Catholic Charities names CEO

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Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs has named Mark Rohlena as CEO. He will start the job on Feb. 1.

An attorney, Rohlena most recently worked for Holland & Hart in Denver as senior ethics and conflicts attorney. Prior to that, he worked in the litigation department, focusing on employee benefits, and commercial, utilities and communication litigation, for the same law firm.



Kirk Morton has been interim CEO since Jason Christensen resigned in August, citing health and family reasons. Morton will remain until Rohlena starts.

Rohlena is a member of  the St. Thomas More Society of Colorado, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, to name a few.

“We are thrilled to have someone of this caliber, background and proven passion for the missions of Catholic Charities, and we are looking forward to working with him. Catholic Charities is in a good place and Mark will help bring it to the next level,” said Betsy Sobral, board chair of Catholic Charities.

Rohlena’s mother is an immigrant from the Azores Islands, Portugal, which has given him a passion for Catholic Charities’ Family Immigration Services program. After majoring in history and political science/economics, at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, he was in the inaugural class of the Ave Maria School of Law.

For years, Rohlena has volunteered with Catholic Charities in Denver, staffing a monthly legal aid program and assisting with periodic material needs drives.

“I am truly humbled by this incredible opportunity to serve those most in need in our community. I have felt a strong call to participate in this vital work over the last several years, and my family and I are excited about beginning this new chapter in our lives,” Rohlena said in a press release.