Board of Directors

Current Diocesan Board

Patrick Schlenker- President and Interim Director Jane Hayes, Vice President John Godlewski- Treasurer Dale Knee- Secretary Margaret Neubauer - Immediate Past President  ——— Pensacola Regional President Tom Weidenhamer – Ft. Walton Beach Regional President Mark McRorie – Panama City Region President Ladanya Ramirez-Surmeier – Tallahassee Region President Gabe Brown - Pensacola Regional Rep. Tom McLaughlin – Ft. Walton Beach Regional Rep. Mark Gutcher – Panama City Regional Rep. Jerome Todd – Tallahassee Regional Rep. Maria Pouncey- At Large Karen Emmanuel – At Large Elizabeth Kuehn – At Large Father Kevin McQuone – Priest

Patrick Schlenker - President and Interim Director

Mr. Schlenker has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance. He has worked in healthcare for over 46 years and most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, FL. Patrick is now retired. He has served in various administrative positions to include Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Support and Clinical Services, and Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the 500 bed Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL. He and his wife are members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Milton, FL.

Jane Hayes - Vice President

Jane has a bachelor’s degree in government and an MPA from Florida State University. She retired from the State of Florida after serving 20 years as a policy and budget advisor with the Governor’s Office and the Florida Senate. She currently provides consulting services on an interim basis. She is a member of the Catholic Charities Tallahassee board and has served as the Regional Representative. She is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a member of Our Lady of Grace- Legion of Mary Praesedium. She has been married to her husband Bill Crona for over 30 years.

Dale Knee - Secretary

Mr. Knee is President and CEO of Covenant hospice. He has been a healthcare administrator for over 36 years. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospital Administration and a Masters in Health Services Administration and is a Doctoral Candidate in Health Care Administration. He has served as president and CEO for Covenant hospice since 1993, and is also one of the managing partners of the Studor Covenant Alliance, LLC. He has been an Adjunct in the School of Public Healthcare Administration and Policy and an Adjunct in the School of Public Health for the University of West Florida since 1994, and is a founding member of the UWF Center for Aging Studies.

Margaret Neubauer – Immediate Past President

Mrs. Neubauer has worked with her husband, Tom, in their real estate brokerage company in Panama City since 1977. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology from Florida State University, is a licensed real estate broker and has earned the Certified Relocation Professional designation from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council for her work with relocating families. Margaret has served on the Regional and Diocesan Catholic Charities Boards, is the current chairman of the St. Dominic Catholic Church Finance Council, and has served on and chaired a variety of community boards and organizations.

Tom Weidenhamer - Ft. Walton Beach Regional President

Tom has  served together on the board and with fund-raising with the Regional Office in Fort Walton. He and his wife are the owners of SOS Printing and have provided for our printing needs for many years. He attends Corpus Christi Parish in Destin, FL and serves on the Parish Council.

Mark McRorie – Panama City Regional President

Mr. McRorie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Accounting. He is also a Certified Chartered Financial Consultant, (CHFC), and a Certified Program Management Professional, PMP, from the Project Management Institute, (PMI). For the past 20 years Mark has been a Regional Vice President with Oracle Corporation, managing their consulting business for High Tech Industries in North America. Mark also is an owner of one of the premier Beach Front Restaurants in Panama City. Besides his role as President of the Board of Directors for the Panama City Regional office, he also is the President of the Board of Directors for Fox Trace, which is an apartment housing complex donated to the Panama City regional offices.

Ladanya Ramirez-Surmeier – Tallahassee Regional President

Gabe Brown – Pensacola Regional Representative

Gabe is a leader in the Pensacola area, especially in the African American community. He currently serves as the Diocesan Director for Black Catholic’s and is also the Choir Director at St. Joseph’s Church in Pensacola. He is currently employed with ECUA and is a member on the Pensacola Regional Board

Mark Gutcher- Panama City Regional Representative

Mark is the Parish Administrator for St. Dominic Catholic Church and recently retired from the Florida Air National Guard after 22 years of active service. He has a Bachelor degree in English from the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters of Management from Troy State University.  He serves as the Vice President of the Catholic Charities Regional Board in Panama City, FL.  He is a past Grand Knight and Former Faithful Navigator for the Knights of Columbus and active in a variety of St. Dominic ministries and other community organizations.

Tom McLaughlin – Ft. Walton Beach Regional Representative

Jerome Todd – Tallahassee Regional Representative

Mr. Todd relocated to the Tallahassee area in 1994. He is a member of the United States Marine Corps (Retired), and he is a retired State of Florida employee (Agency for Health Care Administration). His education includes an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). His activities includes the Catholic Charities of Northeast Florida (Regional Representative to the Dioceses Board of Directors), Good Shepherd’s Pastoral Council, (Pastoral Coordinator), Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton’s Parish Council, (Vice President), Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church’s Legion of Mary (Our Lady of Grace Presidium) and parishioner of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Thomas More. Mr. Todd is also a Knight of Columbus (4th Degree).

Maria Pouncey – At Large

Maria currently serves as the Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) and is recognized as one of the most influential and prominent leaders in the Hispanic community in NWFL.  Maria has a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University, a Master’s in Special Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has been frequently recognized for her work in NWFL by the Mexican Government, Florida Hispanic & Migrant Advocacy groups, Florida Education Secretary and local Tallahassee area leaders. She previously served on the Tallahassee Regional Board for Catholic Charities in late 1990’s and early 2000.  She was past Parish Council President at St. Thomas the Apostle in Quincy and is a current member at Good Shepherd in Tallahassee.

Karen Emmanuel – At Large

Elizabeth Kuehn – At Large

Fr. Kevin McQuone

Fr. Kevin McQuone was ordained in 2010 and began serving as parochial vicar at St. Dominic in Panama City. He served on the regional board for Catholic Charities in Panama City from 2011-2013. In 2013 he was reassigned to serve as parochial vicar at St. Paul parish and was appointed by the bishop to the Diocesan board where he currently serves.