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Jason Shanks became the first Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan in 2012. Since starting, his priorities have been to merge and consolidate the six independent social services agencies under one organization, build unity among staff and stakeholders, put in place a new infrastructure for systems and policies, expanding services to all counties, and working to advance a Catholic culture in all we do.
Jason has a Masters in Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum with a concentration in Evangelization. “I believe that the work that we do is an integral part of the new evangelization. We make the love of God tangible and real to those in need.” Later he would go on to receive a Master in Nonprofit Administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Before joining Catholic Charities, he served as the Secretariat Leader for Evangelization and Parish Life for the Diocese of Toledo.
He and his wife Melissa have three children. As a father of a special needs child, he has received help from social service agencies and he knows the power of the right person’s care and support at just the right time. This personal experience, from the perspective of the client, has helped him understand the importance of quality services and professional staff. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and is willing to bring his deft three-pointer to the pros if called upon.
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