2013-14 Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Beth Lenke, Chair

Retired, BJC Health System Administrator
Board member since 2006
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH alums and student
Board Committee Membership: Committee on Trustees Chair, Executive Committee, Head Support & Evaluation Committee, ex officio member of all other Board committees

Admissions Ambassador and Bonne Chance Auction Volunteer for Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. Board experience includes Magic House, Shooting Star Productions, Learning Disability Association, and Washington University Health Administration Program Alumni Association

Eloise Engman Schmitz '83, Vice Chair

Retired EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Charter Communications
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alumna and daughter of VDOH alum
Board Committee Membership:
Finance Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Member of the H. Sophie Newcomb College Institute Director Advisory Council, and Advisory Board to Palace Capital Management, Previous Member of the Board of Directors of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)

Elizabeth A. Miller, Head of School

Head of School for Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
Board member since 2013

Independent school administrator, international business manager, and trustee for Ohio Wesleyan University

John J. Hanichak, Secretary

Retired, Anheuser-Busch International Executive
Board member since 2008
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH alum
Board Committee Membership: Executive Committee Chair, Committee on Trustees, Head Support and Evaluation Committee, and ex officio member of all other Board committees

Past President of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association for Neurofibromatosis and Past District Chairman and Advisory Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America-Greater St. Louis Chapter. Board experience includes the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Chicago Visitors and Tourism Council, and others.

Anthony S. Waskiewicz, Jr., Treasurer

Mercy Health, VP of Treasury & Chief Investment Officer
Board member since 2012
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH students
Board Committee Membership: Finance Committee, Investment Committee

Timothy R. Barrett

Chief Executive Officer, Biomedical Systems Corporation
Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH alum
Board Committee Membership: Education Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Member of the Board of Directors of Triad Bank and Finance Committee of De Smet Jesuit High School. Former member of Board of Trustees of De Smet Jesuit High School and Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Matuschka Lindo Briggs

Current Freelance Journalist/Voice Actor and Press Secretary for Spence Campaign; Former Television News Reporter/Radio Announcer
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student
Board Committee Membership: Advancement Committee

VDOH Advancement Ambassador, Admissions Policy Committee Saint Louis Priory, Magic House Board Member, Past Faith House Board Member, Past Youth Emergency Services Member

Rev. Michael G. Brunner O.S.B.

Pastor of Saint Anselm's Parish at the Abbey
Member since 2009
Sacred Heart ties: Head of a destination school for Oak Hill graduating boys and associated with the RSCJ
Board Committee Membership: Education Committee

Former Headmaster of Saint Louis Priory School with past experience in hotel management

Roger E. Cammon

President & Co-CEO, Bryant Group, Inc.
Board member since 2008
Sacred Heart ties: Husband of VDOH alum, parent of VDOH alum, and parent of VDOH student
Board Committee Membership: Finance Committee

Board experience includes St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Epworth Children's Home and Foster Care Coalition

Janice Cataldi

Founder of Strictly Pediatrics Center
Board member since 2012
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student
Board Committee Membership: Education Committee

Supported Ronald McDonald House Charities and Edgewood Children’s Center

Joe Ciapciak, Barat Hall

Managing Director, Pace Properties
Board Member since 2009
Sacred Heart ties: Barat Hall alum; Parent of VDOH alums
Board Committee Membership: Major Gifts Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Past President of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School Fathers' Club.

Richard J. Dames, Jr.

Managing Principal, Cresa St. Louis
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: Husband of VDOH alum and parent of VDOH alum and student
Board Committee Membership:
Building & Grounds Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Treasurer for St. Louis Community College Foundation and Past President of St. Louis Priory Alumni Association

Timothy O. George

Vice President, Lockton Companies
Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties:  Parent of VDOH students
Board Committee Membership: Board Secretary, Advancement Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Carol Haggarty, RSCJ

Assistant to the Provincial, Society of the Sacred Heart
Board member since 2013
Sacred Heart ties: Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart educator, served the Society of the Sacred Heart – United States Province and Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Trustee for several Sacred Heart schools as well as a member of the Omaha Archdiocese Board of Education 

Michelle Borst Hand '88

Professional Actor; Adjunct Faculty in the Performing Arts at Fontbonne University
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alumna and parent of VDOH student
Board Committee Membership: Advancement Committee, Committee on Trustees

Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Orange Girls Theater Company; Small Theater Board Representative; current member of the Judging Committee for the Professional Theater Council of St. Louis; Class Representative for VDOH Mother's Club

 


 

Paul M. Hilton

Senior Managing Director, Principal, Cassidy Turley
Board member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: Husband of VDOH alum and parent of VDOH alums
Board Committee Membership: Building and Grounds Committee

Past Board President of the Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM)

Lynne Lieux, RSCJ

Headmistress, Schools of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau
Board member since 2002
Sacred Heart ties: Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart alum
Board Committee Membership: Head Support & Evaluation Committee

Sacred Heart educator and board member for several Sacred Heart Schools. Served on committees for the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.

