Leadership & Staff

Ken F. Sawa

CEO / Executive Vice President

Mr. Ken F. Sawa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), has served as the CEO/Executive Vice-President of Catholic Charities since 2003 and has been employed by Catholic Charities for 25 years.  In 2008, Ken was selected as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers – Region F for his dedication to local families in need. In 2009, Mr. Sawa was invited to present at a Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC sponsored by Senator Kennedy’s Office on “Meeting The Needs of Families Living On The Back Streets of America”. In 2010, Mr. Sawa was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, San Bernardino. Also in 2010, Mr. Sawa was bestowed the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Cross, the highest honor given to a layperson in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2011, Ken was elected the President of Catholic Charities of California representing the 12 Catholic Charities agencies in the state and advocating for the needs of the poor in Sacramento. Mr. Sawa is a long-standing advocate of the critical and unique role of non-profit organizations in local communities.

Jesse Gonzalez

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Jesse Gonzalez joined the Accounting Office at Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties in 2011.  Jesse holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and comes to Catholic Charities with many years of experience in the areas of accounting, management, and administration.  Although Jesse currently serves as Chief Operations Officer, having also previously served as Director of Administration as well as Accounting Manager, Mr. Gonzalez continues to oversee the day-to-day accounting activity at Catholic Charities.  Mr. Gonzalez also oversees the areas of Human Resources, Risk Management, I.T., and Facilities Management. J esse also represents Catholic Charities as a member of the Diocese of San Bernardino Lay Employees’ Pension Board.

Beverly Earl

Director of Family & Community Services San Bernardino County

Ms. Beverly Earl has served as the Director of Family & Community Services for San Bernardino County for over 15 years and has been an employee of Catholic Charities for over 30 years. She is well known for her commitment to struggling families, has received numerous community awards acknowledging her service, and sits on numerous boards and committees advocating for families. During her tenure, Ms. Earl has been instrumental in training her staff and volunteers to become experts surrounding the issues of poverty, domestic violence, funeral briefing and grieving, disaster services, HIV/AIDS, hunger, and health care. She has expanded services to include holistic case management, food distribution, housing support to low-income families, and a senior food program. She is known for initiating and implementing innovative programs such as the development of community gardens and the “Hope in the City” Youth & Family Resource Center.