Faith-based nonprofit names CFO


Chris Slater. Courtesy Catholic Charities West Michigan

A local faith-based nonprofit that serves the region has a new chief financial officer.

Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids, or CCWM, said last week that it has named Chris Slater to the CFO role, effective Oct. 12.

Slater most recently served as the VP of finance for Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Slater will oversee Catholic Charities’ finance department and be responsible for financial policies and procedures, accounting, budgeting, auditing and other financial matters.

He will report to Catholic Charities West Michigan President Terry Walsh.

“Fiscal responsibility is essential to Catholic Charities’ mission of providing programs that best serve those who are most in need,” Walsh said.

“Chris is a dedicated professional who is able to manage, facilitate and communicate complex auditing/accounting concepts with all of our constituents, enabling us to be responsible stewards of the resources we are entrusted with to serve our community.”

Slater said he “deeply” believes in the nonprofit's mission of “providing help and creating hope.”

“I am looking forward to supporting all of the programs that CCWM offers and providing information that communicates the impact that every dollar has on helping those most in need right here in West Michigan.”

Slater holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. 

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