Father Joe’s Villages names new president, CEO

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SAN DIEGO —  Father Joe’s Villages announced Monday that Jimmy Vargas will be its next president and CEO.

Known as “Deacon Jim,” Vargas will oversee the operations of St. Vincent de Paul Village, Toussaint Academy, Josue Homes and the agency’s portfolio of low-income housing.

“I strongly believe that it is our obligation to help and care for the homeless,” Vargas said. “It is thrilling to be part of the passionate team that is motivated to do the right thing for our clients. With such a powerful mission, it’s an honor to lead this organization into the future.”

Vargas, most recently vice president and chief human resources officer at Copley Press, takes over from Diane Stumph, who will resume her duties as chief financial officer. Stumph served as the interim leader of the social service organization for about one year, after Sister Patricia Cruise resigned.

“Deacon Jim is the perfect choice as the next leader of our village,” said St. Vincent de Paul Village board Chairman Vince Kasperick.

“In addition to his extensive leadership experience, he brings a strong passion for our mission of serving the poor,” Kasperick said. “His deep roots in our community and collaborative leadership style will be effective as we continue to work with the city, county and other service providers to end homelessness in our community.”

Vargas is a deacon serving Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in La Jolla. In addition to his human resources and management career, he has been a member of numerous nonprofit boards.

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