Patricia Cassens Named CDO

Patricia Cassens Announced as New St. Louis Province Chief Development Officer

On July 28 Patricia Cassens began her role as the new St. Louis Development Office chief development officer.

"I am excited to work alongside such a dynamic, yet humble group of women whose commitment to others is timeless and selfless," says Cassens.

As CDO, Cassens will be responsible for creating and leading a comprehensive fund development program that supports and furthers the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis.

 "Patricia is a results-oriented team player who has expertise in major gifts and gift planning, two major areas most important to the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet as they continue to sustain and advance the mission and many ministries of the sisters," states Sister Barbara Dreher, St. Louis Province executive director of mission advancement. "The Sisters of St. Joseph are happy to have Patricia as our new chief development officer."

Cassens has worked in development, alumni relations and public relations for more than 25 years. Most of these years were spent at Saint Louis University working in corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and planned giving. She was also the director of development and membership for the Missouri History Museum for five years. Most recently, she did planned giving and major gift fund raising for the Humane Society of Missouri.

A graduate of Saint Louis University, Cassens received a bachelor's and master's degree in communication. She is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) and is active in the Partnership of Philanthropic Planning (formerly National Committee on Planned Giving) and the St. Louis Planned Giving Council.

"I have a strong personal affinity with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's mission of unity, reconciliation, nonviolence, and social justice, framed within the faith and values of the Catholic Church," shares Cassens. "I hope my many years of experience in major gifts, corporate/foundation relations and gift planning will help advance their inspiring mission of service to others."

When not in the office, Cassens volunteers with the Metro East Humane Society where she just finished seven years on the board-three of which were as president. She and her husband, David, live in Edwardsville, IL and have four grown children, three sons and one daughter.

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