Executive Team

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Catholic Charities of Tennessee website. We hope that you easily find the information you are seeking, whether for yourself or for someone you know who is in need. If you are seeking to find a way to give back, we would be grateful if you chose to become a volunteer, a donor, or both.

We are proud of our work in the community. Our goal is to enable people to rise above barriers and to achieve self-sustainability. We do that with a broad spectrum of services in various locations in the mid-state area–one day at a time, one person at a time, and one family at a time. Our tagline inspires us: ““Love, Hope, Healing.”

Our Catholic Charities staff is an ecumenical one, comprising professionals of various faith traditions, who are experts in their fields. Our remarkable staff exemplifies our mission every day: Following Christ’s example, we recognize the dignity of all people and serve our neighbors. We serve all, without regard for faith tradition.

Catholic Charities is recognized as a top 25 nonprofit and the largest social services provider in the region. We rely on charitable donations from the community, as well as funding from multiple local, state, and federal agencies.

Judy Orr
Executive Director

Catholic Charities of Tennessee Senior Staff

Judy K. Orr, LSMW, Executive Director

Kellye Branson, Refugee and Immigration Services Director

John Michael Ford, Outcomes & Contract Management Director

Loleetha Gilbert, County Expansion Program Director

Gene Gillespie, Development Director

Keith King, Community Relations Director

Shirley Lopehandia, Operations Director

Heatlher Mencke, Short Term Services Manager.

Kimberly Morris, LCSW, Clinical Services Director

Debra Morrow, Financial Services and Contract Compliance Director

Louisa Saratora, State Refugee Coordinator