MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROGRAMS
Anita A. Hassell, MBA, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
Anita Hassell has worked for the Catholic Charities for the past 10 years in the positions of Associate Diocesan Director, Chief Program Officer, Chief Operating Officer and most recently as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to moving to Fernandina Beach in 2006 she served the deaf and hard of hearing communities of Dade County as the Executive Director of Deaf Services Bureau, Inc. Prior to that she worked for 10 years at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami where she held progressively responsible positions up to the position of Division Director overseeing an annual budget of over 13 million dollars. She has diverse experience in program development, management of human resources, public relations, fiscal and contract management, strategic planning, accreditation, and mission effectiveness. Anita has a master’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Business Administration. She is also a Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation.
Mary Edda Day,
CPA, CITP, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Mary Edda Day is the Chief Financial Officer for the Catholic Charities. She received her BA in Accounting Information Systems from the University of West Florida and her MBA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of North Florida. She holds a Certified Public Accountant License and an Information Technology Profession Certification. MaryEdda is a member of the FICPA, a member of the FICPA non-profit conference committee, and a member of the AICPA. MaryEdda received the Ultimate CFO award given by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2010 for her work with consolidation of the financials for the 4 regional offices. She has been with Catholic Charities for 20 years.
Danah Gammage, MPA
Chief Operating Officer
Danah Gammage is a Jacksonville native who has a deep love for our community. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Florida. Her passion has always been nonprofit management and she has over twenty years of experience working in non-profits in a variety of capacities. She has extensive experience working with accreditation, compliance, strategic planning, policy development, evaluation, training, HR and risk management. She feels that it is a joy to come to work every day and play a small part in an organization that positively impacts the lives of so many individuals in need.
Denise G. Fanning
Gainesville Regional Office
Denise Fanning is a Marine combat veteran, moved to Gainesville in 2008 from her native state of Texas and graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in psychology. She began her nonprofit career in 2011 and has gained experience from every position she has held, from medical and dental case management, program development and management, and budgeting. She joined the Catholic Charities family in November of 2020, as the first director for our Emergency Assistance programs. “Catholic Charities is one organization that truly embodies an ethos of providing compassionate services to our communities. I am fortunate to be a part of such an amazing and caring organization.”
Jacksonville Regional Office
Lori Weber took the helm of Catholic Charities Jacksonville in 2021. Her decades-long career has cultivated senior leadership expertise through diverse business and nonprofit sectors – most notably through her time with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the ACF Education Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). A life-long Catholic and 20-year resident of Jacksonville, Weber is a devoted parishioner at San Juan Del Rio. The Wisconsin native holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Suzanne M. Edwards, MA
Lake City Regional Office
Suzanne was born and raised in South Florida and moved to rural North Florida as an adult. Suzanne’s previously worked in banking and management for over 19 years. She has been at Catholic Charities Lake City Regional office for over 18 years. Being involved in helping those in need has been one of her most rewarding life choices. Suzanne has a master’s degree In Arts.
St. Augustine Regional Office
Tara Provini has been a resident of St. Augustine for more than 30 years and holds a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education. With a passion to help others and management skills, Tara has more than 15 years’ experience working with local nonprofit agencies in areas including family case management, behavior specialist, and program coordinator for adults with special needs. She joined Catholic Charities at the St. Augustine Regional Office in 2017 holding positions as Disaster Case Manager, Coordinator, Administrative Manager, and most recently, Regional Director. When not working, Tara enjoys activities with her family and two children, spending time at the beach, camping, and traveling.