• on August 10, 2021

Rick L. Squier Named Executive Director for Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO— The Boards of Directors of Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties, and the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation, announce the appointment of Mr. Rick Lee Squier to the position of executive director for Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties, an affiliate agency of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation.  Mr. Squier succeeds George R. Garchar, who will be retiring in October after 8 years as the agency’s executive director, and 22 total years of service to Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Youngstown.

Mr. Squier has served as the Director of Faith Formation for St. Joan of Arc Parish in Streetsboro since 2014, where he was responsible for providing programming that exposes both families and individuals to experiences that strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ.  A graduate of Ursuline College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, Mr. Squier also earned a Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio.  Mr. Squier is an experienced lay ecclesial leader with a unique background in business management, retail program and process development, operations and logistic strategies, employment training, human resource management, and talent development.

Mr. Squier currently resides with his wife Colleen in Ravenna, Ohio.  The Squiers are active members of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Streetsboro. “I believe my unique gifts and personal experiences, as well as the will of the Holy Spirit, will guide me in my mission to serve Catholic Charities and the poor, oppressed, and marginalized residents of Portage and Stark Counties,” states Rick.  “It is my firm belief that following a personal theology can lead a person to the place that best suits them. My call to serve is based in a liberation, practical and feminist mindset. I recognize my responsibility in bringing the comforting embrace of Christ to those who suffer. We are each called to recognize those that go without, for acceptance of poverty in any of its forms is inconsistent with a faith in Jesus Christ.”

Mr. Ed Herman, President of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties states, “The Board is excited to have Rick Squier serve as executive director.  We are impressed with his dedication to serve those who are in need, his willingness to build relationships, and his vision for the future of Catholic Charities.”

Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties provides service to people in need, advocates for justice in social structures, and calls the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.  The agency maintains service sites in Ravenna, Canton, and Louisville. 

For more information, call 330-297-7745.

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