Denise G. Fanning

Regional Director

Denise Fanning is a Marine combat veteran, moved to Gainesville in 2008 from her native state of Texas and graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in psychology. She began her nonprofit career in 2011 and has gained experience from every position she has held, from medical and dental case management, program development and management, and budgeting. She joined the Catholic Charities family in November of 2020, as the first director for our Emergency Assistance programs.  “Catholic Charities is one organization that truly embodies an ethos of providing compassionate services to our communities. I am fortunate to be a part of such an amazing and caring organization.” D. Fanning

Geralyn Ryan 

Director of Adoptions

Geralyn Ryan is a licensed clinical social worker and is the director of the Caring Choices pregnancy and adoption program. Being a member of Catholic Charities mission for the past 22 years motivates her each day to support others through life’s ups and downs.  She has personally experienced the journey of adoption within her own family and is passionate to help others as they go through this life changing choice.  Her belief is that with accurate information and a supportive non-judgmental ear, the right decisions come to light.

Laurie Porter 

Director of Development

Laurie Porter has been a Gainesville resident for 25 years. She has over 17 years of fundraising, event planning and marketing experience and has been with the Catholic Charities Gainesville regional office since 2011. “We live in challenging times; Catholic Charities offers a variety of programs that help so many people in our community. I am proud to work in an environment that truly puts compassion into action.” L. Porter

Michelle I. Wilson

Director of Finance

Michelle Wilson was born in Maryland but moved to Lake Butler at a year old and has been in the Union/Alachua County area ever since.  Michelle started off working in accounting at the age of 19 and after a few years decided to return to school where she received a diploma in Accounting.  She has been at Catholic Charities for almost eighteen years now.  “I’m dedicated to helping those in need and being a part of the Catholic Charities family allows me to do that on a daily basis.” M. Wilson

Nanette Duffy, RN

Pregnancy Counselor. Post Adoption Services, Information and Referral

Nan Duffy joined our team in 2019 as one of our pregnancy counselors. Nan is also a registered nurse.  Even as a little girl, Nan recalls wanting to be a nurse, because she wanted to help others. Over the last 20 years of nursing, while working in the field of Women’s Health, Nan has seen the impact compassion and caring really does make in the lives of others.  Walking side by side with her clients- learning about them and from them is what Nan says life is all about.

John Harris

Rural Mobile Food Outreach

John Harris is an Army Veteran who has lived in Gainesville for over 10 years. John started as a volunteer for Catholic Charities. He became the Weekend Hunger Backpack Assistant in 2012 and in 2013 he became the Rural Mobile Outreach Coordinator. “Not only am I transforming the lives of struggling families in our rural communities but doing it with compassion and understanding.”  J. A. Harris Sr.

Rev. James Dixon

Bridges to Prosperity Coordinator

James H. Dixon, Jr. is a lifelong Gainesville resident aside from a few years of military and career developments elsewhere, and has been employed with the Gainesville, FL office of Catholic Charities since August of 2011. He was consecrated as Bishop in a multi-denominational religious organization on April 7, 2016 and serves as Pastor of Greater Faith Baptist Fellowship in Gainesville, FL. The biggest lesson he has learned is to “take people where they are and not where you want them to be.” J. Dixon

Sabrina Miller

Emergency Assistance Director

Sabrina was born in Pennsylvania but moved to the Gainesville area when she was 5, however she’s still a Northern girl at heart.  She is the mother of two little girls. She started volunteering for Catholic Charities when she was in High School and knew this is a place that she wanted to work. Sabrina has been with Catholic Charities for 18 years and has served in several roles. She has a bachelor’s degree in human services. “I am excited to work in the heart and soul of Catholic Charities, which is Emergency Services.” S. Miller

Regina Honorat

Pregnancy Counselor

Regina Honorat became a Pregnancy Counselor for Caring Choices in the summer of 2020. Regina recently graduated with her Master of Science in Social Work and is using her knowledge and skills to support her clients facing challenging situations. Her passion is to help underrepresented people reach their fullest potential. She believes we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone

Eileen Beckler

Fiscal Assistance

Eileen Beckler has lived in Florida for 30 years. She came to the Finance Department of Catholic Charities four years ago after a long career in insurance. “I love seeing peoples’ generosity transforming the lives of those in need. It’s especially heartwarming to see donations of gifts at Christmas time for entire families.” E. Beckler

Susan Frizzell

Program Coordinator, HOPWA

and Eligibility Program

Susan Frizzell has been an employee with Catholic Charities since June 2001.  She has over 25 years’ experience working with low-income individuals needing assistance.  Susan coordinates two programs that provide support services for clients with certain disabilities.  “I am very proud to work with the staff at Catholic Charities and be able to provide assistance for those in need.” S. Frizzell