Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing has today appointed Ms. Katie Baxter, LMSW as the next Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties (CCSGC) effective October 3, 2022. Ms. Baxter succeeds Ms. Vicky Schultz, LMSW who will retire December 30, 2022, having served since in the post since 2007.
“My deep desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy,” said Ms. Baxter upon her appointment, “I will bring my faith, gifts, talents and professional experience to lead CCSGC through an ever more Catholic ‘lens’.”
"I am extremely grateful and humbled to receive this fine appointment. I recognize I have large shoes to fill to sustain the extraordinary work of Vicky Schultz and the Board of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties."
"There are many challenges and opportunities ahead and I fully intend to daily and prayerfully seek all seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to serve and lead Catholic Charities in it’s important mission: to share the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy!"
Ms. Baxter holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Michigan State University. She has served in a significant leadership role as the Senior Clinical Director at Genesee Health System in Flint since 2019, and in other responsible roles in that organization since 2009.
To her new role, Ms. Baxter brings leadership experience and expertise in a large organization in providing behavioral health services, in developing budgets and strategic plans, and in implementing ‘evidence-based practices’ to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery and good outcomes for the children, families and individuals served.
Ms. Baxter also has extensive experience as a licensed counselor and therapist, including at Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and Genesee Health System.
Ms. Baxter is married and has seven children. The Baxter family are members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Otisville, Michigan.
Please keep Katie, her family and her new apostolic venture in your prayers. Holy Mary, comforter of the afflicted, pray for her.