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.

Maureen O’Sullivan – Office Manager

910-251-8130 ext. 2700

Maureen has worked as an Office Manager for a Teamsters Union, helping members achieve career goals with financially secure companies. Originally from New Jersey, she and her fiancé recently relocated to Wilmington, NC with their mini golden doodle Oliver! Maureen enjoys reading and being a new parishioner of St. Therese Church in Wrightsville Beach. She is also a lifelong fan of the New York Mets and Jets thanks to her father.


Karla Levy- Administrative Assistant

910-251-8130 extension 2707

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.

Jennifer Watkins- Administrative Assistant


Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science and Engineering from Miami University and an MBA from UNCW. After 11 years in a variety of manufacturing related roles, she took time off to raise and homeschool her two daughters. She enjoys serving the area she has called home for the past 26 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and watching her two daughters compete in their various sporting activities.

Paulina Cordova Vergara – Emergency Assistance Program Coordinator


910-251-8130 ext. 2702

Paulina was born in New York state but grew up a native of Wilmington, NC. She has an Associates of Paralegal Studies from Cape Fear Community College and has worked in Law as well as Health and Human Services. In her free time, Paulina enjoys spending time with family, listening to podcasts and traveling.

Jen Zurek – Immigration Assistant


910-251-8130 ext. 2703

Jen graduated from the Northern University of Barranquilla with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jen is fluent in both Spanish and English and previously worked as a DOJ Accredited Representative for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Allentown for 16 years. She is very familiar with the different immigration processes and the intricacies of immigration law. Outside of work, Jen enjoys cooking, gardening, and bike riding.

Shaidiah Hall – Intake Specialist

910-251-8130 ext. 2704

Having started working at a young age, Shaidiah has found it very rewarding to give back to others. Her strong work ethic and passion to make the community a safe and better place has encouraged her to work in a variety of areas assisting people of all backgrounds and walks of life. She strives to help breakdown any barriers one may have through kindness, love, and compassion. She joins Catholic Charities because she firmly believes in the the values and mission of helping our neighbors in need. In her free time, Shaidiah enjoys trying new foods, Karaoke, and traveling!

Lane Abernathy – Delivery and Warehouse Associate


910-251-8130 ext. 2705

Lane has over 30 years of experience in ministry and service in places such as India, Nepal, Russia, and South America. Lane enjoys fishing, playing golf, and has become an avid beach volleyball player since moving to Wilmington. He also loves to spend as much time as he can with his four children and seven grandchildren!

Paige Mixon – Delivery and Warehouse Associate



Paige has an Associate in Theatre Arts and extensive volunteer experience having worked with Habitat for Humanity in their ReStore shops and is currently a volunteer for Pleasure Island Disaster Relief. Paige is an indoor volleyball coach at NC Coastal Volleyball Club and an avid beach volleyball player at Capt’n Bill’s! She loves reggae music and going to concerts as much as possible.

John Todd – Delivery and Warehouse Associate



John has a Degree in Finance from California State University Northridge. Originally from Los Angeles, John spent over two decades as a residential real estate appraiser, before going to work for Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife Debbie both prefer working for non-profit organizations! John’s interests include Appalachian State football, golf, meeting up with old college friends, red wine tastings, working in the yard, and traveling with his wife.


Brian King- Construction Manager


Brian King has years of experience in the construction industry and even 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.


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.

Dan Fisher – Construction Worker


Dan has years of experience as a builder, developer, and engineer and has led home repair projects in Poland, Costa Rica, and North Carolina. Dan has also worked for the Rowan County Tax Assessor, Georgetown Landing, LLC, and the North Carolina DOT Rail Division.  A native of Salisbury, NC, Dan recently moved to the Wilmington area to be closer to his grandchildren.

Jim Brewer – Home Repair Specialist


Jim had over 35 years of experience in general contracting, project management, and estimating and insurance services before coming to Catholic Charities. In his previous roles, Jim has been responsible for on-site inspections of residential and commercial property damages and managing complex repair projects from start to finish. Jim moved to the Calabash area in 2021. In his free time, Jim enjoys fishing on his boat, and playing golf.


Sonia Royes- Disaster and Emergency Assistance Case 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”.