President and CEO

Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM
President & Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association
Washington, DC

Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, is the tenth president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). She assumed the position in July 2019, succeeding Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, upon her retirement.

Sr. Mary leads CHA's mission to support and advance the health ministry of the Catholic Church in the United States with its network of hospitals, long-term care facilities and community health centers that represent the largest group of nonprofit health providers in the nation. She oversees CHA operations at the association's Washington, D.C., and St. Louis offices.

In conjunction with CHA's Board of Trustees, Sr. Mary leads the association's strategic planning and develops initiatives to support CHA member organizations in providing high-quality, accessible health care to people of all ages, races, faith traditions and ethnic groups from conception to natural death.

She also directs CHA's national advocacy initiatives to protect life; promote the well-being of communities; address social determinants and disparities; develop new models of health delivery; protect Medicaid, Medicare and other vital safety net programs; and create a just health system that works for everyone, particularly poor and vulnerable persons. She has overall responsibility for administration and program development in areas of advocacy, mission, sponsorship, ethics, community benefit, leadership development, ministry formation, global health and relationships with bishops and other leaders of the Catholic Church.

Prior to her selection as president and CEO, Sr. Mary served as CHA's vice president of sponsorship and mission services since 2016. In that capacity, she directed critical areas of sponsorship, mission, ethics, leadership development and ministry formation, including development of numerous educational programs, resources and collaborations with member health systems, universities, social service agencies and community groups. From 2009 to 2016, she served as senior director of sponsor services and initiated CHA's Sponsor Formation Program for Catholic Health Care to prepare members of ministerial juridic persons to carry out their canonical responsibility as stewards of the health ministry of the Catholic Church.

Her previous experience includes serving on the regional leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy, St. Louis, and working in areas of health care, social service and education, including service in Belize, Central America and Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies.

Sr. Mary received her master's degree in business administration in health care from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a master's degree in social work from Saint Louis University. She has a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education.

She is a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, an office of the Roman Curia located in Vatican City; a member observer of the committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); a consultant of the Subcommittee on Health Issues of the USCCB; and a board member of The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Former Presidents and Executive Directors

1915 – 1928 Reverend Charles B. Moulinier, SJ
1928 – 1947 Reverend Alphonse M. Schwitalla, SJ
1947 – 1968 Reverend John J. Flanagan, SJ
Executive Director
1968 – 1970 Reverend Thomas J. Casey, SJ
Executive Director
1970 – 1976 Sister Mary Maurita Sengelaub, RSM
(Note: she began as Executive Director, changed in 1972 to executive vice-president and then to president in 1974)
1977 – 1978 Sister M. Helen Kelley, DC
1979 – 1998 John E. Curley, Jr.
1998 – 2005 Reverend Michael D. Place, STD
President and Chief Executive Officer
2005 – 2019 Sister Carol Keehan, DC
President and Chief Executive Officer
2019 –  Sister Mary Haddad, RSM
President and Chief Executive Officer