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October 18, 2002 Issue

Former financial consultant named personnel director

Cathy Larson returns to serve diocesan human resource needs


By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

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"It's like coming home," said Cathy Larson in describing her new position as diocesan director of personnel. Larson, who has her MBA from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, previously worked for the Diocese of Green Bay as a financial consultant in the department of Finance and Accounting.

"I missed working for the church," she said. "I wanted to come back."

Larson served as a corporate recruiter/employee relations specialist at Nsight, parent company of Cellcom, before rejoining the diocese.

"I was only there for four months, but it solidified me in human resources," said Larson. "I did hiring, disciplining and, unfortunately, terminating. It's a good company, but the context was different. That common thread woven in the church was not there. I have a real tie to the Catholic Church of Green Bay and what it stands for."

"Cathy certainly brings many credentials and a real commitment to the church," said Msgr. John Dewane, diocesan Vicar for Administration. "She understands what it means to be Catholic and has a sensitivity when working with people."

In her new position, Larson will not only serve personnel and human resource needs on the diocesan campus, but will also be available to assist parishes.

"We are looking to expand that office to work more closely with the parishes and provide workshops," said Msgr. Dewane. "Cathy's consulting experience will help in serving the parishes."

"I've been to 48 parishes and went back to several for second visits," said Larson, who is originally from Racine. "It's comforting knowing people. There are so many great people working in the parishes."

"I almost look at it (director of personnel) as a financial consultant," she continued. "It's taking legal requirements and diocesan requirements and balancing that with the pastoral side."

Larson's past professional experience also includes working for Sargento Foods. Serving the diocese offers benefits not found in the private sector, she said.

"Profits, money and finances drive businesses," she said. "This church is not only half people, but half Holy Spirit. We take a look at budgets, but we also look at the people side of things. There is a great staff here. The synergy of people here working together is exciting."

"Everyone has been so welcoming and encouraging," she continued. "It's nice to see familiar faces and to meet the new people. When I drove into the parking lot on my first day back, I thought to myself, 'I used to park here.' It was such a good feeling. I'm so glad to be back."


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