John Lord

Partner, Williams, Venker and Sanders, LLC. 
Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student and alum 
Board Committee Membership:
Committee on Trustees

Former Presidents of the VDOH Fathers' Club and John Burroughs School Alumni Board

Sarah Nogalski

Retired Pediatric Oncology Nurse
Board Member since 2008
Sacred Heart ties: parent of VDOH alums and students
Board Committee Membership: Head Support & Evaluation Committee

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School volunteer, Past board President PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), Secretary Kappa Kappa Gamma St. Louis Alumnae Association

Kathleen C. Phipps

Retired Finance Professional, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Freeport-McMoRan Company, Arthur Andersen
Board Member since 2008
Sacred Heart ties: parent of VDOH student
Board Committee Membership: Head Support & Evaluation Committee Chair, Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees

Board Experience includes Women's Safe House.

Lucy Hatton Schmidt '72

Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alumna, and parent of VDOH alums
Board Committee Membership: Committee on Trustees

Member of Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Board, Chairperson of Georgetown Scholarship Program and member of Alumni Admissions Program at Georgetown University

Todd Steussie

Owner/CEO Triumph Sports Intelligence, LLC
Board members since 2012
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student and alum 
Board Committee Membership: Building & Grounds Committee

Board experience includes St. Louis Children's Hospital

Margaret Strom, RSCJ

Communications Freelance/Education
Board member since 2008
Sacred Heart ties: Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart alum
Board Committee Membership: Education Committee

Sacred Heart educator and board experience includes Maryville University and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.

Gregory R. Stubblefield

Executive Vice President and the Chief Strategy Officer, Enterprise Holdings
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH alum
Board Committee Membership: Major Gifts Committee

Marketing Chair for U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and past Board Chair for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Executive Committee member for California Business Roundtable and Los Angeles Urban League

Blanche M. Touhill, Ph.D., City House

Retired, Academic Administrator & Educator
Board member since 2009
Sacred Heart ties: Sacred Heart alum and educator, sister of Barat Hall alum, aunt of VDOH alum, great aunt of VDOH student, and great niece of RSCJ
Board Committee Membership: Major Gifts Committee

Chancellor of the University of Missouri for l3 years and served on many non-profit and corporate boards

Joseph E. Walsh, Jr.

Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC Principal, and co-founder of the St. Louis office
Board member since 2013
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student

Law firm management involving a full spectrum of financial, budgetary, and personnel responsibilities and representative for multinational businesses in legal matters throughout the world

The Board is also responsible for:
• Setting major policies
• Setting the strategic direction of the School
• Keeping the School financially sound - approving the budget, approving capital campaigns, overseeing investment managers, approving major facilities projects
• Hiring, supporting and retaining the Head of School
• Supporting the School in all ways, particularly through the communication of the School's Mission

How are Trustees elected?
• The bylaws permit up to 30 trustees
• The Committee on Trustees reviews the needs of the Board in terms of constituency representation, expertise and board experience - nominations mostly come from the committee rosters
• Committee nominations are sought broadly, and may always be offered to the Committee on Trustees

How does the Board do its work?
• Meets 6 to 8 times per year
• Standing committees (and ad hoc task forces as needed) do most of the in depth analysis, then make recommendations to the Board
• Meetings include instruction in and discussion of the Goals and Criteria
• Decisions are made in light of the Goals and Criteria
• Work is directed by the Strategic Plan, which is updated each year, by the ongoing responsibilities of the Board, and by emerging needs of the School

What is the strategic direction from the Board?
• Clear direction to the Administration to strive for greater excellence in every aspect of the programs in our School
• Focus on the importance of the ongoing need to more clearly understand and communicate our educational Mission among faculty, staff, parents and prospective parents

Board Responsibilities

Through its Board of Trustees, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is accountable to the Society of the Sacred Heart for the ongoing implementation of the Goals and Criteria. The Board's chief functions include but are not limited to governance policy and fiscal responsibility. It is the Board's responsibility to elect the Head of School. All members of the Board of Trustees are elected by the Board.

Board of Trustees Standing Committees Advancement, Building & Grounds, Committee on Trustees, Education, Executive, Finance, Head Support & Evaluation, Investment, and Major Gifts. The Board of Trustees is the corporate governing body of the School and is accountable to the Roman Catholic Church through the U.S. Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart.  The School is:
• One of 23 Schools of the Sacred Heart in the United States
• One of 100+ Schools of the Sacred Heart around the world
• Partners in the educational mission of the Society, which is expressed in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools
• Evaluated in that Mission every 5 years through the process we call SHCOG

The Board of Trustees is responsible for assuring the School lives the Mission as outlined in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools.


  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
  • (P) 314.432.2021
  • (F) 314.432.0199
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