Emilie Hart- Cape Fear Regional Director of Catholic Charities
910-251-8130 Ext. 2701

Emilie started with Catholic Charities in February 2015 and has dedicated her time here serving the Cape Fear Region.  She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.  She has over 17 years of experience in the social work field in various settings such as schools, prisons, mental health facilities and refugee resettlement.  Emilie lives in Wilmington with her husband and two kids and enjoys spending time outdoors.


Karla Levy- Administrative Assistant

Karla joined Catholic Charities in February 2022, after many years in the for-profit business arena. She is pleased to put her administrative and accounting experience to use as a member of the Cape Fear Regional Office team and is thrilled to be a part of the Healthy Opportunities Pilot Program. Karla considers this position to be her reward for all the previous jobs she has held. She takes joy in working with this group of thoughtful individuals in giving back to the community in a meaningful way. She shares her heart with 2 grown children (if children are ever really grown) and 2 grandchildren. As a resident of the Cape Fear area, she enjoys catching the sunrises and sunsets over our ocean waters, along with all the natural beauty and cultural events of our region. She takes special delight when she can share it with family and friends who visit.


Becca Ward- Case Manager
910-251-8130 Ext. 2705

Becca started with Catholic Charities in September 2020 doing Disaster Case Management in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Becca came to Catholic Charities after graduating from UNCW with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and volunteering for six months with a non-profit called Youth With A Mission, serving in the Middle East and Central Asia. She has seen the lives of many of her clients be transformed through advocacy and home repair. Recently, Becca accepted a position in case management for the Healthy Opportunities Pilot Program. She is excited to continue to work with Catholic Charities in fighting food insecurity.


Sonia Royes- Disaster and Emergency Assistance Manager at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Burgaw

Sonia started with Catholic Charities on April 14, 2003 and developed and promoted many standing relationships with community partners and our community at large. Her thirty-five years combined experience as an educator, administrator, and a case manager has served the community well. She holds a bachelors in Elementary Education and a degree in Early Childhood Administration. Mother of four and grandmother to ten of the loveliest grandchildren, she loves spending time with God, Family, Friends, at the beach, and “my Duplin wine”.


Brian King- Construction Manager

Brian King has years of experience in the construction industry where he owned his own carpentry business before beginning work with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Disaster Recovery as Construction Manager assisting with repairs from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Brian began work with Catholic Charities as a Construction Manager in January 2022, where he manages construction projects and supervises volunteers. In addition to his construction work, Brian has years of experience as a first responder and is currently the Asst. Chief with the Whiteville Rescue Unit.


Erin Mosher- Delivery and Warehouse Assistant


Erin Mosher has been involved with Catholic Charities for many years in Asheville, NC, having served on the Board and in other volunteer positions.  When the opportunity arose to get involved in the HOP program she recognized what a meaningful and impactful program it would become.  She enjoys every moment working with the staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities and looks forward to being out in the community and making a difference in our region. She has lived in Wilmington for 2 years with her husband and are parishioners of St Therese in Wrightsville Beach. They have 4 adult children and when not spending time with them, she enjoys biking, hiking and golfing.


Maria Mendoza (Bilingual)- DOJ Accredited Representative


Maria has worked for Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services for 8 years and has worked in a legal setting since 1999, giving her 23 years of knowledge in various legalities and cases. She is a United States Department of Justice Fully Accredited Representative and a member of the North Carolina State Bar as a Certified Paralegal. Maria holds an Associates in Applied Science from Wayne Community College in the field of Criminal Justice Technology. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. Ms. Mendoza is a member of the United States Air Force Reserve with the rank of E-4 as a member of the Air Force Security Forces. She completed her first deployment from June of 2021 through February of 2022 in Kuwait, where she assisted refugees from Afghanistan in obtaining shelter, medical attention, and more. Maria lives in the Cape Fear area with her daughter and in her spare time enjoys Crossfit and horror movies (they help her run faster).


Vickie Sasser- Disaster Specialist

910-251-8130 Ext. 2706
Vickie Sasser is a Columbus County native who early in her career was a real estate broker and paralegal in Whiteville, North Carolina. Following Hurricane Florence, she saw the devastating impact on her community and began volunteering with local relief and recovery efforts. Vickie quickly found a passion for this work and accepted a full-time position with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as Site Director. Vickie brings years of collaborating with volunteer teams, partnering with groups for financial planning, and repairing homes to her role with Catholic Charities.