Catholic Charities to Get New Executive Director

A North Carolina woman with Pennsylvania roots will become Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown on August 31. Diane Bullard will succeed Pamela Russo who resigned in January after four years in the position to become Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is a multi-purpose social service agency providing assistance to families, children and adults. Last year, Catholic Charities served more than 17,000 individuals in need throughout Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill Counties.

Bullard comes to the Diocese of Allentown from Winston-Salem, NC where, for the last ten years, she has been a regional director for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Charlotte. For the previous twelve years she was a regional director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Charleston, SC.

Bullard is a New York native. She attended college at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and English. She has a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development from Long Island University in New York. She did her counseling internship with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre.

“I’m looking forward to supporting the life-changing efforts that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown provides to the community,” Bullard said. “It’s clear to see that the impressive team of staff professionals and volunteers are very committed to the agency’s mission,” she added.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Board Chairman Paul Wirth welcomed Bullard to her new post. “We’re pleased to fill this key leadership role with an experienced professional who will continue our focus on helping those in need while being very careful stewards of the resources our donors entrust to us,” Wirth said.