5 Catholic Charities Executives Named to 2021 Sun Devil 100 Class

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Five executives from Catholic Charities Community Services have been named to the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2021. 

ASU Alumni from Catholic Charities in this year’s class are:

• Paul S. Mulligan of Phoenix, President and CEO, (2015 MBA)

• Stephen E. Capobres of Scottsdale, VP of Business Development, (1984 BS Quantitative Business Analysis, 1991 MPA)

• CarrieLynn A. Mascaro of Scottsdale, Vice President of Central Program Operations, (1997 BS psychology)

• James Robbins of Phoenix, Chief Administrative Officer, (1978 BSE Industrial Engineering; 1983 MBA)

• Catherine A. Brummet-Peterson of Prescott, Executive Director of Northern Arizona, (1985 MSW Social Work)

The Class of 2021 features 100 organizations represented by 133 Arizona State University alumni, ranging from individual business owners to large corporations from over two dozen industries, including architecture, construction, education, food and beverage, legal, nonprofit, technology and transportation. 

“The Sun Devil 100 recognizes ASU alumni and their organizations whose innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit are reflective of ASU’s transformative charter,” said Christine Wilkinson, President and CEO of the ASU Alumni Association. ““This is the seventh year of the Sun Devil 100, and we are proud to honor a class of distinguished entrepreneurs, changemakers and leaders across a variety of industries.”

The organizations that make up this year’s class are a diverse mix that have combined total revenues of $6.67 billion for the last year, employ more than 8,400 people and have locations in 11 states.   

“I’ve learned that to succeed in business – including in the competitive world of mid-sized to larger nonprofit organizations – it takes a highly-functioning team that is grounded in healthy culture, laser-focused on mission, well-disciplined in the fundamentals and yet hungry for new opportunity,” Mulligan said. “My Executive MBA helped sharpen my focus in these areas and challenged me to integrate knowledge beyond managing P&Ls and balance sheets to the larger view of overall business effectiveness, with an eye to the life-changing benefit of those we serve.”

For Robbins, “ASU, especially in the business school, has always used the case study approach, versus deep technical paths of study. My ability to understand, analyze, and move forward with solid solutions in all of my business positions was deeply facilitated by my time at ASU.”

Brummet-Peterson has worked at Catholic Charities for 30 years and applied the knowledge, compassion and work ethic she developed at ASU propelling her to her current position. But along the way, Peterson has remained focused on serving and promoting dignified solutions to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. With her hands-on practice in social work, she adds a unique experience to the leadership team.

Mascaro also has worked her way up the ranks specializing in services for women and children. She brings a strong passion and voice for some of the most marginalized populations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

One of the more recent areas of focus for the agency is affordable housing. With only 25 units available for every 100 renters in need, Catholic Charities leadership and board committed to add low-income housing communities to its breadth of comprehensive services. 

As the Executive Director of Housing for Hope (a 501c3 affiliate of Catholic Charities) and the Vice President of Business Development, Capobres trailblazed the vision of safe, affordable, family-oriented communities for hundreds of low-income households to reality. Through a complicated array of state and federal funding, key partnerships in the community and low-interest loans from local lenders, Housing for Hope now maintains five communities as well as several single-family residences in the greater Phoenix area and beyond.

For more information about Catholic Charities Community Services, visit www.catholiccharitiesaz.org

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