St. Ann Place has a diverse staff of varied backgrounds that include educational, religious, business and corporate experience.  Our staff enables us to effectively meet the needs of the homeless women and men who seek our assistance.


John Pescosolido

Executive Director since July 2010, has over 15 years management experience in the Financial Services Division of Hewlett Packard subsidiary Electronic Data Systems.  He also has prior experience in non-profit accounting, fundraising and, grant writing.

Sister Carleen Cekal, SSND

Director of Client Services has 20 years’ experience as an educational administrator.  Her effectiveness as team member is a quality that describes her leadership style.  Sister Carleen was the Executive Director of St. Ann Place until June 2010.  Her volunteer experience in St. Louis and Baltimore shelters for homeless women helped her to create many of the programs at St. Ann Place.

Sister Patricia Leonard, OP

Associate Director since 2011 has full time responsibility as the Health Care Advocate.  Prior to St. Ann Place, she served as Director of Social Services at a non-profit agency in Chicago with experience in case management, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention services.

Marsha Burkhardt

Associate Director since 2004, serves as the center’s Data Manager, a skill she brought with her from her many years of experience at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.  In addition to coordinating the volunteer program at St. Ann Place, Marsha meets with clients to assess their needs and serves as a Community Partner to enroll clients in the Food Stamp program. 

Carla LaRue

Associate Director since 2016, works in both the Clients Services area as well as the Health Advocacy Program.  She has a vast business background including with many years’ experience in Human Resources.

Melissa J Tyner

Associate Director since April 2017, Melissa coordinates our volunteers as well as working in Client Services. A native of West Palm Beach, Melissa worked in Financial Services for many years before joining our staff.