Kim Vercauteren, Executive Director
Barbara Sella, Associate Director for Respect Life and
Larry Haas, Associate Director for Education and
Health Care Policy
Cathy Coyle-Kaufmann, Administrative Assistant
WCC Staff (from left to right, back to front):
Administrative Assistant Cathy Coyle-Kaufmann,
Executive Director Kim Vercauteren, Associate Director Barbara Sella,
and Associate Director Larry Haas
WCC Staff Has Diverse Experiences and Backgrounds
At the WCC, Executive Director Kim Vercauteren oversees issues relating to taxation, Catholic Charities, and matters that affect the Church as an institution.
Prior to becoming Executive Director, Vercauteren was the WCC’s Associate Director for Health Care and Education from 2007 to 2016. Vercauteren is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Iowa College of Law. Vercauteren is an attorney and has been a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2003. She has been with the WCC since 2007, serving as Associate Director for Education and Health Care. Prior to joining the WCC, Vercauteren spent 2 years at the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups serving as an attorney in their elder law center. Vercauteren has represented the bishops of Wisconsin on the Board of the Catholic Health Association of Wisconsin (CHA-W). She also serves on the board of the Church Unemployment Pay Program (CUPP).
Effective advocacy for any organization is grounded in informed positions that in turn depend on solid research. For the WCC, it is critical that this research builds on and reflects the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching. Associate Director for Respect Life and Social Concerns Barbara Sella, who has been with the WCC since 2002, brings such a research and teaching background to the mix. From 1993 to 1999, Sella was an assistant professor of history in Virginia. She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota–Minneapolis and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.
Associate Director for Health Care and Education Larry Haas, who began with the WCC in October 2016, has extensive experience in the corporate world, with a focus on health care. The majority of Haas's career was with American Family Insurance, but more recently he worked for Minacs, USA, in Milwaukee, and CUNA Mutual Group in Madison. He holds a B.A. from St. Norbert College and an M.A. from Cardinal Stritch University.
Pulling all of the work of the Conference together is Administrative Assistant Cathy Coyle-Kaufmann. For thirty years, Coyle-Kaufmann has managed the operations of the WCC office. From fielding incoming calls to designing the newsletter, she maintains order and continuity in the office.