Hoellering named director of finance for Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau

The Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau announced the hiring of Danna Hoellering as its new director of finance in early March.

Although she was recently hired, she is not new to the archdiocese’s chancery staff or Alaska. 

“I feel like my entire career has been leading me toward this, in my various positions, to prepare me for the challenges ahead,” she said in an email. “The Holy Spirit works in wonderous ways even when we can’t see it happening.”

Hoellering, 50, of Anchorage, carries numerous years of experience in finance, working directly with the archdiocese. She also has almost three decades worth of management knowledge in the profit and non-profit sectors.

Before taking on her new role, Hoellering served the archdiocese on a part-time basis as a senior staff accountant and parish support representative since December 2019. During that time, she was also the business manager for St. Benedict’s Parish and Lumen Christi High School, which she had been managing since 2013.

“When the position for parish support came open at the archdiocese, it was a natural fit as the business manager position was only three-fourths the time,” Hoellering said. “It was very rewarding to be able to assist my counterparts in various parts of the state with the knowledge I had gained.”

Hoellering is no stranger to the Catholic Church’s dynamics. In addition to her professional interaction with the archdiocese, she is also a registered member of St. Benedict’s Parish and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Hoellering also serves on the Anchorage School District’s special education advisory council, an advisory body consisting of parents and students with disabilities, school professionals, and community partners. And she’s a member and volunteer for Klatt Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association.

“This next step in my career will definitely challenge me but still fulfill that desire to use my skillset for our Catholic community,” she said.

The new director of finance didn’t always live in Anchorage. She is originally from Soldotna and moved to Anchorage in 1988. 

“I grew up on the same lake as St. Therese Summer Camp, the old one, on the Peninsula,” she said.

Shortly after her move, Hoellering graduated from Anchorage East High School and then pursued an accounting degree at Alaska Business College. She was unable to complete her degree due to starting a family, but the mother of three never gave up on her studies.

“My mother went back to school in her 40s. She showed me that it’s never too late to do what you dream about in life,” she said, noting that her mother is one of her idols. “When my children were older, I returned to school and completed my bachelor’s degree.”

In 2012, Hoellering acquired a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management, with a minor in economics, from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She then earned a master’s degree in church management from Villanova University in 2019.

Following years of determination, Hoellering will now try to make her mark as she leads the archdiocese’s finance department toward the future.

“Often, we get into the mindset that this is the way it has always been done and leave it,” she said. “I will be collaborating closely with the archbishop and others on the current practices and policies in place, to see if any of them need updating.

“We now cover an even larger area, and there are vast, different needs in our urban and rural parishes. We need to make sure that the needs of all our parishes and schools are looked at,” she said.

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