Ken Williams Named CEO of Catholic Charities of NE Kansas

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and the Foundation are pleased to welcome Ken Williams as the new President and CEO.

Williams will bring unique gifts and experiences to the role that will allow the organization to continue its journey of growth and transformation.

“Kansas City is my home and I am looking forward to bringing my experiences to an organization that is filled with people passionate about helping their neighbors in need” said Williams.

Williams will begin on August 12, 2013, and will have several months to work alongside current President and CEO, Jan Lewis. “As soon as I met Ken I knew that he was the one that God had chosen to do this work,” said Lewis. “His experience in both business and not-for-profit leadership are exactly what the organization needs as it continues working toward its goals.”

Jim Crawford, Chairman of the Board of Directors, believes that the organization has been doubly blessed to have two great leaders who are willing to work together to ensure a smooth transition for the organization.

“Jan has done an amazing job these past seven years to position Catholic Charities for success. The Board is excited to have someone like Ken to take the reins and carry us forward in the years to come.”

Since joining Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas in July of 2006 Lewis has put her faith and passion for the mission of Catholic Charities into action. She was the driving force behind the development of the organization’s refocus on its core mission, which has resulted in expansion of emergency assistance services and accessibility of those services to the outlying areas of the 21 counties served by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.

Jan is retiring to spend time with her husband of 28 years, Ralph Lewis. Williams brings more than 25 years of executive level experience in finance, business development, marketing, project management, operations, and strategy development. Most recently Williams was the Senior Vice President and Global Treasurer for Black & Veatch where he led investor relations and managed the company’s relations with its global financial partners.

Prior to his role with Black & Veatch, Williams was the Chief Financial Officer of World Vision International, a $3 billion non-profit organization focused on attacking the root causes of poverty that affect children around the world. Williams also spent 10 years at Fluor Corporation, a $25 billion global engineering, construction and consulting firm where he held a number of senior executive roles in strategy, finance and corporate development.

Williams holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas, and an executive MBA from the University of Tennessee. Ken and his wife Diane and their six year old daughter Katie reside in Overland Park, Kansas and are parishioners at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood.