Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler’s Executive Director, Charles Nocera, is available for speaking engagements at your business, church or organization. Please contact Mary to schedule a presentation.

Catholic Charities of Schuyler County’s Director, Deb MacDonald, is available for speaking engagements at Schuyler County businesses, churches or organizations. Please contact her to schedule a presentation.


Board Member, Marie Finnerty, with Charles Nocera

Mr. Charles Nocera was appointed as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler Counties (CCC/S) on June 1, 2013. Mr. Nocera was previously the Associate Executive Director for CCC/S and also served as the Director of Residential Programs. He has 38 years of leadership experience from both non-profit and government organizations. He served as the Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Tompkins County for 18 years. Chuck has a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia and was a doctoral student at Cornell University for more than three years in the field of Human Service Studies. Chuck has a broad knowledge of residential programs including homeless shelters and transitional and permanent housing. His diverse background also includes experience in evaluation, financial development, and finance, grant and program management.

“I am humbled to be asked to build upon the good work of my predecessors as Catholic Charities Chemung/Schuyler is challenged to put our compassion and caring into action in today’s changing economic and political climate. My goal is that Catholic Charities Chemung/Schuyler becomes known for the quality of its programming and positive impact in the lives of our neighbors in need. It is my desire that all who come in contact with us know our compassion and caring.” ~Mr. Charles Nocera

Debbie MacDonald webMrs. Debra MacDonald was appointed as the Director of Catholic Charities in Schuyler County on October 23, 2012. Deb has 26 years of experience working in various human service organizations in Chemung and Schuyler Counties.  She served as the Executive Director of the Schuyler County Child Care Coordinating Council for six years. Deb has an Associate’s Degree from Corning Community College. After raising her two wonderful sons, she returned to college and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Management from Empire State College in 2010.

“I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Catholic Charities: to help build communities that care for all people by reducing poverty, promoting healthy individual and family life, collaborating with faith communities and advocating for justice and peace. Every person has the potential to succeed when given the right tools. Catholic Charities assists individuals with meeting some of their most basic needs such as shelter, food, and emergency financial assistance and provides ongoing support through case management. It is my goal to know not only what people need, but where to find the resources to meet those needs. I anticipate working with the Schuyler County Community through Catholic Charities for many years.” ~Mrs. Debra MacDonald