Walsh comes to CCH with more than 20 years of experience in social services from local to global platforms. He succeeds outgoing CCH CEO and president Jerry Rauckhorst, who retired from his post following 20 years of leading the local organization.
Previously heading Catholic Charities West Michigan, Walsh was responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for one of the largest social services agencies in West Michigan. Walsh brings to Hawaii intensive Catholic Charities, nonprofit, refugee, immigration and international experience gleaned from two decades in Hawai‘i, Michigan, New Jersey and Africa. At one point, he served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees working with the “Lost Boys of Sudan” and their resettlement to the United States.
Walsh’s personal ties to Hawaii include attending and earning his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science at Chaminade University, serving as a teacher for special needs students at Washington Intermediate School in Honolulu, and as counselor for troubled teens at Hale Kipa.
Walsh also met his wife, Shari, while attending Chaminade University. The Walshs’ two children, Malia and Cheyenne, will move to Honolulu with him, with Malia will enter her freshman year at Chaminade this fall.
“Everyone has welcomed us with open arms since our family’s arrival here, and in a way, it’s almost like coming home for Shari and I,” Walsh said. “We’re also excited to work with CCH staff to meet the many challenges that face our local community.”
Welcome and Aloha Terry!