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New leadership for Catholic Charities board

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Two longtime board members who helped diocesan Catholic Charities grow into the thriving ministry it is today are leaving the board at the end of March.

Dr. Linda McMahon, professor emerita and vice president for student life for more than 25 years at Marymount University in Arlington, has been on the board since 1991 and was chairman from 2003 to 2011. Rick Kaplar, president and CEO of the Media Institute in Arlington, joined the board in 1999 and has been chairman since 2011. 

In 2014, Kaplar challenged the board to adopt a visionary goal of increasing Catholic Charities’ annual revenue from $8 million to $16 million by the end of 2020 to effectively double the services provided and clients served. The board met the challenge. As of June 30, 2020, annual revenue was $16.3 million.

“For three decades Catholic Charities has benefited from and grown more than twofold with the extraordinary, visionary leadership” of Kaplar and McMahon, said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, who noted their more than 51 years of combined service. 

The new board chairman is Ronald Riggins, a bank consultant who is a parishioner of Church of the Nativity in Burke. A member of the board for 12 years, he has been chairman of the advancement and communications committee for nine years. He and his wife, Terry, who works for the diocese, have three grown children and two grandchildren.       

The new vice chairman is Kelly McKeague, a parishioner of St. Rita Church in Alexandria who has been on the board since 2016. A 34-year Air Force veteran, he is currently a civilian employee in the Department of Defense. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 36 years; they have four adult children and one granddaughter. 

Bishop Burbidge said he has great confidence in Riggins and McKeague and their partnership with the agency’s new president and CEO, Stephen Carattini. “By God’s grace, Catholic Charities will continue to deepen and expand its ministries to ensure those most in need receive the care and attention our faith compels,” Bishop Burbidge said. 


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021