MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROGRAMS
Tara Provini has been a resident of St. Augustine for more than 30 years and holds a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education. With a passion to help others and management skills, Tara has more than 15 years’ experience working with local nonprofit agencies in areas including family case management, behavior specialist, and program coordinator for adults with special needs. She joined Catholic Charities at the St. Augustine Regional Office in 2017 holding positions as Disaster Case Manager, Coordinator, Administrative Manager, and most recently, Regional Director. When not working, Tara enjoys activities with her family and two children, spending time at the beach, camping, and traveling.
William Bennett was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and has been living and working in St. Augustine since 2019. Formerly the Food Programs Manager for Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office, he started working at Catholic Charities St. Augustine Regional Office in the fall of 2022. Before working for Catholic Charities, William volunteered with foreign service organizations in Haiti and Myanmar. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outside with his family and learning new languages.
Marketing & Development Specialist
Elisa Bennett was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida, with work experience throughout the St. Augustine and Jacksonville areas. Educated in graphic design and fine art, she enjoys working on the creative side of nonprofit businesses. She has several years of experience working with Catholic schools, churches and missions - all with the mission to serve the needs of the community. Outside of the office, Elisa enjoys cooking and venturing outdoors with her husband and daughter.
Kim was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has been a Social Worker and a Social Work Supervisor for 30 years. Kim fell in love with the area while her daughter was attending Flagler and decided to move to Saint Augustine when she retired. After retiring, she looked for ways to give back to the community and was lucky enough to find Catholic Charities. Kim enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, traveling, and dog-sitting.
Case Manager- St. Joseph Neighborhood Center
Kate Fermani is passionate about working with people and has worked with children in shelter care for more than 30 years, while spending the last 14 years in child welfare in the states of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Florida. Fermani is married to her husband John - and between the two of them have 10 grandchildren. She earned a master’s degree at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare University of Milwaukee, WI, and currently works in homeless prevention and rapid rehousing case management.
Lead Case Manager - Putnam County
Diana Phillips has been a resident of Putnam County for 15 years. She attended Florida State University and holds a BS degree in Social Sciences with a minor in Communications. As a case manager in Putnam County, she assists clients in establishing and meeting realistic attainable goals that lead to achieving stability and obtaining safe, stable housing. She finds her work challenging but rewarding. She has a passion for helping those in need and strives to assist as many clients as she can with compassion. When she is not helping clients, she enjoys reading, volunteering with various organizations in Palatka, and spending time with her husband, 4 children, their spouses and 4 grandchildren.
Marelly Oberholtzer was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She acquired her B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Columbia College, FL. Her experiences encircle several areas of accounting and the banking field. Oberholtzer has lived in St. Augustine since 2008 with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she loves volunteering and spending time with her family.