Christendom Alumnus Appointed CEO of Catholic Charities in Colorado Springs

January 21, 2011

charitiesChristendom College Alumnus Mark Rohlena has been appointed the new President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs. He will begin this new leadership role on February 1, 2011.

"We are thrilled to have someone of this caliber, background, and proven passion for the missions of Catholic Charities, and we are looking forward to working with him. Catholic Charities is in a good place and Mark will help bring it to the next level," says Betsy Sobral, Board Chair of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.

Rohlena, a member of Christendom's class of 2000, has been serving as the Senior Ethics & Conflicts Attorney for Holland & Hart in Denver, the largest law firm in the Rocky Mountain region. A graduate of the Ave Maria School of Law, he is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee as well as board member of the National Lawyers Association and the St. Thomas More Society of Colorado.

While at Christendom, Rohlena double-majored in History and Political Science/Economics. Rohlena describes the education he received at Christendom as "remarkable."

"Christendom helps sharpen analytical skills, while immersing you in an amazing Catholic environment unlike that at most other schools in the country," he says. "The goal of Christendom's curriculum is the development of the entire person. My reasoning skills were honed. My ability to problem-solve and sift through dense material to get that important information had greatly increased. My understanding of the bigger picture deepened, and the need to continually prioritize and order things in my life developed. I left Christendom with a rich and abiding sense of moral and ethical issues."

markRohlena says that he is thankful for the skills he gained at Christendom and sees his Alma Mater as an essential first step to the success he has found as a lawyer and now as CEO of Catholic Charities.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Rohlena volunteered with Catholic Charities in Denver for several years, staffing a monthly legal aid program and assisting with periodic material needs drives.

"I am truly humbled by this incredible opportunity to serve those most in need in our community. I have felt a strong call to participate in this vital work over the last several years, and my family and I are excited about beginning this new chapter in our lives," he says.


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