Our Mission

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide for the needs of our community through selfless service under the sign of love.

Our Vision

The vision of Catholic Charities is to comfort, care, and advocate for all people in crisis by strengthening the vulnerable and promoting self-sufficiency. Through all of our programs, our daily activities are intended to lift a person out of crisis, encounter them in Christ, and accompany them on their journey to wholeness.

Our Values

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. is faithful to the purpose for which resources are given to manage them in a manner which allows for maximum benefit to the community and the individuals we serve.

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. focuses on the needs of individuals and families, emphasizing social justice, social teaching and community service.

The excellence of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. is measured by the ability to make significant and lasting contributions to the Archdiocesan community with the goal of moving individuals we serve towards self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. is committed to being a voice for the most vulnerable in our community striving to provide appropriate and timely services to assist families and individuals when they need us most.

Organizational Chart


J. Antonio Fernandez


Since 2013, J. Antonio Fernandez has served as the Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio President/CEO leading the programs, growth, and development of the largest Catholic social services agency in the city including sister agencies, Guadalupe Community Center, Seton Home, St. PJ’s Children’s Home, and San Antonio Birth Doulas. Under his leadership, Catholic Charities expanded programs from 17 to 45 and quadrupled the annual budget. Previously, Mr. Fernandez was Senior Vice President of Operations for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the largest Catholic Charities in the country. In this role, he was responsible for the overall leadership and operations of the programs providing social services and physical plant oversight. Mr. Fernandez also serves on the Board of Trustees at Catholic Charities USA and serves as a member of the Finance and Development Committees. He also serves as a member of Legatus, Knights of Columbus, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchar, University of the Incarnate Word, and on the Senior Staff for Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller MSpS. Mr. Fernandez holds a Master in Business Administration, a Master in Counseling Psychology, and a Bachelor in Psychology. In addition, he is certified for Non-Profit Organizations and is a licensed Professional Counselor.

Tracy Ladgenski

VP of Mission Advancement

Tracy Ladgenski is the Vice President, Mission Advancement responsible for raising friends and funds for the five non-profit agencies that comprise the Catholic Charities family. In this role, she is responsible for grants, fundraising, events, marketing, parish outreach, and volunteer services spurring growth for the agency. Previously, she was the Director, Grants for Catholic Charities and the Director, Hope for the Future Catholic school tuition fundraising campaign for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Tracy is a member of the Grant Professionals Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the United Way Emerging Leaders Council, and the San Antonio Volunteer Administrators. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lizzy Perales

VP of Programs

Lisette Deleon

Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Bret Piatt


Armando Medina


Stewart Goodson


Matthew E. Pepping


Melissa Aguillon

Lee Bailey

Esther Belz

Matthew R. Benavides

Larry Benson Jr.

Fr. Rodolfo Caballero

Daniel Collier

Mark De Hoyos

Dr. Thomas Evans

Dr. Mitch Finnie

Juan Antonio Flores

Frank Guerra

Dan Harkins

Jorge Herrera

Charlotte Immenschuh

Steven Jansma

Greg Kowalski

Fr. Martin Leopold

Christina Markell-Balleza

Donna McElroy

Dottie Nichols

Melbourne O'Banion

Jerry Salinas

Hella Scheuerman

Rudy Torres

Brian Tucker

Ex-Officio Members

  • Bishop Michael Joseph Boulette
  • Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S.
  • Officers

    • President/CEO, J. Antonio Fernandez
    • Chief Financial Officer, Lisette DeLeon
    • Vice President of Administration, Matthew Martinez
    • Vice President of Mission Advancement, Tracy Ladgenski
    • Vice President of Programs, Lizzy Perales