Board of Directors

Current Diocesan Board

Patrick Schlenker – Chairperson 

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 Chairperson

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.

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.

Karen O. Emmanuel

Karen O. Emmanuel is the General Counsel and Corporate Responsibility Officer for Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Florida. She graduated Magna Cum Laude (Phi Beta Kappa) from Wake Forest University, and received a J.D. Degree from George Washington University. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Florida Bars. She is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Health Law. She served on the Executive Council of the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar, and served as Chair of that Section in 1996-1997. She also served on the Florida Bar Health Law Board Certification Committee for three years. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Prior to her current position, Ms. Emmanuel was a partner in the law firm of Emmanuel, Sheppard and Condon, Pensacola, Florida, where a substantial portion of her practice was in the area of health care law, representing physicians, hospitals, and other institutional providers. She has been active in a number of community organizations, including Junior Achievement, Ronald McDonald House, Covenant Hospice, and the American Diabetes Association.

Major Jerome Todd (Ret.)

Mr. Todd is retired from the Agency for Health Care Administration and is actively engaged in multiple parishes in Tallahassee, including Good Shepherd, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Blessed Sacrament and the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More.

He has served as a Friend of Catholic Charities of NW Florida for over a year and a half. He has been instrumental in fostering our strong partnership with the Mercy & Justice Team at Good Shepherd. Thanks to his involvement they have contributed significant time and treasure to support our refugee families. He is also a former Board Member of the Catholic Charities of NW Florida Board of Directors serving as the former Eastern Deanery Representative. During his time on the Board he never missed a meeting and served on the policy review committee.

In addition to his work with Catholic Charities, Mr. Todd is a Fourth Degree Knight of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus, on the Parish Pastoral Council at Good Shepherd, a member of the Legion of Mary at Blessed Sacrament, and a long time parishioner of the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More.

Rowena Trzeciak

Rowena Trzeciak is currently the manager of St. Dominic Media Production Center Radio. She served as the Production Manager for Catholic In America, a TV program evangelizing to non-Catholics and fallen away Catholics from February 2008 — May 2014.

Rowena has lived in Bay County since August 1972, is an active member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and has been married to her husband, Jim, for 36 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.

In February 2008, Rowena retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center as the Senior Logistics Manager for Naval Special Warfare after 37 years of civil service, supporting the SEAL Delivery Vehicle, MK V Special Operations Craft, and Rigid Inflatable Boat programs.

Rowena, along with her husband and son, are owners of Callaway Lawn Equipment located on Tyndall Parkway in Panama City. She also served on the Catholic Charities Regional Board of Directors in Panama City, from 2010 to 2012 and returned to Catholic Charities in 2013 to serve as a committee member to help raise awareness within the parishes and community of the mission and ministry of Catholic Charities as well as to recruit volunteers.


Christopher Root – Member-At-Large / C.E.O.

He has a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from Michigan State University.  Christopher has a deep-seated Catholic faith, wide breadth of social programming knowledge and a strong managerial track record that makes him the right choice for Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida.