warren and are members of Blessed Sacrament Parish.  The Andersens have two children, Mr. Michael Andersen (Patti) of Ashtabula, and Dr. Laura Musser (Tom Lipka) of Canfield.  The couple has six grandchildren.