Meet the Team

We are the faces of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana. We, along with our generous donors, are the people who tirelessly and relentlessly fight for every person and family that God enables us to help.


Sister Miriam Maclean, RSM, PhD, LCSW

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Sister Miriam Maclean, RSM, PhD, LCSW is our loving and faith filled director. She is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. In 2013, she obtained her master's degree in social work through The Catholic University of America and then, in 2019, received her doctorate in social work from Michigan State University. Her love for the poor and this community are reflected in her continuous efforts to serve in as many ways as we can and reaching as many people as we can. She is a forward thinker and a beacon of light for the employees and the population we serve. Her humble heart and openness to growth and change make her an amazing leader. 

Gloria Hypolite



Gloria brings over thirty years of schooling children and caring for them to our office. After she retired, she decided to continue working towards ensuring every child, daughter, or son is fed and sheltered. In addition to her beautiful smile, she has a gracious and loving spirit that comforts our clients in a way that you have to see to believe.

Jessica Watson


We have all heard someone say "he's a renaissance man" but not many can compare to Jessica, she is THE Renaissance Woman! She is always in the forefront of the operations and is consistently finding ways to fund a family or a person so they do not have to go without. If someone were to describe her, no doubt about it that they would say she radiates with compassion, strength and unwavering optimism.

Jessica Sias 



Ms. Jessica has a unique position here at CCSWLA. She helps formerly incarcerated citizens successfully return to society through assisting with job placement, housing, transportation and locating additional resources to help improve their lives. With a master's degree in Social Work, Jessica is able to assess the needs of the individual from a holostic approach. She loves her role and loves witnessing the change in people's lives for the better. She loves "when they feel successful".

Cynthia Julian 


After 26 years of working in security as a site manager, Ms. Cynthia decided to pour her heart into helping others through Disaster Case Management here at Catholic Charities SWLA. In her 4 years of service, she has helped many throughout the community to repair and rebuild their residences and obtain furniture and other goods to complete their feeling of "home". Her warm and caring spirit is infectious!

Caroline Matt


For two years, Ms. Caroline has been the face you first see when you visit and probably the first voice you hear when you call. In all, she has worked for the Diocese for 30 years, with 15 of those years working with Youth Ministry.  There is never a dull moment in the front office and she is compassionate and dedicated to helping others. Her favorite part about working here is "when I KNOW I have helped someone". She makes being busy look easy!

Sister Otilia


Sister Otilia is originally from Guatemala, but has been living in the United States for 6 years now. She is a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  In addition to living religious life for the past 29 years, she also obtained a master's degree in psychology/mental health. Being bilingual, Spanish and English, she helps to bridge the language barriers sometimes faced. Her gentleness and calm demeanor are an asset to our work here. She expresses her passion for her job through the words, " I love working with the poor. I love them. I am praying for them every day".  She helps with rent assistance, SNAP benefit assistance, and utilities assistance. 

Carolyn Washington



Mrs. Carolyn has been with Catholic Charities SWLA for 4 years. Her first two years, she held the position of the front desk receptionist. Now she is in case management and handles a multitude of services for several parishes. Prior to CCSWLA, Mrs. Carolyn was a Physical Therapy Tech for 12 years and then worked in mental health for 6 years. She manages a phone line for CCSWLA that is specific to those in Allen and Jefferson Davis parishes. That phone number is (337) 438-6350. She loves the face-to-face interactions with people and being able to help them. She understands their struggles and can relate to their pain which makes her the ideal person for her role. Her dedication to helping those in need is evident in her hard work.