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Catholic Charities of Omaha names new executive director

Catholic Charities of Omaha has appointed Jerry Pape to the position of executive director.

Pape joined the agency in May 2006 as director of strategic initiatives and became interim executive director in March 2007.

"A nationwide search was conducted for the executive director position," said Anne Steinhoff, board president. "We discovered the best candidate was already in our midst."

Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Pape served as president of THT Designs, Inc., in Omaha. He held that position from 1998 to 2005, focusing on strategic management and employee development. Pape also has been employed by Cabela's and South Dakota-based Van Dyke's Subsidiary.

An Omaha native, Pape holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a certified public accountant.

"Jerry is a proven leader with a wealth of management expertise and a strong commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities," said Father Gregory Baxter, moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese of Omaha. "The agency will benefit greatly from Jerry's dynamic and innovative leadership as its new executive director."

Pape says Catholic Charities has been a leader in serving those most in need for over 80 years.

"I look forward to leading a dedicated staff as we address the future needs of our communities and am confident Catholic Charities will continue to play a critical role in addressing poverty in northeast Nebraska," he said.

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