Nils Behnke, CEO of St. Anthony's

Nils Behnke

Chief Executive Officer

As a donor, volunteer, and St. Anthony’s Board member and President for more than a decade prior to joining us as our CEO, Nils is deeply committed to furthering St. Anthony’s impact serving vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness and poverty, and passionate about our Franciscan values, mission, and history.

Nils joined St. Anthony’s as CEO in September, 2020, and brings growth-oriented leadership acumen to the role of CEO. Formerly working in the private sector, he held prominent senior roles at leading management consulting firms Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company, and the role of CEO for a private biotech company. Nils earned his PhD and Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Cologne.

Nils and his wife and two sons live in San Francisco and are active parishioners of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. Nils enjoys cycling and motorcycling (“anything on two wheels”), and practicing his culinary skills in his spare time. Email

Tere Brown

Chief Operating Officer

Tere Brown is the Chief Operating Officer at St. Anthony’s. She brings with her decades of commitment to the community, spending eighteen and a half years as the Chief Program Officer of Catholic Charities SF. She is passionate about providing leadership in an organization committed to improving the lives of others through positive social impact. She holds a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from the University of San Francisco. Email

Tere Brown, Acting Executive Director of St. Anthony's

Jeff Pace, Chief Financial Officer at St. Anthony's

Jeff Pace

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff has served in executive leadership positions in finance and operations in a number of Bay Area community services, philanthropic, and higher education organizations since 2000. Notably, he supported low-income and immigrant communities at the Unity Council in the Fruitvale District in Oakland for a decade, and also was a senior executive at The Christensen Fund, a private foundation in San Francisco focusing on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities worldwide, with a backdrop of biocultural diversity in a modern, integrating set of landscapes and seascapes. He has worked for and with a number of nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area as executive staff, as a consultant, and as a Board Director. Jeff is currently the Audit Chair and Board member of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, a Native American tribal revitalization organization restoring traditional lands in the Monterey Bay region, for which he has enthusiastically volunteered since 2014.

Jeff comes to St. Anthony’s as an active Episcopalian. He has served on the vestry of his parish in Berkeley several times, is a prominent choir member, and has been both Treasurer and Junior Warden. He holds a BSBA from the University of Phoenix and earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has a large family and lives in the East Bay. Email


Bryan Young

Chief Talent Officer

Bryan Young has served as our Chief Talent Officer since 2017. He found St. Anthony’s by volunteering through the Taproot Foundation, helping nonprofits in San Francisco with human resources needs. Prior to coming to St. Anthony’s, Bryan worked as a consultant to the Franciscans’ San Damiano Retreat center in Danville for four years, assisting the Executive Director, and was a Director of Human Resources for ten years at U.S. Pipe (responsible for 10 locations nationally).

Bryan graduated with honors from the University of Louisville. While in Louisville, Bryan volunteered for eleven years with the Crusade for Children, a cause dedicated to making life better for children with special needs. For his dedication to the Crusade for Children, Bryan was nominated and received the honor of Kentucky Colonel from the Governor of Kentucky.

He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council (BAHREC). Email

Bryan Young, Director of Human Resources at St. Anthony's

Suzie Sheedy CFRE, Director of Development at St. Anthony's

Suzie Sheedy, CFRE

Chief Development Officer

Suzie has served in leadership fundraising positions in a several of Bay Area non-profit organizations since 2003. Notably, she raised funds for San Francisco’s largest family shelter, Hamilton Families, for Sequoia Hospital Foundation where she led the team to finish their most recent capital campaign, and for Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep where she served as VP for Advancement.

Suzie is currently on the executive committee of the board for the San Francisco Youth Gaelic Athletic Association, for which she has volunteered since 2006. She is also a board member for The Hibernian Newman Club, raising funds to support the Newman Centers at San Francisco State University and UC San Francisco.

As Chief Development Officer, Suzie is responsible for overseeing all fundraising and communications for St. Anthony’s, including the annual fund, major gifts, foundation & corporate giving, planned gifts, and events. Suzie graduated from Saint Mary’s College. Email

Kate O’Connor

Medical Clinic Director

Kate O’Connor began her career in a variety of administrative and business management positions with medical groups in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1996 she formed IT Healthcare Consulting, where she led consulting engagements in medical software applications, product development, operations and compliance for ehealthcare start-ups, medical group practices, IPAs and clinics. Clients included WebMD, iMedica, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, SFO Medical Clinic and others.

Kate holds a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Golden Gate University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is CPR and AED certified. As a noted healthcare business expert and thought leader, she has contributed to industry publications and participated in multiple industry and professional organizations throughout her career. Email

Kate O'Connor, PMP,  Medical Clinic Director