Cullen Larson has served since March 2010 as Regional Director for CRS Southeast. As Regional Director, he represents Catholic Relief Services’ senior leadership and provides CRS with a geographical presence in a 9-state region of the southeastern United States. Larson coordinates a core staff of 5 regional relationship managers, who work to advance partnerships in the region to inform, mobilize and engage the Catholic constituency in the promotion of global solidarity through CRS. The office is based in Atlanta.
During 2012, Larson simultaneously served as Acting Regional Director for CRS Southwest Region, based in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to becoming Southeast Regional Director, Larson served as Program Officer/Advocate with the CRS Southeast Regional office, supporting CRS programs with a focus on public policy and legislative advocacy issues affecting the poor overseas.
In 2009, Larson worked with the CRS Overseas Support Department as Regional and Advocacy Representative for the CRS Europe/Middle East Region. In this role, he supported communications between CRS staff in Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza and in other European/Middle-Eastern country programs with the Baltimore headquarters of CRS. He also provided policy analysis and support for CRS legislative advocacy related to issues in the Middle East. His international experience also includes study visits to CRS programs in Ethiopia, Senegal, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, Haiti and Laos, and representing US Operations during the CRS Asia Region meeting in Thailand. Since 2004, he has helped develop a parish partnership between his Georgia parish and the rural parish of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bassin-Zim, Haiti.
His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in theology and philosophy (Loyola University, New Orleans), a master’s in public administration (University of Georgia), a law degree (Emory University) and a master’s in pastoral studies (Spring Hill College, Mobile). Larson’s professional career includes law, local government, and community and economic development work. Before joining CRS, he was Executive Director of the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
Martha Hall is a Relationship Manager with the Southeast Regional Office of Catholic Relief Services. Martha has primary responsibility for working with the dioceses in Louisiana and Mississippi. Her focus is to get youth and young adults in the United States living in solidarity with the poor overseas. She has toured CRS projects in Ghana, Honduras and Malawi and has worked with CRS Haiti. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in English Education from Auburn University, a master’s in religious education from Loyola of New Orleans and a certification in spiritual direction from Spring Hill College. Martha comes to CRS with former experience as a Catholic high school teacher, campus minister, youth minister, director of religious education, regional conference coordinator and mission trip coordinator to developing countries.
Bill Farrand is a Relationship Manager with the Southeast regional office. His office is based in central Florida, and his primary responsibility is the coordination of diversity outreach.
Bill has worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America in institutional strengthening of microfinance institutions and in broad-based community development. Previously he worked with CRS as the Microfinance Unit Senior Technical Advisor, Director of CRS Peru’s USAID-financed Title II Monetization Program, Country Representative for Bolivia, and Director of Quality Assurance in U.S. Operations. Bill also worked as the Regional Director for the Central Florida office of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Orlando and Operations Manager for the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network in Washington, DC.
His educational background includes a master’s degree in business administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other studies in accounting and finance, computer programming and project management.
Bill currently resides in Winter Haven, Florida with his wife Gloria.
Justin Reilly is the Relationship Manager for the Southeast Regional office. Justin’s primary responsibility is working with seven (7) dioceses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky. He supports the CRS Southeast region team with Advocacy and serves on the CRS Diocese/Parish cross-divisional team.
Justin served on the CCUSA Parish Social Ministry Section Leadership Team and the Regional Gathering Planning Team. He worked as a committee member for the Virginia Catholic Conference and served on the Faith-Based Advisory Board for the Virginia Department of Corrections. Justin’s background also includes experience as director of an after school program for inner city youth and as a software marketing manager, both in Nashville TN. He taught American Government for a year at East Tennessee State University in Kingsport, TN.
Justin has a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a marketing and management focus, from the University of South Carolina. He also has completed coursework for a Master of Public Administration.
Augusto Michael Trujillo
Augusto Michael Trujillo is the Communications Relationship Manager for the Southeast Regional office. Michael has primary responsibility for working with the dioceses in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. He also facilitates CRS Southeast relationships with diocesan communication directors and Catholic and secular media, and he promotes CRS Fair Trade/economic justice programs.
Michael previously worked at Catholic Charities Atlanta, where he planned and conducted events for CRS, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, JustFAITH and Justice for Immigrants as well as a Catholic Earth Day celebration and an Interfaith Summit on Domestic Violence.
Michael is an Atlanta native from a Cuban-American family and holds dual degrees in public relations and political science from the University of Georgia. Internships with CNN and the White House Office of Media Affairs gave Michael valuable experience with communications and media, leading to later employment in a marketing role with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Michael also served a year as a volunteer middle school teacher in inner-city St. Louis and volunteered with Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua.
Senait Tedla is the Office Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services Southeast regional office. Senait is responsible for the administrative systems, physical infrastructure and general communications for the regional office with all of its internal and external constituencies.
Senait brings over 5 years of experience to CRS from working with different non-profit organizations. Prior to joining CRS, she worked for CARE USA as a donor relations specialist and for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta as an administrative assistant and case manager. Senait is a native of Eritrea and has lived and studied in India and the United States. She holds a master’s degree in International affairs and development from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s in economics from Puna University. Senait currently resides in MacDonough, Georgia with her husband and three children.