Who we are

mission statement

The Mission of Catholic Charities of Orange County is to serve people in need, strengthen family and community, support parish ministries, and to extend God’s love to all

vision statement

Catholic Charities of Orange County will be a center of excellence in providing quality services to those in need, increasing the dignity of those served.

Catholic Charities lives out its mission in three distinct ways:

  1. Provides quality professional social services to individuals and families to transform hopelessness and despair into self-reliance and optimism.
  2. Advocates for justice and respect to transform social structures so that human dignity, reverence for family life and community well-being are embraced.
  3. Expands knowledge, providing education and resources to assist Catholic parishes to live out the Gospel’s call to practice works of charity and justice.

Board of Trustees (2018-19):


Most Reverend Kevin Vann

Vicar for Charities

Rev. Edward Poettgen


Mr. Patrick Imburgia – Chairman

Business owner of Mission Flavors; parishioner at St. Kilian.

Mr. John Heffernan – Vice Chairman

Attorney; Partner in law firm Heffernan and Boortz; Real Estate Broker; Board member: Second Harvest Food Bank, Goodwill Industries, Verbum Dei High School, De la Salle North Catholic High School in Portland; former mayor of Newport Beach; Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish.

Sr. Mary Therese Sweeney, CSJ – Immediate Past Chair 

Director of Mental Health, St. Joseph Health; Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange; serves in a number of boards and advisory committees on Mental Health.

Ms. Mary Aileen Matheis – Secretary

Lawyer; Director, Irvine Ranch Water District; Eucharistic minister and Lector at St. John Neumann.

Mr. Brian Hogan – Treasurer

Self-employed Lawyer, Hogan Law Group; parishioner at St. Timothy.

Mr. Mark Jablonski – Member-at-Large

Senior Vice President of Mission Integration at St. Jude Medical Center; parishioner at St. Martin de Porres.

Fr. Ed Poettgen – Vicar for Charities

Vicar of Charities, Pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Anaheim; 2016 Chair of the Orange County Community Housing Corporation ; Board Member, Comunidad Latina Federal Credit Union.

Executive Director

Teresa “Tita” Smith, MSW, LCSW

Tel: 714-347-9680 Email: tsmith@ccoc.org

Executive Assistant

Rebecca “Becky” Tamondong, MA Ed.

Tel: 714-347-9628 Email: rtamondong@ccoc.org

Director of Finance

Zenaida Yolo, CPA, Inactive

Tel: 714-347-9648 Email: zyolo@ccoc.org  


Mrs. Kathie Benoe

President, Catholic Charities Auxiliary 2016-2017; an active parishioner of St. John Neumann Church, Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre; volunteer worker with St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus Council, Families Forward.

Mrs. Mary Brunson

Accredited Investment Fiduciary; Vice President, Investing for Catholics; Marketing Director in Financial Services; parishioner at St. Thomas More.

Mr. Carlos Carney

CPA, Carney and Associates; CCOC Finance Committee Chair; Knight of Columbus; Member, Diocesan Mental Health Advisory Board; City of Irvine Investment Advisory Council; parishioner at St. John Neumann.

Deacon Frank Chavez

Director of the Diocesan Office of the Diaconate; CCOC Program Committee Chair; belongs to the Christ Cathedral Parish.

Mrs. Gladys Gutierrez-Teske

Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Share Our Selves (S.O.S.); Owner of, and Private Mental Health Practitioner with, Intraspero Family Services; Community Service and Church Service Volunteer at Sts. Simon & Jude Church.  



Mr. Oliver Lopez

Mr. Steve Luchetta

Director of Business Development at MATT Construction Company; Knight of Columbus; Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; parishioner at St. Thomas More.

Ms. Kate MacGregor

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Nelsen, CSJ

Membership Director of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange; artist; CCOC Golf Committee Co-chair.

Fr. John Neneman