The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ
Bishop of Oakland
The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, was ordained to the episcopate and installed as the fifth Bishop of Oakland on May 25, 2013 in the Cathedral of Christ the Light. He entered the seminary of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1973, and was ordained in 1985. In 1991, he became a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve.
Jim Jones joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Jim enjoyed a long and distinguished career at Del Monte Foods spent in sales and sales management. Jim proudly served his country with two years of active military duty in the US Army.
Jim is motivated by Catholic Charities’ work helping families in crisis overcome some of the obstacles to reaching rewarding and fully productive lives.
Jim Fiedler retired in 2017 from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Over his 34-year career he amassed leadership, management, and engineering experience in the areas of water supply, flood protection, and public financing. Jim serves on the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Citizens Oversight Committee and as Officer Emeritus on the San Francisco Estuary Institute Board. He currently volunteers with the Knights of Columbus and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide.
Wendy Levich is currently the Business Manager at St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette. Wendy earned a BBA from the University of San Diego and a MBA from Holy Names University. Wendy has been a dedicated volunteer for 25 years and has worked with many nonprofits including Hope Solutions and Students Rising Above.
Secretary of the Board
Margaret Peterson brings a strong understanding of business and community development to her role as CEO. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she founded a global B2B Consulting firm to help businesses navigate equipment and technology leasing, process improvement and cost savings analysis. Margaret is active in the community of Richmond and St. Columba Church in social justice, housing, and economic matters.
Marianela Carter, DDS
Marianela Carter is active in public health and is the owner of a dental practice. She is a graduate of Howard University and is known for leadership development, teaching, and coaching.
Nancy Cecconi joined the Board in 2019. She is a registered nurse in the field of pediatrics and OB. She earned her BSN from St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.
Pamela Ferguson is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and vice-chair of the Products Liability, Class Action & Mass Tort, and Life Sciences Practices. Pamela supports Catholic Charities mission to strengthen families and help immigrants and newcomers enter the path to citizenship.
David Katreeb has spent over 20 years in the technology industry. He earned a BS degree from the University of California at Davis and earned a MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and is honored to work with Catholic Charities in their continued support of the families in need in our community.
Fr. George E. Schultze, SJ
Father George Schultze studied at the New York State School of Industrial Relations at Cornell, received an MBA from UC Berkeley, and completed a doctorate in social ethics at the University of Southern California. Before becoming a Jesuit, Father George worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Oakland. As a faculty member at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, his research and teaching focus is on family life, work life, and Catholic social doctrine.